Written By Gracie
Squirrel Sister Sophie got married on Saturday!!! It was such an incredible day filled with beauty, sunshine and happiness. The wedding blues are well and truly kicking in SO to avoid this I thought I would reminisce and share the story of her hen. As MOH (maid of honour) I had the pleasure of organising it along with Sophie’s lovely bridesmaids and we thought it would be fun to write a blog about what we did so if you’re planning one you will hopefully get some inspiration.
Friday 25th March…we collected Sophie at 10.30am and headed to Brickwood in Balham for a brunch. We kept the hen weekend a complete surprise so this was the first time she would find out where she was going/what she would be doing… announced over delicious food. We got there before Sophie so we could put up the balloons and her gold envelope with the destination details enclosed.
After brunch we sent Sophie off with Helen (bridesmaid) to go and get a pre hen pampering at Charlotte Cave (where she got a blow dry) meaning the rest of us had time to get to the destination and get everything ready. We had done a big Waitrose shop in advance and it was being delivered to the house for when we arrived.
We had rented a beautiful converted farm house in Witney, which is about 30 mins from the centre of Oxford. The house is called New Yatt Farm and is suitable for 15 people (7 bedrooms). It really is the perfect party house because the communal areas are big and open and the rooms were also a great size with the comfiest beds and most importantly there were loads of bathrooms, which is important when you’ve got a big group of girls.
Everyone arrived around 4pm once we had decorated the place with massive ‘MRS’ balloons and lots of other decorations and we had champagne and nibbles then played a little game to get everyone in the hen mood. The game was ‘the £5 gift game’ where everyone has to bring a gift that costs no more than £5 and is something that connects them to the bride. The bride then has to guess who it’s from and if she gets it wrong she has to drink. This game is really nice because it’s lovely to hear the story behind each present e.g.. I bought Sophie a CD ‘The Magic Musical Box’ because we used to listen to it as children and try and pretend we were the characters.
The theme for Friday night was ‘dress to impress with a touch of leopard’.
In each room we left a hen goodie bag for everyone, which included 2x Squirrel Sister bars, Pip Organic juices (which were incredible for the morning after to help rehydrate us), willy straws (because it wouldn’t be a hen without something willy related) and personalised hen badges from Not On The High Street. The goodie bags were also personalised and we got them from Dotty Hens.
Once everyone was ready we had dinner, which was more of a serve yourself- lots of pizzas, nibbles and more champagne. We then got picked up by a stretched hummer, which drove us into Oxford for our big night out.
We had a table booked at The bridge where we had lots of bottles and danced the night away before being collected and driven back to the farm house to our comfy beds.
Saturday 26th…Once we were all up we set up the table with lots of yummy brunch food (which we had ordered in advance). We had booked therapists to come to the house through a company called The Pamper Party Company for our afternoon activity. We all got a 30 minute treatment of our choice with the majority of the hens choosing a back shoulder and neck massage, a facial or a nail treatment. The treatments were fantastic and made us feel relaxed and refreshed. We put the fire on so while some were having their treatments others could cosy up on the sofa and watch girly films. This was the perfect afternoon after having a full on day and evening on Friday
Once the treatments were finished we played some more hen games, Mr & Mrs and pass the parcel then got ready for the evening, where the theme was ‘all black’ (for the hens) and ‘all white’ (for the bride to be). We all wore pretty flower crowns, which we got from Claire’s Accessorise.
We had a chef come to the house and cook us a 4 course meal, which they were able to design based on our dietary requirements. The whole menu was gluten-free (because Sophie has a gluten intolerance) and they also catered for 1x veggie and 1x dairy-free.
The food was incredible, particularly the appetiser (which annoyingly I forgot to get a photo of).
Sunday 27th…we had a little surprise planned for Sophie on Sunday. The plan was that our mum (Jean) would turn up at around 9.30am and join us for breakfast then after breakfast she would do a yoga class for us (as she is a yoga teacher). The plan worked perfectly and Sophie had no idea so it was quite a shock for her when the ‘yoga teacher’ walked through the door. it was so nice having our mum there and after everyone had checked out mum, Sophie and I went for a pub lunch before driving back to London.