Around here it seems to be common for brides to have not one, but two hen parties - one away and one at home, for the friends and family members who couldn't make it to Edinburgh/Ibiza/Vegas/wherever your 'maids whisked you off to! I hadn't planned on doing anything after my Edinburgh adventures, but the girls had other ideas. After much deliberation we swapped an intoxicated tea party at a local pub for a DIY version at my house. Literally a "home" henny!
I fired out a quick Facebook invite to my nearest and dearest (and you know, the ones I had to ask... jks!) asking them all to come along and bring some booze and/or food of their choice. Among my family we have a gluten free/vegetarian sister, vegan sister in law and an intolerant to everything cousin! The BYO option meant that we could make sure everybody was well catered for but I was blown away by just how many of my guests went to the effort of baking and bringing food! I've literally never seen so much food in one place.
We had Chinese starters, a key lime pie, Orkney fudge cheesecake, home baked Millie's cookies, vegan meringues, vegan fudge, cupcakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches, veggie fingers, an abundance of crisps and dip and literally every party food you could think of! I made up pitchers of strawberry daiquiris and passed around jugs full of Pimm's, and I can't even tell you how many bottles of Prosecco we made our way through!
My sister and chief bridesmaid Laura took over the décor and surprised me with a theme! I did not expect to walk into a house full of Tiffany blue balloons when I got home from the hairdressers! Laura had pulled out all the stops with the Breakfast at Tiffany's vibes. She had handpainted mine and Gordon's initials, sprinkled silver hearts across my units, hung pom poms from the ceiling, framed quotes from the book and propped some NYC cushions up around the house. A DIY photobooth and props included long black gloves and a Holly Golightly-esque eye mask, all of which went down a storm with the boozy selfie takers!
The girls arrived and the games began! Each guest was handed four pegs, which they had to attach to themselves... any time someone said the word "wedding" or "bride" you had to steal their peg, the winner being the lady with the most pegs by the end of the evening! There was a bit of cheating going on but hey, it's worth it when the prize is vodka right?!
Later in the evening we played a pin the bouquet on the bride game (I imagine this is a far tamer version than most hen parties, haha!) and had a handbag scavenger hunt. Which resulted in the contents of my bedroom being turned upside down... I'm still finding earrings in the strangest places! A wedding predictions game was good fun, with the girls guessing everything from what my dress would be like to what song we'd have our first dance to and who would be first to cry on the big day. Turned out to be my wee brother who cried over breakfast... nobody saw that coming!
My favourite and most memorable part of the entire night however, came in the form of a big silver box and a wooden board... I was completely overwhelmed by the kind and thoughtful ladies who generously contributed to my wedding countdown! It's a concept I've never heard of before but one I'll be sure to remember when my best ladies tie the knot!
Each of my hens who'd spent the weekend with me in Edinburgh had wrapped a small gift to be opened individually - one a day in the last fortnight leading up to the wedding. Every morning I woke up excited to see what was next! A miniature of my wedding day perfume, gift voucher for my shellac, a personalised wooden ring box and a rubber stamp of our wedding date and initials... there are just some of the gifts I was so lucky to recieve! They were all so pretty, handy and meaningful, and I can't thank my girls enough for all the hard work and love that went into this and my second henny!