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Holiday Window Displays

Holiday Window

It’s officially November, and whether you believe the holidays don’t start until Thanksgiving or not, how you decorate your store should already be on your mind.

To find inspiration we turned to the Big Apple to see their best window displays from last year’s holiday season.

Barney’s New York

In first place, due to it’s charitable aspect, is Barney’s New York. Simple yet moving, they used 2 million pennies to spell the work “Change” for their Make Change campaign with plans to donate the funds to charity after the New Year.

Tiffany & Co.

In second place is the one and only Tiffany and Co. Staying true to brand, their window was less dazzling than nearby window fronts, but cute nonetheless. Using their iconic blue boxes, they created a robot with chrome mice running around to spark the magic gifts can provide on Christmas morning.


A nod to the Christmas classic, Bloomingdale’s celebrated the third release of the Grinch with a Grinch-themed display. What stood out was the interactive aspect, with tunes and photo opportunities no child (or even adult) could resist taking apart of.


Bergdorf Goodman

Coming in a close fourth is Bergdorf Goodman’s window display who, like Tiffany & Co., remained true to form. This loud, vibrant display demanded attention and caught everyone’s eye, just like the brand.

Saks Fifth Ave

Last but not least is Saks Fifth Avenue with their window themed “Theatre of Dreams.” The whimsical display plays tribute to nearby Broadway; what tradition does your community have you could incorporate in your display? What makes your town unique? If you’re struggling with ideas start with that question and brainstorm from there.

The holidays are a magical time many people look forward to. Get in the spirit early by beginning to plan your window display.

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Fold-it Up and Sell it!


As pictured in AQR’s October article Holiday Glam by Anna Woodward, we compiled step-by-step instructions, complete with photos, for fat quarter Christmas trees and stars pictured in the article. These small gift giving items make perfect last minute pick-me-ups for the sewer that “already has it all.” Customers will be scrambling for those last minute gift exchanges and this will be the perfect gift. Be prepared with this easy how-to!

Triangle – Start here for both the star and Christmas tree

  1. Fold Fat Quarter in half lengthwise, otherwise known as the “hot dog fold.” Repeat. (Photo 1)
  2. Fold the bottom left corner up into a triangle. The triangle should be slightly higher than half-way. (Photo 2)
  3. Fold down the top left hand corner to meet the bottom fold line. If your triangle isn’t looking quite like a triangle, you’re right on track. Go to the next step. (Photo 3)
  4. Begin to mimic flag folding by folding the bottom left hand corner up to the top fold. Try to keep your corners as crisp as possible. Now we should be looking like a triangle. Continue to fold the top left corner diagonal to the bottom fold. Then take the bottom-left hand corner up again until you no longer have enough fabric to make triangles. (Photo 4)
  5. You will reach a point where you have only a small tail left. This can be easily tucked inside the triangle. Repeat. Christmas trees will need two more. Stars will need one more. (Photo 5)


  1. Place one triangle on top of another alternating points. (Photo 6)
  2. Tie ribbon around to secure. (Photo 7)

aqr-holiday-glam-blog-how-to-page-001Christmas Tree

  1. Fold Fat Quarter in half lengthwise, otherwise known as the “hot dog fold.” Repeat. (Photo 8)
  2. Fold the left side into the center. Repeat with right side. We do not want any raw edges to show. (Photo 9)
  3. Repeat to make slender tree trunk. (Photo 10)
  4. Slide top point of triangles inside of each other. After the third triangle slide the tree trunk inside the fabric to complete the Christmas tree shape. (Photo 11)AQR Holiday Glam blog how to - Page 002.jpgFor more display ideas and to connect with Anna Woodward find her on Instagram @AnnaWoodwardRetailDisplay and on Twitter @WindowsWork.