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!
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!'
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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?!
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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ENJOY YOUR CLASSY BACHELORETTE PARTY!
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 BIO - HARPER REID
I'm Harper, a freelance writer, dog lover, and nature lover who loves dew drops glistening on autumn leaves and the earthy scent that follows a rainfall. I enjoy frozen pina coladas, especially on hot summer days at the beach. You can find out more about me and my work on Tumblr.
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