After waiting 8 long, patient months, my hen party is officially over! It was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had, surrounded by the most amazing ladies and filled with a lot of laughs, love, alcohol and food. Take me back already!
The weekend kicked off with a train ride from Manchester to Crewe. I was picked up by two fifths of the bride squad and blindfolded until we reached the destination around a 45 minute drive away (though don’t quote me on that. I was blindfolded and lost all sense of time and direction!). Once there, all was finally revealed and I was allowed to take my blindfold off. I was greeted with a sign welcoming me to Holly’s hen camp – a glamping and b&B site called Tinkersbells at The Grange in Lower Loxley.
I was given the grand tour and introduced to the tipi I’d be spending the weekend in, the hot tub, campfire and roaming chickens! The set up was amazing, we even had our own kitchen with real toilets and showers (there was also a compost toilet for middle-of-the-night trips!). My sisters and bridesmaids had thought of everything; from leaving a pair of bride-to-be pyjamas, veil, hangover kit and bottle of prosecco on my bed, to a selfie station, sparklers and cute decor everywhere.
Once we had settled in, we sat down to a seriously amazing dinner of homemade dishes everyone had brought along with them and of course, LOTS of prosecco! We danced the night away around the campfire until the rain decided to make an appearance around midnight and sent us on our way to bed (probably a good thing though…).
The next morning we had a big fry up and then sunbathed and sat around chatting until Kerrie, a florist from Wild Flowers Wigan (and who also happens to be a family member) arrived, armed with flowers and the kit to teach us how to make a flower crown. We spent the afternoon crafting our own with the leftover flowers going into glass jars labelled ‘ Holly’s Hen’. The flower crowns were all part of the plan as I was told that night was to be our hippie hen night where we had to dress up as hippies for hen games and hot tub action. We also BBQ-d and dressed up in glitter and glow sticks – literally the most Instagram-mable hen party I’ve ever seen!
On the Sunday morning we all woke up with bad heads (sign of a good hen party!) but powered through with another fry up and the hen-olympics where we played the egg and spoon race, sack and 3-legged races, then prepared ourselves for a 3 course Sunday lunch and acoustic music at a local pub. That night was, you guessed it, more party games and prosecco (my favourite kind of night, TBH).
I can’t thank my sisters, bridesmaids and the rest of the hen party enough for putting together the most perfect, picture-worthy and fun hen party – they know me too well! There are so many pictures that this is probably going to be a quite picture heavy post but, if by the end you wanna see more, just search #HollysHen on Instagram
So, with the stag and hen party over (sob!), we’re on the final countdown to the wedding! 29 days, 17 hours and 46 minutes to go…