by | May 20, 2021 | Hen Do Ideas, Party Planning

Organising a hen party is tough. There’s no getting away from it. From the panic of who to invite (and the fear of accidentally missing off Nanna Pat from the invite list), to trying to get agreement from all the invitees on what activities they want – or don’t want – to get involved with is nigh on impossible. We’ve attended a LOT of hen parties, so you might call us somewhat the experts in throwing the perfect event. We know choosing activities that everyone loves is tough, so here’s our top recommendations that your entire group will love (sorry, no strippers here!):

1. Floral Crown Making

This is such a great activity for everyone to get involved with! Floral crown making has become really popular at hen parties – it’s a unique activity that gets everyone together, chatting and getting creative over a glass of prosecco (or in our case, gin!). It’s the perfect activity to try when you need a bit of ‘downtime’ on the weekend. You can grab kits online, or use your imagination with florists wire and fake flowers.

Floral Crown Making

2. Knicker Decoration

Similar to crown making in that it’s simple, creative and relaxing – just a little more naughty! Get each of your party to grab a pair of their undies and get creative! Think sparkles, glitter, sewing on flowers or whatever else takes your fancy. We reckon Nanna Pat’s undies would be a hilarious addition to proceedings!

3. Life Drawing

Think stripper, but classier?! We’ve seen Life Drawing classes becoming really popular as an activity at hen parties recently. It’s a fun way to include a little naughtiness but toned down to suit all invitees – including the Bride’s mum! Expect uncontrollable giggling, terrible drawings and out of proportion appendages…

4. Gin & Cocktail Tasting

What better way to inject some fun into your party than with an expert host tasting you through multiple delicious beverages in your own home, garden or venue! Think gin, cocktail or mocktails – there’s something for everyone to try and love!

Gin & Cocktail Tasting

5. Mobile Chefs &/or Bars

Whether it’s a naked chef or a private (fully clothed) one, hiring someone in to create mouth-watering meals for you and your party means less time spent cooking and washing up, and more time making fab memories for you and your Bride! Alternatively mobile bars such as our lovely horse box gin trailer, or mobile bar, can provide both a fantastic spectacle and a delicious menu of drinks for everyone to enjoy.

Mobile Chefs &_or Bars

With an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards sent every year, why not impress your Valentine with something a little bit different.  

Choose from one of our Valentine’s themed cocktails, a French Kiss or All You Need Is Love.  Show your Valentine how much you care and earn yourself a few brownie points with these impressively tasty cocktails. 


French kiss

A combo of our Queen Cleo London Dry with Vermouth and Dubonnet for an easy to make but deliciously boozy cocktail. 

you’ll need

  • Ice
  • A lowball glass 
  • Lemon to garnish



Add ice to your lowball glass.


Add all ingredients to the glass.  


Stir briefly.


Garnish with a lemon garnish (get creative if you can). 



All You need is love

We are a big fan of sloe gin and you’ll often see it on our bars as a Sloe Royale served with Prosecco.  Our friends at Multum Gin Parvo make a particularly delicious one and we highly recommend their Sloe Dance Gin. 

you’ll need

  • Ice
  • A cocktail shaker 
  • A martini glass
  • Haribo heart to garnish



Chill your martini glass. 


Add all the ingredients to the cocktail shaker with lots of ice. 


Shake vigorously and then double strain into the martini glass. 


Drop a Haribo heart into the glass as a hidden surprise. 



You can find our other cocktail recipes here.

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After 4 years of being together we never thought that we would one day be in business together. Who knew where a simple text message could lead….

It all started with a conversation with Nicola at one of The Little Gin and Rum Company’s events in Leeds. Amy sent a message to Ian saying “Do you fancy buying a gin and rum company?” and the wheels were set in motion.



“As a sales professional travelling the UK and the world, I have made travelling and alcohol my thing.  With over 20 years experience supplying the hospitality industry with software and e-learning, I can’t wait to start sharing Queen Cleo Spirits with the industry I love.  You’ll usually find me with my favourite Queen Cleo Rum with ginger ale.”


“Where Ian loves sales, I love marketing and as a digital marketing trainer and professional public speaker, I always have a lot to say.  When Nicola and Emma started virtual events in lockdown, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about gin and rum and nearly 200 events later, I still love it.  Old Tom is my favourite tipple and I’ll even drink it neat with just a cube of ice and a squeeze of lime.”


Nicola and Emma have created a gin and rum legacy and we are honoured to take it into the future.   

We can’t wait to share our plans with you and we promise to make Queen Cleo proud. 

You know our favourite Queen Cleo drinks and we’d love to know yours.  Share them with us on Instagram #littleginandrumco.