AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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Are you planning an event but looking for eco-friendly party decorations as an alternative to the regular single-use supplies? See below for some great inspiration that will mean you can host a stylish, colourful and fun celebration... but with less waste!
One of my favourites! Bunting made from fabric is not only durable and reusable, but also stunning to look at! Decorate your event by hanging over food tables, between trees, across rooms or along fences. You could even wrap it around tree trunks or posts for a unique look.
If you’re a bit of a pro with the sewing machine, bunting can be created at home by using old fabric (such as unused clothes), material found at your local op shop or fabric pieces purchased from a craft store. If you’re not so confident in the DIY department, many retailers and boutique stores stock handmade fabric bunting. My only suggestion is to purchase in colours and/or patterns that can be used at a variety of events (e.g. neutral colours such as white suit just about any occasion, and reds can be used at Christmas, Valentine’s day, colourful parties, etc.). If you have children, colourful bunting will come in handy at their parties or as decoration in their bedroom/playroom!
Handy tip: bunting doesn't have to be made with triangles. You could use squares, tassles, rectangles... get creative and have fun with it!
Another fantastic product to have in the cupboard at home, fabric table cloths are well worth the initial investment! Once again, stick to colours and/or patterns that you will be able to use at future events. White tablecloths are always a good starting point, as you can dress them up with colourful food and decor to match the particular theme you’re preparing for.
Not technically classed as decorations, but whenever I set up for an event, the favour table is always a big part of the overall ‘look’ and ‘feel’. So, if you’re after eco-friendly party favours that are fun for guests AND beautiful to look at, see below:
FLOWER SEED BOMBS
These DIY favours are designed to make flowers grow wherever they land (how cool is that?)! They will also become a beautiful part of the decor at your event should you wrap them in burlap and tuck cute, dried flowers in the centre (click here for images and crafting instructions).
PERSONALISED DRINKING TOOLS
An option that can be used throughout the party and for many years to come! ‘Get a metal straw, jar and cutlery engraved for each person’, says Lottie Dalziel of Banish. ‘Not only does this look amazing, it keeps everyone accountable’. Jars can be saved from your cooking escapades in the lead-up to your celebration, whilst cutlery and metal straws can be purchased from many local or online shops.
If you're after a colourful straw option, I suggest taking a look at the Turtle & Me range (pictured below) by clicking here!
For those who would prefer an alternative to jars for their guests to drink from, there is also the option of personalised cups. Dedicated to ‘creating fun and simple environmental solutions that reduce unnecessary waste’, co-founders of 'Better Cup', Sam and Christie, provide custom-made tumblers, flutes and stemless glasses; perfect for bringing your theme to life in a sustainable way!
From organic skincare to home-baked goodies, you will find an incredible list of eco favour ideas by clicking here!
Food isn’t usually something that comes to mind when you’re in the midst of planning your event decor, but you would be surprised by just how handy it can be! See below for ways in which edibles can become the decorations you desire:
Not only delicious in meals, but also perfect for creating hanging decor and/or natural fragrance! ‘Herbs are great for the kitchen, but they can also make great decoration when they’re dried’ says Siavash Ghazvinian, co-founder of Ethical Tree. ‘Hang herbs like rosemary to dry in a visible place to add life and aroma to a room. Once dried you can even make wreaths out of them with a bit of string and hang them across your venue’.
SEASONAL FRUIT & VEGETABLES
If particular foods are in season when your event is on, use this to your advantage. An example of seasonal foods that make great decor is pumpkins, squashes and gourds. ‘[These] are three things you can grow relatively easily and proudly display across your home’ says Siavash Ghazvinian; then once your event has wrapped up, you can either keep them as decor or ‘use the edible ones in various recipes you can find online.’
UTENSILS & SERVING DISHES
‘You can get super creative with food to help you prepare or serve your dishes’ says Laura Trotter, sustainable living educator. A few of her favourite options include ‘using rosemary skewers for kebabs on a BBQ, a ring of red capsicum as an egg ring, serving guacamole inside a halved avocado shell [and] serving fresh fruit salad inside a halved watermelon, rockmelon, honeydew or pineapple’ (more detailed information can be found here). Eco friendly and a fabulous way to reduce the amount of dishes you need to wash after the party!
If you know exactly what you need to decorate your event, it's worth asking friends and family if they happen to have one/some of these items stashed away at home. Borrowing decor (such as tablecloths, chairs/chair covers, centrepieces, lighting and more) will be a fantastic way to save some cash. And if you don't happen to come across the product/s you need in this way, consider hiring from your local event business instead. They often have everything mentioned above, plus options such as karaoke machines, portable heaters, etc.!
Mason jars are one of my favourite things to repurpose! From lighting a room to sipping on a cool beverage, there are so many uses. See below for a few of the best:
‘Put a tea light candle in old jars to create an amazing atmosphere’, says Lottie Dalziel. To pull this off, save up a variety of jars (small, large and in-between) in the lead up to your event. When it comes to decorating, create small clusters (approximately 5 different shaped and sized jars) in the middle of dinner tables, favour tables, food tables, etc. For larger areas, such as the corner of a balcony, place approximately 10 – 15 jars (depending on the space, maybe more). In the hour before your event is due to start, light the candles and carefully place them inside your jars. Instant ambience!
Handy tip: If you’re going for a rustic theme, placing one, two or a cluster of jar candles on top of logs will create a beautiful centrepiece for your celebration.
Olinda Collective created these decorative jars as a unique, waste-free Australian centrepiece for the Christmas table, but they’re so beautiful I think they’d be perfect at any event during the year as well! Click the image below for DIY steps:
Jars also make fantastic vases. With so many different sizes available, you’re sure to find something to display your beautiful bunches in! And if you want to put a unique spin on this decor option, hang the jar vases from trees or even mount them on the wall!
Made from leaves in your backyard and a hole punch, this confetti is like no other! Zero waste, cheap and colourful - what more could you want?!
Flowers can make the most bland room look amazing, which is the reason I absolutely LOVE using them at parties and celebrations! And with so many colours to choose from, you can't go wrong (simply create bunches using your theme palette and you have instant, beautiful decor).
Plants are a fantastic eco-decor option. They’re not only available in a range of types and sizes, but will continue to add colour to your household for many years to come! Perfect for use indoors and outdoors, see below for ways in which plants can be incorporated into your event:
Clustered in corners, used as favours, placed in the centre of a table or even hung from the wall/ceiling; potted plants have so many points of use! You could even go so far as decorating with edible plants (such as parsley, basil and/or chives). As Siavash Ghazvinian says, ‘If you have a window that gets good sun, it’s worth finding a shelving unit to plant herbs that you can grow and use in various foods. [They] taste delicious, and really liven up the energy in the kitchen’. Serving meals garnished with organic produce that doubles as decor – imagine!
Handy tip: ‘The best way to go about getting potted plants with minimal impact on the environment is to join a local community garden or even a local gardening Facebook group. These groups often have someone who is giving away free pots that they no longer have use for’ – Siavash Ghazvinian
Large plants, when placed appropriately, can be the highlight of a room. For instance, placing 2 to 3 bigger plants (of varying heights) together in a corner creates an instant talking point; as does placing two large plants either side of your entrance. To make these beauties truly stand out, ‘arrange in woven containers’ says Jane Clarke of Fantastic Services Australia; ‘and if you have white walls, place the plants nearby as the greenery will contrast against them’.
Whilst large plants create an instant ‘wow’ factor, this doesn’t mean smaller plants should be completely overlooked. ‘Smaller plants can also be a great decor’ says Jane Clarke. ‘Arrange them in geometric forms [and] for even better results, use geometric pots’. Whilst there are a vast array of smaller plant options, Jane suggests using succulents when it comes to decorating; they’re hardy, look gorgeous and are small enough to be anything from a favour to a table centrepiece.
Garage sales, op shops and antique stores are all great places to pick up a bargain and/or unique decor items that will fit with your event theme perfectly! Think along the lines of stunning vases, large mirrors, shabby chic furniture, photo frames (great for photo booth props), baskets, etc. And once the party is over, you can either keep the item/s in your home or take back to the op shop for others to enjoy!
DID THESE ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY DECORATIONS INSPIRE YOU?
After going through this list, I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts. And if you have an option that’s not currently published, please share with everyone via the comments below or one of our social media platforms! Facebook/Instagram/Facebook group).
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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THE AIM OF A RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY
Have each guest arrive in an outfit that resembles an incomplete Rubik's cube (i.e. they are wearing the six different Rubik's cube colors - white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow). The aim during the Rubik's cube party is for guests' to swap articles of clothing until they have 'solved' the cube (i.e. wearing one colour only).
In other words… the aim of the game is to leave the party in someone else’s clothes #ohbehave!
GET YOUR SWAP ON
YOU MAKE THE RULES
As mentioned above, the aim of the game is for guests to arrive in a 'Rubik's Cube Costume' and swap pieces of clothing until they're wearing one colour only. Simple, right?
Make the game extra fun by setting one of the following Rubik's cube themed party rules...
Guests must make a quick swap of 1 clothing item:
The final two dot points are hilarious when guests’ are able to swap clothing items without the bride noticing. Gradually during the party she’ll realize her girls are slowing morphing into whole colours and won’t know when or how it’s happening!
Don't like the idea of one blanket rule? Instead, think of numerous rules to be followed throughout the night; for example:
If you want to make it even more difficult: no rule may be used more than once per person.
BECAUSE A LITTLE COMPETITION NEVER HURT ANYONE
Have prizes for one or all of the following:
HOW WILL YOU PLAY?
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
You decide how to include your hen in the game.
Make sure she is the only one to end up in all white (you could make a rule that the bride must get the white item from every single guest!).
Ask your hen to arrive in all white, and have guests wear the remaining five cube colours (red, blue, orange, green and yellow). You can then use the 'bride mentioning a particular word' rule outlined above; discreetly swapping clothing items. When she notices what's going on, have her join the fun. The catch? Whilst guests must become one single colour, your hen must become an unfinished cube (leaving the party in all six colours rather than white!).
Everyone, including your hen, arrives as an unfinished Rubik's cube and plays the game together.
RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY FAVOURS & PRIZES
Food items such as colourful cupcakes, biscuits or lollies make great gift ideas. You could even go one step further and decorate square cookies to look like actual Rubik's Cubes, or create a Rubik's Cube cake for the ultimate themed treat (sending slices home as 'favours').
And whilst we're on the topic of food, beeswax wraps are another fantastic option. Coming in a range of fun colours and patterns, they will go perfectly with your bright and bubbly celebration!
For those after something completely different? Why not go with living gifts! Shop around for plants flowering in the Rubik's cube colours (white, red, blue, orange or yellow) - they will not only make the event look beautiful, but will also make a lasting gift for your guests (which in turn will become a permanent reminder of the fun had at your hens!).
If you're after more favour and/or prize ideas, click the blog image below.
THE GAME MAKES UP FOR IT
Thanks to the fun nature of this game, guests' and hen alike will have an amazing time whether your decorations are scarce (i.e. a few bunches of flowers in your theme colours) or elaborate (e.g. themed food, themed drinks - such as assorted coloured shots, flowers, colourful fabric bunting, etc.).
This Rubik's cube game also works perfectly when incorporated into an 80s theme party. Think along the lines of bright colours, fun photo-booth dress ups (from hilarious ball gowns to leg warmers, you'll be sure to find an amazing array of options at your local op shop!), hilarious photo props (DIY Pac Man props, anyone? Or how about famous movie quotes from that era?) and a vintage boom box/cassette tapes (borrowed from family or friends).
Handy hint: If you do decide to go ahead with this 80s theme, make sure you have the funkiest playlist to ever grace a party on hand, and that guests join the fun by turning up in 80s style clothing (in the Rubik's Cube colours, of course!).
