Fabulous Hen Party Ideas
If you are in charge of planning a hen party, you will be thankful of all the fabulous ideas that are available to make the day and night just as special and memorable as heading on a night out!
Forget about ordering your favourite takeaway and sitting in front of the TV in your PJ’s (unless that’s what you want to do of course.) Just by adding a little bit of creativity into your ideas you will be able to give the bride-to-be an unforgettable pre-wedding celebration!
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Stylish Hen Party Activities
To keep you all entertained during your weekend it might be a good idea to decide on some hen party activities. Or mobile hen do activities if you're hiring a party house.. And there are plenty of great ways that you and the girls can entertain yourselves throughout the daytime and evening and these are just a few of our favourites…
Pros - Enjoy prosecco and nibbles while receiving a foot massage.
Cons - You might become too relaxed before the night!
Who has ever turned down a pamper at home? Give the bride-to-be some TLC by organising a pamper night. Whether you fancy letting the professional beauty therapists do all the work with a mobile pamper hen party or something as simple as a face mask it’s definitely something everyone will love. Take a look at these face masks from Sanctuary Spa.
Nude Life Drawing
Pros - A cheeky naked male. Naughty but nice we think!
Cons - Its hard to know where to look - wink wink.
Unleash your artistic side and try out a hen party life drawing session! Get creative and sketch your nude life model in the different positions. Figure drawing is getting more and more popular. Play a variety of fun and unique games and remember to have a laugh with this light-hearted experience. The bride-to-be will also get involved in one pose!
Learn how to take the best photos with our guide to Instagram-worthy hen party photos!
Host A Hen Party Pyjama Party
Pros - Grab a bottle of wine, popping on your favourite DVD and relax.
Cons - There could be some snoring.
There is nothing better than getting into your pyjamas, popping open a bottle of wine and sitting ready to watch your favourite movie. So what better way to enjoy a girly weekend then a pyjama party? You could even get matching pyjamas to really get into the party spirit. Here are some great ideas on Etsy.
Check out these fabulous list of 8 movies for a hen night
Crafty Hen Ideas
Pros - Create something thats personal, it could be for the wedding.
Cons - If you don't have a creative side, you could always give it to the kids.
If you are looking to get the girls in the creative spirit, make the party a crafty one! There are so many different ways you can enjoy doing some DIY. From decorating something to creating something completely from scratch, all these things you could buy from Hobbycraft. And it’s a great way for the bride-to-be to de-stress from all the planning.
See our crafty hen ideas here
Pop Up Cocktail Bars with Mixologist
Pros - No noisy bars or drunk men, just professional cocktail making please.
Cons - Who is going to wash all the glasses?
Sometimes you just want a nice cocktail without the noisy, busy bars. So why not bring the bar to you and put together your own cocktail bar along with all the equipment. Or if you fancy learning a thing or two about making your own drinks add the mobile cocktail making class to your party. With a trained mixologist to teach you some tips and tricks.
Private Chef with Hunky Butler
Pros - It always tastes better when you don't have to cook it. Did we mention a topless waiter to serve on your every need!
Cons - Its just for one night only ladies.
Food never tastes the same if you’ve had to do it yourself, so enjoy a fine dining experience in the comfort of your hen house and add a private chef and hunky butler. Not only will you have a chef to cook all your food you will also have a topless waiter to serve you for the night. Nothing says a party quite like an addition like this.
Create a Karaoke Night
Pros - Everyone loves a sing-song, right! Get all the girls involved.
Cons - You might need to wear some ear protection!
When all the girls are together there is no denying that you’re going to be singing some songs. So make a night of it and turn your party into a karaoke night! Get some drinks, nibbles and all of the girls ready to sing all night long. If you are wanting to go all out for this experience you could hire a karaoke machine from Hire a Karaoke.
Enjoy the Best Hen Party Songs with this playlist on Spotify
Bake Off Hen Party
Pros - Have a TV celebrity in your kitchen from GBBO.
Cons - Not everyone will be able to lick the bowl.
Consider yourself as quite the baker? Why not put your baking skills to the test with our creative Bake Off hen party? A great way to break the ice and at the end of it all you will have some sweet treats to enjoy. With this TV show activity you will have a former GBBO contestant in your kitchen helping you all along the way.
Pros - Chance to relax and design your own signature scent.
Cons - If you don't have a good nose, who knows what concoction you'll make.
Another creative experience like perfume making may be a great idea when staying indoors. You could either let a professional perfume consultant talk to you about all the different blends before you mix your scents together with our perfume making class.
Tasteful Hen Games
1. Mr & Mrs Questions
GET THE RELATIONSHIP GOSSIP
If you're looking for a classic party game that all the guests will love, then these Questions will be perfect. It’s a great way for you to get all the gossip on the relationship as you test how well the bride and groom’s responses match. Of course you ask the groom the questions prior to the party. Browse through these 111 Mr & Mrs questions for inspiration.
