Vendors - Picnic Basket Catering

After 30 years of serving the Colorado area, we have worked with a wide variety of vendors. We feel the following businesses represent the best Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region has to offer. Be sure to tell them that Picnic Basket Catering sent you.

Your Event Manager can also arrange for the use of china, flatware and glassware for a classy, upscale or themed look. Arrangements for tables, chairs, linens and tents are available through the Picnic Basket.

VENUES

 

A Painted View Ranch

Located in Westcliffe, Colorado, A Painted View Ranch is nestled in one of the state’s most beautiful and unspoiled areas, The Wet Mountain Valley. Just three miles west of downtown Westcliffe, the ranch offers visitors a stunning view of the mountains and an authentically western experience.  www.apaintedview.com

Air Force Academy

Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. The 5,500 square foot reception hall is filled with floor to ceiling windows for a spacious panoramic view of natural surroundings. With open-air atria above, this expansive area provides warm natural light while maintaining an air of intimacy. Clouds etched in glass encircle the second floor atrium giving a soaring view of the festivities below. Make a grand entry from either of our etched glass open staircases. www.events.usafa.org

Beckwith Ranch

The signature red roofs and white clapboard siding of the ranch complex, surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, provide the perfect background for any venue.  The Beckwith mansion and interior has been restored to closely match the original 1870’s design. A variety of rooms are available for your event, including a grand ballroom, bride & bridesmaid’s dressing room, groom & groomsmen’s room, dining area, kitchen, library and sitting room.
www.beckwithranch.org

Brush Canyon Ranch

Brush Canyon Ranch sits in the foothills of the Greenhorn Mountains. At an elevation of over 7,500 feet, we are surrounded with beautiful green meadows, aspen and pine trees, and breathtaking views of the Wet Mountain Range. The scenery alone provides the perfect setting for an absolutely gorgeous outdoor wedding. An elegant horse-drawn carriage can be used to present the bride and her wedding party, and our facilities are yours for the entire weekend with no specific time your event needs to end. Our wedding venue season runs from mid-May through the end of September. www.brushcanyonranch.com

Cathedral Pines

The Lodge at Cathedral Pines offers guests an elegant yet rustic venue for intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions, bridal teas, private parties, corporate functions and much more! Nestled in the splendor of Black Forest, experience “true” Colorado. www.cathedralpineslodge.com

Cave of the Winds

The natural beauty of the Cave of the Winds combined with our spacious pavilion make it the perfect place for your next event.  From birthday parties to weddings, team building to corporate retreats, make your next event an adventure to remember. www.caveofthewinds.com

Edgewood Inn

For weddings, reunions, retreats, romantic getaways, tasting room tours, old-fashioned movie nights and so much more, the Edgewood Inn is the ideal location for intimate country mountain weddings and special events. We can accommodate from 2 to 150 of your guests for your special day.  Just 5 miles from charming Woodland Park, yet worlds away, the Edgewood Inn is nestled against the Pikes National Forest in Teller County Colorado. www.edgewoodwp.com

El Pomar Foundation: Penrose House

Penrose House serves as an education and conference center available exclusively for the nonprofit community to gather, discuss issues, and discover innovative solutions to challenges facing their organizations and constituents. Penrose House is not intended to host the routine or regularly scheduled activities of nonprofit organizations, but instead is offered as a venue for strategic meetings and conferences. www.elpomar.org

Elk Valley Lodge

The Lodge at Elk Valley is one of the premier retreat centers in Teller County for intimate retreats, family reunions and outdoor weddings. Located in the heart of the Pikes Peak Region, the Lodge allows our guests to take full advantage of the numerous dining, shopping, entertainment and recreational opportunities this area has to offer. There is truly something for everyone! www.vrbo.com/215012

