Hen Party

February 11, 2012

There is nothing quite like a night out with your girlfriends. Getting yourself all dolled up, wearing your fancy pants, high heeling it and grooving the night away before heading home elegantly, maybe with just a slight stumble or two in said high heels. It’s a beautiful thing.

The obligatory night out with your girls before you get married can be a little tired and cheezy, let’s be honest. Luckily my girls are all class, we had a truly fabulous night. I found myself to be one very happy Hen.

I was incredibly spoilt by my bridesmaids. One of my amazing ladies handled most of the organising – from the activities to the decorations, including the Audrey Hepburn VIP passes. She came up with a brilliant idea that was fun for everyone and really true to who I am. I cannot thank Peta enough for this, she’s truly one of the brightest beauties on this planet. I feel blessed to have her in my life and cherish her friendship.

This night made me realised how lucky I am to have such an incredible group of friends. Beyond my amazing bridesmaids, I find myself surrounded by intelligent, caring, stunning, hilarious ladies who enrich my life more than they’ll ever know.


Our night started at my house, where we delighted in Moët and Strawberries. It was a hot night, really sticky and muggy. Let me tell you, I am now officially against wearing my hair out on my wedding day.

We then had a mini bus take us to our destination, over the Bolte Bridge to factory land, where Harriet informed me that we were in fact getting our forklifting licences – win!! You see until I arrived, I had no idea what my girls had planned for the night. This made it such a fun mystery! Unfortunately we weren’t getting our forklifting licences – that will have to wait for another girls night out. No, we were about to experience…

A Cooking Demo Dinner Party!!

Isn’t that the best idea for a Hens night? I’m sure fellow foodies will agree. Raw Materials put on a great show – they were super relaxed and friendly yet very professional. I would definitely recommend this experience to others!

Peta had set up the table beforehand in a truly beautiful fashion. From the fresh flowers she picked up at Camberwell Market that morning, to the polka dot lolly bag place settings. Stunning. Perfection. We expect nothing less form Peta, though, she’s divine (remember the dinner party she threw? Gorgeous).

Group shot!

We started with Sangria and Paella demonstrations…

Before heading inside for some Tapas: mushroom, chorizo and onion on toasted garlicy bread, with a prosciutto wrapped asparagus spear. Absolutely delicious. There were some other bites there, yet I found myself focussed on these two delights.

Clearly I was enjoying myself. I was thrilled to be able to satisfy my craving for chorizo, which I’ve had ever since tuning into Nigella Lawson, the goddess, before falling asleep at night. Nigella is a huge fan of this paprika log, and ours was pretty darn fantastic.

P.S. I had a sash. It was special.

Then the main event!

The Paella was jam-packed full of chorizo, chicken, fish, prawns and mussels! Plus a scattering of pretty, pert peas and vibrant capsicum. Such a feast for the eyes.

We ended on a perfect little pot of Creme Catalana, which is essentially a Spanish creme brûlée and was undoubtedly scrumptious. This was my first taste of this beautiful dish, and with prominent citrus hits, it was truly love. Love.

Tapas + girls night = a seriously fabulous, successful equation.

After dinner we did a little quiz. De, one of my beautiful bridesmaids, is still overseas and hence could not join in the fun. She did, however, create a little quiz for me. De asked Ben a variety of questions and if I got one wrong, I had to do a tequila shot. Tricky business, ladies.

It was all rather hilarious. When asked who his celebrity pass was (i.e. which celebrity he would have a ‘free pass’ to sleep with should they ever meet), Ben didn’t quite understand the question. Believing a celebrity pass to mean ‘which celebrity he’d love to hang out with’, my man answered “Michael Jordan”. True story. He cracks me up. So yeah, I got that one wrong. I got a fair share wrong, but luckily the shots were diluted. Clearly they feared I’d end up on the floor too soon.

Dinner, drinks and a quiz – how fun is that? And there wasn’t a single hint of Penis Paraphernalia in sight.

Oh hang on, yes there was…in the form of a Penis Piñata. Ben jokingly sent an online link to Peta a while ago, and she ended up buying it. Awesome.

I broke the bat.

This guy was filled with mini Nerds and Freedo Frogs, score! I developed a new-found appreciation for mini nerds that night.

It was truly the best Penis Piñata a girl could ask for.

Here’s a sneaky video for those of you keen to see my athleticism. As my friend Bear pointed out, all those years of Rounders in primary school came in handy. As did my shoe.


