The best thing about being the age I am right now is that there are lots of special occasions coming up that require a right good celebration. Weddings, thirtieth birthdays, hen dos… my diary has been full of lovely events over the past few months and I have a lot more coming up over the spring and summer.
Although a hen party virgin until 2009, I’ve now made up for this and have five of them under my belt, including one I went on this weekend. It was for a very dear friend from university, which meant there were lots of other old friends there, which in turn led to lots of catching up and reminiscing and gossiping.
We stayed in a cottage on a farm so there were lots of animals around, including a most handsome Rhode Island chicken called Gunther who had the most amazing tail feathers. He kept trying to come inside the cottage but although technically a hen as well, we felt he wouldn’t really be able to fully participate in the activities.
We drank Pimms in antique teacups while wearing hats and pretty dresses…
… and then later on had rum and Amaretto cocktails from a shell, which has now spoilt me for any other drinking containers. Whenever I have a cocktail now, it’s got to be in a shell or it just ain’t happening.
It was lovely to hang out with friends and feel like I was twenty again, where getting dressed up and going out on a Saturday night was the norm, rather than a once-in-every-couple-of-months-if-that occasion as it is now. Although I love living with S, hen parties remind me how fun it is to live with girls: to get ready for a night out over a glass of wine while straightening each other’s hair and helping to decide outfits and accessories, and then the next day to lounge around in your pyjamas, drinking tea, nursing hangovers and dissecting what happened the night before. It’s even lovelier to know that friendships forged over a decade ago are just getting better and better. I’ve said it before: it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you saw a good friend, time just melts away and you pick up straight where you left off. And that makes me very happy.