My English Tea Party – Baby Shower

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.

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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!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

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!

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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!)

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

I think it’s safe to say, Ellie was pleased with the cupcakes…

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

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!

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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! 

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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…

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

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.

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

Everyone left with hugs, kisses, thank you’s and these little bags filled with cupcakes and sweet treats for the road!

Adventures With Isla Blog - Baby Shower

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!!

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La Coqueta Sale – Extra 10% off!

It’s only Tuesday but I’m already looking forward to the weekend… If you need a little pick me up to get you through, I have just the thing! Luxury, classic children’s brand La Coqueta currently have an amazing sale… and whats more, an Extra 10% off with the code: SALE10. (You’re welcome!)

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I’ve picked just a few of my favourite looks out, but truthfully… I want it all!

La Coqueta - Adventures With Isla Blog

Quinta Baby Look…

La Coqueta - Adventures With Isla Blog

Aire Baby Look…

La Coqueta - Adventures With Isla Blog

Lucio Cotton Knitted Baby Set…

La Coqueta - Adventures With Isla Blog

Beltran Baby Look…

I absolutely love this brand and the website is just beautiful and so easy to shop with the ready made looks! Go and check it out and let me know what you just can’t resist!

If you are in the London area you can find the store here:

La Coqueta Kids
5 Heath Street
London NW3 6TP

Telephone +44 (0)207 794 6333
Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

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A behind the scenes look at Ellen’s new girl powered Gap Kids Collection…

Oh how cute is this? Ellen Degeneres, the much loved TV personality, talk show host and comedian has just launched a seriously awesome new collection with GapKids aiming to empower girls and give them more choices than the usual ‘Pink is for girls, Blue is for boys’… because we all know how I feel about that… “GapKids x ED is more than just a clothing collection”, Gap explains. “It is a social movement meant to empower young girls to be their own heroes.” Well alright then, sounds good to me!

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Ellen has recently launched ED, her new lifestyle brand which is bringing classic home wear and casual clothing to the masses at reasonable prices. Speaking to Refinery29 about her line, Degeneres said, “I don’t like extreme, feminine things. And I, don’t like masculine things… So, I think it’s blending both of those things to be sort of non-gender-specific, just cool and classic.” And if we didn’t already completely love this collaboration, some of the revenue generated will be donated to charity. “I am thrilled that my lifestyle brand, ED, is partnering with Gap to encourage young girls to pursue their passion, whether it’s math, science, sports, the arts,” said DeGeneres in a press release. “Following my passion allowed me to be exactly who I am today– a talk show host with a vibrant side business as a party mime.”

The line is set to be released on August 17th in selected stores across the UK… In the meantime we’ll just have to keep watching back the adorable behind the scenes video…

Carsten Höller: Decision

I was very kindly invited to come down & see the new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery last week, I’d heard such exciting things & knew I couldn’t miss it!

Carsten Höller: Decision is the artist’s largest survey show in the UK to date. Immersing visitors in a series of experimental environments, Höller’s interactive exhibition explores perception and decision making. You are invited to participate in and touch everything – so this exhibition is perfect for taking the whole family to explore!

You step into a dark tunnel and make your way through various twists and turns until you are eventually poured out to a giant mushroom contraption just begging to be pushed!

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

As you go through to the next room you are greeted by a giant pool of pills dripping from the ceiling – go on, sink your hands into them!

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Next you will find a line of Virtual Reality Headsets and Headphones to immerse yourself in an unknown world… As you wait two automated hospital beds make their way around the room… Naturally.

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

You then head up the stairs past a new friend, that was rather popular with all the children!

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Until you find the source of the dripping pills…

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

I feel like me and this guy had much in common…

If you are small enough (children only) you are invited to explore the inside of this giant dice. Certainly no room for me & bump in there!

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

When you step out onto one of the balconies you see the ‘flying contraption’ ready to hoist you over the edge. If you want to go on this, be prepared to wait at least an hour and book an early slot to avoid disappointment.

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Somehow, I don’t think my bump would fit under all the safety equipment you have to wear, so we moved on to a more tame aspect of the exhibition… Anyone for a game of ‘Snap!’?

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This next one, I’m pretty sure the artist was just having a laugh at us… You had to put a vibrator under your arm, close your eyes and hold your nose to make it appear longer… or something… Yup…

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

There is so much more to explore including a film room and a corridor of twins talking to each other on opposite screens…

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

The grand finale is of course – the best way to exit a museum I’ve ever encountered… GIANT SLIDES! But being 7 months pregnant, I thought I better take the boring safe route and leave the fun to my partner.

On my exit, I did get to see the awesome tunnels that we made our way through on the way in and really appreciate the magnitude of them – as you have no clue how long you’ve been walking when you are inside!

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

I made it down just in time to see Barney’s grand exit…

Adventures With Isla Blog Carsten Höller: Decision

Tickets start at £13.50 for an adult & £10 for a child. The exhibition runs until Sunday 6th September. To book just click here.