AUTHOR: HOLLY, 'LUXIT' BEAUTY EDITOR
If you’re planning your hen’s event and wondering how to add that X-factor, you might be the perfect candidate for an at-home beauty bar, offering your friends and family the chance to treat themselves and have their own glam squad at the ready. The team from LUXit, Australia’s premier mobile and beauty concierge, share their top 5 ways you can enjoy a beauty bar on this special (and fun-filled) day or night!
A BEAUTY BAR WILL HAVE YOU...
ONE: GETTING READY FOR YOUR CLOSE UP
No matter what you’re planning for the day (or night!), starting your hen’s festivities with a bespoke beauty bar pop-up at your home or venue will really set the tone for the fun to come. You might opt for yourself and all your girlfriends to enjoy a complete makeup look application, or a quick touch-up before an evening out.
No matter what you choose, everyone will be looking and feeling their best (and everyone will be camera-ready for the hundreds of snaps you’ll be taking!).
TWO: MAKING TIME FOR CONNECTION
Incorporating a beauty bar into your hen’s day or night means you can all unwind (with a glass of champagne!) and enjoy each other’s company - and there’s something for everyone.
You might have a manicure station, a false lash application and a pick-me-up massage; so your guests are not only celebrating this exciting time for you, but also getting to really catch up with one another while treating themselves to some beauty touch-ups.
THREE: GETTING A LITTLE ADVENTUROUS
There’s no better time than your hen’s night to be adventurous and try that winged liner, that glitter lip or that high-pony - and with your wedding makeup trial sorted and your go-to elegant look confirmed, take the opportunity to have fun with your beauty routine for the night, all with an expert hand at the ready to make it happen!
You might even like to designate a “signature look” for the evening inspired by your favourite celebrity red-carpet moment, or a colour-scheme for your whole group, and our LUXit makeup artists will take care of the rest.
FOUR: CALLING IN THE EXPERTS
This environment is a great way to learn expert skills and ask those burning beauty questions.
For our LUXit beauty bars, for example, you’ll be visited by our expert LUXit Partners across all areas of expertise - from celebrity facialists to in-demand hair stylists, you can rest assured that yourself and your guests will be completely taken care of.
During the celebration you might like a quick how-to workshop for the perfect at-home blow dry, or a guide to contouring 101 - whatever you’re looking to learn, our LUXit Partners are ready to impart their wisdom for a hen’s event that all of your guests will really take something away from.
FIVE: INDULGING AT HOME
For those looking to really slow down for their hen’s (perhaps you’re not the partying kind, or you have your wedding just around the corner so you want to give the late night a miss), why not bring the spa to you? Think head & shoulder massages, pedicures and facials all under one roof; the perfect custom indulgence for a smaller group.
You’ll not only be able to relax in the company of your friends, but you’ll enjoy this down time as the bride-to-be before the big day approaches. This is also a great way to thank your maid of honour, bridesmaids and family members who have dedicated their time and energy to your upcoming nuptials!
With the rise of the on-demand economy, professional beauty & grooming services have never been easier to access, and LUXit combines luxury and expertise that will really make your hen’s event something to remember!
To learn more, visit www.luxit.com.au
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AUTHOR: NEP OF 'KANGAROO HOPPING TOURS'
You've been nominated as the matron of honour and it's your responsibility to organise the Hen's Day. Now comes the hardest part... where to from here? You start searching for Hen Party ideas or activities to get the group out. With so much to choose from, it can be a daunting task. But then you come across an option where a lot of the planning is done for you: private wine tours in beautiful locations such as the Yarra Valley!
WHY A PRIVATE WINE TOUR?
When you think of a hen party, it's all about having fun, creating new memories, sharing new experiences and, as a bonus, it involves wine - right?
With a private winery tour, you can expect all of this and more!
Hosted and coordinated from start to finish, all the leg work will be done for you. Meaning, as an organiser, there is very little for you to do. Just confirm your numbers and let your tour operator know what you'd like included to suit the group budget.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON PRIVATE WINE TOURS
The door-to-door service will take you winery hopping where you can enjoy scenic views and wine tastings at popular and boutique wineries.
You get your own driver and exclusive access to the tour vehicle; no sharing with other groups. The hosted packages are there to facilitate the day for you and are always available to take group photos if you wish.
There will be so much to sample and so many ways to add colour to your day! In the Yarra Valley, for example, cheese, chocolate, scrumptious foods, make your own flower crown classes, sweeping views and many photo opportunities are all available. And with everything behind the scenes taken care of for you (such as coordinating venue bookings, calculating travel time between venues, and planning the itinerary to your criteria), all you have to do is be ready for the fun at pick up time!
FRIENDS WITH DIETARY REQUIREMENTS?
Not a problem! Private winery tours can assist in organising the finer details to make sure everyone is catered for and does not miss out on the fun. Just let your host know before the event if anyone in the group is vegan, vegetarian, pregnant or has food intolerances.
Our goal is to accommodate everyone, and we find that passing on all relevant information to the wineries is important for a smooth day out.
LOOKING FOR A WOW FACTOR?
How about having your Hen's event captured from the sky? That's right, drone video and photography! Long after the day is over, re-live the highlights with a takeaway video clip which is offered by Nep, a licenced drone operator at 'Kangaroo Hopping Tours'!
MAKE IT MEMORABLE
The hen's day is the second notable event before the wedding day. It's a day where you let your hair down, get to know the closest people of the bride, share secrets, laugh from the belly and have fun! Make it memorable with offerings from the Yarra Valley (or, if you're in another state, the closest wine region) and the people that are there to facilitate it all. No matter what the group budget is, you are guaranteed to have a great time!
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AUTHOR BIO - KANGAROO HOPPING TOURS
Kangaroo Hopping Tours provide classy and sophisticated private wine tour experiences in the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula; arranging and organising everything for you so that you can sit back, relax and have an enjoyable time with your best friends.
Available: Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula
AUTHOR: ELOISE OF ‘CIRCUS AKIMBO’
Wedding planning can be stressful, and sometimes the bride-to-be might feel like running away from it all.
So why not let her?
Why not grab her closest friends and family, and run away to the circus for a day?!
RUNNING AWAY TO THE CIRCUS
It’s one thing to go to the circus and see the aerialists fly over your head, but getting up there yourself is a whole different experience.
Learning to climb high and hang upside down is not only incredibly fun, but will also help your hen relax. After all, it’s hard to worry about that upcoming wedding when you’re feet aren’t on the ground!
WHAT HAPPENS AT AN ADULT CIRCUS PARTY?
You will learn a whole lot of new skills (with plenty of Instagramable moments to capture along the way)! For example, the basics of aerial skills, trapeze and lyra (i.e. the aerial hoop) will have you working up a sweat, whilst simultaneously leaving the whole party amazed at what their bodies can do. And while some guests may be a bit nervous at the start of the class (feeling as though they’re not strong enough, fit enough, brave enough, or anything else enough), experienced trainers will soon put their mind at ease, making sure they’re comfortable, having an amazing time and wanting more by the end!
