Wednesday, 20 December 2017

My #CarnLIVal highlights - Christmas 2017

So it's all over - all those emails, late nights and missed parcels were worth it, and our Christmas #CarnLIVal was a massive success. It was cold and rainy outside but the room was so cosy and full of love (and glitter), and I'm here to tell you my highlights from the day.

We held the event at Lady of Mann on Dale Street in Liverpool, where they have so many different kinds of gin and they sell pies behind the bar. We had decorations courtesy of Party Pieces - a gorgeous banner and some snowflake confetti balloons and paper garlands, as well as some extra bits like fake snowballs we'd picked up from Home Bargains. Our raffle table was filled of wrapped up gifts and was draped with fairy lights, and we had a snowflake-making station (with a prize for the best one, of course), and a table of secret Santa gifts and somewhere for the shoeboxes. We had Magic Candy Factory sweets for everyone, and goody bags around the tree, and it was so bloody festive I could cry thinking about it.

We drank and laughed and made snowflakes, sold out of naughty & nice lucky dips in about 10 minutes flat, took nice photos and silly photos and candid photos; we did pass the parcel with Yoshi handbags as the prizes and then we called the raffle - we had prizes from NYX, Maps International, Gino D'campos, Breakout Liverpool, Ableforth Gin, Bramley, Elizabeth Arden, Drummond Park Games and loads more.  I *think* everyone was made up with their prizes!

After more drinking and chatting and judging the snowflake competition (Tasmin won and her prize was a gorgggg Daisy Dixon watch), we passed everyone their goody bags and stood back to admire our success as they all revelled in their new make up/books/fancy chocolates/alcohol. Highlights of the goody bags in included FIVE Kat Von D lipsticks each, a bunch of books from Penguin, mini bottles of Babycham, cans of fizzy wine from Most Wanted, candles from Primark, jewellery from the lovely Lisa Angel, diaries from Paperchase and loooooads more.

Everyone left feeling so festive and happy and loved, calm and inspired and a bit tipsy (maybe just me...) and we raised money for Repeal The 8th as well as collecting shoeboxes full of gifts for the homeless community in Liverpool - so all in all, it was a smashing day. Thanks to everyone for coming, for supporting us and as always, to the brands for getting involved.

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