To celebrate the Christmas season, I opened up my home to friends and family for a lovely Christmas Open House last Saturday night. It was a festive evening of food and drink and Christmas shopping: it was wonderful. In preparation I had assembled a great group of artist friends this summer and started planning out all the details that would pull together an Open House that I would like to attend myself. A diverse collection of beautiful handmades to buy, great food to nosh and free wine to drink. And because I wanted a cozy atmosphere, I held it at my house on a wintry evening. Luminarias lined the walk to the house and Norwegian Christmas music played until my chef friend (who was preparing food next to the stereo in the kitchen) threatened to leave or cleave the stereo. So Norwegian Christmas music played for a little while at least.
My talented artist friends each specialized in different items, so there a was a cool variety of handmade pieces, all perfect as Christmas gifts. Jewelry, baby knitwear, woven shawls, pottery, cards and confections. I sold Christmas decorations: paper polka dot garlands, potted paperwhites, and crocheted doily garlands as well as cute stocking stuffers (Naughty and Nice – see the Naughty lumps of coal and Nice white pompom ponytail holders below). And I sold lots of jewelry: mainly earrings off my beloved earrings tree (a wire tree form that looks like it displayed some humble sundries in a general store 100 years ago).
While the picturesque luminaries were my highlight for the evening, I’m sure most of my friends would say that their’s was seeing my husband serve wine all evening like a waiter. (I called him My Cabana Boy but I don’t think anyone thought that that was as funny as I did.) Wine and incredible hors d’oerves by my girl Brenda made the whole scene perfectly merry. I’m already looking forward to next year’s.