Following the actual lesson, these new skills of yours can be celebrated by sipping on a glass of wine and chowing down on some delicious food (all of which you will definitely deserve!). You can also have a giggle and re-live your favourite (or most hilariously awkward) moments by scrolling through the hundreds of photos you snapped throughout the day.
ADD TO THE FUN WITH CIRCUS COSTUMES
And if that’s not enough, this type of party is also perfect for the hen who loves any excuse to dress up. Whether you encourage the group to arrive with a similar style of performer makeup (colourful eyes and lips, for example), clown makeup (rosy cheeks, dramatic eyes, red nose and red lips) or even in a set dress code (such as bright colours or patterned bows); it will only add to the fun, laughter and photo ops on the day.
Just remember that this type of experience will require clothing that can’t get caught in equipment, and that you can easily move around in. The golden rules are to wear anything that you can move in and be upside-down in, as well as no zippers! To make sure everyone can join in and have a great time, specify the type of clothing allowed on your invitations (and if you’re the one choosing what everyone will wear, make sure it’s something suitable for the class)!
ARE YOU READY TO CELEBRATE CIRCUS STYLE?
Everyone wants to feel strong, amazing and confident in their body – and you will feel all of this and more whilst having the time of your life and learning new skills.
At Circus Akimbo we offer circus classes with a variety of extras to make the planning as stress-free as possible. And, most importantly, we have experienced trainers who will look after you and tailor the entire party to your bride-to-be; meaning everyone will have an amazing time.
So why not bring your best friend and her closest pals along to the circus and feel like the super women you are?!
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AUTHOR BIO - CIRCUS AKIMBO
At Circus Akimbo we offer adult circus party classes perfect for hen’s parties; with experienced trainers tailoring the celebration to suit your bride-to-be. We can also take care of everything from a photography experience during the party to cake and catering after the party!
Available: 5/65 Jersey St, Hornsby
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
You're planning the day, night or weekend to celebrate your amazing best friend and her upcoming nuptials; and you're after some bridal shower and/or hen party activities?
Well, with a list SO long you'll soon be struggling to decide what NOT to do, you've definitely come to the right place! See below for a vast array of options catering to all party styles and personalities.
90+ BRIDAL SHOWER & HENS NIGHT IDEAS!
AERIAL OBSTACLE COURSE
Get your Tarzan and Jane on by tackling an aerial obstacle course in the trees. Giggles, rope swings and challenges will be just the beginning!
Play a game of bubble soccer at a venue of your choice! Imagine picnicing by the beach when, out of nowhere, giant balls arrive! A surprise that will be both fun and exciting, it's the perfect way to treat your competitive hen on her special day.
After an adrenaline rush? Why not take your hen for an exciting day out, driving buggies around either sand dunes or dirt tracks. When you're ready to cool down, continue the party with champagne, platters and re-caps of your wicked buggie skills demonstrated throughout the day!
CLAY TARGET SHOOTING
Do something completely different and take your bride-to-be clay target shooting!
Find out who the competitive ones are in the group with a bit of go-karting
Play some high tech hide-and-seek with a laser tag party! This can be held at a laser tag venue OR hire the equipment and play where you like (bush, beach, backyard - the options are endless!)
Enjoy an active and colourful day out with a few games of paintball.
Go for something completely different and try some parasailing
For the adrenalin junky bride-to-be, why not test your strength with some rock climbing?!
SNOWBOARDING AND/OR SKIING
Hit the slopes for the day (or weekend), then warm up by the fire with some delicious food, drinks and games.
Buy tickets to your local theme park and/or water park and spend the day testing your limits on the crazy (and not so crazy!) rides
Is your bride-to-be a bit of a beach babe? Incorporate the big blue into her day with some kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, jet boating, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding or water skiing!
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Hit the river and spend the day white water rafting, before relaxing waterside with some bevvies and platters.
For the water lovers, spend the day at the beach before hitting up some local waterfront bars and restaurants to indulge in some cocktails and party the night away
FLOATING BAR EXPERIENCE
Have a relaxing day on the water with a floating bar experience
If one of the girls has a pool at her house, why not host a pool party?! Add lounge chairs, inflatable pool toys, pool games, cocktails and music and you'll have yourself an event to remember
SNORKELLING & DIVING
Take your under the sea themed party to the next level by booking in a session of snorkelling or diving
BUTLERS IN THE BUFF
When you want cheek and class at the same time - hire a 'Butler in the Buff'! Dressed in less and ready to impress, they will bring the fun and help to your event.
CHEEKY BAKING CLASS
Laugh your way through a cheeky baking class by creating some 18+ biscuits or cakes!
HIRE A STRIPPER OR GO TO A MALE REVUE SHOW
Want a naughty night out? Hire a male stripper to come out to your house/hotel room/venue OR hit the local strip club to watch their male revue show!
LAP DANCING CLASS
Get the giggles (and some cheeky moves) at a lap dancing class!
POLE DANCING CLASS
Get those muscles working with a pole dancing class
PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS
A cheeky show that also brings the laughs? Don't mind if I do! Hire the guys from puppetry of the penis and your cheeks will be sore from all the giggles!
Take your party to the high seas and head out on a cruise or boat party. For those wanting a naughtier night out, consider hiring a stripper for the boat OR booking a place for your group on a stripper cruise
TANTRIC HEN PARTY
Give your bride-to-be an experience that will keep things exciting in her relationship with a tantric hen party - exciting, sensual AND educational!
Hire some topless waiters to serve food and drinks at your celebration. They'll even host (and join in) games!
Leave the party with the most unique souvenirs ever by hiring a caricature artist!
Does your hen enjoy learning new skills? Why not book in a creative workshop? With everything from Ikebana flower arranging to terrarium making, there's something to suit everyone! And if she's not keen on heading out for the class? Order some DIY craft boxes instead and get creative at home!
LIFE DRAWING CLASS
Learn who the artistic ones are in your group with a life drawing class (cheeky and creative all in one!)
80S DANCE CLASS
Shake your booty at an 80s dance class
Did someone say Beyoncé party? Blare her tracks, hire a dance teacher and learn the moves to one of her songs (Single Ladies, anyone?!) and basically own the party as the one and only Queen B would!
BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASS
Take a Bollywood dance class and shimmy your way towards married life!
BURLESQUE DANCE CLASS
Learn all the right moves at a burlesque dance class
BURLESQUE SHOWBOAT CRUISE
Watch some amazing performances on a burlesque showboat cruise
HENS PARTY DANCE CLASS
Hire a teacher and learn some great moves with a hens party dance class. You can then use what you've learnt at the wedding reception with a hilarious flashmob!
TWERKING HENS PARTY
Nail the art of booty dance with a Twerking hen's party!
VINTAGE DANCE CLASS
Learn how people danced back in the day with a vintage dance class
CAKE (OR DESSERT) TASTING PARTY
When your best friend has a taste for the sweeter things in life, you HAVE to incorporate it into her celebrations! Make her dreams come true with a cake (or dessert) tasting party!
