Skiing embodies freedom in the heart of nature...racing down pristine white mountainsides in the fresh, cool, crisp air. Even if you can't hit the slopes this year, capture the camaraderie and relaxation of apres ski with a Ski Lodge themed house party.
Invitations & Attire
Start by inviting
guests to "Mary’s Mountain Resort” or “Smith’s Ski Lodge”. Create your invitation in the style of a 1-day lift ticket with your resort name, date, etc. Add a smidgen of snow-themed confetti when mailing invites.
You can even have them custom made, like this one from empireinvites.ca
Print extra lift tickets on card stock and cut them down to lift-ticket size. Then, punch a hole in each one and use zip-ties for guests to wear at the party. Suggest that guests wear ski caps, goggles, and their latest (fashionable) ski attire.
You may want to create more than one style of lift ticket, such as, "Bunny", "Cruiser", "Expert", "Knuckle-dragger", "Planker", "Scraper" to name a few. Find a list of ski terms and slang to name guests, drinks & hors d'oeuvres here http://mogulmick.vbmco.com/slang.html
If you are sending invites online, use evite.com or create your own email invitation. You may also want to create a facebook.com event as a reminder. However, there is too much
event clutter to use facebook.com as your primary invite.
Also, remind them to bring their cute bunny slippers and darn their socks, because "No Shoes Allowed Indoors". Don't forget to add the "Please Remove Shoes" sign to the front door.
Paint the name of your ski lodge on a piece of weathered wood to welcome your guests, like this one from everydaycheer.com
. Don't worry about neatness, uneven hand-painted letters will add rustic charm.
Or, if you are short on time, create your sign with a wood background on the computer, and print on card stock. Cut to fit a piece of wood, then attach to a wood stake.
Decorating The “Ski Lodge”
Hang an instant view fireplace on the wall to welcome your guests to the lodge. Tack up a few socks to dry or string a festive metal snowman garland from the corners of your faux mantelpiece.
Put out a basket of slippers inside the front door for your guests to wear, and buy a batch of cheap, one-size-fits-all house slippers so they all match. Bring out (or borrow) skis, a snowboard and outdoor ski wear for the foyer.
Center the mingling zone around your bar and fireplace, and if you don't have one, add another instant view fireplace to warm up the room. Another option is to stream a fireplace video to your TV, complete with fire-popping sound.
Create a nature-inspired ambiance in the party area with a backdrop incorporating woodland decor. Think wood, pine cones and greenery; decorate with garlands and scatter loose snow-kissed pine cones. Focus on brown and forest green as your background colors.
Next make things memorable and fun with ski and snow themed decorations. Start by hanging snowflake ceiling swirls throughout the party area. Or, have some fun and cutout your own snowflakes. Use white and light blue paper, then hang with fishing line at varying lengths to create a festive snowfall.
Prayer flags are a common site in the mountains of many ski resorts and make a colorful acknowledgement to the ultimate ski destination of Nepal. Plus, it never hurts to get a little extra help to ensure your party's success.
Build an engaging ski mountain scene on one end of your serving table with foam, acrylic or cardboard boxes and polyester stuffing or batting padding under a white tablecloth. Include flat surfaces under your "snow" covering to place evergreen and Nordic tree cutouts.
Add some action with skiing snowmen ornaments, the hanging loop is an easy way to hold your skiers in place. Also, include reindeer tealight candle holders and serve Swiss-inspired cheese fondue (recipe below) at the base of your mountain.
Ski Trail Signs
If you are handy with Photoshop, customize ski trail signs and print them to hang in prominent locations. Use your guest of honor or party guests names for the signs, such as Penelope's Pass, Roger's Run, Wayne's Way and Traci's Trail.
Or, you can have personalized ski trail signs made for about $15.00 each here: www.arttowngifts.com
You may also want to make miniature trail signs for hors d'oeurves and drinks at the bar. Include a light or non-alcoholic (easy), pre-mixed signature cocktail (intermediate), and shooter (expert) suggestion.
As one of your primary focal points, decorate the bar with a distinctive ski scene. A jolly Glittered Skiing Snowman flanked by a pair of white Snow Trees is sure to make an impression. Throw in a pair of melting snowman candles for added interest.
Fill a giant martini glass with chapstick and sunscreen for the other side of the bar; alternatively, fill with green, blue and black party beads. Have your chapstick personalized for a party favor sure to last and last. Here is one of many sites: tottallylipbalm.net
Serve drinks with Joyful Snowman cocktail napkins or use black diamonds (black beverage napkins at an angle) and blue squares. To complete the set, cut a few circles out of green napkins for display. Finally, sprinkle snowflake confetti or fake snow.
