Bronson van Wyck likes people to be happy. That is why the event planner extraordinaire created his holiday pop-up shop inside the West Village gem Overbey & Dunn. "If people have less to do around the holiday times, they are less stressed, nicer to each other and everyone is happy", the Arkansas native said when I asked him about the store that opened on November 16th and is running for 6 weeks.
With so many years in the business, Bronson knows a thing or too about stress. From planning parties for the past four presidents to movie premieres, he's done it all. And since the holidays are the craziest time of all, he decided to create a true one-stop shop.
Need a Christmas tree? Just tell his staff the ceiling height and pick your brand of tree -- they'll white glove deliver it to your home in New York City. The trees comes with a dimmer -- a must-have when they are fitting up to 5,000 lights in, say, a 12-foot tree -- and a tartan skirt. Need a wreath, garland, or mistletoe? No problem. While you're waiting, you can pick up tartan napkins which can be monogrammed and even chosen based on your family's historical tartan (which they'll research). Get lost in the entertaining antiques Bronson and Tom Dunn spent nine months curating, or try some of his signature mixed drinks that derive from his native Arrowhead farm in Arkansas. If you're really on the go, send your holiday list and Bronson's staff will hand-pick gifts and send them with hand-written notes.
If you're not in the New York City area, don't fret. Most items are sold on his website.
Need more hints? I asked Bronson his top three ways to make a party more festive:
1. Candles. Turn off the lights and light up some candles. Add instant intimacy and charm to a room.
2. Prepare the night before. It doesn't matter how small an event is, if you plan ahead and do things the the night before you prevent stress the day of. Then, you can savor the moments of the event.
3. Don't underestimate throw backs. Think of a tradition from your childhood and try to recreate it. For instance, buy a gingerbread house if you had one as a child.
Image Source: Bronson van Wyck