Early Christmas Bash with Britmums and Morrisons

What’s that?

A Christmas Britmums get together involving Morrisons food and sparkly tipple?

Sign me up – immediately!!!

This was my initial reaction when my lovely blogging friend Ruth announced this news to me over Twitter, as you do! Urging me to get my ticket sharpish as this was an exclusive, intimate get together with only 70 places available! I attended the Summer Britmums conference which I loved so I didn’t need to be convinced!

Place booked – straight away, no messing about!

And it was FREE – bonus!!

I was looking forward to it immensely although it was weird thinking about Christmas at the end of November, when the party was held, but it definitely got me into the Christmas spirit nice and early.

As soon as I arrived I saw some familiar blogger faces :) which is always good so as to feel at ease straight away.

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I grabbed a coffee and had a mingle and a chat before Britmums founders Susanna Scott and Jennifer Howse (above) welcomed us with a fun speech and introduced us to their sponsors for the event, Morrisons.

Of course it didn’t go unnoticed that the room was adorned with beautifully decorated Christmas food tables courtesy of Morrisons, that we were invited to dive into and try out! Mouth wateringly good they looked!!!!

This is just a tiny part of the food that was on parade!!

This is just a tiny part of the food that was on parade!!

Before we were let loose on all that Christmas food, Neil Nugent, who is the Executive Chef of Product Development at Morrisons HQ, gave us a lesson in how to make the perfect Christmas dinner, as well as inviting us to ask him any related questions!

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Neil was very engaging and held a captive audience standing in front of a crowd of mums, eagerly trying to pick up some valuable Christmas dinner cooking tips.

He informed us that you shouldn’t put foil over the turkey whilst in the oven!! Now, I’ve been lucky enough to usually have my Christmas dinner cooked for me over the years so far, by cleverly arranging to go elsewhere for the big meal, but the odd year that I’ve murdered cooked the turkey, I’ve always put foil on. Thought this was supposed to keep it moist. No. Not needed. This in fact steams it instead of cooking it properly. Putting butter ‘underneath’ the skin instead of on top keeps the moisture in.

He also advised that the turkey should be at room temperature for a while before putting in the oven and cooked early so as to rest for TWO HOURS before carving – giving you plenty of time to get the spuds and veg in! Incidentally, you can prepare the veg DAYS in advance and re-heat in the microwave!!

After the food insights it was time to chat, eat and drink! As well as the Christmas food, we were also treated to lunch, yes a generous spread of sandwiches arrived which looked delicious, I didn’t eat any though because I was already stuffed with chocolate log and festive lollipops, eyes bigger than my belly I think!

I did however manage a little glass of the sparkly stuff – shhh, don’t tell anyone that it wasn’t even midday at this point! hehe

This is what the Christmas party was all about though, being merry and catching up with blogger friends which for me is so nice because none of my usual friends blog. It’s a chance for me to talk face to face with like minded people. Blogging is honestly such a close-knit, lovely community to be part of.

The lovely Ruth and I

The lovely Ruth, on the right,  and I x

One of my friends is the gorgeous Ruth from Rocknrollerbaby , who I met this year at the beginning of the summer at an event. It was actually my first blogging event to review so it was a little daunting and I didn’t know anyone. I was there with my family but Ruth and I ended up sitting at a table chatting and we instantly clicked, discovering that we attended the same stage school in central London which, even though she is younger than me, our time there would’ve overlapped at some point!

It really is a small world, but it’s even more of a coincidence when you’re aware that said school is so small and niche.  We share an experience that’s difficult to describe to anyone that hasn’t been brought up in a stage school environment like ours! We knew some of the same teachers that we’re both still in contact with, bizarre! So we were destined to meet, obviously – and blogging made that happen!!!

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Other friends I caught up with were Alice from ‘An Essex Wife’ here on the right with Katy from ‘Modern Mummy’ who I met for the first time at this event and who is absolutely lovely! She’s also a dead ringer for Lisa Faulkner don’t you think?! Lucky!!

Apologies for pictures with coats on, I grabbed these snaps when we were all leaving! I asked the guy from the reception of the building to take the below pic of myself with some of my other blogging friends.

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From left to right we have Me, then the fun and lovely (and my very first blogging friend I met in person) Afra from ‘Madmumof7′, Mary from ‘Model Mum’ who I also met for the first time here – she lives in the same County as Afra and I so although not that close, it did mean we could get the same train home and chat lots more ! Last but no means least, the lovely Sam from ’40yr old Domestic Goddess’

The picture shows us holding on to our goodie bags from the event, (the perks of the trade lol) generously provided by Morrisons which had some fab goodies inside including a voucher to spend in store, chocolates, Christmas cards and of course, mince pies!! This on top of the fact that we were allowed to ‘take whatever we wanted’ from the glorious food tables which resulted in everyone being rather gutted they didn’t have bigger bags!! That said, cakes and decorations were stuffed into handbags and anywhere else they could fit!!

I managed to grab these cute little gingerbread men to take to my kids after school:

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Yummy and very much appreciated by my twins :)

It had been a lovely gathering and genuinely got everyone into the Christmas mood, some festive cheer for a gloomy Monday morning!

Thank you Britmums and Morrisons.

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Comments

  1. Was so lovely to meet you. Had a fab time ! Great pictures : )

  2. It looks like you had an absolutely wonderful time. Unfortunately I couldn’t make this one :( But I hope to see you at BritMums Live next year. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  3. Sounds so much fun. I’ve never been to a blogging event but I bet it’s so nice to put a face and real life person to a name. Maybe see you at Britmums Live next time…. #pocolo

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