Hen Party in London
It feels like so long since my hen party but it was only last month! My hen party in London was only a week before the wedding so that those flying over from Australia and Canada could also attend. Being so close to the big day, I was so grateful to my amazing sister/maid of honour who, with the help of my bridesmaids, organised the whole thing as a surprise. All I had to do on the morning was get ready and then turn up at my parents’ house. I didn’t go with the classic white bridal hen look, but wore a black dress from & Other Stories that happened to have a ‘feathery’ texture which fitted in with the hen theme quite well!
The whole day was so thoughtfully put together with a creative activity, games, delicious food and partying. It was such a surreal and happy feeling to have friends from another life in Australia standing in my parents’ kitchen along with friends from school. My mum and sister had baked lots of food and decorated the space with photos and colourful bunting. We played a few games, looked at old photos and caught up with everyone whilst consuming lots of cake and champagne.
The next stop was painting pottery at a private room in the Pottery Cafe in Fulham. My sister Martha and my brother’s girlfriend had put together a top playlist which we listened to while painting and chatting away. Martha did a very good job at ensuring that the bubbly was flowing at all times. We each painted our own piece while a big plate was passed around for each person to paint me a hen to keep, which was the sweetest idea!
Meal at Villandry
Luckily the whole day was organised indoors because it was chucking it down outside. We bundled into various Ubers and I failed to give two Australians and a Canadian a comprehensive tour of London as we drove through the rain. We arrived at Villandry for dinner which the girls had decorated with confetti balloons and banners in advance. It was beautiful! We started with espresso martinis (my fave) and then had delicious food and lots of wine while each bridesmaid hosted a game to play altogether. It was such a good way to get everyone chatting and find out some funny facts (!).
Dancing at Mabel’s
After the meal my mum and mum-in-law peeled off with a couple of tired jet-lagged girls whilst the rest of us headed for more cocktails and dancing! I thought I’d just keep my veil on for the start of the day but once I had it on I didn’t want to take it off. It’s not often you get to wear a veil in life, right! We spent the evening dancing away at Mabel’s, the perfect ending to such a fun day.
The next day, my Mum and sister presented me with a book they had put together, with messages of advice, loads of photos, lipstick kisses, and a page from each friend with a handwritten letter of memories, and photos. It is the loveliest keepsake from the weekend! If you are planning a hen party, I definitely think it’s a good formula to have an activity, a meal, games, and drinks to keep it simple and also have things to do together if not everyone knows each other that well.
I’m in the process of putting together lots of blog posts about the wedding which I am planning on posting this week, so stay tuned!