Holiday spiked cider recipe

Here at Calluna, we love a good holiday cocktail. In honor of Thanksgiving week, we wanted to share one of our favorite, easy recipes for a spiked spiced cider. The best part? You can throw all of the ingredients in the crockpot and let it do its magic while you work on the rest of your Thanksgiving feast. Bonus – it makes your whole house smell AMAZING!


Start with two quarts of apple cider in a crockpot on low.


Add in half a cup of brown sugar and stir.

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To get a little spice, add in one teaspoon of cloves and one teaspoon of allspice. We recommend putting the spices in cheese cloth tied with twine. It makes it a little easier for drinking.



Add in four cinnamon sticks, one sliced orange, and one sliced apple. Let the mixture heat through before serving. Once ready, pour into a mug and add a splash (or two) of spiced rum.  ENJOY!


2 Quarts of Apple Cider

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of cloves

1 teaspoon of allspice

4 cinnamon sticks

1 orange – sliced

1 apple – sliced

Spiced rum

xx, Calluna

An Edgy Meets Glam Sultry Styled Photoshoot

We are beyond excited to have this sultry styled shoot featured on Ruffled blog today!

Energized by the changing seasons and the colder temperatures, we at Calluna Events set out with a mission to curate a shoot that catered to both the winter bride and holiday party enthusiast. Armed with the color palette of black, gold, and bright hues of red, we were completely inspired and ran with an edgy roaring 20s vibe that was dripping in glitz and glam!

We paired up with Denver’s talented vendors – each bringing their own personal flair and interpretation to our speakeasy theme and together a sultry, rich, and totally gorgeous shoot came together.

Epernay Lounge in downtown Denver served double duty not only as our one of a kind sultry venue, but assisted in the ideation of our spooky speakeasy, contributing everything from the dripping tapered candles to the gold gilded pumpkins.

Merci Bouquet showed up with extravagant blooms in hand, exploding with texture and color. The unexpected combo of fruits + florals to garnish the table scape effortlessly complimented our distinct color palette, bringing poise and synergy to the entire shoot. Dark boutonnieres flattered the eye-catching textured bouquets, and an abundant array of candles topped off the vibrant black sequined La Tavola linen. Gold flatware, chargers and a matte black napkins were the finishing touches. Each detail was carefully crafted to dramatize our gorgeous venue and complete the already sexy, intimate vibe. It was nearly impossible to tear your eyes away from the giltz of it all.

Our couple sat like royalty in Charming Chairs’ King chairs – their newest edition and a never been photographed speciality. With such a commanding presence, we paired these one of a kind  love seats alongside the clean white Louise chair to create a juxtaposition of our darker colors.

Lolli and Pops took us back the Roaring 20s with indulgent sweets and candies – Charleston Chew’s, cream sodas and gold and silver rock candy that looked almost too good to eat. Sugarmill brought our delicious macaroons, decorated with flecks of gold and delicate black detail. Each sweet treat seamlessly fell into the mix.

A & Be bridal shop generously presented two never been photographed dresses for the shoot. The Catherine Dean “Tallulah” dress and the Rue de Seine “Leif” dress from the 2016 “Nomadic Love” Collection were featured and individually lent a hand in completing the look we were striving to accomplish. The simplicity and elegance of each dress were breathtaking and stole the show. We loved the intricate beading detail on both dresses, emulating the Great Gatsby glamour with a modern edgy spin… swoon. Our grooms were clothed in beautiful custom Bespoke Edge suits – clean, polished, and perfectly suave.

Bubbles were popped over a dramatic champagne tower, compliments of Moet & Chandon Champagne. The intricate tower was hand-crafted on top of a glamorous gold sequin linen provided by Event Rents. As a special surprise, dry ice circled the centerpiece to create just enough spook for this Halloween centric shoot.

Last but certainly not least, Emily Sacco from Emily Sacco Photography photographed the entire shoot. The angles she captured, the colors she accentuated, and the overall feeling she curated through her photos was absolutely jaw dropping. We are overjoyed with the final product!

