It’s the holly jolliest time of the year again, and my bestie Jessica of Modern Moments Designs and I teamed up to do a Rustic Woodland Holiday styled session displaying lots of fun gift ideas!
We are lucky enough to live in beautiful Portland, OR, where we are spoiled with an abundance of amazing local gourmet shops. I highly recommend any and all of these places if you are a local north-westerner, but if you are not, take our ideas and run with them in your own city!
So, what do you get the person who “has everything” for Christmas?! Treats of course! Wrap them up with a pretty bow, and add a custom holiday tag from Jessica’s shop, and you will be the talk of the party!
All of the vendors and their information are listed below, but let’s get on to the photos! Oh yummy yum yum!
Poplandia Popcorn – Located on the corner of NW 23rd and Johnson in Portland, OR.
Their sea salted caramel corn is some of the most amazing caramel corn I have ever tasted!! During the holidays, they are popping Peacock Lane Candy Cane, which is absolutely addicting as well! I literally ate an entire bag all by myself!! Check them out on facebook to keep up with what’s popping! Other featured flavors here include the Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Pie popcorn and Oregon Trail popcorn! This is a new local business, and I am SO excited about them! They also do events, weddings, and special orders. Once you taste their popcorn, there’s really no other option but to keep eating!!
Kyra’s Bake Shop – Kyra is a THREE-time (and the ONLY gluten-free) winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and she is located right here in the Pacific Northwest for all of us to enjoy! Kyra creates beautiful and delicious gluten-free cupcakes! Featured in our session here are The Flirt cupcakes: Chocolate cake filled with peppermint milk chocolate ganache, topped with peppermint chocolate chip italian meringue buttercream with red sprinkles. They are a perfect sweet treat for anyone – gluten-free or not, and extra festive 🙂 Check her our on facebook here!
Portland Pie Company – I cannot even explain with words how sweet and adorable these little mini apple and pecan personal pies are! I can just imagine heating them up and serving them warm, with a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream on top! It’s dessert heaven!! We were also lucky enough to receive the very beautiful frosted snowflake cookies from the Portland Pie Company as well, and let me tell you – they were buttery and flaky just like the best pie crusts! The sweet talents just never stop! You can find them on Facebook here!
Batch PDX – Looking for something a little bit fancy? Look no further – Batch PDX is a local chocolatier specializing in beautiful and tasty chocolate truffles. Not too rich, and perfectly smooth, these truffles are little bites of heaven! Yu can special order these chocolates, or find them at other local shops listed here. Their facebook page is here, you’ll want to check them out – you can thank me later 😉
Two Tarts Bakery – The sweetest little cookies you ever did see! Two Tarts cookies are shown above in the adorable holiday lunch pail. They are beautiful bite-sized cookies, so feel free to give a whole assortment! It’s hard to decide which ones were my favorites, but they all look so cute and festive together – this is the perfect gift for anyone on your list, or even for Santa himself! Their facebook page is here!
Palace Cakes – Sister to Two Tarts Bakery is Palace Cakes! The beautiful and festive cake featured here in our shoot would be the perfect addition to any holiday party. Who actually expects CAKE at a holiday party?! Cookies and other treats, of course, but don’t you think cake would be the happiest of surprises?? And this cake will not disappoint! They use all fresh, natural and home-made ingredients in all of their cakes – nothing processed here! Dress it up with some custom graphic toppers, and viola! You’re the perfect host/hostess! Check out their facebook page here!
Salt & Straw Ice Cream – This local ice creamery has people lining up around the block in the summer, and the winter too! Ice cream is a delicious treat anytime of year, and with flavors like Peppermint Cocoa, Butter Roasted Chestnuts, and Spiked Eggnog, you’ll be in the holiday spirit in a flash! Featured on Oprah’s list of favorite things, and a Martha Stewart Editor’s Pick, this place has gained national fame since it opened it’s doors just a few years ago, and there’s a reason! All of their ice creams are handmade in small-batches using only all-natural dairy with the best local, sustainable and organic ingredients Oregon has to offer, as well as imported flavors from small,handpicked farms and producers around the world. And now you can order it or ship it anywhere! They have a new online ordering system that allows you to send your favorites across the country to your loved ones! What a perfect present!? Check them out and see more of their fun and fabulous flavors on their Facebook page!
THANK YOU so much to all of our lovely vendors who donated product for us to feature to this shoot! We are so happy to support local small businesses, and share all of the fabulous treats that you create! We also don’t mind getting to taste test everything in the process! 😉 hehe.
If you know of someone who would like to participate in these kinds of shoots, please leave a comment with your information, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our list of vendors that we work with.
Photography: Courtney Jade Photography
Styling: Jessica of Modern Moments Designs, Benj of Benj Curtis Designs, and my very lovely boyfriend Brad even helped 🙂
Location: Barnwood Farms – West Linn, OR
Graphic design/tags/printed pieces: Jessica of Modern Moments Designs