Candles, Cake & Snow: How To Host A Sledding Birthday Party

updated May 4, 2022
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If you were born in January in Chicago, there’s a fairly good chance you’ve had at least one sledding birthday party. (Chicago is not known for its hills, but we make do.) Now that I find myself back in arctic winter weather after many years away, a sledding party sounds like the perfect cabin fever-busting celebration.

You only need a few things to host a sledding party: willing partygoers bundled to the nines, extra hats/mittens/scarves for those who are without, perhaps a set of handwarmers for everyone’s pockets, plenty of sleds (toboggans, tubes, saucers, trash bags, and/or pieces of cardboard), and warming food for before and after. Any of the delicious dishes from my Faux Snow Party menu would be appropriate, while Spiced Apple Cider and any of The Kitchn’s 10 Hot & Boozy Drinks to Get Cozy With This Winter are always welcome in the winter.

And for those of you who can’t stand to have anything holiday-esque around after the new year, my advice is to avoid the color red. Red + sleds = visions of reindeer and Santa, when really the sledding season can last months beyond the big man’s departure. Sticking to a palette of white, cream, brown, blue, and green will ensure your party feels wintery, not Christmas-y.

Here are a few frosty treats and accessories to get everyone in the sledding mood:

Have you ever hosted or attended a sledding party? Please share!