Christmas in October Comes to Sanibel Island

provided to Santiva Chronicle

Floral Artistry of Sanibel is kicking off the Holiday Party Season early with its second annual Christmas in October: Holiday Party Showcase and Gift Market when guests will be inspired by festive décor, sample delectable treats from area caterers and be transported by the sounds of local musicians. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. 

It’s an interactive experience,” said Jana Telecka, Floral Artistry’s owner and senior designer. “We want guests to imagine these elements at their own holiday parties and to be able to speak to these talented businesses face-to-face.”

Casa Ybel Resort’s Thistle Lodge, Sanibel’s own Paper Fig Catering, and area favorite Favi Cakes are just a few of the myriad of party professionals that will be showcasing their talents. The gift market will include island shops and shell crafters with one-of-a-kind gifts and holiday wares for purchase. Event-goers will have the opportunity to shop Nanny’s Toy Store, Congress Jewelers and J. Mclaughlin as well as several other local retailers all in one place. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will also be onsite to wrap gift purchases in festive holiday paper.

Christmas in October tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased online at Doors open at 5 p.m.

The festivities begin with floral design workshops instructed by Dutch master florist Mark Frank at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Due to the popularity of last year’s workshop, Frank has agreed to teach two separate workshops this year – one using traditional design methods and another with a modern approach to florals. Participants will create their own centerpieces from fresh flowers that they can take home. Tickets, which are $115 per class, include materials and admission to Christmas in October Holiday Party Showcase and Gift Market on Saturday night.

Those tickets can be purchased at Space is limited and workshops sell out quickly. For additional information, call Floral Artistry at (239) 472-3040.

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