I feel like our home was made for events, and has so many cute and cosy areas that it is just crying out for event dressing. With that in mind I like to really create an impactful entrance in the hallway and this is where I placed my pink and gold tree. This tree was inspired by my favorite colors and our wedding color palette.
Again as with the main tree, I Fill with uniform pink and gold baubles in various textures (glittery, Matt and shiny) and than I add in my unique and special finds that iv been collecting for years. Again, these decorations really have meaning to me. Some have been purchased on our trips, some are reflective of our wedding since this tree is our wedding colours (My husband actually managed to find me a replica wedding cake decoration)
I also build out a natural foliage garland (as with the main tree) in the hall, and as its at eye level I can really go to town with this one. Along with all foliage, I spray paint twigs and ferns in gold. I also add in fresh roses the week before Christmas to add something extra and tie in with the faux roses on the tree.
The Master bedroom
As the master has such high ceilings I can also get away with quite a large tree in here too. And As my philosophy in life with most things is go big or go home... I literally did just that. The color theme here is white and gold and is probably the simplest tree that I do. Its mainly filled with white and gold baubles (again in various textures and sizes) with little white and gold nutcrackers and cream bows
Its truly magical going to bed a night with sparkly fairy lights and nutcrackers glittering around us.
For the bedroom fireplace is actually use a faux garland as I ran out of time to make a third real one. I added pretty white and cream butterfly's to make it even prettier.
I just love these gold and silver nutcracker dolls aren't they cute!? I found some similar ones on amazon here and here.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my take on Christmas. I have tried to find links for as many of the decorations as possible and added in some other options too
For part 1 click here
Winter cinema at the Berkely hotel has been on my Christmas wish list for what must be forever, but iv never manager to be organised enough to book availability runs out. So when Tony surprised me with date night during our Christmas weekend in London, I was over the moon.
It is literally the cutest thing ever. Think woolly throws, hot water bottles, hot chocolate ( with all the marshmallows you could dream of) and mince pies
Little wooden arbours decked in Christmas decorations and surrounded by sparkling trees make it feel super cosy, while London life whizzes by on the streets below the rooftop.
Choose between mulled wine or hot chocolate (or both) and settle in for tonight's festively themed movie, Miracle on 34th street- did I mention its a favourite
Did I mention that the mince pies were served warm, with a side of frozen cream and are absolutely delicious. I think I would visit for those alone!
Just don't forget to take a look at the gorgeous Berkeley lobby decorations before you leave...
Whats your favourite Christmas event?
We have been lucky enough to enjoy Afternoon Tea at Claridge's before, but not for Festive afternoon tea. So when we were deciding on which festive Afternoon Tea to do next as is our annual tradition, we decided on the world famous and oh so gorgeous Claridge's.
There is nothing like seeing London's best hotels decked out in all of their Christmas finest twinkly splendour and Claridges (with its inverted Christmas tree) really brings it to the party.
Designed by Karl Lagerfeld, this is certainly the showstopper you'd expect from the creative genius himself. In fact, people flocked from far and wide just to see this incredible creation which was hand crafted in Germany.
We were shown to our table in the beautiful Foyer and Reading room, right under a second inverted candlelit tree in place of Claridge’s famous central chandelier. It was hard not to be distracted by how twinkly everything was.
We ordered a suitably festive cocktail while we made our selections from the beautiful menu...there are over 24 teas to choose from. Than we chatted away, while the treats rolled in.
Plates of festive themed finger sandwiches arrived. So delicious it would be easy not to leave room for the other elements of Afternoon Tea. This is why the art of a good Afternoon Tea is to pace yourself, don't rush and savour the moments
Claridge's serve a Christmas pudding course with their festive Afternoon Tea, and in the past iv never really been a fan of this festive dish. However, one taste and I was completely converted. It was exquisite, and I absolutely ate the whole thing
Next, we were served warm scones with Marco Polo gelée and Cornish clotted cream (the hubb's favourite) along with mini patisserie (my favourite).
We drank delicious tea from signature Claridge's china, and ate cakes too beautiful to be eaten...however we did indeed eat them.
Have you tried any of the festive afternoon teas in London? Id love to hear about them...
For more festive afternoon teas see here
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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