12 Company Holiday Party Themes We Love

It’s officially holiday party season, and our team at Rocky Mountain Catering & Events is already as busy as elves getting everyone’s holiday parties built and wrapped up with a pretty little bow! This time of year is special, and it’s a great opportunity to bring teams together (remote or not), celebrate your achievements, and kick off a new year with positive and optimistic spirits.

But to do that, your party has to be epic! You want to choose a theme that is super fun, think about your end of year to pick the best timeframe (would it make more sense to host in the new year after books are closed or before the new winter season kicks off?), and get it on employees’ calendars as soon as possible! 

If you’re getting stuck on company holiday party themes or venue choices, this post should help. The sooner you book your 2023 holiday party in Denver, the better chances you’ll secure a venue that perfectly suits your team and theme. If you need to help, check out our amazing holiday party catering services.

Now let’s get into the themes!

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1.  Fuchsia Fiesta 

If your team isn’t the most traditional, why don’t you throw tradition to the wind with this year’s most popular party theme—holiday brights! Light up the celebration with a vibrant, colorful twist featuring gem-colored votives, fuchsia tinsel trees, twinkling fairy lights, and dazzling ornaments in bold hues adorning tables featuring centerpieces with eucalyptus or pine. Sequin-ornamented attire encouraged!

Color Palette: Jewel tones (think bright pink, blue, purple)

Signature Cocktail: Hibiscus margarita (can also be a mocktail!)


2. DIY Ugly Sweater Party 

ugly-sweater-partyThere is no holiday theme party more quintessential than an ugly sweater party. But not everyone has ugly sweaters. That’s where this theme gets fun—everyone makes their own at the party! Your company can provide logoed sweaters that each team member can decorate from a smorgasbord of embellishments like sparkles, pom poms, tinsel and garland, bells, ornaments, bows, gingerbread men, or felt snowflakes. The only limit is your imagination. 

At the end, you can have awards for most on-brand, most festive, craziest design, etc. Have fun, and let the creativity run wild! 

Color Palette: Traditional (think red, white, green, gold)

Signature Cocktail: Gourmet hot chocolate bar with or without Bailey’s added


3. Cozy Alpine Ski Lodge

Invite your team to relax and unwind with the coziest theme around by creating an alpine ski lodge. Since all the venues recommended are naturally gorgeous with lodge characteristics, you’ll be able to emulate the theme seamlessly with minimal décor. Bonus points if you have your team come dressed in their finest alpine ski attire.

For dinner, offer individual fondue plates or a raclette station for dinner. The interactive nature of après-ski-themed menus is always loved by guests.

Color Palette: Earthy and woodsy (think green, navy, brown, and white with a pop of red) 

Signature Cocktail: Hot toddies 


4. Christmas Movie Night

christmas-movieThere are so many incredible Christmas movies that make even more incredible party themes. Here are a few favorites: 

  • A Christmas Story
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 
  • The Santa Clause
  • Elf 
  • The Polar Express
  • Home Alone
  • White Christmas

Start with cocktail hour and drinks, and then at around 8:00 p.m., have a different space in your venue set up with fun seating options like couches and bean bags for extra comfort. Set up a projector and have a snack bar with all the flatbread pizzas, popcorn, and candy. Then, kick back and enjoy a screening of your team’s favorite holiday flick. 

This is also one of our favorite office holiday party catering ideas because you can put it together easily in common areas if you want to host with a lunch buffet or use your office as the venue!

Pro tip: To make sure your attendance is high, send out a survey to determine the most popular holiday movie and choose that one to screen!

Color Palette: Choose one specific to the movie (think white and silver for The Polar Express and traditional red, white, and green for Elf) 

Signature Cocktail: Candy cane martini (perfect for Elf)


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5. Grinchmas Party

grinch-masA Grinch-themed holiday party promises to make even the grumpiest colleagues smile! 