SOME HANDY TIPS
A HEADS UP FOR YOUR PARTY PEOPLE
You may wish to include the following tips on invitations:
Make sure you send out invitations early, giving your guests’ enough time to plan and/or purchase the most out-there get-up possible.
You should also have PLENTY of cameras. Do not host a Rubik’s cube party without getting snap happy… you will regret it #thereneedstobeevidence
For more invitation inspiration, please click here.
HAVE THE BEST TIME!
I'm always excited to see parties in action and would love for you to share your Rubik's cube pictures and/or stories with me in the comments section below (or via social media: Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram).
Cheers to the BEST Rubik's Cube Party!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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Party bags are a wonderful way to show your guests (and bride-to-be!) just how much you appreciate them. After all, celebrating such a milestone wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun if your nearest and dearest weren’t able to attend. However, coming up with favour options that are not only memorable and useful, but also eco friendly can be a real challenge.
With the inspiration provided below, though, you’ll have no problem delighting your guests with eco gifts that are not only unique and unexpected, but also zero waste and/or reusable (meaning they’ll benefit the environment as well as party goers in their everyday lives)!
LET’S START WITH THE PARTY BAGS
Finding an eco bag that is big enough, strong enough and pretty enough to hold favours and wow guests at the same time can be difficult. Lucky for us, they are out there! With the below being some of my favourite options:
ECOSILK REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
Available in a large range of fun, bright colours (making it easy to match them to your overall event theme and/or colour palette), these gorgeous Ecosilk Bags not only look great, but are also fantastic for holding bigger gifts or lots of little goodies.
And when the party’s over?
They will easily slot into your guests’ everyday lives as they can be used for anything from grocery and clothes shopping to a stylish weekend travel bag!
Ecosilk Bags – the details:
PERSONALISED COTTON CALICO & LINEN BAGS
With a neutral base colour and the ability to be custom made to match your party theme, the range of personalised cotton calico and linen bags that can be found at 'Bigoudi and Bigouda' are sure to be a massive hit!
From small favour and survival bags to large totes, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to surprising your bride-to-be and her friends on the big day. And after the celebration? These reusable bags will come in handy for storing and/or carrying products large and small (depending on the size you decide on).
REUSABLE SAKitToMe BAGS BY ENVIROTREND
If you prefer the patterned look, Envirotrend's 'SAKitToMe' range offer some great options. From herringbone to blooms, there are designs and colours to suit a variety of tastes! Being a large bag they also allow for gifting bigger products and/or a few smaller favours.
Following the event, guests can continue to utilise these eco shopping bags in their everyday lives (being handy for groceries, the beach and more).
Envirotrend SAKitToMe Reusable Bags - the details:
REUSABLE ECOSILK MINI DRAWSTRING BAGS
Planning on gifting a couple of smaller items such as chocolates, jewellery or little pamper products?
They're soft to the touch, super cute, and come in the same fun, bright colours as their larger counterparts (mentioned earlier).
Following the event, guests can continue to enjoy the convenience of their little bags as they’re also great for securing everyday items such as keys, money, credit cards, makeup and more. In fact, mine has become a staple glove-box item – the struggle to find coins in the car is no longer real!
Ecosilk Mini Drawstring Bags - the details:
AND THEN THERE ARE THE CARDS...
SUSTAINABLE, PLANTABLE CARDS
If you would like to add a sustainable card to your gift bags or boxes, I definitely recommend taking a look at 'plantable cards' (also known as 'seeded cards' or 'seeded paper').
Unlike anything your guests have received before, these types of cards are created with recycled paper and embedded with seeds. This means recipients can read your words, before planting their cards in the garden and watching their (surprise) flowers grow! Intrigued? Click here for a range of beautiful seeded options!
STUNNING DOWNLOADABLE, PRINTABLE PRODUCTS
Bring your theme to life with editable, professionally designed tags, itineraries and/or game cards.
But how do you do this in an eco-friendly way, you may ask? Simple! Purchase a printable product, customise it with your party details and have them printed onto recycled paper/card!
ECO FRIENDLY PRODUCTS FOR GUEST PARTY BAGS
A cute (and convenient) gift idea that can be used throughout the party and in your guests’ day-to-day lives! A 'spork' combines a spoon with a fork, making them the perfect utensil for eating at parties, work or even out and about. Washable, anti-bacterial and compostable (when you feel it’s at the end of its lifespan), these bamboo sporks are a plastic-free, zero waste gift that is extremely handy!
FLOWER, FRUIT & VEGETABLE SEEDS
Seeds of any kind make such a beautiful gift! Not only because they continue to grow and can thus be enjoyed long after the celebration has ended, but because they’ll also bring back wonderful memories every time a guest looks at them.
What’s more, they can be gifted in unique ways.
Flower seeds, for example, could be given to your guests in little pots. You could even go one step further and actually plant the seeds, making them a cute little ‘Pot Luck’ favour (pun intended!). This means they won’t know the flower they’ve chosen until it has actually grown – oh the anticipation!
Fruit and vegetable seeds can be gifted in much the same way; placing the packets in eco-friendly bags or adorable little trays (that guests can go on to grow them in). Once again, there’s also the option of ‘Pot Luck’ favours, whereby you gift guests seeds that have already been planted. Choosing a tray at random and finding out what their fruit or vegetable plant is only once it’s sprouted all being part of the fun!
Like flower and vegetable seeds, herbs are the gift that just keeps on giving – growing and providing flavour to meals long after the party is over.
There are a few great ways to gift herbs. Adding packets to gift bags or pots (as mentioned above) is one option, as is planting herb seeds and allowing guests to pick their ‘surprise’ pot at random.
Then there are organic Herb Garden Kits such as those found at ‘Sara’s Garden’. Already packed in adorable yet stylish favour boxes, they come with everything you need for growing herbs at home. The pots are even biodegradable!
Herb Garden Kits – the details:
Is there someone in the bridal party who is a bit of a pro in the kitchen? If the answer is yes, then whipping up some delicious home-baked goodies is a fantastic (and fairly cheap, depending on what you make) favour option. After all, nothing shows love quite like bread, muffins, cupcakes, cakes, cookies, slices or even salsa made from scratch!
And the best part?
Home-baked goodness can easily be matched to your overall event theme. Are you hosting a pink party, for example? Use different shades of pink icing on your cupcakes. What about an angel & devil theme? Gift your guests some delicious red salsa in cute, glass jars! Partying in boho style? Add some cute edible flowers to your treats.
Easy yet effective party favours!
Who doesn't enjoy a bit of 'magic'?! These adorable beans have words or images engraved on the central pod (their seed), meaning they will display a message as they grow. And speaking of growing, once planted your magic bean plant will sprout for about a month in their tin, at which point you can transplant it to your garden (where it will probably flower!). It’ll also produce its own seeds if you pop it in the ground.
A fun, unique and lasting eco-gift!
NATURAL BODY SCRUBS
Add a touch of luxury to your goodie bags with some stunning, natural body scrubs. Used to cleanse and exfoliate, such a gift will leave your guests with the most beautiful, baby-soft skin – and honestly, who can say no to that?!
For those looking to indulge in this way, Freya’s Nourishment has a range of gorgeous, cruelty free, natural body scrubs that are both gentle and nourishing. And whilst you probably know that body scrubs are great for, well, the body; the Coconut and Coffee Body Scrub (pictured below) is also fantastic for your lips, feet and hair!
Freya’s Nourishment Body Scrubs – the details:
It’s not unusual to see straws in hen party gift bags – they’re cute, a cheap filler option and handy for sipping on throughout the event. However, they are often plastic and only used for a couple of hours before going in the bin. Avoid unnecessary landfill by incorporating eco-friendly alternatives instead!
But other than recyclable paper straws, what ARE your options?
First, there are reusable bamboo straws. Made from natural, durable bamboo, they are ideal for all kinds of cold drinks. And whilst they can be cleaned and used again and again, should you ever need to dispose of them they are also fully biodegradable in the compost or garden! For more information, click here.
Second, there are reusable stainless steel straws. Also fantastic for all kinds of cold drinks, these straws are made from high-quality, food-grade stainless steel. And if you ever need to dispose of them? They are fully recyclable!
And whilst we're on the topic of stainless steel straws, I want to draw your attention to a gorgeous business, Turtle & Me Australia. Specialising in bright and fun colour options (including rose gold, rainbow and gold; pictured below), these straws make the perfect addition to any kind of celebration (whilst simultaneously encouraging people to change their lifestyle habits - which is just one of Tutle & Me's wonderful missions)! Click here to view the whole colourful range.
Succulents - they are beautiful, easy to look after (always a good trait in living gifts), can be kept indoors or outdoors, and will make the favour table at your event look absolutely stunning!
In other words, they are a gift to remember.
For a variety of gorgeous, mini potted succulents online, I recommend looking at the Sara's Garden range. Designed for use as bonbonniere, they are stylish and the perfect size for gifting. And to top it all off, they come with cards and bamboo card holders that can be personalised for your event!
Mini Potted Succulents – the details:
ECO GIFTS FOR YOUR BRIDE-TO-BE
Whilst the above options would also make great gifts for your bride-to-be, I’ve always liked to give the guest of honour the same thing as her friends... plus a little something extra. It is her special day after all!
If you’re looking to do just that, you’ll love the section below. Dedicated to stunning, eco-gifts that do cost a bit more than those mentioned above (and therefore aren’t recommended for each and every guest, unless you have a large budget!); these products are PERFECT for treating your beautiful best friend on a day dedicated to spoiling her!
Handy Hint: click here for six eco-friendly ways you can wrap your bride-to-be's gifts.
Who knew wraps could be so much fun?!
Available in a range of funky colours and patterns, Beeswax Food Wraps make a reasonably priced, environmentally friendly gift that will become a kitchen fave! Fantastic for covering leftover dinner, large salad bowls, sandwiches, cut vegetables and more, these reusable food wraps are the perfect alternative to plastic wrap (and make your fridge look like a colourful party at the same time)!
CONCERT OR THEATRE TICKETS
If there is a band, singer or even play touring that your bride-to-be would give anything to see, why not purchase 2x tickets as the ultimate surprise (it's then up to her whether or not she takes her new husband or a friend)?! If you are booking a particular date, make sure it's nowhere near the wedding or honeymoon. If it's too risky purchasing actual tickets, you can always grab a voucher and let your bride-to-be know what the money is intended for!
If your best friend loves to get creative in the kitchen, why not have everyone chip in to purchase her a piece of sustainable cookware? Non-toxic, healthy and multi-century durable, the SOLIDteknics range is the perfect option for any eco-concious cook! And as they are made to last, your bestie will be reminded of her hen's night or bridal shower every time she's at the stove for many, many, many years to come!
SOLIDteknics Sustainable Cookware - the details:
ECO GIFT PACKS
There is something special about receiving a gift pack that has been chosen especially for you. The anticipation, the layers, the thoughtful notes – unveiling the contents is a wonderful experience in itself. And because such a gift does bring so much joy, it’s a fantastic way to spoil your best friend at her hen party, bridal shower or kitchen tea.
If you are looking to surprise your bride-to-be in this way, Sara’s Garden offers a variety of stunning options. From succulent and tea combos to gorgeous luxury packs; these gifts are not only unique, but being a combination of organic, recycled and recyclable materials, they are also as green as can be. And having received a Sara’s Garden gift pack myself, I can honestly say that your bride-to-be is in for a real treat!
Sara’s Garden Gift Packs – the details:
If there are any activities or experiences your bride-to-be has wanted to do FOREVER (anything from sky-diving to a pamper sesh at her local day spa) a special gift voucher could be the ideal option.
Alternatively, if your best friend's group of girls have some special talents (such as makeup artist, photographer, etc.) treat your hen to some meaningful vouchers instead. For example, have a hairdresser and photographer in the group? Why not organise a cut, colour and photoshoot for the bride and her husband/family?!
