It’s Party Time

The glasses are polished and the red carpet is ready to roll, there’s just a week to go until our Smallish Design Awards winners’ party at Kew Gardens beautiful Grade I-listed Orangery, sponsored by every parent’s high street saviour Mothercare.

Judges Jakki Jones, Carolyn Asome and Bev Turner will be on hand to present the awards and raise a glass to the innovative, inspiring and downright beautiful products we couldn’t get enough of on our voting day back in September. All the winners are here.

We’ll be swapping Oscars’-style acceptance speeches in favour of something far more spectacular – an exclusive preview of Christmas at Kew’s magical illuminated trail.

Now in its fifth year, Christmas at Kew (22 November–1 January 2018) has long been our favourite way to kick off the festive season. Mulled wine, toasted marshmallows and a twilight stroll through illuminated walkways, singing trees and kaleidoscopic rainbows of light? It’s enough to flick the seasonal sparkle switch to maximum in even the most stressed out parent. We love the festive vibe, the fire gardens and the Palm House finale; the children are still talking about last year’s vintage fairground and waving to Santa at the North Pole Village.

If all that sounds like the kind of celebratory festive night out the doctor would order if he knew what was good for you then hopefully you entered our reader competition to join us at the event. We’ve just notified the lucky winner (plus guest) who’ll be joining us, our award winners, judges, sponsor Mothercare and all our brilliant partners to celebrate great design in style on 21 November.

Bring on the fizz, the fun and the fabulous goodie bags.