03 September 2018

A Guide to Hosting an Unforgettable Hen Party, courtesy of i heart wines | *COMPETITION*


A hen party is a rite of passage for every bride-to-be, one last carefree and mischievous celebration with the girls before saying, ‘I do’! However, the humble hen do has come a long way since hot pink L plates, polyester veils and plastic tiaras. In fact, research shows that in the UK we now spend an astronomical £507 per hen party, as celebrations have become more extravagant than ever.

Sound familiar?! Not to worry, with wedding season just around the corner, the experts at i heart Wines have created the ultimate DIY hen party guide to ensure you give the bride-to-be a night to remember – without breaking the bank!


 Shake Things Up

Forget hitting the tiles for a cocktail class, bring the party to you by hosting your very own at-home mixology masterclass. Not only is it just as fun to create your own tipples at home, it’s also a great way to break the ice and get the party started.

If you’re not sure where to start, take inspiration from this delicious range of cocktails from i heart Wines!

Yes Way Rose Cocktail
Ingredients:
- 120ml i Heart Rose
- 120ml lemonade
- 8ml lavender syrup
- Fresh lemon slice
- Basil (to garnish)

Method:
- Fill a large Collins glass with ice
- Pour in the cold lemonade followed by the lavender syrup
- Once settled, fill the remainder of the glass with i Heart Rose
- Serve with a slice of lemon and garnish with a sprig of basil


Hugo Cocktail
Ingredients:
- 1 part elderflower concentrate
- 3 parts i Heart Prosecco
- 1 lime, squeezed
- Ice cubes
- Fresh mint

Method:
- Add the ice cubes, mint, and squeeze of fresh lime to a jug
- Gently muddle the mint to release the flavours
- Add 1 part elderflower concentrate followed by 3 parts i Heart Prosecco, enjoy!



Host a Sophisticated Sparkling Afternoon Tea

For brides with a sweet tooth, an indulgent afternoon tea is the perfect surprise. Bake like Mary Berry and plan a picnic in the garden, complete with delectable cakes, sumptuous scones and a selection of savoury treats and sandwiches, served alongside a refreshing glass of bubbles!

Better yet, introduce some competition and challenge the hens to get their hands dirty with an at-home Bake-Off competition. At the end of the hard work, kick back and relax with a bottle or two of i heart Prosecco, a light sparkling wine bursting with classic acacia flower aromas and delicate apple and peach flavours.



Go for Glamourous Glamping

If your party is of a more adventurous nature, whisk them away for an authentic countryside camping experience, sleeping under the stars and exploring the great outdoors. Get the vino out while you build the tents, fire up the barbeque and make the ultimate sweet treat - s’mores! To add a decadent, boozy twist to your mini marshmallow delights, enhance the melted chocolate with 2 tablespoons of red wine, such as the i heart Pinot Noir. This will add sweet plummy flavours and a kick of spice to the popular chocolate dessert.

If this sounds a little like hard work or canvas brings you out in hives, rent a cottage for your hen party crew and stock the fridge with lots of prosecco. Play games in the garden or take a walk into the nearest village to enjoy a cosy pub lunch.




Host an ‘Un-brie-lievable’ Wine Tasting

Just like the bride and groom to be (we hope), wine and cheese are a match made in heaven. If budget allows, invite a sommelier to host a wine and cheese tasting. If not, do your own research and impress your fromage-loving hens with your extensive knowledge of grapes and cheese.

As a handy starting point, i heart Wines offers a selection of straight-talking, great tasting wines from all over the world, complete with food recommendations to match. For instance, top off a cheeseboard with the i heart Shiraz- its juicy black fruit flavours and hint of spice make it the perfect match for soft cheeses such as brie or camembert.





Create an Oasis of Tranquillity

Ensure the future Mrs feels fabulous ahead of the big day by transforming your home into an oasis of tranquillity and getting the girls together for the ultimate at-home pamper session.

To enjoy a taste of the Champneys without the hefty price tag, book a mobile spa service to come to your home so you can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful day, complete with bubbles and blow dries, facials and pedicures.

For a true touch of zen, pop some calming music on in the background, light a few candles and enjoy a crisp glass of i heart Sauvignon Blanc, a dry white wine with refreshing fresh cut grass aromas and zesty lemon flavours.


To start your own hen party celebrations in style I'm giving away a selection of i heart Wines wines to one of my lucky readers!

To enter simply follow myself on Twitter, and i Heart Wines on Instagram.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions
- All entries MUST be aged 18 or over at the time of the giveaway to enter.
- Please use the Rafflecopter widget to enter this giveaway.
- To qualify you MUST follow myself, @LippyInTheCity on Twitter and @iheartwines on Instagram.
- I will select a winner at random who will receive a selection of i heart Wines wine.
- Unfortunately this is a UK giveaway ONLY.
- The giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday 9th September 2018.
- Giveaway winners will be contacted within 48 hours of the competition ending.


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Good luck! xoxo

Thank you so much to the fabulous people at Speed for giving me the opportunity to experience i Heart Wines. The sample bottles I received were complimentary and for review purposesall opinions are my own. 
Please drink responsibly. 
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