GREEN THUMB GIFTS
Plants are a fantastic, sustainable gift option that can be enjoyed for many, many years to come! And because of this, they also make a lovely reminder of the day they were received (in this case, the pre-wedding celebrations). They also have many benefits when placed inside, such as purifying the air and improving your health (click here for more information).
When it comes to plants, there are plenty to choose from; however I have found in the past that edible (such as lemon trees, olive trees and potted strawberries), lucky (such as lucky bamboo) and/or indoor plants (such as succulents) are best for gifting.
If you’re looking for inspiration, Flowers Across Melbourne have an abundance of fresh plants and flowers to choose from – with one of my favourites being this beautiful passionfruit plant pictured below! And as they deliver straight to your door, you can organise to surprise your hen in the lead up to her celebration with a beautiful tree or plant complete with cute message – a great way to build excitement for what’s to come!
Flowers Across Melbourne – the details:
HOMEMADE GIFT BASKET
Create a truly meaningful gift by asking each of your guests to bake/create something special for your bride-to-be. This could be anything from muffins, slices, scones, sauces and jams to fresh produce or a knitted rug. Alternatively, you could ask guests to purchase a small eco-gift (such as those on this list). Put them together with some home baked goodies, place them neatly in a stunning basket and present to your bride-to-be at her celebration!
NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
When it comes to your closest friend, she deserves the best of the best; and what better way to spoil her than with a selection of luxe, all-natural beauty products? From relaxing bath/foot salts (that are great for your hair and bone health, among other things) to beautiful scrubs (like those mentioned earlier), there are so many ways to make the bride-to-be feel special.
If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to pamper gift ideas, I recommend, from experience, looking into the Freya’s Nourishment range. Combining luxury with living consciously, products such as the Hydrating Body Oil (designed to leave you feeling ‘thoroughly hydrated, yet smooth and supple’) and Rose Hand Scrub (a wonderful scrub that softens skin, protects against wrinkles, helps relieve eczema and more) ooze sophistication and have the added benefits of physical and emotional healing qualities. To me, these factors alone make both products a great option for any soon-to-be bride!
Freya’s Nourishment – the details:
REUSABLE COFFEE CUP
For the girl who loves her coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even smoothies, there’s no better gift than a reusable coffee cup that can be taken EVERYWHERE with her! Available in a range of fun, bright colours and finishes (such as glass and stainless steel), these chic alternatives to takeaway cups will fast become a staple in your bestie’s day-to-day life.
With prices ranging depending on the type of travel mug or reusable cup you purchase, I suggest taking a look at the variety of options available by clicking here. You can then make the choice based on your gift budget and bride-to-be’s preferences (I, for one, LOVE the glass option – but have friends who prefer the BPA and BPS free polypropylene!).
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Reusable water bottles are a great gift as they help reduce plastic waste and are something we can all use in our everyday lives. But what if I told you there was a bottle out there that is also perfectly geared towards hen parties?
These beauties will allow your hen to enjoy water, cocktails AND coffee; the three drinks of choice when it comes to partying with the girls (and the morning after)! And when they’re empty and you’re not using them? They can roll up to a fraction of their size and be stashed away in your handbag until the next cocktail on the go is required.
Once the party is over, the Rolla Bottle will easily slot into your bride-to-be’s life as it is so easy to carry around. As Katy and Lizzy of 'Rolla Bottle' say, it's “ready whenever you need a drink, and out of the way when you don’t”.
Rolla Bottle – the details:
ENJOY YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY!
There you have it, a list of absolutely gorgeous eco party bag ideas that would make any guest's day! And remember, when putting them together you don't actually need a ridiculous amount of fillers. One beautiful item (either or its own or in a bag/box) can be more than enough!
I hope you have a fantastic time at your celebration! Please let us know how your favours turned out (or what you did at your event) via the comments section below or social media (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram). I LOVE hearing your stories, as do the other For Every Hen community members!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
With the 31st of October just around the corner, it got me thinking – how incredibly fun would a Halloween themed hens party be?
Think about it.
Scary costumes, hauntingly beautiful food, games with a spooky twist… it would definitely be an event to remember!
For those of you who would love to host the creepiest hens of the year (or are simply intrigued by what such a party would entail), read on!
HALLOWEEN COSTUMES ARE A MUST
Whether you decide to go for the funny option (such as a carved pumpkin – click here for hilarious inspiration) the scary option (from zombies and witches to spiders and skeletons, there are plenty of ways to get your creep on), or the sexy option (creepy nurse, anyone?), dressing up is a must! Having everyone turn up in costume will not only look great whilst simultaneously creating the perfect ‘spooky’ atmosphere, but will also mean SO many laughs, amazing photo ops and more.
Fun tip: dress your hen as a ‘zombie bride’!
FRIGHTEN YOUR GUESTS WITH HALLOWEEN INSPIRED FOOD
Spooky food can be one of two things:
Normal looking food, with hilarious and disgusting labels! For example, cauliflower ‘brains’, sultana ‘bat droppings’, red grape ‘eyeballs’, lolly snake ‘rat tails’, noodle ‘worms’ etc. If you don’t want to label each and every food item, there’s also the option of putting up a couple of general signs, such as ‘terrifying treats – eat at your own risk’ (next to the sweet section), ‘sickly spread’ (next to a platter of assorted foods) and so on.
Want to get right into the theme? Combine hideous labels with creative food layouts/construction. They could be cute (for example, biscuits decorated as smiling pumpkins) to the downright creepy (such as biscuits made to look like witch fingers). Not sure where to start? You will find some great ideas and recipes on this Pinterest board.
AND LET’S NOT FORGET… THE TERRIFYING DRINKS
When it comes to terrifying beverages, the colours and labels are everything! Label red drinks as ‘vampire blood’, clear as ‘spider venom’, green as ‘witches brew’, brown as 'swamp water', black as ‘poison’, dark green as ‘zombie virus’, etc. Alternatively, set out a sign that says 'Magic Potions' with a picture of a skull and cross-bones underneath - then place your drink selection beside it. See how many guests are brave enough to stomach cocktails that sound anything but delicious!
Fun tip: if you have something that resembles a cauldron, fill it will mulled wine and make it the centrepiece of your drinks area!
MAKE YOUR VENUE AS CREEPY AS POSSIBLE
A Halloween themed hens party is the perfect excuse to create; with the DIY options being endless (seriously, click here for a ridiculous amount of inspiration)!
Think candlelight in every room, cobwebs hanging from the ceiling, sheets hung to make the shape of ghosts in mid air, large sticks/leaves painted black placed in vases - covered in ‘spider webs’, pumpkins carved into scary and hilarious faces – lit up by flickering candles. It definitely doesn’t have to be expensive to bring the scary to your celebration.
That being said, if you would like to purchase some items to bring the whole theme together, I recommend visiting your local op shops. You are bound to come across furniture and other products that are IDEAL for such a theme (and if the furniture isn't really your style, it can be taken to another op shop after the party for someone else to enjoy)!
Fun tip: you can make your venue look extra spooky by hanging 'spider webs' in corners and across objects. These 'webs' can be created from cotton balls, and then placed into your compost bin after use! Click here for DIY instructions.
PLAY HEN PARTY GAMES WITH A SPOOKY TWIST
Hen party and bridal shower games are a fun way to make the celebration different to your usual girly catch ups. And there’s something about this theme that makes them THAT much more exciting! Below is a list of my favourite ‘spooky’ games and activities that will work perfectly with your Halloween theme:
BEST DRESSED COMPETITION
Encourage guests to come dressed to impress by hosting a competition. All entrants can strut their stuff to some fun music (Thriller by Michael Jackson is a great option!) and then the bride-to-be can pick her favourite. First place gets a prize!
‘Ghost Stories’ is a quick, fun game that works well as an ice-breaker as it gets everyone mingling and laughing.
To start, have everyone stand in a long line – bride up front. The party host (I’m guessing that’s you, my friend!) then tells the person at the back of the line a short ghost story. Like ‘Chinese Whispers’, this person then goes on to whisper what they heard to the person in front of them. This continues until the story reaches the bride-to-be at the front of the line; who then announces her version to the room. Most of the time the resulting story is COMPLETELY wrong; causing the party to erupt in laughter/swap their version of events. The host can then let everyone know what the Ghost Story was originally!
HALLOWEEN FEEL BOX
Find some boxes, paint them black and cut a hole in the top (big enough for a hand to fit, but small enough that guests can't see what's inside). Now, place a unique item (or items) in each box. Make them feel as gross as possible - it is a Halloween themed hen’s party after all! Noodles (‘tails’), fuzzy pipe cleaners (‘spider legs’), overcooked rice (‘maggots’), pudding (‘mud’) and fake spiders are a great place to start.
When setting up for the party, place the boxes on a table (covered in a black cloth) in a room lit by one, flickering candle. If you want to go extra creepy, spread 'spider webs' across the boxes/table, and incorporate some Halloween inspired decorations around the darkened room.
During the party, guests can have a shot at guessing what each box contains – with the winner being the person who has the most correct answers. Prepare for plenty of squeals as the girls touch the unknown!
HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA NIGHT
If your bride-to-be loves a bit of trivia (and enjoys the odd horror movie or thriller), this game could be a winner! Google fun facts about movies she may have seen in the past and combine them to make the ultimate Horror Movie Trivia night. Don’t forget to have fun prizes for those who do well!
Fun Tip: Following the trivia, why not sit back with some treats and potions (also known as cocktails!) and watch your hen’s favourite thriller flick. You could incorporate games such as 'when someone is shot in the film, everyone does a shot', for example. Girl’s night in with a twist!
I'm sure you've played (or at least heard of) the game 'DIY Wedding Dress' before? Where teams use toilet paper to create their own designer wedding gowns (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here)? Just like that game, guests are split into small groups (of 3-4) and given a time limit to wrap their models. BUT, in this case, it's the first to turn their 'model' into a mummy that wins! Make it clear in the rules that there is to be breathing holes left over mouths and noses - but other than that, wrap away!
Fun tip: have a mummy 'fashion parade' after the game! The bride-to-be can then choose her favourite mummy, meaning that team receives a prize as well. Not only will it be hilarious watching the poor girls trying to walk in their getup, but it's always fun to see what other teams have come up with (I've seen toilet paper veils, earrings and more in the past!).
Photo booth’s are my favourite party accessory! I’m a sucker for them. And this type of theme allows for SO much fun in a booth that, really, how could you not have one! Save some cash and DIY it with a black backdrop (splattered with red paint and/or ‘spiders’ and ‘webs’ for added effect if you wish). There needs to be light – otherwise your pics will go to waste. Whether you go for dimly lit or bright lights is up to you.
As you’ll all be in costume already, simple blackboards and chalk will do the trick when it comes to props. This will allow guests to write their own messages/speech bubbles which will DEFINITELY get more and more hilarious as the night goes on! That being said it’s a good idea to write phrases on some of the boards before the party starts (‘[Name’s] hen’s party’, ‘Creepy as F’, etc.).
If you do want to include actual props, you can either go for funny (creating a great contrast to your scary costumes) or stick with the spooky theme. Once again, hit up some op shops for great options that won’t cost a fortune!
PUMPKIN CARVING COMPETITION
When you think of Halloween, what instantly comes to mind? For me, it's pumpkins! Incorporate the vege into your party by hosting your very own carving competition. Whether you decide to have guests carve actual pumpkins (you may have to put them into teams for this one) or Papier-mâché pumpkins (cheaper and easier to carve), this activity will bring the laughs for sure! When the carving is done, have the host or bride-to-be pick her favourite and give that lucky guest (or group) a prize! Alternatively, set up prizes for the 'Most Hilarious', the 'Scariest', the 'Most Unique', etc.
