Whether you are planning a birthday, reception, baby shower or celebration of the seasons, you can't go wrong with the great outdoors as your guide. Highlight camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, or lumberjack, along with seasonal flowers in spring, leaves in fall, snow in winter, and wildlife in summer or combine them all for your own mountain lodge theme experience.
We've put together some of our favorite suggestions for decorating your party scene in mountain-altitude fashion, including some cute food ideas and a S'mores martini recipe.
Have the time of your life when you let nature take its course with a mountain lodge, camping, fishing, skiing, hunting and/or lumberjack theme to celebrate the great outdoors, indoors or out. The first step is to choose colors and patterns to establish continuity, I suggest:
Brown and green for colors
Red & black buffalo plaid patterns
Rough textures, like burlap and wood
Front Entrance & Foyer
Create a rustic & welcoming entrance to your mountain retreat:
Line the entrance walkway with candles in jars or hurricane lanterns on upright log pedestals of varying heights. Alternate: hang from trees
Construct a lodge/camp sign with wood pieces for letters on weathered wood. Alternate: paint, burn, carve or print your sign
Drive an ax into a log
Set up a wood directional sign post
String prayer flags or buffalo check, muslin & burlap garland
Stand a black bear (or moose) silhouette in the distance, illuminated from behind with a low light lantern or flameless tealight candle; optionally add cubs (pattern here)
Craft a wreath for the door from birch tree slices
Lay down log rounds as stepping stones; optionally build a frame from 1x3s and fill with pine bark
In the foyer, take a walk through a mountain meadow:
"Plant" evergreen cuttings in containers to create a forest of mini evergreens; optionally wrap pots in burlap
Suspend evergreen greenery or light branches horizontally to simulate tree limbs. Alternate: use crumpled Kraft paper to make tree limbs
Lay artificial grass. Alternate for winter: snowdrifts from quilt batting over a white sheet (More on Ski Lodge here)
Fill the "sky" with light blue ceiling swirls
Add round white paper lantern clouds or make fluffy clouds, DIY here
Intermingle suspended butterflies; snowflakes in winter
Make a mountain from a painted sheet or buy removable mountain wall decals
Frame the doorway with log cabin wallpaper--use velcro tape to hang
Use a twig pencil for the guestbook
Continue the wilderness experience in the party area with mountain animals, plants, trees, and features. Some ideas for inspiration include:
Stone & rock
Stumps & logs
Then mix in outdoor adventures and recreation details specific to your theme, such as:
Skis & snowboards
Skiwear & boots
Skill level icons
Ski resort posters
Rod & reels
Hooks & lures
Shotguns & rifles
Shells & bullets
Saws & sawblades
Decorate the wall and transform the room; here are some suggestions:
Cutout bear and animal skins from inexpensive fake-fur fabric
Hang vinyl photography backdrops on a section of wall, behind the bar, and/or serving table, choose from:
Rim a martini glass with chocolate sauce and crushed graham crackers.
Mix marshmallow vodka, creme de cacao, chocolate liqueur, and cream in a shaker with ice.
Shake for 30 seconds and strain into the glass.
Option 1: Skewer the marshmallows with a wood or metal pick and lightly toast with a kitchen torch.
Option 2: Skewer the marshmallows with a pick or cocktail straw and roll in chocolate sauce and graham crackers.
Add marshmallow garnish to the glass and serve.
Hopefully we have your creative juices flowing, and find more mountain lodge & lake cabin theme inspiration at Lake & Lodge Decorations. Also, let us know about your experiences and ideas hosting mountain, lumberjack, camping, fishing, hunting and/or ski lodge parties.