Franciscan Retreat Center

The Franciscan Retreat Center is located on a site rich with a history of giving and caring for others.  The Center has three buildings which include: 34 bedrooms with baths; 2 handicapped bedrooms; 2 large conference rooms (45-120); 3 small meeting rooms (6-40); a lobby, fireplace and reception area; and a large dining room with a bright, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for 120 persons. www.franciscanretreatcenter.org

Freedom Financial Services Expo Center

The Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association (HBA), University of Colorado Colorado Springs and Freedom Financial Services have partnered to provide a much-needed asset and service to the people and economy of Southern Colorado by providing this state of the art and centrally located facility.  The Expo Center is centrally located and provides easy access for show vendors and the general public.  From the 797 free parking spaces on the outside to the 18” high ceilings and wide-open spaces on the inside, the Freedom Financial Expo Center is ideal for any event – offering diverse layout options. www.freedomexpocenter.com

Garden of the Gods Trading Post

The blooming garden and tiered patio seating area complement the peaceful setting with Pikes Peak as your background The Conference Center offers an intimate setting for wedding receptions of up to 120 people. A private powder room is available for the Bride and her Bridesmaids. The new Strausenback Pavilion, locate in the Cafe patio garden is a large freestanding tent and is available for groups up to 80 people in a social setting. For a more intimate function, the Patio at the Gallery can accommodate small groups of 40 or less. www.gardenofthegodstradingpost.com

Ghost Town Museum

As a true preservation of Colorado’s western past, Ghost Town Museum is a fun and historic look back at kind of old west town that used to dot this region during the late1800’s and early 1900’s.  Ghost Town is the perfect place to hold an event, from rehearsal dinners to corporate parties. www.ghosttownmuseum.com

Hatchet Ranch Events

Hatchet Ranch is a private working cattle ranch that is also available for your special occasion or wedding. This beautiful rustic 1800’s barn can comfortably fit 150-200 guests (with room outside for more if needed). This prime Southern Colorado wedding venue is located just 20 minutes south of Pueblo with easy access from I-25. We believe that your wedding should be as you want it to be. We have no restrictions on catering and you can decorate as you wish (within reason of course!)  We have multiple outside ceremony areas and ample parking areas for your guests. www.hatchetranchevents.net

Hillside Gardens

Colorado Springs’ best-kept secret is surrounded by the awe-inspiring, natural splendor of the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak. In the heart of Colorado Springs, it is a great place for your outdoor wedding ceremony, reception or family event. The Gardens feature beautifully landscaped grounds with ponds, fountains, a bar with personality, a bridal cottage in a wooded area, and many spots overlooking the city and mountains. www.hillsidegardensandevents.com

Hudson Gardens

Whether indoors or outdoors, or a small or large gathering, The Hudson Gardens has a selection of facilities to meet your needs. Choose from The Inn at Hudson Gardens, the Garden Canopy, or the Welcome Garden plus gardens highlighted by amazing beauty, filled with thousands of exquisite flowers, a Monet-style garden, an historic and charming log cabin, winding pathways and breathtaking views. www.hudsongardens.org

La Foret

Sprawled among more than 400 acres of Ponderosa pine forest and scenic meadows, the nonprofit La Foret provides a welcome haven as a conference and retreat center located just north of Colorado Springs. La Foret has meeting, dining and sleeping facilities for groups large and small. They cater to people from all walks of life and all cultural and religious backgrounds. La Foret is a place of serenity, connection with nature and fellowship. Two Buildings, the Ponderosa Lodge and Taylor Memorial Chapel are on the National Historic Registry. www.laforet.org

LorienDell Weddings

Lorien Dell is nestled in an aspen forest about 30 minutes from Colorado Springs, northwest of Pikes Peak. It is a private, romantic setting ideal for your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. The forest is especially appropriate for Renaissance or fantasy themes, especially those that remind us of the Legend of Lorien Dell. www.loriendell.com

Pioneer Museum

Located in the heart of Downtown Colorado Springs, and just minutes away from purple mountain majesties above the fruited plains, the historic El Paso County Courthouse is a landmark for its history and blend of French and German renaissance architecture. The ambiance and timelessness of one of our region’s greatest treasures can help your event make its own history. www.cspm.org

