Sunday, 29 April 2012
Nautical Hen Party
This Nautical Hen Party was for my gorgeous sister-in-law, Jen, who got married last year. We went with the nautical theme as a nod to the fact that she was getting married in Greece.
With the help of some very talented and patient ladies, we turned the conservatory of our stunning Sandbanks holiday house into a Sailor Hen Party Paradise.
We rented an amazing house on one of the most expensive roads in the UK, Sandbanks - what a treat! We spent a chilled Friday night round the dining room table chatting and catching up. After a lazy breakfast on Saturday morning, we sent the the hen off for some pampering and we got cracking on the decor.
One of the easiest things for party decor to work is to stick to a set of colours. In this case, red, white and blue were the obvious choices. Balloons go a long way to tie in a colour scheme!
Our netting came from a hardware store and each character was painstakingly hand drawn by a hen's wonderful hubby.
A way to keep costs down is to do what you can with paper and cardboard. We had little seagulls cut from regular white paper and hung from the lampshades. We had circular card cut out to look like portholes with bolts drawn on and photos of Jen displayed inside.
The lifesaver rings came from a Monsoon window display and the mini deckchairs and beach umbrellas were on loan from Beach Cafe.
We tried to stick to red, white and blue food which proved difficult and we ended up with an insane menu! Caprese salad with tomatos and mozarella, loads of popcorn, marshmallows, peppermints, amazing red, white and blue cupcakes and red sour thingys - thank goodness this wasn't meant to be our dinner! We made cardboard cones for the popcorn and paper origami boats to serve the pretzels and crackers in. Little paper flags made with toothpicks make any snack look good!
And the aftermath! Discarded food and empty wine bottles, signs of a well enjoyed afternoon. And then on to the evening festivities which we shall keep under wraps.