Fun tip: display everyone's work of art after the game by placing them around your venue, complete with flickering tea-light candle!
TRICK OR TREAT?
On a table labelled ‘Trick or Treat’, have enough drinks for one per guest attending. As guests arrive, ask them to pick a beverage. The twist being that some are tricks (i.e. water, juice, etc.) and some are treats (i.e. cocktails, straight shots, etc.)!
Fun tip: this game can also be played in the style of ‘spin the bottle’, however you place shot glasses in a circle and guests spin the bottle, taking whichever shot it lands on. Once again, some shots are tricks and some are treats!
After more options? In addition to the above, you can find a HUGE list of hen party games by clicking here. Whilst they're not 'spooky' in nature, they can be altered to fit in with the Halloween theme (for example, use black balloons for the game 'Balloon Pop').
Alternatively, keep them as is - a break from the terrifying could be a good thing!
IF YOU WANT TO GET OUT AND ABOUT...
HAUNTED HOUSE TOUR
For those who want to REALLY get into the theme, there are haunted house/ghost tours around Australia. If you live in an area that offers such an activity you could book in and squeal the night away. Interesting, informative and creepy - what a bonding experience that would be…!
LIGHTEN THE MOOD
You've got the creepy costumes, the house is a spookfest and the drinks/food are horrifyingly good. BUT that doesn't mean that your activities have to be as well. From wine tours and laser tag to booking a caricature artist (imagine the pictures!) or a comedy hypnotist (your friend dressed as a skeleton ballet dancing perhaps?!); there are so many options. Being decked out in your scary gear will make ANY activity that much funnier, the pictures that much cooler, and the memories that much better!
Click here for activity inspiration.
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY
You already have the creepy decor, food and drink. Why not add a bit of mystery to the evening as well?! Whilst this type of party does take quite a bit of organisation (and guests will have to be dedicated to their costumes!), the fun you will have will be worth it all! For more information on Murder Mystery parties, click here.
THRILLER/MONSTER MASH DANCE CLASS
Bring some FUN to the event by hiring a local dance instructor to teach you all the moves to the ‘Monster Mash’ or Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’! Make sure you catch it on film – watching your squad dance in unification whilst decked out in hilarious and creepy costumes is something that NEEDS to be documented!
Fun tip: the dance you learn at the hen's party could be used for a great surprise at the wedding! Click here for more information.
GET YOUR SCARY ON!
There you have it - some great inspiration for hosting the ultimate Halloween themed hens party!
If, after reading this, you believe your hen would like something a little less terrifying, click here to view the other wonderful ideas (such as glamping)!
Cheers to the most entertaining spookfest of the year!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: STEVEN OF 'SIMPO CLEANING'
Parties are meant to be fun, so why stress over preparing for one? Here are some before party cleaning tips to make sure you don’t lose your marbles on the day of the event!
Important: Give yourself time and split tasks over a number of days. Don’t increase pressure on yourself by leaving too much to do on the morning of the party.
CLEAN & DECLUTTER
Wipe over all horizontal surfaces. Use a wet cloth in the kitchen and a dry polishing cloth for other rooms.
Make sure the whole house smells fresh. Use fragrant essential oils about an hour before guests are due.
Move unnecessary items to a space they can be retrieved from later. Clutter can include personal items such as invoices, etc. Move anything that’s likely to cause embarrassment out of sight.
The first thing people see is the entry area, so mow the lawn and trim the edges; hose down or high pressure clean the driveway and paved areas.
Make sure you have a mat at the front door so people can wipe their feet before entering the house.
Windows are always noticed. Clean them inside and out in all the areas guests will go. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference clean windows will make to the look of your home.
Give your bathroom a good scrub top to bottom. Pay special attention to the toilet seats, mirrors and glass since these are the areas which guests tend to notice the most.
You can save time on after-party cleaning if you use a pump-action hand-wash dispenser (they also look way better than a used bar of soap) while recycled single-use paper towels will avoid a lot of laundry.
Have extra toilet rolls in a prominent place. Remove anything personal from the medicine cabinet.
Very important: check the bathroom at regular intervals during the evening (any mess made by your guests reflects badly on you as the host).
A table cloth is great for hiding any imperfections on an old table, and can also prevent further wear and tear.
On informal occasions, disposable biodegradable plates will reduce any after-party cleaning, but make sure there are well-identified places like a bin (making it easy to carry them to the compost for their disposal after use), as well as a separate bin for uneaten food.
For formal dining, you need to clean and polish the silverwear while making sure the dinnerw ear is spotless.
CHILDREN AND ANIMALS
We love them both – but they are both capable of creating ‘disorder’ at a party. Depending on how rowdy you think the party will get, children can be part of proceedings, but sending them to a relative may be a good idea.
If they will be staying, have a designated play area with toys and games to keep them occupied and prevent them from going into areas they aren’t supposed to.
Dogs can add charm to informal dining (outdoor barbecues for example) but the safest approach would be to send Rover off to the kennel. Take a quick scan of the backyard and be sure to dispose of any poop in the backyard. You don’t want any of your guests stepping in anything they don’t want to, especially if they are going to be wearing their favourite pair of valentines.
Cats leave fur everywhere – make sure you remove it. On the day, it’s best to send them to a room of their own with their favourite toys to keep them occupied.
They happen – and you need to be prepared. Have a cleaning kit consisting of stain remover, cleaning cloths, bucket, mop, dust-pan and broom, readily at hand. This will keep you calm and gracious when someone breaks one of your favourite wine glasses (stemless wine glasses may – repeat ‘may’ – result in less breakages).
What does this have to do with cleaning? Well, dim the lights and you may get away with doing less. It’s a cheap trick – but like most cheap tricks – it works! If you don’t have a light dimmer switch, turn off the main lights and use strategically placed lamps and/or candles to light the party area. It creates ambience and hides any imperfections on walls, carpets, floors, etc.
CLEAN THE REFRIGERATOR
Like the bathroom, it makes a good impression to have a clean – and tidy – fridge.
Everything you need for the party should be to the front of the shelves and in the door racks where it’s easy to find and access. It’s just another way to take the stress out of being a good host.
You’ve earnt it! You’ve planned, you’ve prepared, you’ve reprovisioned – most of all, you’ve CLEANED. Now it’s time to get the party started!
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
A beautiful princess and a charming prince fall madly in love and live happily ever after. It's the stories we were told as children; the stories we tell our children today. But this particular story is different - this one is about you. You met your prince, you fell in love, and before you get your 'happily ever after' (the wedding guys... minds out of the gutter!), it's time to celebrate accordingly. With a fairytale themed party!
From Beauty and the Beast to Snow White, this blog is full of magical ideas that bring your childhood dreams to life - making it easy to plan an enchanted event like no other!
BEAUTY & THE BEAST
'A TALE AS OLD AS TIME'
Whether you decide to dress your bride-to-be as Belle and assign other characters to the remaining guests (I, for one, would love to go as 'The Wardrobe' - throwing clothes at people throughout the night); or have your bride as Belle in her ballgown and everyone else as Belle in her village clothes - this theme is one that will make the guest of honour shine!
If you're a bit of a foodie, why not let Mrs. Potts demonstrate her talents with a beautiful high tea (with a hand from little Chip, of course!), or have the kitchen put on a show with an incredible banquet?! After something that will get your creative juices flowing? Consider a candle making class where you can create your very own version of Lumière, a teapot workshop where you can create your own version of Mrs. Potts, or a flower crown workshop using stunning red roses. And for those with an adventurous streak, there's always the option of horse riding through the forest where you just might come across a castle full of secrets...
Capture This: Write down a list of scenarios from Beauty and the Beast (for example, 'Snowball fight between Belle and the Beast', 'Belle and Beast dancing', 'Gaston singing in the pub', etc.). On the day, guests are broken up into small teams and assigned one of the scenarios each. It is their job to create a photo or selfie that relates to that scene within 2 minutes!
Click here for detailed game instructions.
Character Hunt (Man Hunt with a twist!): Write down the different characters and their traits (e.g. Lumière - 'Sees himself as a ladies' man, cheeky, tall'; Mrs. Potts - 'Kind, caring, motherly figure', etc.). Hand one character to each guest and tell them that their mission for the day/night is to find their character!
Click here for detailed game instructions.
Charades: Write down a list of scenarios and/or characters from Beauty and the Beast. Split guests into two teams; with each team taking it in turns to have one person act out a scenario/word given to them by the host. The object of the game is for their team to guess the answer with gestures alone.
Sell It: Put together a pack of Beauty and the Beast related objects/products that your hen has to try and sell throughout the night. How random, ludicrous or embarrassing these items are is entirely up to you! Any money she manages to make should go towards buying something she really wants (such as a cocktail or some food!). You can even get guests in on the fun by asking them to hit the op shops and bring along ONE item for your hen to sell - it will be hilarious to see what everyone turns up with!
Scavenger Hunt: Great for parties heading out and about! Make a list of items from Beauty and the Beast that guests have to find and photograph themselves with. For example, a clock that looks like Cogsworth, a feather duster that represents Babette, a candlestick that looks like Lumière, a handheld mirror, etc. Have a prize for the team/individual who finds everything on their list first!
Trivia: Search the web for some Beauty and the Beast questions, grab some themed prizes (or alcohol... that always goes down a treat!) and find out who the biggest Disney fans are!
OTHER BEAUTY AND THE BEAST PARTY IDEAS
Decorate your event with beautiful roses, antique mirrors, crystal goblets and brass candlesticks. Let's not forget the single, red rose displayed within a glass dome! For an elegant take on a Beauty and the Beast theme, check out the beautiful decor at this fairytale wedding. And for those keen on providing a little thank-you gift for guests, consider handing out actual red roses (you'll feel like the 'Bachelorette'!), chocolates shaped like roses or handheld mirrors.
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Have some cash to splash? Why not host your Beauty and the Beast themed hens/bridal shower in an actual castle?! Check out Air B&B for some great options.
'WHERE THERE IS GOODNESS, THERE IS MAGIC'
Make your bride-to-be stand out in a stunning, Cinderella style ballgown! As for the other guests, you can either continue the 'ball' theme and ask them to arrive in their very own elaborate dresses (pick a fun era, such as the 80's, for added fun) or assign each guest a character to represent (e.g. the stepsister, Fairy Godmother, pumpkin, Prince, etc.)!
Get the party started with a visit from your very own Fairy Godmother; after all, makeovers and dress-ups will be the perfect build up for what's to come - a Cinderella style ball! Whether this is celebrated at home or at a venue, with a ballroom dance class or your own hors d'oeuvresserving waiters; your glam squad are bound to have the time of their lives! And don't allow the strike of midnight to get in the way of a good time - let your carriage turn into a pumpkin and party on!
Along with the games outlined above in 'Beauty and the Beast' (simply substitute Cinderella characters, objects and scenarios when required), the following Cinderella games will also be a hit:
DIY Ballgown: Split guests into groups (with at least 3 members per group) and ask them to create a designer ballgown within 10 minutes using ONLY toilet paper (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here)! This is achieved by dressing one 'ball attendee' by throwing, wrapping, twisting, etc. toilet paper over their body. Once the time is up, have each of the beautifully dressed 'ball attendees' strut their stuff to some Cinderella songs and have the host pick best dressed!
Find Your Prince: Write down different male characteristics onto separate pieces of paper (e.g. a tall man, a married man, a man with large biceps, etc.) - enough for at least two characteristics per guest. Hand these out to guests and tell them that their mission for the day/night is to find their Prince!
Click here for detailed game instructions.
