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A Lasting Impression

Mar 21, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments
The theme for the 62nd Annual Christmas Idea House was “A Lasting Impression.” It was a destination to remember for all visitors in December of 2020 at the Mesa home of Billy Johnson.
The Christmas Idea House event was a huge success. The money raised will allow Desert Club to expand support for the community in the upcoming year. We appreciate the hard work of our House Chairs Glenda Stechnij and Candy Zeper. We could not have done it without our Desert Club Active Members, Life and Sustaining Members, and volunteers who made it all possible. Thank you!

Proposed Bylaw Changes

Mar 10, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

A presentation was made at the February 26, 2020 meeting to make adjustments to the bylaws. A total of 4 changes to the bylaws have been brought to the membership for consideration. Please take a look at the proposed changes that will be discussed for vote at the March 11 meeting. 

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New Members Sparkle

Feb 26, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Are you Ready to Sparkle?



Bow Magic – Throwback 2014

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

How to Make the Famous Desert Club Bow – Revealed! 

This graphic shows 6 easy steps on how to make the perfect holiday bow.

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Voila! You have a beautiful bow any Desert Club member would be proud of.

Media Sneak Peek – Throwback 2014

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

It’s about that time again for the Fox 10 News sneak peek at the house in a video tour!

Give your holiday senses a taste teaser with this news reel. Each year, Fox 10 News teams with Desert Club and guides the media through the Christmas Idea House before any of the events begin like the Preview Gala, Preview Brunch and Public Tours.

Check out this news link for a preview of what is to come!

Get inspired at Christmas Idea House – FOX 10 News |

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What a grand year to have a Joyous Noel, you wont want to miss the Christmas Idea House this weekend!

Tomorrow the Desert Club Christmas Idea House will officially open to the public starting at 4pm-8pm and Saturday from
9am-4pm. Bring at least one canned food item and get a $2 ticket discount at the door. Canned food will be donated to a local food bank.

Parking will be in the Basha’s Grocery parking lot on the S/E corner of Higley and Elliot Roads and a shuttle will be available to take guests to the home from the parking lot. Directions: From the 202 (San Tan Freeway), exit Higley Road North to Basha’s parking on the right.

Hope to see everyone there! It will be a Christmas Delight starting tomorrow night! May the festivities begin!

‘Tis the Season for Service

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

It’s getting to that time of year to gear up for Christmas once again! And what better way to get prepared for the upcoming Christmas season than to serve those around you? The true spirit of Christmas is about giving to others who may not have quite as much. The ladies of Desert Club are a prime example of the spirit of service giving their time, talents, energy and love in all the work they do.

For most people Christmas is once a year but with Desert Club it runs all year long. These ladies are like little elves hard at work every month to bring the Christmas spirit to charities and benefit high school seniors each year.

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is it allows communities to be more service oriented, charitable and a little more kind to their fellow man. In the spirit of service, Desert Club has coordinated with the following charities:

  • Hope Women’s Center
  • AZ Brain Food
  • Oakwood Creative Care (formerly Sirrine Day Care of Mesa)
  • Peer Solutions
  • East Valley Adult Resources
  • Save the Family
  • Sharing Down Syndrome
  • Arizona Disabled Sports
  • Arizona Blankets for Kids
  • Sage Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Network

This Christmas season we invite you to serve. Service can be done in little ways by small acts of kindness or more drastic measure such as volunteering at one of the aforementioned charities.  Whatever you choose, choose to serve and truly it will be a joyous Christmas, Joyeux Noel.

Secrets of the Fudge Workshop

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Secrets of the Fudge Workshop – Revealed!

There are many workshops throughout the year, and with the Christmas Idea House just around the corner November is the time for the glorious fudge workshop! Is it really Christmas time without fudge? I think not.

One morning in November, volunteers from the Desert Club turn a normal kitchen into a sweet lover’s dream. Between about a dozen women over 120 pounds of fudge get made in just one day. That’s a lot of fudge!

Typical flavors of the season are plain, peppermint, pecan, walnut, and rocky road, yum! The fudge is packaged and tied with a big bow. Those containers of fudge are sold at the Christmas Idea House each year.

