A few weeks ago I and five chums went to Bath to celebrate my hen weekend. I knew that we were going to Bath, but I didn’t know any of the activities that my two bridesmaids (Nicole and Kate) had planned. It was very strange for me to hand over control of a weekend away to other people; normally I am the one doing lots of research, scouring Trip Advisor and writing an itinerary!
I went off to meet Sarah and Katy when I arrived, and in the meantime, Nicole and Kate decorated the house with Rosie balloons and photos of me as a child (kindly supplied by my Mum!) They also put on a veritable banquet of snacks and got the prosecco chilling!
The first evening was dedicated to chill time – PJs and prosecco. We also played some games (the bridesmaids had developed some quizzes – a Mr and Mrs type quiz where I had to answer questions about Tom, and a quiz for everyone else to do to see who knows me best!) We also had an amazing dinner of all of my favourite foods; an evening spent eating pizza, halloumi and parma ham is pretty much my dream…
The house itself was absolutely stunning and the perfect setting for a hen do – it was such a good find. We spent loads of time just chilling in the lounge or the kitchen (it was so nice to have all of my favourites in one place – and luckily everyone got on like a house on fire!)
On Saturday we had a little photo scavenger hunt around Bath (and popped in some shops too) and then headed for afternoon tea at Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms. We had a private room downstairs, so it was really nice to just sit down there and chomp through all the yummy sandwiches and cake!
The evening on the Saturday night was spent drinking prosecco and getting glammed up and ready for a night on the town. One of the challenges for the photo scavenger hunt was to find a nautical tattoo, and Kate’s team bought a set of temporary tatoos from Claire’s Accessories, so of course after a few drinks they came out and were enthusiastically stuck… pretty much everywhere…
We then headed into Bath for what we thought would be a few different pubs and clubs, but we actually stayed in one the entire time! We went to The Cork Pub, which has downstairs karaoke booths – there are two rooms downstairs where you get your own TV and karaoke system. That was a lot of fun after a few glasses of prosecco, we actually went in twice as it was so good. The rest of the evening was dancing, shots, chatting and general silliness….
The next morning we watched Bridesmaids in our PJs, breakfasted on Mini Eggs and bacon sandwiches and then headed home. It was totally my perfect weekend, and I wouldn’t change a thing. It was SO surreal though, I just kept thinking ‘this is my hen weekend’ and not being able to get my head around the fact that that was why we were there, and that I’ll only have one in my life, and this was it. Just mind boggling.
We are now five days away from the wedding (it’s on Friday) and that is similarly mind-boggling. After an intensely stressful couple of weeks which frankly, I’d rather forget, we’ve had a few days of a lull before it will undoubtedly pick back up again with all of the last minute things on Wednesday and Thursday. I’ve been medicating my stress with chocolate and wine, so it’s fair to say that the pre-wedding and honeymoon diet and exercise plan (haven’t been to the gym for two weeks) is totally off the cards. Oh well….