A few months back I had been sent an invite to an old work colleagues Hen Party which was due to take place in a local Chinese Buffet Restaurant. Corinne and I had worked together around four years ago, and whilst we still work for the same people, she had transferred to an office closer to home.
However, due to the power of social media, Facebook and various modern technology we had kept in touch and I was really honoured to be invited (along with my friend H) to the evening meal.
The restaurant is set on the side of a lake and has a really good reputation. It is an all-you-can-eat buffet, however it is not one where you have to go and queue and help yourself. Food is ordered, cooked fresh and delivered to your table!
I was actually working until 6 pm and H was coming to pick me up at 7:45 pm to travel to the restaurant. Arriving home, I quickly jumped in the shower before styling my hair, doing my make-up and getting dressed.
Looking in the wardrobe, I found a Pin Up Girl dress that I had never worn before, put it on and immediately was torn on whether to wear it to the hen party, or to a trade event I had two days after.
Going downstairs I asked my family that exact question and was advised to debut the dress at the trade event and wear another dress I had to the hen party which no-one there would had seen before either.
Getting changed into my PUG Ava Spanish Rose dress, I think I made the right decision. I certainly felt more comfortable in the Rose dress as it seemed to match the occasion.
We arrived at the restaurant and immediately met Corinne’s family, and waited for Corinne herself to arrive. And arrive she did!
Wearing a beautiful burgundy off the shoulder dress and matching high heels, she looked absolutely stunning!
The tables were covered with glittery hen party confetti, card props and balloons. Well, we had to give all the different masks, glasses, lips and signs a go, didn’t we?
The waiter started off by bringing massive platters of food that were placed on a Lazy Susan in the middle of the table. The spinning disc was able to be pushed around so everyone could take food as they wanted.
Spare ribs, Crispy seaweed, Sesame prawn toasts, Calamari, Crispy chicken, King prawns, Chicken satay skewers, Pancake rolls, Samosa’s and Salt and pepper chicken wings; all piping hot and so very tasty.
After the starters came Crispy Peking Duck, pancakes, cucumber, spring onion and Hoisin sauce.
By this point I was already feeling quite full. But we hadn’t even got to the main courses yet! Thankfully there was a small break between the waiter coming and taking our main course orders.
Some of the guests opted to go with a soup course and then their mains. Even though I love chicken and sweetcorn soup, I knew I wouldn’t be able to manage it, so opted for Beef chow mein as my main course.
A short while later the dishes started arriving, along with a large serving dish of rice.
Well, I tried my best. But I could only manage a few mouthfuls before I was done. Admitting defeat I laid my chopsticks down.
(Now, that might be a little fib, it was a fork because no matter how hard I try, I cannot get the hang of chopsticks!)
The meal ended up with selfies galore and a group photo which the waiter kindly took for us. It was a fabulous night and lovely to meet all of Corinne’s family and friends.
As for the restaurant, it really was amazing and the food just so good. It won’t be long before I take the rest of the family there for a meal.
As for Corinne, It is only a few weeks till the wedding and I just can’t wait!
Now, I just need to get myself an outfit……