Calluna’s Guide to Labor Day

Another fabulous summer is coming to an end, and though we will miss the warm summer evenings and afternoon barbecues, we are welcoming fall with open arms. But before we say hello to a new season, we want to make sure we celebrate Labor Day to the fullest and send off summer with a bang! We have created a Calluna guide to the best Labor Day events happening this upcoming week, along with some tips and inspiration for hosting your own Labor Day bash.

Enjoy! Xo Calluna

Labor Day in the City: Denver is offering some fabulous events for Labor Day weekend. Whether you are looking for some fun activities to do with the kids or a special date night with the hubby, Denver has it all.

A Taste of Colorado (September 2nd-5th): “More than 50 of Coloradoans’ favorite restaurants and food establishments will gather at the Festival, featuring small portions to full meals.” Not only will A Taste of Colorado be selling tasty dishes from all around Colorado, but arts & crafts, festival rides and live music will be great options for the whole family! For more info on the festival click here!

Colorado Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks (September 2nd-4th): There is no better way to celebrate labor day than with a classic American pastime. Enjoy a Rockies baseball game at the gorgeous Coors Field, with friends, family or for date night. Not only will you get to enjoy a game during the last weeks of summer but you’ll be seconds away from all of the fabulous restaurants and bars of downtown Denver! Get tickets here!

Labor Day in the Mountains: Looking to escape for the holiday weekend? There is absolutely no better place to spend a holiday than the beautiful Colorado mountains.

Gourmet on the Gore (September 2nd-5th): “This unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits paired with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants. Gourmet on Gore offers free admission and a variety of additional pairing events including a Tasting Tour benefitting Vail Veterans Program to kick things off on Friday, September 2. New this year, world-renowned artist Anton Arkhipov created the featured art, seen here, that reflects the inviting atmosphere of Gourmet on Gore and Vail, Colorado” Find more information here!

Annual Arts & Crafts Show (September 3rd-5th Estes Park): “From September 3-5, The Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show will fill Bond Park and the adjacent downtown area with over 100 booths featuring a variety of hand-crafted goods. The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary hosts this free unique shopping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday. Available handmade goods for sale include paintings and drawings, jewelry, metal work, clothing and tapestry bags, gourmet pantry items, home décor, wood carvings, doll clothes and toys, pottery, glass and more.” For more information click here!

Wild West Air Fest (September 3rd-4th Steamboat Springs): “Labor Day Weekend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is packed with entertainment for the whole family. The Wild West Air Fest features nationally renowned performers providing edge of your seat excitement as they perform thrilling aerobatics and formation flying. Don’t miss the nonstop, action-packed performances in the extended air show this year.” For information click here!


Hosting a Labor Day Celebration: Hosting a Labor Day celebration is always a blast, but we’ve got a few tips for you to take your bash from blah to fabulous. In the last weeks of summer you want to highlight the best summer dishes and drinks and treat your guests to one last hoorah!

The Drinks: We have absolutely adored some of the drinks recipes we saw this summer, and Labor Day is the perfect occasion to show those tasty cocktails off. Try this delicious Frozen Rose Cocktail from Bon Appetit or this thirst quenching Strawberry & Peach Sangria from “Whats Gabby Cooking”… for the full recipe click here!


The Sweets: Here at Calluna we all most definitely have a sweet tooth, so we are especially excited about Labor Day treats! We absolutely adore the idea of doing a gourmet ice cream bar with all of the fabulous fixings. Your guests will appreciate the tasty options and get to feel like kids again. Want to show off your baking skills? Try a unique dessert like this Blueberry cheesecake galette, for a twist on a classic recipe. This sweet treat is tasty but also patriotic in its colors, a perfect dessert for Labor Day! For the full recipe click here!


Featured Image: Stephen Lewis via Bon Appetit Magazine 

Shop Local Series: Thats A Wrap!

