Just over a week ago we were invited along, by Disney, to celebrate the upcoming release of Christopher Robin for an afternoon tea with Jim Cummings.
It was truly a magical experience.
If you are anything like me and you grew up watching/reading Winnie the Pooh, then you will understand how excited I was to be able to meet Jim Cummings and listen to him read a short extract from the book of the film. Winnie the Pooh was the first teddy bear that I bought for my eldest boy when he was a baby, you which he still has now.
Christopher Robin is a heartwarming film about a young boy, who on embarked on countless adventures with loveable animals, who has now grown up and lost his way. It is now up to Christopher’s childhood friends to help him remember the loving playful boy that he once was by venturing into our world.
‘Sooner or later your past catches up to you’
The afternoon tea was being held at Claridges. We arrived and was quided to a room that was full of Pooh themed food, tea (obviously, as it’s afternoon tea), face Painting, colouring in tables, old fashioned games, biscuit decorating and a lovely big chair – hmmm, I wonder what that was for!
The boys quickly made themselves at home, grabbing some of the delicious cakes and sitting down in the corner on the cushions to eat them whilst cuddling their Winnie and Tigger teddies.
They designed some balloon shaped cookies with lots of sugary items and ate some ‘beary’ ice cream.
I’m not sure what this design was but he assures me it tasted nice.
As the children enjoyed getting their face painted us adults sat down to tea and cake.
It wasn’t long before we were joined by Jim Cummings, he sat down in the chair and the children gathered around him on the cushions. Clutching on to their Pooh bears, Tiggers, Eeyores and Piglets they say mesmerised as Jim read an extract from the book to them.
The room was silent.
Adults and children around the room were quickly joining Pooh and Christopher on their adventure, getting lost in imagination as Jim brought the characters to life.
I couldn’t help but smile.
I looked around the room, I could see the magic I the children’s eyes as the story was coming alive. It definately was a wonderful thing.
Once Jim finished he kindly waited around for photos and chatted to the children.
We had a wonderful time and are very thankful for the invite. The boys came away with a plush teddy and a memory that they will cherish forever
Christopher Robin opens in the Cinemas on 17th August.
We can’t wait to watch it! How about you?