Cassie from London went on Ellie’s hen party last weekend and this is what they got up to…..

Where did you have the hen party? London (Islington)

When? Saturday 5th May 2012, 11am til late

What did you know in advance? Everything, except what we were actually making in the craft session and the little, pretty surprises that the bridesmaids had in store i.e. name tags and place mats with the bride-to-be’s face on them!

How many were in your party? 14

Where did you stay? We didn’t sleep over as are all London girls.

What did you do in the day? We went to an amazing vintage bunting craft session at the Crimson Heart Cafe and they supplied us with the most delicious afternoon tea which included fizz and individual heart shaped Victoria sponges.  The bride was allowed to take home our bunting which will have pride of place at the wedding at the end of the month – what a lovely idea!  We then decamped to a pub in Broadway Market for games and more fizz – the name escapes me, where we tipsy by then perhaps!?  We then went to the Narrow Boat ( for a delicious dinner and more fizz and then onto the Blitz Party ( which happened to be in Islington that night.  We were so lucky that everything was so close that we could just pop onto the bus between stops.

Where did you have dinner?   We went to the Narrow Boat and had pre-ordered from a set menu.  I had delicious fish cakes followed by a chocolate brownie but other options included risotto and crème brulee.

Did you go clubbing? The Blitz party – so ace!  There was a live band and a lady on hand to pin victory waves into our hair!  Oh, and lots of soldiers and sailors ahoy.....!

How good was the weekend?  The best hen do I’ve ever been on, hands down.  10/10 and so well organised by the lovely bridesmaids.

What was the highlight?  So corny, but it was such a lovely bunch of girls and we had such a giggle together – we now can’t wait for the wedding at the end of May so we can have a hens reunion.  A handmade memory book that one of the bridesmaids made and into which we all wrote personal notes and added pictures was a lovely personal touch, a hilarious game of guessing which hen had bought which present for the bride and what the stories behind these presents were was fun too.  We were blessed with two highly organised but super creative bridesmaids who made each of us name tags for our wine glasses, personalised place mats for supper, and sailor hats for the evening.

And finally, what would you like to say to the organisers?  You two are the best!  Bring on the wedding.

Thank you to Cassie for sending us this info. For more ideas as to what to get up to in the capital, check out the London page of this site. Or read what bridesmaid Kate organised for her best friend Caroline's hen do in May 2012.