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Stylish Stags and Sophisticated Hens

TOAST’s top picks for adding some style and sophistication to proceedings!

Wedding season is fast approaching and that also means that it’s time for the obligatory stag and hen dos too! If you’re planning someone’s ‘last night of freedom’ then read on for TOAST’s top picks of adding some style and sophistication to proceedings…



It all began with the ‘bachelor party’, which in fact is said to date back as early as the 5th century B.C when the ancient Spartans were the first to make a celebration out of the groom's last night as a single man. The event is known by different names in different countries: in Germany it is called Junggesellenabschied, which literally means ‘farewell to bachelorhood’, it is known as the ‘buck's party’ in Australia, a ‘stag party’ in the U.K., Ireland and Canada and, with typical panache, the ‘Enterrement de vie de Garçon’ in France, which means ‘the burial of the life as a boy’. Cheerful eh?

Although the practice of giving a party to celebrate the bride-to-be also goes back for centuries, the modern day ‘hen’ or ‘bachelorette’ party is likely to have begun during the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Hen parties were uncommon until at least the mid-1980s, and the first book on planning bachelorette parties wasn't published until 1998!

Nowadays, of course, both and hen and stag parties are an integral part of any wedding. Gone are the times of a night at the local pub or nightclub – today’s proceedings usually take place over a weekend at least, and the celebrations are extravagant, imaginative and generally pretty costly too…

In TOAST’s recent Spotlight interview with Matt Mavir, founder of the UK’s leading hen and stag planners aptly named ‘Last Night of Freedom’ – we learnt about their mind boggling packages that range from a day spent baking with a former Great British Bake Off star, to a full a blown expedition to the North Pole! Hens and stags are bigger and better than ever, and the pressure is on to organise something pretty spectacular for the bride or groom.

So if you have been tasked with organising an upcoming stag or hen - Matt also gave TOAST his indispensible do’s and don’ts which you can find over on TheEdit now, and here are TOAST’s top picks of some of the best ways of adding style, sophistication and fun to anyone’s last night of freedom… 

TOAST's Pick of The Best Stag and Hen Party Ideas

Kimono Hen Party

There are few more unique and elegant hen party ideas than this one. Takayo offers London’s only ‘Kimono Party’ which she can host in a hotel of your choice, or at home. Hens will be immersed in the delights of Japanese culture and the rituals of dressing in Kimono and kanzashi (traditional antique hair ornaments, specific to kimono). Takayo’s enchanting parties will also give you the chance to learn your name and it’s meaning in Kanji, as well as practicing the traditional arts of calligraphy on a paper fan. Ladies can take their handy-work home as a memento, packaged in an exclusive cotton bag.

Takayo Hen Party Group

From £35 per person (min 8 people), take a look at Takayo's profile here to book.

Disappearing Dining Club

Fancy your very own private restaurant for the night? Of course you do. Whether it’s in one of their trendy venues (choose from art galleries, luxury private flats, gardens, rooftops, warehouses, coffee shops, boutiques or stylish back rooms!) or in the comfort of your own home, the Disappearing Dining Club can create a mouth watering dinner party menu featuring dishes such as slow roast pork shoulder, braised borlotti beans and gremolata, and smoked chicken salad with beetroots, lentils and lemon dressing, and serve it up in style to you and all the hungry hens or stags. Evenings start as they mean to go on with a Grey-Goose Le Fizzy (vodka and bubbles) and lots of wine!

Dissapearing Dinning Club Dinner

Prices vary depending on numbers and location, each experience is bespoke and tailored to your specifications. Take a look at the Disappearing Dining Club's profile in our Little Black Book for more information. ; http://www.disappearingdiningclub.co.uk/private-dinners-and-parties#

Whisky Tasting

Don’t know your single malt from your blended whisky? Fear not. Chivas Regal’s UK Ambassador Phil Huckle recently shared his whisky wisdom with TOAST, and gave us his top tips for creating your very own premium whisky tasting at home. It’s the perfect way to discover the wonderful world of whisky in a fun and informal way with friends – and all your need to buy is the whisky itself. Perfect for a sophisticated and cost-effective hen or stag – you can find TOAST’s step-by-step guide over on TheEdit now.

