AUTHOR: GABRIELA CIOBOTARU OF FLANNERYS ORGANIC & WHOLEFOOD MARKET
A DIY grazing table or platter is a great way to incorporate an array of delicious treats all in one glorious place, while inspiring those inner foodie styling skills. Ideal to showcase beautiful seasonal fruits, combined with all your favourite foods; the options are endless, so we thought we’d start you off with a few!
GLUTEN FREE GRAZING PLATTER
A gluten free diet should not be an inconvenient factor when it comes to celebrations. If you are thinking on how you can still enjoy the variety of a fancy spread while on a gluten free diet, here are some tips and alternatives.
Start with adding a source of protein like Flannerys nitrate free deli meats, then place some aged cheeses. Scatter nuts such as almonds, macadamia, hazelnuts around, and then include some fruit and vegetables. Go for chopped celery stalks, carrot, cherry tomatoes, grapes, figs and pears. Finally, you can’t forget the savoury and crunchy side of your platter. Add some nut and seed crackers and rice crackers, or opt for gluten free bread, such as buckwheat or Venerdi’s Paleo Seeded Bread. Make sure you add some sauerkraut for some extra probiotics and your favourite gluten free dip! We love Roza’s Gourmet range.
VEGAN GRAZING PLATTER
Did someone mention a vegan platter? There are so many varieties and great food choices to replace the usual salami and cheese which are vegan friendly, nutritious and delicious.
If you want a hard cheese alternative you can opt for an almond mozzarella type such as Greengrove Foods Notzarella, or a coconut based cheddar cheese. For a soft cheese alternative there are a variety of cashew based cheeses available that can be plain, or choose a flavoured style with dill, Italian herbs or even a basil pesto. We love Kehoes’s Pesto ‘Cream Cheese’, it’s super flavoursome and full of probiotics. To replace the meaty flavour, go for Nobel Jerky, we love the teriyaki flavour, falafels or some plant based patties.
For freshness, extra nutritional content, and more colour, play with your fruits and vegetables. Add apples, dried apricots or figs, capsicum, tomatoes, carrot and fennel…select pieces that you can cut up and place decoratively on your platter.
DESSERT GRAZING PLATTER
And the most waited platter – dessert. There is no proper celebration without something sweet, and dessert platters or grazing tables are the best way to alternate different types of treats.
Start off with creating your own organic vegan cake which is super simple with The Gluten Free Food Co mixes. If you want to add something decadent and rich, opt for some squares of dark chocolate, our bulk bins have plenty of variety.
Fruits are always a ‘go to’ for a dessert platter, so add seasonal organic mangoes, cherries, grapes, raspberries, and why not add a chocolate dipping sauce (the Vego Spread is amazing!) and top off with some crushed nuts? To decorate, add a few dried figs, apricots, plums, nuts and try Tom and Luke Protein Balls. The Pana Chocolate Coconut & Goji Chocolate and Loving Earth Chocolate Cranberries are some other great options to sprinkle in-between the fruits and add some extra yumminess to your grazing plate.
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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.
Handy tip: Create or purchase bunting 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, the bunting you choose for your event will also come in handy at their parties, and can be used as a beautiful decoration in their bedroom/playroom #somanypossibilities
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 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 or fabric and tuck cute, dried flowers in the centre.
Click here for images and crafting instructions (if you love a bit of DIY, this option is for you!).
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 re-purpose! 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!
DRIED FLOWER CONFETTI
Whilst the process of drying flowers can be quite time consuming, the results will be amazing! Dried flower confetti would not only be perfect for decorating dinner tables (spread down the middle like a 'table runner'), venue entrances (create a petal pathway) or scattered around the food/present tables for extra WOW factor, but would also be a cute addition to your guests' favour bags!
If you don't have the time to dry flowers yourself, Blossom Tree Confetti can help make your vision come to life. Check out their beautiful range of dried flower confetti by clicking here.
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!
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Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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A take-home goodie bag is such 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 party bag ideas 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 THEMSELVES
Finding eco friendly bags that are 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!
