2013 Caldwell Bridal Show a Great Success!

The Caldwell Bridal Show

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, The Caldwell House held its 3rd Annual Bridal Show and Open House.  Brides, grooms, bridesmaids, family and friends began arriving just before noon and, although the show hours were 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, there were so many shoppers still there at 4:00 pm, we had to extend the show hours a little longer.  It was a very successful show.

 All brides were registered for a Grand Prize which consisted of an overnight stay in The Caldwell Evangeline Master Honeymoon Suite with gourmet breakfast; a bridal portrait session and framed print from Adam and Erin Falgout Photography; a gift certificate from It Works! Global Ultimate Body Application; and products from Avarie Hair Salon, Mary Kay, Plexus Slim and Complete Nutrition.  The bride who won was extremely excited as her wedding date is in January of 2014 and she will enjoy all the prizes she won.

Wedding service vendors from all over Acadiana attended and represented catering, beverage service, wedding cakes, photographers, photo booths, DJ’s, hair salons, bridal jewelry and gifts and many other products for the bride, groom and their family and friends.  Many vendors indicated that they will return for our 2014 bridal show, which tells us that they were pleased with the show.  Watch for the 2014 date to be announced soon!

Many brides commented that they enjoyed the slower pace of the show and the smaller crowd, compared to some other large-city bridal shows, allowed them time to speak to each vendor and look at their products.

On behalf of The Caldwell House and all of the vendors who participated in our show, thank you to everyone who came from near and far to attend our show.  We also thank our vendors for their participation.  We truly appreciate your support!

Below are pictures of vendors who participated in this year’s show.  You may click on their picture to take you to their website.

Crystal Weddings

Crystal Weddings

Complete Nutrition

Complete Nutrition

Chef Bobby and Dot Catering

Chef Bobby and Dot Catering

2013 Vendors

A Flower Cottage

Plexus Slim

Plexus Slim

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Digital Music Services

Acadiana Entertainment 1 (640x480)

Acadiana Entertainment

It Works 2 (640x480)

It Works! Ultimate Global Body Wrap

Don's Custom Catering 2 (640x480)

Don’s Custom Catering

LOL Photeaux 2 (480x640)

LOL Photeaux

Moore Photography 2 (640x480)

Moore Photography

Mary Kay 1 (640x480)

Mary Kay

Marcellos 2 (480x640)

Marcello’s Beverage Service

Oragami Owl 1 (640x480)

Origami Owl

True You 2 (640x480)

True You

Shane Falgout 1 (640x480)

Shane Falgout Photography

Photography, Inc. 1 (640x480)

Photography, Inc.

Zea's 2 (640x480)

Zea’s Restaurant Catering

The Caldwell (640x480)

The Caldwell House

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Abbeville Christmas Stroll – 2012

Abbeville Christmas Stroll, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
5:30 – 8:00 pm
The Christmas Stroll is an event created to increase pedestrian traffic in the Main Street district.  It began with a partnership between the Downtown Business Association and the Main Street program. It is now organized by the Main Street Promotion Committee who solicits sponsors and encourages businesses to participate.    It is held the first Thursday in December from 5:30pm till 8:00pm (December 6, 2012).  Shoppers stroll under the twinkling white lights that illuminate the buildings and the trees as they visit the shops and businesses and later dine in one of our excellent restaurants.
The uniqueness of this event is that each participating merchant pays a fee for an advertising campaign. Each merchant’s fee  not only covers the cost of advertising  and promoting the event  but it also enrolls the participant as a validation stop on the Stroll route.  Along with their payment, we ask that the  provide entertainment and refreshment. Musical entertainment this year will feature Ike Funderburk and Dennis Faulk, the Bayou Chorus Blend, the Randall Family Band and, of course, Santa Claus.
Each attendee is given a Stroll card and the goal is to get them into each business by having the card validated.  After the stroller has completed the route and their card has been validated, their stroll card is then placed in a box which qualifies them for a chance to win the gift basket give away at the end of the evening. This is an annual event and we have had 20 to 26 participants each year.
This retail activity showcases their products and services.  The event is used to attract visitor and shoppers to an old fashioned family holiday event.
The Stroll really kicks off the holiday season in Abbeville and puts everyone in the holiday spirit. The bonus is that the cash register does ring up sales for the weeks that follow.

Validation Spots:

Annie K’s Unique Boutique

Bank of Abbeville

Bayou Air Conditioning

Belaire Traditions & Treasures

Cajun Maritime, LLC

City of Abbeville

Gulf Coast Bank

Phil’s Boys & Girls Wear

Piazza Office Supply

Salon 106

Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum

True You

The Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast

The Depot at Magdalen Place


Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick CPA’s

Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Rainey LLC

The Caldwell House Bridal Show 2013 – Not sure of participation

Thank you for your response.  We hope you will decide to participate in our show.

You may call to check availability up until March 15th by calling 337-591-9365 or emailing bridalshow@thecaldwell.com.  We would love to have you.

Thank you!

The Caldwell House Bridal Show – 2013 – Will Participate

Thank you!  We will send you an application soon.

