A couple of weekends ago, I had the honour of planning my best friends hen do. I knew she was getting engaged before she actually got engaged so I had a good year plus to plan. As someone that isn’t really a big drinker, into group activities and/or the male anatomy of strangers, there weren’t many packages or deals online that would have worked, so I decided I needed to create our own package.
If you’re planning a hen do, the first thing you need to do is gather a list of things the bride likes and dislikes. I knew she would want a relaxing weekend with a scenic backdrop in the countryside, so in partnership with the amazing team at Kate & Tom’s who hire out beautiful homes in the UK, they helped me find the perfect one!
Alcester Farmhouse is based in The Cotswolds, right in the heart of Shakespeare country, surrounded by two-and-a-half acres of the English rural dream, which fitted perfectly with the theme of the hen do.
After the accommodation was sorted, I had to work out what we were going to do for the weekend. I wanted to create a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere to go alongside the house.
On the Friday evening after everyone had arrived, we had a load of food and drink delivered and set ourselves up in the media room. I made a Mr and Mrs video, with the groom asking questions and the bride having to answer them. If she answered correctly she won a prize and if she answered them wrong she had to pick a forfeit out of a bowl.
We then played a game where we all individually bought a gift for the bride that cost no more than £10 and wrapped it in newspaper. She had to guess who the gift was from and tell everyone the story behind it. This is a great game if there are quite a few of you from all over the place, as it really breaks the ice.
The team at Kate & Tom’s gave me a list of suppliers from chefs to beauty therapists and we were highly recommended to use My Personal Sanctuary for spa treatments. We booked the treatments for Saturday after having a late breakfast with very sore heads. The ladies were so helpful and organised beforehand, sending over an itinerary and schedule of the day. We had two therapists to do six treatments each and they set up in two of the larger bedrooms, making the rooms feel like you were really stepping into a spa. Whilst two of us were upstairs having our massages, the rest of us were downstairs making flower crowns and eating cake.
In the evening, we had caterers from Jacks Kitchen come in to cook us a delicious two course meal around our big dinner table. With two of us being vegan, you never know what to expect but Diane and Alex were amazing and cooked the most delicious bruschetta to start, followed by a creamy, red pepper pasta, whilst the others had beef with red wine ragu pasta (a couple of us pinched the recipe because it was so delicious.)
Before they left, Diane and Alex left the kitchen gleaming, as if they had never even been there. If you are hosting an event in The Cotswolds area and need caterers, look no further!
After dinner, I arranged a treasure hunt sending her all around the house with ten short, simple clues. The final clue told her to go out to the garden where we had set up a gazebo and bar area with a four-piece folk style cover band called Just For Tonight.
The band were the highlight of the weekend. They learnt a new song I requested and had created the perfect playlist to perform for us. Because they were a surprise, they set up in complete silence and did a very quiet sound check. They were so easy going and even got changed in an empty, cold barn in the garden because I’m mean and wouldn’t let them in the house.
I’m so grateful to the team at Kate & Tom’s for everything they did to help create the most memorable weekend for us! From recommending Alcester Farmhouse to creating our own custom Snapchat filter! I’d love to know if you are planning a hen do, let me know in the comments below.
This post is in collaboration with Kate & Tom’s.