When the lovely Claire – from Claireabellemakes – asked if I’d like to attend the first KikkiK Christmas planning workshop with her I jumped at the chance, I mean Christmas & stationery, is there any better combination?!
We had travelled to Kikkik’s flagship store in Covent Garden for their first ever UK workshop back in February which I wrote about here & had such a great time we couldn’t wait to go back. The fact it involved planning for my absolute favourite time of the year had nothing to do with it of course…
The lovely Morgan who ran our first workshop was taking us through this one too & the shop was laid out ready for us with bubbles & festive snacks on hand & our very own festive bag with treats inside. At the beginning of the session we all partook in a Swedish tradition of breaking a gingerbread biscuit & making a wish which is a great example of the little touches that make the workshops at KikkiK such a treat.
The idea was to encourage the planning of all the aspects involved in the run up to & Christmas day itself to avoid unnecessary stresses later on. The organiser is split up into all of the different elements of Christmas that you may need to consider including cards, gifts, food & the home. Morgan shared some tips & tricks of how to tick things off steadily such as writing your Christmas cards over a period of several weeks to take the pressure off & the organiser even had advice for writing meaningful messages.
Morgan encouraged the sharing of ideas throughout the session from what Christmas means to us to family recipes. We also helped each other out with gift ideas for difficult people in our lives to buy for which was really helpful, especially when it comes to my father-in-law!
It was lovely to see a few other ladies who had been at the first workshop with us & catch up with Morgan & the other staff who always make everyone feel so welcome. After the session we were then given time to shop in the closed store with a 10% discount for attending which we definitely made use of!
I snapped up some replacements for my trusty gold scissors which have seen some wear & tear, a pen & a paper lovers book which I’ve been coveting for a while. If you havent seen one before KikkiK produce one for each of their collections & it is full of paper activities, stationery & stickers. I grabbed the Christmas version & Claire & I are already planning a Christmas crafternoon to make full use of them!
If I’m honest I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the workshop when I booked. I’d never heard of anything similar & I was a little worried that planning might take some of the magic away from the festive period which I love so much. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the session aimed to help us get organised in advance to ensure we could enjoy the magic when the big day finally arrived. No matter how hard I try I do always seem to be embarking on a stressful wrapping session on Christmas eve whilst trying to fit in drinks with friends & getting annoyed that I’ve run out of time to watch A Muppets Christmas Carol. But with my trusty Christmas organiser there should be no such stress this year, fingers crossed!