Hens Party Theme Ideas for any Bride to Be

Following on from a recent popular post I wrote about Hens Party Games I thought I would compile a list of Hens Party theme ideas. Having hosted two hens parties and attended more than I can count, I think it’s safe to say that the best ones were the ones with great themes you could dress up to.

Not all brides like the typical crazy shenanigans so I have compiled a list of theme ideas based on your bride-to-be’s personality type. If she is crazy you might want to dress in burlesque or as naughty school girls or if your bride is more of a tomboy there's some ideas for her too, why not try farmers, military or superheroes?

For the Crazy Bride:

  • What’s your emergency?! (Firemen, police, plumbers, paramedics, doctors etc)
  • Burlesque
  • Bros and Hoes
  • Jungle
  • Angels and Devils
  • Nautical
  • Dominatrix
  • Back to School
  • Playboy bunnies
  • Fifty shades of grey
  • Policewomen

For the Classy Bride:

  • Hollywood
  • Red Carpet
  • High Tea
  • Black and White
  • Great Gatsby
  • Masquerade
  • Marie Antoinette 
  • French / Parisian
  • High Fashion
  • Tiffany’s
  • Casino
  • Gold

For the Girly Bride:

  • Disney Characters
  • Princesses
  • Barbie
  • A Touch of pink
  • Ballerinas
  • Spicegirls
  • Cheerleaders
  • Fairies
  • Pink ladies
  • Cupcakes
  • Alice in wonderland
  • Hello Kitty
  • Mermaids
  • Fairy Tales
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Prom Night

For the Tomboy Bride:

  • Tradies
  • Grandmas
  • Ugly bridesmaids
  • Circus
  • Country and western
  • Dress like the groom
  • Superheros
  • Military
  • Vikings
  • Onesies
  • Gangstas
  • Farmers
  • Safari
  • I shouldn't be here (Dress as you were supposed to do anything BUT be at a party, e.g. scuba gear, your nightie etc.)
  • Zombies
  • Ugly Sweaters
  • Double Denim
  • Pirates
  • Indians
  • James Bond
  • Medieval
  • Childhood Cartoons
  • Bikies
  • Bad Taste
  • Sports

For the Alternative Bride:

  • Hipsters
  • Hippies
  • Bohemian
  • Handmade
  • Vintage
  • Op Shop
  • Emos

For the bride who just wants to have fun:

  • Seventies
  • Eighties
  • Nineties
  • Bollywood
  • The brides first letter of her name (eg: Dress as something starting with S for Shannon)
  • Hawaiian
  • Rock stars and Pop stars
  • Around the world
  • Ancient Greece (togas)
  • Rubik’s Cube (Turn up wearing different coloured clothing, then swap with people and leave wearing only one colour)
  • Under the sea
  • Mexican Fiesta
  • Pajama Party
  • Mardi Gras
  • Day of the Dead
  • Aussie Icons
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Fluro
  • Beauty and the geek
  • Tight and bright
  • ABC (Anything But Clothes)


For the bride who isn't that crazy on dress ups:

  • A touch of pink
  • Wigs
  • Polka Dots
  • Bling
  • Bows
  • Tiaras
  • Cocktail party
  • Fascinators

Do you have any more hens party theme ideas that should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments below!


Melbourne Color Run - The happiest 5k on the planet!

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. My work got a team together and completed the course, take a look at the photos... it was so much fun!

By participating we each made a donation to The Cancer Council Aus If you wish to contribute and help us reach our goal for this amazing charity, please donate here!

My Melbourne Project

The My Melbourne project is an ongoing photographic project by Melbourne lifestyle blogger, Shannon Clarke.

After moving to Melbourne at the beginning of 2014 I was captivated by the city and was inspired to create a collection that shows a sneak peek into the lives of the people living here.

Feel free to check back on the My Melbourne Project page as it will be updated monthly! In the meantime here are some photos you can expect to see...

All Images Copyright Shannon Clarke - The Wild Hideaway


15 Yummy ways to eat Quinoa for breakfast

I really LOVE breakfast and I actually can't bear the thought of getting out of bed in the morning without it. Since I moved to Melbourne I learnt quickly that Brunches were the way you caught up with friends. It wasn't lunches or dinners; Melbourne is all about the brunch.

I have become quite the brunch expert over the past few months and have found some really cool spots around Melbourne that do amazing breakfasts and brunches. My favourites would have to be the healthy super food breakfasts at places like Code Black or The Paleo Den - this is where I discovered Quinoa.

Quinoa is one of those super foods that you are either completely in love with it or have no idea what i is. Once you actually figure out how to pronounce it (it’s ‘keen-wah’), the next thing you need to know is how to use it, cook it and eat it.

Quinoa is a whole grain that is nutty and fresh and it has a fine, fluffy texture similar to couscous. I was skeptical at first but once I tried it I really liked it! It’s packed full of protein and nutrients too! Here are some yummy and easy ways to incorporate more quinoa into your morning breakfast.

