| Congratulations to Samantha
Bottomley, you are our Hen Party of the week! You and your hens wowed us so
much that we hand-picked you to feature as our Real Life Hen case study this
The Yorkshire lass met her hubby-to-be, Oliver, the old fashioned way – through a friend of a friend – and 6 years later they celebrate this by tying the knot.
Oliver is a true romantic and popped the question on Bondi beach in Australia 3 days into their holiday. Sam was over the moon that Oliver had got down on one knee and they spent the rest of their holiday engaged!
Sam’s luck didn’t end their either, when it came round to her hen weekend her sister and maid-of-honour, Chloe, organised all the shenanigans from start to finish - and to top it all off everything was a huge surprise to Sam!
Chloe organised for all the girls to head up north to Newcastle, she says. “I booked it as a surprise, the only things Sam knew in advance were the dates! Everyone did really well to keep it a secret. We had her put on a willy eye mask for the journey so that whenever we saw a road sign it didn’t give it away. However when we stopped at McDonald's on the way (it was a must!) we had to tell her then otherwise she would have heard the Geordie accent!”
The rowdy hens travelled up to Newcastle on a mini-bus where they chatted and played games, Sam says. “We played 'Guess the age' of old pictures of Sam, 'Who knows the bride best' and everyone wrote a funny/embarrassing memory anonymously which I had to guess who I shared this memory with and explain it to everyone else!” All of this whilst wearing a Willy mask – impressive work Sam!
Chloe made sure that the guest of honour stood out from the group dressing her in a white dress, pink tutu and a white veil, while the other hens all wore black with the classic personalised hen party sashes.
The girls swung round and hung upside down at their Pole Dancing Class bringing out their inner sass. Chloe and the hens also packed Sam’s suitcase to make sure that the dance class remained a secret, she says. “Pole dancing was so much fun, however we were all aching and covered in bruises the day after! I've got a picture for proof! I'm still aching now actually! We had an age range of girls in their 20s - 50s and everybody thoroughly enjoyed pole dancing, it was such a giggle and the best way to break the ice as not everyone was familiar with each other!”
The bride-to-be says that the whole weekend was fantastic but the Pole Dancing Class and Cocktail Making were her personal highlights from the weekend. Chloe also explains how she loved the Cocktail Making Class and says that it was great fun for everyone. “Sam did the vodka train at the end which was brilliant fun! The bartender also gave us a forfeit of a chilli shot if any of us over or under filled a shot for our cocktails, a very good incentive not to!!” she says.
“We weren’t expecting all the food at the end of the Cocktail Making, but it definitely came in handy after all the cocktails we polished off between us!” The girls then lined their tums with pizza to prepare for the night of dancing ahead – which they enjoyed so much they forgot to do their dare cards!!
“I really can't thank you enough for all of your help and your assistance from start to finish, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a smile on their face throughout! All of us agreed that we wouldn't change a thing! Definitely recommending UKGirlThing to all of my friends and family.” Chloe says.
If you would like to see Sam and Chloe pictures from the hen party (of course you do!) then check out our album on Facebook here.
Here’s a video of Sam herself and her vodka train at the Cocktail Making Class!