Take your sweet-tooth hen out for a chocolate luncheon
CHOCOLATE MAKING CLASS
Take part in a chocolate making class and eat what you make
Host a cocktail dinner party that requires red carpet worthy attire
FOOD TRUCK PARTY
Host a food truck party and enjoy the goodness that is dessert, beverages and main meals
Enjoy a relaxed celebration complete with high tea. If you want to up the ante, take a high tea cruise and enjoy the sites while you devour some delicious food and bevs
Have the dinner party to beat all others by hiring a personal chef for the night (they can even teach you some sneaky cooking tricks!)
Go out for a lovely dinner at a restaurant
Organise a surprise picnic at a location your hen LOVES (e.g. her favourite forest or park). Make sure you pack all of her favourite foods and drinks too!
Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a camping trip - there are so many beautiful places around, it's a cheap and wonderful option that will create lasting memories
Spend the day/weekend in the city exploring, eating, drinking, site-seeing and generally enjoying each other's company
COUNTRY STYLED 'FARMER WANTS A WIFE' PARTY
Head to the country for a Farmer found his wife style party! You can hire a gorgeous place to stay, dress up in gumboots and flannys, learn how to make cheese and bread, milk a cow, devour some scones and more!
Camp in style with a glamping getaway
Have a relaxing weekend away on the river by hiring a houseboat
MINI ROAD TRIP
Hire a personal chauffeur and go bar hopping, restaurant or café hopping, on your own version of a wine tour or even on a mini road trip!
If there's a small group of you, you could take the party abroad and have the ultimate girl's trip!
Have the ultimate girl's weekend away by booking a few nights in unique accommodation
After the ultimate keepsake pics? Hire a photobooth and get snap happy! Don't have the $$$? Create your own photobooth backdrop and set out a basket of fun dress ups (you will find lots of hilarious treasures at your local op shop)!
Why not bar hop around your local city with a bus party tour (add a stripper and/or topless waiters for a cheekier soiree!)
Go club hopping around your local town or city
DAY AT THE RACES
Dresses, fascinators, brimmed hats and champagne. Grab the girls and have a day out at the horse races before continuing the party at a restaurant or bar afterwards
ICE BAR EXPERIENCE
Rather than hitting up the usual bars and clubs, why not opt for an ice bar?
Take part in a pub crawl - make it interesting by having challenges that need completing at each stop (e.g. have a jam donut shot before moving to the next location)
Treat yourselves by hitting a day salon or day spa
MAKEOVER AND/OR MAKEUP LESSONS
Organise a makeover for the girls as part of the initial festivities. If this is too pricey, consider makeup lessons or a beauty bar instead and then you can take it in turns to practice on one another before heading out!
Pamper that beautiful bride-to-be with facials, manicures and pedicures
Feel like celebrities for the day by organising your very own photoshoot! Your hen and her girls will have a beautiful keepsake (or keepsakes) to look back on following a day of hair, makeup and piccies! If your group is a little smaller (and you're after a more unique option), why not book in a boudoir photography session instead?!
Indulge yourselves with a fancy hotel suite, gourmet food, delicious cocktails, day spa treatments and more.
VINTAGE HAIR & MAKEUP CLASS
Do a makeup lesson with a twist! Take a vintage hair & makeup class (and base the party around a vintage theme)
HENS AT HOME
Have the party at home and enjoy a day or weekend of chats, giggles, food and drink (click here for some fantastic at home party inspiration!)
Have a good old fashioned house party! Make it even more fun by incorporating a theme/game such as this Rubik's Cube party.
Remember when you used to stay up all night with your closest friends? Bring back the memories by filling a room with mattresses, pillows, bedding, sweets and pizza and hosting a classic sleepover party
Put it all on red at a casino day/night
Take your hen on a fairytale adventure with a day based on her favourite Disney or princess story.
OUTDOOR GARDEN PARTY
Host an outdoor garden party complete with oversized lawn games (such as giant jenga)
73) Run away with the circus for a day with a circus skills class or a flying trapeze workshop
Host a themed party with anything from the roaring twenties or James Bond to modern day cop vs. robbers (your hen is the cop, all of the girls are robbers) or winter wonderland! For a great list of ideas, click here.
But not just any bowling... this celebration calls for a bowling bar!
CLOTHES SWAP PARTY
Get a new wardrobe and an event in one by hosting a clothes swap party
Prepare for a night of laughter and book in to see your hen's favourite comedian (keep an eye out for comedy shows at your local pubs/bars OR purchase tickets to the comedian's show of your choice at a larger theatre)
Hire a comedy hypnotist and giggle your way through the celebration (make sure you have your cameras ready, because grandma rocking out the air guitar is something that needs to be caught on film!)
Hire a daiquiri machine
See how well you can solve puzzles as a group by locking yourself in an escape room
INTERACTIVE AFRICAN DRUMMING
Interactive African Drumming - for an incredibly fun activity that your hen definitely won't see coming!
Hold your own intuitive party and have a great time whilst learning more about yourself and your friends
Sing the day away by hitting up a karaoke bar or hiring a karaoke machine for your house or venue
MOBILE SILENT DISCO
Dance through the streets with a mobile silent disco party
MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT
Add some mystery to the celebration by hosting a murder mystery night.
Have a night out at the movies - with a difference - by going to an outdoor cinema
RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY
Host a Rubik's Cube party and enjoy dress ups AND a game all in one!
Host an adult treasure hunt or scavenger hunt
Save your cash and hit the shops with the girls for the ultimate shopping spree! Don't want to spend buckets? Cruise around local op-shops instead (the get-ups you find could be what you then wear out and about that night)!
Tarot reading with the girls
Head to the theatre and watch a performance
TRAVEL IN STYLE
Travel in style with your very own stretch hummer or limo
Rather than the usual wine tours, why not opt for something unique and take your hen on a brewery tour?!
COCKTAIL MAKING CLASS
Learn how to make your hen's favourite drink (plus a few others!) at a cocktail making class
WINE TASTING PARTY
Hire a presenter and host a wine tasting party at the venue of your choice
WINE TOUR BY HORSEBACK
When your hen loves wine AND animals - why not combine the two? Book in for a wine tour by horseback
When your hen is a wine lover, you should definitely include the delicious beverage in her day - and nothing has more wine than a wine tour!
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HAVE AN AMAZING TIME!
I hope this list has provided you with LOTS of hen party ideas, making your planning that much easier. I'm always searching for fun, new, exciting and unique kitchen tea, bridal shower & hen party activities, and every time I come across a new one it will be added to this list. If you have any you would like to share, please do so via the social media or the comments section below!
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Cheers to an AMAZING party where the activities are unforgettable!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
AUTHOR: MEL DRIVER OF 'EMBALM SKINCARE'
Planning your wedding can be so stressful and time-consuming it feels like a full-time job in itself.
Why not make your hens party something that will help relieve that stress, rather than add to it? Get the girls together and have a girls night in pamper party.
Set the mood for the night with some relaxing music for your guests to arrive to. Search for ‘Smooth Jazz’ playlists on YouTube or Spotify.
SET THE SCENE
Light some scented candles to give the room a calm atmosphere. Choose scents proven to enhance relaxation, such as lavender or vanilla.
