AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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I have a confession to make. You know those annoying people who are constantly talking about Christmas? The ones who can’t wait to get the decorations out, who love that the shops start playing carols early, and who plan out even the smallest things to make sure every day in December is magical? That’s me. Which got me thinking... if there are other Christmas crazy hens out there, how fun would it be to throw them a pre-wedding celebration in their favourite festive theme? Whether it be a Christmas in July or a party in December, it’s definitely a celebration you can have heaps of fun with! And a bonus? You already have all of the decorations, cookie cutters, etc. handy from Christmas’ gone by! Ready to plan the Christmas Bachelorette party to beat all others? See below!
GET IN THE FESTIVE SPIRIT WITH FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY THEMES!
When it comes to festive-wear, there are so many fun (and cringe-worthy!) options for your Christmas themed party! See below for some inspiration:
A VERY SEXY CHRISTMAS
After an outrageous hen party theme? Why not host a ‘very sexy Christmas’?! At this party, anything goes - from red bathers and Christmas themed lingerie, to mini dresses in the theme of Mrs. Clause or elves, it’s all about being daring and cheeky! Pair with some activities that would only ever be found on Santa’s ‘naughty list’ and you’re good to go.
CHARACTERS OF CHRISTMAS
There are a few ways you can go about this particular theme. For starters, why not dress your bride-to-be as Mrs. Clause and have guests arrive as elves?! Or have everyone arrive as their own version of Santa (beards and all), whilst your beautiful hen shines as Mrs. Clause? Alternatively, ask guests to get creative with one simple request – it MUST be a character of Christmas (prepare yourself for elves, scrooge, Santa, reindeer, Mrs. Clause, presents, Christmas trees, Candy canes, and everything in-between!).
CHRISTMAS IN JULY PARTY/WINTER WONDERLAND
Planning a celebration in the cooler months but still want to bring the Christmas cheer to your best friend’s day? Why not host a Christmas in July celebration? Suggest guests dress in their favourite wintery gear. With such a vague description, you can expect people to come decked out in anything from their warmest party outfits, colours associated with the theme (such as white/glitter, just like a snowflake), hilariously ugly Christmas sweaters, or Christmas characters (Mrs. Clause in her snug red coat, a snowman, or even a Christmas turkey are all possibilities!). Pair with activities such as a hot cocoa bar, ice-skating and an ice-bar adventure for extra wintery feels.
CHRISTMAS PJ PARTY
When Christmas rolls around, there is always some fun, cute or downright weird festive PJs to choose from... and not just in the kids section! So why not host the most comfortable event around and encourage party-goers to arrive in their favourite Christmassy pyjamas (slippers and dressing gowns also encouraged)? Onesies, nighties, shorts & singlets, funny slogans, terrible slogans – you really can’t go wrong! And the best part? Your gals can keep their cosy outfits for years to come; being reminded of that epic party every time they don their Christmas sleepwear!
COLOUR BLOCK CHRISTMAS
For those after a simple Christmas party theme, you could ask that all guests arrive wearing red, and then dress your bride-to-be in green (or vice versa). Alternatively, go for the ‘white Christmas’ theme and have everyone wear their favourite white attire.
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Add a bit of fun to the costume department by requesting that funny Christmas party slogans are somehow included in each outfit. This could be anything from a T-shirt with the words ‘I’m dreaming of a wine Christmas’ to a dress with paper sticky taped to the front (displaying a hilarious slogan for all to see!). Let guests get creative this one; you’ll be surprised by what people come up with!
HO HO HO DOWN!
It might be Christmas time, but that certainly doesn’t mean you have to stick to the theme completely! Bring out your inner country-girls by donning some flannies, denim, boots and wide-brimmed hats. You can also add a touch of festive fun to your outfits with Santa hats, Christmas themed earrings or even tinsel necklaces if you wish!
Another low-key option is that of Santa hats. These will bring your group together whilst still allowing your guests to choose an outfit they'd like to wear. Pair with the colour-block theme idea mentioned above if you'd like everyone to be more 'matchy-matchy'!
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And finally, there’s the good old ‘ugly sweater’ option, which will not only be hilarious for guests when choosing their outfit, but will also guarantee plenty of laughs on the night.
DELIGHT YOUR GUESTS WITH CHRISTMAS INSPIRED FOOD
If you’re hosting a Christmas party and LOVE a good feed, why not go all out and serve a full blown Christmas feast? You could either prepare this yourself (with the help of the other bridesmaids), organise a pot luck lunch or dinner (where each guest brings a plate), or get the professionals in so that you can all sit back, relax and enjoy the meal (without any stress)!
