My Belated Hen Party
I’ve been meaning to show you all some photos from my belated Hen Weekend that my best friend Rosie threw for me at the end of April. I explained in this post why I was having my Hen Weekend (bachelorette party) five years after getting married!
It was awesome fun, and wonderful to spend a weekend away being pampered, and chilling out with my friends and family.
We went to Oxford for the weekend, and on Friday night me, my friends Ali and Rosie, my Mum, and my sister Katy (she’s behind the camera in the first photo) all stayed at the YHA. We went out for dinner at Giraffe, and then played some card games in the hostel’s bar.
The next morning we moved our cars over to the hotel we’d be staying in on Saturday night, and then wandered into town – our first important stop was breakfast at this lovely cafe:
Where we had some incredibly yummy sausage sandwiches!
Then we ambled around Oxford. I’d been to Oxford a couple of times briefly before, when Rosie used to live near the city, so I knew I wanted to just soak up some of the atmosphere from the grand old buildings:
I had some challenges I had to complete too, one was to find things related to the book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, because C.S. Lewis lived here when he wrote it. It’s said this lamppost was the inspiration for the lamppost in Narnia:
In the afternoon a few more of my friends, Tor, Wendy, and Lucy, arrived. We’d hired a private boat to go on a trip down the river, but when I first got on the boat I was a bit surprised…
Because everyone was wearing masks with my husband’s face on!
It was very funny and really strange to be surrounded by all those Alex’s!
The rest of the boat trip was delightful, we sipped Schloer, ate grapes, crisps and cakes, and I had another challenge to complete – everyone had to write sentences or words about what was going on, and then I had to put them all together as a poem:
Jennifer’s Adventures in Oxfordland:Giggly girlies. Sunshine warms our numb fingers, relaxing Schloer and grapes, ripples and riffles, rainbow paperchains bouncing in the breeze. BIG FAT SCARY SWANS FROWN FACED LADY IN THE WATER TRUMPET MAJOR Calming reflections, laughter, twinkly sunshine, slate grey dappled water, blossoms and fun. Cheers!
After the boat ride we went back to the hotel – The Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel. It’s a gorgeous hotel that felt like a bit of luxury, and we spent some time lazing about in the pool and jacuzzi, before getting all dressed up for our night out.
Hen Parties often have some kind of costume theme, but because mine was a belated celebration I didn’t want to go all-out costume. I decided it should be a masquerade theme, as I had a mask I bought in Venice years ago on a trip with Rosie, and I loved it and don’t get to wear it much. Plus then everyone could wear outfits they liked, and just add a mask to go with them.
I chose a maxi-dress to wear. Me, Rosie and Ali had been to a vintage warehouse the weekend before to choose outfits, and this maxi-dress was actually something Rosie had tried on and was debating buying. As she couldn’t make up her mind I asked if I could try it on, and I loved it so she let me get it instead – isn’t she nice?!
Here we are at the restaraunt, a tapas bar called Kazbar. The service here was very slow, and they spilled food and drink on several of us – one of my friends got the treatment twice – ugh. But the food and cocktails were delicious, and I managed to avoid all the spillages!
At one point I visited the ladies room and returned to the table to another surprise, this time my friends were all wearing Nathan Fillion masks. I have a bit of a crush on this actor, especially from when he played Malcolm Reynolds in Firefly:
They made me laugh so much!
We went dancing at a club for a while too, but my feet were hurting a lot and we were all getting tired, so we went back to the hotel. We had a short pyjama party and then went to sleep so we’d have energy for another swim in the morning!
After a swim, breakfast, and checking out the next morning, we went to The Story Museum, where we’d hired a room to do scrapbooking:
I took along lots of my supplies, and Rosie bought some extra paper, glue, and gems, so we had tons to play with. Everyone made a page about a part of the weekend. I haven’t stuck all the photos onto the pages yet as I printed them out later, so I won’t show them today. It was really fun to make a papery mess with my friends though, and I think they all enjoyed it even if they aren’t all usually crafty.
That’s it. After scrapbooking a few friends had to leave straight away, and then the original five of us had lunch at a pub before heading home.
It was all very wonderful and I’m so grateful to Rosie for organising it all, she worked very hard for me to have an awesome time and I really appreciate it. I’m thankful to everyone else who came and shared the weekend too. Plus they had all made something for me as prizes for my challenges – I can’t find them all right now so I shall show you them another day when I show you the scrapbook pages. They are brilliant though!
Ah, looking back at all this makes me want to go again – are you allowed to have a second belated Hen Party?!
Bye for now, Jennifer x