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.