In the upcoming summer issue of Colorado Meetings + Events, we look at the reawakening of incentive trips and sought opinions and examples from three well-known, Colorado-based destination management companies and a tourism office that has launched unique adventure travel options that go beyond the destination.
Who doesn’t love designer items? They are chic, luxurious, well-made, but expensive. Within recent years, more and more designers have been offering office accessories to help personalize your workspace. But dropping $30 on designer paper clips may not be the best thing for your wallet. Here are various items to help make your office space look designer, but at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!
The economy is warming up, the party scene is hot and charity events must be sizzling to succeed. Within the past decade, we went from boom time to one of the tightest budget crunches in recent history and back to solid ground. Colorado’s nonprofits are delighted in the change of circumstances; however, now, more than ever, they feel the pressure to create fundraising events that are truly memorable and impressionable.
Plugging into a timely theme, the International Special Events Society Denver Chapter hosted its annual Designer Showcase at The Studios at Overland Crossing in Denver on Feb. 16. Four teams from various businesses in the industry came together to combine their creativity and display new trends, designs and innovations in the form of vignettes based on Academy award-winning films.
—1.5 oz. Bison Grass Vodka
—1 honey crisp apple, juiced
—1 honey crisp apple slice for garnish
1. Pour Bison Grass Vodka over ice.
2. Run one whole honey crisp apple through masticator or juicer and pour apple juice over vodka.
3. Garnish with a honey crisp apple slice.
Courtesy of bittersweet, located in Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood.
—2 oz. mezcal
—3 house-made cherry halves*
—1 tsp. raw sugar
—3 dashes bitters
—.5 orange slice
1. Muddle fruit, sugar and bitters in an old fashioned tumbler (short cocktail glass).
2. Add mezcal and ice, stir several times, garnish with orange slice and serve.
There aren’t a lot of places where this can happen, but it’s possible when you live in Crested Butte and have a meeting or event to attend in Aspen (or vice versa), which happened last month when I was one of six journalists from around the U.S. taking part in a media trip. A hike over West Maroon Pass on an 11-mile trail takes less that six hours at a good clip, not counting time getting to and from trailheads via car or bus. This hike isn’t for everyone as it climbs up to 12,600 feet in elevation, but groups could hire a guide for those in decent shape to make it happen.
Fall is a great time of year to experiment with different floral designs. Here are our three favorite trends for autumn 2015.
1. Textured Pieces: Unusual elements such as succulents, feathers and staves make floral arrangements more linear and dynamic. Foliage is also an important factor in creating more textured bouquets, while incorporating more stems adds a fun and contemporary flair.
All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.
A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.