A series of virtual workshops and events celebrating timeless traditions
Belmond launches ‘Festive Invitations’ – a calendar of virtual workshops and events celebrating timeless traditions that bring us together in a year like no other. From a fragrant winter wreath workshop, to the ritual of baking Thanksgiving recipes passed down through generations; mastering the art of hand-crafted Christmas crackers and an uplifting musical season finale – join live via Belmond’s Instagram throughout November and December.
DECORATIONS TO DELIGHT – 20th NOVEMBER, 5PM GMT / 12PM EST
Celebrating a magical winter tradition, celebrity florist and Good Living Experience Maker, Simon Lycett will share the steps to create a fragrant winter wreath. Materials for the workshop can be gathered and foraged – such as scented pines and berries. The mindful process of creating art using nature’s ingredients is a reminder of the life enhancing joy of connecting with nature, something the world needs now more than ever.
TREASURED HOMEBAKING – 24th NOVEMBER, 5PM GMT / 12PM EST
A treasured Thanksgiving past-time, Michelle Weaver, Executive Chef at Belmond Charleston Place, will share a special Southern tradition with her Grandma’s favourite ‘sweet potato biscuits’ recipe – filling the home with the nostalgic and comforting scent of freshly baked bread. The live bake-along will also include the sommelier’s perfect wine pairing for this year’s more intimate Thanksgiving occasion.
HANDMADE WITH LOVE – 17th DECEMBER, 6PM GMT / 1PM EST
A time-honoured British tradition; the crackle and pop of a Christmas cracker is an uplifting festive ritual made for sharing and the anticipation of the gift within. Luxury event designer, Fiona Leahy will host a festive workshop to create the most elegant handcrafted crackers. As a beautiful table setting or gift to share, the crackers can be filled with specially selected and personalised gifts and handwritten messages with promises of brighter times ahead.
MUSICAL FINALE – 22nd DECEMBER, 6PM GMT / 1PM EST
Ending the year with an invitation to sing-a-long with internationally acclaimed singer and pianist, Joe Stilgoe, as he performs songs from his Christmas album. A musical evening full of sparkle and cheer to stir the soul and lift spirits – saying goodbye to 2020 and a chance to look forward to the future.
While the season’s festivities may be a bit different this year, Belmond wishes to savour the moments that really matter and make promises for brighter tomorrows, where stories are yet to be told and future traditions are yet to unfold.