Behind the Scenes at the One of a Kind Spring Show 2013

This past March we celebrated our second year at the Spring One of a Kind Show in Toronto and what an exciting experience it was!

The first day of the show finally came – in the wake of a lot of preparation – and that preparation was well worth the effort. We met lots of Christy’s Gourmet Gifts fans and gained some new fans along the way! Our most popular products at the show were our famous Christy’s Crunch, and our Double-Dipped Belgian Chocolate Sugar Cookies. The bunny cookies were a top choice with the flowers leading not too far behind.

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Our new Chocolate Strawberry Toffee Crunch was also well received!

This year’s One of a Kind Spring Show was definitely one to remember. The show featured many new artisans, delicious goodies, and some very creative products! Some of our favourite booths included: Tricia O, tealish, and glamjulz. We also loved the designs by Headmistress. There were so many amazing artisans at the show, there are almost too many favourites to list!

All in all, the show was an amazing success and we want to give a great big thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth. See you at the Christmas One of a Kind Show!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy at the Spring One of a Kind Show 2013

A Fun-Filled St. Patricks Day Party

Saint Patrick’s Day, named after the most well-known of the patron saints of Ireland, was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century. St.Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday that for some, celebrates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. For most, St.Patrick’s Day has become more of a celebration of Irish culture. The day generally involves wearing green clothing, public parades and festivals, and shamrocks.  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day )

With St.Patrick’s Day coming quickly, many of you are probably putting together your preparations to have a fun-filled St.Patrick’s Day party… and we’re here to help you with that!

A great party atmosphere starts the moment the guests walk in the door, with the decor! Greet your guests and get them into the Irish spirit from the moment they come into your home with this festive St.Patrick’s Day themed wreath!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Blog - Wreath DIY Craft

What you will need:

  • Foam wreath circle (We picked up a green one from Michael’s craft store.)
  • Green ribbon
  • Green felt
  • Thin black marker
  • Green thread
  • Flat head pins (Make sure they are not too long, as you don’t want them to do straight through the foam circle.)
  • Sewing needle & scissors

1. Start of with choosing a shape you like, whether it be leaves or perhaps shamrocks, whatever you think would suit your home!

2. Draw this shape several times, using your thin black marker, on one side of the felt. (We did 38 leaves on our wreath.) When you think you have enough to fill your entire wreath, start cutting out each shape.

3. If you are using the leaf shape, like we did, thread your needle with the green thread. Sew each leaf down the center in a straight line. (You can do this with a sewing machine rather than hand-sewing. We just liked the added handmade feeling it gave to the project.)

4.Then, pinch one end of the leaf together and sew both sides so that they are touching. This will give you the leaf shape rather than just having a flat piece to work with.

5. Fully wrap your foam wreath circle with the green ribbon. (We used a slightly see-through ribbon, and overlapped for an interesting looking texture.)

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Party - St. Patrick's Day Themed Wreath

6. Using your flat head pins, start pinning your leaf shapes around your wreath. We pinned our leaves right near the top of the leaf – in the folded area – so that the pins are less visible.

7. Once all the leaves are pinned to your wreath, you can shift them around to give a prettier appearance and pine at the sides of the leaves so that none of them are left dangling.

8. Next, add a ribbon around the top and any other accoutrements to pretty it up, like a bow.

9. And you’re done! Hang the wreath up on your door and you are ready to greet your guests. You can even reuse this wreath for Springtime & Summertime! Just change up the ribbon, and any bows, and you’re set to go!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Craft - Wreath DIY Craft

What else makes a great party you ask? The drinks, of course! Impress your friends with this thirst-quenching – and fun! – ‘Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail’.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Party Drink - Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail from Drinked In

Picture from DrinkedIn.net

You can find the recipe for a ‘Tipsy Leprechaun Cocktail’ at Drinked In http://drinkedin.net/component/content/article/39-recipes/recipes/159327-tipsy-leprechaun-cocktail.html

And you can’t have a St.Patrick’s Day party without some beer involved! Add extra interest to your party with our Craft Beer Brittle. Made with local Steamwhistle beer, this delicious brittle melts in your mouth. Your guests won’t be able to stop after just one bite!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - St. Patrick's Day Party - Craft Beer Brittle By following these easy steps, you’re sure to have a St. Patrick’s Day party that your guests will not forget for years to come!

Do you have any great St. Patrick’s Day party ideas? Please share them with us in the comments below. Happy partying!

International Women’s Day Series: Christy’s Passion

As we approach International Women’s Day I have taken time to reflect on my life journey.   I am so blessed to do what I love.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts Family Picture - Christy's Passion to Business

10 years ago I turned my passion into a business.  It started as a spark, and quickly grew to an unstoppable flame.  I never knew I was an entrepreneur, but as my business grew so too did my passion and drive to build something from nothing.  Everyday that little voice in my head would tell me “keep going, you can make this better, keep creating and believe in yourself”.  Now joined by my husband Bernie and my Mother Diane I am so proud of what we have achieved together.

I have always believed that to be truly happy you must find passion in your life’s work.  I love bringing joy to others and for me there is no better way to do that than to share a sweet treat.  I believe we have all been given gifts and everyone has something they love to do.   Are you lucky enough to do what you love?

Enjoy this video by Maika Bauerle, believe in yourself and be happy!


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Christy Visits Las Vegas

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas NevadaFirst day in Vegas we arrived early. Headed out to Grand Canyon and found our first chocolate shop. Okay so its not “Vegas style”, but I loved the vintage sign. Chocolate in the desert? Mmm…. Interesting concept. Have to wonder what kind of chocolate doesn’t melt in this heat??????

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Las Vegas - Chocolate Factory
Yesterday was a very exciting and busy day filled with chocolate adventures. We started our day at the Ethel M chocolate shop. They have a fantastic pecan brittle that we watched them make. Then we enjoyed some Mexican hot chocolate with chili and cinnamon. Next stop Vosges Haut Chocolat. Vosges was beautiful and carried many exotic flavours. Bernie tried the “bacon bar”. I enjoyed the more traditional exotic caramels. Next stop Jean Phillipe patisserie! Great day in Vegas!
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Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las Vegas
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las Vegas - Bacon Chocolate Bar
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las Vegas
Wow, what a site at the Jean Philippe Patisserie in Las Vegas! A beautiful chocolate fountain that mixed milk, white and dark chocolate. Other gourmet treats included designer cakes, truffles, nut brittles and nougat. Bernie and I enjoyed the most wonderful coffee and of course a treat. I couldn’t resist the vanilla nougat with almonds and pistachios. Delicious!
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