The time has come for our last shop local blog post! We are so pleased to have featured some of the amazing shops of Boulder, and today we are happy to give you just a few more. We hope everybody has enjoyed our series and has been inspired to shop locally to support the vibrant community of Boulder. Make sure to look out for our full gift guide later this week!

Enjoy! xx, Calluna

Element 6: 954 North St. Second Floor, Boulder, CO

Why We Love It: Element 6 is the perfect spot to treat your body to relaxation and nourishment. Element 6 will keep your body healthy & happy, which is especially important during the Holiday season!

“Through Functional Movement, Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Massage modalities at Element 6, you learn the skills to moved nourish your body in a way that will not only enhance your present activities, but will also keep you healthy well into your golden years. This is powerful. It will transform every area of your life. It will make you happier and healthier. You only have one body, treat it well and it will treat you and your family well…let’s make it well together, it is time to Up-grade and Up-lift your Body and Health.”

Featured Item: Save 25% on all services when you mention the Calluna Events Gift Guide!

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Find Element 6 on Facebook & Instagram!

Boulder Wine Merchant: 2690 Broadway St, Boulder, CO

Why We Love It: Boulder Wine Merchant is the authority on fine wines, craft beers and spirits from around the world. The experience at Boulder Wine is incredibly unique, you will be treated specially by a passionate and educated staff. The store has everything you need for any occasion!

“The Boulder Wine Merchant is a family run neighborhood retail shop specializing in artisan crafted spirits, craft beers, and fine wine.  We focus on representing the finest producers from around the world with a wide range of price points and styles.  We strive to find value in each of these regions and pass this value on to our customers. We take great pride in our customer relationships, and we enjoy our involvement in the community. As a merchant of artisan crafted wine, beer, and spirits, it is important that we are passionate about the products we sell, and that we strive to translate this sentiment to our customers in a personal, friendly way. We endeavor to create an atmosphere where our customers can walk into the store, have someone recognize them by name and know their purchase history; you can’t get this by shopping online.”

Featured Items: Glassware! We have Zalto, Riedel and Nachtmann glasses in various styles and at extremely competitive prices.  Choosing the right wine glass has a huge impact on how the wine tastes, and is possibly the single most important factor to fully enjoying a glass of wine.  We are excited to offer an outstanding sale on Nachtmann fine crystal stemware this holiday season.  With 20% off, a set of 4 glasses is just $19.00!  Be sure to pick up a case today and start improving your overall wine experience!”

Wine Keys! These little stocking stuffers can make a big difference with the ease in which you open a bottle of wine.  We have a handful of high quality wine opening devices to offer as the perfect small gift for someone.”

Coravin! If you are a wine lover who has a hard time finishing a bottle or would like to enjoy multiple tastes of the same bottle over an extended period of time, this is the unit for you!  The Coravin system is the first and only tool in the world that lets you access, pour, and enjoy wine from a bottle – without pulling the cork.  This revolutionary system is only $299 and is the perfect give for any wine lover.”


Find Boulder Wine Merchant on Facebook & Instagram!

The Bespoke Edge

Why We Love It: For a custom, hand tailored clothing experience, there is nobody better than The Bespoke Edge. Whether you are looking for a custom design for your wedding or an amazing piece for an event, Bespoke will not disappoint.

“At Bespoke Edge, we do things a little differently. Instead of having a physical store, we come directly to your home or office anywhere on the Front Range of Colorado. You can feel the fabric, see a full-canvas construction suit, and look at each of the details that make a bespoke suit so special. We can guide you as much or as little as you like—with bespoke, you are in control.”

“Most importantly, we take all the necessary measurements to ensure that your custom suit or shirt fits you perfectly. Whether it is the difference between a single or double breasted suit, what kind of cocktail to make in the summer, or how we build our clothes, the Bespoke Edge learning center will help you out with anything you need to know.”

Featured Items: You can build shirts from the Bespoke Edge website or in-person, you can select from a featured design or create your own! Click here to shop on The Bespoke Edge website!