Pumpkin Carving: Chop up a pumpkin into decent sized squares and grab some fun kitchen utensils that can be used for carving (e.g. peeler, blunt knife, etc. - at least one per guest). Hand a pumpkin square and carving utensil to each of the girls and, on 'Go!', ask them to sculpt a carriage fit for your hen! The catch? Each utensil can only be used for 30 seconds (or one minute, depending how long you want the game to last). When the time's up, everyone passes their utensil to the person next to them. Once each guest has used every utensil available, it’s time to judge the carriages!
OTHER CINDERELLA PARTY IDEAS
Decorate your event with beautiful blue and white flowers, chandeliers and fairy lights. And don't forget to add adorable little animal accents to your event (such as bird stencils on your invitations and food labels). For inspiration, take a look at this Cinderella wedding. And for those keen on providing a thank-you gift for guests, consider handing out little pieces of jewellery (such as earrings with a hint of blue), small chocolates wrapped in light blue foil, or even gorgeous tiaras/headbands that the girls can wear throughout the event and at other special occasions.
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not host your Cinderella themed hens/bridal shower in an actual ballroom, and top it off with horse and carriage rides for all of the guests?!
'SOME PEOPLE ARE WORTH MELTING FOR'
Let your bride-to-be know that it's time to 'let it go' and have the time of her life by dressing her in a stunning Elsa inspired ensemble! Everyone else can then turn up as the remaining characters (e.g. Anna, Olaf, Sven, Trolls, etc.).
To really understand what it's like to be THE ice-queen, you will need to take part in some chilly activities! Snowboarding, skiing and ice-skating are perfect for any adrenalin loving hen; whereas an ice-bar would be ideal for those of you wanting to sit and chat.
There's also the option of creating the bluest of blue drinks at a cocktail making workshop, making your very own edible Olaf's with an ice-cream/gelato making class, taking in some spells with a magic show, or learning how to create magic yourself with a magic class!
Along with the games outlined above in 'Beauty and the Beast' (simply substitute Frozen characters, objects and scenarios when required), the following Frozen games will also be a hit:
Do you Want to Build a Snowman?: As with DIY Ballgown (outlined above), split guests into groups (with at least 3 members per group) and ask them to build a snowman within 10 minutes using ONLY toilet paper (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here)! This is achieved by dressing one group member by throwing, wrapping, twisting, etc. toilet paper over their body (making sure there's breathing room, of course!). Once the time is up, have each 'Olaf' attempt to strut their stuff to some Frozen songs and have the host pick best dressed!
Handy hint: provide props such as carrots to help with their masterpieces!
OTHER FROZEN THEMED PARTY IDEAS
Decorate your event with a mix of blues and whites, fairy lights, branches painted white (to look like they're covered in ice), sparkling snowflakes and crystal champagne/wine glasses. For fantastic inspiration, check out these wonderful ideas on Pinterest.
Serve chilled drinks, cocktails and/or slushies and set up a sundae bar - the ultimate treat for any sweet tooth. And for those keen on providing a little thank-you gift for guests, consider handing out snowflake cookies, white and blue lollies, or vouchers to a local ice-cream shop!
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not hit the slopes for your Frozen themed party, spending the weekend skiing, snowboarding, falling, laughing, eating, drinking and, unless you've taken on the character of that adorable snowman, keeping warm by the fire.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
'LIFE IS THE BUBBLES!'
Make your beautiful hen the main attraction by dressing her in a stunning Ariel outfit. As for the other guests, they can pick between Ariel's sisters (Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana), King Tritan, Ursela, Flounder, Prince Eric, Sebastian or even Scuttle!
For the mermaid learning about 'humans', a meal prepared by a chef will be the perfect way to see how strange objects such as forks are used; and for the bride-to-be whose voice could make any prince fall in love, a recording studio experience could make the ultimate event! Rather incorporate the big blue in your day? Take part in a mermaiding class (in other words, learn to swim like Ariel... 'fin' and all!). And if that's not for you, there's also the options of water-related sports (such as stand-up paddle boarding, surfing and water skiing), relaxing on the beach (and, if it's not too horrible for your friend Flounder to stomach, digging in to some fish and chips!), or hosting a pool party.
Along with the games outlined above in 'Beauty and the Beast' (simply substitute The Little Mermaid characters, objects and scenarios when required), the following Little Mermaid games will also be a hit:
The Curse of Ursula: At the start of the party, hand a black peg to one lucky guest - they are now the 'sea witch'. It is their mission to try and attach this peg to another guest without that person noticing. When the 'sea witch' has successfully attached the peg to someone, they count down from 10, loudly. Everyone will jump around, trying to work out if the peg is on their person. If the 'sea witch' reaches 0 without the peg being found, the curse of Ursula is transferred to the person who was pegged. However, if the peg is found before the 'sea witch' reaches 0, she must complete a punishment (such as a drink) before finding her next victim.
Under the Sea Photobooth: Have a photobooth... with a twist! Rather than the usual upright booths or backdrops, set up yours on the floor (like a flat-lay) - meaning you can create 'underwater' pictures of yourselves 'swimming' in fun positions (simply take the photos from above!). Alternatively, stick to upright backdrops such as hanging blue fabric or rustic beach vibes.
OTHER LITTLE MERMAID PARTY IDEAS
Decorate your event with a mix of blues, mint/jade greens and white, along with rustic accents (such as burlap and twine, wooden display boxes, etc.). Incorporate shells and pops of colour where appropriate (coral colours look fantastic, for example) to bring the party to life! Stunning little fairy lights will also add to the overall theme, as will cute name tags for your food and drinks (such as 'sea water' on a jug of blue cocktails, 'seaweed' on grape skewers and 'jellyfish' on jelly shots). Click here for some fantastic decor inspiration. If you would rather stick to more of an 'Ariel' look, use a colour palette of green, red, blue and purple.
For those keen on providing a little thank-you gift for guests, consider chocolate shells, messages in bottles (write each guest a thank-you and place it in a small, glass bottle - gift this along with a chocolate), starfish biscuits, blue bath salts or even shell candles!
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not get away for the weekend and celebrate your Little Mermaid themed hens/bridal shower in style! Make sure you keep water involved in the celebration with options such as glamping by the beach, hiring a luxury house with a pool or even heading out on a house boat/yacht!
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
'WHAT BIG EYES YOU HAVE'
Make sure your bride-to-be is the centre of attention by having everyone show up as Little Red Riding Hood, and your hen as a 'sexy wolf' (seriously, check out these costume ideas!) - or vice versa. There's also the option of having everyone arrive as grandmas, whilst your bride-to-be turns up as Red Riding Hood herself!
Pack a basket of delicious goodies and put on your red cloaks/walking shoes before making your way through an enchanted forest; stopping at the most stunning location for a relaxing picnic. Prefer to stay indoors? Why not take part in a cooking class (anything from bread to cookies) and fill up those baskets of yours with incredibly tasty treats that can be devoured later!
Along with the games outlined above in 'Beauty and the Beast' (simply substitute Little Red Riding Hood characters, objects and scenarios when required), the following Red Riding Hood games will also be a hit:
Red Riding Hood Photobooth: Whether you have a backdrop or not doesn't matter, because this photobooth is ALL about the props! Fill a basket with fun objects and signs such as pop out eye glasses, giant ears, big teeth, the woodsman's axe, and quotes from the book/movie (e.g. 'what big eyes you have!').
OTHER RED RIDING HOOD PARTY IDEAS
Decorate your event using reds, greens and whites with rustic accents. Mushrooms, greenery, deep red flowers and logs will give your event a magical/enchanted feel. For a sophisticated take on Little Red Riding Hood, take a look at this gorgeous wedding for inspiration. And for those keen on providing a little thank-you gift for guests, consider handing out small baskets filled with delicious baked goods such as cupcakes, cheese, crackers, scones, etc.
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not spend the weekend glamping in the middle of a beautiful forest, or hire a house in the woods - the perfect setting for a Red Riding Hood celebration!
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
'MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL...'
You can have so much fun with this theme! Organise a Snow White costume for your bride-to-be, and have all of her guests turn up as Dwarfs. The twist? You don't HAVE to stick to the original names if you don't want to (although if you do, here they are: Sneezy, Sleepy, Happy, Doc, Grumpy, Dopey and Bashful). Rather, create names that suit each guest (e.g. Chuckles, Smiley, etc.) OR use cheeky names (e.g. Sassy, Flirty, etc.) instead!
Want to know what it's like to be one of the seven dwarfs for a day? Take on their role and search for your very own treasures - anything from actual gold to items on a scavenger hunt list! More of a creative soul? Take part in a jewellery making workshop and turn the dwarfs' beautiful jewels into stunning necklaces or rings (the ultimate take-home gift!). And if you would prefer more of a relaxing affair, why not show the Queen exactly why you're the fairest of them all? Organise a makeup lesson where guests can learn how to create a flawless 'Snow White' look!
Along with the games outlined above in 'Beauty and the Beast' (simply substitute Snow White characters, objects and scenarios when required), the following Snow White games will also be a hit:
DIY Beards: Split guests into groups (with at least 3 members per group) and ask them to turn one team member into a dwarf within 10 minutes using ONLY toilet paper! This is achieved by giving your friend the ultimate beard by throwing, wrapping, twisting, etc. toilet paper. Once the time is up, have each 'dwarf' strut their stuff to some Snow White songs and have the host pick best beard!
OTHER SNOW WHITE PARTY IDEAS
Decorate your event in deep red, gold and dark blue colours - creating an enchanted atmosphere using flowers (red, white and blue) mixed with greenery in stunning vases, antique mirrors, brass goblets and candlesticks, and let's not forget that single, poisonous red apple! For stunning Snow White decor inspiration, check out this wedding. And for those keen on providing a little thank-you gift for guests, consider handing out toffee apples, apple shaped candles, red lipstick or jewellery fitted with red stones.
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not make a weekend out of it and host your Snow White themed hens/bridal shower in a gorgeous little house in the woods?! Chats by the fire, delicious meals with a view, flowing drinks and amazing company... what more could you want?
A REAL LIFE FAIRYTALE
'ALL OUR DREAMS CAN COME TRUE.'
Rather than sticking to one story in particular, why not combine them all to create the ultimate Fairytale experience? With so many princesses and characters to choose from, you won't be short of dress-up inspiration (just make sure you work together to avoid double... or triple-ups in the costume department!).
When it comes to activities, any of the above would work perfectly, as would a Disney dance class, a Disney themed sleepover (full of ALL your favourite sing-along movies) or even a theater performance if you're lucky enough to have one touring at the time of your event. And when it comes to games, mix it up with those mentioned above, add in some other hen/bridal shower games just for laughs, and check out these awesome (and free!) Disney dare cards (e.g. "Whale talk to a stranger for one minute" - Dory)!
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not host your ultimate Fairytale themed hens/bridal shower in an actual castle or at the place where dreams DO come true... Disneyland?!
HAVE A MAGICAL TIME!
I hope this list has provided you with the inspiration needed to create an enchanted event; leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime! If there's a particular love story I've missed that you would like to base your party around, please let me know and I'll update the blog as soon as possible with additional ideas!
Cheers to a MAGICAL party that leaves guests wanting more!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Are you wanting to put together a hilariously cheeky night out but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you're after something a little different to the typical activities hens are famous for? From tantric workshops to 'pick your prick' favours, below is ALL the information and inspiration you'll need to plan the ultimate naughty hen party!
Build excitement for the hen party by selecting a cheeky theme and requesting that guests arrive decked out in that particular attire! Think along the lines of a Burlesque party (stockings, feathers, corsets, etc.) sexy [anything] (e.g. sexy farmer, sexy superhero, sexy princess, sexy schoolgirl, etc.), and so on.
18+ TRIVIA NIGHT
Put together your own cheeky trivia night! Search the web for some naughty questions, hire a person to run the show (or, if you’re keen, run it yourself!), grab some hilarious prizes (such as chocolate willies), run funny games in-between and basically have a ridiculously fun time! To get you started, check out this ‘100 Questions About Sex’ game that includes questions such as: ‘What’s the average number of sex partners for women?’ (Answer: 7.5 partners).