The best part about a Grinchmas party is the menu fun you can have. Think roast beast sliders or a roast beast carving station, Who-hash, and Who-pudding to follow the movie to a tee. Then, you can add additional creative plates to play into the color palette, like:

  • Caprese spoons
  • Spinach artichoke dip with bruschetta
  • Beet apple salad 
  • Cider-brined roasted turkey with house-made cranberry sauce 

It will be a true holly jolly feast that will make everyone’s heart grow!

P.S. If you need a little inspiration, take some from The Grinch’s official premiere party at Central Park Zoo in NYC!

Color Palette: Shades of green with a pop of red 

Signature Cocktail: The Grinch That Stole Christmas featuring Midori, vodka, pineapple juice, sparkling wine, and a cherry on top! 


6. Winter Wonderland 

winter-wonderlandAn ideal theme for a black tie or more formal sit-down holiday party, Winter Wonderland will delight with elegance and sparkles! Welcome your team with a twinkling tunnel of lights, shimmering icicles, and faux snowdrifts made with perfect draping. 

Color Palette: Blue, white, silver

Signature Cocktail: White Cosmopolitan 


7. Merry Pinkmas

pink-christmasBarbie is trending this year like it’s the ‘90s again, and we are here for it! She’s made pink the new “it” color for the season, so plan accordingly with a Merry Pinkmas party. Think pink linens, pink ornaments, gold flatware, pink-tinted glassware, nutcrackers in pink regalia—can you picture it?

Color Palette: Bright pink, light pink, gold, silver

Signature Cocktail: Rose & Raspberry Fizz


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8. Blast from the Past

90s-stage Want a holiday party that’s more on the fun side with a whole lot of friendly competition? Do a Blast from the Past theme! Bring in old-school pinball machines and arcade games for hours of play. Stream favorite episodes of ‘90s holiday episodes from Fresh Prince, Friends, and Everybody Loves Raymond for ultimate entertainment value. And make sure there’s room for a dance floor!

Color Palette: Blue, green, yellow, pink (Power Rangers, anyone?)

Signature Cocktail: Appletini


9. Christmas Casino Night 

casino-christmasCasino Night is always a popular corporate party theme, and it’s even more fun during the holiday season! Tell everyone to don their best glitz and glam and focus the menu on heavy hors d’oeuvres so everyone can play the table games, slots, and blackjack all night long.

Our Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Package is ideal for this type of event, as it’s meant to be more fun and handheld. 

Color Palette: Black, Red, Gold

Signature Cocktail: Champagne tower or wall at the entrance


10. Nightmare Before Christmas

nightmare-chrismasA bit eerie and a bit whimsical, Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas is an epic holiday party theme. Use the Denver holiday party venues we recommended below and transform them into a twisted yet enchanting world where Halloween and Christmas collide. Tell your team to expect the unexpected with spooky yet festive decor featuring Jack Skellington, Sally, and other iconic characters from the festive film!

Color Palette: Black, White, Purple

Signature Cocktail: Haunted White Russian


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11. Gatsby Christmas

gold-champagneTell your team to don their best Roaring ‘20s attire and keep the bubbly flowing at a Gatsby Christmas-themed party. Add art deco décor, glittering lighting, chandeliers, and a live jazz band for a little Charleston instruction before the night is over. This era is all about indulgence and glamor, so a plated meal would be a fabulous option before the dancing begins! Some dishes to consider: 

  • Appetizers: Mini Beef Wellingtons and Stuffed Button Mushrooms
  • Salad: Autumn Caesar Salad
  • Entrees: Whiskey Barrel Honey Glazed Ham or Hickory Smoked Prime Rib of Beef
  • Sides: House Made Cranberry Cornbread and Roasted Cippolini Onion & Herb Potato Puree
  • Dessert: Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Color Palette: Black, Gold, Green

Signature Cocktail: Classic Old Fashioned


12. Winter Woods

table-settingThere’s no better corporate holiday party theme for Denver than a Winter Woods theme! Most of your team will appreciate the ode to snow-dusted trails, scented pines, and darling pinecones that remind them of home at the holidays. 