PAMPER IN STYLE
Before your guests arrive, set up stations around the room with:
Rotate around the stations in pairs or groups.
NEXT UP... A MINI FACIAL
The benefits of a DIY mini facial are endless. It can instantly make your skin look radiant and it helps to keep your skin in optimum health. It’s also a great way to unwind and treat yourself.
Be sure to take your makeup off before you begin your pamper party.
STEP 2: FACIAL STEAMING
Do the facial steaming first to open up pores so that the face mask can penetrate deep and nourish the skin. You can use rooibos, chamomile or green tea. Add 1 tablespoon of loose tea to a bowl, pour over hot water and wait a couple of minutes so you don’t burn your face with the hot steam. When the temperature is right, place your face over the bowl and place a towel over your head.
Do this for about 5 to 8 minutes.
STEP 3: FOLLOW UP WITH A DIY FACE MASK
Cucumber is one of the best kitchen ingredients to soothe, heal, and re-hydrate dry skin. Combined with Greek yoghurt or natural plain yoghurt, you can create an awesome face mask to nourish your skin and make it supple and smooth again!
Yoghurt contains antibacterial and antibiotic properties that help treat bacteria. It deep cleanses, nourishes and softens the skin. Only use plain, unsweetened, and unflavoured yoghurt to avoid any skin irritations and rashes.
Ingredients per person:
1 tablespoon yoghurt
Blend the ingredients into a puree.
Pat dry with a towel and apply a thick coat of the face mask to your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. When the time is up, gently rinse off the face mask using lukewarm water.
Pat dry with a soft clean towel.
Apply a hydrating, natural moisturiser.
IF DIY RELAXATION IS NOT YOUR STYLE...
You might prefer to hire a mobile massage service and all take turns having professional massages in a separate room.
HIRE A (TOPLESS) BARTENDER
To add an element of fun to the evening, hire a bartender to come and make cocktails for all the girls or find one who will teach a class on making cocktails with what you have at home.
For a simple, yet indulgent, treat you can’t go past fresh fruit and chocolate fondue. Melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave or on the stove top, with the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Prepare and serve in a bowl right before it’s time to eat. Fruits like strawberries, banana pieces and apple slices will always be winners here, but you can experiment with others like pineapple and pear. Have separate bowls of white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate to add variety without much extra effort.
After you’re done pampering each other, put on your dressing gowns and slippers, and get comfortable watching a classic chick flick. This would also be a great time to pair up and give each other neck and shoulder massages.
As Anne Lamott once wrote – “Joy is the best makeup”, so have a pampering night in with the girls and give yourself that beautiful glow that comes from being happy and relaxed!
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AUTHOR BIO - EMBALM SKINCARE
NATURAL & CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE
Mel Driver is the creator of Embalm Skincare and a multi-award winning skincare formulator. Her passion for a natural and holistic approach started when she experienced a severe allergic reaction to off the shelf hand sanitizer.
Mel is armed with a Diploma in Organic Skin Care Science, and her mission is to formulate products to help women restore and maintain a healthy glow. Using Australian native botanicals, Embalm Skincare is one of a few skincare brands on the market that offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
Try it for yourself, you will love Embalm Skincare!
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Whether your best friend is a creative soul, you want to do something unique as a group, or you’re simply after a way to celebrate that is different to the ‘typical’ hen’s night style, this blog is for you. Fun and unlike anything you have ever done before, the wonderfully imaginative and classy hen party ideas below will definitely not disappoint. Enjoy!
ONE: ART CLASS (WITH FOOD & WINE!)
If you would like to try your hand at painting and/or drawing, an art party is the perfect solution! 'Get the ladies together and celebrate your bride-to-be with an experience like no other – painting your own masterpiece with a glass of bubbles in-hand!' says Cork & Canvas. 'BYO drinks and nibbles, with all art materials, aprons, glassware supplied. All you need to do is sit back and have fun while talented professional artists guide you step-by-step in getting your Picasso on!'
Not only a fun way for guests to express themselves, there are also no prerequisites (other than a willingness to give it a go); meaning even those who don’t consider themselves as ‘the arty type’ will be able to relax, have a blast and create something special whilst hanging out with their friends. As Sophia says, 'grab your bridesmaids, your favourite bottle of red, and let’s Van Gogh!'
TWO: BLINDFOLDED MEALS
If your best friend is anything like me, a celebration that includes a selection of gourmet dishes will go down an absolute treat! But how do you incorporate food in a creative fashion? How do you take a normal, everyday experience and make it extraordinary?
Let me give you a hint... blindfolds!
Just one of the unique dining experiences available at Chefin, Blindfolded Dinners do away with etiquette and ‘replace manners with heightened senses’; meaning you will ‘pick up flavours, aromas and textures you’ve never experienced before’! Complete with your own private chef and a customised menu (amongst other things), this is an unforgettably yummy, stress-free and fun dining experience that will leave your foodie hen and all of her friends wanting more!
THREE: COOKING CLASSES
Get creative in the kitchen with your closest pals! From chocolate or cheese making courses through to pasta making, there are so many options when it comes to expanding your cooking knowledge. Watch, learn and get hands on, produce something delicious, and use your new skills at home to re-create the dessert or dish time and time again!
Interested to know what such an experience would entail? At the Mudputty’s ‘Pasta Making & Italian Sauces Cooking Class’, for example, you will not only learn how to make and shape pasta from scratch, but also how to create three delicious Italian pasta sauces and a traditional Italian dessert. You’ll then get to enjoy the feast you created along with some wine #getinmybelly!
With most classes designed for all skill levels and people of all ages, this inclusive activity idea is a great way for your hen to celebrate with parents, grandparents and even younger siblings, friends and/or family.
FOUR: SURPRISE DINING
Another great way to incorporate food into your celebration is by taking a walk on the wild side and taking part in a secret dining event!
That's right! Businesses such as 'Secret Foodies' (pictured) will take your everyday dinner-and-drinks experience to new heights - with the destination of your dining being a mystery to everyone, including the host, until 2 hours before you take your seats! With warehouses, laneways, heritage listed barns and even exclusive parks on the menu, your group is in for one amazing foodie surprise.
FIVE: DANCE CLASS
For the hen whose got rhythm (or doesn’t, this will be fun either way!), why not learn ALL the right moves by booking yourselves in for a dance class?!
With so many great styles to choose from (ranging from Twerking and Beyonce through to Burlesque and the Charleston), your best friend and her girls will soon be giggling, shimmying, popping and dropping their way towards mastering (or at least trying to master!) the art that is dance.
But probably the best part of this activity is that the fun doesn’t stop once the class is over. Rather, this is the time when you get to share your new skills with the world! Can you imagine? A flash mob featuring your hen and her excited gals right in the middle of a restaurant or public place? Or nailing the routine in the middle of a club dance floor when that one particular song just happens to play (cue sneaky request from the maid of honour)?
For a fabulous example of what you can expect out of a hen party dancing experience, check out the ‘Diva-licious’ moves in the ‘F is for Dance’ (a dance school specialising in hen's nights) video below!