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Find The Bespoke Edge on Facebook & Instagram

Photos via The Bespoke Edges || Images by Brumley & Wells

Featured Photo via The Bespoke Edge || Image by Brumley & Wells 

Shop Local Series- Part VIII

The Holidays are officially in full swing and we hope that our gift guides have provided some thoughtful and genuine inspiration for gift giving this season. As our shop local series comes to an end, we are so thrilled to have been able to feature so many fabulous shops. Each of these places contributes to the vibrant community of Boulder and we feel fortunate to live and work in such an amazing town.

Enjoy! xx, Calluna

Wonder Press: 946 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO

Why we love it: Wonder Press has just about everything we love…fresh local ingredients, snacks and coffee! For some fabulous and thoughtful gifts, wonder press will do the trick. We can’t wait to try out a juice cleanse in the near future.

“We are a local, organic Juice, Coffee and Smoothie Bar.  We specialize in cold-press juice, but also serve organic broth, small snacks and coffee with house made nut milks. It can be really fun to surprise your friends and family with juice for a holiday party or Christmas morning breakfast.  Our juice is quite festive, and often makes a delicious mixer for cocktails. A 1, 2 or 3 day juice cleanse is also a very thoughtful gift.  It helps people get their New Year started off in the right healthy direction.”

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Find Wonder Press on Facebook & Instagram | Photos by Ali Vagnini 

Fiori Flowers: 2620 Broadway Street, Boulder, CO 80304

Why we love it:  Fiori can create beautiful arrangements for any special occasion – from your holiday soiree to the Christmas day festivities!  The show stopper below features airplants, poppy pods, fuji mums, dahlias, Lyisimachia,fern, eucalyptus, amaranthus, lotus pods, fuji mum. Wow – we love the diversity this offers.

“Here at Fiori we love to do things a little differently…. As this arrangement shows, it’s not a typical Christmas Theme but is till in full holiday spirit and very classy. We are also happy to customize that fits your traditional holiday needs.”


Find Fiori Flowers on Facebook! | Photo via Fiori Flowers

 The St Julien Spa & Hotel: 900 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO

Why we love it: Located in the heart of Boulder, The St Julien has been so significant in our lives here at Calluna.We have thrown so many fabulous weddings & celebrations at this amazing venue, and we simply adore the space and the terrific staff. Any family member or friend would be lucky to receive a gift from the St. Julien!

**Calluna Collaboration**: We have teamed up with the St Julien to help out with their NYE Soiree “Dance the Night Away: An Evening with Hazel Miller!” Come enjoy tray passed appetizers, a midnight balloon drop and a champagne toast! For tickets and amazing packages click here!

“The St. Julien offers several options that would serve as perfect holiday gifts. For the family member that loves to be pampered, the Spa at the St Julien offers an array of luxurious treatments, just in time for some holiday rest and relaxation. Looking for some Holiday entertainment, treat the family or kids to the production “Charlie Brown Goes to the Nutcracker” performed by the Ron LeGault Trio!”

“St Julien Hotel and Spa has helped create holiday traditions for more than 10 years. Whether you’re seeking a festive family event or an evening out with your special someone, St Julien will ensure it’s exceptional.  Continuing through New Year’s Eve, let St Julien’s signature holiday offerings become part of your beloved annual traditions.”

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Find the St Julien on Facebook! | Photos via The St Julien

Chelsea: 1646 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Why we love it: Chelsea not only has some seriously trendy clothes and designers, but also an incredible jewelry collection. We are so lucky to have such a great boutique right in downtown Boulder! So treat your loved ones to some fabulous new pieces for their wardrobe this Holiday season!

“Chelsea is a women’s clothing boutique located on the charming east end of Pearl Street. We offer the very best in clothing, accessories and jewelry from your favorite designers, both local and international. The Chelsea Girls would love to help you pick out the perfect gift this holiday season!”

