10.16.06

Our Halloween Party!!!

Posted in business-a-go-go, Events!, Fun Stuff, Main at 1:38 am by carrie

Our little party last weekend went off without a hitch! It was super busy and lots of people went home with new little spooky friends from the store :)

We decked out the front counter with some fun black garland, carved pumpkins and skull heads. We had tons of treats and goodies!

We were lucky to enough to have some assistance from the neighborhood kids who helped us spread cobwebs all over the front of the store. It looks a little bit like snow but I think I like it better that way ;) The little purple lights twinkled nicely… along with the fog machine blowing smoke out the front door, the passers-by had a lot to look at! :)
More fun spider webs on the outside!
We had ample treats for everyone. Graycee provided us with chocolate, vanilla and spice cupcakes with fun frosting designs! We had swirls (a-la Tim Burton!), lots of sprinkles and fun little spikey topped cupcakes! We started with 4 or 5 dozen and ended the night with about 10 cupcakes.
There was one cupcake casualty… I’m not naming names, but the person who dropped it… you know who you are ;) hehe
Susan T. brought in the most amazing cranberry and jam scones! We called the jam scones the “mystery scones” because for some reason, we didn’t find out what kind of jam they were… they were delicious and pretty with little purple and black sprinkles! I think these are the best scones I have had… ever! This may be a hint that she should open her own tea house, especially since I’m told she has quite the teacup collection ;)
First thing in the morning I got the most wonderful delivery from our good friend Pat who manages another local gift shop. These beautiful flowers were delivered to us by a local florist and they looked and smelled divine! It was the sweetest gesture and it really put a smile on my face. It was kind of funny… I started talking to the lady who delivered them and mentioned her flower shop is down the street from my house… she asked which street it was and it turns out we live 3 houses away from each other… small world! She even came back later in the evening and shopped… very cool :)
Anyone who owns a shop or has had to put together some sort of special event knows how stressful it can be… after talking to Pat in the afternoon she said “I know how hard you work and I wanted to let you know that it is appreciated!” Again, I have to say… if I had to close the shop tomorrow, I would still be so incredibly grateful for the friendships I have made and how much I have learned about business and, as dorky as it sounds, about myself. I have uncovered some talents I never knew I had before as well as what my weaknesses are (paperwork!). I have met people that will stay close to me for the rest of my life… people I would have never met if I wouldn’t have opened these doors. And I’ve created other friendships by introducing people to each other as well. It makes me very happy to think about it :)
Our friend Joe (another great friend from the shop!) made this wonderful black garland by spray painting plain green christmas garland with black and gray spray paint. He added large twigs and spiderwebs and even carved some little pumpkins to stick in, too! We had these white glittery skulls so I stuck them in. All lit up, this looks great from the street :)
If you look carefully, you can see the elusive Babs, wearing a witches’ hat and hiding behind the counter. See how she blends in with the holiday decor nicely.

The weather has been awesome this past week… I keep the front door open and let the cool air come through… it’s great! The other day a bird flew into the shop, perched itself on a little basket to evaluate the situation. I could see its little chest beating so fast… and there was another little bird outside hopping around looking for him. I talked to him (you are allowed to poke fun) and told him where the door was… and he fluttered away. He was welcome to stay but it was far too pretty outside to be indoors.

In other news… I’m currently typing on my new Mac keyboard :) I do like this new computer but I do have to say, there are a lot of differences in the hot keys from my PC. I’m a tad frustrated. I hope Nathan knows that being frustrated has nothing to do with being ungrateful! :) This computer is a work of art!!! I’m a little intimidated by it… I think it can sense my fear. I will master its inner workings soon :)

I’m off!!! More to blog tomorrow as we had a very full week with the La Crescenta Home Tour and other adventures! Happy Monday to all!

6 Comments »

  1. Tyn said,

    October 16, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    Oh that looks fun and tasty!! I am sorry to have missed it.

  2. lucy said,

    October 16, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Your Halloween party looks like it was great fun! Lovely decorations and yummy food. I also ventured over to your story on your store opening it’s evolution. What a great story and I love that you documented all of your ups and downs. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

    lucy

  3. Sezz said,

    October 17, 2006 at 3:05 am

    What an incredible event, you have a very beautiful shop. I would have been in my element but regret you may have had no cupcakes left at the end of the night :-) Thanks for sharing, Sezz

  4. Tyn said,

    October 17, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    I was just wondering…. are there any scones left?

  5. Colette said,

    October 19, 2006 at 11:41 am

    Your shop looks delightful. I wish I could visit, but I’m about 3,000 miles away, so Iwas happy to see the photos.

  6. pammy said,

    January 3, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I love your cupcakes what do you use for the icing? The store is BEAUTIFUL!

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