As tradition dictates there apparently has to be a hen party before a wedding for the bride and all her female friends to go out and party one last time, well I will say now anyone expecting a report of strippers and wild debauchery may be a little disappointed.

I have to say that Lucy did an amazing job of organising as I really had no idea of what she had planned or even who was coming and in fact I didn’t actually know which of two days we were actually going out till last weekend, now normally this would have me so stressed you would not believe but to be honest this week has been so stressful I really hadn’t had time to think about it, so was probably just the evening I needed.

I was picked up by Ruth, Lixie and Lucy at quarter to five and was whisked away to the Brewery where we fulfilled one of Lucy’s fantasies by driving up the long pipe like road to the upstairs car park.

Apparently we were a little early so a pre hen visit to Hobby craft should be taken and funnily enough we net a few familiar faces.

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Couldn’t have asked for a better start ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we may have confused the staff a little when we posed for a picture. What doesn’t show up are Lixie’s amazing stripy tights.

We were then ushered along to Cosmo in the Brewery, now this is a place that me and Andy have been looking at going to since it opened in Romford and have never quite made it, we were confronted by a very long queue but Lucy being as organised as ever had us all booked in and ushered us past a very long queue to a table for ten.

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We weren’t disappointed by the food, everyone made several visits to the buffet which although had asian leanings also served Pizza, Piaella, Chips, well in fact far more than I could ever list, my favourite was the Dim Sum bar. There may have also been a couple of glasses of something sparkly and pink partaken of ๐Ÿ™‚

After being joined by Rachel we headed out in convoy to my next surprise, it was a revisit to the dogs, where we had celebrated my 40th last year, for those who have never been I highly recommend it, when we go we put ยฃ1 on a race, just for fun, never expecting to win anything (and this time I didn’t) and the rule is the winner buys the penny sweets.

Up to now I had got away with out some of the more traditional hen night traditions but the girls suprised me with this.

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My own veil and bubbles, the veil was especially made with items from everyone there that they thought represented me, I will eventually post some close ups but you can see a wonderful filet butterfly from Barbara who couldn’t join us, several beautiful crochet hooks, cute little knitted hats, some knitted wire and some charms one of which has inscribed on it ‘crochet Diva’. I was very good and wore it all evening but did strengthen my belief that I have made the right decision about not having a veil on the day, mind you if I keep getting break outs of spots like I am at the moment I may reconsider.

An evening out of course wouldn’t be complete with out some knitting, I think we may have even converted my sister ๐Ÿ™‚

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And here we are,the final group at the end of the night, my sister actually found someone sober enough to take a group shot, where you can actually see the wonderful shawl that Mary had crocheted for me and to be honest by the end of the evening it was turning a little nippy so was immediately put on, there will be better pictures of this as it is stunning probably over on the nickerjac blog.

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It was fantastic to have people from different parts of my life come together for an evening and I really appreciate the effort everyone took to come out for the evening, it was perfect and just what I needed.

I would also like to thank my sister for the photos as mine were all rubbish, I am sure that there will be further ones appearing online from other participants at some point ๐Ÿ™‚

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