03 November 2008

The Mommy of All Holiday Party Posts

Hot off my digital memory card, this is the first batch of photos from Sunday's Peace on Earth Holiday Open House. Commentary to be added little by little as I can get to it! As you know if you've been in the shop, what we show on the blog is only a taste. We hope you'll come in and say hello and experience our Holiday story live in living color.

Above, our glowing silver ball topiaries flanking the front entrance attracted a lot of attention. We wrapped giant beach balls in tin foil {matte side out} and rested them atop our enormous cast iron urns to make metallic ice globes. The snowflakes we created from paper doilies in white and silver purchased from a local party supply store. Zoey, Jamie, and Debbie then cut out some of the edges into snowflake shapes and cut peace signs into some of them. The flakes were then affixed to the windows using double sided tape. Voila! Instant winter flurries.

Getting closer. . .

The theme of the event being Peace on Earth, we wanted to create a sort of otherworldly, celestial feel...but not in an expected way. Not sure how well all the detail translates in a photograph.

I love oblique, interesting shots like the one above. One of our color palettes this Holiday season is deep gothic red with zinc, pewter, and dove grey. Accented with silver glitter glass, I find this look to be just a step off from the traditional red and green. Not so hard for most of our customers to work into their existing palettes.

Our shopgirl Francie models fingerless gloves.

A yellow-vested shopper peruses what we've been calling our "Man Display."

Earthy, burlap-py 19-foot garlands for tree, mantel, or staircase were a favorite at the open house. These come printed with either Merry Christmas or Season's Greetings.

Shopgirl Becki and I caught in a tête-a-tête. This was a rare moment for me away from the register. At one point, Zoey looked over at me and said, "Abby, do you realize you've been ringing for three hours straight?" I love events like these because it reminds me just how many people we've come to know over the past three years. It's great to see so many of them at once!

Silver mercury glass adornments in every shape, size, and use.

Noël. If only they could've gotten the two little dots over the 'e.'

One of our top selling tree ornaments so far this season. Packaged in a white organza bag, we think it's an instant hostess gift and destined {if they last that long} to be a favorite for ornament exchanges, which one of out every three of my customers last year seemed to be invited to.

The pièce de résistance of this year's theme: the Silver Peace Wreath, comprised of vintage-style metallic silver bulbs. So glowy and shiny and perfect for the front door. I think we can all walk around bearing a bit more peace in our hearts toward one another, be we Republican or Democrat. This morning, when I ran into my favorite bagel joint for my Everything {untoasted} with cream cheese, I sensed what I'd describe as a muffled sense of dismay. Perhaps I was reading into things, but I saw quite a few tense-lipped conversations in progress and even more grim expressions squinting over today's newspapers. But on my way in and then out, I was greeted warmly by three complete strangers. No matter which side of last night's outcome we personally come down on, I think there's a real sense of the need to pull together as an American people and as neighbors.

An array of grabbables meets you at the front display.

These Peace Sign Ornaments are mercury glass in a warm cappuccino color, very spotty, encrusted with silver peace signs.

A customer totes a handful of ornaments through the shop.

Initial mugs inspired by 18th century France pair perfectly with one of our coffee toppers. The silver shaker canisters bear the flavor in French on one side, English on the other.

Fireplace scape in cherry red, silver and zinc. These funky oversized felt stockings make me smile every time I pass by them.

We always do a nod to Santa. These foil wrapped Germanic ones got me this year at Market.

St. Francis santos figure.

Scarves in all of the rich Autumn colors.

Italian Tumbled Marble Tile Coasters and Trivets.

And more.

Signs of the season.

These cool Snowflake Saucers and Serving Platters were a hot seller. Microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe. One among many new items recently shot and being prepped for uploading to the Online Boutique.

Bapchi's Caramel Toffee by Vosges and a glass of white wine sounds like a perfect after dinner treat to me.

Cowl neck scarves and caps with leather brims for cooler days.

Rugby stripes, organic reactive patent "leather," and herringbone tweeds.

Petit chien for minding your personal library.

Vintage-washed burnout tees.

Possibly one of our most sought after Fall items: the 2009 Day Book in an inspiring vintage-y design for the nature lover. Nesting 2009 also available.

Fluted Optic Hourglasses keep Fall's fleeting moments {imperfectly} in chocolate grains of sand. Small is sold out.

Our Gothic Church display.


Creamy Bistro Cubes by Tatine.

Every season there a few items I just really adore. This season, one of those is our Mercury Glass Snowflake Votive. Available in Large and Small {Large shown here}.


cupcake studio said...

Wow! Looks like a very magical event...such beautiful photos! Love that peace wreath.

trash talk said...

What an absolute jewel of a post. It is so refreshing to see something different for Christmas and your shop seems to have it all. I am so in love with the Peace wreathes and the mercury hour glasses. Just beautiful!

Alexa said...

i'm SO SAD i missed this event you don't even understand. SO SAD.

but it looked fabulous abby. ill be stopping by for the holidays FOR SURE.

Melissa Lewis said...

Your window display is as beautiful as the store! Love everything. I want it all:)

Jen r. said...

How cool. I love just looking at the pictures... I wish I could see your store in person!

Kasey said...

looks amazing!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, this brings back such wonderfully fun memories of last year ... our satellite event! Good times! It looks magically wonderful this year, Abby!


Virginie said...

your shop looks lovely....and especially your christmas display
A bientot....

bec4 said...

I wish I could be there! Someday maybe. All of the great photos gave me plenty of ideas for my own home--now to find that cool stuff in Montana

Hi! I'm Kirsten... said...

Abby I can't tell you how bummed I was to miss this party. :-( I actually planned to cut my MI business trip short to make it to the party and then MY CAR BROKE DOWN!!

I'll be in soon to make all my purchases for the holidays! I just hope it is soon enough that you still have the lovely goodies I want in stock ;-)

Oh, and I gave you some blogging love today! check it out:

katiedid said...

I think I would go a bit bonkers with the cradit card if I lived close to your shop! It is absolutely magical, and I LOVE the holidays! Thanks for a glimpse! :)

Pandora said...

Wow - I want one of everything! What wonderful displays! Pure magic :-)

metro home style said...

The store looks AMAZING! So much hard work - what a fabulous job you all did! The merchandise selection and displays are top notch. Thanks so much for sharing your event with us!

Passementerie said...

The Silver Peace Wreath is simply fabulous!!!! Your entire store is stunning, I can't wait to visit when I am in Ohio next spring!

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

You have a kick ass shop and a kick ass online store! Believe me, we will be checking back with you often! Visit our blog for a laugh or two!

Malisa and Karen

Nikki said...

Hey Abby...I'm so in love with your store! I came across your blog and website when searching for French Inspired Designs in Ohio. Voila! The Blissful! I'm also glad those over-sized felt stockings make you smile...I must brag on my mother's design, Sharon Andrews...those stockings have made me smile for years throughout my childhood, watching her create her designs in our basement/her studio. I can't wait to make it to your store in person!

Your Raving Fan, Nikki (Andrews) Powers