Our wedding is coming up really soon, and so it’s the time of year for hen and stag parties! I had my hen party at the weekend, and it was so much fun!
I wanted to keep things pretty low-key, I’ve not had a big night out since my university days, and I’m not sure if my feet would’ve been able to take it! Instead, I wanted a nice, laid back weekend with all my closest friends.
The hen party started on the Friday night, with those who could make it down a little earlier, and we went out to one of my favourite restaurants, BIRD in Shoreditch and then went to watch Book of Mormon at the theatre. If you haven’t seen it – it’s so hilarious and such a brilliant musical to watch with friends… You’ll come away with about 10 new in-jokes and you’ll be quoting it all night long.
On the Saturday morning the four of us went for breakfast, and then came back to my apartment and started getting ready for the evening. I love getting ready with my girls, and doing make-up and hair, so this was one of my favourite parts of the day.
As the afternoon went on more and more people joined us at the flat, and then at 5pm we headed over to the venue.
I did feel a little bit of pressure on the night, as all I really wanted was for everyone to have an amazing time and get along. I’ve never been a big fan of throwing parties in my own honour (as a kid I never had big birthday parties, because it made me so nervous) but I realised pretty quickly that all my amazing friends were just hoping I had a great night too, so that eased my anxiety a little! I hope they all did, I know I did
We hired a private room at a local bar and played some silly hen-party games first off, if you haven’t played the loo-roll game I can’t recommend it enough. It gets everyone laughing, breaks the ice and is just generally hilarious. The idea is, in teams, you create a wedding dress out of toilet paper within a time limit.
Here are the dresses we came up with…
After the games, we had a cocktail masterclass for an hour and a half in the same room. The actual cocktail making side of things went out the window after the first two drinks – and we all just started making our own concoctions and inventions. I think I probably drank more than anyone else there (whenever someone’s drink went wrong, it got put in my hands haha). The venue we had chosen weren’t strict or stingy with the drink quantities either, which was brilliant.
After the drinking we sat down for a meal in the restaurant downstairs, and enjoyed some of the AMAZING cake my sister had ordered for the hen party. The cake was probably the most impressive cake I’ve EVER seen.
After that we went onto another cocktail bar nearby and enjoyed some more drinks. Luckily none of us woke up too hungover – which is good news ha!