I was whisked away to the country for 24 hours with the darling PANDORA team and a few other bloggers – I can officially say that my Christmas spirits are at their highest. We stayed at the enchanting Cliveden House, where we got up to a few fun activities, wined and dined and without a doubt felt like princesses.
Our day began in a cosy cottage in the middle of the woods, surrounded by a calm lake where poised swans floated about. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree, mouth-watering minced pies and refreshing mimosas welcomed us as we arrived, while a burning fireplace kept the cottage nice and warm. It was quite a sight!
Christmas chimes played in the backdrop as we all sat to make festive wreathes. This was a first for me, I thought it could go either way but just pretended like I knew what I was doing.
In this photo: the silver vintage ring and the gold timeless ring.
PANDORA thrive on their craftsmanship – their jewellery is so impeccably handled from start to finish with only the highest quality of material (I know, I am obsessed as I sound). I learnt and find it fascinating that each piece of jewellery goes through 30 pairs of hands before it leaves their factory. Having this in mind, it felt relevant to make creations of our own by hand; ensuring patience, effort and thought went into each detail.
The wreath turned out surprisingly better than I expected, and it was really fun to make too. I am now that neighbour that has a homemade wreath hanging on her door *proud moment*.
Once having completed creating our versions of masterpieces, we took a short walk back to the main house for lunch.
A gorgeous long, white table was set so exquisitely – I almost didn’t want to ruin it by using the delicate china and shiny cutlery.
After having devoured my salmon tartare and roasted chicken, we headed back to the cottage to have a tutorial on how to wrap the perfect gift.
I thought I knew how to wrap, I mean, it’s quite basic isn’t it? No, this was another level of skill. I never thought this would be a thing but I’m actually excited to wrap up the gifts I’ve bought for my family and friends now.
The PANDORA team organised for us to carry out Secret Santa. We were all given an envelope with the name of who we would be gifting, and then went in a room one by one to select their gift. I remember Secret Santa from school, where you’d give each other like a jam of jar. The anticipation of receiving a stunning piece of jewellery got me beyond excited!
Their jewellery is not only dazzling in many ways but the great deal of craftsmanship behind it makes it that much more special. I learnt that each piece of jewellery is hand-finished, creating the intricate designs I can’t get over.
I’ve always been one for sunsets, but one in the country overlooking a lake was absolutely breathtaking!
Our Secret Santa gifts patiently waited for us on our plates but like your parents would annoyingly say when they put your presents under the tree, “you can’t open it until the big day”.
I feel like I ate as much as you’re meant to eat on Christmas without it actually being Christmas.
On the following morning, breakfast was served in this grand dining room with every corner looking like a piece of art.
I had American pancakes with pecan nuts, caramelised bananas and maple syrup. I know, my mouth is watering too. I must say, this beat eating my sad bowl of muesli on my couch in what feels like a tiny tuna can of an apartment now.
I feel so lucky to have been a part of this trip! A humongous thank you to PANDORA, you’ve given me the greatest Christmas gift.
This post is in collaboration with PANDORA.