Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Come To A Christmas Affair!

Do you live in Austin? Or anywhere near Austin? Or, really, anywhere in the US and have some frequent flyer miles burning a hole in your pocket? If so, come on over to the Palmer Events Center this weekend for the 34th Annual "A Christmas Affair," sponsored by the Junior League of Austin. This year's theme is safari, and there are more than 200 vendors, a silent auction, parties and events, pictures with Santa, delicious food (and a bar!) and much more! Visit the Junior League of Austin website for all the details! I'll be there Thursday until 2 p.m. and all day Sunday, so let me know if you're coming so I can say "hi!" There are tons of awesome vendors, but here are some of the places I've purchased well-received gifts in the past (you can order online from most of them, too):
Get super fun marshmallow blasters and bow & mallow sets from Marshmallow Fun (seriously, I saw people buying stacks of these . . . they are so much fun to play with):

Kendra Scott, jewelry designer to the stars and many fabulous retailers, has a booth. She was there in person last year. She is so chic! This awesome cocktail rink is only $75!

Loredana's will be there with samples of their delicious spreads and tapenades. I could eat an entire jar of the garlic and jalapeno spread.

Bearcreek Smokehouse has the most delicious smoked meats and soup mixes. The pork tenderloin is to die for.

Austin Cakeball makes these delicious bite-sized cakes. Perfect for a hostess gift for holiday parties.

By far my favorite merchant, Wine A Rita, will be there again this year. They make these awesome mixes that can turn the most mundane bottle of red wine into a delicious frozen drink. Yummers.

Osborne & Miller Stationary makes beautiful note cards, gift tags, etc., on rich, creamy papers. You can have them personalized, too.

I hope to see you there!