Whether you’re a ski or snowboard aficionado, hosting an affair in the winter, or simply love the cold weather, a winter-themed party is a great way to incorporate your love into your big day, no matter if it’s a bar or bat mitzvah, Sweet 16, wedding or any kind of event! Here are some ideas to showcase this cool theme.
Balloons are a party favorite, and Life O’ The Party shows unique ways to incorporate them into your winter-themed affair by creating snow-dusted balloon trees to accompany a traditional balloon arch that will welcome guests to your reception.
Mark Zettler of Life O’ The Party notes that balloons “give extra presence to your theme at a fraction of the cost of any other decorating material.”
Icy white and blue lights as well as hanging snowflakes by Jurick Photography are an understated way of displaying your affection for the cold.
Using GOBO lighting to project images of trees, mountains and other snowy landscapes onto the wall, as shown above by Alison Frank, is a very different way to add subtle ambiance and incorporate your theme into the party!
Whether you’re serving cocktails or mocktails at your winter soiree, an ice bar like the one shot by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography is not only an amazing, but a functional idea! Keep drinks cool while showing off your love of the cold with an intricately carved ice-bar accented with ice mountains! Use elegant flowers to balance out the icy display.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah and Party Centerpieces
Ski centerpieces like the ones above from Life O’ The Party are fun and festive. Pick your passion and have it created into a larger-than-life display that is sure to awe guests.
This bar mitzvah, shot by Ira Casel Photography, featured unique centerpieces to showcase all types of winter sports, including snowboarding and ice hockey. The Olympics-inspired details were complemented by white floral arrangements.
The Event Of a Lifetime created numerous centerpieces to achieve a memorable winter theme. This ski-themed centerpiece includes a variety of real winter paraphernalia like logs, pine branches, skis and and ski poles.
For the adult tables The Event Of a Lifetime makes a more elegant statement with a huge arrangement of white branches atop a black table set entirely with other white accents.
Place cards or escort cards are essential, and the table you display them on is a great way to incorporate your theme! This example, captured by Ira Casel Photography, creates a striking display using a snowboard, skis and poles, ski goggles and boots. Wooden place card holders are complemented with wood-inspired candles.
Adults were directed to their tables with a Winter Olympics-inspired poster directing them to tables with names such as “Bobsled” and “Figure Skating.” Photo by Ira Casel Photography.
Ethan’s bar mitzvah at SPACE showed guests to their table using custom lift tickets as escort cards. The tags feature the guest’s name and table number, and even go so far as to include a fake bar code! Skiers, snowboarders and lodge-dwellers alike will appreciate how accurate these tags look! View the full event here.
The Event Of a Lifetime created two different displays: one table (above) features a gorgeous woodsy floral display paired with candles and table numbers written on actual black diamonds.
The Event of a Lifetime’s second display is equally beautiful but a bit more themey, with a tablescape filled with mountains, trees and skis, fake snow and stark white cards.
A bare white tree with strands of crystals dangling from the branches is placed above a gray patterned tablecloth in this escort table by Best Wedding Decor. DIY options are available from Koyal Wholesale.
No matter what direction you go in for the table, the actual place/escort cards are equally if not more important. The above trail map cards by The Event Of a Lifetime uses actual trail maps for a local mountain, and adds the guests name and table number to the cover. Fun and functional!!
What better way for guests to sign in than on a snowboard or pair of skis? Life O’ The Party uses a real life-looking snowboard, tagged with snowboarding stickers and even foot traps, providing a canvas for guests to leave their names and good wishes!
The Event Of a Lifetime created a snowboard sign-in board using an actual snowboard, featuring a snowy scene in the background leaving ample space for guests to sign!
Nick’s sign-in board, captured by Ira Casel Photography, showcased maps of his favorite trails with personal photos on each of the mountains.
Party & Cocktail Hour Entertainment
If entertainment is on the agenda, check out the exciting options at Interactive Entertainment Group. If skiing is your passion, you can rent a ski simulator or snowboard simulator that will really wow your guests! For a more general winter theme, an ice rink is a real crowd-pleaser for those practicing their triple axels and those just trying to stay on their feet alike!
For Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and Sweet Sixteens, personalized logos and favors are a great way to showcase the guest of honor’s personality and interests. For winter sports-loving teens, Cool Party Favors shares some great ideas for favors.
Chocolate Ski Boots and Kosher Ski Pops are fun options for edible favors. Ski Glass Mugs can be filled with hot chocolate for guests to grab on their way out. Snowboard Mint Tins can be personalized with a snowboard design label and filled with refreshing candies of your choice.
Metal water bottles from Cool Party Favors are the perfect fit your winter, outdoors or ski party theme – but your guests will love using them all year round!
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Cakes and Candle Lighting
A cake is a great place to have fun with your theme! Pink Cake Box shows off this work of art for a ski-themed bar mitzvah that features three tiers all intricately decorated, and accented with edible skis, ski goggles that look scarily lifelike!
This cake from The Event Of a Lifetime forgoes the traditional tiers and instead creates a mountain studded with snow, trees, the name of the bar mitzvah boy’s favorite trails, and even the bar mitzvah boy himself!!
All In The Details….
Putting some thought into creative details can really wow your guests!
Dress the part! Ethan’s family dressed in whites, blues, silvers and giant ski socks to match the party’s ski theme. View the full bar mitzvah here.
Tailor Made Water makes exactly that, and water bottles are a great giveaway for your next affair. Adorned with a custom label (the above features a snowboarder, of course!), these water bottles can be enjoyed during the party or brought home for later use!
No matter what route you go for decorating, including real photos is always a great idea and the perfect way to add a really personal touch, a la The Event Of a Lifetime. These pictures feature the Bar Mitzvah boy skiing through the ages, and the photos are attached to real branches for an added touch.
We hope these photos have inspired you to host a winter-themed reception, as winter approaches or for a taste of cold when it’s anything but outside!
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