ProRodeo Hall of Fame

The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy is a truly unique western venue for any special event.  You and your guest can enjoy a first class evening with a western backdrop.  Whether you host an even in the Museum Hall of the Hal Littrell Pavilion, you are connected to a beautiful outdoor garden area.  An event at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame is an incredible western experience – surround your event with Rodeo’s greatest artifacts. www.prorodeohalloffame.com

Red Crag Estates

Selected “Best Place for Wedding Guests”, Red Crags Estates in Manitou Springs, Colorado has served as host to numerous intimate and joyful occasions. With spectacular views and picturesque landscaping, these historic inns are able to provide you with the destination wedding site to fulfill your vision for your special day! www.redcragsestates.com

Red Rock Ranch

This beautiful ranch is available to rent as a unique Colorado family reunion location, workshop retreat, or as the perfect venue for that milestone birthday gathering for you and all your friends. The ranch is located in the Wet Mountain Valley of South Central Colorado. Just 2½ hours southwest of Denver, 1 hour west of Pueblo & an hour and 15 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs, the ranch sits at 8,400 ft above sea level in the rolling foothills of the Wet Mountains, overlooking the 14,000-foot peaks of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The local community includes the towns of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff, two mining era towns that share the valley floor.
www.ranchretreats.com

Secret Garden

Enter through a vine-covered arbor and you truly are in the Secret Garden. As you stroll through the gardens, you feel as if you have been transported in time to the serenity of long ago. Build and designed by Steve Muzzipapa, the wedding and event site show his love for the old world style and his keen eye for plate varieties which are not commonly observed in this area. www.ckretgarden.com

Soirée

Once a gambling house, then cafe, then drive-in, and a restaurant, Soirée offers hints of its unique history through architectural elements such as beautiful original wood vigas, contemporary steel accents, and a vaulted ceiling. During the daytime, the space is bathed in diverse textures and in the evening, the walls glow with art by featured artists.  With almost 2,000 sq ft of open space – Soirée is unique enough to accommodate the creativity with unlimited event planning and entertainment alternatives. The extraordinary bar services, catering prep area & accessibility for guests, caterers & vendors makes this venue distinctive in every way.
www.coloradospringsvenue.com

Space Foundation Headquarters

The Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs offers a unique space-themed venue for your event. We’ve had important meetings, wedding receptions, military promotion and retirement celebrations, birthday parties, dances, a bar mitzvah, beer festivals and more held in their various meeting rooms and venue.
http://www.spacefoundation.org/

Spruce Mountain

Make your next event a memorable one and host it at Spruce Mountain. We appreciate the thought and preparation that goes into planning an event and we want you to have a beautiful, seamless and worry-free experience that you’ll remember forever. Our facilities are spacious, modern and flexible and our property is breathtaking. www.sprucemountainguestranch.com

The Colorado Springs School

The school offers 3 indoor event spaces, the outdoor veranda covered with a canopy, and the grassy area called the quad.  On-site maintenance staff and full service event planning offered from Forte Events.  Brides, experience a Broadmoor wedding at a fraction of the price! www.forteevents.com

The Loft

Book our 150-seat venue for your next event.  We offer our space for weddings, receptions, parties and more! This unique with exposed brick, wood floors, stage, and a loft provides a backdrop with enlist possibilities. www.loftmusicvenue.com

The Historic Pines Ranch

We are a retired guest/dude ranch. The Pines has a long and memorable history of hosting wedding couples, families and vacationers from around the world since the late 1800’s. The original 1890’s “Lodge” Victorian kit home still open for tours! Our unique ranch atmosphere offers a charming, rustic elegance that has been combined with modern conveniences to ensure your comfort. http://www.thehistoricpinesranch.com/

The Great Outdoors

Colorado offers breathtaking views, rolling hills, beautiful meadows, and extraordinary peaks.  The magnificent scenery around us could be the backdrop for your next event.  Using a local park, state park or open space provides a unique and often less costly location to celebrate. Contact local parks by searching Colorado Springs Parks, Colorado State Parks, El Paso County Parks, Farish Recreation Area, Manitou Springs Parks, and more.