Alternatively, if your bride-to-be prefers to ‘snack-on-the-go’, perhaps you could bring the fun to your food table with cute, funny or distasteful labels instead? For instance, a ‘Treats for Santa’ sign could be placed next to a cart that serves milk and cookies (or, if you’d prefer, cocktails with a milky appearance). You could also use labels such as ‘Reindeer Poop’ (chocolate bits), ‘Christmas Cupcakes’, ‘Reindeer Noses’ (bowl of malteasers with one red jaffa for Rudolph) or ‘Baubles’/’Mini Baubles’ (anything round and colourful – such as M&Ms!).
And finally, there’s the option of creating Christmas party food that looks festive! For example, cutting the bottom of a strawberry off and putting a dollop of white chocolate on the tip – instant ‘Santa Hat’. Cookies shaped like Christmas characters are also a win, as are Christmas puddings, biscuits stacked to look like Christmas trees, Pavlovas (for an Aussie Christmas!), candy canes, snowman pancakes and watermelon cute to look like Christmas trees.
AND LET'S NOT FORGET THE FESTIVE DRINKS!
Christmas inspired beverages can be served based on colour (for example, if you’re hosting a ‘green and red’ themed Christmas party, you could serve cocktails that have green and red tones – Cosmopolitans and Grasshopper cocktails would be ideal for this, as would jelly shots made from green and red jelly – bonus points if you display the shots like a Christmas tree!). Alternatively, you may decide to serve traditional Christmas drinks, such as Eggnog, mulled wine or Christmas punch. And finally, there’s the option of labelling your drink selection. ‘Grinch Juice’, ‘Naughty Nectar’, ‘Santa’s Secret’ and/or ‘Jolly Juice’ all work, as does one sign to cover ALL of your drinks – ‘Let’s Get Elfed Up!’.
Fun tip: hand out reusable jars/glasses/champagne flutes to each guest, individually labelled so that they can keep track of their drinks. Labels such as ‘Eat, Drink & Be Merry’, ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, ‘Santa’s Little Helper’, ‘Bah Hum Bug’ and ‘Christmas Cheer’ will slot in perfectly with your overall theme!
ADD TO THE CHEER WITH CHRISTMAS PARTY DECORATIONS
The beauty of this theme is that EVERYONE has Christmas decorations in the cupboard, just waiting to make their appearance at that magical time of year. So rather than purchasing decor for the celebration, see what you (and your guests) have in storage that can bring your theme together. From Christmas trees and fairy lights to festive table runners, you’ll have an absolute ball ‘decking the halls’!
For those who want to keep it in a particular colour scheme, the above still applies. Simply check your cupboards (and ask other guests) for decor that suits the look you’re going for. Some inspiration includes ‘White Christmas’, ‘Green & Red Christmas’, ‘Red & White Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Lights’.
Extra Decor Ideas: Instead of counting down to Christmas, you could create a sign that counts down to your bride-to-be’s wedding day (i.e. ’12 Days ‘til [name’s] Wedding). Decorate with baubles or fairy lights for a Christmassy touch!
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LAUGH LIKE CRAZY WITH THESE FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY GAME IDEAS
BEST DRESSED COMPETITION
Encourage everyone to arrive in fun outfits by hosting a competition! Play Christmas carols whilst they all strut around the room. Your bride-to-be can then pick her favourite costume, awarding the winner with a prize! Want the fun to continue? Rather than just having a ‘best dressed’ category, add some alternative prizes as well. Think along the lines of ‘most creative outfit’, ‘weirdest getup’, ‘funniest costume’, etc.
Pull out your scrap paper, paint, pencils, pens and more - it's time for a craft off! Set everything on a table and let guests go to town creating their very own 'Hallmark Christmas Cards'. But, it's not all about looks. Oh no, it's much more than that! As you know, Hallmark cards are famous for the messages they hold inside. Which means, individuals/teams have to think about spreading festive cheer with words as well! The person/team with the most creative, unique, hilarious or even sweetest card and message combo wins.
Other ways to bring the creative juices to your celebration include decorating baubles, making stockings, personalising Santa hats and more!
I’m sure you’ve played (or at least heard of) the game ‘DIY Wedding Dress’ before? Where teams use toiled paper to create their own designer wedding gowns? Just like that game, guests are split into small groups (of 3-4) and given a time limit to wrap their model. BUT, in this case, it’s the first team to turn their ‘model’ into Santa that wins! The suit, the beard, the hat, the shoes – the results will be hilarious.
HOW MANY ORNAMENTS?
Make sure you keep count of those ornaments whilst decorating that tree! Guests can then take it in turns to guess how many there are, with the person who guesses the closest winning a prize. Simple, fun AND pretty to look at, this game is perfect if you're after low-key activities that guests can participate in when they wish.
SIAMESE GIFT WRAPPING GAME
This challenge is so simple to set up, and SO funny to watch! The aim of the game is for guests to wrap a present as fast as they can. Sounds simple, right? Well... the catch is that they must do so in pairs. And each person is only allowed to use one hand!
Handy tip: Use cereal boxes, tissue boxes, etc. as ‘presents’ and old newspapers as ‘wrapping paper’.
