Who doesn’t love that photo card from 1983 of the whole sweatered family at the mall, with its woodgrain border and bedazzled holiday greeting? Celebrate the schmaltz this year at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn with our Making Smiles Bright: A Holiday Photo Card Event!
On Thursday December 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET, Etsy Labs Brooklyn will be open for you to bring friends, family, colleagues and comrades to get your photo taken and turned into a holiday card.
Choose from one of three backdrops that we have hand-curated and decorated with merchandise direct from Etsy holiday shops and sellers (see details below), smile wide and bright, and leave with a digital file that you can customize and circulate near and far. Our long-time partners from the Magnolia Photo Booth Co. will be on hand to get those pictures print and sent.
We’ve also partnered with Moo for a 15 percent discount if you want to turn your digital file into a printed greeting card (discount codes will be distributed at the event). If you’d rather print at home, we’ll be leading small groups in workshops to make your own envelopes from paper ephemera (feel free to bring a favorite new or vintage paper to use). Every hour, we’ll be raffling off a chance to win one piece from the vignettes for use in your own holiday decor.
Choose one of these vignettes for your picture-perfect snapshot.
“I’m Dreaming of a (Black and) White Christmas”
So much of this season’s cheer is made up of holiday stories and songs that have made a lasting impression on us. This vignette will be decked out with seasonal decor by Etsy handmade sellers made from text, sheet music and other printed matter.
“My Yule Log Has Something to Tell You”
Cuddle up in a cozy sweater and wool hat in this Pacific Northwest ski lodge vignette, à la Twin Peaks. A pinch of surrealism and a dash of small-town quirk will serve up treasures from Etsy’s weird and wonderful side.
“Jingle Bell Bottoms”
Step back in time with this retro kitschy vignette from the seventies. The best of Etsy’s vintage holiday markets will be on display — from dashing disco decor to smashing shag scenery.
So dig out your holiday finest, polish those pearly whites and snap up a ticket to give your holiday correspondence an extra special touch this season — we hope to see you there!
Sara is the Events Manager at Etsy, overseeing offline events that happen in our Labs spaces, as well as their online components. She has a penchant for vintage jewelry, mid-century housewares and colorful textiles, and she loves getting lost at thrift stores and flea markets (and on Etsy!) while searching for treasures.