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
With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, we’re anxious to get outside and start entertaining. Whether it be a birthday bash or backyard BBQ, summer parties always seem to be better in the beautiful outdoors. Houzz.com inspires some handy tips and tricks for the hardworking host to make sure all goes well. Our favorite four are below:
Photography credit :: ELC photography, Jenna Walker Photography, Recherche Photography , Alison Vagnini Photography, Gino Siller Photography, Tess Pace Photography, Mark Doolittle Photography