We appreciate your support of The Caldwell House.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans – History, Facts and Tips

How does one even attempt to explain Mardi Gras in New Orleans to someone who has never had the privilege of attending?  There is so much history behind the centuries-old celebration and so many activities surrounding the time known as Carnival, where does one begin?

Perhaps there is no way to explain Mardi Gras – you must experience it!

The season of Mardi Gras begins several weeks before Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras Day, which in 2012 is on February 21st.  Mardi Gras is celebrated not only in the French Quarter, but in other areas of the New Orleans, Metairie and surrounding area, as well.  One of the best places for families to enjoy the parades is in Uptown New Orleans.  Streetcars along St. Charles Avenue cease running and the streets are filled with families.

Travelers wishing to experience Mardi Gras in a calmer atmosphere than on Mardi Gras day, and perhaps want to “tip-toe” into this whole business about Mardi Gras, may consider a stay in New Orleans and surrounding area on one of the weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday.

Whether on Mardi Gras Day or sooner, for a comfortable home-type atmosphere, a direct contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, consider choosing a bed and breakfast in the area of activity you are interested in.  The Schedule of Parades, which begin rolling on February 5th, is listed on the website of the Official Tourism Site of the City of New Orleans.  The Louisiana Bed and Breakfast website offers a listing of bed and breakfast inns all over the state where the season of Mardi Gras can be enjoyed.  Each has its own unique celebration and flavor.

Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, is located on beautiful, tree-lined Saint Charles Avenue on the Uptown New Orleans parade route.  Guests need only to step outside the door to witness the parades and all the action.  No need to drive and get stuck in traffic.  Enjoy a nice continental breakfast plus in the dining room and then just walk out the front door and enjoy the parade.

On your way to and from New Orleans, consider staying at The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast  in Abbeville.  Abbeville is located only 3 hours from New Orleans, in Vermilion Parish which is considered to be “The Most Cajun Place on Earth“.  Before or after experiencing the revelry of New Orleans Mardi Gras, spend some quiet time in Cajun country.  To book online, go to www.thecaldwell.com or call 337-281-0807.

In addition to providing comfortable lodging, innkeepers can give information not only about Mardi Gras parades and celebrations in the area, but will give you information about other things to do while visiting the area.

Here are some tips and facts to help you get the most enjoyment out of your stay during the Mardi Gras season and prepare you for what you will find when you arrive:

  • Expect that room rates will reflect the demand, but the entertainment value is over the top!
  • Expect a minimum stay requirement, often times 4 or 5 nights.
  • Find a B&B or lodging choice located on the parade route. You will want to be close to a bathroom since there are none on the street and the parades last all day.
  • Do not expect restaurants to be open all the time. Mardi Gras Day is like Christmas Day and many eateries are closed.
  • Bring warm clothing for the cold, light clothing for the heat, and rain gear.  The weather in Louisiana in the winter can swing from mild to cold every few days.  Parades roll even in bad weather.
  • Street cars in New Orleans will not be operating during parade times (and sometimes do not run at all over the busy parade days).
  • There are no float parades in the French Quarter. The streets are too narrow.
  • Most of the “raucous behavior” happens in the French Quarter; the parades in the neighborhoods are family friendly.
  • Travelers should arrive before 4 pm on Friday of Mardi Gras weekend (Feb. 17) and depart on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22)
  • The French Quarter is closed down at midnight on Fat Tuesday as the season of Lent begins.

Get your costumes ready – you’re going to have the experience of a lifetime!

Happy Mardi Gras!

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Abbeville Christmas Stroll – 2011

On Thursday, December 1st, 2011, hundreds of people participated in the annual Abbeville Christmas Stroll.  Downtown businesses opened their doors to large crowds of people to “begin” the Christmas season in Abbeville.  Businesses remained open until 8:00 pm for shoppers and provided food or treats and Christmas music.

Each year, The Caldwell House is happy to be a participant in this unique Christmas activity.

Hundreds of people drove or walked from Downtown Abbeville to The Caldwell House.  The home was decorated inside and out and guests walked throughout the house on a self-guided tour, then proceeded outside onto the side porch and under the West Garden Pavilion for coffee and treats, to sit and rest awhile on the rockers, or take pictures under the pavilion by our raindeer display.

New decorations added this year were Christmas trees in every bedroom, decorated according to the theme of the room.  The dining room, parlor and study were also decorated with a trees.

A large Christmas tree adorned the main parlor and offered a perfect photo spot for pictures.

The banister posts on the stairs were decorated with poinsettia, ornaments, ribbon and lights.

A photo spot was set under the West Garden Pavilion and featured deer in the snow.

Each year, The Caldwell House holds a drawing and one lucky person who visits The Caldwell during the Christmas Stroll wins a free overnight stay in the Morning Glory suite, which includes a gourmet breakfast the next morning.  Congratulations to the winner of this year’s drawing!

Caldwell House staff who worked the Christmas Stroll hope to you see you again in 2012!

Merry Christmas to All!