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Twelve ways to localize your holiday party

Spice up your holiday celebrations with local flavour

Holiday parties are a great way to celebrate the spirit of the season with the important people in your life, from your family to your team. This year, we’ve compiled a list of businesses that can help you make this year’s bash the holly-jolliest of all while helping to create a more vibrant local economy:

Planning:

  • GenerousSolutions is a platform for making the world a more generous place. Whether it’s selling tickets to your event or managing donations this holiday season through its “Donate your life event” feature, GenerousSolutions can make it happen.
  • Human Touch Events is dedicated to bringing your vision to life. Whether it’s a family party or corporate event, founders Janet Ridsdale and Michele Gibson take a hands-on approach every step of the way.
  • Vida Events is an event management company specializing in non-profit events. Willow and her team are dedicated to creating events that inspire engagement and awareness for her clients.

Host Gifts:

  • Bumble Bee Baskets curates gift baskets loaded with locally-sourced goodies for all occasions. Custom baskets can also be ordered by phone at 403-201-1166.
  • Red Tartan bakes artisan shortbread cookies from scratch, and caters to many dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free recipes.

Libations:

  • Eau Claire Distillery offers farm-to-glass vodka, gin, and whiskey made in its Turner Valley facility. Eau Claire spirits can be found in stores and online.
  • First Choice Cellars works directly with small wineries and distilleries around the world to bring them into the Calgary market. Reach out to Bernie for help procuring drinks for your Christmas party, or peruse the catalogue online.
  • True Buch is a kombucha company that uses natural and organic ingredients like fresh fruit and tea to make flavourful concoctions. It can be purchased on-tap in growlers, or in single-serve bottles – the latter of which provides 50 cents to local charities that serve pets, kids, and the planet, including REAP's own Community Orchards program, which grows fruit for Calgarians in need through Grow Calgary.
  • Village Brewery was recently declared the best craft brewery in the city by Best of Calgary voters. With new beers for every season made with home-grown ingredients, it’s easy to see why. Find your nearest supplier on this map.

Venues and Entertainment:

  • Deane House is a long-standing restaurant built into the home of Fort Calgary’s last superintendent. Bookings are available for multiple rooms about the home for a variety of party sizes and vibes.
  • Hotel Arts and Hotel Arts Kensington (formerly Kensington Riverside Inn) are two boutique hotels with deep roots in the downtown core and Kensington neighbourhoods. Book your party with the in-house restaurants or in Hotel Arts’ ballrooms.
  • Nerd vs Geek is a DJ service that’s deeply rooted in the community. From every event booked, Nerd vs Geek makes donations to Aspen Family Services and an additional charity of the host’s choosing.
  • River Café is an upscale, hyper-local restaurant nestled in Prince’s Island Park. With a nature-inspired interior and roaring fireplace, it’s a cozy venue with a lot of charm.
  • The Commons is a coworking space residing in a century-old building in Southeast Calgary. In addition to creating a community for entrepreneurs, The Commons boasts event planning services and catering. Click here to check out the holiday packages.

TAKE ACTION:

  1. Click the above links to get in touch with these businesses and kick off your holiday planning!
  2. Check out our directory for even more local businesses to support this holiday season and all year-round.