In just 6 weeks one of my very best friends is getting married! It's the first of one of my Harpenden school friends to get married and it's ridiculously exciting! So on Saturday we had an amazing Alice in Wonderland themed hen do in her honour! Here I am with Alice herself!
and here I am with Pippa - my other half for the day! We came as Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, and clearly we weren't that original in choosing our characters because here is the whole group:
There were about four other pairs too! which made for a very stripe filled day!
Here's one of the other pairs: Kiera and Caz, with Lauren - the Queen of hearts.
Nat and Jo certainly went the extra mile complete with fat bellies, giant bow ties and those awesome spinning hats! Amys was the rabbit and Jade made a rather stylish Mad Hatter.
Here Lauren is showcasing her hearts a little bit more!
Mel was another Queen of Hearts and Nat was another Mad Hatter!
Rose was a lovely co-ordinated pink and purple flower! Amy was the caterpillar, complete with pipe, and clever Georgie had a cool dress she had created herself with all kinds of card suit shapes on! (She was also the one who had made all of our amazing aprons!)
Here Amy is, taking a closer look! and trying to hunt her apron down by the looks of it!
My apron came complete with my name embroidered on it, and a cute little heart which co-ordinated perfectly with my tights!
Once everyone was apron-ed up, it was time for the cupcaking to begin!
I gave everyone a basic demo in how to do perfect frosting swirls, and these creative people were getting busy at the fondant table!
Rose made this amazing cheshire cat cupcake, by colouring each piece of fondant individually and shaping it to make the cats face...very clever stuff!
Anne (another queen of hearts!) and Amy and Grace (another pair of Tweedle-dums and Tweedle-dee!) were getting busy with all the sprinkles on offer!
There was quite alot to choose from!
Here Jade is proudly showing off her cupcake creations!
She had listened carefully to my every word, and it shows - because look at the beautiful cupcakes she created!
Lauren even co-ordinated her cupcake to her outfit, now that's what I'm talking about!
There was some sneaky tasting going on in the greedy corner!
Everyone picked one cupacke they were going to eat at the afternoon tea and put it on Georgie's tray...so here she is displaying all the masterpieces!
We checked the team plan to see which team we were going to be part of for the day.
I was a diamond, along with the hen herself...and what a great team that turned out to be!
This is the cupcake Laur made for her peanut butter loving fiance!
After we were all cupcaked out...we made our way through to the garden where we had our afternoon tea - but it was more like a feast!
Everything had been decorated so beautifully with lovely handmade bunting, and little eat me and drink me labels attached to everything...along with those awesome coloured doilies
and even heart sugar cubes! yes...every detail was attended to!
down to the lovely vintage crockery and even the little playing card that each of us had at our place!
Here is one stand of cupcakes ready to be devoured!
and here's a little shot of everything in full swing!
After lunch, luckily the rain stopped and the sun came out long enough for us to embark on a fun filled treausure hunt. We were based in our cars so we were zooming all over Harpenden finding clues and solving anagrams trying to be the first team to make it back!
We also got bonus points by doing various things like having a picture taken with a man you didn't know under an umbrella! This man was more than happy to oblige, it must have been my silly outfit!
Off runs Alice in to the woods to find the next clue!
and here my team mates are dashing back to the car, I was the driver. This was the final clue and so it was a mad dash back to the car to ensure we were the first team back at the house.
We were! and here we are posing for a victory shot!
After that, there was some candy floss action!
which was met with squeals of delight from Laura! She definitely approved!
and here she is enjoying it with Georgie when the clouds had well and truly disappeared!
The next event was Sumo wrestling! and we had a fantastic (and slightly scary) Russian judge who got things going!
No-one wanted to take Laura on, look at that face - can you blame them!
She was triumphant in her first round win!
and you have to love this shot of Becky!
Jo put up a good fight, but the highlight of the Sumo was when Amy fell flat on her face! sadly I was too busy laughing to snap any pics!
We moved back into our cosy little mini marquee for a spot of candle-lit dinner!
and then there was more fun and games with a Mr and Mrs quiz! Laura did very well and matched an amazing amount of answers with Sam's. However there were a few incorrect matches, and so forfeits were involved...
and Laura being Laura was only too happy to fulfill them! like seeing how many marshmallows she could stuff in her mouth in 30 seconds!
When she got an answer right she was able to open a present, which resulted in lots and lots of lovely presents for her!
We finished the night with a quiz about how well we knew Laura, and then we found out the results of
who had won the day! Diamonds - my team! had managed to be victorious which we were all very
It had been an amazing amazing action packed day, that had been organised so fantastically by the 3 bridesmaids! and was definitely a fun filled day where lots of memories were created that we won't be forgetting in hurry!
Now...roll on September 3rd for the wedding of the year!