hen do.

by Janetha on September 19, 2011

in fun with friends

jessica is getting married this week! to a fine british fellow named simon.

we celebrated her upcoming wedding with one last single-lady hurrah on saturday.  in britain, a bachelorette party is called a “hen do”. the ladies wear wigs and fake moustaches.

we didn’t wear wigs or moustaches.. but we did have moustache finger tattoos.


we started out the evening at amber + michelle’s house—two of jessica’s bridesmaids (and my very dear friends).

there was lots of finger food…




(jello shots)

…and penis-shaped ice cubes.


amber + michelle had these awesome cups made specially for the party and each guest got to take one home. such a cute idea!!


sorry to those of you who came here in hopes of seeing penis-shaped food.. straws and ice cubes will have to do.

the bachelorette and her bride goblet with TWO penis straws. stay classy!


after filling our bellies, there was gift opening. lingerie, massage oil, lube & sex toys galore. all par for the bachelorette course.


after gifts, we all watched a photo video that the bridesmaids had put together. it was really thoughtful! most of the ladies were in tears by the time we were done watching it. i think that this is an excellent idea and should be mandatory at all bachelorette parties from here on out. mmmk?

we took a few timer photos before heading out on the town…


a limo came to pick us up and we headed to park city (for the second time of the day for me!)


we went to ciceros, a small bar located on main street in park city. there were hardly any people there, which was nice because we weren’t on the prowl looking to meet some dudes. we just wanted to have a good time, which is exactly what we did.

for the most part, i DON’T dance.. so i watched from the side lines the majority of the night.


i know, photo overload. sometimes, you gotta.

it was a great party in honor of jessica! i am so happy that she has found her mate and will be getting hitched this friday. can’t wait for the wedding, it will be absolutely perfect!

in other news, i have had a busy monday with work, a couple business meetings, a trip to the gut doctor, the gym (after 3 days off) and a family celebration at nielsen’s custard for momma b’s birthday.  hope your monday was great and i will be back next time with a fun challenge & giveaway!


1. married gals: what did you do for your bachelorette party? unmarried gals: what do you want to do for yours?

2. do you like to dance? i hate it.. but if i was good at it, maybe i would like it. i am just so awkward…

xo. janetha g.

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy September 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

My cousin’s bachelorette party is this weekend! We’re going out to a pizza, opening presents and having cupcakes at her house, then possibly watching “Bridesmaids” or going out.

When it’s my time to get married (my boyfriend and I are discussing it), I think mine will be laid back. I already know that my future wedding party will be full of our sisters, almost all under the age of 21. I’ll have to get creative!

Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy September 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

going out for pizza*..not to a pizza, haha

Mary (A Merry Life) September 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Penis ice cubes. LOL.

I’m apparently having two bachelorette party things. One was a casual weekend in St Louis with a visit to Six Flags cause I loooove roller coasters. And then I guess I’m having another the week before the wedding for more girls and I get presents similar to what your friend got.


I like dancing when I know what I’m doing. When I don’t I feel super awkward and prefer not to dance. But I love salsa and swing and those kinds of dancing. :)

Brittany September 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Looks like you ladies had a blast!

I LOVE to dance so I’ll probably go out dancing with my lady friends for my bachelorette party but I think I’ll skip the penis stuff. :)

The penis ice cubes remind me of the dick-cicles that formed outside of my house during the snow storm. Do you remember them – http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/2010/02/inappropriate-ice/

So crazy!!!

Janetha September 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

hahahaha yes i do remember!

Bonnie September 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Fun recap (and wow – full day!). I’m the same as you on the dance floor…Lately I’ve been dancing way more than usual and somehow my confidence is growing, but I *need* Mikey out there – he’s like my safety blanket. As long as he’s around for me to look at and dance, I don’t care how I look. ;) Glad you had a great time celebrating your friend!

Liz @ Southern Charm September 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Looks like a blast of a bachelorette party!!!

I love love love dancing. It helps me let loose. There is a line in a Michelle Branch song … “when she dances, she goes and goes”. Yea, that’s totally me :)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm

1. married gals: what did you do for your bachelorette party? = no one threw me one. Actually, no one knew we were gettting married. Or did we. We literally decided on the plane ride to Vegas (going for a biz trip of Scott’s) that we were going to get married that week. And we did.