SIX: FLOWER CROWN WORKSHOP
If you’re searching for a creative idea that allows everyone (children and adults alike) to take a walk on the arty side of life, then you should definitely consider a flower crown party!
A classy and entertaining experience, creating a flower crown from scratch is not only a fun activity that will leave guests quite impressed with their skills, but also a beautiful way to make memories with your closest friends and/or family. Expect lots of giggles, stories and champagne sippers as everyone puts together their very own stunning creations. Then expect LOTS of photo ops once the making is over as your crowns will be so fabulous they'll NEED to be caught on camera!
SEVEN: PAINT OR SKETCH A MODEL
For a classy and creative experience with a cheeky twist, you can’t go past an art class whose model just happens to be naked! Whilst a little on the naughty side, these classes are also very insightful; teaching you tricks of the trade when it comes to drawing and painting. As such they are known to be enjoyable for young adults and grandparent alike!
And for those who want to take it just that little bit further, there are also experiences where you paint the model himself (such as the one offered at Hens Party Ideas Adelaide - pictured below)! That’s right, rather than putting pen or brush to paper... you'll be putting brush to skin #ohbehave
EIGHT: ESCAPE ROOM EXPERIENCE
If your bride-to-be never backs down from a challenge, why not put her determination to good use by trapping yourselves in the ultimate real-life puzzle (such as the bar and escape rooms offered by TRAPT, pictured below)?!
Requiring teamwork and collaboration to succeed, this experience will be difficult, fun and exciting - with the desire to find a way out bringing your entire group together! A fantastic way to start the party off with a bang, an escape room will become the major talking point for the rest of your celebration.
NINE: THE BUCKENS OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
Are you looking for a unique, creative way to get everyone involved in the pre-wedding shenanigans (the girls AND the boys all together)? 'The Buckens Outdoor Experience’ may be your answer.
A fun activity that combines the puzzles of an escape room, the search of a scavenger hunt and the story-line of a movie; the Buckens is a fun way to get everyone thinking, talking, laughing and working together.
‘Equipped with locked backpacks and an app on your smart phone, teams of up to 8 players (several teams can play at once) will be challenged for about 90mins’, says Stephane of Escape Room Eight. In this time, you will ‘head to various locations around Manly, solving puzzles whilst unlocking and revealing more clues hidden within your bags'.
Located elsewhere in the world? Put together a DIY scavenger hunt experience that the girls (and boys) can enjoy in teams. So what do you think? Have you got what it takes to solve the mystery before it's too late?!
TEN: BOHO PICNIC
And last, but certainly not least, there is the option of a stunning boho picnic. Whether you DIY it or hire a professional stylist, an intimate picnic is not only a great way to make your day unique (it is a special occasion, after all!), but also the perfect way to relax, enjoy great company, devour some delicious food and sip on some yummy wine. Combine with some fun activities (such as a flower crown workshop) for added flair and you have yourself and event to remember!
For some fantastic picnic styling ideas, you can't go past Little Miss Party Planner's beautiful setups (pictured below; click here for some of their greatest picnic tips)!
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HAVE THE BEST TIME!
Whether or not you decide to do one (or even a few) of the above creatively classy hen party ideas, I hope you have an incredible time! I love hearing your feedback - so if you have any suggestions, would like to share some photos from your event, or have comments on the above article, please let us know via the comments section below or social media.
Cheers to an AMAZING celebration that gets your creative juices flowing!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: HARPER REID
Are you planning a Hen’s party for a beloved gal pal and bride-to-be, but aren’t sure whether the classic feather-boa blowout will be her bag? That’s no matter, because for every type of bride, it’s possible to find an activity which suits – and we’ve put together the following Hen’s party ideas to help you do just that.
ONE: FOR THE CLASSIC BRIDE - A COCKTAIL-MAKING NIGHT
For the bride who loves a good drink and just wants to revel in her pre-marital freedom on her Hen’s, a cocktail night is just the thing. It’s different enough that it’ll be interesting for the other guests as an activity, but it’ll still offer all the opportunities for vodka, fun & games, and dancing as your classic Hen’s party.
TWO: FOR THE PHILANTHROPIC BRIDE - ORGANISE A CHARITY EVENT
If you’re lucky enough to be hosting a party for a charitable gem of a bride, then why not play on the philanthropic theme? Rather than indulging and spoiling the star of the night in a way that makes her feel uncomfortable, consider organizing an event such as a fun run on her behalf and putting the money raised toward a charity that you know she loves to support. You can get local businesses and organizations on board, and set up a personalised gazebo as a fun custom shelter for the event.
Your gal pal will be touched by the gesture, and the whole gaggle of hens will rest easy knowing they’ve contributed to a cause bigger than just themselves
THREE: FOR THE FILM-BUFF BRIDE - A SCREENING
If your chief Hen is even remotely keen on the big screen, then you may want to contemplate booking out a local boutique cinema for the night. Organising a private screening of one of her fave films means that you can also theme the party, getting attendees to dress up as characters from the movie. Get some wine and a cheese platter in the mix, and you’ll have all the ingredients for an excellent Hen’s.
FOUR: FOR THE FOODIE BRIDE - COOKERY CLASS
Some brides love to engage in collaborative activities with their friends – and pretty much all brides love to eat. Booking in the whole group for a cookery class is thus a way to ensure that everyone in the party works and chats together (especially important if you’re blending different friendship groups), and a way to gastronomically delight the foodie bride.
FIVE: FOR THE QUIETER BRIDE - SPA OR TEA PARTY
Some brides are the quieter type, and would much prefer a smaller gathering out of sight of prying eyes over a full-scale shindig. For these lovely ladies, a spa or tea party is just the thing.
Spa days or weekends away promise luxury, rest, and deep and meaningful chats for all. Since wedding stress is probably ramping up for your bride-to-be, she might far prefer a day or two of relaxation to a booze-filled weekend. It’s the same kind of deal with tea parties: with dainty scones and a never-ending supply of tea, it’s sure to be a civilised and delicious occasion, and the best thing about tea parties is that everyone’s welcome (mums, mothers-in-law, even the flower girls).
SIX: FOR THE BEACH LOVING BRIDE - PLAN A TROPICAL GETAWAY
Why not extend a single Hen’s night into a proper getaway weekend? Whether it’s the nearest beach or tropical destination further afield, organizing a Hen’s weekend away is a guaranteed treat for all the girls. For particularly adventurous brides, you can even tee up a whole schedule full of activities like scuba diving, ziplining, and jetboating – all with a generous allowance for cocktails on the beach, of course!
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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So, you've made the decision to host a bridal shower or hen party at home. There are so many positives in this choice; from saving money on food and alcohol, to the ease of getting guests home after the event. Now your next challenge is planning the actual celebration. And this can be tricky (hence the reason you're probably searching for hens night ideas at home in the first place!).
Whilst you always have fun catching up at each other's houses, this upcoming get together is different. After all, it's for an extremely special occasion, celebrating a HUGE milestone in your best friend's life.
So what are you going to do?
To help you decide, I've put together a list of tips, tricks and activity ideas that will guarantee an incredible party... without leaving the house!
