AUTHOR: PETA OF 'CAR RENTAL BUDDY'
It’s amazing to know what you can get up to once you leave the kids and the other half at home; heading off to enjoy the night with one of your girlfriends who is about to take the plunge into marriage. As we get older, the mischievousness that we got up to in our younger years seems to vanish. But it does come out on the odd occasion!
Now the standard hen night usually involves some sort of drinking and parading – and that should still continue. But there is usually the stay at the hotel, home or spa.
Why not do things a little different and opt for an experience-hopping hen do instead?
Hire a driver and a minivan for the day; I assure you that you’ll be able to pack in more experiences and more fun!
YOUR OWN PERSONAL CHAUFFEUR FOR CLUB AND BAR HOPPING
Now this obviously depends where you are based in the world. If you are based in a city where the bars are quite far to get to, the last thing you want to be doing is jumping in different cabs every time you want to move to the next location, racking up an expensive bill. Instead, opt for a driver for the day who will be waiting for you, taking you wherever you want to go.
GETTING BACK TO NATURE
The club scene not for you?
Take in the fresh air of the countryside and enjoy the scenic views that your driver takes you to instead. You girls can go to the beach, go for a walk, have a picnic with some drinks, and/or just take in each other’s company; then decide to go home when you are ready.
A MINI ROAD-TRIP
Another option is to make a complete day of it by visiting spots as part of a day-long road trip.
For example, you may start at your accommodation and then drive up the coastline; listening to your favourite tunes and doing a sing-along. Stop off at a cafe for a bite to eat or some lunch, and then make your way to the next location. This second part of the trip could include games or gossip – just make sure that the driver isn’t someone you know!
HOW CAN YOU MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
The best thing you can do is use Car Rental Buddy, who do car hire comparisons worldwide. That way you can find an option in your city. It shouldn’t cost more than $300.00 for the day, which is less than $40pp.
Not bad for a full day out travelling, right?!
Before you book your hen do?
Select some activities and make a rough itinerary. For Every Hen has some great inspiration, with all sorts of options such as kayaking, arts, food, wine and even dance. So have a browse and see what kind of activities might interest your hen group – then take the stress out of travelling to each experience by hiring a mini bus and a driver!
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Peta Daniels is an entrepreneur based in Queensland, Australia. She runs the car hire comparison website, Car Rental Buddy. When she isn’t working, you can find her helping out her local gridiron team!
AUTHOR: COURTNEY JONES OF 'MAGIC MEN'
Are you wondering what types of games (if any at all!) your topless waiter will be willing to play at your best friend's hen's? See below for the answer to this burning question!
GAMES TO PLAY WITH YOUR TOPLESS WAITER
We’re starting off with an olide but a goodie!
Get all the friends of the hen to write down a memory shared between them and put the memories in a bowl. Have your handsome topless waiter read out the memories. If the hen guesses correctly who the memory is from, then everyone drinks! If she gets it wrong, the hen must drink!
Remember to have a few drinks up your sleeves first; we find hens get more creative with their memories with liquid courage.
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR GROOM?
Prior to the evening of your hens party, have the hen’s soon-to-be husband answer a series of questions about her. On the night of the hen party, have your waiters read out the questions for your hen to answer. Every non-match answer with her beau she drinks; and every correct match, the group drinks!
A great question: Who is your bride’s favourite Magic Men stripper?!
THAT'S MY SONG
Get your phones and cameras ready for this game!
Everyone is given two current songs on a piece of paper. If one of these songs is heard during the night, then the person with that song must dance for its duration. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, you must dance. And dance like you’ve never danced before!
This is one of the more hilarious hen party games we’ve seen, with many videos and photos taken to remember the cringe-worthy moment for years to come!
This does require some planning, but we promise it will be worth it!
Split the group into teams, with each group given a list of challenges to complete. The group who completes the most within a set amount of time are the winners.
Some example challenges include:
Sing to a stranger
Stand up and yell “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” in a crowded place
Burst out into song and dance in a crowded place
Find a person with the biggest muscles
Plank in the strangest place
Hug a bouncer
If you’re ever at a Magic Men show you can add ‘Find a Channing Tatum lookalike’ to the list!
PLEASE DON'T SEND THAT
Sometimes you just want a couple of hours during the hen’s night where no-one is on their phone, when you can just enjoy each other’s company. This may be during a meal, during pre-drinks or when you’re waiting for our hunks to show you why they’re the best in the business in Australia!
Let your group know when it’s a no-phone zone and anyone found breaking this rule will have to face the consequence. This consequence is letting the group type any message they want into the rule-breakers phone and sending it to their entire contact list. Now that’s one way to ensure no one will break the rule!
LOOKING TO SPICE UP YOUR PARTY?
HERE ARE SOME CHEEKIER GAMES & ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR MAGIC MEN TOPLESS WAITERS!
THE ART OF CONDUCTING A BODY SHOT:
STEP 1: THE SALT
Lick the salt. It’s all about the salt. The salt is the sinfully and cheeky part of the body shot. Depending on how daring you are (and, of course, your Magic Men), you could put the salt on his neck, his chest or his arms.
STEP 2: THE TEQUILA
Sip the shot. The tequila shot can be placed or poured onto any part of your topless waiter that is flat and firm (use your imagination!). The rippling six-pack is always a fun place to start – if any bit of the shot spills over onto his stomach you can easily lick it off.
STEP 3: THE LEMON
Take the lemon. Just as you’d finish a hot date with a kiss, no body shot can be complete without a lil’ mouth-to-mouth citrus sensuality! Once again, if you’re daring enough, place the lemon wedge in-between his lips and, after your shot, wash down the taste of tequila with a refreshing lemon!