And they said it wouldn’t last. 10 years and going strong. But I want a bachelorette party!!

Erica September 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Fake moustaches? How random!! Wonder why? Look likes a fantastic party.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I’m an awkward dancer…that doesn’t stop me. My body just can’t help but move. Travis has learned to look away.

Naomi(onefitfoodie) September 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

oh fun!! i love seeing pics from bachelorette parties!! my brother is getting married in april and cant wait to celebrate with his fiance for her bachelorette party!!! I DEF want to go all out nigh ton the town for mine but also have a more low key girls day something like a spa day or wine tour etc…best of both worlds, ya know?!

love the penis ice cubes hehe

Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. September 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Sounds like a fabulous time!! I’m pretty sure I have the same headband with the two pink penises :) I actually didn’t have a true bachelorette party, but the night before my wedding, the girls and I hung out and I had to wear the penis headband. Low key, but still fun!

Ellen Clifford September 19, 2011 at 11:55 pm

I love dancing but am not so much a crazy party girl except for maybe once a year. I’d probably want to do something mellow like going wine tasting.
Actually I’m thinking why wait for marriage? Girls nights should be mandatory regular occurrences even if there are no nuptials in the works…

Katheryn September 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Nobody threw me a bachelorette party. So sad. Everyone thought someone else was planning it. I’ve thrown a few though, and it’s always good fun. I love to dance. Hubby doesn’t dance though, so it doesn’t happen as much anymore.

Ty September 20, 2011 at 12:55 am

I am not the wild n crazy penis food type so we had a “girl’s night” at my fave teppan yaki place.

Of course I was forced to open naughty presents in front of unsuspecting restaurant patrons.

Possibly an underage and extremely shy waiter was asked to take a picture of me opening up a gift of edible panties.

Possibly one girl was spanked and boob honked and pantsed in the parking lot.

Possibly I spent the night with my two besties and we got extremely intoxicated, viewed “how-to” videos, and taste-tested various lubricants like iron chef judges.

We agreed also never to speak of that night again.


Janetha September 20, 2011 at 11:33 am


Cassie September 20, 2011 at 12:57 am

You aren’t possibly counting the dirty dash as a day off from working out are you? It seemed pretty strenuous!

Eden September 20, 2011 at 2:34 am

Janetha slept all day sunday (rightfully so!). I doubt she considere the dirty dash a day off.

Janetha September 20, 2011 at 11:22 am

oh, no! i didn’t mean 3 days off from working out. i meant 3 days off from the gym (lifting) since i am doing jamie eason’s 12 week trainer. i skipped some of the workouts due to the dirty dash (and other life issues getting in the way)!

Cassie September 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Oh thank goodness! I know you’re not usually one of those people who is like “I took 5 seconds off from the gym and ate a carrot, must get back on the bandwagon!” :)

Janetha September 20, 2011 at 1:53 pm

hahahah i am laughing my ass off over here. no! i gladly take lots of days off, as you probably noticed. life is too short to worry about missed workouts. thanks for the afternoon laugh!

Eden September 20, 2011 at 2:35 am


Glad they were STD free (I hope).

PS I’m five yrs old emotionally.

Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 20, 2011 at 5:16 am

That looks like sooo much FUN! I’ve never been to a bachelorette party before, but they seem amazing :-D So glad you had such an awesome night! <3
I LOVE to dance, so so much…it's one of my favourite things to do in the whole world! I especially love to dance to chart music, or nineties classics :-P Can't be beat for fun factor but obviously not very "cool", lol!! Don't care! :-D
Random fact – my brother has that moustache tattooed on his finger. It makes me giggle whenever I see it.
:-{ <– there it is!

cathy September 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

what a fun party! love the ice cubes!!
i love to dance. i don’t get to very often, but if there’s a dance after a wedding, i’m joining in! have a feeling i resemble elaine on seinfeld but i really don’t care!
glad you got out to spend time with your family again monday eve!

Sierra September 20, 2011 at 6:34 am

My bachelorette was in Vegas. There was a whole lot of sun, drinking, dancing, and general shenanigans. Best weekend ever.

I cannot believe you don’t like dancing. Try practicing alone and see what works for you.

Lauren September 20, 2011 at 6:38 am

No bachelorette party is complete without penis straws and jello shots. ;)

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning September 20, 2011 at 7:59 am

I dance. I am probably the most rhythmically challenged person in the world, but I don’t care. I go crazy on the dance floor (laughing at myself the whole time).

