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: 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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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
★Click here to view beautiful, pre-made DIY Terracotta Mosaic Kits★
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: MITURI OF ‘NIM-VEDA AUSTRALIA’
Okay, so let’s tell the truth!
It’s frivolous to pretend that brides-to-be are cool cucumbers in the weeks leading up to their weddings, right?
No matter what you’re hearing from your bridesmaids, or saying if you’re in the wedding planning group to the blushing bride; we all know it’s time to face the facts.
Being blasé about the wedding just isn’t happening!
Though this is an event to remember for the rest of her life (for good reasons, hopefully), days leading up to the big event for most brides-to-be are full of angst, stress and general nervousness – I think we can all agree, not a good place to be.
So, what can we do to lessen the pressure and help release the pent up tension and stress before one of the most important days of her life?
We’re glad you asked, because one of the very best things you can do for your upcoming bride is to gently nudge them in the direction of a good, old, hearty massage – no pun intended. A great hen’s party option if you ask us!
Not only will a wholesome massage calm and sooth the stressed out bride, but this ancient practice has a multitude of health benefits as well.
Want to know more?
Let’s knead these knots out...
REASON 1: MASSAGE HAS A MULTITUDE OF HEALTH BENEFITS
Massage is one of those hard to find, beautiful inconsistencies of life. Most of us would be hard pressed finding something that feels as magical as massage while being great for us too.
It’s like having a guilty pleasure you don’t have to hide from anyone. If you ask us, it’s a keeper; like ice-cream in front of a warm fire on a freezing cold winter’s day (minus all of the sinful associated accountabilities).
Massage has a wide variety of properties that improves health; some of which include better blood circulation, improved flexibility and mobility, quicker rehabilitation of muscular injuries, reduced stress and much more. Here’s a more detailed list of massage benefits in case you still need some convincing on why this would be the ultimate hen’s party idea!
Regular massages help us take care of a stressed out bride and also serves as a unique and memorable experience –basically, it’s a win-win!
REASON 2: MASSAGE IS AN ANCIENT REMEDY, SO IT’S GOT TO BE GOOD
Massage has been used by our ancestors for centuries now.
Practiced in countries such as India, China, Greece and Egypt (to mention a few) massage was once a necessity instead of the luxury it is in the modern world, and it was believed to be a pivotal precautionary measure to keeping sickness away.
Unfortunately the concept of massage has slowly been degraded as a potential healing solution to one that many of us associate with extra money to spend. However, there is now considerable evidence that advocates massage as a therapeutic solution to many of the common day ailments we face. One that not only saves us money in the future as a precautionary means rather than a cure (in terms of diseases such as stress, etc. going untreated for too long), but best of all, one that is completely natural.
It’s a perfect solution for brides that need some much needed unwinding before their big days!
REASON 3: MASSAGE DOESN’T JUST MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD, IT MAKES YOU LOOK GOOD TOO
When you’re good on the inside it shows, which is probably the single most important feeling any bride should be experiencing on her day.
Remember the saying, beauty is only skin deep? Though this may be true for our souls (another blog topic!), when it comes to our health, it is an entirely different matter. When we feel healthy within, it’s probably going to show on the outside.
This is why we’re constantly being barraged with messages of how we need to pay more attention to what we put in our body. For years now, medical research has strongly suggested a significant correlation between stress and ailments such as the cold and flu, to more serious life threatening diseases as well.
And sickness and feeling under the weather is the last thing any bride is going to want to have to deal with on her wedding day, so massage is a lifesaver – literally!
In all honesty – stress is just one more thing to stress about. Massage helps to alleviate anxiety, which in turn makes us feel and look better.
The peaceful calmness that lasts long after a massage ends should be reason enough to gift this wonderful art our ancestors have been using for centuries to our favourite bride-to-be.
Massage is a wonderful gift for anyone, and frankly, who deserves some tender, loving care more than a new bride? No one!
Do you have any inspiring massage stories to share that could help brides to be and/or those organising the most memorable hen’s party there ever was? Let us know in the comments section.
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AUTHOR: JANE FONDLE OF 'HOOPS, THIGHS & BUTTOCKS'
The ceremony was just perfect, you’re at the wedding reception and the bride and groom are swanning across the dance floor (somewhat clumsily) for their wedding dance. The room is wet with tears of joy as the song ends.
Suddenly out of nowhere the dance floor is mobbed by 15 excited gals, shuffle-step-step-leaping their way to the centre. The whole group (with bride up front) burst into a dance to Whitney’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’.
“Where did they come from?”
“What’s going on?”
“This is the best thing I’ve ever seen!”
If you ask me, there’s nothing more pleasing to the eye than a group of people performing synchronised choreography. Add to that high levels of excitement and enthusiasm (and let’s ice that cake with the surprise factor) and you’ve got yourself something more memorable than Miley Cyrus twerking at the Video Music Awards.
Never been part of a flashmob?
It’s exciting and exhilarating, not to mention incredibly entertaining for those who get to witness it. You can also hide down the back if you’ve got 2 left feet, everyone’s looking at the bride anyway (or at that bridesmaid who had a few extra drinks and is lip synching her heart out like she’s Britney Spears. Oh, that’s you!).
But, how do you make this magic happen?!
CHOOSE A HENS NIGHT DANCE CLASS STYLE
Know your hen and know your party group. Is she an 80’s girl or more of a Spice Girl? Maybe she used to kick it 90’s RnB, or she’s a true Belieber.
Pick the music genre that resonates with the hen and that you think will be hilarious or a hit for the whole group.
LEARN A DANCE
Learn a dance routine to a song that you remember knowing all the words to as a young teen. Bring back those memories of pretending you were in the film clip, dancing in front of the mirror in your bedroom while singing into your hairbrush.
Step by step you’ll learn a dance to your chosen song, and then film it so you can practice, practice, practice before the big day!
BUST IT OUT AT THE WEDDING RECEPTION
Move over Spice Girls, this girl gang is going to take the crowd by storm!
You’re sure to receive a VMA for this performance. For extra effect, wear your incredible bedazzled leotard under your wedding-appropriate dress for the BIG reveal!
MAKE MAGIC HAPPEN
How can you make this magic happen? Get in touch with Hoops, Thighs & Buttocks! You can choose a party in a range of themes, from 80’s Dance to 90’s Hip-Hop, 90’s Pop and even Hula Hooping. You can even get them to choreograph a song of your choice.
Your party can include champagne, a special gift for the hen (such as a hi-cut 80’s g-string leotard) and tonnes of fun! Grab your hamburger phone and give the gals at HT&B a call, they got this!
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GET PHYSICAL WITH FUN, ACTIVE DANCE THEMES!
Hoops, Thighs & Buttocks’ unique hen party packages provide a new and fun way to celebrate your hen’s night. Get physical and choose from their active themes including hula hooping, 80’s dance and 90’s pop!
Available: All over Melbourne. We'll also fly interstate for you!