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Monday November 30, 2009
It might be the perfect time for picnics in the park,
summer sales and pool parties, but for some
Canberra ladies, this is wedding season.
With their best friend's wedding looming,
bridesmaids can be found scouting around Civic, kicking
shoppers aside and planning the best hen's night ever.
No longer is it the maid of honour's dubious job to
stick a pair of fairy wings onto her hen and ply her with
gloriously coloured concoctions of various alcoholic
quantities, not to mention the compulsory, and
overrated, task of finding an over-muscled, hairy he-man
to slide delicately over the gently swaying hen.
The days of sending your hen home well and truly
plucked are over. The next time you are the maid of
honour entrusted with seeing your friend glide effortlessly
into the world of permanent coupledom, why not think
a little more outside the box? Your hen might be saying
goodbye to her singleton life, but not her friends,
so make this celebration one that is special for all
the girls -- and for everybody's sake, make sure she
HITCH A RIDE
First of all, we suggest hiring your own chauffeur to
cruise around Civic. This could indeed be a real one,
complete with limo and trays of sparkling champagne,
but could just as easily be one of your mates. Get your
chauffeur to bring you to and from a home base, this
could be a hotel room, a flash apartment in the city, or
actually somebody's home -- just somewhere that the
ladies can freshen and glamour up in if need be.
Get the chauffer to arrive just after breakfast, and make
sure you are all in the limo already.
SPRUCE & PAMPER
There's no doubt there'll be pre-wedding jitters, so a
session of delicious pampering is always a good option.
Find a place that offers short spa sessions, perhaps with
a facial thrown in for good measure, or a manicure. This is
a great time for relaxing and indulging in girly chatter that
will no doubt be banished from the marital household. If
your hen is more into relaxing with good food and
company, perhaps enjoy brunch somewhere purely
decadent, like Milk and Honey or Debacle -- as your hen
will be suitably comfortable with her body shape and most
certainly won't be madly shedding kilos before the big day.
THE BIG FEAST
Those hens who have been pampered into skin-
wrinkling goodness would be well and truly ready to
enjoy a sumptuous lunch. For seafood and steak,
book a table at Kingley's Steak and Crabhouse, for fine
dining try Chairman and Yip or Anise, or for a casual,
care-free lunch why not have a picnic in Haig or Glebe
Park? Your chauffeur-come-waiter could deliver a
basket with fresh goodies for you to enjoy while you lie
back, enjoy the sun and watch the hustle and bustle of
Civic. For those who've enjoyed a rather filling morning
tea/brunch, perhaps organise a session of yoga or
pilates in the park.
After lunch make a small concession to the old hen's
night festivity and indulge in something a tad naughty -- a
pole dancing lesson. Not only is this a fun, and probably
just slightly embarrassing experience (for not just the
hen), you never know what you might learn. This is a
good present for a hen too, these are skills she can draw
on to spice up the coup.
WINE & DINE
Your dining choice will obviously be dependent on your
hen's palate, so could range from a relaxed, fine dining
experience at Mezzalina Ristorante or Courgette to a fast-
pace, vibrant atmosphere at Cream Café and Bar. Another
good option is Parlour Wine Room for an extensive wine list
and delicious tapas.
Then for some hens it's off for a few cocktails at a trendy place
like Knightsbridge Penthouse, Hippo Lounge Bar or Muddle
Bar. Chill out with a few drinks, and enjoy a last girls' dance.
For those hens that look for something a bit out of the
ordinary, why not go on a ghost tour? This is a scary
experience guaranteed to have you diving into each others'
arms and shrieking in terror. Tim the Yowie Man, who runs
tours of Canberra's reportedly haunted sights, told us that
hens have been known to have special 'ghostly' sightings.
The end of the night is up to you. Whether you want to
spend the night in a classy hotel, or have a slumber party
complete with sob-inducing, girl power movies and jelly
beans, just make sure your hen will love it. She'll soon turn
into a smug married (it's inevitable), so send her off in style.
And remember; tacky is gone, there's a new boss in the
chook yard that's making sure that your hen's night in Civic is
a class-only affair.
BY MEREDITH CLISBY
Photographer: Holly Treadaway
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