Christmas wreath-making classes

Lauren, who is inundated with orders for her bespoke Christmas wreaths, said: “I wanted to offer something a bit different that people could do for a little evening out.”

“We had loads of bookings from groups of friends who all came together and from mums and daughters too. It was lovely to work with Louise and Craig who own Virginia House. They made the most scrumptious shortbread and mulled wine and the whole place had an amazing festive feel.”

The wreath making workshops took place on Sunday and Monday and will go ahead again this Sunday and Monday. The visitors were equipped with all the materials and encouraged to get as creative as possible, putting their own stamp and arty flair on the finished product.

Lauren said: “The first dates were selling out so fast we decided to add another couple of dates. There seems to be a real demand for winter events.

“Everyone found something different to personalise their wreath with. There were a lot of people who went with very traditional designs but also some really unique colour combinations which were more daring.

“I have noticed that a bit of a different twist on metallics is very popular this year. Rose golds and coppers are massive and, when it comes to ribbons, everyone seemed very taken with our hessian bows.”

Lauren, who lives in Dane Avenue in Barrow, runs the shop on her own but enlisted the help of her mum Sally, auntie Jenny and grandmother Elizabeth for the wreath workshops.

She said: “I really enjoy working so closely with my family. It was actually my grandmother, Elizabeth Saunders, who got me interested in flowers as a young child.

“I have wanted to open my own florist for over 10 years now, after working as an appentice in Deborah’s Florist in Barrow as a Saturday girl. I did my qualifications in London but it all stemmed from my grandmother. She used to give cooking and flower arranging demos to women in Barrow when I was a little girl and I always went along to watch and she is still a devoted member of Barrow Flower Club.”

Lauren and her small family team certainly had their hands full with a full house of ladies but, with a roaring fire and plenty of snacks, an enjoyable evening was had by all. The main materials included fir branches, baubles, ribbons, pie cones and berries.

(Article credit to North West Evening Mail)