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Garden Hen Party Ideas


In June I was fortunate enough to nab a ticket to the Royal Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle, to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. As an occasion of style, elegance and fun it it’s a great theme to have for your own hen party, whether it be dress code, afternoon tea or your very own garden party in the sunshine. Here’s what I wore, and my top picks for a fabulously floral garden party outfit.

What We Wore

For a Royal Garden Party it can be quite a daunting task trying to decide what to wear, running the risk that someone may show up in the same outfit as you – and a hen party is no different. For my garden party look (above left) I decided on block colours as opposed to the traditional floral themes in bolder colours that better suited my skin tone. My vibrant magenta wrap dress was from Oasis, and was very figure flattering, with broad straps and a ruched waist to give shape and movement to the solid colour. I teamed the magenta with a strong black with black strappy barely there sandals from New Look with laser cut detailing across the toe strap for added interest, and a fabulous fascinator from M&S filled with ribbon trimming and feathers for a dramatic look. I wore no jewellery to the garden party, focusing on the colour in my outfit but added some sparkle through my vintage black beaded clutch bag that belonged to my grandmother. I polished off the outfit with matching nail polish from Urban Outfitters and a striking matching lip courtesy of Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip in Berry Much to add a real wow factor.

My plus one, my mum (above right) opted for a gorgeous floral dress from Coast, filled with both neutral colourings and vibrant pops of pinks and corals for a bright summer look. The shape of the dress was form fitting, nipped in neatly at the waist with an elegant neckline that’s very flattering for the mother of the bride in your group, or anyone who wants a bit more coverage! She teamed her dress with a cream box jacket from Phase Eight with a slight waffle texture, light and airy in colour for the time of year but also ideal if the air is a bit cool. She kept the rest of her accessories neutral as not to take away from the print of the dress, with natural suede block heeled peep toes from Clarks, fascinator from M&S and satin clutch bag from Accessorize, complete with gold fastening and chain strap to match her gold jewellery and the gold zip running up the back of the dress. She finished off the look with L’Oreal’s 224 Rose Ballet nail polish, adding a pop of coral pink to co-ordinate with the dress.

A floral lace dress is the ultimate summertime hero piece, combining the floral motif with delicate fabric and soft tones – ideal for a summer garden hen party. This blue-ice Orchid dress with nude lining, above, makes a true impact; its crisp colouring working well with a summer glow and is bang on trend right now. The lace work is intricate, creating a delicate, feminine dress with beautiful finishing touches, such as scalloped edging and quirky triangular cut away back detailing for an extra wow factor. Team the dress with matching ice blue accessories, or nudes for an elegant look that focuses on the dress’ detail. For a summer evening hen party, the dress also comes in a deep sapphire shade to suit the dusky evenings, and also a pale iris pink. If you’re on a budget baby pink lace dresses can be found in River Island and Warehouse – giving you fabulous garden party style at a fraction of the price.

Whilst headpieces aren’t always a required accessory they can be great fun to wear and make the hen party feel that little bit more special. If you’re taking inspiration from the Royal Garden Parties you can do no wrong with a fascinator or hat from Philip Treacy, who creates custom-made hats for members of the Royal family, along with the rich and famous. This fascinator (above) from his latest collection is quite tame in comparison to some of his other designs nut with the multicoloured floral details in perfect for a summertime garden party, working in well with the theme but also means that it can be worn in many different ways. Style the fascinator with a bright colour blocking dress in one of the floral shades for a classy look!

Floral themes don’t always have to take centre stage on your dress but can add a fu pop of pattern through your accessories. Team floral heels, such as these Savenni stiletto heels from Ted Baker, with a simple dress in a block pastel colour such as dusky pink, powder blue or creams and ivories, or with a dress of ruffles or lace to add some contrasting texture. Ted’s Savenni heels are 110mm in height, creating a long elegant heel for a chic garden hen party; but whilst stilettos can mean sinking into the garden grass the shoe upper and lining are made of 100% Bovine leather which means they can be cleaned easily with a damp cloth – perfect for outside parties! The metallic detailing of Ted’s signature bow adds a feminine flare to the shoes, along with the metallic sole and is great for accessorising, meaning you can add your own metallic jewellery to your outfit to match your shoes. Also look in Aldo and New Look for floral court shoes and even Primark for floral fashion on a budget!

So ladies, if you fancy getting outdoors for your hen party why not take inspiration from the sophisticated parties of Hillsborough Castle and have your own luxury garden party? It’s a brilliant way to make the most of the sunshine with your friends – don’t forget to serve strawberries and cream fit for royalty!

Image Credits:
Reiss | Ted Baker | Philip Treacy

Lydia Stevenson

Lydia loves nothing more than spending weekends shopping for the latest styles with friends, or curled up with a fabulous fashion magazine!

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