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Friends + Food + Dancing = Fabulous! Part 1 – The Waiting Room

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Ruza (second from left) and three of her bridesmaids.

When my beautiful friend Ruza asked me to be a bridesmaid for her – I was nothing short of completely honoured.

Ruza and I met at work many years ago now and we clicked straight away. She has been a huge support to me over the years and always backs me – no matter what crazy plan I have cooked up. She even agreed to audition for My Kitchen Rules with me. What an amazing friend! You can read about our relatively short, but exciting journey here. Now that’s amazing friendship – especially considering she would have had to leave home, her fiancée and her wedding plans to do it. She’s an incredible person.

However, I’d be lying if I didn’t confess that after she asked me to be a part of her wedding party – my excitement changed to nervousness. I’ve never been a bridesmaid before! How do I go about being as helpful as possible to such a wonderful women?

I quickly headed to Google – and there was lots of different ideas about traditions and obligations and all that sort of caper. You have to fluff the dress – make sure you keep her fed and watered on the big day and pack a special kit for any emergencies that may occur (touch wood). I’m a bit of a mum type – sure I can do that.

But when it came to organising the bridal shower and hens night – I was really unsure of how to go about doing it. I haven’t been to that many hens nights and the most recent one was a crazy affair. Not Ruza’s style at all!

All the ideas Google had didn’t seem to fit either. However, working with the other bridesmaids made it so much easier and the idea that food is a great way to bring people together to celebrate inadvertently turned out to be the key. We wanted to make everyone feel comfortable, happy, relaxed – but at the same time it had to be glamorous, fun and accommodate everyone’s tastes, including the mother of the bride and groom, aunties and family friends.

The weekend started on Friday night with lovely Champaign and love heart balloons, just got get us in the mood.

Balloons in the shame of love hearts will always get you in the spirit!

 

Getting into the spirit the night before the hens.

 
For the record, the bride had no idea what we had in store for her. I spent most of the night on Friday and Saturday morning trying to convince her we were taking her camping – and when we did inform her that she was required to pack and overnight bag – she looked a little worried – especially considering the rain falling from the heavens!
I was most excited about the first part of the day – which was a very sophisticated afternoon tea at The Waiting Room in the Crown Towers lobby at Crown Casino. As the gorgeous bride strutted along, she said she felt like she had come to Vegas. How fitting!

I have never seen a hen in all her paraphernalia look so gorgeously glamorous!

 

The Waiting Room is part of one of my favourite chef’s cluster of stylish venues at Crown – Neil Perry and his Rockpool Group. When I found out they were starting afternoon teas (click here to view the blog and find out more info) at The Waiting Room – I knew Ruza would love its chic and glamorous atmosphere.

Our afternoon tea came out on gorgeous tiered tea trays and everything from the gorgeous, crustless finger sandwiches to the sweet treats and array of teas were amazingly delicious.

On this tray we have Profiteroles, Caramelised Apple Tarts, Passionfruit Miroirs, Alfajors, Peanut, Caramel and Chocolate Ganache Tarts, Vanilla Orange Scones with Strawberry Jam and Chantilly Cream. My favourite would have to have been the scones. I know scones are meant to be simple, but the added touch of the orange and the vanilla in the cream is just so good! 

 

The sandwiches were so soft and wonderful – a combination between wholemeal and white bread with various fillings including classic cucumber, egg and caviar and salmon and cream cheese. If you have read a few previous posts here at Uforic Food, you’ll know I’m not a big fan of the humble sandwich – but there was nothing ordinary about these!

 

On the top shelf – Parmesan Biscuits and Anchovy Twists – delicious for all savory lovers 🙂

The tea trays, all in a row - and me, looking a little bit in awe of all the delciiousness that surround me.

 

 I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a fantastic time.

 

But no one looked more lovely than the bride herself! Doesn’t she look absolutely gorgeous?

What did you do on your hens night, or, if you haven’t had one yet, what do you think you’d like to do? Is a hens night all about getting a little crazy, or is it more about sharing stories, and playing games, or doing something more glamorous? Or maybe you can have it all? Leave your stories in the comments section below and stay tuned for part two of this fabulous girls’ weekend. There’s even more great food to come … Spanish style!

Read part 2 of Ruza’s hens nights here

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