Our Picks - Top 5 Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Elevate Your Gathering

There is something so special about the holiday season. Maybe we’re suckers who love any excuse to throw a good party but this is one of our favorite times of the year! ‘Tis the season of gathering together with your loved ones, gift giving and celebrating over a fabulous meal— and what pairs better with that than some holiday-inspired cocktails, are we right?!

Today, we’ve rounded up our top 5 cocktail recipes to impress your friends and family alike this holiday season and we wanted to share them with you. These chilly December evenings make us want to mix up one of our favorites, cozy up next to the fireplace and watch the snow fall outside.

From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and we hope you, too, can enjoy these festive cocktails with us this season!

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Colleen + Jon | River Bend, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Oh, Colleen + Jon. Where do we even begin? From the first moment we hopped on a call with Colleen, it was an instant connection. We discovered so many life parallels during our chat— we had both went to college in Orlando, spent an extended period of time traveling in Thailand, met our S/O’s on dating apps….it was clear we were supposed to know each other.

When we started the planning and had the opportunity to meet in real life, it felt like sitting down with old friends. Their ease and grace throughout the planning was nothing short of amazing and it was so apparent they were madly in love with each other. Their senses of humor were also on point (which we can appreciate).

Colorado has a way of being a bit temperamental with it’s weather in the Fall. On the day of their rehearsal, the beautiful River Bend was covered in a layer of snow. But 24 hours later, it had completely transformed into the most perfect Fall day you could ask for. We still smile thinking back to how much fun Colleen + her ladies were having in the glamping tent. Throughout the entire day, you could hear them laughing over champagne (and maybe the occasional shot of tequila), supporting each other and truly enjoying every moment they had together.

Colleen + Jon really wanted to make sure the focus was on the most important part of the day— the ceremony. The lovely Jen of Small Circle Ceremonies had all of us in tears with an incredibly emotional and beautifully spoken ceremony (and don’t get us started with C+J’s own vows— sheesh. Cue the water works). Surrounded by 40 of their closest friends and family, Colleen + Jon entered the next chapter of their life together.

From their matching Converse shoes to their heartfelt “first moment” together where they opted not to see each other but hold hands behind a tree, their day was magic. The seriously awesome duo, Allie + Marcus, of Cold Iron Photography captured this day in a way that conveyed every ounce of happiness, love, and fun.

We could go on and on about how much we love Colleen + Jon, their wedding day and their vendor team. Instead, we’ll let you scroll through their stunning photos and share in a little of the joy with all of us.

Cheers, Colleen + Jon! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness together and a friendship we hope to continue for years to come. We love you guys. Xo.

Venue: River Bend

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Cold Iron Photography

Floral Design: Farmette Flowers

Dress: Willowby Watters

Makeup: Brooke Rock Beauty

Catering + Desserts: Savory Cuisines

DJ: DJ Malike

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Casey + Matt | The Lyons Farmette, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Casey + Matt were married on just about the perfect summer day in August. With farm animals, locally grown flowers, and dinner + dancing under the stars— The Lyons Farmette never lets us down. Their farm-centric wedding was a mix of whimsical, colorful, and beautiful and incorporated some fantastic personal touches to make the day theirs— one of our favorite elements had to be their handmade patterned napkins and wood cuts brought from a family farm back home that were set at every guest table. The combination of these DIY elements was made even more lovely by the gorgeous florals from Plume & Furrow! We adored the range of colors in a softer, romantic palette which was complemented by the dusty blue tones of the bridesmaids dresses.

There’s nothing better than when couples aren’t afraid to be themselves. Casey + Matt made their grand entrance into their reception to the Lion King song— you know the one, right?! Lulu’s BBQ served up a delicious and casual BBQ dinner while guests caught up over drinks, story exchanges and plenty of laughter. After dinner, Elite Entertainment brought the fun and dance party!

And did we mention the way that these two look at each other? Swoon. Casey + Matt are clearly the perfect match. Cheers, you two! We wish you all the best in newly married life! Xo.

Venue: Lyons Farmette

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Robin Cain Photography

Floral Design: Plume & Furrow

Hair + Makeup: Wedlocks Bridal

Catering: Lulu’s BBQ

DJ: Elite Entertainment

Desserts: The Dessert Stand

Officiant: Lyons Community Church - Emily

Transportation: Buster

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Darcy + Cory | The St Vrain, Longmont, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Today on the blog, we’re looking back on the gorgeous wedding of one of very own lead planners. Our girl Darcy loves a good party— which means she knows how to throw a good party. Darcy + Corey were married at The St Vrain in Longmont— an industrial, modern venue with well thought out touches everywhere you look. From their first look nook and stylish lounge seating to the cross-back chairs and wood farm tables, this place has it all. Naturally, it seemed like the perfect spot for them to make it official!

