If you have recently put a ring on it, you may already be considering the options for your hen’s night festivities, and if you are yearning for a more sophisticated approach to that traditional all girl celebration you may like to share a few ideas with those female friends who are near and dear. Whether they are bridesmaids for the very first time or seasoned professionals at organising this traditional girls party, as the main organisers the first thing they need to decide is how to celebrate, and so it might be a good idea to provide a few hints on how you would like your pre-wedding shindig to play out!
A wild night on the town is not as popular as you may think with many gal pals planning luxurious pampering weekends, wine and food excursions or a recreational adventure. There are so many choices available for the last hurrah with the girls, and today’s bride to-be is often older and wiser and has definite ideas of how she would like to celebrate her girls’ night out. If you aren’t happy with a sleazy night club crawl, novelty straws and that horrid netted veil, read on as we share ideas that take the cringe to classy by doing something a little more sophisticated for your special girls day.
The Pamper Weekend
Consider an indulgent day of pampering at a day spa or resort for the hen’s event, it’s a great opportunity to treat the bride to a full day of pampering that could include a hair and make-up session before heading out to a civilised dinner enjoying great food and wine. Stephanies Luxury Spa offers various pampering packages. To enable you to embrace your inner ‘Bardot’, they feature a glamorous Spa Party Package that also features a gorgeous high tea. Our favourite package starts with a 60-minute classical facial using the finest in French skin care to ensure your face is radiant, glowing, toned and moisturised to perfection. Toes will then twinkle with a petite pedicure, which includes an expert paint and shape and the hardest part of this treatment will be selecting a nail colour – the range is absolutely divine. Following your luxe treatments, team girls can relax at leisure in your fluffy white robe and slippers and a glass of bubbles in hand! Your party certainly doesn’t stop there though; an indulgent high tea is then served in the privacy of the spa’s tranquillity lounge. Enjoy a selection of ribbon sandwiches, macarons and other French inspired sweet treats as you rebalance, rewind and relax.
Visit Stephanies for more information www.stephanies.com.au.
A Gastronomical Affair
If your bride-to-be is a foodie at heart, then why don’t you consider a luxurious weekend away, indulging in the Sunshine Coast hinterland while spoiling yourself with great food, fabulous wine and a tantalising tree change. Spicers Tamarind Retreat is just a hop skip and a jump away from the hustle and bustle of the city where you can treat your best gal pal with a magnificent weekend of gastronomy and fine fare. Relax in a spacious two-bedroom ‘Forest Villa’. The luxurious lodges are equipped with a comfy day bed and luxurious outdoor deck, just perfect for soaking up the country sun while surrounded by nature. The private free standing villas allow guests to relax and unwind with plenty of room to enjoy a fun evening of girl times in preparation for the following day’s cookery activities.
Get dirty with your own private cooking class where you can create up to five different recipes. From the garden to the plate, the day starts with gathering goodies from the chef’s private patch of locally grown herbs and vegetables. Step-by-step cookery tuition takes place in the purpose built cooking school under the masterful guidance of your own private chef. Cooking classes vary with Italian, French and Thai style lessons available, and attendees will receive their very own apron and recipes from the day so they can take home more than just the happy memories.
Relax with your friends and enjoy your hand crafted banquet with a glass of perfectly paired wine, relaxing amongst the breathtaking views of the tranquil 18-acre property, hidden away in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Visit www.spicersretreats.com/spicers-tamarind-retreat for more information.
Flower Crown Classes
There is no disputing a girl and her love for flowers! Consider a day of flower fabulousness while learning some tricks of the trade as a group and take part in a ‘Flower Crown’ creating class. Sunshine Coast florist Magnolia Grove Flowers offer group parties with plenty of pretty petals on parade. Private workshops are held at your preferred location and include all fresh seasonal flowers, foliage, ribbons and required tools to teach you the simple techniques and skills required to create your very own flower crown. What a perfect way to start a girls’ weekend and you have the opportunity of being able to wear your crown creation that night! Classes usually take approximately 90 minutes and a class size of 8 – 12 people is the ideal group to participate.
For further information, email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yearning for a little bit of European culture? Why not immerse yourselves in a little bit of Italy! Italians love the arts, family, architecture, music, food and wine, and while your girls’ celebrations may not be able to jump on a jet plane to Florence, you can certainly plunge your planning into a weekend of motivated activities that will leave you with a lasting memory of an Italian appreciation.
Start your day off with a morning art class, unleash the creative artist within and have fun painting as a group. ‘Go Arty’ is based on the Sunshine Coast and offer day art classes. As a beginner, they don’t expect you to come up with an absolute masterpiece, and the emphasis is on having fun, so don’t worry if you haven’t had prior experience in canvas painting, they will teach you everything you need to know.
Visit www.goarty.com.au for more information.
Next stop, the Eumundi markets where you can discover a little bit of market culture. The famous markets offer everything from music and grooves, artists spotlights and plenty of taste sensations, with an array of foods to nibble on while wandering through the market stalls.
For everything the Eumundi Markets has to offer visit www.eumundimarkets.com.au.
For your evening celebrations, a dining experience at ‘Locale Ristorante & Bar’, Noosa’s recognised Italian restaurant, is a must. Offering modern Italian cuisine and located in Hastings Street, the restaurant will undoubtedly provide you with a fabulous finale to your Italian enriched weekend.
Make a booking at www.localenoosa.com.au.