Sunday, December 20

- #JohnLewisChristmas...

I've officially entered 'big kid' stage with my excitement for Christmas, and I'm not sorry. As soon as December hits I'm usually bouncing up and down for the festive period, but this year things took a little longer. I guess it was due to being super busy at work and the days were just escaping me. However, with a little help from John Lewis* several days ago, I started to get that festive feeling.

I was kindly invited along to an evening of festive activities, which I just couldn't say no too. So after work I headed over to The Proud Archivist, a wonderful canalside restaurant in East London, to join fellow bloggers and a few of the John Lewis team. Greeted with a cute Santa hat and glass of prosecco, I was immediately won over by the Christmas decorations. Nutcracker soldier and giant sleigh?!

After a few drinks and a warm introduction, we got down to some Christmas craft making. Firstly, we were challenged to make a wreath from the a-mazing haberdashery section. Now I'll warn you, I'm definitely not a top scorer when it comes to arts & crafts (especially when my prosecco glass was continuously being topped up), but I rolled with it. As you can see below, I went for a simple *cough* minimal *cough*, symmetrical theme. I was actually pretty happy with how it turned out, especially the hanging wooden star.

It was then time for some food, and let me tell you - it was incredible! So incredible in fact, that I scoffed it down before even taking photos of it #bloggerfail. There really is something about that first pig in blanket and mince pie of the year...

We then of course took to the giant sleigh for a photo.
The lovely Amy who I met that night.

After our bellies were on Santa-scale, it was time to take to our seats again for more craft making. This time we had the option of making a Christmas table decoration or take part in a gift wrapping challenge. I chose the latter as I love wrapping presents and get obsessed with different paper, ribbons, stamps etc. I chose to go for a festive gold theme as it has to be my favourite colour over party season.

After the challenges were over and winners chosen (who were given epic Christmas hampers) it was time to say our goodbyes. We were handed over goodie bags in the most wonderful gift bag. John Lewis have created an illustration based on their #ManOnTheMoon ad, which can also been seen on the mug below - love it.

Also included was a mini Articulate, which I was happy to see as me and Rob are building up our games collection in our new flat. There were also cute Christmas decorations which I still need to make - eek - along with yummy chocolates and scented candle.

I want to say a massive thank you to John Lewis for pulling this off. It left me feeling festive and, despite heading there alone, I came away with new friends - special thanks to Amy & Erin for being so lovely!

What do you think of this event? Are you into arts & crafts?

*I was invited along to this event, all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. This looks like such a fab event! Christmas arts and crafts are my favourite - just wish I was neat and patience with those sorts of things haha. And those seasalt caramel thins look delicious too :) xx

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

  2. This looks like it definitely got you in the Christmas Spirit!! Love that sleigh

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  3. The sleigh looks like great fun and your wreath is cute. Looks like an awesome event!!

  4. This looked like such a lovely event! I love John Lewis and your wreath was lovely, I would have done worse don't worry haha! Xx

  5. What a fantastic event, definitely get anyone feeling festive and it looks like so much fun x

    Beauty with charm | Fat Face Giveaway

  6. Your wreath turned out really well and I love the gift wrapping too!

  7. Looks like a really fun event, Karen and wishing you a brilliant Christmas!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. This sounds like a lovely event, I enjoy arts and crafts so it would have been really fun to have a go at those activities :)

    Velvet Blush

  9. Looks like such a nice event and I love the bits you took home. I've tried those chocolates and they're amazing. Also love the candle. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  10. John Lewis and myself are a dangerous combination and at Christmas we are even worse. I somehow enter and leave with tons of shopping. Lucy x

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