PERSONALISED BAGS BY BEAUTIFUL BOXES
Want to make things personal? Designed to be re-used, these gorgeous calico bags can be printed with any wording you desire! From names to cute sayings (such as a 'bride tribe' type slogan or a quote your hen says quote often), these will not only be appreciated when received at the actual celebration, but will also be fondly used after the event. Click here to view their entire range.
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!
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!
PARTY BAG IDEAS: ECO FRIENDLY PRODUCTS TO GIFT YOUR GUESTS
Biscuits are not only delish, but also the perfect way to add a pop of colour and/or themed fun to your eco gift bags! What's more, if you put a bit of thought into the overall design (i.e. personalise with a cute message, use an image that means the world to your best friend, etc.), they will bring an unexpected and truly beautiful touch to the event.
If you're looking to treat your guests in this way, 'The Confectionist' is a business you MUST check out! Priding themselves on their 'ability to turn absolutely anything into a biscuit', your options for design are endless. Think of the possibilities!
Click here to learn more about 'The Confectionist'.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Seed bombs are basically little balls made up of soil, seeds, clay and water that, when you're ready, will grow flowers wherever you throw them! A beautiful gift idea that will be adored by all.
If you love a bit of DIY, seed bombs can be made at home (see instructions here).
However, if you don't have the time to create these little balls of life yourself, I recommend taking a look at 'The Bee Sitters'. They make and sell seed bombs that are not only affordable, but will also be loved by the bees and butterflies as much as your guests! Click here to view them now. Alternatively, if you would like to stick to the party spirit, it's definitely worth looking into these cocktail mix seed bombs. They will grow into beautiful garnishes that can be used at later events!
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!
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!
NATURAL HANDMADE SOAP
A very affordable way to treat your friends to some pampered goodness is by including beautiful, handmade natural soaps in their party bags. Available in a range of colours, shapes, sizes and fragrances, it's a favour you can have a bit of fun with (for example, match the soap colour with your overall party colour palette for instant themed gifts!).
When it comes to natural, handmade soap, we're loving the sample packs created by 'Byanne Soaps'! Absolutely perfect for favours, each pack comes with 8 individually wrapped soaps ready to hand out at your event. To view the beautiful samples we're talking about, click here. Alternatively, check out their entire range by clicking here.
ECO FRIENDLY 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.
BISCUITS... WITH A TWIST!
Whilst the biscuits mentioned earlier would make an absolutely beautiful surprise for your best friend, 'The Confectionist' also offer a way to take gifting one step further...
With life-size face biscuits!
Whether you have your bride-to-be's face turned into a delicious treat, or present her with a life-size edible snack of her fiance's face ("hubby" on the hens - imagine the photos!), these gifts are '100% guaranteed to strike a giggle!' Learn more by clicking here.
On the other hand, if a collection of themed biscuits is more your style, they also offer beautiful, hand-painted tins filled with biscuits fit for a bride! Once the contents have been devoured, your bestie will be left with a gorgeous keepsake tin that can be filled with photos, cards and other memories from her hen's party or bridal shower. Click here to learn more.
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!
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 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?!
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)!
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!
Whether you're after a unique way to 'wrap' gifts for your bride-to-be, or a personalised way for your best friend to store those precious memories from her special day (such as photos, ticket stubs, letters and more), custom boxes are definitely something you should look into.
The ideal way to create an unforgettable gifting experience, these beautiful boxes will show your bride-to-be how much her friends love her. Click here to learn more.
DECORATIVE WOODEN VASES
I adore anything rustic. The charm, the character, the uniqueness of each piece. And if your best friend is anything like me, she is going to LOVE this product! Carefully handmade in a private woodworking shop by 'Rustic Wooden Designs', these stunning wooden vases are one of those wonderful, versatile products that everyone can't help but admire (trust me, they're in our house and they're a hit!).
Handy hint: These stunning vases can be used as part of your event decor, and then presented to your bride-to-be once it's over. They can then be displayed around her home - a beautiful memento from her special day that will bring a smile to her face every time she looks at them!
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 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”.
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!
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!
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!
