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Hen Party Crafts

On Saturday evening we hosted our first official Hen Party in our workshop. Although we have hosted a number of children’s parties, I was looking forward to a change of pace working with adults.

The afternoon of the party, I spent a hour or so getting set up for the activities ahead. As the bride-to-be had chosen a vintage theme with upcycled crafts, I decorated the room with lace effect bunting,  vintage tablecloths (actually from 60s & 70s thanks to my grandma!) and an area for nibbles with china plates and teacups.

The ladies arrived…

As the ladies arrived, we had a few minutes introducing each other before settling down to our craft – making rosettes as name badges. Some simple card designs, ribbon and a little bit of crafting magic and each person had their own name tag, but with a vintage feel twist.

To help us all relax a little more, we played a game called ‘What’s in your handbag?’. This is where you tick off which of the items you have from the list and tally up your score for each item. We had a winner when one of them pulled out a crystal egg cup and mini spoon!

The first main craft of the night was creating paper flowers. We discussed the different ways that could be used, but opted for the easiest cutting out method – a die cutting machine. A quick dab of glue and a few sparkly gems, and we had ourselves a lovely collection of unique paper flowers.

Another game and a break

A wee half hour break was decided before we progressed any further where the ladies could have a cup of tea or coffee, plus a snack before continuing. Whilst having our break, we played our second game of ‘Word Jumble’ – next time I need to check the words as we had some unusual answers!

The second main craft was designing glass jars as candle holders for table decor. The ladies seemed to enjoy working with the glue gun and various fabrics to create some really stunning pieces.

To design these we had a selection of:

  • Hessian fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • Loose pearls
  • Strung pearls
  • Paper flowers (from earlier)
  • Wire
  • Wooden ‘Love’ embellishments
  • Twine

The end of the night

To end the night each lady was given choices of which string and charms they wished to use to make a wish bracelet and a final game of “Brides Preference – This or That?’.

The night ended and the ladies headed home – a little later than planned but having had a good night.

After a quick tidy up, I also headed home when I received a message from the bride to be;

Thanks so much for tonight really enjoyed it x

The Bride-to-be

Looking forward to the next one already!

If you would like to book and adult party for a hen party, baby shower or other event – feel free to contact us or have a look at our pricing scheme to see what we offer.
Can’t see what you fancy? Don’t worry, let us know what you would like adn we can see what we can do.

Thanks for choosing Mad Notions as your unique and interactive party venue!


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Deb’s Kids Portraits in Mad Notions, Annan

I am Debbie, a professional children’s photographer and I am excited to be returning to Mad Notions, Annan to capture Mini Children’s Photo Shoots on 1st & 3rd June ’17.

As a qualified Nursery Nurse as well as an experienced Photographer I understand the individual needs of children as well as the art of children’s portrait photography.

A Mini Children’s Photo Shoot consists of a 30 minutes portrait session for your child(ren) in my mobile studio at Mad Notions with various age suitable props. Within a few days of your Mini Children’s Photo Shoot a selection of approx 16-25 watermarked images are uploaded to your own secure online gallery on my children’s portrait website

The gallery is password protected so the photographs are only viewable to anyone you choose to give the password to. A (40.5cm x 30.5cm) mounted print of your choice is included in the £40 cost with other photo products and prints available to purchase at extra cost. I will deliver your free mounted print and any extra photo products to Mad Notions for you to collect from there within a couple of weeks of receiving your order.

Laura’s craft room in her premises at Mad Notions is perfect for children’s portrait photography as it is just the right size for my mobile studio. It also has plenty of natural light entering from the window, sometimes the light needs boosted by my flash which is very well diffused firstly through a diffuser and secondly by an umbrella and is carefully positioned to never fire directly at your child. All children’s photographs are left as natural as possible however if you would like any blemishes such as spots or bruises airbrushed out with Photoshop just ask and I will be happy to oblige. Sibling groups are welcome but may take a little longer to capture so may result in not quite so many images to view/choose from in your online gallery.



A Mini Children’s Photo Shoot by Deb’s Kid Portraits at Mad Notions Costs £40 & Includes:

  • 30 min Children’s Photo Shoot at Mad Notions
  • 1 (40.5cm x 30.5cm) mounted print of your choice (extra photo products available at additional cost)
  • Full editing/processing of all images
  • A password protected online gallery of approx 16-25 watermarked images
  • Free delivery of your photo order to Mad Notions

More information about my children’s photography and customer reviews can be found on my website and my Facebook Page

If you would like to book a Mini Photo Shoot by Deb’s Kid Portraits on June 1st or 3rd contact Laura at Mad Notions, 1/3 Bruce Street, Annan, Scotland and pay a £15 deposit – the outstanding balance of £25 is payable on the day before your Mini Children’s Photo Shoot (£40 payable in total).