A couple of weeks ago I attended a lovely evening in London with lots of other lovely bloggers, for the John Lewis Christmas blogger event.
We were greeted with some Prosecco and a Christmas headband so we could quickly get into the Christmas spirit, and shown into a room set up with two long tables. I have to admit this is where the panic started to set in, as each table was set up with LOADS of crafty stuff – glue, and cardboard, and glitter and even needle and thread – all of the things that are terrifying to me. I am not a crafty person in the slightest, and honestly thinking that I might have to SEW in front of STRANGERS was a scary thought. I can’t do the crafty things, but I can’t really think about what to create either. I’m useless.
Luckily, we were with a lovely bunch of people, and after an introduction to the John Lewis brand at Christmas, we all sat down with bottomless glasses of Prosecco (or so it seemed!), and we made our very own Christmas wreath. We could choose between a lovely green foliage one, or one made of twine. They both looked very pretty, but I chose the leafy one as I thought it would be easier to attach stuff to, and also because I’d actually been thinking of buying one this year. The long table was covered with loads of lovely John Lewis products for us to use to create our wreath – there were pine cones, and baubles, cinnamon sticks, and ribbon.
I actually really enjoyed making the wreath, I kept mine simple (obviously), but that is the look I like anyway, and it was really fun sitting and chatting with some lovely bloggers and the really nice John Lewis people who were there. The staff were so great, and really joined in with us all. Our Prosecco glasses were literally topped up all night, and we we enjoyed some nice buffet food.
After that we could decide between making a Christmas table decoration or gift wrapping. I chose to make a table decoration as I hate wrapping presents! Myself and my friend Kip, who was also there decided to work together (or I made him!) as we didn’t have a clue what to do. Everyone else made some beautiful, creative, and professional-looking table decorations, whilst we made use of all of the glitter, glue, and sparkly cardboard to create a table ‘scene’, that I was quite proud of (possibly in my Prosecco-ed state), until I saw everyone elses creations. The John Lewis team were all very complimentary of our ‘design’ though so we basked in the glory. We didn’t win the competition though, despite being pretty sure we would.
I have loved John Lewis as a brand for a long time – you can always get so much there, and they do so many lovely gifts at Christmastime. I love wandering in and just having a browse. I didn’t really realise you could get so many lovely Christmassy crafty-things there, and really make your own Christmas personal to you. I’ll be leaving the creative table decorations to someone else, but my wreath is proudly displayed on the wall in my dining room, and I honestly don’t think it looks thaaat different to the lovely ones you can buy – maybe I’ll become a crafty mother yet ;)
I was invited to the event by John Lewis, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Any craftiness is probably someone else’s that I ‘borrowed’ though.