2. Prosecco Pong
CLASSIC PRE-DRINK GAME
Yeah everyone has heard of beer pong, but were classy right ladies? We love prosecco! Split into two teams and pour the prosecco in each cup. Take it in turns to throw the ball and try and land it in the opposing team’s cups. If you get it in, one of them have to drink it. Need to get your own kit?
3. Balloon Questions
GETS EVERYONE LAUGHING
Before the hen do, get everyone to write a question down on a piece of paper. Then when you’ve got them all place them each inside a different balloon and blow them up. Throughout the night let the bride-to-be pop a balloon and answer the question inside. Make it even better and get everyone to answer the question!
4. Guess the Wine Game
A SOPHISTICATED DRINKING GAME
Think you know your Pinot’s from your Sauvignon Blanc? Put your taste buds to the test with the guess the wine game. Get everyone to bring a bottle of wine with the label covered. Each person tastes each wine and then you have to guess what brand the wine is and which guest you think brought it to the party. And it’s a great way to get a little bit tipsy.
5. Hen Do Icebreaker
BEST WAY TO START THE NIGHT
If you have a mixed group of ages and friendships, then a icebreaker will be a great way to start the party fun. You can do your own with a selection of fun mini games or perhaps buy this party icebreaker set from Not on the Highstreet. A set like this will ensure all the girls have some fun without you having to put anything together before hand.
6. Ring of Fire Cards
BEST FOR LARGE GROUPS
Looking for a way to get all the girls drunk? Look no further, the ring of fire game can be the perfect drinking game for a large group of girls. And all you need is a set of cards and a cup. The rules are pretty simple too but if you feel like you may easily forget them it might be better to buy some cards that have all the rules on each card.
7. Gin & Tonic Pong
WHEN YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH BUBBLES
Prosecco pong might not be your thing, but don’t worry there are plenty of other variations of this game. Like gin & tonic pong, the same rules apply. Split into two different teams and set up your 6 cups, then fill them all with gin and tonic. When a ball lands in the opposing teams cup, one person from their team has to drink.
8. Hen Do Charades
GOOD FOR ALL AGES
Another fun icebreaker that will have all the girls laughing is charades with a twist. You could write your own charades beforehand and stick them in a bowl for later or buy some. We love these charades you can buy off Not on the High Street! The great thing about a game like this is that everyone can get involved in it.
9. Drink If Games
ANOTHER ICEBREAKER GAME
This one is pretty simple but another quick and easy way that the girls can get drunk. 'Drink if' is a game that everyone will love. All you need is a list of sentences and someone to read them out. After each one is read out you simply drink if it applies to you. For example, drink if you’re going to be hungover tomorrow. Check out some more drink if game sentence suggestions.
10. How Well Do You Know the Bride
FIND OUT WHO REALLY KNOWS HER
A great way to inject some friendly competition into a night is with a how well do you know the bride quiz. Before the day, get a selection of questions ready on some paper to hand out to all the girls to answer. See who gets the most questions correct. If you don’t want to create your own you could buy some readymade quiz sheets.
Elegant Hen Decorations & Accessory Ideas
There are a range of different ways that you can do this, whether you want to buy things or do a bit of DIY and create your own. Either way it’s a great way to get everyone in the party spirit.
If you’re having some food or a table laid out with bits on it would be a good idea to get some table decorations. You could get things like placement cards, shot glasses, confetti, personalised sweets, table covers - you get the idea. If you are looking for some more inspiration read our article on table decoration ideas for hen groups.
Capture all the amazing memories with the bride-to-be on her special day with the help of some photo props. Whether you use some glasses, rings, speech bubbles or anything else you can think of. We love this idea, and equally love this set you can buy from Ginger Ray.
Hen Party Balloons
Nothing says party quite like a few balloons and there is no excuse not to have some dotted around your house.. If you are looking for some simple but effective ways to make an impact with your decorations these will be perfect. You could get "hen party" spelt out in balloons or even an amazing balloon arch!
DIY Hen Party Decorations
If you have a creative flare and want to keep the gathering as DIY as possible you might go about creating your own DIY decorations. There are so many different ideas and inspiration out there for what you could create. From your own balloons to party keepsakes and everything in between. Check out some of the great ideas Wedding Ideas Mag have.
Glasses & Drink Stand
There will definitely be plenty of drinks throughout the evening and what easier way to include some creativity than through glasses and drinks stands. You could decide on a theme and pick your glasses to suit the theme. Here are some of our favourite from Ginger Ray; prosecco bubbly drinks wall holder, pink ring party shot glasses and flamingo shaped paper cups.
Does the bride-to-be have a favourite celebrity? Is she a huge fan of the Royal Family? There is almost a mask for everything you can think of on Partyrama! The best thing about this website is that you can even make face masks out of the bride-to-be’s face! So if you really want to have a laugh with this accessory this will be perfect.
Check out these hen party fancy dress Dos & Don'ts
Party Bags & Favours
You may be wanting to put together some party bags or party favours for all the girls to say thanks for coming to the event. Or even fill them with things they can use throughout the celebrations. Either way putting together your own bags can actually be really fun. We found some classy party bags from Ginger Ray perfect for a night with the girls.
