Some of the nametags for our hostesses at A French-Inspired Noël. We could not do it without our friends and family.
My friend Kelly does a great impersonation of the Count from Sesame Street. Don't ask me why I know this. But I can just hear her saying, with that comically Transylvanian accent, "One, two, three, four, five, six. Six days 'til the holiday open house at The Blissful. Mwah-hah-hah-hah-hah." Don't mind me. I'm feeling a little kooky today, what with the overwhelming prospect of turning the shop inside out over the next five days in preparation for A French-Inspired Noël. And the Count? Consider that our nod to a scary, scary Hallowe'en, since we'll be closed over Hallowe'en to get the shop ready. So there. Boo.
In an act of brave self-sacrifice, I am foregoing a date with my incredibly charming boyfriend tomorrow night and staying after hours to work at the shop. Yes, folks, it's all hands on deck for the next five days as we close the shop Monday the 29th through Wednesday the 31st, haul out all the Christmas boxes, unpack them of their goodies, dispose of the packaging, reinvent existing displays and build new ones, put up and decorate at least one tree, string lights, stage new window displays, prepare our gourmet fare, get our outfits ready (with comfortable shoes!). By the time customers start arriving Thursday morning, I have a feeling I'll be buzzing with lack of sleep and running on premium-grade adrenaline. Put it this way: I'll have to be running on premium-grade adrenaline.
As next week progresses, I promise to try to post daily updates here on the blog, with photos. Maybe I'm crazy for imagining I can keep up with blogging during one of the busiest weeks of the year, but I would like to! Hard to believe that this time next week, every inch of this store will be be-decked for the most wonderful time of the year. Thank you, Jesus, for giving us a reason to celebrate and to welcome our family and friends here to celebrate with us.
If you're in the area next weekend, please join us for A French-Inspired Noël on Thursday, November 1st, Friday, November 2nd, and Saturday, November 3rd, during regular shop hours. Bring friends!