Monday, 30 March 2009

Happy Hens


Elle had her Hen Day/Night on Saturday - and here she is with her bridesmaids, all of them looking (in my immensely proud and totally biased m-o-t-b opinion) every inch as glam as The Pussycat Dolls. These girls are total stars. Close friends since childhood they are (in no particular order) a nurse, a police officer, a paramedic and a residential social worker.

We had such a brilliant girlie day and night - the day being pampered at a spa (I LOVED it! The facial was sublime - and I'm now addicted to the pool-side heat beds...), and then a surprise night out in Oxford (complete with loads of pink frous-frous - which I think I loved more than anyone!) organised by the bridesmaids, with a fabulous meal. Then, having taken over the centre of Oxford in a 40-strong can-can kicking conga line, us older ones returned home and let the girlies continue their celebrations at their favourite night-club.

This is my beautiful Elle all dolled-up with loads of embarrassing Bride-to-Be paraphernalia. Yes, of course I cried...



This post is going to be mainly pics of The Big Night Out - so thought this one was quite amusing too. This is Vee, me and Em-Next-Door-As-Was before we left for the restaurant. Not as glam as The Pussy Cat Dolls, but hey...



We all wore Little Miss T-shirts with suitable slogans on the back - this is mine...


And a by now slightly squiffy bride-to-be complete with compulsory and even more embarrassing head-gear...


And one final pic of the bridesmaids all looking amazingly gorgeous considering the number of champagne cocktails they'd managed to consume in a scarily short space of time...



As I'm now completely obsessed with wedding preparations - 12 days to go! - my blog posts will probably be even more dazed and confused than ever - at least until after Easter. Today Elle (who has just about recovered) and I are off to the florists to make sure everything is organised - then we're hoping to have a quiet mum-and-daughter lunch somewhere calm - tomorrow we sort out the bridesmaids shoes (being dyed to match the frocks), on Weds it's Elle's birthday so The Toyboy Trucker and I are taking her out as it'll be her last singleton birthday, Thurs is the photographer, Fri the caterers, Sat is the Final Frock Fitting, and Sun is the last fitting of the Boys Suits... Soooo a nice leisurely week...

Oh, and as I am supposed to be a writer - my token writerly comment is that somewhere in amidst this excitement I AM writing Midnight Feast...

7 comments:

Margaret McDonagh said...

Superb pictures!!! I was thinking of you all weekend and hoping you were having a fab time, so it was brilliant to read all about it and to know that you took to the facial and the pampering like the proverbial duck to water!!!!

You all look lovely. And Elle, evena bit squiffy, is just radiating happiness.

The next twelve days are clearly going to be manic and exciting and emotional. And then THE BIG DAY. I shall be with you in spirit. Please give Elle and The Doctor my love and best wishes for the lifetime of happiness they deserve. Gosh, just took a moment to think back to the beginning and how far things have come to this very special day! It's wonderful.

The big red envelope is in the post!

Thinking of you all.

Much love,
Mags xxxx

Debs said...

What wonderful photos. You all look like you had such great fun. Isn't Elle beautiful? And so like you!

Happy birthday to Elle on Wednesday too. I'm so looking forward to hearing all about the fab wedding.x

ChrisH said...

Wonderful, happy photos! Aren't daughters lovely? (Puffing up with maternal pridiosity at her two). Must admit I feel more comfortable with mine as young women than I did when they were tiny. Eek! Enjoy the next twelve days with your gorgeous Elle.

Gonna be a writer said...

Thanks for sharing these. You all look like you had a fab time.

Christina Jones said...

mags - thank you, we all had a really great time. Mmmm - Elle and The Doctor have come a long way since their first M&B beginnings!!! Oh, and The Big Red Envie arrived today - thanks a million - they'll LOVE it!

Debs - I think they're lovely photos too (unbiased, moi?) so thank you. And Elle is lovely (I'll pass on the birthday wishes - thank you) - but far more beautiful and grown up than I'll ever be. She's SO calm and organised and serenely happy while I'm exactly like an overexcited puppy at the moment!

ChrisH - thank you. I intend to enjoy every minute - and I'm SO glad I have a daughter - and like you, I'm finding her much easier to cope with now than when she was little...

Gonna be a writer - I really wanted to share some of the happy stuff. I've done enough whingeing on this blog to last a lifetime!!!

Mummy said...

You all look wonderful - you've lost that weight again - you look stunning! I'm sure everything will go to plan - remember to enjoy the day and not stress all through it! x

Christina Jones said...

Mummy - thanks so much! Yep, I've STARVED into the m-o-t-b frock - JUST. Stunning? Nah. Just a bit thinner - and with Very Bad Hair after the spa... But comments much appreciated!!!