It was my sister’s hen weekend in Bath this bank holiday and as the chief hen organiser (self labelled title) I have spent the last few weeks planning activities, accommodation and party favours. So I thought I’d put together a post on my tips and ideas.
Tip – personalise almost everything
People love personalised favours. It looks cute, personal to your guests and the hen and they can take it away as a souvenir of the weekend. I may have gone a bit personalised crazy…
I bought very cheap wine glasses from Asda, and sprayed chalkboard paint on the foot of the glass, so people could write their names on their glasses using chalk and have their glass for the weekend.
We may not be 5 years old anymore but who doesn’t love getting sweets in their goody bags? I filled each bag with Haribo ring and heart sweets and personalised mini Love Hearts that read ‘Aneeka’s Hen Weekend’ with the date.
I stole this idea off the queen of cute ideas, Lauren Conrad. She, or her chief hen organiser had the brilliant idea of getting personalised transferable tattoos which read, ‘I belong with Lauren’s Hen/Bachelorette Party, if lost please buy me a drink. I thought this was such a fun little touch, so I naturally copied!
Not unusual but most hen parties get either t-shirts, badges or sashes made with the bride’s name and date.
I also saw this idea floating around the Internet (what would we do without it eh?!) and thought it was an inexpensive thing to add to the goodie bag and will make people laugh. I bought little mesh pouches, printed off ‘Hangover Kit’ labels and filled it with a sheet of paracetamol, mint chewing gum and a plaster.
Hen parties are all about embarrassing the bride-to-be, and a great way to do this is to get her to dress up as something silly and make her wear it in public.
There are many things that are considered to be “cheeky” in the British restaurant scene. Nandos (so cheeky that news of it even made it across the pond), Prezzo, Wagamamas (otherwise known as “Wags”) & Vapiano (“Vaps”).
It’s true what they say, “When a man is tired of Italian food, he is tired of life”. Ok I might have slightly tweaked the Oscar Wilde quote but it’s very fitting for Italian cuisine, don’t you think?
The nice people at Vapiano invited me down to review the place for them and I must admit it wasn’t my first time at Vapiano. Vaps is my usual go-to place when I want a quick lunch break from shopping on Oxford Street, because it’s yummy, quick (but try to avoid going at 1pm!) and fairly cheap! The whole idea is that you queue up with your tray at the station you want (i.e. pizza, pasta, salad etc) order your dish and watch it being made in front of you. You then go find a seat on the benches. Much like a school canteen, without the evil dinner ladies and mushy peas.
The atmosphere is chilled, which makes it a great shopping pit stop and the food never disappoints.
Must-haves from me are the penne arrabiata (surprise, surprise) with extra mozerrella, the fresh bread (which comes free!) and the panna cotta.
Shu-mazing factor – 7/10
Many thanks to Vapiano for the invite. Although they did invite me to review the place, all views are my own. Promise!
Now I’m not much of a risk taker. This applies to most things in life. Whether it’s my fashion choices or my Prezzo order, I often to stick the safe option. And if any of you are wondering what my Prezzo order is; it’s always been and will always be a penne arrabiata, with a side salad and a honeycomb cheese. Yum.
My sister and I picked up this New York skyline kitsch bag in a random market in Malaysia in 2004 for about a fiver. Since then, it has been left at the back of the wardrobe along with my very trendy trouser-skirts (someone bring these bad boys back!).
I have often brought it out to attempt to style it but have never been brave enough on the reason it simply being a bit “kray”, but yesterday, I decided to take a risk and just do it! I teamed it up with my fave ASOS suede skirt, Topshop 70s crop top, a hat and simple school-like shoes. Sure, it’s probably not to everyone’s taste, but then again not everyone likes the honeycomb cheesecake at Prezzo. These kind of people, are crazy.
skirt – ASOS | top – Topshop | shoes – Topshop (similar here) | hat – Primark | bag – Malaysian market | necklace – vintage