DIY Hen Party Ideas

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We ladies have it tough when it comes to planning the world’s finest hen weekend. It has to be personal, fun, budget-friendly and involve an unbelievable amount of cocktails… It’s a huge weight to carry upon small shoulders. Lauren of Last Night of Freedom rounds up the best DIY hen party ideas to send-off the hen with a bang.

Hang Out the Bunting

A hen party isn’t a hen party without bunting, balloons, tablewear and everything in between.

DIY Hen Party Decorations

A truly special occasion starts, and ends, with decorations. They are the staple of any DIY hen party; from the more risqué – think willy banners, penis piñatas and groom balloons – to the sophisticated and vintage cake stands, floral paper plates and even doilies.

Shaken or Stirred?

Willy straws are the name of the game on a DIY hen party. You simply cannot have one without the other.

Hen Party Drinking Straws

If you are mixing up home-made cocktails, a dash of penis (straw) may be just the thing. You could even go one step further with your very own hen party receptacles, such as the Giant Martini Glass and ‘Sexy Bitch’ P.I.M.P cup. And don’t you dare forget about the shot glasses…

Say Cheese

If there is one thing we can guarantee it’s photos on a hen weekend, and lots of them.

Hen Party Photo Props

But what is a photo without a prop? With accessories designed to improve the hen do experience, such as the ‘I’m Pissed’ Speech Mark Prop, and the Princess Crown, you’ll have a whole range of fun snaps, and memories, of your hen party. You could even put it all together with a fun activity and create a gorgeous memory book to keep forever.

Surprise Surprise

Get personal with a gorgeous gift for the bride. This isn’t just any night out, and the little things count.

Hen Party Gift Bags

You may have nailed the bunting, but do you have a pair of willy slippers? However, personal touches don’t just need to be embarrassing (of course they do…). You could get crafty and create a personalised gift bag, or save all of the hassle and present her with a premium gift bag.

Naughty Novelties

You have the decorations, the entertainment, the photo props and, of course, the willy straws. Now it’s time for something a little different.

Hen Party Novelties

A hen party is your chance as the Maid of Honour to get naughty with novelties. Maybe blow-up an inflatable man or enjoy a quaint game of ring toss. Novelties and games are a handy way to break the ice and get the cocktails flowing before celebrating. Perhaps, even taking said inflatable man for a night on the town. These are sure to get the bride blushing and ready for an unforgettable hen weekend.

Article by Lauren green of Last Night of Freedom

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PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend Showcasing ‘Farmhouse-Luxe’

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Couple walking to PapaKata Sperry Tent

PapaKåta will be showcasing their on-trend ‘Farmhouse-Luxe’ look in their beautiful Tipis and Sperry Tents this autumn. The PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend will be held on the 15th and 16th October 2016 at Escrick Park Estate near York.

This new look captures the growing trend for authenticity in weddings, with quality textural materials, heritage pieces and stylish but simple details. Take a peek at Soho Farmhouse, the latest venture from uber-stylish Soho House, for a perfect example of this trend. Ceremonies are held in their converted hay barn with the wedding breakfast served in a beautiful Sperry Tent.

Farmhouse-Luxe styling inside Sperry tent

The Key to ‘Farmhouse Luxe’

Key to this ‘Farmhouse-Luxe’ look is the highly coveted cross-back chair. Seen on every US wedding blog, PapaKåta will be introducing them at the Open Weekend. Available to hire, these ‘IT’ chairs strike the perfect balance of style and simplicity. Cross-backs are the perfect companion to both long and round tables, and PapaKåta will also be enhancing their finishing touches collection with a new oversize Farmhouse table.

Sperry tent

Farmhouse Florals

PapaKåta is collaborating with Lucy MacNicoll Floral Design, TWIA Florist of the Year, and The Hart Company. They will be creating gorgeous farmhouse florals including living flower walls and a vast 3m wide floral chandelier. Expect décor including hay bales draped with throws, vintage cartwheels adorned in festoon lights and chill-out lounges with heritage touches.

Couple at tipi wedding

Who better to capture this ‘Farmhouse-Luxe’ look than country wedding photographer, Annemarie King, known for her light, bright, natural style?

Book Your Place

The PapaKåta Autumn Open Weekend is the perfect opportunity to step inside the Tipis and Sperry Tents and talk to the Papa team about your wedding or event. Appointments are highly recommended, and are available on both Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. To book, please call PapaKåta on 01491 714 002.

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Luxury Wedding Cakes for 2017

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The Great British Bake off starts this week, so in the spirit of Bake Off we are sharing some ideas for luxury wedding cakes.

When we say luxury, we mean luxury! WOW, how incredible are these wedding cakes? Think big, sumptuous, magnificent, extravagant cake… this is what we are talking about!

These luxury wedding cakes are incredible, but usually the bigger the cake the bigger the cost. However, there is a little trick that means you could have the wedding cake of your dreams for less. If you don’t need to feed the five thousand but still want a big cake, ask your wedding cake maker if they would be able to add a few dummy tiers. Your guests will never know and your cake will be a real wow factor of your wedding.

Now aren’t these luxury wedding cakes incredible?

Luxury Wedding Cakes for 2017 Mood Board

Five Tier Cream Wedding Cake with Sugar Piping Detail – ‘Josephina’ The Abigail Bloom Cake Company

Seven Tier Ivory Wedding Cake with Burgundy and Pink Roses, and Miss Havisham’s Wedding Cake in Dickensian – Hall of Cakes

Six Tier Pink Wedding Cake with Rose Detail and Gold Leaf – ‘Marie Antoinette’ Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Fairytale Castle Wedding Cake – Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Six Tier Wedding Cake with Mini Cake Base – The Abigail Bloom Cake Company, picture by Liam Collar Photography

Five Tier Wedding Luxury Cake with Hearts and Gold Detailing – Artisan Cake Company

Ganache Drip Wedding Cake – Crumbs Couture

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Weekly Wedding News 19/08/2016

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