A pair of neighbours near Kemptville took on a major seasonal backyard construction project to beat the winter blues.

Al Mackenzie and Dan McGuire of Oxford Station began freezing hundreds of ice blocks in January to pile up in the backyard.

"Dan and I were having a few pops one night and we kinda said, we've been to many types of parties," said McGuire.

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The inaugural ice igloo party featured shot glasses made of ice. (Jeanne Armstrong)

"We've been to four-wheeler parties, we've been to pond parties, the list just goes on and on and on. But we've never been in an igloo party. So what two better guys to build an igloo and have a party."

Last Saturday, the pair unveiled their igloo at an outdoor winter party, complete with shot glasses made of ice. It's 18-feet wide and about seven-feet high in the middle.

Some of the blocks are coloured with food colouring.

Oxford Station is about 70 kilometres south of downtown Ottawa.

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