It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

Yes, it's that time of year, friends! Now that Halloween and bonfire night have passed, I think I can legitimately mention Christmas here on the blog. {In reality, I've been dreaming about decking the halls for a long while}. A few weeks ago I was invited to join the lovely ladies from Laura Ashley at a Christmas preview event and being someone who never turns down a glass of prosecco and a mince pie, I was delighted to go! It was a pretty rainy day, the sort of day which leaves you a bit hot and bothered, but as soon as I stepped into Homemade London, shrugged off my coat and grabbed a drink, I was right as rain. {No pun intended...} The Laura Ashley team had worked super hard to transform the beautiful space, both upstairs and downstairs, into a sparkly, winter wonderland. We were surrounded by pretty Christmas products, cosy clothes and lots and lots of festive snacks.

After having a lovely drink and a catch up with some lovely blogger friends, including meeting Kat from Kat Got the Cream for the first time, we all headed downstairs to let the crafting commence. I started decorating a stocking, and took so long playing with the pretty fabrics and sequins and chatting to my neighbours on the table, that I didn't get to any of the other craft activities! There was some pretty paper cutting going on, and folk were making festive crowns too. So fun! The paper cut cards

On display was a whole bunch of gorgeous Christmas pretty, from the current collection, and it got me to thinking about how I'm going to decorate our home this year. B and I differ so wildly on our take on what Christmas should look like, colours that we should {and shouldn't} use and so on, that I'm surprised it wasn't discussed on our marriage prep course as a potential place of conflict. Who knew that decorating the tree could be the cause of such battles? As such, I'm always on the lookout for inspiration, and ways to merge our different tastes, and this preview of all the Laura Ashley pretty certainly provided that in spades.

An extra fun treat at the party was the chance to have our hair done by the girls from Lipstick and Curls. I do love an up do but am pretty hopeless at doing it myself, so having someone put my hair is a beehive was so fun. There was a lot of backcombing, a ton of pins and copious amounts of hairspray. So. Much. Fun.

On the night we were all encouraged to take snaps of the pretty, tweeting or popping them on instagram to be in with a chance of winning an bumper Christmas hamper. I literally could not believe it but a few days later I got told that I'd only gone and won - wow! Such a big, sparkly Christmas treat. As soon as it arrived I wanted to start decorating right away, but B said I had to wait a little longer as it was only October...

Thank you so much to the Laura Ashley team for an ace evening, and to Nancy and the Homemade London ladies for hosting us so well and teaching us some fun crafting skills. The evening was super and left me feeling inspired and ready for a very jolly Christmas. If you're keen to get planning for a sparkly Christmas why not go take a look at all the lovely pieces at Laura Ashley.

Are you in the mood for Christmas yet? How do you deck the halls? Do you and your family disagree on colours? If so, let me know how you overcome them and reach a compromise - all tips welcome!


Photos - the good ones {1, 2, 8, 10 and 11} all via Laura Ashley, the rest of the my own