This past weekend my shop rang in the holiday season with its 12th Christmas Open House. This event has grown to be quite a big day for our little town. In fact, it is one of my favorite days of the year!
Preparations pretty much start on January 1st as the next year’s theme is planned, and we are already working on ordering holiday décor. Over the summer we begin working on the details of the invitations (we send out 400), the favors, the gift tags and the food menu. In the weeks prior to the event, there are many late evenings of working on window displays and decorations. This behind-the-scenes work is leading up to one big weekend! We close the shop the day before the event and do all of the decorating that day. We love to unveil a big surprise on Sunday when all of our guests arrive!
The trees are dripping with ornaments, garland and elaborate toppers - this year we decorated seven! The stockings are hung on the mantel. The scent of new holiday candles fills the air, and the shelves are stocked with beautiful holiday décor and gift ideas. We always offer an elaborate spread of snacks and treats that have been inspired by our theme.
It would be so nice if The Southern Mercantile’s online community could gather with us on this one magical day! Since most of you couldn't be there, we are bringing a little of our open house magic to you! This week, Southern Merc is hosting an online Open House. We hope you will join us as we share with you our fabulous holiday décor, recipes, and printables. We also have a special sale planned for you on all of our Christmas merchandise.
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Drop in to the Southern Mercantile this week and see what’s happening! We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with you!