A marvellous vintage hen party photoshoot

These crazy cats were one of our favourite vintage hen party groups of all! They were such fun in the vintage photoshoot, and so up for it. The girls opted for a mixed era shoot, and after playing with our props and box of dressing up accessories, I think they ended up with everything from Edwardian lady to 1920s flapper, to 1940s women at war, to 1960s mod and 1970s disco!

(all photos copyright  Catherine Hadler Creative Commercial Photography)

It really was a lot of fun. To book, or for further information, go to the enquiry form!

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1950s hair and chocolate eclairs in Oxfordshire

We love to host our hen parties at wonderful vintage venues where we can. And a little 1950s hair and make up and dressing up, is certainly nicely set off by a fountain, or a beautiful facade of a Jacobean mansion, or a lovely bit of parkland. I like to think it adds a bit of vintage vogue. This hen party, in Oxfordshire, was one such event.

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Hen parties don’t have to be trashy and involve running around town at night with a truncheon and fishnets and a policeman’s outfit. For a rather more special, sophisticated hen party idea, look no further for inspiration.

Lisa & Hens 781950s party

We arranged this hen party for the girls and they had afternoon tea during their vintage hair and make up, then a photoshoot with our dressing up accessories and props.

Some of the hens tried their hand at 1950s pin up style posing. They hired props and accessories from Ali at Frock n Roll for the shoot, such as the vintage telephone and hairdryer which make for fantastic vintage pin up props.

There were also some lovely bump shots at the hen party… We were very pleased with the work of our vintage hair and make up artists at this party.

Let us know if you’d like a hen party in this venue, 1920s style events also look fantastic here. A blog will follow with a 1920s party here.




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A seventies disco hair and make up hen party

Yes Sir, I can Boogie! Burn Baby Burn… and you can get the look to go with those 1970s disco classics too.

Surely seventies must be a popular hen party theme. There’s all that disco gold to be had and shapes to be thrown in the dance floor. But when you’re getting dressed up, why not get some hair and make up too?


Our 1970s hair and make up hen party. Why not book some fab creative make up to go with your seventies disco theme?

You can go glam rock or be those seventies hair flicks. Here are some of our hens who did just that. 1970s hair and make up is very fun indeed. The perfect compliment to some big bold and colourful 70s dressing up.

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Superb 1920s hairstyles and make up. An elegant hen party.


Here is one of our most stylish 1920s photoshoots and our favourite 1920s hair and make up hen parties! The girls booked a makeover and photoshoot and a vintage tea party. We were so pleased with the work of our hair and make up artists on this one! The girls really look the bees knees. We had some original looks, from Marlene Dietrich style top hat and tails to glamorous evening wear, to a Marilyn inspired Some Like It Hot pose, there is plenty to inspire and enjoy here!

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1920s Gatsby themed hen party ideas, Cheltenham

Want some hen party ideas for a glamorous, vintage, fun and stylish day out? These hens had a glamorous Gatsby 1920s Day Out in a lovely Georgian venue in Cheltenham. Note the variety of outfits that 1920s dressing up provides! There’s lace, sequins, silk, tassles, satin and feathers amongst this group. They’re such a nicely dressed group, Sue and friends. They told me they got their outfits on ebay and Etsy and in vintage shops –  ooh it’s fabric and sparkle heaven!

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Glamourous Gatsby hen party in Cheltenham – Charleston kicks, tea and kiss curls!

These hens were a super group of ladies. Like true flappers, they danced their stockings off in the Charleston class (of course! No party in the 1920s was complete without dancing! Josephine Baker eat your heart out…)  

Then they had their hair styled 1920s style, and posed for some truly lovely pictures by photographer Rhiannon Williams.

All photos copyright Rhiannon Williams, Charleston Dance & Vintage Hen Parties.

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Vintage hairstyling and make up…inject some 1950s Vogue and Pin Up Style into your hen party fun!

Want ideas for a vintage hen party combining DIY food with some added activities that you can book to enhance the fun? That’s what these ladies did. They had their own afternoon tea, brought their own food and booked their own venue in Alston, near Winchester. Then they booked our vintage hair and make up artists to come to the venue and our photographer to shoot the fun! And we had fun imitating 1950s pin up, 1950s advertising and housewife imagery, and the stylish Vintage Vogue poses and iconic photography of the era. And of course, lots of general hijinks and fun!

Vintage hen party photoshoot

1950s hen party

1950s pin up photoshoot

1950s pin up photography

Our 1950s look book and props and accessories brought along by our vintage dressing up expert (the hens booked our dress hire service), helped to inspire the photos! Here’s a 1950s housewife pose inspired by 1950s advertising, and a classic carefree pose with a parasol!

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1950s pin up photoshoot

1950s pin up photography

Some of the girls fancied trying their hand at vintage pin up look. So our vintage dress hire expert brought the 1950s bakelite telephone, as there were a lot of 1950s pin up photos incorporating telephones!

And a 1950s Bush radio and a little bit of photoshoot fun. Again the photographer is hinting at the very posed images of 1950s advertising here.

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A 1950s advertising style photo

Finally, here are a few of the vintage vogue style shots and some fun with flowers! And of course the hens having a bit of fun with the photographer, they were a great fun loving group of gals!

The frocks and accessories were supplied by our vintage dressing up expert Ali from Frock n Roll.

Photography by Rhiannon Williams, copyright Rhiannon Williams, Charleston Dance & Vintage Hen Parties.


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1930s relaxed, everyday costumes in The Durrells

I do like watching The Durrells for the 1930s costumes. They are everyday, relaxed, and summery. I enjoyed Indian Summers for the same era – there we had haute couture and a priviledged, aristocratic cast of characters with 1930s evening gowns to drool over, but the Durrells has outfitst that people would have worn every day. As someone partial to a bit of vintage sewing, these are the kind of outfits that I might one day like to recreate – if I only had the time! I am a rather slow sewer. Still, these might be rather good inspiration for a 1930s hen party, to go with 1930s hair and make up. Not many people choose 1930s as a hen party theme but perhaps we can change this if I whet your appetite for the clothing?


I love the 1930s straight, high waisted day dress that Louisa wears here.

Perhaps this could be recreated if you adapted this McCalls 1930s day dress pattern (I have this in my pattern stash, all ready to go!). Or this 1930s Button Dress by Decades of Style.

Here are the pattern links! So that the keen sewists amongst you might recreate them. There are also many original 1930s patterns to be bought online.


#3007 1930s Button Dress

Here is a rather fantastic rundown of the 1930s reproduction patterns available, by Vintage Dancer.


Have a look at Margo Durrell’s fantastic wool swimsuit too. I love it! And her vintage blouse and sash that she wears around her hair. I do have some fantastic 1930s fabric that I’d like to recreate this with. Now to find the perfect pattern…

McCalls m7056 is really rather good.



Hmmm.. food for thought, and we’d better all get sewing…

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