Last weekend, I was at a friend's wedding and I got talking to the bride about her hen party. She's a bit of a foodie, so her MOH organised an afternoon cooking class. It was perfect: the bride loves cooking and the girls got to eat their dishes before hitting the fizz.
We all love chocolate and cocktails so it's no surprise that classes to make and mix them have become winning hen activities (check out gohen.com and eclipseleisure.co.uk for venues across the UK). But more and more cooking workshops are springing up that are great for hen groups:
1. Celebrating in London? Leiths (leiths.com) has a private kitchen you can hire, from £600 for a half day for up to 16 people (£37.50 each). You'll get to make a three-course meal, with a Leiths teacher on hand, and then eat it over a glass of wine. If you fancy a bit of friendly competition, you can even have prizes such as a Leiths apron, cookbook or wooden spoon.
2. Other London options include L'atelier des Chefs (atelierdeschefs.co.uk) which runs culinary hen party classes such as 'Macaroon making with champagne' and 'Sensational sushi', from £60 per person for a group of 20; while Vinopolis's (vinopolis.co.uk) saucy hen package promises a three-course meal, wine, a goodie bag and a 'rude food' vegetable sculpture for £135 per person.
3. The Urban Kitchen's (theurbankitchen.co.uk) foodie hen parties range from classes at its kitchens in the capital and Surrey to tours of London's Borough Market; they can also come to your home (within 90 miles of London). Choose from cuisines such as Mexican, Thai, modern European and Middle Eastern. Wanna spice up your soiree? They'll even arrange butlers in the buff. From £30 for short workshops.
4. Pudding Pie Cookery School (learntocookathome.co.uk) does things a bit differently - you provide the venue and they turn up with everything else, including the ingredients, equipment and aprons. They cover Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire, and three-hour classes are £40 per person for a group of 10.