Think mason jar candles, plaid tablecloths, wood accents (or choose one of the incredible holiday party venues Denver is known for that already has wood accents), faux fur throws and couches for a lounge area, antlers, and evergreen garlands. It’s a cozy, elevated feel your team will love!

Color Palette: Forest green, wood, black, dusty eucalyptus green, ivory

Signature Cocktail: Mulled Wine


Need Help Brainstorming Holiday Party Themes?

Our team is already getting into the holiday spirit with so many of our clients, and we’d love to help. Brainstorming themes and matching them with the perfect venue is our forte! Let’s talk about your vision and make it come to life to celebrate your team and end 2023 on a light note.

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7 Easy and Delicious Holiday Catering Menu Ideas


Now is the time to start thinking about your holiday parties and family gatherings if you haven’t already!

So today, we’re sharing a handful of sample holiday party catering menus to give a little inspiration. 

Each of our holiday catering menus has been thoughtfully curated to capture the essence of the holidays, from the service style to the actual dishes being served. You’ll find everything from mouth watering appetizers that kick off the festivities to sumptuous main courses that leave a lasting impression. Our chefs have been working hard to cultivate a symphony of flavors that complement the warmth and togetherness of the season. 

Check out our freshest holiday catering menus:

Thanksgiving Traditions

Style: Family-Style – Casual, Cozy, and Interactive

Blend the warmth of cherished family traditions with delectable flavors of the season and way less stress with a catered meal. Servers will provide platters of each option to the table for guests to serve themselves and share a bite!

Featured crème: 

  • Cider Brined Turkey: House Made Cranberry Sauce & Turkey Gravy

Featured Dishes:

  • Salad: Autumn Caesar 
  • Side: Mashed Potatoes 
  • Side: Gratin Sage Stuffing
  • Dessert: Caramel Apple Pecan Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise

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Happy Holidays

Style: Plated – Elegant & Upscale

Plated meals are great for more formal holiday parties because they provide a personalized dining experience that adds an extra touch of sophistication and care to the festivities! One thing people sometimes worry about with a plated option is the food being warm enough, but our Rocky Mountain team can serve 500 guests in 22 minutes or less. This means that everything comes out warm and ready to indulge in over conversation!

Featured Entree: 

  • Herb Roasted Sliced Beef Shoulder Loin: Imperial Pumpkin Ale Demi-Glace with Charred Green Onion

Featured Dishes:

  • Beet Apple Salad
  • Roasted Sweet Potato & Quinoa
  • Five Varieties of Roasted Potatoes 
  • Pan Roasted Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts 
  • Pecan Pie

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Style: Stations – Upbeat & Modern; encourages mixing and mingling!

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For a holiday gathering filled with mingling and festive cheer, consider dinner stations where your guests can sample an array of delightful holiday flavors while enjoying an open and social atmosphere. Great for corporate holiday parties where you want an element of relationship-building and camaraderie!

Featured Passed Hors D’oeuvres: 

  • Stuffed Mushroom
  • Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
  • Mini Crab Cakes

Stationed Appetizer:

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip & Bruschetta 

Drink Station:

  • Elevated Hot Cocoa

Petite Dessert Package:

  • Salted Caramel & Chocolate Ganache Bites
  • Cheesecake Bites
  • Macarons

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Everything Holidays

Style: Buffet – Casual & Interactive 

Buffet Catering Service - Which catering service style is best for YOUR event

Buffets are great for any style event. From family gatherings to team luncheons, they allow people to serve themselves, eat at their own pace, and strike up festive conversations over a bountiful, beautiful spread! Most groups also decide to do a cocktail hour first with some tasty passed hors d’oeuvres. 

