It’s been a busy little month in December, with trips, parties, lunches and generally making the most of spending time with friends.
It’s so nice to have a little time off now to sit back and relax, although looking back over the last few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to have some pretty great times keeping busy!
I started out with a Christmas event in London, a great excuse to enjoy a trip to the big city. I chose to stay close to the station for ease of getting back the next day. Thanks to train strikes, it turned out to be a very good decision…
Literally 1 minute walk from Victoria Station, you will find the Park Plaza Victoria London Hotel. I loved the festive display on entry to the hotel, complete with twirling ballerina. It’s a super handy hotel for quick visits and very well appointed, with beds that feel like fluffy clouds, I had a bit of a struggle getting up in the morning!
I didn’t have chance this time around, but if you get time, make sure you pay a visit to their restaurant, Tozi. It serves beautiful food and they have Prosecco on tap – winner! Check out my last visit to Tozi, here.
My fleeting visit to London was over before I knew it, after a successful event and an evening of carol singing in the Ivy Club, I was up bright and early to head back to Jersey for my first Christmas lunch.
Travelling back through Gatwick airport with British Airways, I enjoyed an obligatory festive Mimosa in my favourite spot, the Caviar House and Prunier. The guys are always so friendly and on the ball here, which is quite amazing considering the amount of people they must serve each day!
Arriving back in Jersey and after a quick change, I headed to meet my work colleagues in Wildfire for our team lunch. You pretty much can’t go wrong in there for nice food, they were packed to the rafters both upstairs and down and the service was still unfaltering. We rounded our night off with a bit of karaoke in The Office and cocktails in The Drift, all in all, a pretty great day out.
Later that weekend, it was time for our annual girly Christmas lunch. Guaranteed to be full of laughs, plenty of booze and most likely a lot of inappropriate conversation, it’s always a date in the diary to look forward to.
This year, we booked into Mino’s Restaurant for our lunch. I hadn’t been before, so wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the staff were absolutely lovely and genuinely interested in their customers experience.
The restaurant itself is a cosy little place on Bath Street in St Helier, and although the food wasn’t anything to really rave about, it did the job for the drinking session we were about to embark upon afterwards!
During lunch, we were treated to the sight a display of bikers, all taking part in the festive Santa Ride around the island, they literally had the whole restaurant shaking!
On our way through town to our next venue, we took the opportunity to have a nosy through the market in Royal Square and sample the mulled cider, not really my thing unfortunately, I much prefer my cider chilled! The market is so cute though, it really got us feeling very Christmassy.
The highlight of the celebrations though, had to be the big day itself. I was spending Christmas Day celebrating with my best friend and her family at their home, so we did a little prep on Christmas Eve, which obviously included sampling the bubbles!
The rest of the evening was spent curled on the couch with the Mr, eagerly counting down the hours until midnight so we could get stuck in to our presents… something I think may have to become a new tradition, any excuse to open presents earlier!
Easily the favourite part of my whole Christmas, I was totally blown away by the thought that had gone in to my Christmas gifts, not to mention the fact I was somewhat spoilt! I actually couldn’t have asked for more and it was totally unexpected.
The feeling you get from realising someone knows you possibly better than you know yourself and has bothered to put all that thought in to something purely to make you feel happy, is definitely the best part of Christmas, and not one I will be forgetting in a hurry.
Christmas Day with my adopted family was a challenge to start with, considering we had a gigantic turkey which filled the whole oven, plus a ham and all the usual trimmings! But thanks to my best friend and her expert organisational skills, we pulled it all together and enjoyed a delicious dinner. It was a great day, filled with bubbles, laughter, naughty card games and time spent with my favourite people.
It’s been an amazing few weeks with plenty of celebrations, and there are still more to come. For now, I’m enjoying a little seasonal break and spending quality time with the people I care about.
I hope you’ve all had chance to do the same and had a very Merry Christmas… now it’s time to look forward to an exciting New Year’s Eve! Whatever you may be doing, have an amazing time, I’ll see you on the other side! 🙂