Ditch the L-plates, ladies - your hen party just got floral! We've rounded up some truly gorgeous ideas from across the UK...
Flowers everywhere! (Available across the UK)
How much? From £40 per person.
Did you know that the flower crown has been used in celebrations since the Ancient Greeks? From soft and delicate to bright and bold, Bettys Birds have got the know-how and the tools to teach you how to make your flower crown a sensation. Play with fauna and silk blooms to create your own personalised accessory fit for any forest fairy.
This is also the perfect opportunity to add a little handmade magic to your wedding, as you and your bridesmaids can create your own beautiful flower crowns to wear on your big day. Hair up or down, add a little floral fancy and feel gorgeous. Plus, this is a mobile product, meaning the class leader can come out to you whether you may be staying locally.
For more information, visit henheaven.co.uk or call 01273 225 075.
How much? From £45 per person for a flower crown and £65 for a hand-tied bouquet.
Fun and understated elegance are key components at Joanne Truby Floral Design masterclasses. With a warm, friendly and informal approach, Joanne teaches her guests the basics of flower care and preparation, and helps them to bring flowers to life to create loose, natural designs based on colours, season or theme – all topped off with a glass of bubbly!
Joanne provides her bespoke masterclasses either at clients’ homes, or local venues in and around London. Classes normally centre around one or two specific designs, with floral crowns and bouquets being popular choices for hens. Classes include all materials, useful hand-outs and an alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drink.
For more information, visit joannetruby.co.uk or call 07957 414 208.
Craftiness in Cambridge
How much? From £65 per person
Ready to get creative and have a giggle with your girls? You can learn how to spiral stems on a hand-tied bouquet or design your very own vintage arrangement at The Cambridge Flower School. Located just outside of Cambridge in a rambling country house with plenty of of fabulous parkland (and parking!), The Cambridge Flower School can build a workshop just for you and your loved ones. Whether you want tea on the lawn, Champagne and nibbles or a picnic, the team can supply everything you need to make it a memory for everyone to share.
You can choose from the following options to build your dream hen party; the Four Seasons, where you’ll create a beautiful hand-tied bouquet using gorgeous seasonal flowers wrapped in luscious tissues and adorned with ribbons, the Country Garden, a natural arrangement in a wooden box using herbs, British grown flowers (when available) and the best that nature has to offer, or, the bridal party – especially designed for hens, you will create a tablecentre using vintage-inspired containers, which you’ll decorate and fill with an informal mixture of flowers and foliage.
For more information, visit thecambridgeflowerschool.co.uk or call 01223 655 661.
Wales of fun
How much? From £45 per person
If you’re looking for a hen party that is a perfect reflection of your personality, as well as catering to loved ones of all ages, then you might want to check out Walnut & Willows Flowers’ workshop in the South of Wales.
Designed to inspire you to discover a new skill, there is a relaxed atmosphere complete with music and tea and coffee flowing. Aiming to provide you with a fun, professional and imagination-fuelled environment, all of the flowers, tools and containers are supplied, so all you will need to have with you is pen, paper and something to take photos of your gorgeous designs with. You can choose from a session lasting a few hours or a full day with lunch and fizz included – sounds good to us!
For more information, visit walnutandwillow.co.uk or call 07805 397 667.
How much? From £50 per person (maximum of 10 people per class)
Tucked away in the market town of Otley, a 30 minute drive from Leeds, is Leafy Couture HQ, a little piece of floral heaven. Offering a two hour flower crown-making session with all materials, aprons and beautiful seasonal blooms provided, classes are held in the flower school and the team provides light refreshments using pretty vintage china and cake stands.
There is also a two-hour class where brides and hens can create their very own hand-tied arrangement, which can be tailored to specific wedding blooms and colours. A super relaxing activity, it’s ideal for keeping mothers of the bride and groom happy, too!
For more information, visit leafycouture.co.uk or call 07974 089 122.
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