With belly dancing, burlesque classes, Latin workshops, Bollywood dance classes, pole dancing, and the cheekier than ever lap dance classes, your group won’t know where to begin when it comes to shaking their booties!
MALE REVUE SHOW
Like the idea of strippers but not so keen on the whole lap dance/centre of the man’s attention thing? Hit up a male revue show instead where you can watch the boys strut their stuff (and show off their dance moves!) whilst enjoying drinks and busting out some moves of your own with the girls! If you’re more inclined to be in the spotlight after a few bevs, they usually grab some hens up on the stage; however if you’d rather stay in the crowd there’s no problems with that either!
NUDE DRAWING CLASS
For those of you with an artistic side (or not, even funnier!), these drawing classes combine fun, laughter, drawing, and of course, nudity!
I'm sure you've heard of Tupperware parties? Well, this is similar... except the products belong in the bedroom not the kitchen (and are strictly for adult's eyes ONLY)! Make sure you have champagne at the ready as you prepare to giggle your way through a celebration that focuses on toys of the grown-up variety!
If your hen loves a bit of craft, then rude origami is a must! As the name states... it’s origami, and it’s rude! Get to work creating your very own paper penis, passionate pigs and more! Check out this free PDF for instructions and inspiration!
SELL YOUR SH*T!
This activity will make for many laughs! Put together a pack of objects/products that your hen has to try and sell throughout the night. How embarrassing these items are is entirely up to you! Any money she manages to make should go towards buying something she really wants (let’s be honest... it will probably be that awesome looking cocktail or a souvlaki from that food truck down the road).
Handy hint: Get guests involved by asking them to bring along ONE op shop item that your hen has to sell throughout the night. It will be hilarious seeing what everyone turns up with!
STRIPPERS AND/OR TOPLESS WAITERS
Whether you’re at a venue or your own lounge room, strippers and topless waiters will add some extra spice to your event! From playing games to taking everything off, it’s up to you just how naughty or nice your event is with these gentlemen! Looking for topless waiters and male strippers for hire in your area? Magic Men is a great place to start your search!
Handy hint: Click here for some fun games to play with your topless waiters!
TANTRIC HEN PARTY
If you’re after something 18+ and really unique, why not try out a tantric hens party? Sensual, exciting AND educational - you’ll be leaving this event with skills that can be practiced at home (if you know what I mean?!). Click here to learn more about this activity!
For a unique twist on the cheeky night out, why not get your crew together for some bootilicious FUN! Giggle and jiggle your way to mastering the art of twerking to your favourite old school jams. And for added cheek? Have some male strippers join the party!
From ‘18+ charades’ and ‘penis carving’ to ‘truth or dare’ and ‘I never’, there are SO many fun games that can be played on your special day. For the ultimate list of hens night games (that can be made as naughty ... or nice... as you like!) and their instructions, click here.
18+ HENS NIGHT GIFT BAG IDEAS
Consider yourself a bit of a chef? Why not bake some fun treats that will double as favours? Think along the lines of cupcakes topped with fondant penises, mini pecker cakes, slices of a large pecker cake, penis shaped lollies, penis shaped chocolate or even mini willy biscuits! If you don't fancy yourself as a baker, there's also the option of placing malteasers in a paper bag and labelling it as 'balls'. Want to up the 18+ factor? Include one chocolate willy in the bags as well and label them as 'dick and balls'.
From naughty dress-up accessories (such as handcuffs), to raunchy clothing items (such as garters and fishnet stockings); gift each guest a unique product and use them as part of games, as photobooth props, etc.!
A really fun game card for a cheekier soiree is a twist on the old ‘Truth or Dare’. To make the cards, ask for the following information:
Name and Truth or Dare for [hen’s name].
Print as many off as there are guests, mount them onto coloured card (pick a colour that fits with your hen’s night theme for best results) and add them to your gift bags. When guests arrive at the party, ask that they write down their name along with a truth question or a dare to complete. Collect the cards and, in front of the whole group, gift them to your hen; explaining that each guest is actually to complete the truth/dare they wrote down for the hen, WITH the hen! Everyone will be beside themselves (either because they wrote something horrible down and they’re having massive regrets, or because they saw what a friend wrote down and cannot stop laughing!). Keep the giggles going by having your hen read out each of the cards, announcing who is performing each truth/dare with her as she goes!
For additional game card options, check out the ultimate list of games here and choose those that will fit with your celebration.
Pick your Prick! Set up a table with mini/baby cacti ready to gift to guests at the end of the celebration or to use as prizes throughout the event!
If you're planning on incorporating a game such as 'mould a man' (or body part!), consider placing balls of play-dough in your goodie bags.
A great home-made recipe that has been tried and tested by yours truly can be found on the side of McKenzie's Cream of Tartar containers (no affiliation, just LOVE the result!). Add food colouring in your theme colours to tie everything together. Click here to view the recipe.
Get Googling and find yourself some extra naughty jokes (whether you decide to stick with the whole ‘wedding theme’ or go completely off topic is completely up to you). Not only a great ice-breaker (have each guest read their jokes out to the group for instant good times!), but also a cheap and fun goodie bag filler option.
RIDDLES THAT SOUND DIRTY
Like jokes, riddles are a fantastic ice-breaker (especially riddles such as these – forcing your friend’s minds into the gutter, even though the answer is VERY clean!). Here’s an example to get you started:
Question: I’m hard when you put me in your mouth; soft and wet when you take me out. What am I?
Answer: Chewing gum!
For more hilarious riddles that sound dirty, click here and make your way through the search results!
SHOTS AND/OR MINI ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
CHEERS to your beautiful friend! Get the celebration started with some delicious mini drinks or shots - the perfect addition to any goodie bag!
Purchase a white singlet and some permanent markers. On the day/night of the hen party, let the girls go to town on it with the following:
- Well wishes
- Their name
- Funny quotes said throughout the night
- Funny stories from the celebration
Make sure you get a photo of the hen in her 'guest book' at the end of the evening! It can then either be framed (if she's game enough to hang it on a wall!) or kept in a special box at home as a memento from an incredible event.
ENJOY YOUR NAUGHTY NIGHT!
I hope this article has provided you with ALL of the cheeky, raunchy and naughty hen party ideas, making your planning as easy and fun as ever! If you would like to share any additional options that should be added to the list, please do so via the comments below or social media (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram).
Cheers to the cheekiest and most hilarious party in town!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: NITESH BHATIA OF ‘JUST WINES’
Cocktails are a fantastic way to get hens party festivities to a great start. Serving a special signature cocktail can also be a crowd pleaser when it comes to setting the tone and possibly breaking the ice among revellers that may not have previously met.
Champagne or sparkling white is traditionally associated with all things bride; you can put your own unique stamp on this favourite or go completely off script and serve something completely unexpected and completely delicious (of course, it goes without saying that responsible consumption is the only way to do it in style).
Here are three killer cocktail bar recipes designed to mark the beginning of a time to remember.
You can make this Italian cocktail using either Prosecco or the bride’s favourite Aussie sparkling wine. In Italy, they would make the nectar by marinating peaches in wine, but since a hen’s event requires a lot of work, we’ve simplified this part for you.
White peach nectar
Half fill a champagne flute with peach nectar
Slowly and carefully pour in the bubbly
Stir carefully. Serve immediately.
Recommendation: Tatachilla – Those Who Wander Prosecco, NV King Valley
KING VALLEY, VICTORIA
King Valley in Victoria is a great place to source prosecco, and ideal for a weekend away. It’s three hours’ drive from Melbourne with plenty of welcoming cellar doors that are heavily influenced by Italian winemaking with a geographical setting similar to the hills in northern Italy. In addition to prosecco, other wines to try while you’re in the King Valley are sangiovese, pinot grigio, nebbiolo, dolcetto, arneis and barbera.
THE STAR GAZER
Believe it or not, this combination of chardonnay, rum and sweet juice is a nice, soft, sip-worthy surprise (make sure you serve it with ice).
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 1)
30ml dark rum
Couple of drops of vanilla extract
15ml pineapple juice
Garnish: lime wedge
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
Shake and strain into a glass
Recommendation: Mon Tout Chardonnay, Margaret River
MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
If you’re wine touring in Western Australia, Margaret River is a must. The winemaking there has grown over the past few decades to become one of the most respected new world wine regions. In addition to chardonnay, cabernet merlot blend and Shiraz are the wines to indulge in while you’re there. The small, boutique wineries there are lovely to visit.
THE ROSÈ BOUQUET
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
INGREDIENTS (MAKES 2)
20ml dry vermouth
90ml grapefruit juice
1 rosemary sprig
Fill lowball glass ¾ full of ice and add the ingredients over the top
Stir, and serve with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig
Recommendation: Bird Dog Rosè, Granite Belt
GRANITE BELT, QUEENSLAND
Yes, you read that right; Queensland has a unique, thriving little wine region three hours southwest of Brisbane. Granted, it’s Queensland, but not as you know it (it can get cold enough in winter to snow, but can also get sizzling hot in summer). It produces some of the most inimitable Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Verdelho and viognier to be found. There are also plenty of tours, walking trails and foods to explore for a great hen’s weekend away.
Nitesh Bhatia is founder and CEO of Just Wines, Australia’s second largest online wine retailer dedicated to supporting Australian and New Zealand winemakers.
AUTHOR BIO - JUST WINES
ONLINE WINE RETAILER
Just Wines was founded in 2012 with a vision to revolutionise the online wine industry. Since then Just Wines has become the second largest online wine retailer in Australia based on product range – offering up to 6,000 wines from over 1,000 winemakers from Australia and New Zealand.
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Whether you’re having a hen party, bridal shower or kitchen tea, it’s a good idea to have a few games up your sleeve. They not only make the celebration unique, but also help guests get to know one-another, have a laugh, and create fantastic memories.
However, tracking down the perfect games for your particular celebration can be quite a time-consuming job; hence the reason I’ve put together this article. With this list of bridal shower and hen party games, your job of finding activities to play will be done in no time! In fact, you’ll probably have another issue: that of cutting out games from your list because there won’t be enough time to play them all!
Heads up: This article is LONG! If you would prefer to view some games at a glance, click here.
BRIDAL SHOWER & HEN PARTY GAMES INSTRUCTIONS
A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
Each guest writes down a special memory they have with the bride-to-be. When everyone is done, collect the memories and place them in a bowl. One by one, your hen reads them aloud to the group; trying to guess who each memory belongs to as she goes. If you want to up the ante, have your hen drink or do a pre-prepared dare for every wrong guess she makes.
Tip: Stick the memories into a special book or photo album for your hen and they will become part of a beautiful keepsake that she can look back on for many years to come!
Before the party, write down 10 questions (up to you how embarrassing they are!) and place them in 10 separate balloons. Throughout the night, have guests pop the balloons; with your hen answering whatever question happens to come out. If she fails/refuses to answer, give her a punishment (e.g. drink a shot, sip her drink, do a dare, etc.)
These are the basic instructions for ‘Balloon Pop’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Remember: place all balloons in the bin after use!
Select a few words that can’t be mentioned throughout the party (that’s right, for the WHOLE duration!). Make sure you choose words that are definitely going to be said frequently (e.g. popular catch phrases within your group, the groom’s name, the wedding, etc.). Every time one of these banned words is used, that particular guest must pay the price (i.e. take a shot, answer a truth question, complete a dare/fine, etc.).
Tip: At the beginning of the party, hand each guest one fun prop (such as a dress up accessory - you can find a variety of awesome options at second-hand stores!). If someone catches you saying a banned word, you must hand over your prop to the person who caught you out. The guest with the most props at the end of the party wins (and will also look amazing in their get-up)!