“We carry some amazing gift options from designers like Chan Luu, Christy Lea Payne, Vince, Minnie Rose, James Perse and many more unique brands. Our favorite item for the holiday season is the famous silk/cashmere scarf by Chan Luu. We offer this iconic scarf in a variety of colors, and it has become a Chelsea staple. It will certainly make a great gift this season. If you’d rather shop the jewelry, you can find the special item you’ve been looking for from one of our many local Boulder/Denver designers. We are known for our extensive jewelry collection and we would love to help you pick something out. Happy holidays and we hope to see you soon!”unnamed-2 unnamed-1unnamed-3

Find “Chelsea Boulder” on Facebook and Instagram! | Photos via Chelsea Boulder

Featured Image: Ali Vagnini 

The Perfect Denver Holiday Venues

We hope everybody enjoyed the first segment of our guide to the perfect Boulder venues! Not only are we lucky enough to have some gorgeous venues right here in Boulder, but Denver also offers some seriously fantastic spots to consider for any special occasion. Here is our list of some stylish and beautiful venues in Denver to host a holiday party, engagement party, rehearsal dinner or any special occasion! Don’t forget its never too late to book us for any holiday soiree or special event!

Enjoy! Xx, Calluna

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen1317 14th Street, Denver, CO


Colt & Gray1553 Platte Street, Denver, CO

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Tamayo: 1400 Larimer Street, Denver, CO

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Ocean Prime: 1465 Larimer Street, Denver, CO

Pizzaeria Republica: 890 14th Street, Denver, CO


The Kitchen Denver: 1530 16th Street, Denver, CO


Photos via The Kitchen || Image Davis Tilly 

Featured Image: Ocean Prime 

Calluna’s Guide to Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is just around the corner and here at Calluna we are incredibly excited for the long weekend! Not only are we eager for three Calluna Couples to tie the knot this weekend,  but we are also thrilled to kick back and enjoy this All-American holiday! With gorgeous weather in the forecast we cannot wait to spend the holiday exploring what our beautiful state has to offer and appreciating our lovely country – and we hope you join in on the fun. Whether you are looking to spend the day tasting delicious food and listening to music in downtown Denver, or you are headed up to the mountains for some breathtaking scenery, our guide will give you some fantastic ideas on how to spend this upcoming weekend!


Labor Day in Denver:

Did you know we are tasty food fanatics? Last week we covered some of our favorite food truck hotspots… so it should be no surprise our recommendation is A Taste of Colorado, a downtown Denver food, music and arts festival being hosted this weekend! If doesn’t already sound perfect enough, admission is free! The festival will be packed with booths selling jewelry, clothing and other unique goodies! After you get your shopping fix, try some tasty bites from the 50 participating restaurants (our stomachs are excited already!). This festival will not disappoint and will appeal to everyone, including the kids who can enjoy the day riding carnival rides or hanging at the magic show!


Labor Day in the Mountains:

Looking to head up to the rockies for some fresh mountain air? The mountains are packed full with weekend activities including Vail’s Gourmet on Gore, and Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest. From complimentary yoga on the lawn to traditional Austrian music, these mountain festivals are guaranteed to get you off the couch and keep you entertainment. If the Austrian dancing isn’t enough for you, bring the family along for the Oktoberfest Family 1K run!


Hosting for Labor Day:

Not going to be in make it out and about for the long weekend? Hosting a labor day party is the perfect way to celebrate the last few weeks of summer surrounded by family or friends. Looking for some festive party inspiration? Martha Stewart is giving us the inside scoop with her informative yet stylish Labor Day bash guide. This Labor Day guide is perfect for the host looking to keep it simple yet festive. From a unique guacamole recipe to fresh squeezed thyme lemonade, your guests will be raving about your holiday soiree!

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Have a Happy Holiday Weekend!

| Feature Photo: Mal Prior |

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