A Milkhouse Party : Holiday Open House Review

A Milkhouse Party had its first public debut with a Holiday Open House last Saturday, and had great success in meeting and mingling with community members and vendors for some early Christmas shopping.  We had some fun playing with decorations and loved being able to host other small business owners (as well as get some shopping done ourselves!) 

This was also a great way to snag some future teachers for workshops!  It was always our intention to have this space serve as an outlet for all sorts of creative classes and passion projects, and we are happy to be extending the list on our lineup.  Be sure to e-mail info@agardenpartyllc.com if you would like to be added to the newsletter for future events! 

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
Snowmen milk bottles, complete with scarves and buttons, gave our snack stand some Christmas spirit.  

Snowmen milk bottles, complete with scarves and buttons, gave our snack stand some Christmas spirit.  

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
Poppy & Mint Design had this scripted set-up with a variety of touching quotes, pretty phrases and fun sayings.  Either as cards or signage, Molly can customize anything on paper, even your family tree.   Molly will be one of our future hostesses, so keep an eye out for her calligraphy class! 

Poppy & Mint Design had this scripted set-up with a variety of touching quotes, pretty phrases and fun sayings.  Either as cards or signage, Molly can customize anything on paper, even your family tree.   Molly will be one of our future hostesses, so keep an eye out for her calligraphy class! 

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
We were so happy to have our longtime friend, Antoinette, come to display her boutique items from The A List, which can all be found at Diamonds & Design right down the road from the Milkhouse.  From purses, to jewelry, to the rapidly growing children's collection, these amazing quality items were great for Christmas shopping! 

We were so happy to have our longtime friend, Antoinette, come to display her boutique items from The A List, which can all be found at Diamonds & Design right down the road from the Milkhouse.  From purses, to jewelry, to the rapidly growing children's collection, these amazing quality items were great for Christmas shopping! 

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
Our own in-house artist, Cristina, came up with some original wooden signs for your holiday mantle display.  

Our own in-house artist, Cristina, came up with some original wooden signs for your holiday mantle display.  

Cristina also sold these pretty paper banners, and is available for custom requests - just e-mail her at info@agardenpartyllc.com! 

Cristina also sold these pretty paper banners, and is available for custom requests - just e-mail her at info@agardenpartyllc.com! 

As soon as you walked into the Milkhouse, this deliciously smelling soap from Happy Goats Soap greeted you.  We were so in love with this collection, we had to keep some for our own bathroom display.  

As soon as you walked into the Milkhouse, this deliciously smelling soap from Happy Goats Soap greeted you.  We were so in love with this collection, we had to keep some for our own bathroom display.  

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, The American Garden Tool Company
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, The American Garden Tool Company

When The American Garden Tool Company got wind of our Open House, she got in touch to participate.  This was such a pleasant surprise for us!  American-made products AND garden/farm related tools?  Win/win! 

This is part of a revolving display area at A Milkhouse Party - our inner gift shop owner is being confined to this corner, and we are going to take complete advantage! 

This is part of a revolving display area at A Milkhouse Party - our inner gift shop owner is being confined to this corner, and we are going to take complete advantage! 

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The weather was perfect for The Flower Peddler's outdoor display of planters and wreaths.  Talk about easy decorating - just plop these bad boys on your front porch and you're ready for a season of hosting!  

The weather was perfect for The Flower Peddler's outdoor display of planters and wreaths.  Talk about easy decorating - just plop these bad boys on your front porch and you're ready for a season of hosting!  

 

We have followed Celebrated Lady jewelry for a while now, and having this sweet vendor was an extra special touch.  Jennifer's handmade jewelry is so unique and her "Community over Competition" motto was a great motivator for all.   

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop
A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House, Christmas Centerpiece Workshop, Floral Design Workshop

As well as hosting, A Garden Party has also started selling a variety of silk and fresh holiday arrangements.  The evergreen kissing ball is now on display at our shop, and our wheels are turning with inspiration for our Christmas Centerpiece Workshop.    

A Garden Party, A Milkhouse Party, Holiday Open House

We finished the day with sore feet from standing but sore cheeks from smiling.  This experience has given us hope for the future of A Milkhouse Party.  The sense of community that radiated from guests and vendors made us proud to have followed our instincts and our dream.  We thank ALL of those who came and supported us, and look forward to meeting even more guests.  Over and over we heard the phrase "I had no idea something like this was so close!"  to a variety of vendors, and the exposure has been phenomenal.