The other week I was invited by Viking Direct to a craft workshop. Whether my skills would be worthy of Santa’s approval or up to the standards of the elves was a debate to be confirmed.
Arriving at Shoreditch Treehouse
Tucked away off the busy high street this venue was perfectly Instagrammable and suited with the theme of the evening. Equipped with an indoor swing, Steinway piano, wooden beam and cosy furnishings this loft space felt like you had escaped to a log cabin high up in the mountains away from every day hustle & bustle.
Cue in the Proscecco, some light snacks including delicious spiced apple and stilton tarts. Pump up the volume for the 1st Christmas track of the night; Driving home for Christmas by Chris Rea. No Scrooges allowed
Under the guidance of Jane & Maddy from Tea & Crafting our first workshop was to create a personalised Christmas bauble. Our materials included paper shredders, colourful paper and plastic shells we were ready to let our creativity run wild. This was my favourite workshop despite the serious concentration on my face.
With the vocals of Mariah Carey hollering “all I want for Christmas” the next workshop was building a piñata. Not one of the top 5 accessories that pop to mind when I think of Christmas but it was weirdly stressful and fun to make. With the outer frame already provided, the task was to seal the pieces with tape to end up with a shell and viola!
Grabbing the double sided tape and using the left over shredded paper from the first craft the aim was to create a stunning piece of art. Admittedly I became very frustrated and faced some challenges getting the outside off the tape and would highly recommend substituting with glue to save time and the annoyance. Despite an Art Attack difficulty level score of 3.4 / 5 and being one of the last people to finish I felt a huge sense of achievement at the end.
This was a great event and put me in the festive mood ahead of Santa’s big visit. As a token at the end of the night, we got a lovely goodie bag that included a white mug and gold and silver pens to decorate it with. To top it off a delicious stir-in hot chocolate stick, perfect for sipping on with classic Christmas movies on rotation.
Images by Elouisa
Disclaimer: I was invited to attend this event. However, all thoughts and opinions remain mine.