Featured Passed Hors D’oeuvres:

  • Chicken and Waffles
  • Mini Chile Relleno Cups

Feature Buffets: 

  • Bright Lights:
    • Appetizer: Roasted Delicata Squash with Fennel, Chicory, Quince, Drunken Goat, Cheese, Crushed Walnuts Preserved, Lemon Vinaigrette
    • Entrée: Herb Roasted Chicken Breast with Grilled Endive and Smoked Almond Romesco Sauce
    • Entrée: Salmon a la Nage with Winter Vegetables, Crispy Kale, and Roasted Carrot Puree
    • Side: Pan Roasted Broccoli Rapini with Chili Sofrito and Brown Butter
    • Side: “Roasted 5” – Five Varieties of Roasted Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots and Scarlet Chard
    • Side: House Baked Rolls with Sea Salt Whipped Butter
  • Holly Jolly:
    • Salad: Winter Barley & Arugula with Acorn Squash, Chipped Aged Cheddar, Craisins, Puffed Farro, and Warm Maple Dressing
    • Entrée: Slow & Low Herb Roasted Shoulder Loin with Smoked Forrest Mushroom Veal Glace
    • Entrée: Speck Wrapped Colorado Trout with Haricot Vert, Roasted Corn & Tomato, and Sauce Bercy
    • Side: Lemon Roasted Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Shallots and Cider Gastrique
    • Side: Golden Potato Gratin with Caramelized Cippolini Onions, Pecorino Romano and Brown Butter Herb Crust
    • Side: House Baked Rolls with Sea Salt Whipped Butter

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Winter Wonderland Desserts

Style: Stations – Fun & Energetic

You can’t forget the sweet treats—it’s the season of indulgence after all! Dessert stations add an extra layer of sweetness and excitement to holiday parties, allowing guests to indulge in a variety of delectable treats and create their own personalized dessert experience.

Petite Dessert Package:

  • Pumpkin Mousse in Chocolate Cups
  • Banana Cream Pie Shooter
  • Macarons

Dessert Stations:

  • Flambéed Donut Station with Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Dessert Crepe Station with Strawberries Nutella, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce and Caramel Sauce
  • Creme Brulé Bar with choice of Vanilla Bean, Mocha and Espresso Pumpkin Spiced

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Style: Family Style – Casual & Cozy

Because it’s not a holiday dessert spread without pie, right?

Featured Pies:

  • Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
  • Grasshopper Pie

Silent Night Beverages

Style: Stations – Easy & Abundant

Cocktails and Mocktails

Unique holiday beverages that keep the festivities going are always a good idea. These are placed as a spread, so it’s easy to grab and go.

Beverage Stations:

  • Elevated Hot Cocoa, Hot Caramel Apple Cider, Eggnog Chai Latte and Coffee Bar
  • Specialty Stationed Mocktails: White Cosmopolitan, Strawberry Nojito, Cranberry Mule and Blueberry Lemonade Spritzer

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Choose Your Holiday Party Spread & Taste Delectable Seasonal Favorites 

Our chefs are ready to welcome you to our table to taste everything Rocky Mountain Catering Denver has to offer. And if you have something in mind that’s not on the menu, let us know, and we’ll see if we can make it happen! Explore our holiday party catering services, or contact us to start planning.

How to Choose the Perfect Venue for Your Denver Gala

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Dreaming of an unforgettable gala in Denver?

The magic begins with the perfect venue. A chosen location isn’t just a backdrop—it’s the heartbeat of your event, crafting the narrative, elevating the atmosphere, and engraving memories into the hearts of your attendees.

From lavish fundraisers beneath twinkling chandeliers to intimate soirées, Denver’s gala scene offers a tapestry as varied and vibrant as the mountains themselves. Yet, with endless choices comes the challenge of selection.

Having planned many of Denver’s most important galas, our team is spilling the beans on some of the city’s most dazzling venues. Dive in as we guide you through our curated list, ensuring your gala creates memories that lost long after the last dance.

