Oh I do love Christmas, but who doesn’t? The lights, the smells, the excessive amounts of chocolate, it’s the perfect excuse to eat what you want whilst lying around in your sweats. But this Christmas, my friends and I wanted to up our Christmas game. We decided to go against the default of purchasing a Christmas wreath from Dobbies or Bents and make our own.
Now, jumping into this completely alone was never going to work, so one of my wonderful bridesmaids found a class we could attend at a gorgeous florist in Southport – The Garden Room.
The florist is an old cottage with low ceilings and gorgeous beams, it’s the the perfect setting for a cosy evening. We started the class by choosing our ribbon (I went for red, naturally) and then added holly leaves, pine and eucalyptus to our wreaths to make them lovely and green.
When we started the process I thought my wreath would end up looking like something I found in the green bin from last Christmas, but thanks to a bit of guidance from the experts it didn’t look too shabby! Whilst we were busy shoving greenery into the oasis and holly leaves into our fingers (ouch!) we were served mulled wine and minced pies. The mulled wine proved to be perfect pain relief from all the holly pricks! Once our wreaths were looking green and luscious, we added pine cones, cinnamon sticks and dried oranges, which was the best and least painful part of the process.
After two hours of creativity and Christmas chatter we left with our finished wreaths. I was especially pleased that mine managed to survive the one hour drive back to Manchester. It didn’t survive so well on my door, a couple of pine cones have fallen off after shutting the door a little too hard, but they are easy enough to pop back on!
If you fancy a different type of Christmas night out with the girls, I’d definitely give this a go. The Garden Room run loads of classes on the run up to Christmas and at just £30 it’s a total bargain. Book early though because they get full, fast.