Who says fairy tales don’t come true?

The Christmas season is edging closer and soon your diary will be jam-packed, so the importance of planning your Christmas party is likely to be playing on your mind. Planning such an exciting event sooner rather than later will help ensure that each and every detail is considered and nothing is left to chance. Whether your Christmas event is private or corporate, with our creative know-how and experience we can make sure that it will be a night to remember.

The fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel evokes thoughts of Christmas in more ways than you might initially imagine. German Christmas markets come to mind when reminded of this tale’s origin; the evil witches house made entirely of cake and confectionery awakens our seasonal sweet tooth; the jewels that Hansel and Gretel use to make their fortune represent those special Christmas gifts, with a family reunion and a warm feeling of love concluding the story.

We’ve used this fabulous childhood tale as the basis for this Christmas inspiration board this season. If you’re looking for something a bit different this year then look no further, this certainly isn’t the usual ‘Winter Wonderland’ you might expect, this is Christmas with a twist….


The story of Hansel and Gretel is set in a lost forest and so the design of the event would be around creating the magical outside-feel, inside. We would focus on each aspect of the event in terms of keeping the design and decor different but working in harmony with each part to ensure the guests are kept enthralled and surprised throughout.

Having a fabulous and enchanting entrance for your guests to arrive through and make their way to dinner would really set the tone for the evening.  Forest-like archways and candlelight could lead the way with a trail of white pebbles to hint at the fairy tale.  For the drinks reception we love the idea of having silhouettes around the room.  Woodland sounds such as eerie birds and crunching leaves are in the background while the subtle smell of wood smoke all help to add to the experience.

Dinner would be a magical feast taking on a  glamorous woodland vibe with masses of candles.  A hanging gold or bronze branch and leaf installation could be suspended from the ceiling to add impact, and we’d love to incorporate whimsical touches such as gold dipped feathers representing the swan in the story, and details such as the divine glass domes below…


What we all remember most about the fairy tale though is the house that was made of cake and sweets. We’d love to use this as inspiration for an incredible dessert room which can be revealed only when the time comes.   Our imagination ran riot when compiling initial ideas for this room but we’d suggest having something completely different to the rest of the decor and making the area really fun so everyone could embrace and remember their childhood.  We love the image below of the poppy installation that could so easily be used as a form to create something with sweets instead. Or what about having grand picture frames placed around the room, each of which can be lent into for guests to help themselves to desserts? Or alternatively we could create an incredible hanging installation of sweets…



The fairy tale is a mix of good and evil. Whilst the evil step-mother and the cannibal witch that lives in the confectionery house play a key role in the story, a beautiful white swan leads them back home to their father.  The possibilities for entertainment are also endless – from live actors in place to help tell the fairy tale, to ballet dancers or even giving guests the opportunity to decorate their own ginger bread house to take home with them.

We hope that’s provided you with some inspiration for your Christmas party – please do get in touch with us to discuss your event and we would be delighted to discuss how we might be able to help.  By securing a date in your diary and beginning this process with Cranberry Blue, we will alleviate the stress of managing this yourselves, right from sourcing the perfect venue to planning a theme and suggestions show-stopping entertainment, through to being there at the event itself to manage it from start to finish. Starting the planning process early also allows us more time working together to brainstorm ideas for your perfect event. We will put together bespoke mood boards to help convey our designs and we can also create photorealistic images to take it one step further.

While our team will orchestrate the plans for your event you will remain in control at all times.  We understand the importance of working to a brief and keeping to budget, especially in the corporate world, so we assess your priorities and fully understand what it is you wish to achieve. Over the years we have built up strong connections with incredible suppliers so are able to personally recommend a wide selection of venues, florist, caterers, lighting and production and entertainment, as well as all the other extras you require to make your event unforgettable.

If you would like to speak to us to discuss your ideas further and how we could help please email us at enquiries@cranberryblue.co.uk

Let the fairy tale commence…


Image credits

Top image board: RED Valentino Hansel & Gretel Fall 2013 Collection; The Brothers Grimm, Illustrator: Kay Nielsen; gold twigs – weheartit.com; hanging woodland event – as seen on Pinterest, photographer & event planners unknown; model – Leila Hafzi Sustainable Bridal Collection;  fairylight canopy – as seen on Foursquare; candy – Niklas Alm Still Life Photography; ballet – Scottish Ballet

Entrance & reception styling boards: Christmas setting – as seen on Pottery Barn; hanging branch decor – as seen on Bridal Guide; gold dipped feathers – as seen on Pinterest; hanging tealights – as seen on Travelshop; woodland walkway – Colin Cowie; room shot – as seen on Pinterest; dome – from Etsy; room decor – David Tutera

Dessert room styling board 1: Weeping Window installation St George’s Hall Liverpool; sweet land – foodscape by Carl Warner as seen in The Telegraph; silhouettes – as seen on Pinterest; picture frames – Eugenia Loli; sweet chandelier – as seen on Pinterest.

Dessert room styling board 2: Swan – Preston Bailey; hanging lollipops – as seen on Pinterest; cocktail – as seen on Pinterest; meringues – BBC Good Food; gingerbread cakes – Stocksy United; clear lollipops – Wedding Bells Magazine