Over the weekend I hosted a Christmas Open House and I wanted to shared some photos with you. I am a bit of a Scrooge, and I really, really hate decorating for Christmas, but since I knew a ton of people would be coming to my house, I wanted it to look super special. The Open House was a chance for family and friends (and family of friends and friends of family) to visit and eat and look at the Premier Designs jewelry I sell. Most teachers have second incomes, and I started selling jewelry back in the spring. It combines my loves for talking and for fashion, so I have a lot of fun!
|Snowlady wearing my red cardigan and "Layered On" Necklace|
Centerpiece and metal Christmas tree holding bracelets
I went with a color scheme of warm golds, bronzes, chocolates, and reds to match my Christmas tree theme. We wanted a cozy, country Christmas feel, so we decorated with burlap and greenery as well. Overall I was very pleased with the final effect. I displayed some of my favorite jewelry combinations on neck boards dressed up in infant girls' outfits(see below). This was a huge hit, and I think worked well to show women what clothes look like with the jewelry. And my mom loved thrifting for adorable little girl outfits, so that was an added bonus!
|Baby clothes display, Christmas tree with earrings, business card displays|
I got a little crafty too, gluing candy canes together to create little stands to hold up my deals and specials. This was an easy and cute way to display information, and would also work well for table place cards if you are really fancy with the sit-down holiday meals.
On the mantel I used stocking holders to display scarves and necklaces- this was totally my mom's idea and I thought it was adorable! Sean will be excited to see the stockings back in their appropriate spots, but I'm thinking I might just do a jewelry-themed Christmas next year!
In the kitchen I had a variety of goodies, including old favorites like crackers and cheese and fruits and veggies, but I also made some pumpkin pie bars, Santa fruit kebobs, and creamy Crock-Pot hot cocoa. It was a great day. I had a ton of friends and family come by, and it was great visiting with everyone. I might even be willing to do some party-hosting in the future since this was so much fun!
|The whole spread, my awesome cupcake stand, and my Christmas Tree veggie platter|