Junior get a sneak peak for what to expect this Christmas at high street favourites M&S
Marks & Spencer held their winter wonderland in an impressively grand building in Temple, the former home of Viscount Astor in 1895. Set in beautiful oak-panelled rooms with stained glass windows and a grand staircase, guests could sample the finest Christmas fare, nibbled on brandy-addled puddings and fizz, and taste the smelly but rather delicious cheeses, all prepared by Marks & Spencer’s own charming cheese adviser. We even had the chance of a masterclass in hand-decorated cake-making by icing our own Christmas cakes. As added element of fun was the Christmas-themed photo booth, where you could dress up as an elf or don a Groucho Marx nose and moustache for a festive snap. Plus the Christmas cakes available this winter are amazing, a giant ginger bread house or perhaps a chockalott igloo?
Situated on the top floor were gifts and clothes. M&S seem to want us to have the finest Christmas yet and the Autograph range for boys and girls is ideal for the finer things in life – midnight blue petal boleros sat next to smart tailored jackets and a beautiful tweed panelled dress looked tres chic!
For gifts, a Nordic theme was apparent, which looked graphic and modern with tapestry embroidered pillows, porcelain dinner service and woollen stockings. For younger gift recipients, retro sweets such as flying saucers in oversized tubes or wooden board games for after-supper fun. The mini wooden football table is a must for any footy fans trying to get over the disastrous summer of football. Rag dolls in tea dresses were placed on a table filled with traditional teddy bears inspired by Steiff, along with festive snow shakers and Christmas dress-up outfits, whether you choose the grandeur of the Three Kings an elf, or – our absolute favourite – a golden star, where your child wears the final point on her head!
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