Next Blogger Event

by Hannah

Beastie and I were recently invited to attend the Next Blogger Event at their Head Office in Leicester, to view next seasons range of clothes. We drove up there like lots of other Mummy bloggers with their kids in tow for a day filled with clothes, food and fun. I expected it to be a great day but it certainly exceeded my expectations and Next thoroughly spoilt us.

We were all given £30 by Next to buy a new outfit for our little ones to wear for the day. I buy a lot of clothes from Next for Beastie so I was more than happy to add to his collection. These are the items I bought for him to go with his existing pair of jeans from Next.

A new t shirt to show how polite he is...

A warm gilet to match Daddys

When we arrived we met up with Katie and Helen with their little ones in tow. We were directed where to go and were shown into the ‘mock’ shop containing the collections that will be available next Spring/Summer 2012. They had provided a play area for the children with a mat, table, walkers, ride ons and other toys all to amuse our little ones. We could also help ourselves to refreshments and these lovely pastries and cakes! I had wolfed my breakfast down at 6am so I was more than happy to fill my face with a custard danish pastry.

Breakfast...

We were free to walk around the shop and peruse the clothes hung on the racks, chat to fellow bloggers and the lovely people from Next. They also had a professional photographer on hand with a corner set up for capturing our children on camera. Beastie usually loves the camera and will happily stand and say ‘cheese’ on demand but sadly not on this occasion. He was feeling under the weather so I can understand why he wouldn’t co operate for the photographer. Some of my fellow bloggers had some lovely pictures taken and it was a nice added bonus to the day. There was lots of lovely clothes on show, from a pretty girly pink ranges, nautical themed clothes and the new unisex range which is a fantastic idea. We all had our eyes on the bright colours items available, particularly some raincoats with tractors and dinosaurs on. I shall definitely be keeping my eye out for those.

The play area in the 'mock' shop

We then moved onto a restaurant a few minutes drive away to be treated to a three course lunch. The food was lovely and the portions very generous! Beastie usually picks at food when we eat out and he didn’t bother much with his chicken nuggets, chips and peas but had a lovely time sitting next to his new buddy Jack.

Complimentary bags for the boys

Lunch for Jack and Beastie

My delicious soup

The kids were fed first so that when they were finished they could be entertained by the entertainers Next had had provided for the children, Jo Jingles. Beastie was straight up there dancing around with all the kids and it was so lovely to see.

Jo Jingles entertaining a happy audience

Beastie and his maracas

When we left we were given a goody bag with a couple of items for ourselves which included a gift voucher. This was a really lovely touch and a surprise for us. I have since treated myself to a lovely new dressing gown which I am expecting to be delivered today…So thank you so much Next for a memorable day where nothing was too much trouble. The girls who organised the day did a fantastic job.

Nice and toasty...

5 comments

Katie @mummydaddyme 26th November 2011 - 4:17 pm

It was a great day- and I love that dressing gown! Good choice! I bought a jumper for this thing I am going to next week- annoying I had to buy something just for that but I have nothing smart to wear!

It was a great day and it was lovely seeing you and Beastie again. xx

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Mummybeastie 27th November 2011 - 8:09 pm

It was a great day and not long until our next meet up! The dressing gown is heaven, I love it!! I also bought some knitted boots on Friday too. Do you reckon I am as sexy as you in your ‘onesie’?? lol x

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HELEN 26th November 2011 - 5:55 pm

I agree, a totally brilliant day and we were so spoilt !
I love the dressing gown. I haven’t spent mine yet but I’m sure it won’t take long.
x

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Liska 26th November 2011 - 7:38 pm

I hope they do another event and that me and Aaron get to go.

They are a super company – I worked for them for 4 years.

Love the things you chose for Beastie and the dressing gown.

So so lovely that the day was so so baby friendly (very different to the Perform event we went to)

Liska xxx

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would like to be a yummy mummy 30th November 2011 - 7:09 pm

What a gorgeous day. Looks like you were all thoroughly spoilt and had lots of fun xx

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