Personalisation is what makes something that bit more special. No matter what you add into a hen do if its personalised all of the girls will love it. From clothing to accessories, decorations to props. There are so many things you could include into the celebrations. We love the personalised banners that you can buy from Etsy.
Chic Hen Party Food & Drink Ideas
Cupcakes & Macaroons
If you’re looking for some sweet treats it would be a good idea to add things like cupcakes and macaroons into the party. You could get these made professionally or just buy them from your local supermarket. You could even have a go at creating them yourself! Either way something like this will always go down a treat (literally) with all the girls.
Everyone loves picking at a few sweets during something like this so it would be a good idea to have a little sweet table full of different bits and bobs. You could even go all out with a sweet kart with paper bags and jars full of sweets. This way people could fill them up and take them home if they didn’t want any sweets during the party.
Make the drinks a little bit different and put together your own punch. If you get a large jug, bowl or even a large pitcher. It’s great for photo opportunities as you can snap some photos whilst you all have the same drinks. A party punch like this could be made alcoholic or even non-alcoholic depending on what you’d prefer.
For a classy celebration, adding an afternoon tea as a food and drink option will be perfect. It’s nice and easy to put together too. Make your finger sandwiches of choice, some scones and a selection of cakes and you’re good to go. It’s a great way to ensure everyone has a nice selection of snacks during the hen party.
If you can’t quite decide exactly what type of food you are after a buffet would probably be a good option for you. With the chance to go crazy and have almost everything you can think of on the table for the girls to pick at. And you can put a nice selection of sweet and savoury food out to suit all of the girls.
Cocktails & How to Decorate Them
Are you planning on having some delicious cocktails throughout get together? Whether you are buying them readymade or making them yourselves it’s always a fun and tasty drink to enjoy. And of course you could easily buy some fruit to garnish your cocktails or some straws to decorate them as you’d like.
Cheese & Wine Night
What goes better together then cheese and wine? Add some class and sophistication and make it a cheese and wine night. Especially if the bride-to-be loves herself a glass of red. There is no better way to surprise her then with something like this! Put together a cheese board full of her favourite cheese and get some crackers and wine to go with it.
Is the bride-to-be pregnant? Or one of the guests? Or do you just not want any alcohol? There are still plenty of other drinks you can make that don’t require any alcohol. You could try making some homemade lemonade. Or even get a selection of soft drinks together for everyone to drink throughout the evening. As well as all of the amazing mocktails that taste like the original.
For the sweet loving girls out there a great addition would be a fondue. A chocolate fondue is always a great shout. With some amazing things to dip into it you and the girls will definitely be obsessed with this addition. But if chocolate isn’t your thing you could always go savoury and turn it into a cheese fondue.
Does your weekend fall during the summer months? If so and you want to make the most of the warmer weather it would make sense to enjoy a BBQ. With a variety of different burgers, sausages and meats you can cook on the grill. You will really be able to ensure all your guests have a good amount of food during the celebrations.
Buff Butlers to Serve the Food
A treat for all the girls would be something like the butlers in the buff. You and the girls will be able to enjoy just sitting and relaxing whilst you have some lovely men who will be there to serve your every need. Whatever food you want and all your drinks for the duration of the time they’re there. It’s perfect for everyone to enjoy during the hen party at home.
What About a HenFest?
CREATE YOUR OWN FESTIVAL
If you are trying to make your henfest an experience to remember it would be a great idea to incorporate some live music. Function Central are a great company who can provide you with popular genres of music. So if you are planning a festival theme then a live band would completely transform the feel of the day.
See our extention guide on planning a festival themed hen weekend.
Flower Crown Making
A festival is all about getting creative and what better way to do that then with a creative activity. One of our most popular for something like this is the flower crown making. You will be given some high quality materials and flowers that you can then put together to create your own beautiful crown.
Its all about decorations, so why not get creative and make your own with our fun bunting making experience. You will be provided with all the equipment and materials that you will need and you will have an event host on hand for the experience to guide you through the whole event. And when you have made them you can put them up.
Every event will have a silent disco, and your henfest can’t be the one that doesn’t! Have a look at The Silent Disco Company, they have some amazing hire packages that you can get for your event. You can hire from 25 headsets to 400 headsets! A silent disco will definitely be a great experience that all of the girls will enjoy.
What Food to Choose?
No music gig is complete without some food, and there is a selection of amazing food options that you could incorporate into your day. From a BBQ to a pulled pork van and everything in between. You could also hire an amazing mobile Land Rover pizza van from Dough & Deer. They bake their own stone baked pizzas for all different types of events.
And with every festival you need to add some accessories. So why not get some wristbands so that you can show off that you are heading off to a festival. Hen Party Wristbands is a great website where you can get a variety of different wristbands, lanyards and more to make your event look even better.
Photo Credit: Hen Party Wristbands
Nothing says a festival quite like a marque or a tent, and there are so many amazing ones around that you could hire. We love the tents and marques that you can get from Event in a Tent. Whatever size you are after you will be able to find one that is suited perfectly for all of your needs. A tent would be a great idea for a place where you can hold all of the activities you have planned.
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