Fortnum & Mason does everything to perfection, from tea to their press day. When I received the invitation (a package containing special Fortnum’s marmalade vodka with the event details on the tag!), I couldn’t contain my excitement. “Christmas in July” is the best press event!

So, last Wednesday, my amazing mother-in-law Cheryl, baby George, and I hopped on the train and went for an adventure in London. We arrived into Marylebone and enjoyed a beautiful walk to Piccadilly. Char, Phoebe, and the rest of the amazing Seven Dials PR team were on-hand to walk us through the many delights for the upcoming Fortnum & Mason Christmas 2016 season. I’m so excited to share them with you! As we get closer to the holidays, I’ll be including several of the goodies in my gift guides, but for now, here is a sneak peek:

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These balloons – and that table! So festive.FM7

The salted peanut butter yule log was one of the tastiest treats I’ve ever had. I may have to order an entire one as a present to myself…hamper fortnums

Here’s a shot of this year’s incredible Imperial Hamper. It will set you back a cool £6000 but it contains everything you’ll need for the holiday season in the suite of wickers!collage fm

Artisan baker Nila Holden baked this little gingerbread sensation. How cute is it? The pottery to the right is Fortnum’s own line for every day use. I love the elegant Scandi-inspired design. I can imagine myself pouring a delicious coffee in one of the Eau de Nil mugs!

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So, the six-person blue star cracker you see on the tree took over a year to engineer – so cool. You’d need a very calm countdown to make sure everyone pulled at precisely the right time but it’d be so much fun to do! Also, those customizable Santa sacks are just gorgeous. George’s first Christmas will include one of those with his name on it – I cannot wait! Speaking of customization, the colorful holiday scene above the bag can be ordered with your mini loved one’s name on it. As always, the Fortnum & Mason ornaments are just about the prettiest things you could hang on your tree. I’m eyeing the one with the Fortnum’s mini tea set!FMMen

They haven’t overlooked gifts for the men in your life. How elegant is that shaving kit on the left?

beautiful tea set fortnum and mason  This tea-for-two set (£325) will one day be mine. Inspired by the wallpaper in that room on the fourth floor, as well as by camellia sinensis (the plant from which tea originates), the design is subtle yet symbolic.FM5Such beautiful accessories!  turned4

Those Christmas jumper cookies! For the foodies in your life, you’ll need to purchase the sparkling spiced rum butter to slather on a slice of the Drunken Panettone or Stollen. To be enjoyed with a cup of the Christmas spiced tea. IMG_8792Emma Bridgewater’s Fortnum & Mason Christmas set  FM1

More wonderful gifts and stocking stuffersIMG_8797IMG_8782

Halcyon Days make these gorgeous bangles especially for Fortnum’s. The perfect Christmas gift for the jewelry lover in your life.

Hope you enjoyed this little preview of Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas 2016 collection. The Christmas store opens next month at their Piccadilly store. Hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas (in July!),

PatriciaParisienne xx