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 is a more 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 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! Elegant flowers 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.
The Event Of a Lifetime has created various centerpieces to achieve a memorable winter theme. This ski-themed centerpiece features a variety of real winter paraphernalia like logs, pine branches, skis and and ski poles
Another creative display from The Event of a Lifetime uses snow (not real, of course!) and ski trail names to distinguish tables.
For the adult tables The Event Of a Lifetime makes a more elegant statement with a huge bouquet 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! 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 huge tablescape of 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 tablecloth with a white design in this escort table by Best Wedding Decor. White cards jut out from the centerpiece adding to the visual appeal. DIY options available from Koyal Wholesale.
Escort & Place Cards
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!!
Prop Factory shows us a genius idea for place cards that mimic ski tags! Hung to the wall, these tags feature the guest’s name and table number, and even goes so far as to feature a fake bar code! Skiers, snowboarders and lodge-dwellers alike will appreciate how accurate these tags look!
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!
Party & Cocktail Hour Entertainment
If entertainment is on the agenda, look no further than Interactive Entertainment Concepts. 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!
Logos & Favors
For Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and Sweet Sixteens, logos and favors are popular, and a great way to showcase the guest of honor’s personality and interests. Treehouse Creative shows some great ideas for creating a logo and incorporating it into your favor.
For a more feminine, cool winter logo, one option is a logo in blues, purples and pinks with snowflakes, later tacked on to a string bag for guests!
For the avid skier or snowboarder, a logo that looks like ski goggles or a snowboard placed on a hoodie or shirt, respectively, are great options! Designs by Treehouse Creative.
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!
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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