Phil Huckle Tasting

Blossom & Jasmine

Everyone loves a bit of pampering and what could be better than creating the luxury of a spa in your own home? Blossom & Jasmine was created in 2009 by celebrity beauty therapist and nail expert Gintare Lisauskiene; from an hour-long massage to a 15-minute mini-mani, her team of talented therapists will primp, preen and prettify your hens (or stags!) without them having to move an inch - apart from to top their glass, of course. The team even bring their very own scented candles to make your home smell divine too. Ask everyone to bring a bathrobe and slippers to complete the spa vibe.

Blossom And Jasmine

Pamper parties cost from £15 per person for a 15-minute treatment (minimum eight hens), nationwide; take a look at Blossom & Jasmine over in our Little Black Book

 

Mrs Bowtie

Planning a stag? Forget the tacky personalised t-shirts and opt for instead stylish bow ties. Andy Evans and Lianne Hill, aka Mrs Bowtie, produce over 4,000 beautifully unique, handmade British luxury bow ties, pocket squares and accessories perfect for stylish stags. From Liberty prints, dots and stripes to plaids and tartans, there’s also camouflage prints, fried eggs, science and space-themed ties - Mrs Bowtie makes dressing up for a special occasion or themed event, fun and unique.

Mrs Bowtie Blue

Bowties start from £26.00. £35.00 ties and pocket squares £17.00.

Katherine Elizabeth Millinery

Katherine Elizabeth has worked with Dior, dressed the heads of Dita Von Teese, Lily Allen and Alexa Chung - and now you! For a truly unique hen activity, check out her Creative Couture packages where hens can learn how to make their very own Ascot-worthy headpiece or hat under the supervision of Katherine’s award winning, expert team of milliners. No prior experience is necessary as hens are taught various millinery techniques and given a choice of luxurious fabrics, feathers and seasonal materials. Classes can take place at their London studio, a hotel of your choice or in your own home.

Millinery House Events

A Mad Hatter Couture Event by Millinery House Events costs from £48 per person, nationwide. You can book one of her events here, or find Katherine Elizabeth in our Little Black Book

Chocolate Meditation

Chocolate meditation might sound completely bonkers but in fact it’s delicious AND it’s good for you. Just to be clear – we’re not talking about any old chocolates here – we’re talking about Sweet Virtues’ organic chocolate truffles. For a tasty, cost effective and unique activity, gather the bride-to-be and all the hens at home and follow TOAST’s step-by-step guide to hosting your very own chocolate meditation over on TheEdit now.

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For more Chocolatey ideas, take a look at Sweet Virtues profile in our Little Black Book.

Character Cars

Transport your stag or hen in style with one of car enthusiast Mark Perkins’s Character Cars; his impressive collection includes James Bond's Aston Martin, Starsky and Hutch's Ford Torino, the Flintstones' car, Mr Bean's mini and even Del Boy's Reliant Regal! Alongside his impressive collection Mark also has exact replicas of the Batmobile, the Ghostbusters' Cadillac style limo and Noddy's Toyland car, so there really is something for everyone! His vehicles now enjoy retirement but can be hired out for events throughout London and the rest of the UK. A memorable ride for any bride or groom to be!

Character CarsTake a look at Character Car's profile in our Little Black to learn more or book your next sweet ride!

Your Sushi

Your Sushi have taught over a staggering 200,000 people how to make sushi across the UK – and they can teach you and your hens or stags too! A master sushi chef will come to your home and teach you the art of cooking sushi rice, how to prepare vegetables, vegetarian toppings, presentation skills and how to handle raw fish, before showing you how to make a variety of sushi such as Nigiri, Hoso Maki, Futo Maki and California rolls. And after all that hard work, you get to feast on all your sushi creations – tasty!  

Your Sushi

Book your Your Sushi course for up to 10 people at a cost of £599 via their profile in our Little Black Book.

Last Night of Freedom

Currently the UK’s leading stag and hen specialists, Last Night of Freedom offer fun and unique packages such as their new ‘Bake with a Legend’ party where stags or hens get to bake with a former Great British Bake Off contestant. Their ‘Play with a Legend’ package is also pretty special – enabling the party to take to the pitch with one of the bride or groom’s sporting heroes! For more inspiration and founder Matt Mavir’s indispensible dos and don’ts when it comes to stag or hen planning, take a look at his recent Spotlight interview over on The Edit now.

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For more details and to book the Last Night of Freedom to help organise your stag or hen party, take a look at them in our Little Black Book.  


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