Darcy is the lead designer of root + gather events; she personally has a love for clean, minimalist designs which shown through in her own wedding design. We loved how all of her bridesmaids wore varying styles of white dresses alongside her stunning, customized lace wedding gown from Emma & Grace. Can we talk about that awesome lace-up deep v neckline for just a second?! 10/10.

To these two, candlelight was an important element to bring into their day Who doesn’t love dinner by candlelight to set the perfect romantic mood? Hundreds of candles lined their ceremony aisle and adorned their guest tables which created a cozy, inviting vibe for all of their closest friends and family. One of our favorite details had to be the European skull mount hanging above them as they exchanged vows which was softened by candlelight, crystal chandeliers, and the gorgeous dark wood backdrop at The St Vrain.

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were greeted with pre-ceremony drinks— a glass of champagne or a Bud Light (hey, got to cover all of your guest preferences you know!). The evening continued into the beautiful basement level of The St Vrain for cocktail hour. With a built in bar, comfy furniture, and a heel-friendly outdoor courtyard, this venue let’s you utilize every inch of it’s gorgeous space for your event.

Of course, dancing was a priority for these guys and Cameron of 5280 Mobile DJ brought it for them! Darc + Corey danced the night away with their friends and family as they stepped into newly married life.

Congratulations, guys! We love you and couldn’t be more thrilled for you! Xo.

Awesome Vendor Team:

Venue: The St Vrain

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: EP Love

Floral Design: A Florae

HMU: Brooke Rock Beauty

Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal Studio

Invitation Suite: Stefanie Hofmeister

Catering: Sugar Pine Catering

Rentals: All Events

DJ: 5280 Mobile DJ

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Andrea + Max | Lionscrest Manor // The Studio Boulder | Colorado Wedding Planner

We. Love. Fall. Weddings. You may have heard us say this once or twice (or a million time) before. Max + Andrea’s Boulder, Colorado wedding day was one that you secretly wish every couple would host. They started the morning off with a beautiful ceremony overlooking the mountains at Lionscrest Manor surrounded by Fall colors. It was then followed by brunch— complete with a build-your-own omelette station, a bloody mary and mimosa bar, and a leisurely, relaxed morning spent with their family and friends. They built in a couple hours for an afternoon nap (always needed after a properly done brunch) and continued the festivities into the evening with dancing and cocktails at The Studio Boulder. Shout out to Red Aspen Photography for sharing these great photos of the day with us!

Guests were greeted by a table filled with cozy fleece blankets and shawls to keep everyone warm on the chilly Colorado Fall morning. The rustic wooden arch was decorated with festive Fall florals by the lovely Rachel, owner of A florae. Though the morning started off a bit windy, Colorado decided to play nice and calmed the winds as the ceremony started. The couple decided to pay a bit of homage to Max’s Chinese heritage and creatively planned a unity ceremony around tea (a uni-tea ceremony, get it? Sorry….we’ll stop with the puns here).

We loved how many personal details Max + Andrea brought into their wedding day. Our favorite touch had to be the 1,200+ hand-folded paper cranes which created the most stunning backdrop behind the couple’s table during brunch. Andrea spent countless hours making and assembling these beautiful strings of cranes— we started doing the math on it and determined she would have folded 3-4 cranes per day over the last year— phew! That’s commitment. Andrea + Max also chose to build their table numbers out of white Legos and placed thank you notes on each table that were written in both English and Chinese. After a relaxed meal provided by A Spice of Life and quality time with their guests, everyone had a couple hours to enjoy whether hiking, napping, or exploring downtown Boulder.

From there, the party continued at The Studio Boulder. The venue boldly rocks the industrial look but has whimsical and fun touches like neon signage and an indoor Airstream lounge for guests to enjoy. The couple chose to serve desserts and late night snacks alongside cocktails. They finished up the evening dancing the night away. Cheers, Max + Andrea! It was such a pleasure to be a part of your day. We can’t wait to see you again on your next trip out to Colorado. Xo.

Venues: Lionscrest Manor + The Studio Boulder

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Red Aspen Photography

Floral Design: A florae

Catering: A Spice of Life

DJ: 5280 Mobile DJ

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Kate + Dustin | River Bend, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

We l-o-v-e-d the vibe that Kate + Dustin had goin’ on for their wedding day. From the very start, we knew Kate + Dustin’s wedding would be unique and inclusive of all the right elements to personalize it to who they are (may we add— we totally dig who they are). Kate + Dustin showed up first thing in the afternoon to start erecting their tipi so they could exchange vows underneath it later that evening. This tipi held a lot of sentimental value to these two as well— Kate was actually living in it when Kate + Dustin first met. Seriously, how cute is that?