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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: IAIN OF 'CLASSBENTO'
Is the bride-to-be a creative soul? Perhaps an introvert who prefers a calmer activity with a smaller group? Or someone who just loves to be a bit different? One or two craft workshops could be the perfect option for her hens party, bridal shower or kitchen tea!
It’s easy to organise, and will be an unforgettable experience. Learn more below...!
WHAT ARE CRAFT WORKSHOPS?
Creative workshops are all about the fun and relaxation that comes with learning an art and creating something beautiful. You’ll be guided by passionate experts, who will provide you with all the knowledge and ingredients you’ll need to learn a new crafty skill. Unleash your imagination while having a great time with your friends.
SOME OF THE FUN CREATIVE WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE
Try Ikebana flower arranging - learn about the history and techniques behind this Japanese art while you apply it hands-on to create your very own graceful arrangement. Or create bouquets or flower crowns at a pristine beach, under the guidance of an expert florist.
If you’re a group of foodies, try making your own macaroons or chocolate. And if you’re more into the eating than the cooking, you can draw your dessert and eat it too, in a fun watercolour painting session!
Alternatively, you may want to discover how tea and chocolate can be paired, and if you’re adventurous, perhaps even tea and cheese (the pairings generate subtle third flavours that you’ll pleasantly discover).
A GIFT THAT LASTS
If you’d like to take away something lasting to remember the occasion by, invite your group to a candle making class where you can choose your own scents and colours.
You could even try a terrarium making class and design your own petite garden landscapes. It’s like the adult version of a dollhouse – you decide what goes in! Terrariums are super easy to maintain, and will beautify your and the bride’s home or office for many years to come.
Prefer something to wear? Why not embark on a jewellery making crafternoon, where you’ll get to make unique artisan necklaces, earrings and more.
Once she’s married, it may be harder to get her by herself; so this may be one of your last opportunities to do something really girly. Try painting pretty, petite pebbles, and even string them up to create your own original jewellery.
A FUN & STRESS-FREE PARTY EXPERIENCE
As you can see, there are SO many wonderful creative workshop ideas around that there really is something for everyone. For those of you after creative workshops, Sydney, the classes atClassbento are geared towards fun and relaxation, and are absolutely perfect for beginners. Everything is provided and you’ll get to keep what you make. So all you need to do is pick your favourite workshop (can be hard, we know!), book, show up and enjoy!
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100+ FUN WORKSHOPS, PERFECT FOR A SYDNEY HENS
Try flower arranging at the beach, fragrance making, chocolate making, terrarium making, pottery, dessert painting, cocktail making, juggling, and lots more! Just find a class that you like, then the rest is easy and quick - either book it directly, or ask the friendly Classbento team to organise it for you.
Available: Sydney, NSW
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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!
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AUTHOR: GERARD OF 'COMEDY HYPNOTIST GERARD V'
If you’re planning a hen party but don’t just want a drunken night out and a male stripper, what else can you do?
The increasing popularity of alternative hens party ideas shows that people are looking for a better story to tell than how drunk everyone got or how hot the male stripper was. Social media has changed everything. Those photos your friends take are going to be on instagram for a long time.
I am more and more often being invited to entertain at hens parties looking for a cleaner, family friendly alternative.
I’m a comedy hypnotist.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN HIRING A COMEDY HYPNOTIST
A comedy hypnotist is not an option that comes to mind for most people. And many are a bit surprised that it is possible to hire a hypnotist to come to your home and entertain a couple of dozen women with a clean show. Indoors or outdoors.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Generally the hypnotist will arrive early enough to arrange the room a bit (or your outdoor area) and set up a speaker or two for sound.
When it is time to begin - everyone gathers around and the hypnotist does an introduction. Hypnotists differ in how they do this, for example I never pick anyone from the crowd (not even the bride-to-be), I simply ask for volunteers. Other hypnotists can be a bit more direct and will select people themselves.
Then the hypnotising occurs - right in front of everyone. It is amazing to watch people slowly drift into a trance, right before your eyes.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE SHOW?
Once the hypnosis has occurred and volunteers are nicely under - the gags can begin!
There’s a wide variety of hypnotists ranging from the amateur to international, and from the clean to the sleazy; picking one that suits your event is important.
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.
I’m occasionally told that a group wouldn’t mind a more r-rated shows, but no-one needs to see embarrassing video of themselves. I keep it clean using hilarious g-rated skits and gags with the volunteers that you can laugh about for the rest of your lives. A short video of your best mate singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in the style of death metal is more than enough.
INTRODUCE A THEME
Want to personalise the party a little more? You can always add a theme to the event; and a good entertainer will base their show on your theme.
I’ve always wanted to do a pyjama party or sleepover themed show - it goes so well with hypnosis, and there are a huge range of easy dress-up options for your guests too. After 13 years on stage no-one has done this yet. I’m thinking I’d wear flannel pyjamas and a dressing gown . . .
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Hypnotists vary in cost and sometimes there’ll be numbers and travel involved too.
For instance, I’ll do shows for 12 or more people, though some hypnotists won’t take a show for under 50 people.
In Australia professional hypnotists charge around $2000 but may go as low as $1500 for an off peak event. And some do charge much more.
Most will be booked well in advance for Saturday nights, so unless you are having a lunchtime show or a Sunday party it pays to book early.
October and November are off peak months, as are the summer months - just when most people are having their weddings - so you will often strike it lucky and get a great entertainer at a better price.
MAKE IT MEMORABLE
A hens party should be fun and memorable. A chance to blow off some steam and to celebrate. It’s great to do all these things and come away with lovely memories, tears of laughter and some great photos to show your family in later years.
A comedy hypnotist is a great alternative hens party idea for you to think about.
And if you want to be the first person to book me for the pyjama party idea give me a call.
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