Like I said yesterday, I think every hen do needs something that binds the hens together, particularly for the main night out. Some people opt for fancy dress to define you as a group but I think a hen generally wants to get dressed up and look her best. When I was contacted months ago by The Great British Florist to work with them on a feature, at first I couldn’t think what do do with the flowers, then I thought, why not make flower crowns? By the time I was stood up in front of the hens, trying to explain how to make something that I had never made before, it all seemed like less of a great idea, but in my experience, I have never seen a girl with a flower crown who didn’t love wearing it and who didn’t suit it either, so I kept my fingers crossed.
First though, I’ll tell you what we did for the rest of the day…
Our first activity on Saturday was to visit The Thermae Spa. Initially I was planning on booking the Cross bath but in the end decided it would just be like a large bath and the main Spa offered more opportunity to keep busy. In the end we totally lucked out with the incredible weather and spent our time sun screened up in the rooftop pool.
Next up we walked to The Jane Austen Centre which houses the Regency Tea Rooms where we had afternoon tea. I say afternoon tea, but we had it at 1 pm. I didn’t want to add the cost of lunch and felt we would end up eating all day if we did both, plus it’s pretty unnecessary. I originally thought of the Pump Rooms but they don’t take bookings on Saturday unfortunately.
If you’re ever in Bath and want an afternoon tea I highly recommend this one – it was £19 for a mini bottle of sparkling wine (which I was so impressed to find equated to 2 whole glasses rather than the standard 1,) plus the usual afternoon tea sandwiches, cakes and scones. The clotted cream and jam were free flowing and the staff couldn’t do enough to help.
After that we headed home past Bath Crescent to make the crowns. 🙂
As I said, I had never made a flower crown before but I was pretty sure we could make a go of it. As well as the flowers we used some thicker wire, some florists wire (the type that is used for wiring gerberas for example) and some florists tape.
You can pretty much do it however you want but my best advice would be to create small posies of flowers and then tape them onto the wire, working your way around. For the flower crown shy, a side crown or half crown looks great too and is less intimidating, but most of the girls decided to ‘go big or go home’! Once you get used to the idea of it, you get more confident in adding to the general size and shape.
I was totally amazed at how the crowns turned out. Even the less crafty ladies managed great ones and each crown was so different!
We received 3 boxes of flowers from the Great British Florist which contained 2 ‘bunches’ of flowers and foliage in each and had plenty to make our crowns. The Great British Florist specialise in ‘grown not flown’ English flowers and it was really convenient to get them delivered to where we were having the party. If I’m honest I felt there could have been more blooms, but I suspect that may have been as a result of us getting complimentary boxes.
That evening all the ladies donned their crowns and we hit the town for some serious fun.
Dinner was at Graze and then we ended up somewhere much less salubrious for a lot of dancing. I haven’t danced that hard and that long for what feels like forever.
Of course the crowns attracted quite a bit of attention and got passed around a fair bit – bt they stood up to it well and everyone made it home with theirs!
It was epic, I loved every minute.
*No flowers were harmed in the making of this blog post 😉