Post # 1
Just wanted to tell you all about my wonderful hen night! (I am British) My friends all know I adore everything American so…….
I arrived at Maid/Matron of Honor house to be greeted by a group of my friends and a brunch of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup (with bucks fizz to drink – start early!)
Then I was told to change into an off-the-shoulder black top (I was instructed to arrive in black jeans and just any old t-shirt). MY makeup was applied by my Bridesmaid or Best Man and I then had to close my eyes. A wig was put on me and I was told to hold an item of clothing over my shoulder.
I was stood with my back to the huge mirror over the fireplace and handed a scroll in my other hand. I awkwardly unrolled it and it said “We are taking you to see Grease, if you turn around you will see your Pink Ladies, and look in the mirror…there are more surprises to follow….”
I turned around and there were my friends all dressed up as Pink ladies, my Maid/Matron of Honor as Frenchie in the pink wig…I looked in the mirror and there I was as Sandy holding the leather jacket over my shoulder!!!
Goodie bags were handed out with american flags on them – including Butterfinger bars (Oh tooo good!!!) and Hershey Cookies and cream bars (both really hard to get over here and so not fair that we can’t buy them easily) and a hen night survival kit with nail file, hangover remedy, plasters, lip gloss etc..
Into London (some laughs from people on the train) and we got a cab to a bar…where we did a cocktail masterclass…We all chose a cocktail and then made it. Then a competition with us spilt into two groups to see who could make the best Mojito. We sat down to eat at the bar where I was given some lovely gifts – including an album with photos and messages from my hens….a quiz concoted by my Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor which my Fiance answered (about me!) and I had to give the same answers and if I didn’t get them right I got a dare……!!!
Onto Convent Garden to a wine bar, then to an American style restaurant (gorgeous food!) and then onto seeing Grease at the cinema………
I have the most amazing Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man who organised a fantastic day for me…I am so very lucky. I can’t believe how much effort they put into this and I will remember it for the rest of my life…….
Post # 3
how fun! I feel like I frequently hear about girls in the US who are obsessed with Brits – it’s nice to see that it goes the other way around!
Post # 4
That is such a sweet party and so funny to think of an American themed shower. I’m glad your friends threw you such a thoughtful and fun hen party.
Post # 5
so cute! it is obvious they put a ton of work into that…. sounds like such a fun spin on a hen night / bachelorette party!
Post # 6
Omg are there pictures I want to see pictures this sounds so awesome! My bachelorette party was so lame. Lol
Post # 7
Pictures please! I LOVE hearing that you like American stuff :). And those cookie and cream bars are delicious, aren’t they?
Glad you had what sounds like such a fun night. You have a great group of friends.
Post # 8
That sounds like so much fun!!
Post # 9
I love Grease! What a fun and well thought out party!!
Post # 10
Fun! I’d love to see pics too 🙂
Post # 11
Is anyone else laughing trying to picture what a British-themed b-party would look like? I just keep picturing the Family Guy parodies of British culture where people are all teeth and have drawn-out conversations about condensation Haha, oh, stereotypes, how good they can be for a laugh!
But that sounds like a wonderful and fun theme for a party!!!
Post # 12
@iarebridezilla: I did think for a while about whether to post about it here because it might sound very stereotyped and to Americans what would be the big deal about an American themed hen party?
I just love your culture, history, accents, shops, entertainment, I could go on and on. I have always been interested and went on holiday there (usual Florida stuff) and just thought WOW! To someone not familiar with going out to eat breakfast and being able to eat out at 3am (I love food!) it was amazing! And Disney, MGM and Universal stuios made our parks seem so tiny!
But I have also been for another holiday staying with a relative in Pennsylvania and saw the other side of America away from the tourist side and adored it even more….I got to see American houses (sounds dumb I know, but the houses I went into were amazing and just made me want to move in!) saw cheerleading practices at the local school (that looked really good fun and nothing like that happens here), walks through countryside that was breathtaking.
For an English hen party it would have to be a Cream tea, earl grey tea, talking about how terrible the weather has been!! See why I was just thrilled to have an American themed hen night? LOL….
Post # 13
Glad you had fun! But remember, step 1 for an American themed “hen night” is to call it your “bachelorette party”!
Post # 14
@jumpthegun: But remember, step 1 for an American themed “hen night” is to call it your “bachelorette party”!
LOL! That’s what I thought, too!
OP, it sounds like you ladies had an awesome time! I hope you have a few pics to share!!!
Post # 15
@jumpthegun: LMAO!!! I stand corrected and in future I will refer to it as “My American themed bachelorette party”
Is the term Hen and Stag not used in America then?
Post # 16
@Zoe75: I’ve only heard bachelor/bachelorette or a jack and jill party. I knew what hen meant, though!
Is it terrible that when I read “American themed,” my brain went “Oh no!” and was picturing Snooki and tanning and…..the like? haha.