In addition to fudge, Desert Club members make a variety of sweet treats that are for sale in the Gourmet Room. They are perfect gifts give away or bring these holiday treats home to your family and enjoy all season long. 

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Enjoy a joyous Christmas season with treats that will fill your home with the aromas of holiday memories.
Believe me, your taste buds and family will thank you!

Growing Up With Desert Club – Throwback to 2014

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Growing Up With Desert Club: An Organization by Families for Families

As a child I was awed every Christmas season at the grandeur and beauty of the homes, decorations, and toys like a Christmas wonderland. Now, as an adult, I am amazed and so appreciative of the time and effort these strong, dedicated, busy, and wonderful women and mothers put into this organization.

I had my first taste of Desert Club when my mother Karma joined in 1995. For about three quarters of my life my mother has been involved with Desert Club. It’s safe to say that I don’t remember life without Desert Club being a part of our family Christmas season.

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Throughout the years I have noticed what a great organization this is and what it has done for my mother.
She, like many women in Desert Club, has many other duties her life is dedicated to.

However, with Desert Club, this is something for her, a place where she can serve outside her day to day life and make an even greater impact to others.

To give everyone an idea of what these women do to prepare for each Christmas Idea House, this is their typical year:

January: Evaluate how much profit was made and scholarship applicants and community grants and review. Announce theme for the next Christmas Idea House and go to Market.

February-March: Review applications and interviewing students and people for community grants and choose where money goes.

April: Spring Luncheon- The location of the next year’s house announced and member appreciation celebration.

May: Get orders in from  Market, start crafting pieces. Tour new house chosen.

June: Market trip round two if necessary, workshops.

July:  Market and more items arrive, workshops.

August: Workshops to make and decorate items.

September: Fall Dinner, tour house again.

October: Meetings and more workshops

November: Review rooms, sneak peek (bring something from room to show club).

December: Desert Club’s Christmas Idea House Event!

Can you imagine giving and having the Christmas spirit all year long? These ladies do, all year every year! Come show your support by attending the Christmas Idea House and give back to your community while gaining something beautiful for your family.

Author Bio: Stephanie is the youngest daughter of long time member Karma Gifford. She was a Marketing Major at UVU and Inbound Marketing Specialist at Digital Flavor, a premium inbound marketing agency.
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Ready, Set, Decorate! – A Throwback to 2014

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

December 4,  2014

Yesterday was the first official day of Christmas Idea House set up!

The grand finale of the year is finally here, as these ladies get ready for the big weekend December 5-6, 2014.

It’s time to go full throttle and overdrive into Christmas, and that’s exactly what Desert Club is up to this week. Approximately 9000 square feet of nothing but Christmas décor.

This grand home has a huge kitchen and family room combo, game room with a home theatre on the side.

There are at least six bedrooms plus a den, huge laundry room, lots of storage, formal living and dining rooms.This wondrous home is turned into a Christmas palace this week.

The Idea House sits in an amazing neighborhood set in Morrison Ranch with picturesque white picket fences. Touring this home is a memorable opportunity that no one will want to miss!

To get first dibs on the offerings at the house, don’t forget to get tickets to the Preview Gala or Preview Brunch. With the Christmas Idea House fully loaded, prepped, and ready to go the best pieces will surely be grasped right off the bat.

Can’t make it to either one? Come stop on by anyway and see what’s available at the Public Tours.

Community Grants 2019

Mar 13, 2019   //   by dahljennifer   //   Blog  //  No Comments

On March 13, Desert Club hosted a ceremony to honor our 2019 CommunityProject Grant recipients. The following organizations were awarded grants:

·     Save the Family
·     Care Fund
·     Arizona Disabled Sports

We would like to encourage you to PLEASE visit these websites and DONATE your TIME or MONEY!. Let’s celebrate those who are helping make this world more incredible!


Upcoming Events

Meetings are temporarily suspended during the Covid-19 Corona Virus quarantine recommendations. Stay tuned for our next meeting date. Take care of yourself until we meet again! 

Picture Previews

Christmas Idea House 2009 - Bathtub Pool includes reindeer Entry Hall Tree Kitchen Family Christmas CIH 2011

Christmas Idea House 2020