I have to admit, Christmas is one of the my favourite times of year – so festive, fun and full of cheer! So I was super excited to travel to beachside haven, Byron Bay, last weekend to celebrate the holiday season with boho-chic fashion label, Free People.
Held at a the luxurious Magnolia House in the heart of Northern New South Wales, the intimate “Cali Christmas” themed event was right up my alley and I was fortunate to share the experience with editors from ELLE and Oyster magazines, Talisa Sutton of Badlands, model, actress and yogini Camille Piazza, SPELL designers Lizzy and Spelly, and Byron-based models Olive Cooke and Billie Edwards.
When lunch time rolled around, we were welcomed with Bird in Hand D+B Pour les Amour sparkling rosé, Sol Cleanse cold pressed juice, and snacks by Anise catering, which included local breads, fruit and olives from that morning’s Mullumbimby farmers markets, and organic dips set on platters by local ceramic artist Lauren Campbell.
We then sat at the cacti-strewn table on the deck for interactive experiences that touched upon the spirit of the Free People blog. Ayurvedic consultant Lorien Waldron talked the group through Ayurvedic rituals to cool summer heat and balance the doshas during the indulgent and busy Christmas season. Kate Dalton then led a brief workshop on the benefits and uses of herbal teas, inviting each guest to mix their own balancing blend to take home from an array of Mayde teas and single herbs.
Oh, and the best part? Lunch! We indulged in a festive three-course vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free feast by Anise. I’m talking beetroot cherry emulsion, endive, red core carrot and nasturtium with a Meredith goat curd to start, followed by local baby peppers stuffed with quinoa tabouli on sumac and vegan almond feta with mint and pomegranate salsa. And for a sweet treat? Delicious raw avocado chocolate mousse with berries, cocoa nibs and hazelnuts with fresh fig.
The afternoon then flowed into friendship-making and merriment with cocktails by The Roadhouse (featuring organic spirits, handcrafted tinctures and kombucha), acoustic music on the lawn by Luke Morris and palm readings by Cheray, which was the highlight of the day for me personally.
All in all, it was a fabulously fun party to welcome in Christmas. Check out the snaps from the event below.