BEFORE & AFTER
As guests arrive, take them to a dedicated photo area (you could even create your own DIY photobooth backdrop!) and ask them to hold a blackboard with the word ‘BEFORE’ written on it. Take a beautiful photo of the beautiful guest. Once everyone’s arrived, take a photo of ALL guests together (with your hen front and centre holding the ‘BEFORE’ sign).
When people are getting ready to leave, take the group back to the dedicated photo area and, once again, take a photo of ALL guests together (with your hen front and centre, this time holding an ‘AFTER’ sign). If you can manage, take individual shots of guests’ with their ‘AFTER’ sign before they head home as well.
Following the party, print off the photos and place them in a scrapbook/photo album and gift to your hen!
Tip: Upload the pics to your secret Facebook event or email so that everyone can have a giggle at the BEFORE’s and AFTER’s (and reminisce about the good times had that night!).
Ask each of the girls to bring along one (new) pair of underwear as a gift for the bride. On the day, set up a piece of string or twine with cute wooden pegs – ready to hang the briefs on as guests arrive. At some point during the celebration, have your hen guess which guest brought which pair of underwear for her. Every wrong answer results in a drink/fine for your hen; whereas every right answer results in a drink/fine for the guest who was caught out!
Tip: This game will provide you with some (hilarious) bunting! Perfect brief bunting positions include above the drinks table, above the food table, at the entrance to the party or as a decoration outside the bathroom/toilet!
Whether you're after classy hen party games, or something a little bit cheekier - Capture This has all bases covered!
Prior to the event, write down a list of categories that suit your bride and groom (‘The first time I saw you’, ‘our first date’ and ‘our first fight’, for example). On the day, break guests into small teams containing at least 4 people each. These teams are then assigned one of the categories from your list (whether you decide to give ALL teams the same category or each team a different category is entirely up to you). On ‘Go!’ teams then have 2 minutes to create a photo or selfie that relates to the category they were given. When the time’s up, teams get another 30 seconds to choose their favourite photo, which is presented to the bride-to-be. Your bride then chooses the winning team and presents them with their prize!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Capture This’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Tip: set up a Facebook group or email thread and ask guests to send all of their images through. This way your hen will have PLENTY of hilarious memories from her special day and/or night!
Write down a few words or phrases that are hen/wedding related (such as ‘The wedding night’, ‘strippers’, ‘the first kiss’, ‘walking down the aisle’, etc.). These words and phrases can be as risqué or PG rated as you like (think about your guests’ and hen when putting your list together, you don’t want to embarrass anyone!).
Now, split the girls into two teams. Each team takes it in turns to have one person randomly pick a word/phrase from a bowl and attempt to act it out. The object of the game is to have the girls in your team guess the answer with gestures alone (i.e. the person who chose the word/phrase is not allowed to talk). Make it harder by setting a time limit.
Each guest writes down one date night idea (anything from dinner and a movie to a relaxing day at the spa). When everyone is done, collect the date night ideas and place them in a photo album, scrapbook, box, etc. that can then be gifted to your hen.
If you want to up the ante a bit on this one, consider naming the game ‘Bucket List’ rather than ‘Date Night’, and have guests write down activities/challenges instead. Set up a table with a cute tin bucket or pot for all of the cards to be placed into and gift to the bride at the end of her celebration.
Tip: after the party, your bride-to-be can use the tin bucket or pot to plant flowers - which will become a living reminder of the fun she had at her hens or bridal shower!
On a computer, paste a picture of your hen’s face at the top of a blank A4 page. Print off enough of these as there are guests’ attending the party. On the day, have the girls design bridal gowns by drawing a dress, veil, shoes, etc. onto the page with your hen’s face at the top (this means they have to draw arms, legs, bodies, etc.). Drawing skills and dress-sense make this game hilarious – best dress wins!
Tip: Play DIY Gowns (instructions below), but surprise guests by saying they have to re-create the bride’s favourite dress from this game. Team to do it best wins!
Split your guests into groups (with at least 3 team members per group). Each team then creates a designer wedding dress within 10 minutes using ONLY toilet paper (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here). This is achieved by dressing one of the team members (a.k.a. the model) by wrapping, throwing, twisting, etc. toilet paper over their body.
Once 10 minutes is up, the models put on a special catwalk show (prepare some fun music for this! My favourite track to use? ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred). As they strut their stuff, guests can ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ over the ‘beautiful’ craftsmanship of each team. Now is also the time to have your judge select and announce best dress of the night!
Tip: Add to the fun by having a ‘speaker’ from each team describe their designer dress to the crowd as their model walks the runway. Hearing the descriptions whilst watching the poor girl attempt to move in her toilet paper getup can be quite hilarious!
Have each guest anonymously write down an embarrassing/funny story or experience they’ve had (you can narrow it down to embarrassing/funny dates, sex stories, etc. if you wish, depending on how risqué you want the game to be and how comfortable your guests are playing). When everyone is done, collect the stories and place them in a bowl. One by one, your hen will then read them aloud to the group; attempting to guess who each story belongs to as she goes.
If you want to add some bevs to the mix, change the rules so that the hen must drink for every wrong guess; whilst every right guess results in the person whose story was uncovered drinking. Whether you include drinks or not, this game is a funny way to break the ice and get to know others!
GETTING TO KNOW THE NEWLYWEDS
A few weeks before the hen party, ask the groom to fill out/answer some questions about himself, his soon-to-be bride, and their relationship. At the actual party, sit your beautiful hen down and, one-by-one, ask her those very same questions. The twist? She has to try and guess what her man answered. For every wrong answer she must complete a pre-determined punishment (e.g. drink, truth/dare, etc.). If she’s not a big drinker/into dares, have a funny dress-up/item of clothing that she has to put on for every answer she gets wrong!
Tip: Film the groom answering each question. You can then play each question back on the TV after your bride has answered to see whether or not she was correct!
GIFTS FROM THE GIRLS
Ask each guest to bring along a gift for the bride-to-be that either symbolizes their relationship or brings back memories they have with the bride (e.g. a bottle of sour monkey brings back memories of festivals with my best friend). These gifts can be wrapped or unwrapped, that’s up to each individual guest. On the day of the party, your hen can open/look at each gift one-by-one, trying to guess who brought it and why as she goes.
I’m sure many of you have played this game before! Simply ask the girls to sit in a circle and have your hen (or the organizer of the party – which is you, my friend!) pull out pre-made ‘I Never’ cards from a bowl and read them aloud to guests. The guest who HAS done the action before can then decide between telling their story to the group (after some liquid courage) or selecting a truth/dare from another bowl and completing that instead.
KNOWING YOUR BRIDE
Hand out pre-made questionnaires about your beautiful bride-to-be (include questions such as ‘Where did [bride] meet [groom]?’, ‘What is [bride] most afraid of?’, etc.). Ask everyone to fill them in before having your hen answer each question herself. For every right answer, a guest receives one point. The person with the most points at the end receives a prize.
Ask guests to stand in a circle; nominating your bride-to-be to get the dancing started. How does she do this? By making up one simple dance move (anything from a star jump to twerking)! For this example, let’s say she went with twerking.
Starting with the person to her left, each guest takes it in turns to repeat the bride’s dance move. Once the entire circle has had a turn, the next player (person to the left of your bride) twerks before adding in their own move (e.g. a star jump). Each guest then has to twerk and do a star jump.
Continue playing until every person has added their own move. The game finishes with the whole group performing their entire routine together!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Let’s Dance’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
At the top of a blank piece of paper, write the following sentence:
‘Once upon a time, a girl named xxx met a boy named xxx’ (insert bride and groom’s names where required).
Starting with the first guest to arrive, ask her to write down two or three sentences that follow on from this first statement. Once she’s done, fold the paper down and cover everything but the final line of her writing. When the next guest arrives, have them write down two or three sentences that follow on from the previous guest’s uncovered line. Continue until everyone has had a turn.
Now for the fun part! Pick a suitable time (such as when everyone is sitting down for lunch, during a bus ride to your activity, etc.) and read aloud the bride and groom’s true love story. Not only will it be hilarious at the time, it will also make a great keepsake!
Before the celebration, write down as many different male characteristics as you can think of onto separate pieces of paper (enough for at least two per guest). These are your playing cards. Some examples include ‘man with red hair’, ‘man riding a bike’ and ‘a married man’.
Hand the cards out on the day – making sure each person is given at least 2 characteristics. Explain that these playing cards are their ‘Ideal Men’, and it is their mission to hunt them down! The first person to find both of their ideal men wins!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Man Hunt. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Ask guests to write down one piece of advice for your bride-to-be (e.g. try to have date night at least once a month). Then either have your hen read out each piece of advice to the room or make it into a beautiful keepsake by placing the pieces of paper into a scrapbook.
Tip: Ask guests to write their advice on wooden spoons (or something similar, such as wooden popsicle sticks) and place them in a jar labelled ‘Recipes for a good marriage’. Cute keepsake that your hen will adore!
PASS THE BALLOON
Split the group into teams. Ask each team to line up and, starting with the person at the very back, grip a long balloon between their knees or thighs; passing it up the line WITHOUT using their hands! First team to get the balloon to the front without dropping it or popping it wins!
Fun addition: incorporate the game 'Balloon Pop' into this game - then the team who wins can make everyone else answer the question that comes out! Find instructions for Balloon Pop here.
PASS THE PARCEL
Select a special gift for your hen and wrap it in wrapping paper. Now, wrap as many other layers as there are guests attending (e.g. 10 guests = 10 more layers) in a different colour (newspaper or kraft paper are both great options). Make sure you place some sort of prize in each layer before it’s sealed. This can be anything from an organic pamper product, chocolate, drink cards or dress up accessories (sourced from a local second-hand store), to a truth/dare questions.
On the big day, have everyone sit in a circle. Play music whilst guests pass the parcel around in a clock-wise direction. Stop the music; the person who is holding the parcel at that moment gets to unwrap one layer and receive their prize. Continue the game until all guests have unwrapped one layer each (making sure your hen receives the FINAL gift!).
Handy hint: If you're looking for some great prize/gift ideas, check out this blog!
Grab out some fun kitchen utensils that can be used for carving up a cucumber/zucchini (at least one per guest). Think anything from butter knives to peelers or skewers.
To play, hand a carving utensil and cucumber/zucchini to each of the girls. On ‘Go!’, they must start sculpting their vegetable into the perfect penis! The catch? Each utensil can only be used for 30 seconds. Once this time is up, everyone must pass their utensil to the person next to them. Once each guest has used every utensil available, it’s time to judge the peckers!
Tip: Have a number of winning categories – such as ‘Prettiest Penis’, ‘Biggest Penis’, ‘Ugliest Penis’, etc. It all adds to the fun! You can also make this game a little more PG by choosing to carve the bride or a shape that compliments your hen’s party theme (such as an ice-cream for a sweet tooth party, for example).
Split guests into pairs (except for your hen) and give each twosome a special wedding word (such as marriage, stripper, party, ring, honeymoon, etc.). Explain that each pair is to come up with a poem that includes the bride-to-be, the two people in the pair AND the special word. This is to be done within 10 minutes. Once the time is up, have each pair read their poem aloud. Your hen then gets to choose the winner!
PICK THE LIE
An easy game that will result in some great stories and lots of giggles! To play, simply sit in a circle and, starting with the hen, take it in turns to tell two truths and one lie (e.g. 'I went skinny dipping after my 21st', 'I snuck out of the house at least once when I was younger', 'I grew up in the circus'). It's then up to the rest of the group to guess which statement is the lie! You can turn this into a drinking game by having everyone drink if they guess which story isn't true, and having the lier drink if they're caught out.
PICTIONARY (WITH A TWIST!)