I had the best bachelorette party! My friends put it together as a total surprise- just told me where to show up and to wear “shoes I could run in” and dress comfortable (and to bring something nicer to change into after).
My hubby and I are huge fans of the amazing race, so my bridesmaids put together a “Lauren’s Amazing Race” scavenger hunt. We all started at the same point and got a clue to go to the first “pit stop.” So, first we had to figure out where to go and then when we go there, someone was waiting for us with a clue (and it was all different people with clues). We had to do a challenge in order to win our next clue (for example, one was at Ben and Jerry’s- someone had to buy an ice cream cone and down it before we could move on, some were trivia, doing a car-bomb, etc.) We ran ALL over downtown- about 10 stops total and then all met up at the final clue. And my team won! It was SO much fun- totally me.

Janetha September 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

this is the best idea EVER! how fun!

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 20, 2011 at 8:07 am

Looks like such a fun bachelorette party! I cannot wait for mine. That is something I am definitely looking forward to! My only requirement is that we must dance! I love to dance especially when drinks are involved. :)

Kerryne September 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

That looks so fun, you just have the best weekends. Mine are LAME! :) My husband gets embarrassed because it doesn’t matter WHERE we are, if music comes on… I have to dance. Sitting, standing, laying, doesn’t matter. I have no control!

No “hen-do” for me… if I had one though I would want it to be something like what you gals did. Just hanging out with my girls.

Katy Widrick September 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

I wish I could have been at that party!

I went to Vegas with my bridesmaids and it was everything that I hoped it would be. I have photos that I may never show my children :)

Katy Widrick September 20, 2011 at 9:37 am

P.S. You need the brostache app from Geico (for the iPhone). It’s amazing.

dana @ my little celebration September 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

Look at all those beautiful girls! How many friends does this bride have?!! lol.

Glad you had a good time. But then again, you always seem to, no matter what you’re doing.

Lovely day to you, my friend.

Michelle P. September 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

Mine bachelorette party was over the weekend & we had a blast. We went to a few local bars and danced our tails off. My legs still hurt!!!

cool beans September 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

I definitely had those same penis straws at my bachelorette party! My friends also made my Mom play “Pin the Cock of the Jock” which needless to say was mortifying.

We finished the night at a drag show! My Mom had gone to bed by that point. Haha.

dana @ my little celebration September 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

Also, just saw these and you MUST make them. They’re so you!


Janetha September 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

those are adorable! thanks for the idea!

Christin September 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

Dude…haha! Seeing all the penis ice cubes and straws was the highlight of my morning! Awesome! lol

My bachelorette was at my apartment with friends…I was only 20 so I couldn’t go out to the clubs, but we had fun drinking and dancing, etc at my place…good times!

I absolutely LOVE to dance…I danced ballet for a long time, and then swing, and then hip hop…I have no qualms about getting out there and shakin it…

I used to feel akward dancing because ballet made me very stiff and poised, so regular dancing with friends was intimidating, but really the best thing to do is let your dork out and practice in front of a mirror to songs you like…then just put on a confident smile and go for it when your out with friends, even if you don’t feel confident on the inside, you’ll LOOK confident because you’ll be having fun! :)

Lara September 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

Fun! Ok, I actually had a “hen do” too, or at least I think I did…there was no mention of wigs or mustaches. Did we do it wrong?! ;)

I think I took the pics from that night down from Facebook…they were that entertaining. One day I will share them with you over a margarita with a penis straw.

Sami September 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

you and your friends are so purty (:

natalie (the sweets life) September 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

for years i stood on the sidelines because i just didn’t know how to dance and was so embarrassed to make a fool of myself…then sometime in college i decided to screw it and since then i’ve been dancing (like a fool) and having a blast ever since. i still look ridiculous but i’ve stopped caring :)

Ali Mc September 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

I loved the majority of this post – b/c I’m secretly a perv and love penis straws and the like….however, when I read the words “I DON’T DANCE” I almost fell over and started crying. If I lived in Utah I’d get you to dance. I’m “that” girl…the one who can get anyone to dance! and you’d like it too. I promise if I’m ever in the area….we will dance all night long. PS: I just went to a bachelorette and we went to the male strippers OMG I’ve seen some things there I’ve never seen before lol and they were definitely bigger than those straws ;) haha

Nicole C September 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

Since i live in Vegas it would be a NIGHTMARE for me to get married or have a bachelorette party here, gives me chills to think about. On the other side of things, I really don’t know what I would want to do for it. I’m not sure who would even throw me one..not happening any time soon anyhow so we are in the clear for that one! :)

I like to dance, in the comfort of my own home. I’m not a club goer so I leave that to the tourists. Kronus likes to dance with me!

