Cup of Cheer 2016

For the 56th year, the Naperville Garden Club rang in the holidays with their annual winter fundraiser, Cup of Cheer.

Named after the unique teacup all attendees receive each year, the event features four homes decorated from top to bottom in hand-made Christmas adornments.

“Your ticket gives you entry into these absolutely beautiful homes, and we also pride ourselves, unlike some house walks where you may just go in to the ground floor, we show you every floor, every room, in the homes,” said Cup of Cheer Co-Chair, Gwenn Lloyd.

Many of the homes are decorated by members of the Naperville Garden Club, a process that takes months of planning and days of execution.

“We begin working as soon as we can. I do a lot of shopping a lot of looking around, because we do have a budget, and we have to try and work within that budget,” said Bonnie Bula, one of the House Chairs for Cup of Cheer 2016.

Decorators often incorporate the homeowner’s existing decorations, while crafting new pieces for each home.

“We also try and think of things that might be unusual, that the homeowner wouldn’t have thought of. Things that we can do that’ll make parts of her home really look special to her and different from the way she would have decorated it. And hopefully she will enjoy it and want to use it again the next year,” explained Bula.

After Cup of Cheer is over, homeowners get to keep all decorations used in the house walk.

But attendees can also get some unique décor of their own at the Cup of Cheer Holiday Market.

“A good half of the items on the floor have been made by a workshop committee, we have a group of about five or six women who meet weekly throughout the year and they make holiday arrangements, centerpieces, swags,” added Lloyd.

All proceeds from the market and Cup of Cheer ticket sales go toward garden club programs and scholarships for local students pursuing degrees in the gardening realm.

Over 1,000 people participate in the house walk and holiday market each year.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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