Everyone deserves to be pampered - especially when there's a wedding in the equation! So why not treat your gorgeous bride-to-be with some beautiful, organic pamper products to use in the lead-up to her big day? From vegan coco-rose bath soak and organic lip balm, to pink lavender clay masks and handmade soap, your beautiful best friend will be enjoying the ultimate in relaxation in no time!
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ENJOY YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY!
There you have it, whether it be wedding favors, party favour ideas, or hens goodie bag ideas - this list of absolutely gorgeous eco gifts are bound to 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
P.S. If you love a product on this list but it won't work for your gift bags, you can use it as a gorgeous eco-prize instead!
AUTHOR: STEVEN OF 'SIMPO CLEANING'
Parties are meant to be fun, so why stress over preparing for one? Here are some of our professional cleaners' tips and tricks for making your home look fab before the party (so that 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: 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 basic cocktail recipes designed to not only impress, but also 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.
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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: 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 food trucks for parties (such as your hens)?
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
Considering going out for dinner? Why not cater your whole main meal with a next level travelling restaurant?!
Incredible chefs are throwing off the shackles of fixed venues and embracing the life on the open road, so there is no need to have substandard fare wherever you are.
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 dessert 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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Loving the idea of food trucks for parties? Whilst they are an extremely fun and memorable way to celebrate your best friend's upcoming wedding, they do miss one major thing - games! And no hen's party is complete without playing at least a couple. For a HUGE list of options, click here!
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
With cameras in everyone’s pockets these days, photo evidence of celebrations (whether you want it or not!) is almost guaranteed. And because of this, there will be an abundance of great (and not so great) pictures that the bride can look back on; remembering the fun she had with her best gal pals only weeks before marrying the man of her dreams.
However... how are you going to get your hands on these pictures following the party?
Thanks to hens games such as ‘Snap That’, getting hold of these piccies will be a breeze! The best part? A version of this game can also be played at the wedding!
See below for instructions.
HOW TO PLAY 'SNAP THAT'
YOU WILL NEED:
Your guests and their camera phones, a Facebook group that includes all guests, and a printed photo checklist.
Before the hen party, type up a checklist that includes different portrait and group shot items. For example, each guest is to capture the following:
Handy Hint: Make everyone's checklist different and stick to a max of 10 items. This way you'll get a variety of photos and guests won't be glued to their phones for the entire party!
When guests arrive on the big day, hand each of them a checklist (or direct them to one, main checklist displayed at your event) and ask that they capture as many items as possible – with the person who ticks off the most being the winner.
This will ensure you get a heap of fun photos for your bride-to-be to look back on. But how will she get a hold of them?
There are two ways you can do this:
HENS GAMES LIKE THIS CAN BE PLAYED IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
ADD SOME MOVEMENT
Rather than just capturing still shots, consider adding items to the list that involve video. For example, ‘take a video of the hen doing a ridiculous dance’.
Don’t like the idea of a Facebook group, or the girls are more into Instagram? Make a special #hashtag for the celebration and ask that guests use it when uploading their pictures. This will make it easy for your hen to find ALL of the hilarious photos from her special day!
UP THE ANTE
You could incorporate this game into a scavenger hunt, meaning hen party dares such as ‘Get a photo of the bride with a bar tender’ could be added to the list. Doing so will mean you’ll have many more hilarious photo ops (and as a result, so much more to laugh at for years to come)!
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HAVE AN AMAZING TIME!
I absolutely love hearing about your kitchen tea, bridal shower and hens games in action! If you played ‘Snap That’ and would like to share how it went down, please let me know via the comments below, Facebook or Instagram! Any and all hilarious pictures are also MORE than welcome.
Likewise, if you have any other hen party ideas that would slot in perfectly with ‘Snap That’, please let me know.
Have an incredible night filled with memories that will last a lifetime!
Much love, keep smiling – Bec x
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Imagine, for just one moment, that you’re in the middle of a lush, green garden. You’re sprawled lazily across comfortable cushions strategically placed beside a low picnic table. The décor is breathtaking and the food mouth-watering. Your best girlfriends are there; sipping on champagne, giggling, playing games and chatting away. All whilst taking in their gorgeous, tropical surrounds.
It’s an oasis filled with friends.
