Well we all know what happens on tour stays on tour – but I just had to share with you some of the highlights of my recent hen weekend. If you are a bridesmaid planning your friend’s hen – or if you just like a bit of a girly weekend, read on. If you like juicy details about late night reveling, feather boas and weekends away without the lads… well there’ll be none of that here. *Ahem*
Well after months of red herrings from Karen and my bridesmaids, loose-lipped friends avoiding me, and subtle hints from myself, the surprise hen weekend kicked off on a Friday evening with a 50s themed girls’ night in at Bride and Joy towers. I wanted to have the bridesmaids round so they could get to know each other a little better. So we all dressed kinda fifties, drank Coke from glass bottles (among other things) and ate burgers and chips. And the cupcakes. Oh the cupcakes! My DIY bunting came in handy, and it matched the cupcake liners, the napkins and even Katie’s dress!
I still had no clue where we were going the following day and in fairness to the girls, they didn’t make me any the wiser.
Cat out of the Bag:
I had suspicions when we hit the N3 that we were going to the Radisson Farnham Estate but I really didn’t want to get my hopes up… it wasn’t til we turned in the drive and Karen handed me an invitation – to my Sex and the City theme hen – that I was able to get really excited.
We arrived in and there was already a crowd gathered. We checked in, duly hit the spa and had our treatments, relaxed in the thermal suite and had some good wholesome lunch in the spa. As we were all wearing bath robes, I thought better of putting photos up. When the sun went down we met in the Bride-to-be’s room for cocktails, name badges and swag bags before descending on the dining room in suitably SATC attire.
I was presented with the classiest hen party get-up I’ve ever seen – which quite serendipitously happened to match my outfit rather nicely (my shoes and bag were hot pink too), and there wasn’t sight nor sound of paraphernalia – which I had attempted to ban but never really expected to evade. And check out my cake – very Sex and the City – I especially like the skyline detail along the side. I have to hand it to the girls, they thought of everything!
After the dinner, we went up to a private sitting room in the old part of the hotel – beautiful surroundings for some girly chats, and a wee bit of nostalgia.
Katie lives in Denmark and has been to a lot of Danish hen parties. She had told me there were some Danish games she wanted us to do for mine, and they were ‘nice’. I was dying to find out what it was…
Danish Hen Party Game
All the hens buy the bride-to-be an inexpensive, thoughtful present that will remind her of a shared memory with the giver. They are all given to the bride in a box, unmarked. The fun bit is when the bride opens the gifts and tries to figure out who it’s from and what the story behind it is.
I’d say I got about 90% of them, but there were a few that had me utterly baffled. I got there in the end.
Then Bróna had got a memory book for everyone to write a little note to me in, and stick photos in. It’s a lovely keepsake to have all my friends together in one book. And some dodgy teenage pics, who doesn’t love a few of them!
And after a few trips and diversions down memory lane, we headed down to the Cellar Bar and that’s where this story ends.
Hope you bridesmaids out there found this inspirational! Thanks so much to all the lovely ladies who came along and helped to make it magic, and especially to my gorgeous bridesmaids Karen, Siobhan, Bróna and Katie!
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