The girls at The Vintage Suitcase are at it again and this time with a fabulously festive twist. This coming weekend, the suitcase is on it’s travels to Uttoxeter to host something very special indeed - A Very Vintage Christmas!
Spanning over the while whole weekend, that’s right 2 whole days of festivities! The girls have pulled out all the stops and handpicked fabulous traders, all with their own unique vintage twist. There’ll be a mix of vintage and handmade gifts, clothes, food, homewares and much more. And to tell you the truth we can’t wait.
Here’s what Gemma & Allison, The Vintage Suitcase ladies had to tell me about about what’s in store.
“We’re bringing our very special Vintage magic to Uttoxeter Race Course for a whole weekend of everything Vintage, Handmade & Christmas!
We have a fantastic 50′s style diner from Sugar Muffins serving up milkshakes and cocktails. They’ll also be providing work shops and demos throughout the weekend. Or how about some real ales and spiced ciders all served up from a converted 60′s Bedford Ambulance?
Our tearoom comes all the way from Manchester courtesy of Tea With Tom. Think fantastic show stopping bakes served with an element of theatre!
There’ll be live music on the Saturday from the amazing Velvet Divine who will be doing sets throughout the day.
Little Paper House will be running workshops over the weekend where you can make a felt tree decoration or beautiful gift tag. These will be held in the tea room so you can grab a cuppa and a cake while you get crafty!
Along side our usual mix of Vintage and Handmade stalls we will also have a small selection of artisan food stalls and for the kids we have Stanworths Fun Fair bringing along some vintage style fair ground rides!”
Sounds fab right!? Vintage & Christmas all rolled into one. We’re sold!
Saturday 7th December - 11:00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 8th December - 11:00am – 5.00pm
£2 entry & under 12′s free!
Facebook Event Page: A Very Vintage Christmas – The Vintage Suitcase
You can follow The Vintage Suitcase on Facebook, and keep up to date with future events and look at sneak peeks of what’s to come next weekend! You can also follow the hashtag #averyvintagechristmas over on Twitter & Instagram for lots of lovely pics.
See you there?!
Christmas Day! A day full of joy, cheer, fizz and food, and with that in mind we’ve put our thoughts to an area where we’ll be spending a lot of time this season – around the table! Pulling crackers, telling bad jokes, carving the turkey and raising a glass are some of the most memorable moments of Christmas Day. So, today we’ve put together a little festive inspiration for your table décor. There really are so many themes out there but today we’re showing you 2 very different ideas, which will hopefully inspire you. On one side of the festive spectrum we have a more traditional Christmas scene and on the other, a more glitzy glamorous affair. We hope you enjoy & Merry Christmas! Mirlah. xxx
A Touch Of Tradition
For most when thinking about the traditional colour palette for Christmas, its Red, White and Green; the Green of the tree, the White of snow and thanks to Coca Cola, the Red of Santa Claus. (He used to be Green apparently.) We’ve recently seen across the high street both in fashion and interiors that tartan is making a comeback this winter and we’re not complaining. There’s something so warming about it especially when of the red variety. You don’t ever need too much of it, a few details here and there are sure to create a wonderfully cosy and homely feel. You could go for a tablecloth, napkins or perhaps the crackers. Tartan cleverly ties all of the three colours together and adds a bit of texture.
Moodboard created by: Best Day Ever
Image Credits: Tartan Cushion – KailleAslnKyle Tartan Crackers – Next £12 Cinnamon Place setting – FlowerPotWeddings Gingerbread Man – Mrs Jones Candle Centrepiece – Katie Brown Home Workshop Mini Stocking Place setting – PotteryBarn Hanging Décor – Style Estate Tabletop Tree – Design Tricks
If you fancy getting stuck in a little festive DIY you can’t go wrong with a popcorn garland. It’s cheap, easy to do and looks great when hung on mantelpiece or wrapped around a tree. Or how about making some gingerbread? Pictured here the gingerbread men have been creatively used as a place setting but you could easily string them up to decorate your tree or hang around the room.
The smell of Christmas is one that is truly distinctive; why not add some Christmas spice to your tablescape arousing all of the senses? Grab some cinnamon sticks, foliage and a linen napkin, tie together with some jute twine and you’ve got yourself a simple but really effective place setting and it smells fabulous too.
