Last Thursday, straight after work, my friends and I trotted on down to Leeds' beautiful and historical Victoria Quarter to attend one of Leeds' ultimate shoppers events, The Mad Shopper's Tea Party. The event, a Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland style, Mad Hatter's Tea Party, had the whole of the Victoria Quarter fabulously decorated with bunting, balloons, giant teacups, 'drink me' bottles and white rabbits. Theatrically dressed entertainers, hosts and hostesses wondered the centre, some even on stilts, getting the party going and handing out bedazzled cupcakes and bubbly for all!
There was a great atmosphere with shoppers making the most of not only the discounts and special offers available on the evening, but also the the fabulous party atmosphere throughout the whole VQ. Most individual stores also held their own parties, with DJ's, drinks, canapes and gift bags. My personal favourites on the night were Mulberry, and L'Occitane, who both hosted particularly impressive events. Celebrating it's 40th anniversary, Mulberry had an atmosphere akin to an exclusive bar. Handing out mini bottles of bubbly, slices of special 40th anniversary edition victoria sponge cakes, balloons in the shape of Mulberry bags and with a photobooth, thongs of people were queing to get into that party! The newly opened L'Occitane, kept it's atmosphere de provence with champagne and the soothing melodies of a classical harpist... A lovely goodie bag was also greatly appreciated. I can't wait to try out the sample L'Occitane products!
|L'Occitane goodie bag | Kiehl's samples | Liz Earle purchases | Mulberry 40th anniversary cake|
Despite the party atmosphere, The Mad Shopper's Tea Party was a shopping event. So, after reading so many rave reviews around the blogosphere, I decided to use this opportunity to visit the Liz Earle store and finally treat myself to some Liz Earle products. After a consultation with a lovely advisor, I came away with the great summer skincare essentials offer, including the must-have Cleanse & Polish, plus free sample of Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion. Stay tuned for a full review coming soon to this blog!
The whole event was just so much fun, so much so I didn't remember to take that many pictures, but I hope enjoyed these few! I just wish I hadn't been driving, as the champagne was flowing all round... I could have ended up pretty merry!
Thanks VQ for this great event!