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How to Pick Your Gala Venue

How do you pick the perfect gala venue? Our team has planned 1000s of events in Denver, and when it comes to galas, here are the most important facts to consider:


It’s essential to have enough space for seating, dining, entertainment, and any additional activities planned for the event. Especially when it comes to fundraisers, you want to ensure you have sufficient space for dining, dancing, a silent auction, cause displays, information stations, etc. Not having enough space to showcase your mission is a mistake that could cost you event success.


If you’re putting in effort to plan a gala, you want to make sure the venue is easily accessible within Denver city limits or just beyond. The more convenient the location, the greater your attendance will be in many cases.

Ambiance and Style

The venue’s ambiance should match the gala’s theme and overall style. Whether it’s a sophisticated ballroom, a luxurious hotel, a historic mansion, or an outdoor garden, the setting should complement the event’s purpose and create the desired atmosphere.

Amenities and Facilities

Gala attendees expect certain amenities, such as parking (ideally complimentary), coat check, accessible restrooms, and adequate heating or air conditioning, depending on the event’s season and location.

Audiovisual and Technology

Galas are extravagant affairs by nature. This means that there will likely be more requirements for audio and lighting, presentations, etc. You want to ensure that your gala venue can support your vision.

Flexibility and Customization

A gala venue that allows flexibility in event setup and décor customization enables organizers to tailor the space according to their vision and theme.

Our Favorite Denver Area Gala Venues

So, which Denver area gala venues check all or most of these boxes? Here are a few favorites:

Cable Center

Central Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Cable Center, Central Denver, CO

Why we love it

The Cable Center is great for galas because it’s high-tech and has built-in opportunities for audio and visuals, decreasing rental costs on that front. A favorite feature is the simplicity that comes along with streaming a video of an award recipient or fundraising campaign kick-off in the Great Hall on the Grand Video Tower, with a podium underneath. Plus, it’s ultra sleek, modern, and adaptable to any theme.

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Castle Rock, CO | Seated Capacity: 350 | Reception Capacity: 500

Cielo Event Venue, Castle Rock, CO

Why we love it

Situated conveniently near Interstate 25, a little more than thirty minutes from the heart of Downtown Denver, lies the tranquil haven of Cielo at Castle Pines. This rustic retreat takes guests to a mountainous getaway that allows them to breathe a little more deeply and focus on the celebration or cause at hand, removed from the bustle of downtown. Plus, they specialize in hosting non-profit events and galas and have hosted events for organizations like Toys for Tots, K9 Friends of DC, CASA, and more. We love doing a silent auction outside and the gala indoors for a fun flow.

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Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms

Denver, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 600 | Reception Capacity: 1,300

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Why we love it

A lot of people know about the Denver Botanic Gardens – York Street location (which we adore, too), but they overlook the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, which is located just outside the city in Littleton. Boasting 700 acres of natural beauty, Colorado’s unique landscapes are at the forefront of your event canvas. They have seven totally unique indoor and outdoor event spaces that allow for total flexibility. One really fun feature that is great for making gala events different than the rest is their add-on features like a flower happy hour, where they can make their own local bouquets to take home after the gala. It’s a great way to get people mixing and mingling before the night begins.

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Denver Botanic Gardens – York Street

Denver, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 600 | Reception Capacity: 1,300

Why we love it

Galas are innately celebratory. And there’s no better place to celebrate than a gala venue that immerses you in the beauty of life and nature. This is exactly what you find at the Denver Botanic Gardens York, with their 24 acres of lush event space that’s split between an indoor solarium space, outdoor gardens, and even an amphitheater—which is fun if you’re incorporating a program of some sort! Plus, the fact that it’s in the city and has one of the largest event capacities with all the facilities to match makes it incredibly convenient.

