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How to Design the Perfect Welcome Bags for Your Event in Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is a special place to have an event, but it's also a pretty tough place to get to. Not to mention, flights and hotels here are very expensive. If you're asking guests to come all this way for a fabulous party—be it a birthday party, engagement party, bar/bat mitzvah, or something else—you'll definitely want to thank them for making the journey. And what better way to do so than with welcome bags?

If you know me, you know I'm big on first impressions. I love making sure the entrance to an event is a "wow" moment and that the invitations are exciting and memorable. Welcome bags are another great way to set the tone right off the bat.

If you hire Sarah Rose Events as your party planner in Aspen, we'll take the lead on this for you, including setting everything up and delivering them to hotels or private residences. But if you're considering doing them on your own, here are a few tips for putting together the perfect welcome basket:

  1. Bring Aspen into the bag. I know I said it earlier but Aspen IS a special place, so make sure your welcome bag reflects that. Put in local favorite items like Paradise Bakery cookies or bottles of local liquor brand LIFT Vodka. When designing your bag, consider using a mountain scene or something that references Aspen on the front.

  2. Bring the honoree into the bag. If, for instance, you're doing a bat mitzvah welcome bag, be sure to include some of your daughter's favorite things. Same goes if you're doing a bag for an engagement party or birthday. Personalize it with his/her/the couple's favorite snacks, beverages, photos, or other fun touches.

  3. Offer remedies for altitude sickness and hangovers. The remedy for both of these tends to be the same, and that's water and rest. Be sure to include water in your welcome bags as well as some version of a hangover kit. Think Advil, electrolytes, or oxygen spray. Coming to 8,000 feet is tough for even the fittest of us. These items will really help!

  4. Include a list of activity recommendations. Aspen is not a place people come to for just one or two days. It's so hard to get to that most people turn it into a couple-day stay or at least a long weekend vacation. We recommend including in the welcome bag a list of activities or ideas for guests to enjoy outside of your celebration. Seasonally, this list will change so make sure you consult someone local to confirm you're up to date on what's hot or not in this town!

These are just some preliminary recommendations. As a top event planner in Aspen, we would be happy to support you in putting together your welcome bags. Check out our services here:

We look forward to hearing from you!


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