Stuck for Christmas party ideas this year? Look no further than the ultimate snow-themed party with Alpine Ski Lodge. Leave the dreary British winter weather behind and transport your guests to an inviting Alpine ski lodge. Visualise a traditional fireplace surrounded by chesterfield sofas, wooden tables and traditional rugs, the walls decked with vintage snowshoes and skis with wooden sledges and pine trees scattered throughout the room, there could even be a grizzly bear in the corner! Of course, you can’t forget the fancy dress opportunity here as well as all the food and drink to transport you to an alpine lodge in the snowy mountains. Whether you’re on a strict budget or have the potential to go all out – this themed Christmas party is perfect for everyone.
If you’ve never heard of Après ski, where have you been? Some would say it’s arguably the best part of going on a skiing holiday. This term is formally translated from French as ‘after skiing’ but has come to mean the social activities that go on after a day spent skiing on the slopes. Whether you’re socialising over dinner, drinks or having a dance in the ski lodge – après ski is the perfect theme for your party this year.
So, where’s best to après ski? The number one spot that keeps cropping up is Aspen, Colorado. This town is fast becoming a household name as one of the most popular ski resorts in the world where you can celeb watch on the snowy slopes. The resort is known for high-end luxury with incredible restaurants and shopping boutiques lining the streets. Although not all of us can afford to go there, we can certainly try to recreate it for a party of our own!
So, how do I even go about planning all of this? Well, fear not, Fizzbox is here to help you with this handy guide on everything you can include for an Alpine Ski Lodge themed party. The first thing you’re going to need to think about are the props. A snow machine is a must if you want the perfect photo opportunities and to really make it feel magical. You could also include cable cars, another great setting for a photo op, as well as hanging snowy mountain ranges on the wall. As it’s a Christmas party you might want to include reindeers and a sleigh to fit with the time of year. Props are a must for a party such as this as it’ll really give that wow factor to those attending.
This Alpine Ski Lodge theme is versatile so whether you want a sophisticated affair with canapes and cocktails that would suit a more formal black tie dress code, or whether you want to really get into the theme and have the dress code as après ski. Think 80s ski suits or something a bit more modern but defining a dress code is a must for any Christmas themed party.
Some ideas of costumes could be an all-in-one ski suit like Eddie the Eagle, a matching top and trouser set with printed snowflakes or full blown retro 80s brightly coloured ski suit. If a ski suit is proving a little too warm to wear indoors, make sure you’ve got a thermal inspired long-sleeved top on underneath that jacket so you can still look the part if you take it off. You can also don those accessories with some ski goggles or sunglasses on your head or a headband to really add the finishing touches to your outfit.
A dress code is essential for all themed Christmas parties, so your guests know how formal, casual or whether they need to pull together a fancy dress look for the night! Ensure to give them plenty of time to look into and source the perfect outfit.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the food and drink! Why not kick off the celebrations with a welcome drink of bubbles to get everyone in the party mood. Some alcoholic themed ski drinks you could be serving up in the cocktail bar are the classic mulled wine, a mint schnapps hot chocolate and an old fashioned to warm yourself up after a cold day ‘skiing’ on the slopes.
If you’re wanting to serve some light food throughout the evening why not opt for a cheese fondue to set the right vibe for this alpine ski lodge theme and have the table laid with cold meats, cheese and crackers. For the dessert table you’ve got to include mini doughnuts, a chocolate fondue with fruit and of course marshmallows, or even better smores!
Looking for a sit down meal? Some classic soups or broths are typical in alpine ski lodges along with meat, potatoes and veg for the main meal, the dessert once again can be filled with marshmallows and chocolate. Do we have your mouth watering yet?
Whichever food and drink you decide to go for, ensure it’s on theme. You could even give your guests a poll to choose their favourites drinks from a list and serve the most popular on the night.
Let’s recap on what we’ve been through. The Alpine ski lodge is such a versatile theme and can be adapted to fit around you and your guests, working well as a more informal affair with a drinks reception and canapés but can also be dressed up for a more decadent evening of wining and dining. Now that you know all there is on Alpine Ski Lodge themed Christmas party, it’s time to host your own!