Party Plans

For a cold-climate destination replication of the French Alps, follow these hot cocktail recipes, fondue recipes, and tips for décor!

  • Hot Cocktails

  • Baked Apple Pie

    30 oz unfiltered apple juice
    4 whole cloves
    3 cinnamon sticks
    2 star anise pods
    6 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

  • Peppermint Mocha Toddy

    1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
    ½ oz Dark Crème de Cacao
    1 teaspoon crème de menthe
    4 oz Hot Chocolate
    Whipped cream
    Shaved chocolate or chocolate sprinkles for garnish

  • Winter Wonderland

    1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
    1 oz Bushmills Whiskey
    White hot chocolate
    Whipped cream
    Cinnamon for garnish

  • Artisanal Cheese Fondue

    Smooth and rich, this fondue recipe is the classic après ski dish on menus in the French Alps.

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Fondue

    For those who love sweets.

  • Decor

  • Fireplace

    A fireplace serves as a gathering spot in a ski lodge after a long day on the slopes.

    If you do not have an indoor fireplace, create an outdoor fireplace on a non-flammable dry surphase with a “Light ‘n Go Bonfire log from

    For a high-tech option, put a crackling fire DVD on your TV.  You will not get the heat of the fire, but the sight and sound of the fire will create a cozy environment.

  • Setting The Tone

    Drape tables and furniture with winter throws (the one above is from Lands’ End) to create a warm feeling for your ski staycation

    Arrange pine cones and evergreen branches throughout the space to perfume the air with a pine scent which is reminiscent of the aroma of a ski slope coursing along an evergreen forest.

    You can even use artificial pinecones and evergreen branches that have been recycled from your Christmas decorations.

  • Complete The Look

    Skiing is not the same without freshly fallen snow.  Cut out paper snowflakes and hang them around the room and in the windows, doorways and ceiling.  Embellish the snowflakes with glitter for an added sparkle.

  • Ski Gear

    When you are on your stay-cation, you do not have to hide your ski gear in the closet.  Use poles, skiis, boots, coats, scarves/hats/gloves and goggles for decoration around the home.  Place the boots near the fire to keep them warm, place the skiis and poles near the front door.  This will give you the sense that you have just come off the mountain.

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