Friday, October 19, 2012

A Fun Time Was Had By All! Holiday Open House 2012

What a beautiful way to be welcomed at our Holiday Open House today! 
Alison did a fabulous job with the flowers, as usual! 

It was such a nice touch to the outside of the shop!

And there were many other beautiful touches all throughout!

And then, there was art! Beautiful, beautiful art!!

Melissa brought two more large pieces to add to the many fabulous pieces she brought us a few weeks ago!

As well as some more of her fabulous hand painted wine glasses and Christmas ornaments that she also sells at Saks Fifth Avenue durning the holidays!

And what a sweet surprise to receive these beautiful flowers from her today!
 Thank you, Melissa!

Lauren arrived with several large pieces as well and the shop quickly shone because of all of the amazing art from these two very talented women!

One of my very best friends bought this fabulous painting above for her new home! 
I'm so excited for her!

We were also busy enjoying the exquisite leather goods from Sharon and Leigh Ann at Old Clutch!

Bless their hearts, they had also done a Trunk Show yesterday and then had to endure this as well! I think they met a lot of great contacts and talked to some great people just as the artists did!

And what's an Open House without really yummy food? Not much if you ask me! It's my excuse to make all of my favorite things and then get to sample them all day long! And that is exactly what we did!

The Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt have become a "staple" for our Open Houses!

The Pumpkin Bars were a new addition and one that seemed to go over pretty well!

Our Fall Sangria was a hit!
I'm bookmarking the recipe for certain!

For the first time ever we do not have many leftovers!
Hmmm…wonder why?

So glad my oldest son Mitch and my sweet husband Jim thoroughly enjoyed themselves! As did Mitch's lifelong friend, Cameron! They are always game for a good party!

Holly's White Cheddar Cheese Ball was delicious! She brought it from New Orleans and I for one am already planning to serve it at our Christmas Party!

Pattie made Paula Deen's recipe for Black Eyed Pea Caviar and it was truly the best I've had yet! 

I was so glad my "Ham Delights" were a hit! They are something that I've had on my favorite food's list since about Jr. High School! That's a long, long time to have them as a favorite!

We truly enjoyed today and had such a good time with Melissa Payne Baker and Lauren Dunn!
I do wish Sonya could've been with us as well! She was well represented with her beautiful paintings and a sweet friend bought a special one for a gift!

I was so happy my sister came….she brought several people from her office as well…sure wish I'd gotten a picture of them! It's so hard to fit it all in when you are the host! Thankfully, Holly did a lot of picture taking for me!

She also did a great job working with Ellen and me and Pattie and then greeting her sweet friends!

All in all it was a very special day!

Having sweet friends and wonderful family members to help out sure does make it even more enjoyable!
So glad Britney and Layton got to stop by!

 I'm also glad to know my precious granddaughter already knows what she wants to do when she is "bigger"!

She say's she wants to work for Nonnie! Can I introduce my newest employee to you? Miss Layton Bradford! She helped me swipe those credit cards like she was a pro! She is hired for sure!

Glad you stopped by for a visit! I hope you enjoyed all of this beautiful art and picked out a laptop case or an iPad case to add to your Christmas "Wish List"! 
We do have those you know! We are putting them out next week! 
Wonder if you can pick out the painting I took home to "try"? They were all just to die for!
I think I'll take a day or two to catch my breath before we break out the Christmas decorations though!
Have a wonderful Friday!


  1. I am so happy that your open house was a hit, Carolyn!! Wish I could have been in Birmingham! Also happy to see the family there:).
    Happy Friday.

  2. Carolyn,

    Looks like a wonderful open house! The art is gorgeous and it's fun to see the family photos added in. Your freshly baked cookies, etc.. look yummy! Have a great weekend!


  3. Carolyn a fabulous event I love the fine art! Truly wonderful. You really know how to throw a party!

    May I ask where you found your gorgeous tunic?

    2012 Artists Series

  4. Looks like a great night, Carolyn - gorgeous flowers, a delicious buffet, friends and the art! Layton is beautiful - I see those lovely blue eyes run in the family.

  5. Congrats, Carolyn!! A perfect open house with family, friends, clients, beautiful flowers, yummy food and gorgeous pieces. You are a such warm and gracious hostess. And SOOOO popular :) Now the pressure is off....enjoy the weekend ~ Loi

  6. How gorgeous it all is! Thanks for taking us along, everyone is so good looking and those smiles must mean it was successful, everything looks so beautiful and welcoming.....your warmth shines through in all you do Carolyn!

    Your grandaughter is sooo cute and you are way toooo young to be one! Hope you get to rest a little over the weekend, off to my sons fall fair......

  7. Stunning flowers, beautiful artwork, and delicious food and wonder it was a hit! Thanks for sharing with us Carolyn...hope a great weekend is in store for you.

  8. Beautiful flowers, art work and great friends. What a wonderful day. It looks like it was a hit!

  9. Beautiful flowers
    Saludos from chile

  10. Looks like a fabulous open house! Love the artwork and glassware. Everything looks beautiful and welcoming! Thanks again, Carolyn for the input you on my blog for opening a shop! Great advice.

  11. What a perfect way to spend the day - good friends, wonderful art and beautiful flowers...looks like a wonderful success!!

  12. Carolyn,
    I am just bowled over by the beauty and joy that is radiating from your Holiday Open House!!! I miss good 'ole Southern fun and hospitality and love all the beautiful art and other offerings. Your friends and family are just gorgeous!!!

    Hoping that this is just the beginning of all your holiday fun (and sales!)
    xoxo Elizabeth

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