Whether it’s pine trees or poinsettias, fir cones or boughs of holly, we love bringing the outside-in at Christmas. Each season brings with it a special cacophony of flora and fauna but - we can’t help but be enthralled by the magic of the festive period in particular. Throughout November, McQueens Flowers has been sprinkling its signature wintertime flair around the city as our teams illuminate some of the most beautiful restaurants and hotels in preparation for plenty of yuletide merriment. Feeling all aglow - our thoughts start to turn to the big day itself. Delve into our gift edit as we highlight our finest offerings for the most discerning of loved ones (and some well deserved treats for you too.)
EARLY FESTIVE TREATS
Some presents are definitely worth receiving a little earlier...these gifts are designed to put you in the mood for Christmas well before the 25th. December is just around the corner, and this year we’re firmly in celebration mode as we prepare to deck all the halls. Aside from the tree, yuletide connoisseurs will know choosing the right wreath is equally important. Doorway showstoppers should dazzle and welcome your guests in equal measure. Choose from four distinctive but equally envy-inducing McQueens designs - Apricity (as seen in The Glossary) , Gingerbread (as seen in Elle Decoration), Noella and Taffeta.
For us, the build up is as, if not more, thrilling than the big day itself. What better way to get into the festive spirit than attending a luxurious wreath making class in the heart of Mayfair? McQueens Flower School host their signature sessions throughout November and December - where you’ll be immersed in the most gorgeous aromatic ingredients of the season. For a little added sparkle (it is Christmas after all) join us for a Wreath Making x Champagne Tasting workshop, hosted alongside our good friends at Perrier-Jouët.
THE CHRISTMAS SUPER FAN
We all know someone who cranks up the Christmas songs in October and goes a little starry eyed at the first smell of Mulled wine. The Noella collection is an ode to all that is wonderfully nostalgic about the cheerful season - and the perfect fit for some who adores everything about it. Bestow the Noella bouquet for the tricky pre-Christmas birthday or delight with the Noella wreath if you know their theme will be the classic combination of crimson and verdant green. Brimming with ilex berries, whole dried oranges, limes and fragrant eucalyptus - and more it’s enough to tempt everyone into the yuletide season a little earlier than usual.
THE PERFECT HOST
Hand in hand with the festive season arrives plenty of soirees and social events, and this year we warmly welcome the chance to spend magical evenings celebrating with family, friends and loved ones. Those in the hosting hotseat will already be thinking about the perfect menu and photo-worthy table decor - and the latter we certainly have covered. McQueens Flowers present four table runner sets - whether your theme is a glittering, fabulous affair or a cosy winter’s eve supper. Burnished gold vessels are filled with an array of seasonal florals and foliage and all important ambience comes in the form of candlelight.
For the maximalist or larger gatherings - choose a coordinating centrepiece vase, a low vessel teeming generously with blooms and oozing with the signature floral craftsmanship of our brilliant florists.
THE PLANT PARENT
Botanical aficionados will know there is never such a thing as too many plants! For those that love to make a statement - the statuesque Bosco Urbano terrarium is the perfect choice. The miniature microclimate houses a handpicked selection of succulents and mosses - and serves as a beautiful piece of living art that is incredibly easy to maintain (hurrah!) For something altogether more minimalist but equally captivating - our classic Terrarium is a must for new homeowners and botanical enthusiasts alike.
Nothing quite matches the sheer elegance of the White Phalaenopsis Orchid. A stylish centrepiece whether you opt for the simple single-stemmed arrangement or a mesmerizing multitude of orchid heads - these fabulous plants are surely to be happily received (and ideal for a tricky recipient!)
ALL THAT GLITTERS
From the twinkle of city lights to the shimmer of Christmas tree ornaments, this time of sensory indulgence courses through our Taffeta Collection, full of sparkling showstoppers embodying all the fizz of the party season. The sumptuous wreath - adorned with bundles of eucalyptus, glitters with silver Asparagus Fern - whilst the hand-tied bouquet and table runner set is brimming with powder puff-like stems - Clooney Ranunculus, Secret Garden Roses and eye-catching velvety King Protea. We couldn’t think of a better accompaniment to this fabulous theme than Perrier- Jouët's Blason Rose - a stunning and sensual cuvee, a fine way to toast the season.
This ensemble is curated for those who prefer to observe snowfall from the fireside - curled up in knitted attire with hibernation mode firmly switched on. Cue the Gingerbread Collection - evoking all the warmth of freshly baked spiced treats and the glow of a crackling hearth. A winter’s afternoon wouldn’t be complete without a vast selection of confectionery - how about Charbonnel et Walker’s Sea Salt Caramel Truffles or Pink Marc De Champagne Truffles?
Our Christmas flora elves have been busily crafting the ultimate luxury gift sets - choose from an array of offerings featuring the Noella and Gingerbread bouquets - matched with Perrier- Jouët Grand Brut and a selection of McQueens Flowers X Miller Harris candles. We’re rather envious of the lucky recipient already!