This weekend I drove over to Lincoln to join one of my oldest friends marking the end of singledom with her crafty-themed hen party event. The afternoon was spent at in her bridesmaid’s home – eating a lovely buffet of breads and accompaniments, drinking prosecco and wine, feasting on an array of home-made cakes, playing a range of cheeky hen party games, and the main crafting event itself – a knicker-making workshop provided by Top Drawer Diva.
Not long after the girls from Top Drawer Diva arrived the conservatory was covered in piles of cute printed fabrics, from vintage Cath Kidston prints to modern skulls and quirky matryoshka dolls, boxes of lace and ribbon trims, pots of buttons, bows, trinkets and other embellishments, teacup pincushions, and bowls of sweets.
We warmed up with a bit of “knicker bingo” before being introduced to the mood boards, inspiration books and examples of customised knickers to inspire us, before we were all sent off to put together our own pair.
I was inspired by a really pretty and unusual parasol printed fabric, and decided to make it the main feature with a contrasting pale turquoise lace as trim. So I went for a central panel of the fabric on the front and two cute ironed on patch pockets on the back, and lace ruffles wherever they worked. Add some cute lemon bows and a vintage-style gold button, and I’ve got a very cute and quirky pair of pants.
The workshop ended with our customised pants pegged onto the hen party bunting, and it was such a nice day that we all spilled out into the garden for food and games.
This is exactly my kind of hen party – I love the idea of crafty workshops as a hen party activity. It was fun, everybody gets involved and gets talking, it’s suitable for mums and aunts too, and can be incorporated into a bigger party event, where it could be followed by alcohol, games, a night out or whatever else your hen fancies doing!