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I was given a pretty blank canvas when organising my friend’s hen. All I was told was she wanted a classy hen. It was going to be two nights and needed an activity to get everyone involved.
With the theme I wanted something personal to the bride and with the help of another bridesmaid decided on a Jackie O style theme as she was named after her!
We had a large crowd of 29 ladies over the two nights. I gave the bride a list of places and she decided on Killarney, Co Kerry. I booked seven apartments with two penthouse apartments in the middle of Killarney. On the Thursday night I travelled down with two of my friends to decorate the apartments a little.
We placed a black and white photo of the happy couple on the fridge door of each apartment.
We left a little welcoming hamper on each table with sweets, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, sugar and chocolate and a welcome to the hen party sign on the door of the kitchen.
One of the penthouse apartments had a large balcony and this was the main meeting area. We decorated the hallway with a few different pictures of the couple.
We placed little candles along the hallway and in the bathroom. In the living room we decorated a table with a pink table cloth with large butterfly dishes and purple bowls and these were ready to be filled with chocolates and sweets and crisps.
We placed candles and bowls along the balcony window and a large silver and black cloth over another smaller table.
We organised a mini bus to take us to Killarney but they had double booked our bus and we ended up getting a limo instead.
The Little Extras
We had a glass or two of champagne each and I had brought small little butterfly favour bags with engagement ring sweets and strawberries to go with the champagne!
I asked one of her close friends if she would do a photo book for her and everyone contributed photos to add to the book with a little section about the groom.
I had made goody bags for people arriving the first night. I had filled black sheer organza favour bags with straws, a personalised sash saying Jackie’s Hen Party, a badge, a little silver box with chocolates, two dare cards, plasters, a little plastic shot glass and a facial cleansing cloth (just needed to add water).
I had made the bride a survival kit with a picture of the groom, plasters, a Mr and Mrs game with dvd, a shot glass, plasters, straws, lip gloss, a bride badge, her sash, painkillers, little perfume swatches, facial cleansing cloth and face oil. I had a short veil for her and had embroidered an “M” on the back with sequences.
What we did
The first night we went to a local restaurant and I had arranged candles in the shape of “M Loves J” in the middle of the table. We had a lovely meal first and then danced the night away.
The following day we had breakfast in the apartment before we headed to our cocktail class in the cocktail bar in The Ross Hotel. The class was a mix of showing and then getting volunteers to make the cocktails.
After the class we went back to the apartments and got ready for our themed night.
Everyone was advised the dress code was black or black and white as the bride would be in white.
We gave everyone a pearl necklace, pearl bracelet, white sunglasses and a black and white Jackie o style hat. The bride had black sunglasses, a black bride to be sash and larger pearl necklace and pearl bracelet.
We went back to the Ross andhad a champagne and strawberry reception in the pink room.
We then went down a large wooden stairs (think the stairs in the Titanic!) where we had decorated the table with a large black and white damask table cloth down the centre of the table and a matching napkin in each side plate. We had little dove candles and wedding cake candles lighting in the centre of the tables.
More little extras!
I had made place mats with a selection of photos of the bride over the years and got them laminated with different photos on each place mat.
I had made goody bags and these were on the place mats.
Each goody bag consisted of a lip balm, a scratch card (these were made to say Jackie’s hen party), an advice card to the bride, a feather key ring pen, a facial cleansing cloth,a cd (with the picture of the bride and groom of her favourite songs and the first dance) and a little silver box with mints and toffees. We had a lovely dinner here before we moved on to a local bar for a class of champagne and dancing.
The following morning we had a breakfast of pancakes and blueberries, French toast, porridge and other delights before heading on our way home after a great weekend.