Family and friends came from around the country to join in their celebration and not a detail was missed— from the stunning flower arrangements to the sweetest little camper setup to the eclectic variety of beautiful lounge furniture nestled into cozy riverside spots for guests to enjoy. One of our favorite elements from the day had to be their DIY flower crown bar. It was open to their guests to create their own personal flower crowns and boutonnieres. Throw in some acoustic music and good cocktails, a delicious farm-to-table meal provided by the fab GB Culinary and a silent disco party to end the night and, well, we can see it doesn’t get much better than that.

Beyond the details and the party, these two were one of the most sweet, soft-spoken, and beautiful couples we’ve had the pleasure to work with. They really brought their every day life into their wedding day in full force. Their love of the outdoors and homegrown elements showed through in every detail. Kate + Dustin, we adore you! Serious gratitude for allowing us to play a part in such an incredible day! Cheers to many more years of happiness ahead!

Venue: River Bend

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: June Cochran

Florals: Plume & Furrow (bouquets, ceremony arrangements + centerpieces) + Red Daisy Farm (DIY flower crown bar)

Caterer: GB Culinary

Band: Mark Diamond Band

Silent Disco: Sound Down Party

Espresso Cart: Espresso Affair

Wedding Cake: Tee & Cakes

Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

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Cora + Kendall | Lyons Farmette, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Cora + Kendall’s Farmette wedding day was the perfect embodiment of Fall— and a wedding that had been in the works for over 2 years. From the dark purple and burgundy hues of Cora’s bouquet to the cherry pie they served for dessert, their wedding included so many of the details we love. As a previous floral designer and current landscape designer, it was no surprise that Cora had such an incredible vision when it came to their wedding flowers—- and who better to knock it out of the park than Lace & Lilies?! Seriously. Be ready to swoon.

Both Cora + Kendall got their wedding day look from the fabulous Ember Hairstream— a mobile beauty parlor (the most adorably adorned vintage airstream) that offers on-site hair and makeup to brides in addition to barber services for the guys. Such a fabulous experience! The beautiful triangle arch was built by the bride’s father (and of course, would be repurposed later for some landscaping design in their own family yard)! The triangle shape was also symbolic as it tied into Cora + Kendall’s ring tattoos- which they opted for instead of traditional bands. We also adored the texture and definition that the pampas grass lining the aisle created for their ceremony. It was the perfect accompaniment to the hand built arch made from reclaimed lumber.

More fun details included signature cocktails— an Old Fashioned + a Floradora (a gin cocktail made with muddle raspberries and lime juice). Instead of doing a father/daughter dance, Cora and her dad sang “Teach Your Children” together which was so. sweet.

Cheers, Cora + Kendall! We loved being a part of your day! Fabulous vendor team listed below.

Venue: Lyons Farmette

Planning: root + gather events

Photography: Jill Houser Photography

Floral Design: Lace & Lilies

Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals

Dress: The Bridal Collection

Hair + Makeup - Ember Hairstream

Catering: Three Tomatoes

DJ: Colorado Wedding Productions

Dessert: Colorado Cherry Company + family

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Meaghan + Jon | River Bend, Lyons, CO | Colorado Wedding Planner

Where do we even begin with Meaghan + Jon’s wedding day? Meaghan may have earned top spot as our most carefree and adventurous brides of all time. It was clear why Jon fell in love with such a fun-loving, free-spirited, and good-natured woman. Their wedding day was so many lovely things wrapped into one.

To start the day, these two had such a meaningful ceremony. We so loved the attention and focus on the importance of family, on their absolutely adorable son Henry (who LOVED giving everyone hugs), and on two becoming one. All of their guests were in awe of the magic that is River Bend. The cliffs that hug the property and the gently flowing river running alongside the cocktail hour is, well, pure magic. Guests grabbed cocktails and dipped their feet in the river to cool off on the warm summer evening.

Meaghan was stunning in her Hayley Paige dress—- but don’t let the wedding dress fool you! She was game to take off her shoes and play around in the river for some of our favorite bridal shots captured by the talented Ashley Tiedgen. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your couples enjoy the night to the fullest and be immersed in all of the moments of their special day.

They had a casual and delicious BBQ dinner by Lulu’s Catering. Their guest tables incorporated an inviting mix of candlelight, greenery and some beautiful patterned plates and gold flatware by Colorado Party Rentals. Instead of a garter toss they did a beer toss (opened beer - so fun).

Cheers to many, many more years of happiness, Meaghan, Jon + Henry! We were so honored to be a part of your wedding day and would do it all over again if we could!

Venue: River Bend 

Photography: Ashley Tiedgen Photography

Floral Design: Boulder Blooms

Live Music: Paul Vincent Frost  // Mason Town 

Rentals: Harvest Table Company + Colorado Party Rentals 

Catering + Bartending: LuLu's BBQ 

Dress Shop // Dress: A & Bé Denver // Hayley Paige

Hair/Makeup: Artistry (Hilary) + Verbal Hire (Kaylee)

Dessert - Nothing Bundt Cakes + Sweet Cow Ice Cream Truck

Transportation: Premier Charters

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