We then piled back into the mini bus, lolly bags in tow,

and headed to The Night Cat and then LuWow on Johnston St for dancing! LuWow was all kinds of awesome – with Hawaiian decor, a screen playing retro movies and Go-Go dancers on pedestals, I found myself in a very happy space for the short while we visited. I am so keen to head back there – pure Hawaiian retro fab. It doesn’t get any cooler than that.

And with that I headed home, with a stash of mini nerds in my clutch and without a hint of a stumble. Ok maybe just a little.

To all my ladies, in particular my beautiful bridesmaids and notably Miss Peta Gorgeous Face, thank you. A million times, thank you. I’m the luckiest Hen there ever was.

Heidi xo
  • Blithely Unaware February 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    LOVE this Heidi!!! The cooking school sounds faboosh and I'm SO glad you only had 1 penis… I'm with you on keeping things "nice" at my hens. Considering mani/pedis and dinner somewhere at the moment.. I guess it will all fall into place eventually.


    I'm so excited for your weddinnnnnnnnnnnggg!!!!!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Aww what a great hen's night! You guys had such a great time and thanks for sharing it with us! I am so excited for your wedding! 😀

  • leaf (the indolent cook) February 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Yay for great friends, and yay for a great night out!

  • Heidi February 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Me toooooooooo! hehe. Mani/pedi's and then dinner sounds perfect. You really just want to have a nice time with your girls, that's all 🙂 But I must say, doing the slightly cheezy things like the quiz & piñata were so much fun, more than I realised any typical Hens things would be 🙂 xo

  • Indie.Tea February 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Awww, that sounds (and looks) like SO much fun. Your friends sound really special, and sweet.

  • Hannah February 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Heart-dancing for a perfect, perfect night, my darling!! Yes, that is an acceptable way to integrate a penis into your Hens Night. I approve. 😉

    And I totally was searching for a sash in the very first photo, and thought "THERE IT IS!" when I spotted it 🙂 Oh Heidi, I'm so glad you had such a wonderful night!! Not many sleeps to go now xoxo

  • Hannah February 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Gosh, it sounds like you had SO much fun!! x

  • Heidi February 12, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Lorraine – thank you, lovely 🙂

    Leaf – yay indeed!

    Indie.tea – they are, I'm very lucky!

    Hannah – yes indeed, a special sash & an appropriate penis. The makings of a not so trashy hens 🙂

    Hannah – oooh I did 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Emma Stirling APD February 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Such fun you lucky girl. I love Raw Materials…was lucky enough to do some filming there and the space and guys are fab. Love their product range too…you can order online. Love living your wedding through blogging Heidi xxxx

  • Michelle Chin February 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Glad that you had an amazing night heidi. <3

  • The InTolerant Chef February 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    How much fun was that!?! A dinner party demo was a great idea, and you all looked lovely too. What lovely friends 🙂

  • Heidi February 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Emma – yes they said they've done filming in their space! It's a great place. Their stock is the bomb. Thanks for all your wedding love 🙂

    Michelle – thank you!! 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – very lovely friends indeed, thank you 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) February 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Aww, this is the most wonderful idea for a Hen's night! (Didn't know you call it that way …) The Penis Piñata made me giggle! 😉

  • Lisa February 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Heidi I'm sending this to my sister and telling her if I ever get married this is what I want to do! Except that I want to wear a tiara – any excuse really !

    But what a fantastic night and a fantastic group of girls. There really is nothing quite like a brilliant girlfriend.

  • msihua February 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Oh my! A cooking demo! That's awesome! LOL…

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I love love love this post and hen's party idea 😉 I'm not sure how my friends would react because not all of them are foodies and some are obsessed about staying 'fit' and are on some crazy strict diets 😛 But i think that's fantastic! Hope you had lots of fun~

  • Heidi February 15, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Kath – yes it's a strange name, in my opinion!! thanks 🙂

    Lisa – agreed, so special 🙂

    Msihua – isn't it just!!

    Daisy – I did indeed, and I'm sure your fit girlfriends would be fine, surely! It's about YOU! they have to do what you want 😛

    Heidi xo

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds February 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Raw Materials is great, isn't is? We had a work dinner there about a year ago and I had the best chocolate torte I've ever eaten in my life!

    Glad you had a great Hen's night!

  • Iron Chef Shellie February 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    What a great idea for a Hen's Party!! You looked AHhh mazing!!