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Q. I'm trying to think of a good hen party that's different from the usual drinking or travelling norm. What can you suggest?
A. Norma Arthur says: A boozy night out isn't everyone's ideal hen party, particularly where different generations are involved. A more sophisticated idea may be to have a day's crafting session. Sitting round a table making something you can be proud of at the end of the day, is a good way to get to know each other better, and to spend time together before the big day. There's always a lot of chat, but also times of intense concentration, plus a photo or two to remember it all by.
My Make a Fascinator in a Day can be arranged at a venue you have booked, such as your local village hall; the necessities being tables, chairs, electrical points and decent lighting. Participants are encouraged to bring colour swatches to match to a special outfit, while the tutor will arrive in good time with all of the equipment and materials, and will do the clearing up afterwards. There's three styles to choose from, with the group pre-selecting the one design for their workshop. The designs offer varying degrees of complexity, but all three are designed with beginners in mind.
Norma Arthur, Amble Pin Cushion