We’re planning a PERRIER JOUËT AFTERNOON TEA, visiting BALLYMALOE for their annual CRAFT FAIR and booking in for a FLORAL WORKSHOP …
WHY: We’re eager to see the Enchanting Tree installation in the atrium of The Westin Dublin, which has just launched and has been designed by Tord Boontje. It’s an immersive experience as guests can pluck Champagne flutes from the tree, which is wreathed in Japanese anemones, and later enjoy a special Perrier Jouët Enchanting Christmas Afternoon Tea. Says Boontje of the design, “I wanted to create a functional object that evokes emotions and dreams. Here, utility is beautiful and beauty has utility”.
Afternoon Tea is served between midday and 6pm every day from until January 5, or as an exclusive Champagne & Canapés experience from 6pm until late. www.thewestindublin.com.
WHAT: The annual Ballymaloe Craft Fair is one of the seasonal markers for Christmas – an opportunity to be inspired and shop for early presents. That’s why we’re heading south for the weekend. The shopping weekend takes place in the Ballymaloe Grainstore and The Big Shed on the grounds of Ballymaloe House and is open from 10am – 6pm, on Saturday and Sunday 18 – 19 November. Expect delicious food, live music, and the best in local design. Admission is €3, children under age 16 are free. www.ballymaloefestivals.ie.
If you can’t get to Cork then the three-day Louth Craftmark Winter Fair, held in the historic Bellurgan Park House in Dundalk may be of interest. Over 50 exhibitors will participate including bag designer Cathy Prendergast, and Carlingford based Garret Mallon, an award winning jewellery designer. Ceramics, sculpture, painting and woodwork will be among the crafts featured. The Fair takes place from 1.00pm – 9.00pm on the Friday, and from 10.00am – 6.00pm on the Saturday and Sunday. A mulled wine reception takes place at 6.00pm on Friday. www.louthcraftmark.com.
WHO: If you are searching for some décor inspiration look no further than Nordic Elements’ new website which features ideas, stories and gifts galore. In tandem with the new look site is a Christmas pop-up shopping event held in the Studio, 54 Booterstown Avenue, in Blackrock. Timings for the Pop-Up are from 10am – 4pm on Friday and Saturday this week, with more timings in December. www.nordicelements.com.
In other interior news, IKEA have just launched their shop online service in Ireland. Save yourself a pre-Christmas trip to the Dublin store and order from the comfort of your home.
WHEN: Santa and fireworks – too good an opportunity to miss if you and your family are in the vicinity of Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 18. Celebrating the opening of the town’s Christmas Festival, Santa will arrive, with an escort of Harley Davidson outriders, at 5.45pm to Harbour Plaza, to switch on the town’s Christmas lights, followed by a firework display over the harbour at 6pm. Do check out the atmospheric Christmas market, open every weekend from this Saturday until December 23 at the Pavilion quarter. www.events.dlrcoco.ie.
AND: We’re already planning our table centres and door wreaths for the festive season but need to brush up on some floral skills. That’s why we’re booking the demonstration at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion Enniskerry, next Thursday November 23 at 11am. The workshop will be lead by Harumi Langford whose Japanese style has won her many admirers. Brenda Joyce from the Association of Floral Artists will create wreaths, garlands and traditional table pieces. Janette O’Rourke, owner of Kay’s Flower School will also be sharing her 30 years’ experience in the industry with easy to copy designs for your home. Tickets are €5 including refreshments. www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com.
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