If there’s room on the table you can’t go wrong with candles. Adding warmth and a lovely glow to a room they make for a lovely centrepiece. We love the idea of placing them in the miniature terracotta pots with holly and berries.
A Touch of Glamour
Next up, we’re adding a touch of glamour to Christmas Day with our 1920s glitz inspired décor. Christmas always needs a little bit of sparkle and you can add as much you like. Don’t be afraid about cracking out the glitter and adding some sparkle to your table, it needn’t be garish and can look really quite elegant. For today’s moodboard we’re working with a striking colour palette of Black, White and Gold. Lovely!
Moodboard created by: Best Day Ever
This colour palette works really well when layering up all the elements of your place setting. Starting with a place mat, layer a decadent mixture of Black, White and Gold charger plates, dinner and side plates then top off with a linen napkin. For a really striking look, don’t be afraid to add stripes or chevrons, this bold use of monochrome looks fab and would work well as a table runner or a napkin. If you really want to go all out you could even add gold cutlery to your table and tie together with black ribbon to finish it all off.
The next few ideas should come with a warning – glitter! It will get everywhere but hey, maybe a bit of glitter in the carpet is just what you need at this time of year. Armed with some PVA glue and glitter of your choice there’s nothing you can’t do, add to candle sticks, jars or like pictured, try the pears. You can by faux fruit from craft stores and once coated in the good stuff they look really quite charming displayed in a vintage glass bowl.
For a simple centrepiece a glass bowl or vase full of a mix of baubles is an easy way to bring a touch of sparkle to the table. One easy idea if you want to get a bit craftier would be to spray paint a bunch of twigs in gold and then hang baubles off them. It would make a nice addition to the main tree and wouldn’t take up too much room. A final addition to the room has to be fairy lights, a must for any theme at Christmas time, hang, wrap and string up pretty much anywhere to add a lovely twinkly atmosphere.
So there we have it lovelies – Christmas 2 ways. We hope this post has given you a few ideas for your Christmas table. Which is your favourite or let us know what your style is, we’d love to know.
We’ve got two boys, Max is nine and Sam is nearly seven.
For the last few weeks Max has been quizzing us about the logistics of Father Christmas flying around the world delivering presents in one night. How does he go to Zara without being seen? How does he sneak in and out without us seeing him? How do those reindeer’s actually fly? Just how OLD is he?
I’m sure that all parents of children of this age has been here and has thought long and hard about the right way to respond.
I was talking to a friend about it and she sent me a letter that she was planning to send to her girls when they started to ask the dreaded questions.
It really touched me and I wanted to share it with you – keep it safe and hopefully it will come in useful.
You asked a very good question: “Are you Father Christmas?”
I know you’ve wanted the answer to this question for a long time, and I’ve had to give it careful thought to know just what to say.
The answer is no. I am not Father Christmas. There is no one Father Christmas.
I am the person who fills your stockings with presents, though. I also choose and wrap the presents under the tree, the same way my Mum did for me, and the same way her Mum did for her. (And yes, Daddy helps, too.)
I imagine you will someday do this for your children, and I know you will love seeing them run down the stairs on Christmas morning. You will love seeing them sit under the tree, their small faces lit with Christmas lights.
This won’t make you Father Christmas, though.
He is bigger than any person, and his work has gone on longer than any of us have lived. What he does is simple, but it is powerful. He teaches children how to have belief in something they can’t see or touch.
It’s a big job, and it’s an important one. Throughout your life, you will need this capacity to believe: in yourself, in your friends, in your talents and in your family. You’ll also need to believe in things you can’t measure or even hold in your hand. Here, I am talking about love, that great power that will light your life from the inside out, even during its darkest, coldest moments.
Father Christmas is a teacher, and I have been his student, and now you know the secret of how he gets down all those chimneys on Christmas Eve: he has help from all the people whose hearts he’s filled with joy.
With full hearts, people like Daddy and me take our turns helping him do a job that would otherwise be impossible.
So, no. I am not Father Christmas. He is love and magic and hope and happiness. I’m on his team, and now you are, too.
I love you and I always will.
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