Bring Your Own Mum Event By Not On The High Street

On Thursday I attended a special Mothers Day event organised by online retailer, Not On The High Street. I was among a handful of bloggers selected by Mumsnet to attend their Bring Your Own Mum (BYOM) event.

My mum and I glammed up for the event and headed over to No 5 Cavendish House, a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse near Oxford Circus. We were excited to spend some quality time together in a unique setting. As soon as we arrived, we were whisked away to the private room upstairs, where we were offered champagne and cocktails. The room was beautifully decorated with a range of products available on the Not On The High Street website, including chic looking telephones, handmade bowls and paper flowers.


Holly Tucker, CEO and Founder of Not On The High Street opened the event. She talked about the inspiration behind this event, to celebrate motherhood and talked about her own mother, who supported her during the struggles of setting up her online retail business. Odette Toilette introduced us to a vintage perfume experience, talking us through the various popular fragrances from different time periods. She handed out colourful feathers sprayed with familiar scents from the decadent 1920s to the 1980s, including memorable fragrances such as Anais Anais and White Musk. It was a fascinating discussion, that was followed up by comedian Shappy Khorsandi, who had us all in fits of laughter relaying her experiences as a mother. She managed to slip in a few naughty stories, which made everyone chuckle, including my rather conservative mother. It certainly was one of the highlights of the night.


The night also included lots of delicious canapés including, mini halloumi burgers, miniature fish and chips, mushroom risotto and mini meringue tarts. Just what was needed to soak up all the free flowing booze.


My mum and I had a lovely night out, and we got to meet some other lovely bloggers and their mums. We left on a high with gorgeous goodie bags, which included a handy make up bag, a cupcake in a tin – which my husband has already attacked – and a beautiful collection of thank you cards.


I’d like to thank Not On The High Street and Mumsnet for inviting me to this special event.

Not On The High Street has a beautiful collection of gifts and experiences for Mothers Day.  So if you are still looking for the perfect gift, do check out their website. Its the perfect site when looking for unique presents for any occasion, or a treat for yourself.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Mumsnet Research Panel, a group of parents who have agreed to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product, or to attend an event. I have full editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    Morgan @ Peaches, Please!

    I love the concept of a BYOM night. Sounds like you guys had a great time!

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Tina Anand

      It really was. It was nice to be able to bring my mum along to the event and share the experience with her.

  • Posted March 24, 2014

    glamorous glutton

    I love Not On The High Street and I’ve been buying from them for years. This sounds like a wonderful event, a really enjoyable evening. GG

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Tina Anand

      I agree, the website stocks some amazing presents that aren’t available anywhere else (as the name suggests!) Our friends got married last year and I found a Snellen chart with letters spelling out their names, as well as the date and location of their marriage. Being doctors, they loved it.

  • Posted March 24, 2014


    What a lovely event, sounds like a lot of fun.
    Janie x

  • Posted March 24, 2014


    I am a big fan of Not on the High street, love the sound of this event !The mention of Anais Anais brings back some happy ”frangranced” memories 🙂 Cheers! M

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Tina Anand

      Me too. The talk by Odette was fascinating. She runs vintage scent sessions in London, with lots of prosecco and cakes from my favourite place, Konditor Cooks. Makes for a fun girly day out.

  • Posted March 24, 2014


    What a lovely evening for you and your mom to share, great fun!

  • Posted March 24, 2014


    Fab event 🙂 Makes me miss my Mummy so much! Wish she was closer so I could take her somewhere for pampering session just for two of us 😉 She deserves it!

  • Posted March 24, 2014

    Fuss Free Helen

    I just love Not on The High Street – so many amazing items! Sounds like you had a good time.

  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    What a lovely thing to do with you mum. Fun sounding goody bags too.

  • Posted March 25, 2014


    what gorgeous photos and what a lovely event! Hope you BOTH had a fab time

  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Looks like you had a great time 🙂

  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Eat Your Veg

    Sounds like a lovely night out with your Mum, and great to come home with a goodie bag. Some great stuff on the site too!

  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Karen Burns Booth

    What a lovely idea and such a great night by the sounds of it too!

  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Janice @FarmersgirlCook

    Sounds like you had fun. There are some lovely gifts on ‘Not on the High Street’

  • Posted March 30, 2014


    Champagne, cocktails, canapes? Yes please!

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