Like many people around the country, we here at SW? always look forward to our yearly company holiday potluck and White Elephant gift exchange party. It’s always a completely fabulous time, filled with great food, lots of hearty laughter, and hugs galore. Unfortunately, this year has brought about many changes to our “normal” holiday social activities around one another—and having a gathering where we eat and sing and dance and laugh with one another is not something anyone should be doing right now. We are so grateful to still be able to work with each other following strict social distancing with health and safety protocols in place, and we are genuinely glad to be able to continue to keep the Whatters Family as safe and healthy as possible.

So instead, we wanted to showcase some photos from our incredible holiday party from last year—and hopefully also share with you some of our infectious joy! It was a really wonderful event, filled with all kinds of delicious sweets and hot chocolate, festive music and decorations, and some of the most incredible—and silly—white elephant presents we’d ever seen.

With a wildly eclectic variety of gifts being unwrapped, stolen, passed along from person to person, and sometimes taken back again, it was utterly comical from beginning to end! From beautiful holiday decorations to soft and fuzzy blankets to children-themed gifts to more “mature” content gifts (uhhh, can you say alcohol? lol), to everything in between, it was absolutely hilarious watching the gifts get passed from person to person until they found their “forever owner” after three steals.

What a fun stroll down memory lane….and knowing that these hard times too shall pass, it helps us to remember what amazing folks we are so lucky to still be able to work with on a daily basis. In light of the pandemic, Sew What? was retrofitted this past year and has been using our sewing team’s expert manufacturing skills to aide in offsetting the spread of the virus as much as we can, by building and selling custom-made face masks (and selling other PPE materials, too). And for those who learned to be extra crafty this year, we also now sell Do-It-Yourself-Mask Kits with all the materials needed to make 5 of your own dual-layered face masks, too.

All of these “Covid-19 Response” products not only help alleviate the burden of face mask and PPE shortages, but we also offer a selection of charity masks and PPE items, too–which automatically donate $1 to several important causes with every single selected item purchased. So now our company is fortunate to be able to still sell and rent our quality curtains to those who are lucky enough to have a need for them in today’s current (shall we say, “unstable”) event and touring industries, but we are so very pleased to report that our comfortable, unique, and affordable dual-layered designer and custom dual-layered face masks are now starting to get a name for themselves, too.

We here at Sew What and Rent What are just as eager and excited as everyone else is for the production industry to go back to the way it was “pre-pandemic”, but in the meantime we are sincerely thankful for all that we are blessed to still have. More than anything, we are so appreciative for all of the support our amazing clients have given us these past 10 months. And by this time next year, we are confident and looking forward to a time where we—and the rest of the country—will be back to having a crazy-fun holiday and end of the year celebration, where we will be able to eat tons of goodies, sing and dance to music in the warehouse, and laugh and hug each other once again. From our family to yours, we all wish you a very Happy Holiday season, a truly wonderful 2021, and that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. And please–for your sake and for everyone else’s–wear a mask!