Recently I had someone say to me 'everyone has done bunting now' and I must confess, my heart sank a little... for about 5 minutes until I walked along the road and saw that Marks and Spencer's windows were heaving with it.
It made me think. Should Chic'n'Cheerful change what it offers? Should we be rushing out to buy the next big thing?
The answer is yes and no. I buy Wedding magazines, to see what is happening, and honestly I really feel for Brides. There is SO much pressure to go with the current trend, and to spend a fortune on whatever this season's theme is meant to be.
At its heart, Chic'n'Cheerful is about creating wonderful events, with items that are recycled, upcycled, or with the most environmentally friendly materials we can find. Just take a look at Rusty, he's 38 years old!
Much more important than what is in fashion, is what makes your heart sing. When you look back at your photographs of a special day, you want to smile and remember how much fun you had.
Bunting may have been the big thing in the magazines last year, but I can honestly tell you every time I hang it out, people love it! And it absolute transforms a back garden/village hall/hotel room.
Our bunting recently went out with a gorgeous selection of crockery for a garden tea party, and in the words of our customer: The detail was great, the bunting is pretty and made a great setting
This isn't about bunting though... This is about doing your own thing. It's nice to keep people happy, and to be 'on trend' but it's also important to have what you want - no matter what the occasion, make it yours!