It has been absolute chaos in my life recently as work has consumed the majority of my time, along with other bits here, there and everywhere. I had started to feel a bit deflatted but after I'd received an invitiation to head to London for afternoon tea with the Next gang, I started to feel excited with something to look forward to.
I love going to Next meet ups as all my favourite blogging buddies go and it's always a great way to see what Next has in store. I took the day off work so had a long lazy morning before hopping on a train to London. I couldn't believe we were off to the five star hotel, Browns, I'd heard such amazing things about the venue and their afternoon tea.
On arrival it was clear the team were in the Christmas spirit by supporting some angel wings! The entire room was fit for the perfect Christmas party as it was decked out in Next festive decorations.
We all had a gorgeous tartan Christmas stocking over our seats crammed full of goodies, with a novelty hat from the Next accessories collection. I had a reindeer which I absolutely love, but there were elves, santas, penguins and much more....Me and Debs from Bang On Style loved ours!
The tea and cake looked amazing and was a refreshing change from your average afternoon tea. Forget feeling slugish like you would after gobbling sweet delights, the variety left by the Browns Hotel was truly divine with a morish selection.
After catching up over tea and cake, playing pass the parcel and admiring the effort Next had gone to, we discovered there were more activities to get involved with. Next had organised for us to create our own baubles and also decorate the gingerbread men from our place settings.
What do you think of my creation? I got so into it! I miss being creative...
I honestly had the best time ever! I had't realised how much I'd let Christmas slip past me from being busy, so it was wonderful to just stop and enjoy great friends and fun activities. I certainly feel like I am ready for the festive season now so watch out for my 'How to decorate your home for Christmas post'
Thanks Next for a fantastic day out!