About halfway through the party, or when you feel the time is right, bring out a 4-Shot Ski. Made by attaching 4 shot glasses to one ski, the shot ski is great ski lodge party fun. Simple to use, just fill the 4 shot glasses and 4 party guests all drink at the same time with one flip of the ski. Ski tips up!
You can make your own if you have an extra ski or you can buy them for as little as $35 (that we've seen). Here is a much nicer version, with removable shot glasses by Jagermeister: www.jagershop.com
Liberally, position glittered pine cone candles and winter tree frosted votive candle holders for soft, warm lighting throughout the party area. Use white mini-lights or horned brown owl string lights around the bar, front door and along the mantel.
Extend the party and decor to the bathroom with a Snowman in a Snowboarder Hat, along with a pair of frosted winter tree votive candle holders.
Hang a pair of Snowman Embroidered Hand Towels to accentuate the wintry theme. Finish the scene with a smattering of snowflake confetti.
When serving hors d'oeuvres butler style add a unique centerpiece to each tray, including an evergreen tree cutout, reindeer tealight, and glittered pine cone candle. Use Swiss toothpick flags to skewer your appetizer bites.
Cheeses are the appetizer of choice for a Ski Lodge party, and Rae Lynn suggests Swiss-inspired cheese fondue complemented by Swiss truffles and assorted chocolates. Crockpots work wonderfully for dipping, if you don't have the traditional caquelon on hand.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
- 1 cup white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
- 2 tablespoons Kirshwasser (optional)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 7 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
- 7 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 7 ounces Emmentaler cheese, shredded
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika, or to taste
- Simmer wine and kirshwasser in a small saucepan.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
- Stir in the flour with a spatula and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Pour the alcohol mixture into the cooked flour slowly, whisking until smooth.
- Slowly add shredded cheeses 1/2 cup at a time, allowing it all to melt while stirring before adding more.
- Add garlic powder, nutmeg, black pepper, and paprika to taste.
- Transfer cheese mixture to fondue pot and keep warm over low flame/medium heat crockpot setting.
Cooking Tip: If the cheese mixture isn't smooth after adding all ingredients, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir until well mixed, and add up to one more teaspoon if it is still chunky. The acid in the wine and lemon juice break apart the proteins in the cheeses to create a smooth dipping sauce.
Serve with bite-sized chunks of
- boiled potatoes
- cubes of bread
- boiled ham
Don’t forget the dipping forks!
Note: Dipping forks should only be used to transfer food from the pot to the plate, i.e. never eat from a dipping fork.
Bacon Swiss Bread
Any loaf of plain white bread can be easily transformed into a hearty and delicious creation that is quick and satisfying.
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
- 20-inch loaf of French bread
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup chopped scallions
- 4 teaspoons prepared mustard
- 5 slices Swiss cheese
- 5 bacon strips
- Cut bread into 1-inch thick slices, leaving slices attached at bottom.
- In a bowl, combine the butter, onions and mustard and spread it on both sides of each slice of bread.
- Cut each cheese slice diagonally into four triangles; place between the slices of bread.
- Cut bacon in half widthwise and then lengthwise; drape a piece over each slice.
- Place the loaf on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil.
- Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes until bacon is crisp.
White wines traditionally accompany cheese fondue so have plenty on hand as well as rosé or red, if preferred.
Crisp and refreshing apple cider is not only a Swiss favorite but one of Rae Lynn’s too. We love it because it can be served hot or cold and goes well with or without alcohol.
Emeril Lagasse’s Hot Apple Cider with Rum
- If serving hot: heat and garnish with a cinnamon stick
- If serving cold: freeze a portion of the cider in ice cube trays, then add to glasses of cool cider
- If serving spiked, cold: Rim 6 Collins glasses with cinnamon sugar, mix 1/4 gallon of cider with 1 cup of spiced or dark rum, fill glasses halfway with ice cubes, and garnish with a skewer of fresh red, yellow, and/or green apples soaked in the juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 apple
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- Pinch grated or ground nutmeg
- 1 cup dark or spiced rum
- Stud the apple with the cloves.
- In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients except the rum.
- Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Discard the apple.
- Remove from the heat and add the rum if desired.
- Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick.
- Serve immediately.
Find these decorations for your Winter Ski Lodge Party and more at PartySwizzle.com.