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Say hello to Houston's shopping paradise? Nutcracker Market goes coconuts over the Pacific in new surprise

Say hello to shopping paradise? Nutcracker Market goes coconuts

7 Katrina Arnim, from left, Lenni Burke and Mary Alice Parmet at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Katrina Arnim, from left, Lenni Burke and Mary Alice Parmet. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
2 Barbara Scott, left, and Joan Levy at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Barbara Scott, left, and Joan Levy. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
9 Lynn Zeid, left, and Jean May at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Lynn Zeid, left, and Jean May. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
8 Lisa Yelenick, left, and Nellie Muermann at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Lisa Yelenick, left, and Nellie Muermann. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
5 Jo Furr and C.C. Conner at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Jo Furr and C.C. Conner. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
3 Cheryl Gallagher, left, and Karen Hartnett at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Cheryl Gallagher, left, and Karen Hartnett. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
4 Evelyn Leightman, from left, Sandy Harris, Tami Crosby and Phyllis Ullman at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Evelyn Leightman, from left, Sandy Harris, Tami Crosby and Phyllis Ullman. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
6 Katie Harrison, left, and Katrina Arnim at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Katie Harrison, left, and Katrina Arnim. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
10 Sharon Erskine, from left, Judy Waters and Clemencia Larimore at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
Sharon Erskine, from left, Judy Waters and Clemencia Larimore. Photo by © Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
7 Katrina Arnim, from left, Lenni Burke and Mary Alice Parmet at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
2 Barbara Scott, left, and Joan Levy at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
9 Lynn Zeid, left, and Jean May at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
8 Lisa Yelenick, left, and Nellie Muermann at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
5 Jo Furr and C.C. Conner at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
3 Cheryl Gallagher, left, and Karen Hartnett at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
4 Evelyn Leightman, from left, Sandy Harris, Tami Crosby and Phyllis Ullman at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
6 Katie Harrison, left, and Katrina Arnim at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014
10 Sharon Erskine, from left, Judy Waters and Clemencia Larimore at the Flock and Flamingle event September 2014

Think coconuts not mistletoe and leave those Christmas sweaters at home! This year's Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market cruises in an entirely unexpected direction — "Nutcracker Market in Paradise."

We're not sure where the toy soldier decor and all the glamorous holiday decorations will fit in with the resort wear and floral leis that we understand are part of the market team's plan. But we are certain that the merchandise will be as yummy as ever when the 34th annual market opens on Nov. 13.

Getting a jumpstart on the beachcomber vibe were members of the Nutcracker Market committee, who gathered in full luau regalia at RDG + Bar Annie to stir up enthusiasm. They dressed in Lilly Pulitzer style ensembles with visions of palm trees and flamingos dancing in their heads. Market chair Cecilia Campbell actually had flamingos dancing on her head.

Key players in the upcoming multi-million dollar market are kickoff party chairs Jana Arnoldy and Rachel Regan; luncheon chairs Jo Furr and Vicki Kanaly; brunch chairs Cynthia Christ, Megan Kessler and Tracey Williford and after-market celebration chair Wendy Burks.

Donning silk floral leis and perhaps humming Don Ho tunes rather than Jingle Bells were committee members Karen Hartnett, Tami Crosby, Sharon Erskine, Vanessa Sendukas, Anne Graubart, Kari Parsons, Gaylon Gullquist, Karen Hartnett, Cheryl Gallagher, Cynthia Brown and Evelyn Leightman.