#laurenellaweddingmonth Day Two | Hen Party Ideas - an Edinburgh Afternoon Tea and DIY

Afternoon Tea Hen Party Ideas

Hello lovelies! Ready for day two of #laurenellaweddingmonth? Today Sean headed off on his stag do, so I thought it would be the perfect time for me to talk a little about hen parties! I was a bit of a princess and demanded two hen parties - one in Bristol and a smaller one in Edinburgh for people that couldn't come away for a full weekend. I'm not going to post loads of images on here of my actual hen parties as some of my pals probably don't want to be splashed all over my blog, but I might see if my sister wants to contribute a little something on planning a hen do for someone, since she did all the hard work!

What I can do is give a little bit of inspiration for those of you who, like me, think that afternoon tea is the best invention that there has ever been. Afternoon tea is the perfect option for getting a hen do going, it's ideal for mums and grandmas and even pregnant pals to attend as well as all your besties and you can find some really luxurious options these days! Or if, like me, you're heading off somewhere for the weekend, why not create your own DIY afternoon tea?

For my hen party I managed to have both - my sister made some amazing cupcakes and dressed the outside table ready for a proper little tea party when we went away, and I headed to Casa Angelina in Edinburgh with 10 or so of my pals for an amazing vegan friendly option for my mini hen do. 

Afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh

Looking for a luxury afternoon tea experience in the centre of Edinburgh? You can't get more luxurious than a couple of hours at the Waldorf Astoria in their Peacock Alley Lobby Lounge. Earlier in the year I was invited along to try out one of their seasonal afternoon tea menus (you might have spotted a glimpse on my social media) and I was so impressed with how special it was compared to others I've tried that I couldn't not recommend it to you guys now.

Too often you find that with afternoon teas places tend to focus on the cakes and pastries, ignoring the savoury options. While I'd never say no to a nice cucumber finger sandwich, if you're celebrating a special occasion you want something a little bit more show-stopping. 

At the moment the options on offer include roasted pine nut and goat's cheese tarts and orange and star anise salmon rillettes - and that's before you even get to the huge freshly baked scones and beautiful little cakes and sweet treats. How do you like the sound of Edinburgh gin soaked sultana scones and lemon and mint macarons? 

For a hen party afternoon tea you definitely want to celebrate with a glass or two of fizz - luckily, the Waldorf Astoria offer an option for a champagne afternoon tea. You can pop along any day of the week for £35 per person or £45 to include a glass of bubbles each. 

DIY Afternoon Tea with Eteaket

Got a nice living room, dining room or outside space that you can decorate with bunting, sprinkle with sparkles and fill with candles and fairy lights? Then you've got the perfect opportunity to host your own hen party afternoon tea! Well - hint to your wonderful Maid of Honour and your bridesmaids that they should host one for you anyway. 

Earlier in the year I hosted a mini afternoon tea for my wonderful blogger pals Gillian, Louise and Laura to try out some fantastic teas that were sent over to me by Edinburgh's leaf tea experts Eteaket*. What's fantastic about hosting your own afternoon tea is that you can make it BYOB - bring your own bakes (and booze as well though, lets be honest). 

When I had the girls over, I baked some scones, Louise baked a cake to bring over and Laura and Gillian provided the all important prosecco - another reason an at home tea party is a good idea for a hen do, nobody is going to complain if you happen to get a teeny bit rowdy! Perfect for those cheeky games that no doubt your bridesmaids have plotted for you. 

Fancy hosting your own? Why not try out the Eteaket Isle of Harris Gin Tea? Start off with a cuppa - then later on in the day, you can turn it into a gorgeous gin cocktail (check out Gillian's recipe here!)

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