As with charades, write down a few words or phrases that are hens/wedding related (such as ‘the wedding night, ‘strippers’, ‘the first kiss’, walking down the aisle’, etc.). These words and phrases can be as risqué or PG as you like (think about your guests and hen when putting your list together, you don’t want to embarrass anyone!). Now, split the girls into two teams. Each team takes it in turns to have one person randomly pick a word/phrase form a bowl and attempt to draw it. The object of the game is to have the girls in your team guess the answer with pictures alone (i.e. the person who chose the word/phrase is not allowed to talk). Make it harder by setting a time limit.
Alternative: rather than drawing, play this game with playdough!
PIN THE PECKER
Print off a LARGE photo/poster of your hen’s crush (for example) along with enough cartoon peckers for each guest. On the night, guests take it in turns to be blindfolded and spun before tying to ‘pin’ the pecker in the correct position. Make sure you write each guests’ name on their particular penis so that you can keep track of who is winning!
Tip: For my hens party, the girls photoshopped a HILARIOUS picture of my husband’s face onto another man’s body. I couldn’t stop laughing whilst playing! If you don’t like the idea of ‘Pin the Pecker’, other alternatives include ‘Pash the Poster’ (use lipstick and ‘kiss’ the poster in the correct position), ‘Bouquet on the Bride’, ‘Ring on the Finger’, etc. You can get creative with this game – so use something that will be personal/make your bride-to-be laugh!
This game can be played in teams or as individuals (make your decision based on how much playdough you have!). To play, each team/individual is given some playdough and asked to mould a penis within a certain time-frame. Give prizes to the best shaped pecker, the biggest pecker, etc. (get creative and have some hilarious prizes to go with your hilarious categories)!
Don’t want to mould a penis? Have teams mould a man, mould parts of a man, or mould the bride instead!
Tip: Take LOTS of photos! Hen do games such as this are so much fun (especially after a couple of drinks); it’s definitely worth keeping physical memories!
PUMP THE PECKER
Ask all of the girls to get into pairs. Each pair is given one balloon pump and one of those LONG balloons. One person from each pair then sits on a seat, with the balloon pump held tightly between their thighs; hands behind their back. On your word, the other person in each pair must place the balloon over the top of the pump, before kneeling down and pumping it up as fast as they can! First team to either pop or inflate their balloon wins!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Pump the Pecker’. For more fun ways to play, click here
RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY
Ask guests to arrive at the hen party in an outfit that resembles an incomplete Rubik’s cube (in other words, they arrive wearing the six different cube colours – red, blue, white, orange, green and yellow). The aim of the game is for guests to swap articles of clothing until they have ‘solved’ the cube (basically, until they’re wearing one colour only). Great fun - especially when additional rules are incorporated!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Rubik’s Cube Party’. To view more information (including clothing swap rules) click here!
Have a pre-made list of items and tasks that the girls must collect/complete during the hen party (such as ‘Make and wear a toilet paper veil’). You can either play this for fun (so everyone joins in each of the tasks) or make it a competition (by splitting guests into teams and assigning points to each item/task – with those receiving the most points by the end of the party being the winners).
SLIP IT IN
Before the party, write down enough phrases for at least one per guest. Some examples include ‘I went sky-diving last week’ and ‘I want to sail around Australia on my own’. Make sure the phrases are suitable for your particular group (i.e. if there’s grandparents in attendance you probably shouldn’t have any raunchy topics!).
On the day, hand each person one phrase as they arrive, explaining that they are to try and ‘slip it in’ to conversation at some point throughout the day/night. The catch? They have to wait at least 5 MINUTES after saying their phrase before claiming victory! You’ll love watching as they try to keep the story going during this time without getting caught out.
These are the basic instructions for ‘Slip it In’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
Before the celebration, type up a checklist that includes different group shot and portrait items. ‘The hen and her bridesmaids’, 'funny faces', ‘laughter’, ‘dancing’ and ‘a selfie’, are all great options. When guests arrive on the day, hand each of them a checklist and ask that they capture (photograph) as many items from the list as possible. The person who ticks off the most is the winner!
Hens night games such as this aren't only fun, but also mean LOTS of great memories will be captured for your bride-to-be!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Snap That’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
SPIN THE BOTTLE
Set up a circle of shot glasses, each filled with some sort of beverage (anything from straight alcohol such as vodka, to non-alcoholic drinks such as water or prune juice). In the middle of the circle, place a wine bottle (or something similar). To play, each guest takes their turn to spin the bottle; drinking the particular shot it stops at. Extra points for those who can drink with a straight face!
THEY DID WHAT?!
This game will leave you with some HILARIOUS stories! Before the party, write down headings such as the following on pieces of paper:
How did they meet?
How did he ask her out?
Where did they have sex?
Who caught them doing it?
On the day, split everyone into groups and, one by one, have guests write their answers to the questions - folding the paper over their particular question before passing it on to the next person. Once all groups have finished, have one 'spokes-person' read out the bride and groom's story to everyone! Make it a competition by having your hen pick her favourite story (and/or stick them all into a scrapbook for your hen to look back on!).
Grab a couple of A3 sized pieces of paper. To play, place one piece of paper on the ground and, one at a time, ask the girls to trace around their hands WITHOUT bending their knees!
The best part? Your job. Write down EVERYTHING the girls say whilst they attempt to trace their hands (such as ‘This is so hard!’). Once everyone has had a turn, have the girls sit down and tell them something along the lines of: ‘Thanks to all of you we now know what our beautiful bride will be saying on her wedding night!’. Follow this by reading each of the statements out loud (putting the example from above into context, ‘this is SO hard!’). Your party will be in hysterics!
These are the basic instructions for ‘Tracing Truths’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
TRUTH OR DARE
Each guest writes down a truth or dare for the bride-to-be to complete. When everyone is done, collect the cards without your hen seeing what’s written. One by one, throughout the night, provide your hen with a truth or dare (stagger them so that she’s not copping it all at once!). Give her a special prize once she makes it through them all – she’ll deserve it!
Tip: Ask guests to write their names at the bottom of each truth/dare they’ve written. Once you’ve collected every card, announce to the group that they are actually completing the truth/dare they wrote down WITH the bride-to-be!
WHAT AGE WAS THE BRIDE?
Print off at least 5 photos of your hen from different points in her life (make sure you write down the correct age on the back of each photo or in a safe place). Bluetack the pictures to the wall (or pin to a pinboard) and ask the girls to guess what age the hen was in each photograph. The person who gets the most right wins!
Tip: This game could also be played with photographs from the bride and groom’s relationship. The girls can then guess where the lovebirds were when the picture was taken (bonus points if they can guess how far into the relationship it was).
WHO'S YOUR MAN?
Before the party, ask the groom and each of his groomsmen to take pictures of body parts: nose, eye, foot, hair, hand, chin, bicep, etc. (I once attended a bridal shower where they also included bum shots!). Print each of these photos off at a fairly large size.
On the day, make your way through the body parts; asking the bride-to-be to pick her husband’s photo from the rest (i.e. if the groom has three groomsmen, hold up the four pictures of noses and ask her to point to her groom’s nose. Do the same for hands, chins, etc.).
Every wrong answer? Your lovely hen must drink!
YEP... THAT'S MY MAN!
Before the hens night, find the worst photo you possibly can of your hen’s soon-to-be husband (or wife!). It can be when he was very drunk, waking up, surprised, generally looking weird, etc. Print this picture off and have your bride-to-be carry it around with her for the duration of her celebration.
Because every time someone from the group mentions the code-word (e.g. ‘Man, I’m itchy!’), your hen must go over to the nearest stranger, show them the picture of her partner and proudly tell them how excited she is to be marrying him!
These are the basic instructions for ‘You’re Marrying That?!’. For more fun ways to play, click here!
HAVE AN AMAZING TIME!
I hope this list has provided you with LOTS of game options, making your planning that much easier. I'm constantly on the lookout for fun, new, interesting and unique kitchen tea, bridal shower & hen party games, and every time I come across a new one it will be added to this list. So, if you have any you would like to share, please do so via the comments section below or social media! (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram).
Cheers to an AMAZING party where the games are an absolute HIT!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: NATALIE CHURCHILL OF 'ONLY DREAM DRESSES'
Trends come and go; and I hope that one trend here to stay is food trucks. They have really made their mark on Sunday sessions in the park and at weddings... but what about having one at your hens party?
Now I’m not necessarily saying that your hens party has to be one long, food truck festival with every course served from a different mobile food van. However, if you wanted to go that way you certainly could; the sheer range and incredible quality of food available in truck form will blow your mind and can fulfil every one of your guests’ needs.
Don’t conjure up images of the kebab van next to your favourite nightclub, or the hot jam donut van at the annual Easter show, though. Food trucks have come a very long way since these days! They are simply stunning; gorgeous replicas or refurbishments of vintage trucks and caravans. They not only serve wonderful food and drink, they will also make amazing backdrops for those selfies or girly snaps.
Here are 9 awesome ways you can add a touch of ‘Food Truck’ to your hens party!
Mobile bars and drink vendors are available in every state in Australia, with an entire range of drinks to choose from. You can get sweet little vans which dispense prosecco or beer from taps on the side (meaning guests can self-serve), or caravans completely reborn as full-service bars with staff.
There are even VW Combis which have come back to life as mobile kegs. Some smaller ones can be booked to serve just a couple of cocktail options (for example, espresso martinis) whilst others offer everything a full-service bar would.
If you are looking for some nibbles and finger food to please your guests, there are so many options here too. From fine street food to freshly shucked oysters (and everything in between!); if you can dream it up, there is a food cart or truck that will serve it directly to you.
THREE: DURING THE AFTERNOON
Perfect for a hens party on the beach or in a park, hire a mobile food truck to provide afternoon tea to your guests. You could even hire one with a full high tea service, including vintage bone china and cupcake tiers.
Pair this with lawn games like bocce and croquet for a relaxed vibe to a very special afternoon of fun.
FOUR: WHEN IT'S HOT
For the hot days there are so many selections for your food truck hens party, just perfect to cool everyone down. From alcoholic popsicles and slushies to homemade ice-cream and proper Italian gelati; when the Aussie summer sun hits its peak, you will have all of your guests looked after.
FIVE: WHEN YOU NEED CAFFEINE
Even the traditional coffee cart has had a sprucing up. There are some beautiful little vintage carts that you can hire to serve coffee and hot chocolate to your guests when the cool night air has set in. You could even get one to sell espresso martinis as well and cover all your bases at once!
SIX: FOR MAINS
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Bring in spit-roast, Greek, Indian, Thai, pizza, modern Australian or a fusion of them all (maybe not all of them!). You don’t need to supply a kitchen, and the clean-up is all sorted.
SEVEN: FOR DESSERT
When your guests need something sweet, call a food truck to roll up at your party as sweets is one of the things that food trucks do best. Do you want donuts, crème Brule, waffles, pancakes, more ice-cream, cupcakes, or ice-cream served in donut cones? Just click your fingers because you can get all of this and more!
EIGHT: FOR LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES
When it’s getting later in the night and your guests may have had one too many, this is the ideal time to bring in some food truck help. How many hens parties have you been to where you got super hungry halfway through the night?
Bring in burgers or sliders, tacos, wood-fired pizzas, hot dogs or gourmet sausages, or even the good old toasted jaffle! The girls will never appreciate a food truck quite so much as they will at this moment.
NINE: FOR THE MORNING AFTER
Hens parties are renown for creating sore heads, so the girls may wake up craving that hang-over breakfast. Why not host a brunch at home or in a lovely park nearby, and hire a coffee cart, pancake van, breakfast burgers, toasted sandwiches and more? There is no reason why the party has to end after all!
Wow, if this blog hasn’t made you hungry (or thirsty!) then I don’t know what would. I might just go and price a prosecco van to come by my house on the weekend... just because.
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