Trying to Keep Up on Skis
Apres-ski is social activity and entertainment at a lodge, after a day of skiing on the slopes.
I can tell you from experience, it’s also an opportunity to warm yourself by a fire, while having something to drink that warms you from the inside out! Not to mention, an opportunity to wear some cute fuzzy boots and other sporty ski attire.
It’s one of my favorite aspects of skiing, because it also means I survived another day on the mountain!
My guys love…check that…adore skiing. They are all about the speed. Me, not so much. I need to feel I’m in some control. That’s why I make wide S’s, with big loops down the slopes. The three of them are always waiting patiently for me at the bottom of each run. Seriously, I think they miss out on all that beautiful scenery. The joke is that I see two to four times as much mountain as they do!
Today, I have an apres-ski buffet, featuring my collection of winter and lodge-themed serving pieces and décor.
Decorating with a Lodge Theme
To replicate the apres-ski atmosphere at home, I used a lodge theme when we remodeled the game room several years ago. Here’s my dearly loved, obviously faux moose head. The moose is sporting a Santa hat and ‘lights’ for the holiday. I decorate his anthers to match the seasons.
Mr. Moose is eyeballing the apres-ski buffet across the room, set upon cabinets from Pottery Barn’s Printer’s Collection. I like how the furniture looks vintage (it also comes in black), and replicates the look of a typesetter’s cabinet. Behind those glass doors are lots and lots of games. We are a game playing family and its nice having them handy to pull out.
Those are real snow shoes in the corner. Not that they’ve ever gotten put to use! The real skis, boots and poles are too modern looking and are stored elsewhere.
Apres-Ski Party at the Lodge
In the center of the apres-ski lodge buffet is my prized reindeer punch bowl, surrounded by matching cups. It’s not silver or pewter so it doesn’t really tarnish. A little soap and water does the trick. I think its’ made of a kind of aluminum or alloy?
Tucked around the table are some other decorative elements, including real anthers. There is also some faux snow I commented about in Polar Bear Frolic Tablescape.
On one end of the apres-ski buffet is a pair of white, tree stump cake stands. I found them several years ago at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. The cake stands came in three sizes, and I still see them on occasion in the stores.
The tree stump servers are perfect for serving desserts and other treats. Tucked around their bases are frosted pinecones of various sizes, along with artificial evergreen branches. A circular tray under the larger cake stand matches the reindeer punch bowl with it’s border of deer and trees. A tall white feather tree stands in the corner.
The set of mini skis, poles and sled on the buffet were borrowed from Muffy and Hoppy Vanderbear (dressed as a pilgrim and Indian in Thanksgiving Figures Decorate Home), who must be off in the hot tub?!
Moving back towards the center, is a good view of the snowshoe tabletop lamp. I found it at a boutique shop near Seven Springs ski resort. My sister-in-law and I needed some retail therapy and a break (pun not intended!) from freezing on the slopes.
The Welcome, Apres Ski Lodge sign was purchased online from a ski town shop in Colorado a number of years ago. It normally hangs on the wall on the other side of the room. On the shelves next to it are some of my stuffed moose and collection of family ski trip photographs.
On the opposite end of the buffet I have a long oblong tray (it’s part of the same collection as the punch bowl) set on a red toboggan, ready to hold more delicious apres-ski snacks.
You might recognize the deer and the toboggan from the centerpiece in Enchanting Woodland Tablescape.
Both the wooden deer and toboggan normally decorate the downstairs game room.
Depending on what I’m serving, I sometimes use a large twig basket with deer head instead of the toboggan platter. The basket is great to fill with rolls or flatware wrapped in napkins (especially my new twig flatware from Pier One this year).
In that case, I move the long toboggan and tray to the coffee table (originally an ammunition crate) seen above.
Recognize those candles and twig hurricane from Brunch at the Red Barn Tablescape? I really enjoy creating centerpieces by mixing things up décor elements and accessories from around the house.
Bringing Colorado Home
The very best part of trying to keep up with my guys on skis, has been the opportunity for fun-filled family vacations. We’ve been fortunate to ski in some truly wonderful towns, set in in the middle of breathtaking mountain scenery. Places like Whistler, Canada, and Aspen, Snowmass and Steamboat Colorado.
Do you ski? Have a favorite ski town or resort you’d recommend?