It was my hen party on Saturday! Last fling before the ring etc etc!!! I am now officially on the countdown to becoming a Mrs.
Planning a hen party is difficult. There seems to be huge expectations attached to it and the celebrations often involve a whole weekend (sometimes even a week!), sometimes abroad and usually involve quite a lot of money from all those invited. I was adamant that I wanted something simple, nothing tacky and nothing that involved my friends and family having to pay loads of cash up front and, more importantly, involved my bridesmaids having to spend hours chasing up payments and organizing! And nothing cringe – no strippers allowed!
My five bridesmaids with help from my mum did an amazing job of planning and setting up a stunning picnic in Greenwich Park with a ‘festival’ theme (I love my festivals!) and it was absolutely perfect! They went to a lot of trouble and there were a lot of extra touches which I wasn’t expecting like my mum made a flower photo booth for us to use to take our selfies and homemade personalized cupcakes with little pictures of me and Paul on them! So cute. It was the little details that made it so special for me, instead of a sash or tiara my cousin made me a ‘bride-to-be’ badge to wear, we had bunches of gypsophelia on the table and all the food was homemade. It was perfect for me 🙂
How lucky we were with the weather! In the weeks leading up to it I was terrified that our garden party would be ruined by rain or a freezing wind but thank goodness the UK decided to bust out a heatwave and we were blessed with a balmy 23 degrees!
After a few hours of champagne and cake in the park we engaged in some hilarious ‘school sports day’ games (even more hilarious with a few drinks having been consumed) like the sack race, egg and spoon and the 3-legged race and I managed to lead my team to a convincing victory! We also provided some good entertainment for the other park-goers that day and became a bit of a tourist attraction!!!
In the evening we went out to Shoreditch to ‘Trapeze Bar’ which is a circus themes bar with yummy cocktails for a bit of a dance. As we had been celebrating for most of the afternoon we didn’t last much longer than midnight but it was still enough time to hit the dance floor and get a few drinks in.
The best thing about the day was seeing all my (female) friends and family and the girls that I love in one place all getting on and getting to know each other before my wedding. I feel truly blessed to have such lovely ladies in my life.