Last week we popped into our local Dunelm Mill to get some inspiration for our Christmas decorations. My Facebook timeline has been full of friends putting up their trees and decorations and it feels as though we’re in the minority as we haven’t put anything up yet – except for our Advent calendars and candles.
We’re undecided about buying a real or fake tree so went looking for decorations as we know our colour scheme will be red and white this year. They had a brilliant range of festive bedding, tableware and decorations so there was plenty of choice. Little Sis came too and was happy to add her opinion.
We found two mini fake trees which we thought would look great in the children’s rooms. My son is so excited about Christmas and I knew he’d love his own tree. There was a range of Christmas decorations but we picked the red and white ones to fit in with our colour scheme. We ended up with a box of 4 wooden birdhouse decorations in red, 12 mini glass baubles in red and 8 tartan hanging decorations for each tree.
We decorated each tree after my son finished nursery and then placed them up high so there was no danger of them playing with the baubles and breaking them.
There were quite a few baubles left over so I placed them in a vintage glass sugar shaker I picked up recently. They look great on the mantlepiece as the different textures reflect the candlelight well. Next to this is the very sweet tealight cottage which I couldn’t resist, as well as a gold, frankincense and myrrh fragranced reed diffuser which really makes our living room smell festive.
As we’re having family over for Christmas we also picked up a festive printed coir mat and a couple of festive hand towels for our guest loo.
We were pretty pleased with our haul which came in at just over £50. Pretty good value I think you’ll agree!
Disclosure – I was given a gift card towards the cost of my purchases to take part in the Dunelm Christmas Blogger Challenge
This afternoon Little Sis and I visited Westfield London to get ourselves into the Christmas spirit. It’s quite easy for us to get to Westfield London so we hopped on the tube and soon emerged into the shopping centre. I love to plan so had a list of things to see and do.
First up was to check out the Christmas lights and decorations which were so pretty. There’s a fantastic indoor ice-rink so we spent a good 10 minutes watching people ice skate. There’s a minimum age requirement of 4 so we’ll be trying it out next year. There are seals for young children to sit on or hold onto so you definitely don’t have to be an expert to try it out.
Then it was on to a late lunch at Pizza Express as I know my daughter will always eat something there. I had a delicious Bosco salad, she had pizza
After lunch it was time to hit the shops. I still had a few presents to get but managed to buy everything on my Christmas list, including a few cheeky extras from Cath Kidston. How I love that shop! The one at Westfield is huge so I stocked up on some cheery Father Christmas cards and festive tableware.
Little Sis wouldn’t let me walk past the Disney Store without going in. She was in Seventh Heaven, surrounded by Minnie Mouse in all shapes and sizes!
We had pre-booked tickets to Santa’s Grotto too so ventured outside to find it. You need to be there 10 minutes early to register and have your photo taken, then we were given special glasses and ushered into the 5D cinema. There was a cute animated story that tells the tale of Elbow the Elf, and how he saves Christmas with the help of all the children in the grotto. Every child cleverly featured on a present so there were lots of very happy children, mine included! Then we queued to see Father Christmas who magically knew exactly what Little Sis wanted for Christmas. We even had our photo taken with him.
We went back into Westfield for a hot drink and a final shop before heading home. We could easily have spent longer there, especially as the Centre is open later than usual in the run up to Christmas. You can find out about all the Christmas events and opening hours on the Westfield London website.
Disclosure – please note I was given a gift card to cover some of the expenses above but all thoughts and opinions are my own
We had the most wonderful time at Westfield Stratford City today where we were invited to a very special storytelling session of The Gruffalo. The children were sitting quite happily and listening really well.
And then the special guest turned up! My children’s faces were priceless They both love The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child so it was a real treat for them to meet him. We even managed to squeeze into a photobooth with him for a cheeky snap.
The event was organised by Save the Children in their pop up shop at Westfield Stratford City. For the first time, Save the Children will be offering people an opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the Christmas Jumper experience. Woolly Wonderland is set to be a top-to-toe knitted space perfect to cosy up in for story-telling and craft workshops; it even includes a photo booth to capture guests in their festive finery. A host of experts will be on hand to jazz up last year’s festive knits or demonstrate how to create one from scratch – plus some special guests and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Dick & Dom will be hosting storytelling sessions – and even The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow will be stopping by to help the whole family get into the festive spirit with story-telling, giveaways and fun activities.
Alternatively, shoppers can join knitting supremos Debbie Bliss, Sue Stratford or the team from Wool and the Gang for a festive knitter natter as they share insider craft tips and run through essential knitting know-how.
To take part in Save the Children’s Woolly Wonderland, bring your Christmas Jumper and your imagination down to Westfield Stratford from 5-13 December. To sign up for a specific workshop visit www.christmasjumperday.org/woollywonderland. Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org