This was hen number one, my home hen with friends and family and we headed up to Belfast. This was my more ‘classy’ and sensible hen party; we all headed out to dinner and a Murder Mystery. I have always wanted to do a Murder Mystery, I love crime series on TV and for some reason it’s just always something I’ve been excited about doing. I didn’t get to do one for my 30th birthday so I thought my hen would be the perfect excuse, plus it would give people something to talk about on the night if they were stuck for conversation. I have a few different groups of friends then I had family and in laws so few had actually ever met before, so this would be the perfect opportunity to meet before the wedding and with the Murder Mystery as a bit of a distraction.
P R E H E N P R E P
The first thing we did on the Saturday morning was go and get our makeup done. Not one to ever have my makeup done before this was a little strange for me, but I seen it as a demo for my wedding makeup. Initially I started following and met @rachelhenrymakeup I loved how natural her makeup was and I had booked into her to get my lashes done aka eyelash extensions for my wedding day and ended up booking in a makeup appointment.
To turn the outfit from day to night and make it a little fancier, I added a red lip and nails.
M U R D E R M Y S T E R Y
As I said I went for a Murder Mystery night, it was absolutely fantastic and part of a package in the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast. We went for The Great Cadsby (1920s Theme) – ‘The year is 1922 and you are in New York – a gangster’s paradise. You are about to meet some intriguing and shady characters so be sure to take notes on everything you hear because there is no doubt that something sensational will happen tonight!’ It was £65 per person and that included the entertainment, four course meal and a cocktail (alcoholic or non alcoholic) on arrival.
You get the Board Room to yourself where there is a large table to eat at and then there is a more informal area where you can chill out on the sofas, the room is suspended above the lobby with a glass wall so you feel very grand. The entertainment and Murder Mystery game is all carried out by four professional actors Play Dead NI. When you sit down to dinner and are given a list of characters, each with detailed background personalities, the actors then join you in between the courses and either set up the scenes or chat to you, giving you the option to ask questions. Then by the end of the night everyone gives their guesses on who was the murderer and what was the motive?
I was very competitive and took loads of notes, sadly I didn’t win, but I had so much fun and the food was delicious!
T H E F O O D
There was so much to choose from on the menu and they catered to dietary needs too, take a peak at the menu, followed by some photos of all the delicious food!
I have to say the staff at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, were absolutely amazing, great hospitality and nothing was too much effort for them. The night all ran so smoothly and both the staff and actors worked so in sync with each other. I would definitely recommend their Murder Mystery night if you are looking for something a little different to do or celebrating with a group of people.
P H O T O P R O P S & G A M E S
We had lots of our own fun too, we had photo props from Ginger Ray and games picked up from Home Bargains. These were just a bit of fun and my chief bridesmaid had sorted a kind of Mr & Mrs game where Phil had already given the answers and I had to try and match them.
We had an absolute ball, it was a fab night and a good chance for friends and family to get to know each other before the big day. I would definitely do the Murder Mystery night in the Fitzwilliam Hotel again!
M Y O U T F I T
So my outfit for my home hen was an oldie, but a goodie, however I was a little raging at how bloated I was. I think it was all the wedding stress; my hen was the Saturday, but I tired this dress on on the Monday before and it fitted me perfectly, not hugging to any lumps and bumps like it is in this photo. But hey-ho, what can you do?!
The dress was one I picked up a few years ago for a wedding actually and it was from the Next Outlet, the shoes, I’d been busting for well over a year and are from Primark; I picked them up in the sale and my accessories are from Ginger Ray thanks to my amazing best friend and bridesmaid!
Last but not least I had a customised clutch I bought from The Mirabelle Gift Company on Etsy. I used this clutch for all three of my hen parties.