"Come and “hygge” while making an authentic Danish Christmas candle table decoration." Danish, Kent interior designer, Annette Huckstepp.
Denmark's design style and wonderfully relaxed approach to life come together at Christmas to create a whole month of celebrations all about entertaining family and friends in beautifully decorated homes, seeped in tradition and filled with candles, natural foliage and gingerbread.
This is the time when you will hear Danes refer to hygge. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) means a feeling or mood that comes from making ordinary, every day things more beautiful or special.
Hygge is all about creating a lovely, warm and relaxing atmosphere, a place to feel snug and cozy when the weather gets cold and fierce outside. Candles play an important part in this Danish institution, with Danes burning the highest number of candles per head in Europe.
Workshop Tutor: You are invited into the beautifully decorated home of Danish interior designer Annette Huckstepp to discover how Danes celebrate Christmas, learn more about the Danish traditions and to make your own unusual and beautiful Danish decoration. Used throughout December it takes centre-stage on the Christmas dining table.
Workshop Content: This is a 2-hour Hygge Hus workshop run by Annette Huckstepp in her wonderfully decorated home in Kent.
We will be using fresh greenery, cones, moss, ribbons, “nisses” (little cute Christmas elves) and other Christmassy items Annette has foraged for in the woods.
"The magical decoration is something my mother taught me as well as an old Nordic tradition. We use interesting tree roots we come across in the forest through the year. If you have one you really like you use it year after year. I have spent many a happy hour finding the roots for this workshop so I hope you will find yours amongst them but do bring along your own if you come across one."
Workshop Timing: The workshop runs from 10.30 – 12.30. Please arrive in good time so we can start at 10.30.
Pricing: This morning workshop costs £75 to include all materials for the Danish table centre-piece and moss ball.
Included: All materials for both decorations, tasty Danish Christmas treats, tea, coffee and soft drinks and your own decorations to take home (valued at £110 and £25 respectively). The candles are of the highest quality, coloured throughout with a burn time of 40 to 60 hours. The roots and all materials for the root decoration have been carefully sourced by Annette in the woods.
What to bring: Please bring an apron, small garden cutters and comfortable slip on shoes. You may also like to bring some extra Christmas decorations to create a more personal piece, but there will be plentiful selection so there is no need unless you would like to bring something special to you.
Travel: There are trains running to Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells, a short taxi ride away from Speldhurst. There is also enough parking for 6 cars tightly packed cars on the drive and ample free parking a short walk away in the village.