It's not unusual in the blogging world to start celebrating Christmas early. You may remember that last year I ended up eating my first Christmas dinner in November, and this year is much the same (and I'm not apologising because I LOVE Christmas!)
If you're as organised as me then your thoughts may have already turned to organising Christmas nights out with friends and I have a bit of a gem to share with you.
No. 28 is a fabulous bar hidden away at the top of Grainger Market in the centre of Newcastle. It won North East Bar of the Year in 2013 followed by Best Late Night Venue in 2014 so if you're looking for somewhere to celebrate Christmas you couldn't be in better hands.
If you've never been to No. 28 then you really must make a plan. It is easily the prettiest bar in Newcastle with its quirky décor, colourful interior and cosy corners.
For our bloggers Christmas party we were asked to don our finest festive attire, for me this meant my "go to" blue lace dress that I bought from River Island a few years ago. To get into the festive spirit I added some sparkle to my nails and a red lip.
I couldn't help but get swept away in the Christmas spirit as soon as I entered the bar, with the festive tunes playing and a Christmas tree to admire it wasn't long before we were all discussing our favourite Christmas traditions and our plans for this year.
Of course no Christmas party is complete without a large tray of Roses and we eagerly grabbed a few handfuls each. I am more than a little obsessed with the green wrappers (coffee flavour for anyone who doesn't have a geek like knowledge of chocolate like I do) and was rather ashamed to see I'd gathered quite a collection of empty wrappers in front of me pretty rapidly.
Every good Christmas party comes with some alcohol and after sipping a few glasses of fizz it was on to some wine tasting. I'm not terribly good at wine tasting, but somehow managed to figure out that one of the glasses had a banana like taste that seemed to impress everyone else (let's hope no one realises it was a complete guess!)
The canapés were quick to follow and we feasted on delicious bite sized treats created by Chef David Hallam whilst singing along to the Christmas tunes (imagine my disappointment when I woke up the following morning and it was still October!)
We had a fantastic night and if you like the look of our "fake Christmas" you can celebrate Christmas for real in the same private area that we had to hold your own Christmas party. The food is delicious with the canapé package only £8.00 per head or, if you prefer, a three course traditional Christmas menu (complete with amazing boozy desserts!) for £25.00 per person.