Ana’s DIY Hen Party

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I must warn you, this will be a very picture heavy post, and lengthy, so grab a cuppa and settle in – because I’m so pleased with how our little group project turned out, that I’m positively bursting to share this with you all!

2015 has very much been the year of the “Hen” (and the year of the weddings that follow the hen) and it’s unfortunate that money constraints don’t allow us to fully enjoy the whole hen experience, one of my best friends is getting married in September and we all found ourselves being unable to celebrate the whole weekend of her hen (which was last night) with her, so we decided to throw her, her own hen, just the five of us.

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A sleepover was obvious, we did this practically every weekend when we were growing up, so what more excuse do we need to lounge in our PJ’s, eat pizza, drink cocktails and chat rubbish?! unfortunately, unlike our 13/14 year old selves, who didn’t stop talking about who was fit that week, we didn’t discuss who was fit that week because the majority of us are in relationships/already married and apparently “the hottie of the week” stays the same day in, day out.. OH how times have changed.

Planning was key, so our “The Hen” board on Pinterest became my evenings for weeks, obsessively searching ideas for the perfect hen sleepover, looking at what the other girls had pinned (and yes, I’m forever Googling how to screenshot on a Mac, I’ve said it before, I am so not worthy) Wunderlist and Evernote became my two very reliable and helpful technological bffs and the ever present WhatsApp was exploding with notifications from “Anas’s Hen doooo” almost hourly.

My favourite part was the decorating of our venue (being Hayley’s party conservatory)

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From our Pinterest board, we replicated a “Cheers Bitches” banner, you can purchase on Etsy, I’m one of those people who see things and rather than spend out, be like “I can make that!” and give it a bloody good go… however, glitter doesn’t like to stick whilst hanging from a window, soo… glitter, EVERYWHERE. But you know, looked pretty. We also decorated some Frexinet (if anyone can tell me how to pronounce it, you get major points) bottles and made labels and attached straws. One of the girls purchase mason jar glasses and I made the labels, so we all had a personalised glass each and we made everything as girly as possible in terms of decor. Pink everything (including lemonade), doilies and cute popcorn tubs for crisps and nibbles. My favourite touch -which I didn’t get a photo of! – was small cereal boxes with a spoon ribboned onto them for breakfast the next morning (Coco Pops for the win!)

Now, if you’re expecting tales of riotous behaviour and sordid gossip, we disappoint, having spending most of our time apart with young families, hectic work schedules and the hen living in London, our time together is usually very short, being in a room together, the 5 of us for more than an hour is rare, so we made the most of it by talking and talking and talking. I was recovering from a nasty bug so food and alcohol completely surpassed me too, annoyingly because it looked so pretty.

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Additional touches were sleepover packs that had a toothbrush, a pen, party poppers, some sweets and a hot chocolate sachet, provided by Hayley. Which went down a treat, especially a pen that went round your neck! how handy is that? I’m forever losing pens, ha ha! not anymore…

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Emma and Louise did a sweeeeet job on entertainment (cheers Pinterest!) Louise stumped us all with the most difficult cocktail quiz ever written and Emma came up with a “How well do you know the Bride?” and a “Guess the film”

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Ana and Joe’s faces on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, will always stick with me… can you guess the films?

Hayley’s “Mr and Mrs” quiz went down well, we surprised Ana with pictures of Joe giving the answers, her reaction was the cutest.

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Girl did good, only got one wrong, which was disputed as Joe had actually got the answer wrong himself, clever boy…

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As day turned into evening…. we cracked out some stylish cocktail tea pots (we prebought, we regret this decision – always make them yourself or risk losing your teeth to sugar intake) and the pizza… and we spoiled Ana rotten with a Wedding Day emergency kit and a year of dates board we made, wines to mark a year of firsts and some wedding bits we had all seen.

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Being the adults we are, who isn’t inclined to cutting and sticking?! ever wanted to make your dream wedding mood board? complete with celeb bridesmaids and groomsmen? If I am completely honest, the wedding we concocted on paper really isn’t far off the upcoming one..

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Lady Gaga is totally a bridesmaid and my date is Channing Tatum (but shh, he really hates it when I make things like that public)

We surprised Ana by disappearing and reappearing wearing matching pyjamas, complete with sleep masks – but we didn’t leave out the hen, surprising her with her very own set, with matching silk Bride dressing gown and garter, just in case she forgot the reason she was there…..

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Ever tried to smile for a photo wearing a mask? especially when the person taking the photo actually walks off and hides without telling you…. we looked stupid. We were stood there ages smiling like idiots! but we got a few in.

We settled in our duvet fort, cracked out the face masks, nail polish and pampered ourselves whilst watching Cool Runnings, perfect end to the perfect day. I hope Ana enjoyed herself (I know she did) but a personalising her hen was a lot of fun and quite inexpensive. Plus, it gives you a great chance to be creative and spend time with your friends, especially when that time involves crafting and a lot of red wine..

Happy Hen!!

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