And it’s the perfect setting to celebrate your bride-to-be’s upcoming nuptials.
Thanks to a beautiful collaboration between Lovely Occasions, Print & Party, The Sweet Society Co and Nicole Barralet Photography, this day-dream can become a reality. Read on and learn how to create this stunning tropical themed party that will have your guests filled with awe and excitement from the moment they arrive!
SETTING UP YOUR TROPICAL THEMED PARTY
USE COLOURS WISELY
Having and sticking to a colour palette is key to pulling off visually stunning events.
In the case of this tropical party; using dark blue, bright blue, hot pink, yellow, white, a selection of greens, and a touch of black and gold will result in a beautiful setting suitable for any kind of pre-wedding celebration.
Blankets are a MUST at a picnic – even at the most stylish ones! Layer dark blue rugs on the grass; making sure you cover enough space to fit a table and seat each of your guests. Once you’re happy with the rug placement, add a couple of low-to-the-ground wooden picnic tables; carefully placing them at the centre of your sea of blue. Items such as these can be sourced from friends, family, second-hand stores or businesses who hire out products for events.
SET THE TABLE
Now it’s time to bring your table to life.
Start with some white cloths and a tropical themed runner; before decorating with woven mats, bright pink vases, golden pineapple dishes, boutique tableware (whether you use your own or purchase is up to you) and black cake stands.
You can find the exact party supplies (plates, cutlery and napkins) used for this shoot by clicking here.
Flowers tend to add a touch of class to events, as demonstrated perfectly by the addition of floral arrangements to this theme. Create your own beautiful, tropical vibes with a mix of bright flowers and a selection of greenery – simple yet so effective!
Oversized, hot pink balloons will add some fun and colour to your bridal shower without taking away from the luxe feel. Have them fit seamlessly into your tropical theme by attaching fronds or other greenery to their strings.
Finish off your tropical décor by strategically placing mix and match cushions around the base of each wooden table. Prints such as these are not only fun and pleasing to the eye, but also look comfortable; thereby drawing guests to the table, encouraging them to sit, mingle and relax. Once again, items such as these can be sourced from friends, family, second-hand stores or businesses who hire out products for events.
When it comes to the food, your best bet is to stick to options within your colour palette (outlined earlier) or to those that compliment the theme as a whole (i.e. tropical foods). Some examples for this particular bridal shower include:
You can also incorporate some delicious baked goods by adding themed accents (such as palm leaf fondant) or using your theme colours (i.e. green icing, bright pink cupcake wrappers, etc.).
‘The Sweet Society Co’s’ wonderful palm cupcakes are a fantastic example of food fit for a tropical feast!
And while we’re speaking of food, it’s not really a party unless there’s cake!
Be the hero of any sweet-tooth by incorporating a bright dessert that’s so stunning no-one will want to make the first cut! The elegant and bright design below is a fantastic example, with Diana of The Sweet Society Co explaining that “As the centrepiece for the picnic table I wanted the cake to really stand out. The two tiers added height and the tropical leaves in edible wafer paper and cascading orchid flower topper created a focal point”.
Handy Hint: Cake and other baked goods also make fantastic favours. For example, keep the cake as a centrepiece until the very end of the celebration, at which point you can cut slices and hand out to guests as they leave.
This theme calls for fun, fruity flavours and bright colours! Think anything from fruit juice or punch, to cocktails, champagne or wine. There’s also the refreshing option of water infused with sliced oranges or lemons – perfect for a hot day.
No matter what you decide to go with, just remember to offer a selection of beverages that cater to all situations. Some of your bride-to-be’s friends may be pregnant, for example, so ensuring that you have non-alcoholic options will make sure all guests are happy and hydrated!
Now that you have the type of beverages to serve under control, it’s time to think about how you will present them.
The addition of beautifully designed labels takes standard champagne bottles to the next level. “In keeping with the light, fun mood for this type of party, the mini champagne labels and party stickers featured a beautiful watercolour tropical leaf design and fun flamingo and ‘Aloha’ gold writing to add to the luxe feel” – Anna, Print & Party.
You can create your very own matching party stationary (for this or any other theme) by clicking here.
