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Best Denver Date Night: Marcella’s Ristorante

Imagine if you could take a weekend trip to Italy without the 12-hour plane ride and trip down the A-line? Thanks to Denver’s newest Italian restaurant Marcella’s you can.  Brought to us by the same restaurant group who perfected Ocean Prime in Larimer Square, Marcella’s marries Italian classics with modern culinary flair. 

Located just at 18th and Central, the outdoor patio lights your way into the modern Italian dining room. If the weather is nice, you can even dine alfresco looking out at the Denver lights or watching the fireworks during a summer Rockies game. 

Drew and I visited Marcella’s shortly after they opened and we were blown away by how amazing the experience was. 

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Colorado Local/ Event Planning

Hosting the perfect Denver Dinner Party

Denver Dinner Party

In today’s world of Pinterest perfect it’s hard to not want to be your own version of Martha Stewart when the holidays come around. Family and friends will be over for dinner and the cocktails are ready to go, roast is in the oven and all the disorganization in your house is sorted and cleaned away. Once you’ve hit this stage, setting the table is all thats left for the picture perfect gathering. 

When you’re entertaining, its tempting to buy a whole set of dishes, decor and stemware to suite the occasion. Outside of being an expensive choice, after the event storing a whole set of chargers and party dishes might be more than you can handle. 

I love entertaining and having family and friends over for dinner, so when I learned about the new Denver dinner party company Cloth + Gold, I was excited to try it out for myself. Cloth + Gold wants to bring the dinner party back into action and are doing so by providing stunning matched dinner party tablescapes as an on-demand rental experience. 

Currently only available in the Denver Metro area, Cloth + Gold launched after months of Beta testing with real home event planners just this last October. 

Booking is so easy! Each set is hand crafted for the beautiful Martha Stewart approved look we are all striving for and includes a centerpiece, wine glasses, charger, dinner plate, salad plate, runner, candle holders, napkins and silverware. 

Dinner party

The full kit is hand delivered directly to your door and is carefully packaged to ensure that everything arrives in perfect shape. Open up the kit, take our your ready to go tablescape and start making dinner! There is even an included recipe recommendation and day of playlist to help get the party started. 

Sets are rented in groups of 4. I was entertaining a group of 6 so I ordered two sets to make sure I had enough dishes and glassware. 

The set I selected is called Drift Away, and is toned in stunning lavender jewel tones and grey. I love the geometric candle holders and how they helped the more traditional bud vases offset the other colors on the table. Each element is high quality and combines perfectly for a beautiful Martha approved dinner party look. 

After dinner was through, all the dishes are scrapped and go back into the shipping boxes for pickup the next day. Anything really messy got a quick rinse but beyond that no other cleanup is needed. Cloth + Gold even handles the proper washing after everything makes it back to their processing center! 

Without the stress of finding the perfect table settings, it was so easy to invite friends over for dinner! I can’t wait to do it again. 

Cloth + Gold is the perfect solution for your next holiday party! If you want to order for a Christmas Gathering, the deadline is 12/17 (next Sunday).  

Looking for the perfect recipe to inspire your next dinner party? Try my smoky onion pork chops! 

Disclaimer: I received a demo of this product to inspire this post. All opinions, writing and photography are my own. 

Colorado Local/ Home Decor & Projects

Popping Up in Denver: Sixpenny Furniture

When was the last time you ordered a piece of furniture online only to have pure an utter remorse upon realizing that the complex assembly was going to test the strength of your marriage. We’ve all been there. That beautiful entryway table you just had to have on sale arrives in two boxes with 700 piece, none that look like they belong in an entryway table. 

Thanks to Boulder, Colorado Based Sixpenny, complicated online purchases are a thing of the past. Known for being the home of “the most comfortable chair ever,” Sixpenny’s stylish sofas, sectionals and chairs are available online and come with white glove delivery service. Shipped directly to your home, Sixpenny’s team of expert furniture assemblers will bring everything in and complete the assembly while you sit back and drink a glass of wine. Who wouldn’t enjoy that! 

sixpenny denver popup

I love learning about Colorado companies doing great things and Sixpenny is truly revolutionizing how we should be looking for new furniture. I got the chance to catch up with Sixpenny co-founder Jonathan Allen last month at their Denver Popup location to learn more about the company.”By selling direct to the consumer,” without a storefront, “Sixpenny has the best value in the industry.”

Their most recent release is their line of fully customizable sectionals. Each end cap is fully finished, meaning you can reconfigure your set into dozens of variations and add pieces as you need them. Cushions are built with a foam core stability and soft feathers giving the most comfortable chair fluffy and comfort that will keep you from getting up. Most covers (with the exception of the leather options) are removable for washing allowing you to keep up with whatever messes life throws at you. 

 

Over the next two months, Sixpenny is hosting an ongoing popup just across from Cherry Creek Mall where you can experience the furniture and select the materials for your covers! If you are headed home from work and need to take a break from traffic, you can even swing in from 5 pm – 7 pm everyday for their Sip and Shop Event! 

Can’t make it to Denver? Sixpenny is heading to Chicago and New York next and you can even request a complimentary swatch kit before deciding what materials you want for your living room redo! 

Colorado Local/ Travel

Denver Weekend Trip Idea: The Strater Hotel in Durango Colorado

Living in Colorado I’m spoiled with the close proximity of the mountains. It’s easy to let wanderlust take over and head into the Rockies for an adventure, no plane tickets necessary. One of my favorite Denver weekend trips is through the mountains to Durango, Colorado. 

Located just inside the state line, Durango is a marriage of history, agriculture and the Fort Lewis College student’s who call the town home during the school year. The six hour drive winds through beautiful canyons, providing ample sightseeing opportunities on the journey and making Durango the ideal Denver weekend trip. During the fall, you’ll be able to catch the change of the aspens as they ripple through the mountainside from green to gold. 

Established in 1880, Durango was a hub of activities during the silver boom. Today, modern adventurers can experience a taste of what the town might have been like with a stay at the historic Strater Hotel on Main Street.

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