WOULD YOU RATHER - CHRISTMAS EDITION!
If you haven’t heard of this game before, it’s basically where you ask the group a ‘would you rather’ question. For example, ‘would you rather give or receive a lap dance?’ A fun and easy way to break the ice at any kind of party! To bring the Christmas theme to this game, you simply have to come up with questions that are related to the festive season. For instance, ‘would you rather be naughty or nice?’ For more hilarious, Christmas themed options (plus a printable to make your planning easier!), click here.
CELEBRATE WITH SOME FUN CHRISTMAS PARTY ACTIVITIES
Get those vocal cords working overtime by belting out your favourite Christmas carol classics! With songs ranging from 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' to 'Santa Clause is Comin' to Town', you're guaranteed to get your monies worth with these epic performances!
CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL CLASS
Has your bride-to-be always wanted to nail the art of cocktail making? Why not treat her to a special mixology class where she can learn all the skills needed to do just that?
Handy tip: Give your cocktail master a heads up on the theme before the day so that your group can learn how to make delicious Christmas inspired beverages!
CHRISTMAS MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT
If your bride-to-be enjoys a bit of trivia (and loves a good Christmas movie - my personal fave, 'The Christmas Chronicles' or 'Love Actually'), this game could be a winner. Google fun facts about popular movies in this category and combine them to make the ultimate Christmas Movie Trivia night!
Fun Tip: Following the trivia, why not sit back with some delicious treats, popcorn and drinks (cocktails, wine, champagne, punch) and watch your hen’s favourite xmas flick. This could also be turned into a game (for example, when the 'Naughty or Nice' list is mentioned, everyone must drink).
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
Who made it best? Or, turn the tables, who made it worst?! Bring out your creative side with this fun and unique hen party activity, whereby guests can not only make their very own masterpiece, but they can also eat it! Have your beautiful bride-to-be pick their favourite (#winner!). You may also like to give a prize to the most hilarious attempt!
Make your photo booth one to remember by including a life-sized painting or picture of Santa! Set up a large sign reading 'Santa Photos' next to a basket of fun props (headbands related to the theme, cute Christmas photo props such as 'I'm on Santa's Naughty List', blackboards and chalk - so that guests can write fun messages throughout the night, etc.). The resulting images will be memorable, hilarious and a wonderful keepsake from such a fun occasion!
Handy hint: Don't have the cash or craftiness to print/paint a large image of Santa? Have one of the bridesmaids dress up as the jolly man instead! As with the shops, 'Santa Photos' will only be open for a short time. When the (wo)man in red is no longer available for pictures, guests can simply enjoy taking pics with props instead!
PLAY SANTA WITH GIFTS, FAVOURS & PRIZES!
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If you’re after favours or prizes that tie in with your overall theme, think along the lines of baubles and other tree decorations, mini Christmas puddings, mini pavlovas, candy canes, Christmas cookie cutter set (plus cookies!), festive candles, or even some delish Christmas punch served in cute little jars!
If you don't mind steering clear of the theme in this area, you will find a variety of fun and unique favour ideas by clicking here, and some stunning eco-friendly favour options here.
DELIVER THOSE GIFTS IN TRUE CHRISTMAS STYLE
This theme lends SO many fun ways to gift your guests their favours!
For starters, rather than the typical favour bags, you could go for presents instead. Neatly wrap and label each gift (one per guest) and place them under the Christmas tree, ready to be collected at the end of the night. Alternatively, you could hang stockings or mini 'Santa Sacks' (this could be part of your decor – a stocking garland) filled with little gifts. For those with extra cash to splash, personalised stockings go down a real treat!
And finally, there is the option of ‘Christmas Eve Boxes’. Fill each box with goodies that can be used throughout the celebration (such as playdoh for a game of ‘mould the man’, Christmas crackers filled with terrible jokes, candy canes, etc.) – giving your guests a sneak peek at what the day/night will entail whilst simultaneously getting everyone excited and ready to par-tay!
Fun tip: These favour options can be turned into a game. Nominate one or two of the bridesmaids to play Santa – it will be their job to set out the favours at some point during the celebration (whether this be placing presents under the tree, filling the stockings with gifts or setting up the Christmas Eve Boxes depends on what type of favour you decide to go with). The other bridesmaids can cause a distraction at this time so that ‘Santa’ can sneak in and out without being seen. The first person to notice that Santa has visited gets a prize!
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HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS BACHELORETTE PARTY!
If nothing else, I hope this article has put a smile on your face! That being said, if you decide to go ahead with a Christmas Bachelorette party theme and ALL the fun it has to offer, please feel free to share your experience via the comments below or social media (Facebook | Facebook Group | Pinterest)! We absolutely LOVE hearing about your parties, and so do our wonderful readers :-)
Cheers to an AMAZING event full of festive cheer!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x