Low Key Hen Party Ideas
Looking to take a more chilled out and casual approach to your pre-wedding celebrations?
Check out our list of low key hen party ideas below, perfect for making your occasion a truly memorable one. While hen parties are commonly associated with all-night clubbing, dancing ‘til the sun comes up and endless boozing, we know that that’s not everybody’s cup of tea, so to speak. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of low-key hen party ideas, ideal for those who would prefer to have a more chilled out experience with the girls before the bride-to-be gets hitched! Whether it’s going out for a casual meal and a round of classy drinks or playing some hilarious hen party games with the girls, there’s a whole host of things you can do to have a relaxed time whilst making unforgettable memories.
What are the 6 Best Low Key Hen Party Ideas?
With so many games, ideas and activities out there for hen parties, it can be hard to sift through it all to find the right ones to suit your occasion, especially if you’re looking to host a low key hen party for you and the girls. Thankfully, we’ve done all the research for you, so all you need to do is check out our list below to get some inspiration!
1. Hen Party at Home
Despite the fact that more and more hen parties are travelling to different party cities across the UK and Europe for their celebrations, the popularity in groups hosting their hen party at home is also on the rise. With so many hen party entertainment ideas out there to choose from, why not host your pre-wedding celebrations in the comfort of your own home? This is a fantastic way to avoid all the hustle and bustle and make memories with the girls where everybody is guaranteed to feel happy and comfortable.
2. Shopping Trip
A classic idea that not many can say no to, sometimes there’s nothing better than getting the girls together for an all-out shopping bonanza! Whether you’re heading to your local city centre or to a bigger shopping centre out of town, you and the girls deserve to indulge yourselves in a bit of retail therapy before the big day arrives. Shopping trips are a great idea for any hen party group, so why not make a day of it and go for a coffee or a bite to eat in between browsing?
3. Casual Meal
One thing is for certain: no hen party is complete without a mouth-watering meal. Taking the girls out to a local restaurant or your favourite eatery is a great way to get sat down in a relaxed environment so you can chat, have a laugh and enjoy some delicious cuisine. If you have members of your hen party group that aren’t familiar with each other, this is the perfect chance for you to break the ice between them as everybody will be sat together and chatting away.
4. Sophisticated Drinks
All-night drinking sessions and partying until the sun comes up might be on the standard hen party itinerary, but we know that’s its not for everybody! However, that doesn’t mean that you and the hens can’t head to a classy bar to enjoy a round (or two) of sophisticated drinks. Whether you plan on heading to your local favourite spot or to a really upmarket venue, there’s no reason why you and the girls can’t treat yourselves to a bottle of bubbly to see off the bride-to-be in style!
5. Keep the Group Small
Easily one of the toughest parts of organising a hen do is deciding who to invite. We recommend that for a truly low key hen party, you will want to keep the group size as small as you can. As hard as this may be, being selective and deciding who the bride will really want to be there is the best way to keep the numbers down and the atmosphere relaxed. If you know that the bride-to-be is set on the idea of having a more casual hen party, then she will definitely be thankful for you keeping the number of attendees low. See our hen ideas for small groups here.
6. Hen Party House
The ultimate way to celebrate your hen party, you can never go wrong with a hen party house for you and the girls. Whether you’re just planning on a one-night stay, a weekend away or longer, there’s a huge variety of large houses suitable for hen parties of various sizes… some are even purposely built to hire out for occasions! With options all over the UK ranging from city centre apartments to countryside cottages, take a look at some of these insane Airbnb apartments for groups and see what all the fuss is about!
Add Some Activities into Your Low Key Hen Do
1. Afternoon Tea
The staple activity for sophisticated and classy hen parties, there’s no reason why you should treat yourself and your budding hens to a delicious afternoon tea hen party. Hosted at a city centre venue, this luxurious activity is a favourite with hen parties up and down the country because of its stress-free simplicity. Enjoy a selection of freshly baked scones, homemade cakes and sandwiches with some fantastic teas and coffee to compliment them. There’s no better way to get everybody sat down, chatting and indulging in style!
2. Gin Masterclass
If you’ve got some gin lovers amongst you, then surprise them in the best way possible by getting creative with a hands-on gin masterclass hen party. Hosted by a professional mixologist at a city centre venue, you and the girls will get to mix, shake and pour some classic cocktails in a lively bar, where you will be met with a welcome drink on arrival to kick off the celebrations. Exclusive to your group only, each of you girls will get to play some fun games in between making your very own drinks, with the options to swap out for mocktails if you have any non-drinkers in the group.
3. Spa Pamper Day
Everybody loves a bit of TLC now and again, and the bride-to-be definitely deserves some with all the wedding planning stress she has to take care of. Do her a favour and treat her and the rest of the hens to a luxurious spa pamper day hen party. Taking place at a city centre spa, head down to enjoy a jacuzzi soak or steam room session. To start off, you will have a choice between 2 treatments for the whole group, whether that be a Swedish massage or a feel-good facial. Not only that, but everybody will get to enjoy the use of leisure facilities such as the pool. Trust us when we say that there’s no better way to unwind on your low key hen party than with this activity.
4. Mobile Flower Crown Making
A classy yet creative activity that’s becoming massively popular with hen parties across the country, the girls are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised with a mobile flower crown making hen party. Hosted by an expect craft instructor, each of you will get to pick and choose what goes onto your stunning flower crown by choosing from a large variety of flowers and foliage whilst getting some tips and tricks from your host. Not only will you get to keep your wonderful new creation, but you’ll also receive a presentation box each to take home with you, making memories that will last a lifetime. Here are some more ideas for a ladies night at home that you all could enjoy.
Low Key Hen Party Games
1. Advice for the Bride
A classic that can either be played as a light-hearted game full of laughter or as a meaningful sentiment, Advice for the Bride is a simple game that doesn’t require much planning or organising, as the only things you’re going to need is card and pens. Using cards with sentence starters such as “On your honeymoon, remember to…”, each of the girls will fill out their own before giving them to the bride-to-be. Whether it’s genuine tips on how to maintain a lasting marriage or telling the bride to tell her husband off if he snores, everybody can interact and get involved with this budget-friendly game.
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2. How Well Do You Know the Bride?
Everybody is guaranteed to be howling with laughter by the end of playing How Well Do You Know The Bride. All you’re going to need for this simply memorable activity is a pen and paper. The premise of the game is simple; the hen that knows the bride-to-be the most will compile a list of questions relating to the bride (for example, “what was the bride-to-be’s first job?”) that each of the hens must answer. Once everybody has given their answers, the scores are then totalled up before announcing who knows the bride the most.
3. Mr & Mrs Quiz
They’re both getting married… but just how much do the bride and groom know about each other? Put their knowledge of their other half to the test by quizzing them on themselves in the Mr & Mrs Quiz! After you’ve decided on some questions for both the bride and the groom, give the groom his questions to answer before the hen party. Then on the day of the hen celebrations, give the bride her questions to answer about the groom, either answering honestly or saying what she thinks the groom would have put. Tally up the scores at the end and see who knows the other better.
4. Mr & Mrs Paddle Questions
Taking inspiration from the classic hit TV show, this is another truly hilarious way to find out just how well the soon-to-be newlyweds really know each other! In the Mr & Mrs Paddle Questions Quiz all you need to do is choose a list of questions, first send over the questions to the groom-to-be for him to answer. Then you’ll need four paddles, giving two to the bride-to-be and the other two to another hen. Ask the bride the same questions as the groom, which she must answer by holding up “Bride” or “Groom”. The hen with the two other paddles will also reveal what the groom-to-be said at the same time!