For some people, the phrase ‘hen do’ is synonymous with going out, getting absolutely ratted and having a ‘last night of freedom’ – luckily I’m not one of those people otherwise the idea of a hen do at nearly 35 weeks pregnant wouldn’t have been that appealing! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I didn’t really drink for a year before becoming pregnant and so I was more than happy to be completely sober during my celebrations!
I was a very lucky bride-to-be as my best friend (and chief bridesmaid) Manda organised it all with some help from some of the other hens. The day saw us all head to Birmingham for a matinee performance of The Bodyguard which was absolutely brilliant – I’ve never really rated Alexandra Burke who took the lead role but she really was excellent, in fact the whole cast were great. Also I’ve never actually seen the film so it was lovely to go and see something at the theatre when you don’t know how it’s going to end!
We then headed to Gas Street Social in the Mailbox, sadly a couple of the ten who’d been there in the day couldn’t make it in the evening but we were joined by four more hens so that was ace. We had a lovely meal and there were also plenty of games organised by Mand and fellow bridesmaid Beccy – including a Mr and Mrs game where they’d asked Dylan for his answers earlier in the week and one where people had to write down clues as to how they knew me and I had to guess who was who.
I found that wearing a ‘bride to be’ sash and being SO pregnant meant I attracted a lot of stares in the theatre – it would have been an attention seekers’ dream come true! And I got very tired when it got a little later in the evening, especially as it was the week I’d got an ear infection so I was feeling a little poorly, plus it was so warm which wasn’t helping! But overall I really wouldn’t have changed it for the world. I feel like a random night out getting drunk wouldn’t have really stood out from any number of other similar nights in the past, whereas this was really memorable – not least because of all the little ‘added extras’ like a book Manda had put together including advice from the hens and lots of pictures of me and my friends. So not only did I come away with a crystal-clear memory of the day but also with some mementos too!
Harriet and bump x