• Helen Walsh

The 2019 Festive Insta Mingle

Last month saw the Insta Mingle team hold their Festive Mingle event at Restaurant 1539, Chester, and what an evening it was!

A truly joyous affair with Christmas tree and table styling, plenty of Christmas hints and tips, festive tasters, drinks, a wonderful mini Christmas Market and of course plenty of mingling.

Once again we were proud to be sponsored by the fabulous team at John Lewis and partners, Chester, who put on an amazing Christmas Tree styling workshop and Christmas table demonstration, it went down a storm with our festive Minglers. Showcasing some of their amazing Christmas products for 2019, it really was special to watch them work their magic before our eyes.

Turtle mats, our second sponsors for the evening were there to share their brilliant products and Christmas styling tips to help us create the perfect welcome for our guests. The Turtle mat's Christmas range was a special treat, they get better and better each year and effortlessly combine style with practicality.

We were also over the moon to have Christmassy food and drink samples from both Waitrose and Jeffries Tonic. The Heston Bloomenthal mince pies were a particular triumph!

Those who attended loved mooching around our mini Christmas market and we were delighted to welcome the Iggy Box candle team, Pam Peter's Glass designs, House of Lloyd designs and the lovely Wild Bramble Blooms girls to showcase their amazing talents and products at our event. It really was Christmas shopping made easy!

The main aim of the event was to Mingle and get into the Christmas spirit and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces as well as meet new guests for the first time. We loved chatting to you as always, such a friendly, lovely bunch of people to spend an evening with.

Although this event was more of a social affair we did manage to squeeze in a small question section with our 'Social Media panel of experts'. It was just a taster for those wishing to learn more about how to make the most of their social media platforms.

Huge thanks to Karen Beddow, Rachel Southern, Kirsty Fletcher and Helen Walsh collectively now known and the Aster and Fern team. If you would like to find more information about how Aster & Fern can support you or your small business navigate and reach your online goals take a look at their website here.

We would once again like to thank each and everyone who attended the Festive Mingle last month for making it such an enjoyable event, we hope you got as much out of it as we did.

Thanks to all the small businesses who supported us with compiling our fantastic goody bags, they were a real treat!

Cloud 2 print

Turtle mats

John Lewis & Partners


Words on the wire

Jeffries Tonic

Iggy Box

House of Lloyd designs

Wild bramble blooms

Pam Peters Designs

Salt & Steel uk


A festive event would not be the same without a raffle now would it?We were delighted and very grateful to the businesses who contributed magnificent prizes to our event.

John Lewis & Partners contributed one of their amazing advent calenders, Turtle mats contributed a festive door mat and Iggy box generously gave away a 3 month candle subscription.

One lucky winner also walked away with the fabulous prize of 3 facials, kindly donated by Inside Out Wellness Centre in Mold.

John Lewis & Partners contributed one of their amazing advent calendars, Turtle mats contributed a festive door mat and Iggy box generously gave away a 3 month candle subscription.

"We believe that physical and aesthetic therapy can be practiced in a calm and relaxing space, by trained and qualified professional therapists from the field of Physiotherapy, Aesthetics and Complementary Medicine.

Beauty and Science meet in our space; both literally in terms of our treatments and metaphorically in terms of the environment we operate within."

Doesn't that sound wonderful? Take a look at their website here to find out more.

A huge thank you to Camera Yard who did an amazing job of photographing the event. All the photos you have seen on this blog post are thanks to them. Camera yard have an effortless way of capturing the essence of events and small businesses and we cant recommend them enough. For more info visit their website here.

Our fabulous sound system and Mingle letters were once again supplied by Third Avenue events. They are so wonderful and professional to work with and we would highly recommend them for any events you may have. Check them out here

What's Planned in 2020

Well as you are aware the Insta Mingle team has now joined forces with the amazing Aster & Fern team and as such we are so excited to be able to offer you some brilliant new services and events in 2020.

Aster & Fern is dedicated to helping small businesses bloom and grow and to navigate the online world and increase their digital presence in a creative, intelligent and authentic manner.

From social media workshops to one to one coaching sessions, Aster & Fern is committed to finding the right approach for each individual business that they work with.

For a list of all events planned click here.

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But for now, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Lots of love

Helen, Kirtsy, Rachel & Karen


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