Another great tip for presenting your drink station and/or drinking supplies is to include a show-stopping piece such as this golden pineapple. Whilst it’s used to display paper straws in this example, you could also use it for drink umbrellas, cake pops, lollipops, etc.!
FLAMINGO RING TOSS
Everyone loves a bit of ring toss; especially at an outdoor event (it’s actually quite addictive once you get started!). Rather than going with the stock-standard option, though, keep the game tropical by using Flamingos as your targets.
For instructions on how to make your own DIY Flamingo Yard Toss game, click here.
Provide guests with pieces of fruit (such as bananas, they’re easy to mould!) and ask them to sculpt either a person, a person’s body part or an object. The requested sculpture could be of the bride, the groom, a ring, etc. The winner is the best sculpture as chosen by your bride-to-be!
Handy Hint: Homemade play-dough is fantastic for this game. Make it in your theme colours using this recipe!
PHOTO BOOTH & PROPS
Take advantage of your stunning surrounds by using nature as your backdrop.
Find an area that’s full of greenery; add a pop of colour with some bright pink jumbo balloons/fabric bunting and, alongside a Polaroid camera, set out some fun tropical themed props (think along the lines of oversized glasses, lei’s, funny Hawaiian shirts, and large pink hair flowers - all of this and more can be found at your local op shop!).
During the bridal shower you could even ask the girls to stick some of their Polaroids into a book and write special messages next to them. This will create a beautiful keepsake for your bride-to-be, whilst the remaining photos will become fun mementos for your guests.
Handy Hint: can’t find an area suitable for a backdrop? Consider using material with tropical prints instead.
Stock up on pineapples, grab a coconut and get ready for some bowling fun!
To play, set up the pineapples as you would actual bowling pins; walk a few meters away and place your coconut (or coconuts) on the ground, ready for the girls to have a game.
For more game ideas that could be adapted to the tropical theme or played as is, click here!
THEMED PARTY FAVORS
So, you’ve wowed your guests with your overall set-up and they’ve had a wonderful time socialising, drinking, eating and playing games. But unfortunately the party has to come to an end.
Take this opportunity to show them that, despite the actual celebration being over, the tropical vibes can (and will) continue. Gift your guests a perfectly packaged chocolate favour (such as these beautiful designs by Print & Party) that sum up the incredible day they just had!
And if chocolate’s not your thing, don’t stress! Guests won’t be able to wipe the smile off their face when presented with stunning little gift boxes filled with delicious baked goods:
THE FINAL RESULT
By using the tropical party ideas outlined above, the resulting set-up will be stunning, fun and adored by all. Roxanne of Lovely Occasions puts it perfectly in saying “I love the modern and sophisticated twist this picnic has on the tropical theme. The gold elements bring a touch of luxury while the bright pop of pink still keeps it fun and fresh, perfect for a bridal shower luncheon with the girls!”
If you’re in Queensland, LOVE this theme and want your celebration to look exactly as pictured, Lovely Occasions offer this on trend Tropical Luxe Picnic Package along with matching tropical party supplies – find it by clicking here. You can then complete the look with 'The Sweet Society Co's' baked goods.
For those of you in other states, Print & Party offer their stunning designs Australia-wide, and the gorgeous party supplies offered by Lovely Occasions can also be shipped to your door!
Nicole Barralet Photography
A Brisbane based wedding, boudoir and personal branding photographer.
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ENJOY YOUR TROPICAL OASIS!
If you have any other tropical party ideas/inspiration, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below (as would our wonderful community)!
Wishing you the most amazing tropical themed party!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Does your bride-to-be enjoy a good dance sesh? Are you looking for bridal shower or hen games that cater to this love? Then 'Let's Dance' is the perfect option for her celebration!
You've probably played a form of it in your childhood... it was fun then, and will even more so now (as, most likely, alcohol will be involved!).
For instructions on how to play, see below.
HOW TO PLAY 'LET'S DANCE'
YOU WILL NEED:
Your guests and their imaginations + some music – that’s it!
To play the game, ask everyone 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 (e.g. a star jump, waving her hands, twerking... you get the picture!). For this example, let’s say she went with the star jump.
