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Hen: Checking out the facilities at new Las Iguanas

With Rio 2016 halfway through and the end of our summer in sight, it was a welcome surprise to be offered a night in Latin America. Ok, so it wasn’t a trip abroad, but an evening with Mr Robertson at the brand new Las Iguanas restaurant, in Braintree, Essex.


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Review: Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea book

I’m a bit of an afternoon tea fan. They’re a beautiful way to celebrate an occasion or to catch-up with friends and loved ones. Whether it be at a vintage tea room, a posh hotel or in my own kitchen, I love the vision of cake stands piled high with goodies and making use of mismatched china.

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I’m also a huge fan of French patissier Eric Lanlard, having worked with him a few times in the past when we both did some work with Sainsbury’s. Mr Robertson and I had the pleasure of sampling his delicious handiwork recently when he provided the cakes for our friends who married live on TV’s This Morning, too.

 

So, being sent a copy of his new book, Eric Lanlard’s Afternoon Tea, packed full of hints, tips and, of course, stunning recipes was a real treat.
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Drinks: Cocktails and cider, anyone?

I’m not a big drinker, but am partial to a cocktail or a nice cold cider on a special occasion. So, with an inbox full of emails about the latest developments in this area of the booze market, I had to share.

Don’t panic if you’re on a strict weight management plan for your big day, as one even states it’s low in calories and full of real fruit juice – what’s not to like!

 

Whether you’re stocking up for your hen or stag parties, looking for somewhere to celebrate or want a signature cocktail for your big day, check these out for inspiration…
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My friend, the This Morning bride!

Do you ever watch those mind-blowing experiences on TV and wonder what it would feel like to be chosen to take part? To be sent on an exotic holiday or take delivery of a luxury car…or have your dream wedding day planned for you. Well, it turns out, those fantasies do become reality for real people!

 

When I spotted ITV’s This Morning was looking to throw a wedding this spring, I knew the exact people who should put themselves forward. My good friend Annie is, thankfully, just coming out the other side of a hellish year, having discovered a lump in her breast while watching a feature on This Morning this time last year urging women to check themselves.

During her 12 months of treatment, losing her hair, feeling poorly and terrified, one thing that kept playing on her mind was maybe never getting the chance to marry her man, Gareth. They had already got engaged, but finances and then Annie’s illness meant any solid plans to become man and wife had to go on the backburner indefinitely.

 

And then came This Morning Throws A Wedding.
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Getaway: A romantic break at The Angel Hotel

It’s been a couple of months since the husband and I have packed a bag and headed off for a romantic break. So, when the opportunity for a road trip to Bury St Edmunds and a stay at The Angel Hotel came up, we were there like a shot.

 

I had spotted this pretty, ivy clad hotel when I visited the Suffolk town for their wonderful Christmas market back in December and had made a mental note to have a stay there sometime. It proved to be the most ideal spot to enjoy a romantic, relaxing getaway, with everything on the doorstep we could need, yet with a calm and peaceful environment to unwind in and just be together. We adore our home, but the fact I missed our Contemporary Suite when we left says it all. And that copper bath, wow.
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Fab Find: Fun gifts for your drunken hen party girls!

I’m a big fan of Team Hen and all the quirky ideas they come up with for an alternative party with the girls. But, this latest product is just hilarious.

Who even knew the hair tie was needed…but now it exists, it’s got to be a must-have on any messy girls’ night out!

The To Have & To Hold…Your Hair Back comes in five sparkly designs and would slip easily into your party handbag, easily accessible when that intimate moment happens between friends…you know what I’m talking about, right?

 

Leap Year day proposals – is he up for it?

Time is ticking, ladies! Monday is THE day when it’s tradition for a woman to propose to her man. And, according to The Stag Company, there’s no need to panic as he’s likely to say yes!

 

The stag do organisers have done the leg work for you and asked around the male population on their thoughts on Leap Year – February 29 – proposals. It turns out, more than 50% of men would accept a proposal from their girlfriend, but make it low-key girls as all they want is something small (26%) or a nice meal out (21%). Simple creatures, really.

 

But, what about the bling? Men traditionally propose with a sparkler, but is the same expected round the other way?


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Hen / stag: Our night eating gruel in The Cells!

Being banged up for the night in an underground cell doesn’t sound like a pleasant experience. But, when that block of cells has been converted into a fun themed restaurant, it’s worth doing time for! Mr Robertson and I visited brand new concept restaurant The Cells (www.the-cells.co.uk) in Essex and found the ideal venue for a hen or stag party.

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Fab Find: Hen Party House near Leeds

A popular trend these days is for the bride and her best friends to hire a house as the backdrop to a relaxed hen party weekend. I did exactly that before my wedding; heading off to Suffolk to share the weekend with my closest friends in a cottage, complete with hot tub and our own caterers!

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Hen Party House (www.facebook.com/henpartyhouse) enables hen parties to hire out a large house near Leeds via Airbnb.com – the latest money-saving accommodation provider where rooms are rented out in private properties.
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Hen: Have a TOWIE or Made in Chelsea hen party!

Go on, admit it, you have a guilty pleasure for scripted reality shows such as The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea! I admit to having dabbled with both, with a particular interest in TOWIE as I live in the heart of Essex myself (no, I don’t drive a Range Rover!).

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Now, you can live out your very own reality hen party, thanks to Henparty Academy (http://www.henpartyacademy.co.uk/packages/).
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