Let’s face it, as much as we might love skiing, one of the best parts of the day is undoubtedly prising our ski boots off and unwinding with a drink. If you can’t get to the mountains, or just want to take your post-winter sports celebration to the next level, why not throw an après ski themed party?
I’ve put a base checklist below with a few tips that you can then push further, depending on your event style and budget.
You can’t have an après ski party without snow, whether it’s a dusting throughout your venue or a snow machine switching on at regular intervals. Also include snowflake shapes throughout your décor, such as linens, snowflake garlands or snowflake-shaped place cards.
Incorporate all the winter elements you can think of: logs, ski signs, faux fur, fair isle patterns, blankets, etc. You might not be incorporating flowers but do make sure to have trees in your venue. They’re wonderful to frame doors or create a ‘corridor’ type access. Also consider adding vintage skis, sticks and snowboards as feature elements of your décor.
Themed food and drink
Winter food is comfort food: serve up cheese fondue, raclette, baked camembert, charcuterie and stuffed crêpes. For something sweet, a chocolate fondue is always a winner, along with seasonal iced biscuits, gingerbread, snowmen cupcakes, etc. Mix dessert and drinks with cookie shooters (shot glass shaped cookies containing alcohol), black forest/coffee cocktails and whiskey-based drinks. Offer mulled wine too for your extra festive guests!
You can’t have an après ski party without an ice sculpture. If you want to make sure that your sculpture is truly the centre of attention, opt for a vodka luge. You can work with your supplier on sculpting the design that works best for your overall theme, as the possibilities are endless. Trust me, there will be a constant crowd around your luge: it’s a fabulous centrepiece and photo op too.
Lighting and photobooth
The lighting of your event is so important: I’d recommend soft, indirect lighting. Lighting your walls from the floor up always looks elegant and when choosing shades, steer clear of white, which can look too stark. Choose light pinks, blues and purples to accent and bounce off all the whites and greys that are part of your décor. Don’t hesitate to include extra lighting, such as string fairy lights, that will add sparkle and twinkle to your venue. If you have a dancefloor, consider hiring one that is dotted with lights, guaranteeing that each surface shines bright. Everyone at a party loves a photobooth, and an après ski party is no exception. Theme it with a seasonal backdrop, skis and why not a vintage sledge. For props, include ski goggles, hats, earmuffs, scarves, polar bear toys, etc.
There are so many fun things you can do to bring the mountains to wherever you may be and so many styles, from a vintage inspired chic event to an 80s themed party with a neon ski gear dress code. If you would like any help planning the après ski party of your dreams, get in touch today!