Reminiscing on the perfect hen party

facebook-profile-picture By Claire

Happy New Year everyone! If you read my last blog post, you’ll know 2017 wasn’t the best year for me, and so I’m looking forward to 2018 and can officially say I GET MARRIED THIS YEAR! But this blog post isn’t about 2018… I want to take this opportunity to throw it back to my hen do in September 2017 which was the most perfect time with family and friends in Barcelona.

Before I tell you what we did, I must give you some background to the planning of the trip. I had always been adamant that I would plan my own hen do… I’m the one who plans holidays / organises my friends / generally takes control of situations, so I just couldn’t see my hen do being any other way. With my bridesmaids, we chose the destination of Barcelona and got everyone to book their flights pretty swiftly so that they were committed. I then started looking at accommodation and discussing plans with my friends, but soon found myself kicked out of any Whatsapp group / Facebook Messenger threads and removed from the planning. This did make me panic, but I also realised if my bridesmaids felt confident enough to plan this without me, then I had to trust them to do it.

On Friday 15th September 2017, myself and 12 of the most precious women in my life set off to Barcelona in Spain. Two of the girls travelled ahead as they were flying from London (the rest of us from Leeds) and we arrived on the Friday evening and travelled straight to our AirB&B apartment in the city centre. The girls had decorated the place especially for me and it looked amazing and was such a good start to the trip. We quickly got changed and headed out to a vegetarian restaurant, which my bridesmaids had found especially for me.

The next day, the sun was shining in Barcelona and we headed out for the day. First up, we went exploring the sights. I love Barcelona, it is such a gorgeous city with so much to see, and we really wanted to see the Gaudi buildings. We had enough time to explore at our own leisure and take loads of photos.

After some free time of sightseeing, we headed down to the W Hotel on the beach where the girls had organised we were going to do paddleboard pilates! We were all so excited, it sounded like so much fun and just something a bit different. Plus, I’ve always wanted to go paddleboarding, so this seemed like a fun way to do it. We all picked up our paddleboards and headed out to a secluded section in the sea where we could do the pilates. An instructor took us out, just the hen party, and guided us through a pilates class on the paddleboards. It was so hard, but SO MUCH fun, made even better by my mum falling in three times LOL… By the end, most of us were stood up on our boards paddling back to shore and I think we would have all done it again if we could.

After the paddleboarding, we had some food and head over to La Sagrada Familia for some more sightseeing. I was so pleased we managed to fit this in before we started preparing for the evening. We then ate food in the apartment and played games, before glittering ourselves up and heading out to Pacha for the night. I love to dance and party so was so pleased we had planned to go out to a big nightclub. We all stayed out and partied until the early hours…

The next day, we did a treasure hunt around Barcelona… which is a tradition with some of my bridesmaids. We’ve done one in Prague and one in York, and now we had the chance to do one round Barcelona. It’s a great way to see the city and have some fun whilst making your way round. After this, we had a lovely meal then spent some time chilling on the beach, before everyone headed home. Everyone wished they could have stayed a night longer and it was truly one of the best weekends of my life.

I know that’s a whistle stop tour of the hen do but I would really really recommend Barcelona to anyone looking for a hen do destination. We went on the hen party early (I’m getting married in March 2018) because I wanted to go somewhere hot, and September was just the perfect time to visit. I wish I could re-live the weekend and I would go back to Barcelona in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t change anything about the weekend and can’t thank my bridesmaids enough for organising it! So before I sign off, here are all the important women that made the weekend so perfect…

My school friends… (from left) Catherine [who has made all our wedding invites and is also in charge of making our wedding cake!], Rachel [my bridesmaid], Steph, Sophia, ME, Emma [my bridesmaid], Emma [yes another one] and Gemma.

My oldest friends… (from left) Rachel [my bridesmaid], ME, Steph [my bridesmaid] – these girls have been in my life from day one and we’ve all been fortunate enough to be bridesmaids for each other, I’m the last one of the group to get married.

And last but not least, my family… (from left) Lorraine [Mother in Law to be], Pat [my mum], ME, Catherine [my sister in law to be and bridesmaid]

Thank you to all of my ladies for a magical weekend, and I can’t wait to celebrate the big day with you all! And to all the readers, thank you for reading this, and if you want any Barcelona travel advice, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy 2018 🙂