This weekend my wonderful family threw me an English Tea Party as a substitute for the very American ‘Baby Shower’ that is slowly but surely becoming the norm over here too! It wasn’t the usual baby shower, as I wasn’t so keen on having any party games… I know… I’m such a spoil sport… But we used it as a great way to catch up with family and friends (and eat far too many scones!).
My lovely cousin Annabel came over the day before and helped me bake cupcakes and scones, because I thought that would be fun to stand in the kitchen for 4 hours baking & icing… Next time, Hummingbird Bakery are getting a call… Luckily they turned out really well & we even got lovely cupcake cases from the V&A to make them extra fancy. (Oooh!) £4.49 for 50 available here.
We served pink lemonade with fruit in jars with gorgeous paper straws, Earl Grey tea in vintage tea cups from my grandmother’s collection and champagne for anyone without a bump!
The flower arrangements were by far my favourite part – we saved old jars, bought some string and dyed it with tea before wrapping it around. I thinly sliced lemon and added it to the flowers that we picked from the garden. Et Voila! The cheapest flower arrangements of all time. And rather lovely, if I do say so myself!
The rest of the decoration was simple, colourful lanterns, floral bunting and some of Isla’s tiny baby socks clipped onto string with wooden pegs! We made finger sandwiches in traditional flavours… which took a painstaking amount of time to cut into neat fingers, so as you can see… they got a little more ‘rustic’ as time went on. (Why did I think making the food was a good idea…? Seriously, just order it all or better yet, go to a lovely restaurant and then you don’t even have to clean up!)
I think it’s safe to say, Ellie was pleased with the cupcakes…
The only ‘game’ of sorts that I wanted were predictions sheets for Isla! I’m so glad we did them as some of the answers are hilarious – especially from the younger party guests! There are lots of great free printables online or if you aren’t too bad on photoshop, you can whip up your own and personalise them like I did! I’m going to put them all into Isla’s baby book so she can read through them one day too!
To say we were spoilt would be the understatement of the year. Our wonderful family & friends gave us such beautiful gifts. We now have so many clothes Isla may start to think she’s North West & only have to wear everything once!! A huge thank you also to my parents for the most beautiful travel system and to Sarah, Barney’s mum, for Isla’s absolutely stunning cot!
As you can see, Ellie took her job of Assistant Present Un-wrapper VERY seriously. She even told me off for being too slow (thanking people in-between gifts) a few times which was just hilarious. I’d highly recommend getting one of your own if you are feeling a little self conscious about being the centre of attention. I hear most can be paid in cupcakes and minion colouring books…
Before everyone left we asked if they’d leave a little message for Isla, which we are going to scan and put into a beautiful piece of art for the nursery.
Everyone left with hugs, kisses, thank you’s and these little bags filled with cupcakes and sweet treats for the road!
It was an absolutely lovely day, catching up with family and friends and getting advice from every generation! Thank you so much to my parents for hosting! We could not be more excited to start this journey as our own little family! T-Minus 6 weeks!!