February 11, 2015

Easy Appetizers for Entertaining

The best thing about entertaining, there is NEVER a bad time to do so! Needless to say, us Gold Leaf girls look for anytime, and anything to celebrate with friends, full glasses, and snacks. If you are like us here in Aspen, you are enjoying bright skies, open windows, and trail runs with the pups. It may be throwing our bodies into shock and our ski's feeling cheated on, but we will take it with open arms! The weekends are filled with smells of roasting grills and we feel it is the perfect time to have some friends over for a cookout on the deck! (East coasters please don't hate us, we are truly envious of your powder). Since we are all praying this changes quickly and we can get our winter fix, we have included 2 easy appetizers for a Saturday get together: one for the warm weather, and one for the cold!

Our first option- Baked Tomatoes with Basil and Feta.

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I was lucky enough to grow up with a momma who always had the garden stocked with the most incredible tomatoes, and basil, among many other amazing veggies. This was my go-to almost everyday and friends and family gush over this insanely simple easy appetizer.

-3 Large Tomatoes -5 Sprigs of Basil -1/4 Crumbled Feta -Extra Virgin Olive oil

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Make sure your tomatoes are just BARELY ripe, even a little under works perfectly. Cut one tomato into 4 thick slices width wise. Too thin will wither away once baked. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and lay out your slices so there is no overlapping, drizzle with salt, pepper, olive oil and a sprinkle of feta. Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes. While the tomatoes bake pick off all your basil leaves and leave them full and beautiful or slice them up so it's easier to eat. Once your tomatoes are out place the basil leaves on top and let cool. Serve as is or on your choice of water crackers with a spritz of balsamic.

However, are you having a normal February? Cold and wrapped in blankets? Watching 'The Holiday' on repeat? Whip these up for your guests and be warmed by the compliments.

Warm Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini Drizzled with Honey and Olive Oil.

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-4-6 Figs Sliced -4 oz. Goat Cheese (Gouda and Mozzarella also work wonderfully) -1/2 Baguette of Sourdough -Extra Virgin Olive Oil -Sea Salt -2 Sprigs Rosemary

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut baguette into 1/2 inch slices and generously cover with olive oil, a quick sprinkle of sea salt and rub both in with a sprig of rosemary (leave the leaves on if they come off on the bread-delish)! Once all slices are covered, top with cheese and bake for 5 minutes until bread is golden and cheese is soft. Once out of the oven top with figs, and drizzle with honey! Feel free to personalize this and make it completely your own. Choose your bread, add more cheese, or if you're like me, add some arugula on top of the fig and before the honey! The peppery taste compliments the sweetness perfectly.

We hope you give these a try and please let us know how they turn out! Bon appetit!

January 19, 2017

A Wedding Day Timeline

A wedding can be the most exciting time in a person’s life, but figuring out where to start can be overwhelming so we wanted to share a detailed timeline of the steps along the way. From the overall concept of your Colorado wedding celebration to a single detail Gold Leaf Event Design & Production has the vision and practical knowledge to make sure your intents are met every step of the way. Planning a wedding can take anywhere from 2 years to 6 months, our month-by-month timeline of all your wedding to-dos will steer you in the right direction along your path to wedded bliss!   One year out
  • Pick wedding venue & wedding date
  • Contract the following vendors
    • Caterer
    • Cake design – Tasting
  • Contract event planner
Find a Colorado wedding planner to help you navigate through the ins and outs of wedding planning. Someone you connect with and who you will speak with often, someone who understands your vision and who will keep track of the planning schedule for you!   11 months out
  • Collect guest’s email and mailing addresses
  • Schedule make up trials
  • Create room blocks for your wedding guests
  • Website Creation
Establishing a wedding website to share with your guests with a few basic pieces of information on site, location, nearby hotels, local and planned activities so everyone is aware what will be going on the whole weekend.   10 months out
  • Create overall wedding budget
  • Reserve honeymoon
  • Contract the following vendors
    • Makeup
    • Entertainment
Let’s Party!! Music, entertainment and dancing are always one of the top 3 things couples say is the most important part of their Colorado wedding celebration. A planner can help you realistically decide the big questions DJ or band? Finding the right emcee to follow the timeline so speeches, cake cutting and your first dance go right on track.   9 months out
  • Begin designing paper suite (save the dates, invitations, programs, menus, etc.)
  • Reserve rehearsal dinner, brunch or “extra” event spaces
  • Create menu with caterer and schedule a tasting
  • Present floral and décor options/proposals
Hiring the right vendors will be a breeze when you understand the vision of what your wedding day will be like. The florist will bring a concept in terms of the décor, coherent with the time of year, the venue and always representative of the story you want to tell with your wedding day.   8 months out
  • Find a wedding dress!
  • Decide on all attire/accessories for yourself, your wedding party and family (they like suggestions)
  • Finalize bridesmaid dresses and make sure all bridesmaids dresses have been ordered, Groomsmen attire purchased or rented
  • Contract a photographer
Like Colorado wedding venues professional wedding photographers book up well in advance. It is important to use a professional photographer who sticks to a timeline to get all of your family captured during the big day! Professional wedding photographers aren’t always expensive they have many different price points and are capable of working a timeline and getting all the detail shots you had put so much thought into to be sure you can keep these memories forever.   7 months out
  • Finalize/print Save the Dates
  • Engagement photos
  • Contract specialty entertainment vendors (if applicable)
    • Photo booth
    • Welcome bag/box gifting company
    • Oxygen Bar
    • Astronomer
  • Officiant
Many people have their friend perform the Colorado wedding ceremony for a personal touch, make sure they get ordained in time!   6 months out
  • Work with entertainment on reception song selections: first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, etc.
  • Work with entertainment on ceremony music: processional, recessional, interludes
  • Register for gifts
  • Mail Save the Dates!
5 months out
  • Consider something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
  • Decide where groomsmen and bridesmaids will be getting ready
  • Wedding programs, reserved signs, welcome booklets, & specialty signage to be designed
4 months out
  • Write wedding vows (if applicable)
  • Design flow of ceremony/program w. officiant
  • Mail wedding invitations (10 -12 weeks prior)
3 months out
  • Create wedding party processional (order in which wedding party attendants walk down the aisle)
  • Finalize a hair/makeup schedule with stylists for wedding day
2 months out
  • Create wedding day photo list for your wedding photographer
  • All scheduled deposits are paid
  • RSVP’s due (4-5 weeks prior)
  1 month out
  • Order customized paper products (cocktail napkins, hand towels, etc.)
  • Purchase guest book, welcome bags (and fillers)
  • Create seating diagram for reception
  • Finalize menu count with caterer, finalize transportation and pickup locations, finalize décor concepts.
  Wedding Month
  • Confirm final payments with vendors
  • Final timeline to be sent out!