Forget feather boas, sickly shots and butlers in the buff: is the ‘zen’ party the new hen party?
~ WHAT IS A ZEN PARTY HEN PARTY? ~
We’re totally on board for self-care, especially in a busy time wedding planning, so we’re not surprised to hear the zen party is becoming more popular with chilled out brides-to-be.
Think comfy slippers, cosy dressing gowns and refreshing retreats for you and your besties to relax and unwind pre-wedding.
It’s basically using your hen weekend to take some chill time and indulge in activities and relaxation to make you and your girls feel your best selves.
Fancy a weekend of wellness? Here’s some ways to create your own zen party hen party in Scotland. All together now: ‘om’.
~ THINGS TO DO FOR A ZEN PARTY IN SCOTLAND ~
TRY HOTPOD YOGA
First inflating (we’ll explain that in a second) in Glasgow in March 2018, Hotpod Yoga is Europe’s largest yoga business with over 40 locations across 8 countries.
Offering daily classes that are grounded in reality, this unique take on yoga is an active and passive flow of postures in their other-worldly 20 person inflatable Pod. Heated to 37 degrees to supercharge the yoga experience, afterwards you and your hens’ minds will be a little calmer, your body a little looser, and yes – you’ll all be a whole lot sweatier.
Remember you need to bring water and a towel, but Hotpod Yoga will bring the chilled vibes.
CREATE YOUR OWN CANDLE
What would a zen weekend be without some calming candles? Especially if you get creative and create your own scented joy. There’s lots of home candle making kits, like this one, but we’re loving Jo Macfarlane’s Candle Making Workshops.
You will learn basic candle making skills and take away two beautiful scented candles of two different sizes whilst you enjoy tea or Prosecco and freshly baked scones as the candles are setting.
MAKE A FLOWER CROWN
Be one with nature, or at least let your accessories embrace the botanical side of life and enjoy a flower crown making class with your zen hens.
Scottish wedding florist, The Floral Design Boutique, is just one of the fabulous florists offering flower workshops for you to enjoy. The two hour classes include all the materials being supplied, along with a little glass of something and nibbles. Well, you can have a zen party and a glass of bubbly…
Forget cocktail masterclasses and opt for an afternoon of culinary delights at YO! Sushi’s dedicated Sushi School!
You’ll sit at the counter with your rolling mat, gloves, condiments, recipe cards and ingredients all laid out in front of you, with the chef taking you through how to make some of their most popular dishes, step by step.
Once you’ve rolled all your dishes, the team will cut and box them up for you to take away. Plus, you’ll also get a professional sushi rolling mat, a guide to sushi making, a certificate and a 25% off voucher for the next time you dine YO! Sushi.
INDULGE IN A SPA DAY
There are so many amazing spas right here in Scotland (check out our Luxury Spa Special in the autumn issue on page 163) and a relaxing spa day is just what you need to really find your zen.
One of our favourites has to be Stobo Castle in Peeblesshire. Surrounded by rolling hills and set around a picturesque loch, the spa offers top-of-the-range face and body treatments as well as a range of holistic therapies such as reiki and crystal healing.
The spa facilities are fantastic, too: in the ladies-only area there’s a laconium, aromatic steam room and ice fountain and there are even three hot tubs outside!
Not sure what to pick? The Celebration Spa Day costs from £99 and includes a three-course lunch with coffee, top-to-toe Face & Body glow treatment, use of spa facilties, guided walks inc. the Japanese Water Gardens and optional aqua and fitness classes.
Joe Wicks will have nothing on you and your zen hens after a day at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School for their Delicious and Healthy Eating one-day course!
You and the girls will arrive at 9.45am, run through the day’s recipes then cook dishes that will be suitable for lunch, which you can enjoy with a glass of wine before starting your cooking again to create dishes which you can take home and enjoy later – yum!
The recipes are all low in saturated fats and sugar and can include delish and healthy delights, like chargrilled sea bass with tomato and herb cous cous and frozen mango parfait.
~ HOW TO CREATE A ZEN PARTY IN SCOTLAND ~
WHAT TO WEAR
Pyjamas, robes and slippers are our go-to to set the zen party feels. Here’s some of our comfy (and stylish) picks.
What is self care if you can’t indulge in some chilled treats? Here are just a few pieces that you and your zen hen crew will love.