Jennifer Grant of Romeo + Jules on preparing for Christmas

Jennifer Grant, of the stationers Romeo + Jules, tells us about their new collaboration with Mount Street Stationery, her top tips for a Christmas table and favourite Christmas gifts to both give and receive.

Tell us what’s new at Romeo + Jules this year for Christmas?

Wrapping paper – we now have 7 different designs. I love to mix and match, the gold stars with the diamond check for example.  I love that part of Christmas morning when my boys come to open their toys.  They know exactly whose is whose because I wrap each present in an according colour for whose it is.  So one boy will have all his wrapped in yellow and gold stars and the other will have blue green.  I love having fun with colour.

We’ve also done a collaboration with Mount Street Printers.  They asked us to re-imagine certain heritage pieces so we’ve taken 3 heritage designs and added a bit of Romeo + Jules’ playfulness to them.  Mount Street are known for their beautiful printing methods so we wanted to include that too.  The photo cards also bring in a modern touch to the cards – we wanted to have fun with the Christmas moment.  And we’ve also done the menus and gift tags for people who like everything matchy-matchy.

How sustainable is Romeo + Jules? Is this something you think about particularly at Christmas?

80% of our writing papers are made with sustainable materials.  20% were the ones that I just couldn’t say no to! All our packaging is sustainable and our wrapping paper is 100% recyclable. Also, there are items such as the new Chatterbox which is filled with 20 different cards with matching envelopes.  They last throughout the year and include Thankyou and Birthday cards.  They make a great Christmas present and this one is a new design.  They are refillable and they make a beautiful storage box in green check.  We like the idea that you give a present and then once the stationery has been used, the box is still used and not just thrown away.

Which Christmas Cards do you send?

We Americans, we love a photo Christmas card!  I do it still, I think it’s in our blood. My mother used to dress us up in the middle of the July heat to get our photograph and it would always end in a meltdown.  So I decided to enlist the help of a wonderful photographer who takes great pictures of my kids!. One would think that I would get ahead of the game considering that I own a stationery company but I’m always still the one sending my cards out in late December.

Do you like a hot or cold Christmas?

Well, this year we will be having both! We will be going back to London in early December and will stay there until Christmas. We will see lots of shows and catch up with friends. It will be our first Christmas in Dubai.  I do love decorating – the halls will definitely be decked! I like to mix and match everything.  I love spending time thinking how I will be wrapping the presents and choosing the paper and ribbons carefully.  I always end up with exaggerated stacks – I’m known for wrapping everything in sight!  I like to keep the ribbons from year to year and reuse them.

How do you decorate at Christmas?

The more colourful the better I always think at Christmas.  I always decorate the tree with very colourful items but the lights are always white.  I try to purchase a Christmas Bauble wherever we travel to.  My favourite are these Venetian glass baubles I found in Venice – I bought as many as I could get my hands on. I also love vintage baubles – they have a very special way of reflecting the light.

Your favourite Christmas present to give and receive?

I love making photo books for parents and friends of the special times we have spent together and when we’ve travelled. I use an American company called Artefact Uprising as they make beautiful, linen bound books which are embossed. I do the same sets of colours or complementary sets of colours to make series of books.  And to get?  My wishlist would include any colourful jewellery from Carolina Bucci or Jessica McCormack.

Tell us about your Christmas Table?

I use some of our menus and place cards.  When it comes to the food, I’m quite traditional and our Christmas Crackers are by a company called Happy Crackers who make them out of cloth and they re reusable.  They are very pretty and look great on the table.  I get my candles from Edition 94 who makes the loveliest candles in the most divine colours.  Then I always have fresh flowers and some seasonal fruits like pomegranates and apples.  Oh and definitely some Ruinart Champagne!

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