Cassy September 20, 2011 at 12:02 pm

LOVE it.

Cassy September 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

LOVE the staches.
Don’t like dancing.

just wanted to be clear. :)

Lindsay@ biking before bed September 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I love the mustaches. I have definitely gone out wearing pink fuzzy stick on mustaches with girl friends before. I have to be in the right mood to dance. I’ve been trying to go to zumba to get more comfortable in my dancing shoes.

LauraJayne September 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I like to dance, but probably shouldn’t, what with the two left feet and all. Luckily, I’m totally willing to embarass myself, so I usually dance. I have to dance, anyway, because I don’t drink, and I’d just be no fun at all when I go out if I didn’t…

Corey @ Learning Patience September 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

At mine everyone surprised me with a cool game…everyone broght and wrapped a pair of undies/lingerie and I had to guess who gave me what….super fun! Plus, I got some fun gag gifts and sexy undies!

xoxo from Trinidad

Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Awww you ladies look like you had such a fabulous time!!!! LOVE the moustache tattoo idea… too cute! I saw a bottle of that Pinnacle vodka in the background of one of your photos… is the Tropical flavor good?

I LOOOVE to dance!!!!!! My boyfriend is actually a really good dancer but he claims it’s his experience with jiu jitsu and has nothing to do with dancing. I think he secretly loves it too ;)

For my bachelorette party I would want to stay in a posh hotel in New York or Boston (where I live) and party it up with a group of friends! <3

Janetha September 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

i didn’t try it!

julie September 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

this bachelorette party was WAY more fun then the one i went to this weekend haha

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats September 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Bachelorette parties are so fun. lol. Well, I have only been to one and it was a blast. I think for mine I would like it to be a day full of hanging out and getting pampered then follow that up with going out and dancing at night.

The Delicate Place September 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

i chose not to have a party for 2 reasons: 1. i was working night shift at the time and couldn’t get off since i was taking so many already for my honeymoon & 2: drunk dancing isn’t my thing though i do drink. i just wanted to get married already haha. me dancing=glorified seizure.

Pure2raw twins September 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm

bachelorette party- unmarried gals: what do you want to do for yours?
still unsure! I go back and forth what I want to do ;) but I guess I have time to think about it!

Allison September 21, 2011 at 6:43 am

It looks like a fun party! My fiance and I are just beginning to think about our wedding plans :) We mentioned having a joint getaway bachelor and bachelorette party- go out together sometimes, go out with the guys/ gals sometimes… Not sure yet!

P.S. I am the most awk dancer and I’m totes fine with it :P All of my friends know it so they make fun of me but it’s all in good spirit ;)

Kelsey September 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Super fun hen do! I only dance to girl talk. And by dance I mean have a non-seizure seizure.

Diana September 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Those finger moustachios are so cute! I am not married and definitely nowhere near that point in my life, however I have already discussed with my friends a spa and wine day – not a crazy penis party, something I’ve honestly never understood. Once I’m married, am I supposed to miss the penis shaped cupcakes I enjoy every day of my single life? And by every day I mean never? Just don’t get it.

Valerie @ FreshMutz September 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Love the finger ‘staches!

Coincidentally, my bach bash is this weekend. When I first got engaged all I wanted was a steak dinner and whiskey with my besties. Well, I am still getting steak, whiskey, and besties but adding to that a slumber party at my parents’ beach house and an evening out in Atlantic City (Vegas’s spray-tanned, poofy haired step-sister), and a few “surprises” I can’t wait to find out. I am beyond excited!

Leah September 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I rode a mechanical bull at a local country bar, which the operator thought would be HILARIOUS to vibrate uncontrollably instead of just running it like usual. Very funny.
And then we line-danced and watched some of my drunker co-workers pole dance. And my sister flew in to surprise me! Good times (and no fake penises–not my thang) had by all.

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