fifties style hen do in henley


I can’t believe this is my last post as a bride-to-be. I have really enjoyed sharing my ideas and journey with you. They say that time flies when you’re having fun – I can definitely vouch for that! This time in 3 weeks, we will be Mr & Mrs Mulley and enjoying the start of our honeymoon together – can’t wait!

For this post I wanted to share the details of my amazing hen do!! As mentioned in my last post, my friends planned it as a total surprise for me. Being the organised freak I am, they agreed to let me know what I needed to bring and so a few weeks before I received the cutest little invitation in the post, explaining that I needed a 50’s style day and evening dress – but that was all I was getting.

The day arrived and after a guessing game journey, we arrived in Henley-on-Thames! Henley is the most beautiful place, with its quaint little riverside houses and quirky looking boats. Straight away I just felt so relaxed and excited as to what was in store.

We were instructed to walk to the river and follow the path to the Rowing Museum. At this point I had no idea what to expect, then all of a sudden I heard some cheering coming from a barge and realised it was the girls! It was the best surprise ever, they has decorated the barge inside and out with bunting, frills and doilies, everything was so pink and pretty and soooo me.

Everyone had a goodie bag which included a 50’s hair bow, red lipstick and eyeliner ready to get glammed up, and I was given the most beautifully handmade Bride sash, 50’s poufy veil and matching lace gloves. It was perfect.

On the first day we had a cruise up the river and then a party on the barge. The girls had ordered loads of food goodies and drinks, served on flowery plates and napkins, and pink cocktail glasses with jazzy straws. We played some classic hen do games – which turned a bit wild by the end of the night but I haven’t laughed so much!

On the second day, we were truly transported into the 50’s, thanks to the two Holly’s at Vintage Hen Parties. Firstly, we had a 50’s dance class in a local theatre, where we learnt to rock and roll. It was so much fun and we got to record our final routines to look back on. We then headed back to the barge for some well-deserved and delicious afternoon tea. The girls had organised a ‘Gem’s Bake Off’, where I took my role as Mary Berry to judge the winner. This was then followed by a 50’s hair makeover, ready to hit the town and show off our new moves! Everyone looked so good, and what was nice is that everyone’s hair was so different.

This was all finished off on the Sunday with the tastiest fish and chips on the river at The Angel – and a large juice to sooth the head!! I honestly couldn’t have wished for more on my hen do, I was buzzing all weekend and think everyone else had a great time too!

Gemma x

Emma K

I’m Emma, co-founder and editor of where I dedicate much of my time to encouraging people to live life to the full and say ‘yes’ a little more. But with a background in weddings (waitressing since I was 12 years old for my Mum’s catering business, and dabbling in wedding blogging), I am delighted to find a second home here at BLOVED


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