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Highlands Ranch Mansion

Highlands Ranch, CO | Seated Capacity: 250 | Reception Capacity: 250

Why we love it

If a private escape for your gala is what you desire, Highlands Ranch Mansion is an ideal option. It’s a 250-acre ranch, but it’s only 20 miles south of Downtown Denver, making it super accessible for your guests. The indoor-outdoor event space allows you to get creative with how you want to host your gala, as well as how many people. Regardless of the size of your event, there is only one group on the property per day, so you’ll have all 250 acres to yourself, which is incredibly special.

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PACE Center

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 320 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Pace Center, Parker, CO

Why we love it

The PACE Center is known for its knack for hosting performing arts and visual arts events, but it lends itself perfectly to galas in Denver, too. There’s no better spot to host a fundraiser for an arts or culture cause than in this space, since it’s so intertwined with the venue’s mission. Plus, there’s nothing better than featuring a band and dancing at a gala event, and the acoustics in these spaces are made for melodies.

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Spruce Mountain Ranch

Larkspur, CO | Seated Capacity: 450 | Reception Capacity: 750

Spruce Mountain Venue

Why we love it

When a venue’s motto is “Service from the Heart,” you know that it’s going to be a heartfelt celebration. The Spruce Mountain events team puts their all into planning fundraising galas, corporate celebrations, and social soirees to ensure that every detail is intentional and from the heart. There are plentiful options on their expansive ranch in the foothills, nestled in the center of Colorado Springs and Denver.

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The Establishment

Westminster, CO | Seated Capacity: 520 | Reception Capacity: 400

The Establishment, Westminster, CO

Why we love it

The Establishment at Bradburn Village lies just 20 minutes away from Downtown Denver and offers a blank canvas for any kind of event—especially galas. It was literally designed to be an event venue, and they have all the amenities you’d desire, from audio-visual equipment to tables and chairs, so rental requirements are definitely decreased when you host your event here!

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Upper Larimer

RiNo Neighborhood, Denver, CO | Seated Capacity: 340 | Outdoor Reception Capacity: 220

Upper Larimer - Denver Event Venue

Why we love it

This modern industrial event space is housed in a late-1800s restored warehouse, which gives it unrivaled character. They offer a large sundeck and ballroom, allowing you to create an indoor-outdoor flow for seasonal events and plenty of amenities to make planning simple. There are a lot of logistics that go into planning a gala, so the more the venue has to offer in terms of infrastructure, the easier time you’ll have planning.

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Vehicle Vault

Parker, CO | Seated Capacity: 500 | Reception Capacity: 800

Vehicle Vault Corporate Event Venue, Parker, CO

Why we love it

When hosting gala events, built-in entertainment is always a plus. And the Vehicle Vault has some of the best built-in entertainment in Denver: cars galore. You know what that means? Photo ops and lots of social shares to advance your mission. Even non-car-loving guests will have a ball exploring the different makes and models, transporting themselves back in time with the vintage rides. With over 30,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor event space, you have plenty of room for dinner, dancing, auctions, presentations, and more.

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Wings Over the Rockies

Denver Metro, Colorado | Seated Capacity: 1,200 | Reception Capacity: 3,500

Wings Over the Rockies, Denver Metro, Colorado

Why we love it

Voted the best meeting/event venue in the Denver Metro area by Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine, Wings Over the Rockies is simply a fun place to host events, with over 180,000 square feet of open event space (yes, you read that right—it’s huge). For groups that love history, this is a great spot because the hangar is home to an interactive aircraft display, military vehicles, uniforms, and other historical highlights. Theming a fundraiser or gala event here is simple, and your organization will reach new heights after hosting here.

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Let Rocky Mountain Catering & Events Help You Source & Plan Your Gala in the Denver Area

There’s a lot that goes into planning a gala, especially if you have a volunteer committee or a small team. Our full-service Rocky Mountain Catering team—which includes chefs, planners, day-of coordinators, waitstaff, and more—can help with not only venue sourcing but helping you plan your organization’s most impactful gala yet.

Let’s chat about your upcoming Denver gala and how we can help!

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