1.  Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait  /  2.  Veggie Quinoa Breakfast Bowl  /  3. Quinoa Egg Muffins  /  4. Quinoa Breakfast Hash Browns  /  5. Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups  /  6. Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes  /  7. Quinoa breakfast skillet  /  8. Quinoa Smoothie  /  9. Quinoa Breakfast Bake  /  10. Breakfast Bowl  /  11. Coconut Red Quinoa Muffins with Sour Cherries and Pecans  /  12. Breakfast parfait  /  13. Granola Bars  /  14. Quinoa English Muffins  /  15. Quinoa Potato Pancakes 

Melbourne Cup 2014 - The Fashion Standouts

Ahhh, fashion. There's a fine line between cutting edge and just looking plain silly. Here are my picks for who rocked it at The Melbourne Cup this year...

Image Sources: http://www.news.com.au/ 

During the day I also had these thoughts…

  • Gigi Hadad's headpiece is stunning and she nailed the whole look
  • Bachelor talk will never get old... 
  • Megan Gale is the picture of perfection
  • Shane Warne needs to go easy on the botox
  • Did Gabi Grecko think it was still Halloween?

Did you attend the Melbourne Cup this year? What were your picks for best dressed?

5 minutes with... Talented Apple

5 minutes with... Talented Apple

Emily Raemaekers is the crafty lady behind Talented Apple. Talented Apple is an accessory and home ware design business which has just launched here in Melbourne. Emily recently moved to Australia from her home town of Edinburgh, Scotland a few months ago and Talented Apple came along with her.

Talented Apple sells handmade pieces for women and men that are all printed by hand with original designs using eco-friendly inks and range in price from $12.50 to $71. The designs are inspired by natural elements as well as objects from Emily's daily city living in Scotland and Melbourne.

Talented Apple is all about the simple, playful and colourful aspects of every day life. 

TELL ME A BIT ABOUT TALENTED APPLE, WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU CREATE?

I make accessories and home wares for women and men from my home studio in Melbourne. Each piece is hand printed with simple, playful designs. My accessories range includes gorgeous chiffon scarves, cute purses and quirky handmade ties. I designed my range of cushions and tea towels with my own home in mind as I wanted to make beautiful and fun items that I would love to own myself.   

YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU RECENTLY MOVED TO MELBOURNE, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PART ABOUT THE CITY SO FAR?

Oh so many things! There is something particularly magical about seeing the city lit up at night reflected in the Yarra River; I still stop to stare every time. But I think, coming from chilly Scotland, my absolute favourite aspect of Melbourne life is eating breakfast in a side street cafe. I'm sampling a different one each weekend.

I LOVE THE VEGEMITE AND CHERRY RIPE DESIGNS! I CAN SEE THAT YOU ARE ALREADY TAKING INSPIRATION FROM AUSTRALIA, CAN WE EXPECT MORE OF THIS FROM TALENTED APPLE?

Absolutely, my sketchbook is filling up with new designs that I'm working on. It's an inspiring place to live, full of things that catch my eye and spark my imagination. 

NOT ONLY DO I LOVE THAT YOU ARE NOW A MELBOURNE LOCAL, BUT I LOVE THAT THESE PRODUCTS ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, IS THIS SOMETHING YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?

When I started Talented Apple back in 2011 it was important to me to build a business with a low environmental impact. I use water-based, eco-friendly inks to print my designs and I use a lot of organic cottons and ethically sourced textiles. 

WHERE DO YOU TURN TO FOR INSPIRATION?

The natural world is a constant source of inspiration to me and it's where I turn to recharge and relax. A lot of my designs are inspired by little,simple things in daily life that make me smile and it's great to share that with customers. 

ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE LOOKING AT LAUNCHING AN ETSY STORE?

My business has evolved a lot over the past few years and I'm constantly working to improve on my weaknesses and tackle new challenges, not least moving Talented Apple to another continent! I think the most basic and important thing is to do something that is really central to you and really fires your imagination. If it's something that you love and are proud of then you will be willing to work hard to make it happen and that will shine through to your target market.

You can learn how to take great product photographs or how to manage your accounts so start with a creative idea that excites you and you will be driven to achieve it.  

To see more from Talented Apple you can view the Etsy store here or check out the Facebook page here


Derby Day 2014 - The Fashion Standouts

I just LOVE the Melbourne spring racing carnival and the elegant fashion that it brings (there can also be some not so elegant outfits but let’s not go into those!) Here are my top picks on the fashion front at Melbourne’s recent Derby Day 2014. What do you think?

Image Sources: http://www.news.com.auhttp://www.popsugar.com.au

Upcoming Spring Racing Carnival dates:

  • Emirates Melbourne Cup – Tuesday 4 November, 2014 
  • Crown Oaks Day – Thursday 6 November, 2014 
  • Emirates Stakes Day – Saturday 8 November, 2014 

Hello November!

October flew by!  Can you even believe that? I hate to even say this but we are now 54 days away from Christmas. Yikes.

This November I shall be...

  • Spending a few days in Sunny Sydney
  • Photographing my beautiful cousin's wedding
  • Getting up super early 4 days a week for my PT and gym classes
  • Finding my Christmas decoration box, going through it, deciding if I need anything new (I always do!)
  • Finish off my Christmas shopping (yes I am super organised and am almost done!)
  • Working only 12 days
  • Running the Melbourne Colour Run
  • Having a fantastic afternoon at my cousin's baby shower
  • Sun baking and drinking cocktails in Bali with 3 of my favourite and best girlfriends
  • Trekking the ten hour journey to the top of this active volcano

That list looks pretty impressive to me... I can't wait!

In the mean time here are some snaps from October, it was a busy one!