FLORISTS

 

Garden Path // www.gardenpathco.com

Ambiance Florals // www.ambienceflorals.com

Bella Studios Florist // www.bellastudiosflorist.com

Rhonda Nichols Floral Design // www.rhondanicholsflowers.com

Skyway Creations // www.skywaycreations.com

Hillside Garden Fresh Flower Shop // www.hillsidegardensandevents.com

Twig and Posies // www.twigsandposies.com

Photographers

 

Cayton Photography // www.caytonphotography.com

Blue Fox // www.bluefoxphotography.com

Robin Proctor Photography // www.robinproctorphotography.com

KJ & Rob Photography // www.kjandrob.com

Love Roots Photography // www.loverootsphotography.com

Katie Corinne Photography // www.katiecorinne.com

E.x. Lotus Photography // www.exlotus.com

Elizabeth Ann Photography // www.elizabethannphotography.org

Photobooths

 

Shutterbooth // www.shutterbooth.com

Booth 66 // www.booth66.com

Audio Visual

 

Ceavco // www.ceavco.com

Laser Sound (Dan) // www.lasersoundprodj.com

All Star DJ (Brandon) // www.allstardjsco.com

Wedding Coordinator

 

RSVP Weddings // www.rsvpweddings.us

Sarah Viera // www.sarahvieraevents.com

SK Event Specialist // www.skeventspecialists.com

JA Special Events // www.jaspecialevents.com

Day Planner Events // www.dayplannerevents.com

Mod Events By Jessie Lynn // www.modeventsbyjessielynn.com

Chocolate Fountains

 

A New Taste Sensation // www.anewtastesensation.com

Valet

 

Charles Moore // 719-761-7439

Cakes

 

Boonzaaijer’s // www.dutchpastry.com

Little London Cake Shoppe // www.littlelondoncakes.com

Mya Bella Cupcakes // www.myabellacupcakes.com

Creative Cakes // www.creativecakescolorado.com

Sweet Daphne Confections // www.sweetdaphneconfections.com

Sugar Plum // www.sugarplumcakeshoppe.com

Event Coordinator

 

Jerri Roush // www.jroushevents.com

Music

 

Bob Alexander // 719-264-9300

Brad Ernst // 719-447-8702

Dale Miller // www.dalejmiller.wix.com/dalejmiller

Ken Miller // www.broadmoorentertainment.com/meet-ken-miller

Henry Quintana // 719-576-4873

Brian Sheen // 719-687-2206

Susan Rissman // www.susanrissmanmusic.com

Lazer and Levi // 719-650-5390

DJ’s

 

All Star DJs // www.allstardjsco.com

Randy Rodriguez // www.randysinatra.com

Blue Moon // www.springsdj.com

Springs Complete Music // www.springscompletemusic.com

Jam N Sounds // 719-577-4866

Laser Sound // www.lasersoundprodj.com

Universal Beats Phil // 719-459-0747

String Quartet

 

Romanza // 719-597-3375

Tempus // www.tempusstrings.com

Bands

 

Blue Canyon Boys // www.bluecanyonboys.com

Gentle Rain // www.springsgentlerain.com

Moments Notice // www.momentsnotice.com

Rumble Seat Swing // www.rumbleseatswing.com

Rental Companies

 

AAa // www.aaarentalcenter.com

Brunos Party Time Rental // www.partytimerental.com

Event Rents // www.eventrents.net

Anna’s Custom Pews // www.annascustompews.com

Ministers

 

Nori Rost // www.asuuc.net

Robert TallTree // www.thetalltrees.com

Dean Tollefson // 719-633-8635