The family-owned and operated Uprooted Artistry, based in Loveland, harvests trees that have died from pine beetles and transforms them into beautiful serving boards and other home décor products. The serving boards can be personalized as gifts or used by caterers, restaurants and hotels for unique food displays. uprootedartistry.com

Send guests home with a usable Denver memory in the form of artistic melamine trays and platters, ceramic mugs, tea towels, prints, pillows and totes that can be purchased as is or customized. Designer and founder Tammy Smith, a former Hallmark Cards artist, picked up a spool of wire at her local hardware store and began "sketching" in wire to create illustrations for products representing cities like Denver, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. 

As its name implies, Colorado-based Replica produces wines that taste like popular costly wines. Instead of serving expensive wines such as Rombauer’s Carneros Chardonnay and The Prisoner Red Blend, event planners can now offer nearly identical tasting Retrofit and Pickpocket at a cost that’s 25 to 50 percent less. Replica, owned by parent company Integrated Beverage Group, has partnered with Ellipse Analytics to analyze thousands of wines and compile a huge database of taste and aroma information. 

We’ve all heard about and perhaps tasted cake pops, but now there’s a new game in town available in four-packs at several grocers and in bulk. Colorado-made cakebars by Ticklebelly Desserts contain no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors and are simply cake baked onto a stick and surrounded by a confectionary coating and tasty toppings. At only 150 calories or less, no one feels too bad indulging when it involves flavors like dark chocolate, vanilla bean, cookies n’ cream and seasonal options like strawberry shortcake, peppermint bark and red velvet. 

Four distinct seasons impress guests, accommodate budgets and tap into a laid-back lifestyle.

 

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort. colorado.com

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.