How to throw the best royal wedding viewing party!

If you aren’t lucky enough to be heading to Windsor on May 19th, the next best way to join in the fun is to gather a group of girlfriends and host a royal wedding viewing party. Read on to find out how to throw the best one ever….

Decide on the dress code

Depending on your time zone and your group of friends, your dress code might be replikate, British morning dress or even a pyjama party- just don’t forget, head ware- fascinator, hat or tiara is compulsory!

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Get over the top on the British decorations

Stop by the Middleton family business party pieces to shop their best of British range to pick up fabulous union jack decorations including bunting, cups and flags.

Worried about shipping not arriving in time? Stop by Etsy where you can buy some decoration packs you can instantly download, such as this one by the royal hamster which includes bunting, place cards, cupcake flags and invitations.

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Fresh flowers will make a wonderful addition to your decorations. Take inspiration from the flowers Harry and Meghan have chosen for their big day and decorate with white roses and peonies.

Add the best British food

Think traditional British high tea fare like cucumber sandwiches, miniature cakes and scones. Now is the time to dust off your copy of Celebrate by Pippa Middleton and turn to the spring section for some wonderful cake and sandwich recipes fit for any tea party.

You might also like to make Prince Williams favourite treat, a chocolate biscuit cake or take inspiration from Harry and Meghan’s lemon and elder flower wedding cake by making champange and elder-flower cupcakes.

Add the drinks

Champagne is a must to toast the happy couple but also make up a festive jug of Pimms punch, its sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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No British inspired gathering is complete without tea. My favourite is the wedding breakfast blend from Fortnum and Mason but your favourite blend of Earl Grey or English breakfast are also fine choices.

Add the fun

Invite Harry and Meaghan to your shindig or instantly download this 20 piece British photo booth party pack to entertain your guests and ensure you have some great photo keepsakes of the day.

Don’t forget the take home gift

A little gift box with a biscuit from Biscuiteers royal wedding box makes a memorable take home gift or make your own biscuits with a Queen Elizabeth cookie cutter. Throw in a pretty or novelty tea bag like these royal family ones and your guest will be looking for an invitation to come back for Princess Eugenie’s wedding later this year.

Share with me any other hints or tips you have to make your party memorable!

Kylie

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The Best Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For The British At Heart & Duchesses In Training

So ladies, this is one post to hand over to your husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends or yourself if you plan to buy a little Valentine’s day treat for yourself  (don’t worry, I plan to as well, go on, we deserve it!). Today I will be looking at the best Valentines day presents available for those who are British at heart or Duchess’s in training.

Jo Malone

Jo Malone is my go to favorite British company to buy perfumes, scented bath products and housewares such as candles. For Duchesses in training you can’t go past the orange blossom candle which Kate used inside Westminster Abbey during the Royal wedding to give the church a lovely English summer garden smell. You could also go the traditional route and give red roses, albeit in the form of a Jo Malone cologne. If you are buying for someone who is more of a peony lover like me there is also a wonderful range of products in the peony and blush suede scent.

http://www.jomalone.com.au/

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater is a wonderful British company that make earthenware products at their factory in Stoke on Trent. The best products they sell for Valentines day are their range of Mr and Mrs products, pink hearts or for something really special, they have a selection of tea pots, mugs, plates and bowls that you can have personalized with your own romantic message.

http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/en/uk/page/home

Replikateit Fashion Prints

If you have not yet come across Brittany’s wonderful range of fashion illustration prints on etsy, get ready to discover a whole new way to indulge your Kate fashion obsession! I have several of her wonderful single fashion prints hanging in my bedroom and you are still able to purchase her poster prints through her etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/RepliKateIt?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Quaintly & co British Lifestyle Subscription Boxes

My top pick for an ultra romantic Valentines day gift for the British at heart is a subscription to a British lifestyle box from Quaintly and co. What the lucky recipient will get is a monthly delivery filled with all British soured artisan products with each box curated around a theme. Past themes have included tea time, British baking and Sherlock homes. They have a range of plans in place from single box buys to ongoing subscriptions.

http://www.quaintly-uk.com/

What’s In My Lush Valentine’s Day Shopping Bag?

If you are a regular follower of my Instagram account you will know that I am a big fan of Lush bath products and of baths in general! My love affair with Lush started with their very cute range of fantastic selling bath bombs and grew as I found out that they do not conduct any animal testing on their products and they are a British company and as you all know I love anything that’s British.

I stopped by my local Lush store on the weekend to pick up some bath products from the new Valentine’s day range. Here is a closer look of what is in my Lush shopping bag.

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The first bath bomb I used was the citrus smelling yellow and orange ‘over and over’ bath bomb. A delicious mix of uplifting orange and lime smells filled the bathroom as the outer layer dissolved into a little explosion of pink which ended up being the colour of the bath. Full of cocoa butter it left my skin very soft and nourished. I added to the decadence of the bath by enjoying some salted caramel ice cream as well.

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Next up is the lady bird bubble bar. So cute I was almost scared to use it, I will be going back to stock up on these. They are designed to be run under the tap and last 2-3 baths each, filling the bath with scent, oil and bubbles. It has a delicious candy smell and is packed with peppermint and germanium oil for a fresh and nourishing feel.

Roses were naturally used extensively in the valentine’s day range and I purcased the sex bomb bath bomb and the rose jam bubbleroon. With the similar floral scents they were very complimentary when used together. The bomb was full of jasmine which is both highly relaxing and an ancient aphrodisiacc. The bubbleroon range are inspired by macarons, with the two halves being held together with a shea butter icing, remove one side and use with a bath bomb to add bubbles, then for a later bath use the butter centre and other bubble bar side to make their own decadent bath.

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Lastly I bought the lover lamp bath bomb. It has a delicious vanilla scent and is full of cocoa butter to leave your skin soft and nourished. The little hearts pop out of the bomb as well, filling the bath, leaving you floating in hearts!

I looking forward to sharing with you some more of my Valentines day plans soon!