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Holiday Decor Inspiration

Boulder is officially looking like a winter wonderland and we can’t help but get in the decorative mood! Whether you are hosting the Holidays at your home for all of your family and friends, or planning a small gathering to celebrate the season, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite Holiday decor tips perfect for any occasion! We are seeing some new and fabulous trends this season, and we hope this helps turn your home into a festive space!

Enjoy! xx, Calluna

Holiday Greens:

While we love a traditional Christmas tree, we are obsessing over some of the new trends we are seeing in some trees this year. Mixing up your tree decor is the perfect way to add a splash of festivity to your home, and you’ll have a blast straying from your traditional decorations.

Don’t be afraid to go small. A little tree can still make a BIG statement. We adore this table-top tree, it fits perfectly in the room but still makes the area feel festive and bright.


via Country Living || Photo by James Merrell

Play with florals: How unique and gorgeous is this tree wrapped in colorful flowers? We have truly never seen anything like it and we think it is the perfect way to incorporate some unique colors into the holiday season. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a splash of pink!


via Designlovefest || Photo by Ivan Solis

Go for Gold: We are loving the gold and metallic elements we are seeing in this years Holiday decor. Whether you are incorporating gold branches or your favorite metallic ornaments, silver and gold will give your home a sparkly and warm vibe.


via Alice Lane Home || Photo Nicole Hill Gerulat 

The Holiday Table:

There is no better way to express your holiday style than through a beautiful table! There are so many fabulous ways to dress up your dining space, and we are so inspired by the creativity we are seeing.

Utilize Classic Colors: There are most definitely ways to incorporate the classic “red and green” without going overboard. We love the use of cranberries and greenery as a way to give the table a classic pop of color. Mason jars are also the perfect vessel to give your table a rustic feel.


via Yellow Bliss Road || Photo by Kristin Bergthold (left)

via House Beautiful || Photo by Renee Brock (right)

Pop of Plaid: We adore the pop of plaid in this holiday table scape. The greenery and plaid napkins make the setting feel cozy and comfortable. If you want to go full blown plaid, consider using a table cloth, but these plaid napkins give just the right amount of pattern.


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Don’t Underestimate Simple Colors (and some sparkle): We love the color combo of white, gold and some sparkles! Though this color palette is rather simple, the sparkly placements and metallic accents make this table setting something special!



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Dont Neglect the Outside: 

The outside of your home needs some holiday love too! Don’t forget to add some festive decor to the outside as well, to give your space an extra feel of holiday cheer!

Get Creative with your Wreaths:  Welcome your visitors with a gorgeous wreath full of unique plants like ivy, moss and eucalyptus! All of these gorgeous greens are a great way to decorate for the holidays!


via Country Living || Photo by Minna Mercke Schmidt

Light it Up: Theres no better way to bring holiday decor to your home than through twinkly Christmas lights. We love this combo of lights and bright green garland.


via Country Living || Photo by Burcu Avsar


Featured Image via House Beautiful || Inspired By This

Holiday Wreath Design Class

Join us for a festive evening creating and decorating a holiday wreath with Frances of Prema. Using berries, feathers, succulents, dried flowers, ribbons and more, you will decorate your own evergreen wreath as well as learn how to make a simple wreath from willow branches and other natural materials.

unknownHosted at the one and only Calluna Events studio – 1435 Yarmouth Avenue #101, Boulder, Colorado.

On Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The price for the class is $100 and includes both an evergreen wreath, supplies to create a willow wreath, and some delicious mulled wine!

Reach out to Frances at Prema to sign up now (! Space is limited and this holiday wreath class will fill up quickly. We can guarantee this is an event you won’t want to miss! xx, Calluna

Getting Your Home Holiday Ready

The holidays are just around the corner and we at Calluna Events want to make your holiday season as smooth and seamless as possible! Which is why we reached out our favorite organization company, Organization & Relocation. Sheryl and her team know that an organized home is key. We were so happy that they were willing to offer some hot tips on how to keep your home neat and tidy for the holidays! And if these tips simply aren’t enough, be sure to reach out to the Organization & Relocation team. We are confident they can get your home in order before the holidays are in full swing! xx, Calluna


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“Tis the season for guests, entertaining, shopping and decorating. Keeping your home peaceful and organized with the demands of of the holidays can seem like a daunting challenge. Yet clearing the clutter and a little bit of organizing can help lessen stress, free up time and create some welcome ease. Here are our holiday organizing tips to keep you sane this season:

Holidays are the time of year to celebrate life with family and friends. When we are organized there is more time to enjoy the season with those we love.

