Anne Kapranos, owner of Kapranos PR
"I'm all about a Deep South/Nashville-themed hen night. I am a HUGE fan of country music and have recently been indulging my ultimate guilty love for rhinestones, Stetsons, and an unhealthy amount of heartbreak by watching Nashville
religiously. There has been a recent trend in London for hearty, sticky Deep South cooking, American craft beers, and dirty pop-up dive bars that play the best blues, rockabilly, and country music. I am not into L plates and willy memorabilia, so this theme is the perfect alternative, being super-cool but retaining a fun albeit slightly cheesy element!
"First of all we’d head to Beyond Retro
, London’s best vintage shop, to pick up an outfit. They do a lot of great cowboy boots, denim shirts, and, if you’re lucky, you can find an amazing suede fringed jacket — the perfect look for our night out! After we have the clothes, it’s time to complete the look. Right beside the Soho branch of Beyond Retro there is a plethora of craft and dressmaking shops, where we will be able to buy some rhinestones and fringing to customise our denim shirts, gingham tops, suede jackets, and jeans. It’s all about adding some proper Nashville bling. Once we are kitted out in dazzling double denim, we will head to the nearest nail bar and ask for bandana nail art (available by custom request at WAH Nails
). If we have time, we will get our hair blow-dried as big as possible, perhaps with some frosted pink lipstick to match?
"Then it’s time for dinner at Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar
, which has just opened in Covent Garden. We will sample cocktails with names like Redneck Popper and Night in Jail before tucking into dishes like beer can chicken, mac 'n' cheese, and pressure-fried chicken — all authentic food from the Deep South. If Joe’s is all booked up, then it’s Pitt Cue Co.
or Duke's Brew and Que
. If we’re really feeling the effect of the cocktails, then it’s time for Lucky Voice
, where we can belt out some Dolly Parton. As a party favour, I will give everyone a ukulele and a cowboy hat, just so we can accompany whoever is singing. Then we’ll go to the Southbound party
for some 1970s country and American rock. Hopefully the night will end with us all singing "Stand By Your Man" at the top of our voices!"Images: Anne Kapranos; Western shirt, from £20, available at Beyond Retro; ukulele, £65, available at Duke of Uke; fried chicken courtesy of Joe's Southern Kitchen and Bar