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Alisha’s Baby Shower at The Covent Garden Hotel

Baby Showers have always been popular in the USA but I think more and more we’re adopting the tradition in the UK, I’ve been to a fair few now as many of my friends are taking that big step into motherhood. To be fair, I can’t think of a better excuse to celebrate, as if my friends and I needed one to drink champagne and eat cake!

I met mum-to-be, Alisha, whilst working at boutique hotel specialists, Mr and Mrs Smith and of course our love for luxury hotels cemented a firm and lasting friendship between us.


So when she asked my opinion on somewhere great for afternoon tea, I suggested The Covent Garden Hotel part of the boutique hotel collection, The Firmdale Group. I’ve loved the hotel and the others in the group for a while and I’d had lovely food and service a couple of weeks ago when I went to their film club for brunch and a viewing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Alisha had booked a lovely private room in the hotel’s basement with the usual bright and bold fabrics and furnishings that have become synonymous with the Firmdale hotels. I mentioned in my previous post that owner Kit Kemp designed all the hotels in the collection, she even designed the gorgeous china above.


Alisha is an incredibly thoughtful person, and though it was her special day, she’d put together goody bags for all of her guests which included home-made gingerbread…

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I think from the colour of the bags you can tell the gender of the baby…

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I was excited to start the tea with a glass of Pommery which reminded me of our recent trip to Cannes as The Majestic Hotel had it’s own Pommery bar; the champagne is definitely a favourite of mine and I love the crisp, biscuity taste. DSC_6012

Afternoon tea at the Covent Garden hotel

Big trays of sandwiches were bought in for our party of twelve, containing the traditional ham and mustard, cucumber, egg and smoked salmon. The vast amount that they bought us meant that I could have more than my normal ration of smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches!

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Fluffy scones came next with big pots of cream and jam…


Alisha is actually an Aussie ex-pat who moved to the UK for love….and her mum had come all the way from Sydney to spend sometime with Alisha before and after having the baby.

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The cakes were real beauties: a strawberry and chocolate tart bursting with whipped cream, lemon meringue pie, banana cake, a chocolate brownie and a pretty chocolate and pistachio opera cake decorated with a treble clef. With the chocolate brownie declared the firm favourite it was time for Alisha to open her presents…


In true tradition we’d showered her with gifts, those that already had children bought her useful presents such as nappy cream etc, and those of us that didn’t have a clue about babies bought pretty dresses for the little one.


Sorry for a slightly blurry photo, our lovely waiter risked breaking his neck by precariously balancing on chair to take this pic! All part of the service at The Covent Garden Hotel 😉 It really was a lovely day for Alisha, and the perfect venue for a baby shower…lots of luck to Alisha and her family and I look forward to meeting the new addition!

  • It looks like the sweetest baby shower! x

  • Lovely event and venue and what a great way to do a baby shower in style. Also learned that you worked at Mr & Mrs Smith via this post. How interesting! Will you give us a post one day on behind the scenes there?

    • Ha! To be honest I worked there about five years ago and it’s very different now, much bigger and more staff.
      Lots of love,

  • Catherine Lux

    It looks like such a gorgeous afternoon!

    C x | Lux Life

  • What a lovely afternoon tea! Looks like a great way to celebrate a new addition to the family!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • That’s one baby shower I wouldn’t have grumbled about attending!

    Victoria x


  • I love baby showers & the chance to spoil Momma!

  • I absolutely love the tradition of baby showers and it’s definitely something we should embrace in the UK. I’ve never actually been to one 🙁

    Looks like a perfect celebration! Can’t believe Mum to be found time and energy to do goodie bags – Wonder Woman!

    Chloe x

    • I’ve actually organised a few myself now! Bless her it was such a sweet thing to do!

  • So excited for these to start happening in my life! Hotel and tea looks lovely 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • I’m not sure how I feel about baby showers but I’d never say no to the opportunity to eat more cake! x

  • I’ve got a couple of friends who will be having baby showers and I wouldn’t have thought to buy them nappy cream but maybe I should 😉 Well that and a nice outfit!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • I never would have either! I actually got her a cute baby bowl 🙂
      Lots of love,

  • Lucy

    What a lovely place to have a baby shower and it looks like Alisha got spoilt rotten. The cakes look divine Lucy x

    • She did, but she was also kind enough to spoil us 🙂
      Lots of love,


  • Love and Limoncello

    It looks like Alisha had a wonderful afternoon celebrating. Your post makes me think that my friends will be doing this soon. xx

  • I really enjoy a good baby shower, and this is definitely the most sophisticated one I have ever seen! I am a little bit in love with that china 🙂

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

  • Vaida Tamošauskaitė

    such a lovely photos! everything looks dreamy 🙂

  • Looks like such a beautiful little baby shower. Congratulations to Alisha on her baby girl! Love the fact that even though there’s a baby shower, there’s champagne!

    Katie <3

    • Exactly!! When is there a bad time for champagne 😉
      Lots of love,

  • I am honestly so in love with those little treble clef opera cakes! Will have to make those for my next muso friend’s birthday 🙂 What a great place to have a shower – congratulations to Alisha, so exciting for her! xx

    • Aren’t they totally gorgeous and really colourful too! I can’t wait to meet the new addition!
      Lots of love,

  • Wonderful pictures! It must have been a great event! 🙂

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