Handy Hint: Some activities include their own blogs for additional inspiration (you will see their images as you scroll through this article). These blogs are to help with your planning - if you like the sound of a particular activity click the image and learn more about it!
HEN & BACHELORETTE PARTY IDEAS AT HOME
Hire a local dance instructor to bring the moves to your celebration! Any hen who loves a good boogie will jump at the chance to get her dance on with her favourite girls. The best part? The choreography you learn as a group can be used as a surprise 'flash mob' dance at the wedding (click here to learn more)!
If your house or venue has a large enough outdoor space, inflatable games such as bubble soccer could be a fantastic addition to your party!
If you do decide to include such an activity, make sure you give your guests a heads up via their hens party invitations. You don’t want girls arriving in high heels and skirts if they’re going to be running around in large zorb balls at some point during the day!
For high-tech hide and seek in your very own backyard, hire some laser tag equipment, decorate the area with fun obstacles and have guests attend in their best army inspired outfits. With so many fun games to play, you're sure to have an absolute blast! To find out more about 'at home' laser tag parties and how they will make for a fantastic hen do, click here.
Is one of the bridesmaids in your group lucky enough to have a house with a pool? Then you should definitely consider a pool party! Think lounge chairs, cocktails, inflatable pool toys, pool games (i.e. volleyball), music and more!
For those after a cheeky touch, consider hiring some topless waiters to serve food and drinks whilst you enjoy yourselves in the water.
If you’re after a cheekier soiree (with a twist!), ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ will bring the laughs with an entertaining and creative show – in your very own home! Use it to begin your celebrations (thus providing plenty of conversation for the rest of the night) or as a hilarious surprise for your bride-to-be midway through the event (she definitely won’t see it coming!).
For the cheekier hen that is after a little bit of nudity, consider hiring a surprise stripper! Trust me, the sound of ‘Pony’ beginning to play, followed by a fireman appearing in the room is a sure-fire way to get the girls giggling, yelling and more!
Private shows can be easily booked for your house or venue in most locations, and whilst it does cost a pretty penny, it’s a great way get party-goers up and about!
If your hen isn't that keen on strippers, but still wants a cheeky edge to her celebration, topless waiters are the way to go. Friendly and helpful, most topless waiters are more than happy to host (or even participate in) games, hand out food and drinks, entertain guests and more!
Bringing all the sexy moves to your very own living room, this unique activity will have the gals booty popping like nobody is watching! A dance class teaching the fine art of Twerking, here you will learn how to 'drop, shimmy, shake' and more by the masters themselves. Highly entertaining and full of fun, it's a great way to kick off the celebration - leaving you with a GREAT topic of conversation for the remainder of the party! Click here to learn more.
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Remember the days of staying up all night with your closest gal pals? Giggling, talking about boys, watching movies, eating as much junk food as humanly possible and generally having the BEST time?
If your bride-to-be isn't keen on hitting the town, but would rather spend some quality time with her friends - consider a good old fashioned sleepover - full of games, chick flicks, food and fun.
To pull it off, fill your lounge room with mattresses, cushions, blankets, lollies, chocolates, dressing gowns, champagne, wine, board games, movies and more. Want to splurge and make it a little more special? Consider booking a beautiful hotel room where you can enjoy room service; or hire a house in a stunning location and make a weekend out of it!
CLOTHES SWAP PARTY
Inform guests' that they are going to be taking part in a clothes swap party via their hens night or bridal shower invitations. Specify only clean clothes that are in good condition can be brought along (nobody wants your old rags!), and some sort of bag to carry your new party clothes home is also desirable.
Once everyone has arrived at the party, hand each guests one token per item of clothing they have brought (in other words, if they have three items for the clothes swap, they receive three tokens in return). Once tokens have been given out and clothes have been placed around the venue for everyone to see, it's time to get the party started!
Use a fair system (such as pulling numbers out of a hat) to decide who goes first, second, third, etc. and limit the number of items each guest can swap per turn to one or two (meaning those who don't get to take part in the clothes swap until later will still have the chance to grab some nice outfits as not everything will be gone).
This party is great fun in itself, however adding delicious food platters, wine and other beverages, a million photos, a couple of games to break up the event and, of course, some fashion shows with your new outfits is what makes it memorable!
Handy Hint: make cute tokens using your bride-to-be's photo by printing off lots of mini pictures and mounting them onto card!
GET CRAFTY IN YOUR LOUNGE ROOM
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Get those creative juices flowing with a relaxing DIY activity in the comfort of your own home. Armed with a glass of bubbles and your imagination, surrounded by the chatter and giggles of close friends, it's the perfect setting for making your very own masterpiece! Whether this activity is used to kick off celebrations or wind down after a huge day, kits (such as the Terracotta Mosiac Kit for 4, found at Dawdle Box) take the stress out of organising, whilst simultaneously adding a touch of fun and uniqueness to your party.
HOST AN AT HOME PAMPER PARTY
With your best friend's wedding just around the corner, she's sure to be going through a range of emotions. Whether she's excited, stressed or somewhere in between, a little pampering definitely won't go astray!
How much you spend on this option is entirely up to you.
With hair, make-up and massage businesses more than happy to come to your venue, it's easy to put together a professional experience that guests will adore. Whilst it can get pricey, this option also means you don't have the added pressure on the day of running activities yourself.
Alternatively, a DIY pamper session with the girls can be just as fun. Ask everyone to bring their own dressing gowns/robes, set up pamper stations around the house/venue (such as nails, massage, facials, foot spas filled with rose petals, etc.), and hand out gorgeous little goodie bags filled with chocolates or chocolate coated strawberries and beautiful beauty products. You could also ask the girls if they're interested in putting in some money to organise for one professional to come out and treat your bride-to-be (and the rest of the group) alongside your DIY options.
Whichever way you decide to go, combined with a girly sleepover full of food, wine, games, movies and giggles; you're definitely onto a winner!
Handy Hint for you DIYers: print off DIY facial recipes that you can make as a group (with drinks in hand, of course!). It will get everyone mingling, so makes for the perfect ice-breaker activity when you have a number of guests who don't know one another. For some more great DIY pamper tips, click here.
SECRET GARDEN PARTY
The perfect option for any lover of the outdoors; garden parties provide a beautiful backdrop, fresh air, a relaxing atmosphere and, best of all, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up any spills (in other words, no red wine stains on white carpet!).
Incorporate furniture, picnic rugs, platters, and jumbo sized activities (such as giant jenga) alongside some typical hen party games, and you’ll have a celebration that will be remembered for all of the right reasons. For tips on planning an incredible outdoor bridal shower, click here.
CAKE (OR DESSERT) TASTING PARTY
For any bride-to-be with a sweet tooth, this would be a dream come true!
To organise, ask guests to bring along their favourite cake or dessert (whether this be homemade or bought is entirely up to them). On the day, set up some long tables covered in white table-cloths and, as guests arrive, place their cakes/desserts on display (the colours will really pop against the white backdrop!).
