If you're a skier, at your next party, recreate the feeling of the slopes without having to pull out your gear and get bundled up. From the decor to the menu, you and your guests will feel as if you have been transported to a lodge high atop a mountain peak.
The invitations set the stage for the affair and give guests a sneak peek at what you have in store when they attend the party. Create ski passes to invite guests to a mountain of a party. Using clip art in your word processing software, select an image of a snow-capped mountain and print it out on squares of card stock. Over the image, print the party details. Include clever wording, such as, "Come to (insert last name) Mountain for a Ski-Filled Event." Laminate the invitations, punch a hole in the top of each and thread the holes with ribbon to give the passes an authentic look.
Give the party area a ski lodge vibe by tossing faux bear skin rugs on the floor. Images of your favourite slopes and handmade signs naming your favourite ski areas will add to the rustic feel. You might make signs that say "Bunny Slope" and "Black Diamond," for example. If you have a fireplace, play it up: Light a fire and arrange couches and chairs around it. If you don't have a fireplace, consider purchasing a portable one or play a DVD of a crackling fire on your television or computer. Drape white lights and hang paper snowflakes from the ceiling to give the feeling of falling snow. White balloons scattered on the floor will evoke mounds of snow at the slopes, while ice sculptures will add a frosty element.
Serve fare traditionally served at a ski lodge, or foods that evoke snow. Hot chocolate is a must-have beverage. Hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches are some foods you may find at a ski lodge. Alternately, warm up guests with a big pot of chilli and a selection of chowders and soups. Your guests will love dipping chunks of bread in a cheese fondue; a second fondue pot filled with chocolate and surrounded with fresh fruits and pound cake will also likely prove a hit. Popcorn balls, vanilla ice cream and vanilla cake topped with shaved coconut make tasty treats that also resemble the snow.