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How to Host an Après-Ski Inspired Dinner Party

Feature: Short read
Words by Heidi Lauth Beasley

Fondue, firepits, and friends sipping hot drinks by candlelight. That’s right, it’s officially ski season and few things are as exquisitely cosy as the time-honoured tradition of the ‘after-skiing’ Alps dinner. The St. Moritz après-ski mentality is always two parts celebration and one part comfort. Think Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of Charade, sipping wine in her big black sunglasses on the French slopes. It’s chic but chilled, and an exceptional excuse to consume Comté.

The good news is that you don’t have to hit the slopes or face the potential emotional turmoil of using a ski lift, to enjoy the warming wonders of après-ski dining. With fluffy throws, an artfully-presented cheeseboard and the right menu of rich delights, you can create the perfect setting for a winter birthday party or any cold-weather event. Blankets and brie at the ready, here’s how to transform your home into a St. Moritz wonderland – winter dinner party menu, ski lodge setting and Alps-inspired tableware included. 

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The Luxurious Ski Lodge Setting

This is a social affair that calls for natural woods, warm bonfire tones and enough cosy fabrics to create the illusion that it’s just started snowing outside. Bed down with board games and candlelight, but for truly unforgettable dining entertainment, invest in the Delivita wood-fired oven. This statement all-year-round pizza oven can be used outdoors and indoors, and it’s the perfect piece of kit for cooking steak au poivre and fondue-ready bread slices. Welcome drinks by the fire, anyone? 

Winter-Warmer Table Decor Ideas

One word: feast. Forget dainty servings and regimented courses. Instead, opt for more-is-more family feast dining. It goes without saying that a well-stocked cheeseboard should take centre stage, and with the assistance of the quintessential cast-iron casserole dish by Le Creuset, you can also serve comforting cold weather classics straight from the oven. Add a touch of glamour with gold details, wooden tones and the apt Chateau Baccarat wine glasses. Santé! 

Winter-Warmer Table Decor Ideas

The Winter Dinner Party Menu

From fromage to the finest truffles, the cold weather is nature’s official invite to eat our richest offerings. Set the mood with a crisp, celebratory glass of Champagne or invite your guests to warm their fingers on a hot cup of cocoa. Sweet potato ratatouille, Gruyère raclette and magret de canard will all make for fantastic family-style sharing mains. Just remember, there’s nothing quite like the formidable combination of Gruyère and a berry-hint Pinot Noir. Now sit back and let the silky scent of Cognac and chocolate do the rest. 

The Winter Dinner Party Menu

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