The way in which you host the party from here on is your choice. Whether it's a free-for-all (i.e. people grab some cake or dessert when they feel like it) or has more structure to it (i.e. one-by-one you make your way through each of the options as a group), a lot of sugar will be consumed, and a lot of fun will be had!
Pair this activity with a 'sweet as can be' theme (e.g. bright colours, lolly bars, sweet wines, etc.) and you have the basis for a great celebration!
FOOD TRUCK PARTY
The perfect option for any foodie hen - food trucks are a fun and unique way to get your hunger (and thirst) fix. Being replicas or refurbishments of vintage trucks and caravans, they're often quite stunning to look at PLUS they also make amazing backdrops for selfies or any other piccies you may snap during the event. If you're interested in hosting your very own food truck festival (or even hiring one or two for fun), click here for some great tips.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE COCKTAILS
Cocktail making classes are a mobile activity option for those who want to enjoy delicious, high quality beverages in the comfort of their own home (whilst learning some handy tricks at the same time)!
Don't have the money to spend on a mobile class? Instead, consider either providing numerous bottles of spirits and some mixes OR asking each guest to bring along one bottle each. You can then print off some fun cocktail recipes and let the girls go crazy making their own concoctions!
For added flair, make it a 'cocktail party' theme and have guests arrive in their finest attire.
A great way to kick off an amazing night in is by having a beautiful meal prepared by your own Personal Chef! Who doesn't want to eat restaurant quality food in the comfort of their home with their nearest and dearest right there with them?! To learn more about what it would be like to have a personal chef at your celebration, click here.
Platters, wine, the outdoors, friends - what more could you want?! For the bride-to-be who appreciates good food and good company, why not set up a beautiful picnic in the backyard? For step-by-step instructions on creating a setup that will make your best friend's jaw drop, check out this article!
WINE TASTING AT HOME
For a more sophisticated affair, wine tastings are a fantastic opportunity to not only learn about the different wines on offer, but to get a taste of them too!
Whether you ask your guests to bring a bottle of wine each and host your own version of a tasting, or hire a professional who can lead you through it, this type of event is always a great way to get guests chatting, learning and having fun.
If your budget allows for photo booth hire, definitely consider it! Photo booths provide lasting, hilarious memories; and the guest of honour often receives a digital copy of every single picture following the event (plus a guest book)!
Can't justify spending money on this or want to save your dollars for a different activity? You don't have to go without. Create your own party photo booth by putting together a backdrop (such as streamers or fabric strips - click here for more ideas) next to a basket of props and dress ups. Guests can then use their phones or a provided instant camera to take funny shots of each other throughout the event.
Handy Hint: If you have a selfie stick, set it up in front of the backdrop so that guests' can easily take photos of themselves on timer! It's also a good idea to link any props to your overall theme (e.g. if it's an Angel themed party, provide props such as wings, wands, halos, white feather boas, white hats, etc.).
ADULT SCAVENGER HUNT
A hen party scavenger hunt basically involve teams’ making their way through a list of tasks and completing as many as they can (such as ‘pose like a statue in the middle of the town’ or ‘find a man who looks like the groom and get a photo with him’). Therefore, if you’re hosting the event at home, you will need to stroll down to the local township or pub to get the most out of this activity (which is perfect if the girls need to stretch their legs or need a change of scenery!). For some great scavenger hunt ideas, click here.
If you're searching for a truly unique activity that will come to you, take a look at Interactive African Drumming! You will create lifelong memories through the fun, laughter and bonding experienced during the day. Plus it's something she would never expect (and has probably never tried before)! Click here to learn more about Interactive African Drumming parties.
Hire a caricature artist and get entertainment and souvenirs all in one! Your guests will love watching and giggling as they each have their very own cartoon drawn; the perfect option for a G-rated and entertaining celebration! Click here to learn more about caricature artists and hen parties.
A fantastic and unique option that many don't consider - most hypnotists will be happy to put on a hilarious and memorable show right in your living room!
As Comedy Hypnotist Gerard V says, "Seeing your aunt doing a fantastic air-guitar solo can be a life changing experience, and a memory that will stay with you. The photos on social media will bring back a smile in later years." To learn more about comedy hypnotists at hen parties, click here.
Is your bride-to-be curious about psychics, chakra healing, mediums, etc.? Then an at home intuitive party could be just what she's after.
Filled with games and activities such as oracle cards, tarot card reading, pendulums, tea leaf interpretation, intuitive trees and more; this is a party where your hen and guests alike will learn so much about themselves and one another.
If you would like to learn more about intuitive parties, click here. Already sold on the idea? For some great tips on planning and executing your own intuitive style party, click here.
For the hen who loves to sing, why not hire a karaoke machine and have yourself an in-house karaoke party! For even more fun, set a theme for the celebration (such as the 90s) and have guests come dressed to impress.
Handy hint: Make a competition by including a different character and song on each invite. For example, one invitation might specify: 'Character - Geri from the Spice Girls, Song - Wannabe by the Spice Girls'. That particular guest then has to come dressed as the character on their invitation and sing the song from their invitation. Have prizes for best dressed, best singer, worst singer, best performance, etc.!
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY
Add a bit of mystery to the celebration by hosting a Murder Mystery night! It will take a bit to put together, and you'll need a guest list willing to get involved (as costumes are a must!); but the fun you'll have will be worth every bit of preparation! Night of Mystery specialise in these parties, so for more detailed information visit their website by clicking here!
Now that you have the activities under control, it's time to start thinking about the rest of your event (namely decorations, food and drinks). To help, I've listed some handy tips and tricks below:
For starters, create the perfect atmosphere with any of the following hen party and bridal shower decorations:
If you're hosting a themed event, make sure your decor (and food/drinks) tie into it. For example, a 'Cops and Robbers' theme would suit black and white decorations, donuts, milk drinks, etc.; whereas a sophisticated summery theme would be best decorated with gorgeous flowers, greenery, wooden objects, etc.
THE PARTY FOOD
There are a few ways you can go about feeding the hoards!
If the hen party is in-between lunch and dinner, serving platters of fruits, cheese, crackers and cold meats is a great way to keep the hunger at bay; as is serving easy finger food such as mini sausage rolls, small sandwiches, fruit skewers, chocolates, mini muffins, cupcakes, hot chips, etc.
Need something a little more filling?
Consider a BBQ with baked potatoes and salads, or delicious take-away from a nearby shop (pizza is always a great option, bonus points if they deliver!).
If you don't want to stress about good on the day/night at all, there's also the option of hiring a catering company to take care of it for you, or having a personal chef come in to WOW your bride-to-be and her friends.
For those of you who need to stick to a tighter budget (and don't really enjoy cooking for a large group), there's also the option of a 'Pot Luck Dinner'. Simply pick a theme that your bride-to-be will enjoy (say, Italian), and ask each guest to bring along a plate of food that represents that particular selection. To make sure you have a good variety of food, it's best to assign different courses to guests (e.g. two guests could be assigned 'Italian Desserts', two 'Italian Starters', two 'Italian Beverages', etc.).
