ONYX Presents: The Glamping Survival Guide


Hello! Welcome to the ONYX Art & Events Blog – A lifestyle blog for culture cravers!

We invite you to spend the next week with us, experiencing a luxurious outdoor adventure, applying tips and inspiration to your own entertaining expertise, all while getting to know ONYX Art & Events through our very first blog post. To learn more about how we can help you make your unique event vision a reality, visit the service section of our website.


I am truly fortunate to have been surrounded by great artists, hosts and entrepreneurs throughout my life, and have learned just about everything I know from these individuals. I hope to use this as a platform to share what I’ve learned, what other’s have to teach, and what this great city of Denver has to offer us all. We invite you to visit regularly for short, sweet pieces on the following topics:

·      ONYX occasions we’re excited to show off

·      Exciting events going on around town that you wont want to miss

·      The latest in event trends and venues highlights

·      Studio visits and exhibition reviews of our favorite artists

Glamping Adventure ONYX

This week, for our very first blog entry, we’d like to share a how-to guide from a mini event I put together for my friends, all beautifully documented for your enjoyment, (and my eternal memories) by From The Hip Photo.

It’s time to cash in on the last of the sun-soaked days of our pseudo-summer and GO GLAMPING! Over the next 5 days we’ll walk you through the essentials of this elegant adventure, this regal romp, the outdoor affair that IS…glamping.

Glamping: A heady mix of glamour and the great outdoors.
— by Kerry Maxwell, author of Brave New Words

This post is accompanied by incredible photography, seasonal recipes, and beauty and fashion tips from Denver’s best. So sit back and scroll through while brainstorming your next easy, inexpensive, expectation-exceeding experience for you and yours, because we all deserve to be celebrated uniquely!



MONDAY: Introduction to ONYX

"Glamping, meet ONYX. ONYX, meet Glamping"


TUESDAY: Glamping Essentials

 The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of planning a successful event. (Including picking a glampground, packing essentials, and my VIP guest list.)


WEDNESDAY: Sophisticated sustenance for your troop

Peach Mint Julep/Caponata Bruschetta/Jarred Niçoise Salads


THURSDAY: Outdoor Beauty How-To's from the Pros

Step-by-step guide to the perfect all-day braid

And Highlights from the day's best #glamourshots


FRIDAY:  Fall Fashion Finds

Must have looks that translate from the great outdoors to your sidewalk/catwalk.

We decided on Glamping as our breakout blog event, by first pondering our favorites from all event realms. Then we put them in once place for the sake of celebrating one another. The result was our take on the increasingly in-demand glamping experience.

At ONYX, we’re not afraid to have favorites and to share those preferences with our clients. WE recommend doing the same while planning your special events. That said, we chose our favorite place (my future sister-in-law’s home near Red Rocks Amphitheater), my favorite guests (my best friends since I was 5 years old), my favorite vendors (event pros that have been supporting me since my first entrepreneurial endeavor and continue to make me look goooood), and even hair, make-up and style experts that I not only recommend to my clients, but also use regularly myself. Oh right, and my brother, my favorite chef next to my mama. I rep him too.

Glamping should also be eclectic by nature. We loaded up everything lacey, bohemian, cozy, twinkly and romantic, that we could find (for free) into my parents’ white, ’71 VW camper van.  Key ingredients included rugs, pillows, lanterns, fire pit, candles, old furniture and flat, rustic surfaces you can build-up at different levels (as opposed to bringing your kitchen table camping).

The idea is to pack it up, let it spill out, and allow the natural surroundings enhance the whole scene. Snuggle amongst friends. Look at the stars.


If you’re more of a hands-free host or traveler, check out these all-inclusive glamping options in our very own Rocky Mountains:

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ONYX Art & Events. Here it’s all about creating events that have good energy, a more distinct ambience, an unusual twist in how they look, feel, and taste. And it all starts with the right basic elements. 

We’d like to thank our tremendously talented team that took this event to the next level. Don't be shy! Contact them for your event or beauty needs.

Photography: From The Hip Photo

Floral: poppy & pine

Hair: Jessica McIntyre, Double Dutch Hair

Make-up: Mary Kate Addyman, Revival Aesthetics

Food: Ian Bartholomew, Private Chef

Fashion: Inspyre Boutique

Outdoor Decor: Creative Living

And special thanks to my sissy from another missy, Jessica Devine, for being the ever-hostess and always sharing your heart and home with me. xoxo


Written and Produced by Allison Bartholomew, ONYX Art & Event