Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Holiday Sparkle....a Labor of Love!


Holiday Sparkle....a Labor of Love!


Christmas time is by far our favorite time of year. We just love the beautiful decorations, music and special events that make the season special. We think our show fit's just that description!


We own and produce a big holiday show and this year our theme was "Holiday Sparkle". In Oregon there are 2 styles of shows; booth or table shows, and boutique style shows. Ours is a boutique style show which means that we mix all the vendors product together and display it in themed areas. We have life size building front to help separate areas and give personality to the show. Our customers just love wondering leisurely through this magical setting. So many people have asked us about our show, so we thought it would be fun to share some photo's and our crazy journey of set up to tear down with you! It's a crazy process, but we love it! Happy Holiday's to all of you and may your day "Sparkle"!















This is how it starts...we unload the semi of props which take 6 men about 4 hours. (Don't you just love the "autographs" on our truck!). Then we build the walls and start draping tables to get ready for product delivery. The vendors unpack their product on empty tables in themes.







Then we set the bases on each table which included small furniture pieces, crates and shelves. The display process takes us four full days to complete.







This is our little Bakery or Sweet Shoppe. It always looks darling!









The Victorian area is always one of my favorites. It's so elegant!








We do a Heavenly area with wonderful angels and nativities.









There's something for everyone and every taste at our show. Here is one of our building fronts in the lodge area.









Vintage Kitchen is always popular!










The cottage area was beautiful this year with wonderful vintage china and the like.








This is our tea area. We hosted a tea every Saturday which sold out this year!










Yummy desserts! No wonder the tea sold out!










The last section our customers walk through before the check out area is the Gourmet Food section. They can taste a sample of pretty much everything...yum! We have the best vendors!



Tear down is a little faster...two days of pick up and packing and a day of loading the truck again! Whew...no wonder we are tired! Thanks for letting us share our show with you.


Take 10% off your order through Christmas at http://www.forgetmenotdreams.com/ just enter the word BLOG. Happy Holidays!

Eileen & Karen

7 comments:

Cathy said...

Absolutely wonderful pictures ladies. It was amazing to see what you all go through to pull off such a wonderful Christmas fair. I love the PINK table!

Cathy

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Sigh, oh I wish you would take that show on the road...ya'll come South heah?

Wishing you a very blessed Christmas.

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Francie

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Cottage Collections said...

Happy New Year Eileen and Karen! I wish you the best that 2008 has to offer!
Joyce

Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Happy Happy New years! Warm Blessing & a Wonderful New Year to you!
Blessings~ Stephanie

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

You girls have done such a great job with your show. I use to participate in a similar show in our area. But they closed their business many years ago and there hasn't been another like it since. I think they are great! Wish you were on the east coast!

Karen & Eileen said...

So glad your enjoying our story! In the near future, I'll be doing a series of blogs on how to get the most out of your shows...sortof a 101 on participating and promoting a show. I hope you'll join in the fun!
Eileen