Happy Organizing!

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| Photo Credit: Bryan Rowe Photography |

Natural holiday decorating ideas from Prema

We have so much gratitude for the inspiring and kind people we meet and have the fortune to work with. We first met Frances from Prema at her siblings wedding. Her sister Virginia is a dear friend and colleague, and Owner of Aspen based Bluebird Productions. We have watched as Frances has collaborated with Virginia on remarkable weddings and visionary styled shoots.

We have been collaborating with Frances to style and provide florals for a holiday party we are planning this month. We were delighted for her wreath decorating workshop she co-hosted at Cedar and Hyde, one of our favorite local boutiques. Through our meetings, collaborations and seeing her designs, we are simply in awe of her talent and styling genius. It seemed only fitting that we should ask Frances to share some of her favorite holiday decorating ideas. So without further ado we give you Frances own words….

My Favorite Natural Holiday Decorating Ideas by Frances

This time of year simply calls for decoration and celebration. It’s a time for jubilant gatherings of friends and family and for cozy evenings with warm drinks and sweet treats beside a fire. Bringing the outside in with natural evergreen and floral elements is a lovely way to enhance any celebration. Wreaths, garlands, flower arrangements and seasonal potted plants bring a fresh and festive spirit to the home around the holidays.

Here are a few of my favorite elements to incorporate in seasonal decorating:

Berries: The bright pop of red ilex berries absolutely speaks “winter” to me. The contrast of the plump densely gathered berries on their spindly woody stems to the dark rich color of magnolia leaves and evergreen boughs is enough to make a perfect holiday centerpiece by itself. Boughs of shiny green holly, placed in a simple pitcher or vase, with their round bright berries also makes an easy but polished looking winter design.


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Photo from Prema

Citrus – If you want to create a wintery arrangement without relying on the classic red and green combo, using citrus elements such as Satsuma oranges or branches of kumquat fruits is a wonderful alternative. The waxy peel of the fruit reflects the light while the fruit itself adds a delicate and crisp fragrance to any design. Adding citrus to a floral design of assorted white flowers and glossy foliage creates a wintery-fresh look with an air of lightness



Photo source; floral design by Sarah Winward

Seasonal Flowers – In our world today where it seems like everything and anything is possible at whatever time we might desire it, there is something so wonderful about a flower that remains only available for a brief season. This seasonality is precious and something to be celebrated. One of my all-time favorite flowers to design with this time of year is the bold and beautiful amaryllis. It comes in a variety of colors, from crisp white, deep crimson, to a peachy pink. They add so much drama to a flower arrangement and are quintessentially holiday. The sweetly fragrant paperwhite narcissus are another one of those special Christmas-time flowers. The bulbs are easy to pot and grow inside, and then one they get so tall that they begin to sway, the stems can be cut for flower arrangements.


Photo Prema


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Sugar and Spice – Dried quince slices and long cinnamon sticks are some of my favorite elements to incorporate into seasonal wreaths and arrangements. The orange color of the quince and the warm aroma of the cinnamon add a bit of sweetness, spice and spark to holiday decor.


Photo Prema


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Candles – The nights are long this time of year. It can feel a little dark and cold without the right kind of spirit. That’s where candles, and lots of them, come to the rescue! Lining a holiday table with elegant tapers, or sparkly votives brings an intimate brightness to any event. I also love playing up a mantelpiece with thick pillar candles or festive painted-lanterns interspersed among boughs of evergreens.

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Photo from Calluna


Thank you Frances for sharing your talents with us!

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