Getting festive at the Jet2 City Breaks Christmas Event

A few weeks ago I was excited to receive an email from the lovely people at Jet2 inviting me to attend their bloggers Christmas party and before I knew it the day had arrived.  All glammed up with party dress on, I caught a train into Leeds and found my way to Headrow House located in the upscale Victoria Quarter, home to the likes of Harvey Nichols and John Lewis.

Victoria Quarter, Leeds
The Victoria Quarter in the centre of Leeds

The venue comprises a restaurant, beer hall and event spaces with our party taking place in a contemporary styled industrial chic room on the upper floor.  On arrival, we were greeted by Emma and Frankie from the Jet2 marketing team who made us all feel very welcome and over glasses of mulled wine and mince pies we started to get to know each other.

Headrow House, Leeds
Headrow House in Leeds where our party was taking place

Although I’ve been to similar events hosted by national tourist boards, these have all taken place in London so it was not only convenient to travel a short distance but also an opportunity to meet some other northern bloggers.

Hot drinks and mince pies at Headrow House, Leeds
We started the party with mulled wine, coffee and mince pies

Introductions over, we were divided into two groups for some hands-on festive fun.  First on the agenda for our group was a calligraphy/ brush lettering activity.  We started by tracing over some letters and then tried to replicate them freehand remembering to use a thin, light upstroke and then a more emphasised thicker down movement with our pens.

Brush stroke painting practice
Brush stroke painting practice

Happy with our progress, we tried out our new lettering skills on gift tags and baubles whilst chatting to one another and having fun.  Decorating the baubles was the most difficult with their round, shiny surfaces but with guidance from Phylecia who is an expert in this kind of art work, we all produced tree ornaments to be proud of.

Bauble lettering at the Jet2 Christmas party
Bauble lettering and chocolate eating

Our action packed afternoon then continued with a cocktail mixing masterclass with the venue’s top bartender.  We had the choice of making a salted caramel espresso martini, a margarita or a Merry Berry mocktail and as I wasn’t driving I opted for salted caramel as I adore this sweet and salty caramel flavoured combination.

Cocktail making masterclass at Headrow House, Leeds
Our cocktail making masterclass at the Jet2 party

In groups of five we were invited around the back of the bar and led step-by-step through the process of measuring out vodka and coffee liquor before adding sugar syrup and ice.  It was then time for some vigorous shaking until a good head of froth had formed.

Cocktail making at the Jet2 Christmas party
Learning how to make a Salted Caramel Espressos Martini

After pouring our cocktails into martini glasses and decorating the top with coffee beans all that was left to be done was to sip our pre-lunch drinks which were absolutely delicious and something I’ll definitely be trying out at home over the Christmas holidays.

Salted Caramel Martini Cocktails at our masterclass
Toasting our cocktails

It was then time for our festive buffet lunch and what a spread it was with a range of delectable meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes.  I opted for some tender flat iron steak with horseradish and accompanied this with sides of Camembert and cranberry salad, sprouts with smoked bacon, pigs in blankets and flavoursome garlic dauphinoise potatoes.  Whilst tucking in we learnt about each other’s blogs, how they had come to fruition and of their themes ranging from travel through to lifestyle, fitness and parenting.

Our delicious buffet lunch at the Jet2 party, Headrow House, Leeds
Our delicious buffet lunch at the Jet2 Christmas party

After more mince pies and a cup of coffee we got stuck into our final activity of the day, a candle making experience combining fragrances of our choice centred around a Jet2 City Breaks destination.  With the UK’s third largest airline flying from 10 U.K. airports to more than 60 destinations ranging from Reykjavik to Rome we were spoilt for choice.  After much deliberation and fragrance testing I decided to create a Budapest scented candle containing citrus orange, cinnamon and pine needle pure essential oils.

Candle making with the Golden Hour Company at the Jet2 party
Our candle making activity

Sitting around a trestle table with our equipment laid out in front of us comprising glass jugs of varying sizes, a pipette and thermometer it almost felt as if I was back in the school science lab about to start a chemistry lesson.  Unlike school though, we were gathered in a cosy bar following instructions from Christian, the owner of a local candle making company.

Candle making equipment
Candle making equipment set out for our activity

We carefully measured out our selected oils, combined these together and then added hot soy wax which had been heated in a small boiler.  Finally, we just needed to attach a wick into the base of a glass jar using sticky backed plastic to hold it still and then to carefully pour the liquid in, label our jar and leave to set for 24 hours.

My completed candle at the Jet2 Christmas party
My completed candle at the Jet2 party

That concluded our fun packed afternoon Christmas party which had definitely provided the sparkle to put me into the Christmas spirit.  The time had flown by and it had been so nice to make some new friends whilst chatting, eating and drinking alongside learning new skills.

Jet2 Holidays Influencers Christmas Party in Leeds
Making friends and sharing experiences at the party

Holidays for me are all about looking forward to setting off with excited anticipation, the time spent away and the lovely memories I return home with.  Jet2 also highlight that holidays should be about the experience and the creation of memories and that’s exactly what they created for us at their Christmas party.

Jet2 Christmas Cookie
We were each given one of these delicious cookies

A huge thank you to Jet2 for inviting me to their festive Christmas party and as always all views and opinions are entirely my own.  If you’re like me and already dreaming of your next overseas trip you might find inspiration from the following links as package holidays can offer more protection in these uncertain times.

Jet2 holidays this winter, Jet2 Ski holidays, Jet2 City Breaks, Jet2 Last Minute Deals

Jet2 holiday brochure
The latest Jet2 inflight magazine

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40 thoughts on “Getting festive at the Jet2 City Breaks Christmas Event

  1. This sounds like my perfect day! I love making things and in fact I have been making my own candles for the past year. It’s really satisfying. How nice of Jet2 to invite you and for organising this day for people. Glad you had such a great time.

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  2. Anonymous

    Omg that day sounds like heaven. I love making things and have started to make my own candles for the past year in fact. Lovely for Jet2 to invite you and for organising this.

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  3. I have to admit to being mildly jealous of the lifestyle you have tapped into, Marion, but I’m glad that Jet2 are still afloat after the horrendous season the travel industry have endured. Looking forward to my brief trip with them to the UK this week. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas. And that looks like such a nice cocktail 🤣🎅☃️🎄💕

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    1. Thanks Jo for your interest in this post. I was so lucky to have been invited to their festive gathering in Leeds. I’m sure you will be well looked after on your Jet2 flight this week. Will you be in England over Christmas? Wherever you might be do have a lovely time. Take care, Marion

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  4. Lots of food and festivities! How wonderful you made your own holiday drinks and had plenty of minced pies: I tried minced pies while in the UK years ago, and I really like them– I just wish they were a thing here in the US!

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