December 8, 2018 Polly Hadden-Paton

All I Want For Christmas Is… A Personal Assistant!!

Does the pressure of Christmas send you into a great decline? The thought of all of those presents to source and wrap, those cards to sign and send, the house to decorate, the food to produce, not forgetting the constant demand from the kids to be kept entertained – it’s a lot! So we don’t blame you if it all seems a bit much. But we are here to help.

Think of us are your Christmas elves. Book us in now to take care of every last festive detail, because no errand or request is too much. From arranging Christmas hampers for every Headmaster in the land, to compiling the Christmas card address book spreadsheet of your dreams, to finding the best Christmas crackers on the market, to standing in line at the Apple store so you don’t have to – we will go above and beyond to make it the most seamless and stress free December you’ve ever had.

From Christmas chaos to Christmas calm. Just. Like. That.

Below are a just a few of our favourite festive finds, which we hope help.

With love,

Polly & The Team

Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendars

Count down the days to Christmas in style this year. We love these handmade wooden advent calendars from Fortnum and Mason. Keep the kids guessing by hiding personalised surprises and treats behind the doors so that no December morning is the same. And as the traditions of Christmas are often the best bits, the fact that it can be used year after year means it is an investment you can afford – or at least we like to think so!

The Wolseley Christmas Hamper

Last year’s launch of ‘The Wolseley Collection’ was a revelation and thankfully for the second year running, The Wolseley have continued creating the most divine hampers. And they certainly deliver on everything you could possibly want a sleek black woven wicker basket to be loaded with.

Bring The Wolseley magic into your home this Christmas. Their Christmas Hamper is filled with an assortment of hand-picked items, with everything needed to celebrate, including confectionery, jams, loose leaf teas, silver-plated accessories, the finest tipples, festive fare and a ‘Breakfast for Two at The Wolseley’ gift card.

Debonnaire Luggage Tag – Stocking Fillers!

TAG A FRIEND. Debonnaire’s beautiful leather luggage tags make the perfect stocking fillers. They come in a rainbow of colours, and any number of letters can be stamped on to make them a personalised gift from the gods. Family and friends planning winter sun in the new year will love you for stepping up their luggage game, and for helping them to find their bags faster too.

Nancy and Betty Studio
Christmas Stationery and Crackers

Nancy and Betty Studio are our absolute fave when it comes to luxury Christmas stationery – which as you know already, is something us PA’s get our kicks from! From wrapping paper, to gift tags, to sticky tape and ribbon, they are the destination of choice for many of our Christmas essentials. And what we REALLY LOVE are their handmade crackers, made in their Kent workshop, and containing the best jokes and fillers around. They claim to be the best Christmas crackers in England, and considering they are stocked in Harrods, Liberty, Selfridges and Fortnums, they probably aren’t too far wrong.

Columbia Creative’s DIY Wreath Making

We like to think the more homemade you can make your Christmas, the better. And putting together your own wreath is a sure way to get you into the festive mood. We love the look of Columbia Creative’s luxury large wreath making workshop (on Monday 3rd December – tickets still available!). This year they are hosting a pop-up Christmas studio in Shoreditch on Quaker Street, in the hope of inspiring both your creativity and festive spirit, so make sure to get yourself down there (BYOB is encouraged) and make your front door a talking point this year.

Flower and Press Luxury Florist

And if you choose to leave the wreath making to the pro’s, then the team at Flower and Press are excellent. They are green fingered ninja’s when it comes to natural free-flowing designs, and will be able to transform the entrance to your home into something really quite special. But don’t just take our word for it.

Caiger & Co

Cement your place in the Christmas party line up of best-evers, by getting someone else in to do it all for you. Caiger & Co are a London based catering company, guaranteed to leave your guests full until the new year with their endless platters of beautiful and bespoke food.

Their menus are always seasonal and completely tailored to your event, so if you are after something a bit special for your Christmas drinks then we couldn’t recommend them more highly.

And what we also love is their drop off catering and ‘fill the freezer’ private dining service, absolutely perfect for those unexpected guests over the festive period.

A snippet from their Christmas Canapé Menu, as follows:

Caramelised ham hock and clove croquettes
Chestnut and turkey scotch egg with spiced plum ketchup
Crab beignets with spiced apple chutney
Smoked venison yorkshire puddings with creme fraiche and a cranberry reduction
Moorish free range guinea-fowl kebabs with cinnamon yoghurt
Pickled pear and stilton tarts
Gin and tonic cured salmon, beetroot and caraway jam in charcoal cups

…we could go on, but we’re hungry, and we’re drooling, so we probably shouldn’t.

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