Starting with the person on her left, each guest must take their turn to repeat the bride-to-be’s dance move. Once the entire circle has had their turn, the next player does a star jump before adding their own dance move to the routine (the next player is the person to the left of whomever made up the previous dance move; in this case, the person to the left of your bride-to-be).
Let’s say the second player goes with waving her hands. Starting with the player to their left, each guest then does a star jump and waves her hands.
Continue playing until every person has added their own dance move to the routine. The game finishes with the whole group performing the full routine together!
IT'S FUN TO UP THE ANTE ON HEN GAMES LIKE THIS!
MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO
You can’t let such a fun routine go to waste! If you have a video camera (or even a good phone) around, set it up and film the dance routine to backing music. It will be such a fun memory for your bride-to-be to look back on.
MAKE IT HARDER
If everyone is having a ball playing (or your group is smaller), have each guest add TWO dance moves at each turn. Harder and funnier!
PUNISH THE PLAYERS
Forget the steps or do them out of order? Then you will be punished. Taking a sip of your drink, having a shot, answering a truth, completing a dare – the ways you can penalize players is endless!
PLAN A PERFORMANCE
Hitting the town after some pre-drinks and nibbles? Put on a hilarious performance for the club/pub goers by busting out this dance routine at some point in the night!
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This game is perfect for bridal showers, kitchen teas and hen parties as it's fun and funny without being inappropriate (unless your guest take it there, of course!).
I would absolutely LOVE to hear how you went playing - If you would like to share any details from your celebration, please spill via the comments section below or social media!
Have an AMAZING time!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
A hen party game like this will only work if you’re out in public, as it involves your bride-to-be chatting with strangers. So, if you're planning on heading out and about for your besties festivities, read on!
HOW TO PLAY
YOU WILL NEED:
The worst photo you can possibly find of your bride-to-be’s partner.
Before the party, find the worst photo you can of your beautiful hen’s soon-to-be husband (or wife!). It can be when he was surprised, very drunk, just waking up, generally looking weird, etc. Whatever you decide to go with, make sure it’s BAD and/or HILARIOUS!
Print this picture off and have your bride-to-be carry it around with her for the duration of her celebration.
Why, you may ask?
Because every time a code-word is mentioned by a member of your group (‘Man, I’m itchy!’, for example), your bride-to-be must go over to the nearest stranger, show them the photo of her partner and proudly tell them how excited she is to be marrying him.
Can she get through it with a straight face?
FUN LITTLE EXTRAS THAT WORK WITH THIS HEN PARTY GAME!
WHY SO SERIOUS?
If your bride-to-be is able to talk about marrying her partner without cracking a smile or bursting out laughing, she deserves a special prize! This could be anything from an actual gift (such as a piece of her favourite chocolate) to having the guest who yelled out the code-word buying her a drink (as a reward for her wonderful acting skills, of course!).
You know that hideous picture you found of your hen’s partner? Print off as many copies as there are guests attending the party and hand them out via goodie bags or as people arrive at the venue (just make sure your hen doesn’t notice). When the codeword is called out, surprise your bride-to-be by having EVERYONE put these photos in front of their faces whilst she’s talking to the passing stranger! There’s no way she’ll be able to keep a straight face.
CAPTURE THE LOVE
There are some photo ops that just can't be missed... especially when you have a large, hideous picture of the groom to play with!
Capture funny moments throughout the party by having your bride-to-be photographed with her "groom" (i.e. a guest holding the groom's photo in front of their face). ‘Photo Groom’ could be proposing, having a drink with his bride-to-be, dancing up a storm, etc. These pictures will make great mementos for years to come!
Want a bit more of a challenge? Assign each guest a scenario that they have to re-enact as the "groom" with the bride-to-be! Some examples include ‘First Date’, ‘Honeymoon’, ‘We’re Pregnant!’, etc.
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HAVE AN AMAZING TIME!
Did you play this hen party game (or are you planning to play it)? Give us all a giggle by sharing your hilarious photos and stories via the comments section below or social media (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram)!
Have an AMAZING time with that beautiful bride (and groom) of yours!
Much love, keep smiling – Bec x
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