Tropical Hen Party

My sister Rhian got engaged in August 2014, and a few weeks later she made the big bridesmaid reveal – she chose myself, Nerys our older sister, Emma the Groom’s sister, and Krista her best friend from school – hereafter known as ‘Team Bridesmaid’.

Team Bridesmaid soon arrived at the slightly daunting task of planning the hen party. The only stipulations made by the Bride were that it be in London, and something that our mum, the Groom’s mum, and pregnant friends would enjoy… What to do?!

After monitoring Rhian’s Pinterest account for a few weeks, where many variations of pineapples and flamingos appeared regularly, we decided on a tropical theme for the hen party weekend. Working here at notonthehighstreet.com meant I already had lots of great products in mind that would suit the theme, and was excited to get started!

The first thing we did was get in touch with the lovely Adelle, owner of BKD and notonthehighstreet.com seller. BKD offer fun, messy kids’ baking events, classes and parties as well as innovative baking kits, all handmade in their London bakery. I had spotted BKD’s pineapple biscuits on the site, and thought a tropical-inspired biscuit making and decorating class would be the perfect daytime activity that everyone could take part in.

While BKD usually cater for children, we thought a class of 20 hens wouldn’t be much different! Adelle agreed to host our class, and once the main activity was sorted, the rest of the weekend fell into place.

On the Friday night Team Bridesmaid and the Bride got together at my flat for some food and obligatory cocktails – my little surprise was turning the place into a tropical paradise!

I filled the fireplace with honeycomb decorations – these are an easy way to make a big impact, and look really impressive in clusters like this. An advocate of ‘more is more’, I then added a gold glitter circles garland, and topped off the scene with Pedro, our resident office flamingo borrowed for the weekend!

No girly evening is complete without some sort of pampering, and these tropical nail transfers were the perfect accompaniment.

The fun table setting went down a storm, and really brought the jerk seasoning-filled menu to life! A glitter table runner provides the necessary sparkle, and is great to have in the cupboard as it can be suited to lots of different occasions. The word banner is also re-usable – you can pin the letters together to make any phrase. Add some flamingo straws, table confetti and a mini pineapple centrepiece and you have yourself a party. I dip dyed the napkins myself using a Dylon hand fabric dye, and made dark n’stormy cocktails using The Duppy Share’s premium Caribbean rum.

Not too fuzzy-headed from the evening before, we gathered with the rest of the hens for a picnic on London Fields.

In addition to your classic hen party games, the Bride was tasked with getting the goods out of this diamond piñata, to many stares from around the park! We wore flower garlands and used tropical party ware from Ginger Ray to carry the theme into the picnic.

We then moved on to our biscuit making class in BKD’s bakery.

With Adelle and Lisa’s help we mixed the dough for the biscuits (inducing much KitchenAid jealousy!), rolled it out and cut the shapes using the tropical cutters. The biscuits were left to chill for approximately 30 minutes to ensure that they kept their shape when baked.

We then rolled out the sugarpaste icing, used the same cutters to cut out icing shapes and fixed them onto the baked biscuits. Different coloured icings were rolled together to create the marbled effect seen on the flamingos and palm trees. We completed the culinary masterpieces with edible glitter and gold paint! It was the perfect activity to suit our day, and Adelle was an amazing host.

We finished the celebrations with dinner and dancing at Floripa London – a suitably tropical end to a tropical hen party!

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