A group of us hosted a hen night for a second wedding for one of our close friends last weekend. It was difficult to know how to get the right balance. She has four children who we wanted to ensure were part of the evening, which meant spending the evening at a bar or restaurant was going to be difficult. Nor could we march around London singing loudly and trying to put ice down the front of the trousers of any random man. This was one of the “Dares” I had bought as an additional fun game to play – they nearly all consisted of doing something like burying your head in the chest of the nearest man, or snogging a randomer….not ideal when you have grown up children in tow!
We also had to consider the latest Covid restrictions as well as costs. We clearly weren’t going to be able to fly off to St Tropez for the weekend – it was all just too difficult to risk having flights and borders cancelled at the last minute.
So we kept it local and did it at my house:-
Here is the bride to be with her gorgeous girls:-
So we decided to hire a “Flair” Cocktail maker for the evening. That way we could enjoy having at least one poor man to entertain the group of women we were allowed to invite under the current restrictions. However, not one, but two of the men went down with Covid just days before they were due to arrive and so at the last minute, we ended up with a female mixologist. To be honest, after the initial disappointment of hosting a female only event, she was brilliant. The cocktails she made were divine – Porn Star Martinis, Strawberry Daiquiris, Mohito’s and a number of others were all on the list and she was a fabulous addition to the evening.
As my friend’s favourite colour is pink, we asked everyone to add a touch of pink, either to their outfits, or to the food everyone brought. Her daughters managed to find a classy sash with no sign of a penis on anything and we all spent a wonderful evening laughing, drinking and dancing. There was one nod to the hen game we played – “Prosecco Pong” whereby you had to get the pink ping pong ball into the prosecco glass, but apart from that, we avoided any other games.
It was a wonderfully happy and relaxed evening and more than anything I think our friend was delighted just to have her girls and all her friends together in one room. Her fiancé was out with a group of male friends for dinner at the local pub, so we all joined forces at the end and broke all the hen night rules (we were outside, so we didn’t break the Covid rules).
She can’t wait to be married to the love of her life and there is much excitement about the wedding day. This will be the first second wedding I have been invited to, but sure it won’t be the last. I didn’t get the invite to my ex-husband’s second wedding, funnily enough.
Me and the bride to be – I’m sitting down! Not tiny….