Welcome to the second half of our two-part feature on Debbie Macomber’s Merry Market. Last December 5, Random House hosted a special book signing event for Debbie’s latest novel, Dashing Through the Snow, and I had the pleasure of decorating the venue.

Balsam Hill’s Sparkle Red and Green garland adorned the event’s marquee-style lights | Photo by Danielle Siess
Balsam Hill’s Sparkle Red and Green garland adorned the event’s marquee-style lights


There were numerous activities scheduled on that day, including a personal meet-and-greet with Debbie, who has been dubbed as the “Official Storyteller of Christmas.”

The Dickens Carolers, Seattle’s premier Victorian caroling group
Photo by Danielle Siess

The Dickens Carolers, Seattle’s premier Victorian caroling group, had special performances prepared for Debbie’s readers.

Wreath making workshop in progress
Photo by Danielle Siess

A wreath and holiday decor making workshop was one of the highlights of the day.

Snacks and gift bags awaited fans
Photo by Danielle Siess

Fans and attendees enjoyed seasonal snacks and gift bags, which included a copy of Balsam Hill’s 2015 Catalogue.

Debbi Macomber's A Good Yarn shop
Photo by Danielle Siess

Debbie’s own A Good Yarn Shop was there as well, with knitted gifts as Christmas inspiration.

The book seen here is a signed copy to be given away by Balsam Hill | Photo by Danielle Siess
The book seen here is a signed copy to be given away by Balsam Hill

I decorated this Silverado Slim tree in purple and gold to match the color scheme of the book’s cover.

Classic colors give holiday cheer
Photo by Danielle Siess

Festive red, green, and white ornaments from our Mistletoe and Holly ornament set were nestled among the foliage of the Balsam Hill Calistoga Fir tree, lending cheer to this cozy nook.

I asked Debbie a few questions regarding her writing process, inspirations, and holiday thoughts, and you can read her replies in my previous post. Today, we get her insight on the Balsam Hill décor we used for her book signing.

Dagmar: What did you think or like about the trees?
Debbie: Overall, the trees were just beautiful, and the decorations were perfect for the event. Having the trees set up for the Merry Market added a festive flair and gave a Christmassy welcome to all who attended.

Dagmar: Did any of our ornaments stand out to you? If so, what did you like about them?
Debbie: Every year, I write a Christmas book, and this year’s was called Dashing Through the Snow. At the Merry Market one of the trees, my personal favorite, was decorated to match the cover of this book with purple ornaments and ribbons. Each ornament added character and detail, complementing the book cover. I was delighted by the purple poinsettia on this tree.

Dagmar: What was your favorite aspect of the décor, and your thoughts on them?
Debbie: As you might have guessed, I’m a big Christmas person and enjoy nothing better than to celebrate the season with Christmas trees. Yes plural! Our home has six trees, one for every one of our four children-so the grandkids know which tree is theirs, plus a large ten-foot one for my husband and me and then, because I couldn’t resist, an extra one in my yarn room, decorated with balls of yarn. When I arrived at the Merry Market, the trees made me feel like I was home. The detail and decorations on each tree were perfect. To have Balsam Hill participating with the Merry Market was a gift to each one who attended, adding the perfect touch to a wonderful event.

Dagmar with esteemed author, Debbie Macomber
Dagmar with esteemed author, Debbie Macomber

It was an absolute delight for me to be working with Debbie and the Random House team for this event. Don’t forget that Balsam Hill will be giving away a signed copy of Dashing Through the Snow, so check back soon for updates.

Photo credits:
All photos courtesy of Danielle Siess

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