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Crafty Ideas for Hens

Ok, so you’ve planned the perfect wedding, the honeymoon is booked and the bf has gone off sky-diving for his stag event – so what does a Bride-to-be choose for a girly hen party that doesn’t end up with everyone already worse for wear by 8pm?

We’ve increasingly seen Brides organising a whole day of girly activities for their Hen events – from chocolate truffle making to nail pampering, massage, herbal tea or wine tasting – to our vintage afternoon and mad hatter tea parties! There are a lot of great ways to indulge yourself with your best friends.

Mad Hatter Hen Party

Crafty PartyGetting help organising your activities to ensure your hen party has something unusual and really fun to offer is a must! When we heard about this local firm the Crafty Party Company and the range of ideas they offer for hen parties (and for all sorts of other events) we loved it – and couldn’t wait to share!

Katie Rand, the founder of the Crafty Party Company has hunted down lots of local arts, crafts and creative workshop providers so you can create a bespoke day of hen party activities.

Here’s a sample of the workshops she has on offer ….

Paper decorations: (3 hours, £20 pp). Learn how to make paper teacups, flowers, bows, & wreaths perfect for wedding day decorations or for home. This unique workshop from paper artist Anissa Lee (we’ve featured her wonderful Alice in Wonderland inspired work before) will introduce your friends to incredible paper art!

Anissa Lee

Pictures © Anissa Lee and Nimama Photography – with permission

Ceramic painting: (2.5 hours, £18 pp). A popular activity for hens. Guests paint ceramic for themselves or each paint an item that forms a tea set for the bride and groom as a wedding present! You can personalise  plates with names of the guests or create a themed memento for the day.

pottery ceramic painting

Hen Party

cut soap

Luxury Soap Party: (2 hours £18pp for 8+) Spend time with friends making goodies to pamper yourself after the hard work of a normal day.  The group can choose to make bath bombs, bath melts, bath creamers or bath soufflés using natural ingredients and a range of fragrances and sparkle.

Favour Making: (2.5 hours £25pp for 8+) Create your own wedding favours to give at your wedding or to pamper yourselves when it’s all over.  You can choose to make & package bath soufflés or bath creamers to give on the big day. Using skin loving oils, natural vegetable butters & a bit of love you can create a beautiful favour. Choose from a range of fragrances, flowers, petals & sparkle including something for the boys. Suitable for younger hens too

Confetti cones and floral bags: (1.5hours £15pp 8+) Natural confetti cones filled with floral buds & petals. Make your own confetti cones from paper embedded with petals and then mix the petals & floral buds of your choice to fill. Or make little scented bud bags to give as favours then we can enjoy a fragrant time mixing the petals, adding a little extra scent and bagging them in organza bags to complement your colour scheme.

If you like the sound of any of these ideas or have another crafty idea you’d like help with then Katie can definitely get you started.

For further information on workshops, or other crafty services such as children’s workshops at weddings please contact Katie at the Crafty Party Company

Emailthecraftyparty@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: 07824396645  Webwww.thecraftypartycompany.co.uk

To combine a Crafty Party with a vintage tea party or Mad Hatter Hen Party in Dorset then just let us know – we’ll provide a discount for any combined bookings – prices for food and china hire start at £15 per head. Contact us at info@vintagedorset.co.uk

vintage tea party


Published by vdorset, on 12th June 2012 at 8:18 am. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Food Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Crafty Ideas for Hens

Georgian Faces exhibition

Dorset County Museum is a gorgeous place. Its packed full of so much vintage and historical charm that you have to pinch yourself every now and again just to remember that you’re in Dorchester and not in a fairy story. Today we’ve been there (along with what seemed thousands of children) to take photographs for the press for our Valentine’s Fayre – but we also caught a sneak glance through the doors at the installation of the Georgian Faces exhibition which is due to start on Saturday and is promising to be absolutely divine.Georgian Faces exhibition

The exhibition brings together an impressive gallery of paintings from the Georgian period showing the people who lived in Dorset and influenced it during the 18th Century. This is a sophisticated and internationally important exhibition of artworks including works by Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney, Thomas Gainsborough and Allan Ramsay. Three of the painters featured in the exhibition, Sir James Thornhill, Giles Hussey and Thomas Beach were all born in Dorset.

Many of the paintings have rarely been exhibited before and all are of an exceptional quality. The National Portrait Gallery will be running a day school at the museum looking at 18th Century Portraiture and the curation of Georgian Faces: Portrait of a County.  The speakers for the day are all highly distinguished in their field and include Susan Sloman, the Gainsborough specialist, who rarely gives lectures.  Tickets for this day school are £40 and are available from Dorset County Museum or from the Portrait Specialist Network website.

The full progamme of events and lectures for Georgian Faces is included here PROGRAMME

We are members of the museum (which is excellent value and a great gift idea) and that means we ‘ll be going along to the exclusive  preview of the exhibition. You can buy Membership to the Museum for £24 a year enabling you privileges, offers as well as unlimited admission to the exhibitions and free evening lectures . Apply in person or by completing the form here: APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP


Published by annie, on 12th January 2011 at 6:08 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , Comments Off on Georgian Faces exhibition