After our debauched night out ,I headed off with the girls for a much more relaxed day in the country. If last night was hens go wild
…this was hens go mild…
My closest friends and I were staying at the luxury boutique hotel, Maison Talbooth
in Essex for an afternoon and evening of chilling, bonding…and maybe just a little hen do craziness…
I arrived at the tranquil country house, brimming with excitement and anticipation for what lay ahead.
Each room had a literary themed name. Highly appropriate for myself and my friends, many of whom had studied English Literature at university!
I was sharing a gorgeous suite with my best friend, Anna!
With a king-sized bed.
Comfortable living area.
And sizeable bathroom. There was even a children’s room should a family be staying! We also had a gorgeous terrace with a hot tub, but unfortunately we didn’t get the time to use it.
We started hen do part two by heading down to the pool house.
The pool house was a gorgeous complex, which also included an outdoor hot tub and fire along with an indoor dining area.
We began in a very civilised manner with a spot of afternoon tea!
To complete the tea the girls had ordered special personalised cupcakes with a photo of myself and Mr Silver on top.
It was a lovely day and the perfect chance to enjoy the pool area as we ate our delicious afternoon tea!
I finally got a chance to enjoy the book that the girls had given me the night before.
It was present time and the girls gave me a few little gifts to remind me of my childhood plus treats to take on honeymoon.
After a couple of the girls had a quick swim, it was time to get glammed up ready for the afternoon’s activities.
Champagne tasting!! My friends know me so well…
The lovely Jane from Thirty Fift
y guided us through seven different wines including Prosecco, Cava, Champagne and English sparking wine. She also played the Mr & Mrs game with me to see how well I know Mr Silver…I got all the answers right of course ;).
At the end Jane taught me how to a champagne cocktail.
I found it a little strong but it had a welcome home with one of the other girls.
As you can see, I wore another little red number for hen do part two!
And after the obligatory game of pin the willy on the man…
…we retired into the lounge for a game of ‘How well do you know the bride?’. And of course, a champagne reception…this is the most amazing hen ever after all!
With some people there knowing me a lifetime (my sister) and other girls being my friends for over twenty-five years, there were definitely people who had an advantage.
But everyone knew the answer to the question, ‘What’s the name of Angie’s Blog’
Rather unsurprisingly, my sister won the ‘How Well do You Know the Bride’. And then a game of ‘Dick Heads’ ensued…
Ahhh… the crazy antics us hen’s get up to…
And then it was time to calm down and head in for dinner.
The dining room was beautiful with white linen, soft candle light and gorgeous views over the vale.
There was a bespoke goodie bag for everyone containing a hen’s survival kit of shot glasses, chocolates and make up!
There was even specially personalised confetti.
The ladies had, of course, chosen a menu of all my favourites starting with a lime and soy tuna carpaccio served with mango and avocado.
Each course was accompanied with wine, my perennial favourite, Sauv Blanc!
Main course was sea bass with Mediterranean vegetable, chorizo and herb cous cous. My love of sea bass is a bit of a running joke with my friends so it wasn’t much of a surprise to see it on the menu!
Dessert was a very rich chocolate torte.
I was pretty full by now but I was able to manage a nibble!
And after a fabulous dinner of dreams we went back to the lounge feeling full of lovely food and very happy to spend such a fantastic time together…and the evening didn’t end there…there was an open bar all night!!
I was very sad for my hen do to end, but overjoyed to be back in the arms of my Mr Silver, and another step closer to our dream wedding.
I’d love to know what you did on your hen do or what you plan to do. Let me know in the comment form below…