AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
What is a jellybean party? And why will you love it? Because, my friend, it involves a whole lot of colour, food, drinks and FUN!
Read on to learn exactly what this theme is and how you can start planning yours today!
WHAT IS A JELLYBEAN HEN'S PARTY?
To be honest... a Jellybean party doesn't have much to do with jellybeans at all!
Rather than cramming sweet, coloured lollies into your mouth (which does sound like a good time, don't rule it out), this theme is all about coordinating outfits and beverages.
Before the celebration, each guest is assigned one colour. It is then up to them to not only find an outfit in their particular colour, but also a drink! So, for example, say that I was assigned 'red'. I would turn up to the party in a red outfit, holding a bottle of red wine.
The range of outfits and drinks is what creates an incredibly bright and fun atmosphere (and you'll be testing out beverages you've probably never heard of before - in all the colours of the rainbow!).
Jellybeans also welcome.
As mentioned above, this party is ALL about the outfits!
There are no limits on what a guest may wear. As long as they're in their assigned colour, they can do as they please. The results are likely to range from glamorous right through to hilarious (and it's this fabulous contrast that will make for many wicked photos and memories).
When it comes to the food, anything goes!
A flexible theme that encourages a range of colours, tastes and textures; you can go crazy with fruits, delectable desserts, salads, cheese platters, grazing tables, chocolates, ice-cream, iced biscuits, lollies (even, dare I say it... jellybeans!).
As long as you end up with a range of hues, the fun vibe of your celebration will continue on the food table.
There are a couple of options when it comes to drinks.
First, you could hire a bartender for the night; someone who can work their magic with the huge variety of wines, spirits and mixers that will be brought to your celebration. Cocktails, punch, mocktails - the concoctions they whip up will be both surprising and delicious!
And second; a DIY bar.
Set up a dedicated 'bar area' whereby guests can create their own masterpieces from the assortment on hand.
To help with these creations, print off a variety of cocktail recipes that can be followed to a tee (or changed up slightly to suit individual taste). Whether or not guests' decide to use these recipe cards depends on how confident they are in their beverage making skills.
And for those who go free-range, you never know, they may just create a drink that soon becomes a favourite of the party!
As you may have guessed by now, this theme revolves around colour. BUT when it comes to the decorations, sometimes less can be more.
We love starting with a white base. White tablecloths, white or clear vases (jars work a treat for this!), white plates, white bowls, white wooden tables, white crates (that can be filled with food, flowers or even favours), etc. From here, add the colour piece by piece - and don't stop until you're satisfied with the overall look.
Decorating in such a way will result in many different styles - some venues will resemble a beautiful rainbow, whilst others will become sophisticated backdrops complete with pops of colour. No matter what the finished product, it will be YOU and it will be AMAZING!
You may like to add one or more of the following to your decor:
Alternatively, host the event in a garden and/or by a pool. Outdoor tables, picnic rugs, festoon/fairy lights, fabric bunting and rustic touches, combined with nature's colours - it's the ultimate and most beautiful backdrop for any warm weather 'jellybean party' celebration!
PLAY SOME COLOURFUL GAMES
When it comes to pre-wedding celebrations, there are an abundance of games and activities for you to choose from (for bridal shower game inspiration, click here; for hen party game ideas, click here). But if it's jelly bean party games you're after, the following tweaks to classic options may be of interest!
★Click here to grab your own pack of ‘Bean Boozled’!★
Will it be chocolate pudding or stinky socks? Only time will tell! For this jellybean challenge requires that guests spin the wheel before picking a jelly bean in the colour that it lands on. Will the chosen bean be wild? Or completely delicious? It's just a risk you're going to have to take...! Click here to grab your Bean Boozled game now!
HOW MANY JELLYBEANS?
Fill a jar with jellybeans (making sure you count them as you go). Record the total and keep it hidden. Place the jellybean jar, some paper, pens and an empty jar on a table. Now you're all set to play!
Throughout the celebration, guests can go to town guessing how many jellybeans it took to fill the jar. They can do this by writing their name and guess on a piece of paper, before folding it up and placing it in the empty jar. When you're ready, check the guesses. Whomever was closest to the actual number is announced as the winner! This lucky person gets to claim victory by downing all of the jellybeans (cue sugar overload).
Whip up some colourful playdough before the celebration (click here for a great homemade recipe).
On the day, this game can be played in teams or as individuals (make your decision based on how much playdough you have!). To play, each team/individual is given some playdough and asked to mould a penis within a certain time-frame. Give prizes to the best shaped pecker, the biggest pecker, etc. (get creative and have some hilarious prizes to go with your hilarious categories)!
Don’t want to mould a penis? Have teams mould a man, mould parts of a man, or mould the bride instead!
This is such a fun game for those heading out and about! Make a list of colourful items that guests have to find and either photograph or video themselves with. For example, drinking a cocktail that matches your outfit, eating an ice-cream that matches your outfit, dancing in front of a rainbow, next to a sign that is the same colour as your outfit, holding a small bag of jellybeans, etc.
Have a prize for the team/individual who finds (and photographs/videos) everything on their list first!
Another option for the hen do heading out. Hand your bride-to-be a bag filled with small packets of jellybeans, and explain that she is to trade these for unusual items throughout the night. Can you imagine the hilarious objects and stories this game will result in?!
Hot tip: You can involve everyone in the fun if you wish. Simply present guests with 2 small packets of jellybeans each, and explain that these are not to be eaten (unlucky!), but to be traded for random items throughout the night. The guest with the most unusual trade at the end of the celebration wins a prize!
ARTICLES RELATED TO THIS JELLYBEAN PARTY:
If you love the idea of a jellybean party, we think you will also love the following. First on the list... not your typical 'theme'. Unique and unexpected, a Rubik's Cube Party is a theme and game all in one! Then there is the ultimate list of hen party theme ideas. From sweet to sassy, here you will find a little something for every bride!
IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR EPIC JELLYBEAN PARTY!
Now that your mind is overflowing with inspiration, it's time to put your ideas to paper and get planning! A theme that is not only unique and easy to pull off, but also super fun, your jellybean party is guaranteed to be hit with hen and guests' alike!
As always, I’d love to hear your ideas/real life experiences – so please share your pictures and/or jellybean party ideas with myself and the rest of the For Every Hen community (via the comments section below or social media).
Cheers to an incredibly memorable celebration!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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