No matter how you decide to do it, make sure you cater for everyone involved (pregnant women can't eat soft cheese for example, whilst other guests may be vegetarian); and, most importantly, make sure you serve foods that your bride-to-be absolutely loves!
THE PARTY DRINKS
For starters, what is your hen's favourite drink in the whole world?
You should serve that. And lots of it!
For everything you do buy, attempt to purchase in bulk as it will save you money. And don't forget to purchase/offer non-alcoholic beverages such as water, juice or even punch.
If you want to base the hens party around cocktails, keep an eye out for specials and buy bottles of spirits when they're at their cheapest. Alternatively, work with guests so that everyone brings a different bottle of spirits with them to the party; placing them at a designated 'bar area' on arrival. Provide mixers (such as juice, lemonade and cola) and cocktail recipes, shakers, glasses, etc. for guests' to create their own masterpieces throughout the event!
Speaking of spirits, let's not forget shots - jelly shots, normal shots, or shots added to food will all go down a treat. For a wonderful gummy bear pop recipe, click here!
HEN PARTY GAMES AT HOME
The games you play will strongly depend on the type of celebration you're hosting. Is it a cheeky soiree? Or will grandparents and young children be part of the party? Either way, I suggest you click here. It will lead you to a list of over 40 free games where you are bound to find options PERFECT for you and your hen!
Whilst you will save money on many things by staying in, these hens party ideas at home will still add up if you're not careful. To help with this, here is one final suggestion - click here and check out some sneaky tips/hacks to bring your overall event costs down!
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HAVE THE BEST TIME!
Whether you decide to do one, a few or even none of the above hens night ideas at home, I hope you have an incredible time! I love hearing your feedback - so if you have any suggestions you would like to share with the For Every Hen community, photos from your event, or comments on the above article, please let us know via the comments section below or social media.
Cheers to an AMAZING hens party and/or bridal shower in the comfort of your own home!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: KIM THOMAS OF 'AFRICAN BEAT'
Sure, the old faithful Cocktail Mixing and Dance Classes are fun, but we’ve all been there and done that. There are only so many willy straws and topless waiters a woman can take! You want to treat your bestie to something she would never expect, something completely unique to make her last hurrah truly memorable! It is her hen party after all.
Interactive African Drumming is invigorating and provides an opportunity to bond with the girls while doing something none of you have ever tried before.
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!
Picture this... guests are surprised and delighted with a vibrant African drum and dance spectacular by a Master Drummer from Africa. Using an array of traditional African drums and dressed in colourful and vibrant African costume, authentic musicians will transport your guests to the tribal villages of Africa.
The whole atmosphere vibrates with the sounds of drumming and singing.
EVERYONE DRUMS TOGETHER
Everyone will drum together with an electric atmosphere in the air. The energy of the music creates excitement and smiles all round!
A VARIETY OF AFRICAN BEATS
Your African Beat’s Master Drummer from Africa will guide the girls to play a variety of different African beats; layering sounds and rhythms, bringing everyone together in harmony.
A UNIFIED PERCUSSION ORCHESTRA
Take pleasure in watching the ladies transform into a unified percussion orchestra, laughing, enjoying themselves and opening up to each other.
DRUMMING & DANCING SOLOS
Our talented performers will showcase their drumming and dancing solos to add a fantastic WOW factor to the event.
If that isn’t enough, the upbeat music gets you all dancing like no-one’s watching!
Drumming together lifts spirits and lowers inhibitions, so expect everyone to let loose and dance to the beat of their own drum! Think tribal warrior style.
Not forgetting the all-important bride-to-be – She’ll be the star of the show
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
Forget tradition and blow the future bride away with something she’ll never forget! African Beat loves to delight their clients with dynamic, upbeat displays of authentic African entertainment; you can find out more by clicking here.
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INTERACTIVE AFRICAN DRUMMING
African Beat brings joy to life with interactive drumming for everyone. From team building events for the corporate industry, to educational school shows, to unique entertainment to make any party (such as your hen’s) unforgettable; our team know how to captivate any audience.
Our Authentic, Professional African Entertainers transport audiences to the tribal villages of Africa with a range of African instruments, singing and dancing.
Led by Artistic Director and Master Drummer Tuza Afutu, who has lived in Australia for 15+ years, his band is called ‘Salaka’ which means sharing – the objective of this business!
“Team building through the power of drumming” – we use music to bring people together.
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AUTHOR: KELLY ROBERTS OF ‘WONDROUS STAYS’
It’s time to gather the girls and celebrate! But rather than another night out on the town, why not plan a unique weekend away instead? Hen party weekends are the perfect opportunity to celebrate and connect with your girlfriends before the next chapter begins.
Whether your ideal hens weekend is an escape to your favourite city, a trip to the vineyards, or some bubbles and relaxation; Wondrous Stays will have the accommodation for you. Listed below are just 5 of the amazing options available, with many more on offer around Australia and, if you’re keen to take the party abroad, the world!
Perched on the rooftop of a nondescript Melbourne carpark, this accommodation is like no hotel you’ve ever been to. Spend your weekend enjoying Melbourne’s shopping, markets, cafes and bar scene before retiring to your luxurious Airstream.
The 6 chrome Airstream trailers, completely refitted as designer urban accommodation, can be hired for your hens getaway.
MACEDON RANGES, VICTORIA
Escape the city and explore the Macedon Ranges wine country; spending the weekend in an 1890’s homestead with glorious views across the vineyards.
This property is only 40 minutes from Melbourne Airport and set upon 100 acres. It’s the perfect location for a relaxing weekend of massages, visiting cellar doors, and strolling around local markets with your friends.
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Spend the weekend in one of Sydney’s oldest heritage locations. Hidden amongst native Australian bushland with stunning views overlooking Sydney Harbour and the skyline of modern Sydney on the horizon, you can feel like you are removed from the hustle and bustle of city but be just a short ferry ride away.
There are accommodation options to suit any group size, offering a truly unique setting to experience relaxation and rejuvenation. The Station offers both retreat suites and a 3-bedroom historical cottage.
Make your historical hens a weekend to remember by combining it with a thrilling Ghostly Encounters Tour that runs every night from 8.00pm!
MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Escape the city and retreat to Margaret River wine region to connect with your girl (and/or guy) friends. The Retreat is hugged by Forest Grove National Park and adjacent to Wadandi Track and trails, on a privately-owned farm (75 acres) which forms part of a natural wildlife corridor between Augusta, Margaret River and Nannup all the way to Contos Beach.
The Retreat offers an array of accommodation from sustainable and beautifully styled Glamping Cabins (tents) and self-contained studio rooms to an event camp-site!
ST ALBANS, NEW SOUTH WALES
About to walk down the aisle? Why not stay in a church!
This Guesthouse is a restored and renovated sandstone church building from the mid 1800’s – the perfect location for a group getaway.
The level of activity that may be of interest to you ranges from a quiet weekend (laying by the pool) through to socialising at the guesthouse, hitting either of the local pubs or even bush walking/bike riding/horse riding.
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Wondrous Stays is a unique accommodation directory, specialising in Australia and New Zealand. And these options for hen party weekends away are only just the beginning!
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