"Thank you so much for yesterday. Jen really enjoyed it as did the rest of the girls. Really lovely service and food - made us feel very looked after." Jeni Carroll, Jen's hen weekend, Bath, 19th September 2015"
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"When my sister first asked me to plan her hen do for her, although I was honoured, I was also absolutely terrified as I'd not done anything like this at all before! My best friend Sarah Denton, who came to the hen party too, was a massive help and she found the website for The Secret Tea Party. I telephoned Mrs Stokes one weekend and explained that I wanted to plan a hen do in Bath. She was so helpful and really accommodating. I instantly felt better about the task ahead and much more at ease. Mrs Stokes gave me some very helpful pointers when planning and she thought of everything right down to the last detail. I was so pleased as I wanted to make things really special for my sister and Mrs Stokes and her team helped me to create the perfect day, thank you so much!!! I would highly recommend The Secret Tea Party to anyone wanting to plan a hen do or another special occasion for a friend or family member, you'll have a truly memorable day!"
Claire Hyde, the Bride's Sister (above right, being hugged by her sister the hen). 28th March 2015,
We're not always lucky enough to see the photos after the hen do, but Rachael McGowan nee Hyde, sent us some beautiful wedding pics along with a testimonial about her Charleston Tea Party that we threw for her in a church hall in Bath on 28th March. We've posted them in the gallery below, along with snaps of the hen party.
Rachael's sister Claire Hyde organised it for her brilliantly and they both loved the flexibility of booking the hall - its blank canvas quality meant they could personalise the decoration. It also meant that their guests, who were based in London and Wales, could just travel to Bath for the day and be based in one place rather than having to stay overnight. They made full use of the space, dancing, playing games and of course, eating cake! Says Rachael:
"I was lucky enough to have my sister (and maid of honour!) organise a Secret Tea Party for my Hen Do. It was FABULOUS! I arrived to find a hall beautifully laid out with gorgeous tulip centrepiece, vintage china, mini crackers to pull and a lovely glass of bubbly on arrival, and with all my favourite people! We had a teacher come to teach us the Charleston to work up an appetite for our sumptuous tea party and even the most left-footed of us managed to do a whole routine! It was such fun - we ended up doing it to a club track at the wedding! The food was gorgeous - little finger sandwiches, mini victoria sponges, rose water meringues, lemon drizzle cake, all topped off with copious amounts of tea and fizz! We all felt very pampered! Sitting down to eat with everyone gave us all a chance to catch up (and play some games!) and we even got to take home the flowers and some leftover cake! I would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone considering a hen do with a difference."
Rachael McGowan, Charleston Tea Party, 28th March 2015 in Bath