Christmas Idea House offers inspiration for holiday decorating

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 10:20 AM

GILBERT, Ariz. -- If you're getting ready to deck the halls, but are stumped for ideas, you can relax. The Christmas Idea House in Gilbert will provide you with all the inspiration you need this holiday season.

A 9,000-square foot, newly-built custom home in South Gilbert is this year’s location for the annual Christmas Idea House.

The home, built by E & A Custom Homes in the Whitewing Community of Germann Estates, has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland, where visitors will discover thousands of unique holiday gifts and decor artfully displayed and for sale.

Crews work on setting up the home all year long. "We've been working since January on this house," organizers tell us. "We've got members actually thinking about next year's home."

The Christmas Idea House is the primary fundraiser for Desert Club, an all-volunteer women’s organization. All proceeds from this event benefit local charities and provide need-based scholarships to deserving young students. To date, Desert Club has raised more than $2.4 million.

Each year, the event is held at a different luxury home in locations throughout the East Valley. The homeowners “move out” temporarily, and Desert Club members decorate the home from top to bottom with holiday decor, gifts and gourmet goodies, all for sale and ranging in price from $2 to several hundred dollars each.

The Idea House kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. with the lavish “Preview Gala,” which includes a first-look home tour, live music, silent auction and gourmet food catered by Robert’s Catering (reservations required; tickets are $70). Friday, Dec. 6, guests may attend one of two seating times at the “Holiday Brunch” (9 a.m. or 12 p.m.) where guests enjoy gourmet a lavish brunch, followed by the home tour and shopping (tickets are $40).

The home is open for Public Tours and shopping on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the door. Guests may receive a $2 discount by bringing at least one canned food item, which will be donated to the United Food Bank.

Parking is located at 2697 East Germann Road in Gilbert. From the 202 San Tan Freeway, Exit Greenfield Rd. and head south; turn east on Germann Rd., and the entrance to Whitewing at Germann Estates will be on the right.

For ticket information, call 480-649-XMAS or visit www.christmasideahouse.org

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