• Winter Is in the Air

     
    POSTED July 14, 2015
     

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.

One such venue is River Roast in Chicago. The M+E team took a walkthrough (and ate delicious apps—thanks River Roast!) to get a feel of how planners could use the space during the colder months. It was 86 degrees and holidays were nowhere in our minds, but it was fun to see what the team there imagined a holiday event would look like.

Now is the perfect time to start planning such events. Venues might have more availability and taking walkthroughs will help immensely in designing any holiday events you might have in the pipeline. Talk to local venues and places you’re interested in to see if they would be able to show you what a Christmas or holiday party would look like. 

MIX: Two parts Honeyville Chokecherry Lime Mixer to one part Honey House Distillery Colorado Honey Whiskey.

ADD: Club soda or sparkling water to taste. Also can use ginger ale or ginger beer.

FINISH: Press equal parts fresh basil and mint leaves and add to beverage. Serve over ice.

Courtesy of Honey House Distillery, Durango

 

INGREDIENTS
—5 oz. Crawdaddy’s Cold Brew Coffee
—1 oz. sweetened condensed milk
—1.5 oz. bourbon
—dash orange bitters
—orange peel 

DIRECTIONS
Add cold brew, sweetened condensed milk and bourbon to a Collins glass. Stir until sweetened condensed milk is incorporated. Add crushed ice. Dash bitters on top and garnish with orange peel.

Courtesy of Pablo’s Coffee, Denver

 

More than 6,000 attendees representing at least 70 countries gathered in Denver from May 19-23 for the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace. Denver last hosted IPW 27 years ago, and this one was particularly special since it marked the showcase’s 50th anniversary.