So imagine how excited I was when I checked my e-mail one day only to be invited back AGAIN, for their Holiday 2011 Preview Party!
First thing you noticed walking in was that the room had the exact scent of Christmas. Full of pine and spices and snow (yes, snow has a smell. Haven't you ever seen Gilmore Girls?) The lovely people at Indigo have such a knack for setting up the right ambience.
LOOK GUYS! IT'S CHRISTMAS! *dies of excitement*
I love the holidays so much. I'm a Christmas baby, so it's in my blood, but really I was totally in the mood for snow and baking and decorating and shopping and gift wrapping and...
Well, you get the idea.
The food was yummy and prepared by Chef Mark McEwan from his new cookbook (although I wasn't brave enough for the octopus). Neil Pasricha was also a special guest as he discussed is Books of Awesome (including the holiday one). So cool and such a neat idea, I hadn't heard of it before!
There were definitely a lot of neat things, and I can tell you I know where I'll be doing a lot of gift shopping... nearly all of the items they had set out in the room (except for furniture) are going to be available at Chapters shortly. One thing I love about this is as guests, we were given a totally hands-on look at the items. It's really neat to see how you can use them in your home too.
Just look at these adorable baby items! Some of my favourites there were on this table right here. Can I just say how glad I am that my cousin's having a baby in November? I am going to spoil her so much when she arrives <3
They were also incredibly generous with their gift bags given to every attendee at the end of the night. Heather Reisman was there as well to share some of her picks for new books; and included in every gift bag was one of those books! I'm looking forward to reading The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman soon! They had a good variety of items, including some new toys which are great for kids, a small gift card, and I received another Margaret Atwood book myself. But all the bags were different!
Thank you so much to Chapters Indigo for a lovely evening. I was so pleased to have been invited back again and can't wait to go shopping in the next few weeks!