In­spi­ra­tion for a cosy win­ter get-to­gether

An evening that is ‘a bit foodie, a bit crafty and a whole lot of cre­ative’

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

She may live in Auck­land but Su­san Eli­jas has some spe­cial­ist knowl­edge on cel­e­brat­ing win­ter.

Much of what she has learned comes from the Christkindl­markt (Christ­mas mar­ket) in Salzburg, Aus­tria, where she has spent time with her Euro­pean-born hus­band.

‘‘You drink mulled wine watch­ing iceskaters on out­side rinks. It’s snowy and cold and beau­ti­ful. It’s a re­ally inspiring place to be.’’

She will draw on that ex­pe­ri­ence and her work as a cre­ative stylist for the Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val work­shop she presents this year.

Eli­jas’ work is seen in NZ House and Gar­den and Good mag­a­zines as well as on tele­vi­sion shows Good Morn­ing and Break­fast TV. She has also been cre­ative stylist on three of Jo Sea­ger’s cook­books and il­lus­trated two chil­dren’s books.

She says the fes­ti­val work­shop will fo­cus on cre­at­ing a cosy and invit­ing at­mos­phere for aw­in­ter get-to­gether. Cre­ative stylist Su­san Eli­jas will run a Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val work­shop on Inspiring Win­ter Cel­e­bra­tions.

It comes with in­ven­tive home styling in­clud­ing warm­ing decor and sen­sa­tional win­ter ta­ble set­tings. Once the ta­ble is set, she will get into mak­ing tasty canapes.

‘‘It’s about hav­ing a group of women to­gether to in­spire them cre­atively to do dif­fer­ent things. Some­times you need a bit of in­spi­ra­tion,’’ she tells the Mir­ror.

‘‘They are re­ally sim­ple ideas that look re­ally ef­fec­tive but don’t take that much ef­fort.’’

She prom­ises sim­ple yet amaz­ing de­li­cious ideas for food in­clud­ing canapes, sweet treats and win­ter warm­ing drinks in­clud­ing mulled wine.

‘‘I’ve also got a lovely non­al­co­holic ver­sion and, yes, there will be lit­tle tast­ings.’’

The evening is ‘‘a bit foodie, a bit crafty and a whole lot of cre­ative,’’ she says.

Eli­jas says she has al­ways done cre­ative things. She still works at Avon­dale Col­lege but is part time in the mar­ket­ing depart­ment work­ing in photography and jour­nal­ism, which al­lows her to do the other ‘‘fun stuff’’.

‘‘I used to do card mak­ing or book mak­ing or help­ing out with dif­fer­ent friends’ wed­dings. Then I was to do venues, then to do work­shops. One thing leads to

Mir­ror an­other. It’s been a de­light­ful jour­ney of cre­ativ­ity. There’s al­ways some­thing go­ing on.’’

Dec­o­ra­tion by stylist Su­san Eli­jas. What: Inspiring Win­ter Cel­e­bra­tions with cre­ative stylist Su­san Eli­jas Where: Queen­stown Me­mo­rial Cen­tre When: Wed­nes­day, June 24 at 7pm Tick­ets: $39 at win­terfes­ti­ To cel­e­brate Mother’s Day the

has a dou­ble pass to give away to the Inspiring Win­ter Cel­e­bra­tions evening dur­ing Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val. To go in the draw to win email us at mir­ with Win­ter Cel­e­bra­tions in the sub­ject line. Be sure to in­clude your con­tact de­tails.

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