AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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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!
SET THE SCENE WITH A SAUCY THEME
Build excitement for the celebration by selecting a cheeky hen party 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.), masquerade, red lips and so on.
ADD SOME ACTIVITIES THAT WILL MAKE YOU BLUSH!
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 or twerk classes, your group won’t know where to begin when it comes to shaking their booties! Some venues (such as Aussie Twerk, pictured) even give you the option of having some male strippers join the party!
MALE REVUE SHOW
Like the idea of strippers but want to keep things a little classier?
Hit up a male revue show instead (such as Melbourne's Princes of the Night, pictured below) where you can watch the boys strut their stuff (and show off their wicked dance moves!) whilst enjoying drinks and busting out some moves of your own. If you're more inclined to be in the spotlight after a few bevs, some hens may end up on 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!
STRIPPERS ON THE HIGH SEAS
Enjoying a cruise, taking in the sites around your local city, indulging in some delicious bites to eat, knocking back some bubbly and watching a show that will make your entire group blush - what's not to love about a naughty night on the high seas?!
For an example of what you can expect with such an experience, check out Wild Boys Afloat Brisbane by clicking here!
TANTRIC HEN PARTY
If you’re after something 18+ and really unique, why not try out a tantric hens party (such as those run by Blissrising, click here for more info)? Sensual, exciting AND educational - you’ll be leaving this event with skills that can be practiced at home (if you know what I mean?!).
TOPLESS WAITERS AND/OR STRIPPERS
Whether you’re at a hired venue or in your very 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!
Handy hint: Click here for some fun games to play with your topless waiters!
PLAY GAMES THAT WILL BRING THE GIGGLES!
Before getting the party started, write down 10 MA15+ or R rated questions and place them in 10 separate balloons. Throughout the night, have guests pop the balloons; with your hen answering the question that comes out. If she refuses to give the group an answer, it's time for a punishment! This can be anything from drinking a shot or sipping her drink to completing a dare.
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!
CHEEKY TIME CAPSULE
The overall goal of 'Cheeky Time Capsule' is to prepare a box of gifts, letters, predictions and/or memories for your hen to open with her husband on their one year wedding anniversary.
To play, you can either ask guests to bring along a cheeky, wrapped gift for your hen (such as sexy launderette, love coupons, etc.) that can be placed into the 'time capsule' box when they arrive OR at the party have guests write down cheeky predictions (e.g. 'the happy couple will have consummated their marriage at least two times on their wedding night), naughty date ideas (to keep the flame burning in their second year of marriage) and/or cheeky memories (e.g. what happened the first time the happy couple met). These notes can then be placed into the time capsule.
After the party, seal the box and gift to your best friend (with strict instructions not to open it before their anniversary)! If you don't trust that she can wait this long, keep it sealed at your place and gift to her on her anniversary... what a present it will be!
★Click here for hilarious pre-made ‘dirty’ questionnaire cards★
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!). To play this game, search the net for some hilariously cheeky options - 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!
Once you've found at least 10, write out the questions only on a word document and print off ready for the celebration (make sure you also print off a 'cheat sheet' for yourself that includes all answers'. On the day, hand out to guests and, one by one, read the riddles out loud. Give the gals enough time to laugh and ponder before moving on to the next riddle. The person or group with the most correct answers wins!
EMOJI PICTIONARY (18+)
★Click here to view a pre-made 18+ emojoi pictionary game card★
If you hen loves to use an emoji in her daily life, she will absolutely love this game! To play, try and think of at least 10 cheeky bedroom antics and the emoji (or emojis) that describe them. Now, put together a list of your 'acts' (#winkwink), using the descriptive emojis only - these will become your game cards (click here for an example). Hand out to guests when you're ready to play; with the dirtiest, cheekiest, naughtiest person or group being the one with the most correct answers!
NAUGHTY OR NICE?
On a table labelled ‘Naughty or Nice?’, have enough drinks for one per guest attending. As guests arrive, ask them to pick a beverage. The twist being that some are naughty (i.e. cocktails, straight shots, etc.) and some are nice (i.e. water, lemonade, etc.)!
Fun tip: you can also play this game in the style of ‘spin the bottle’. Simply place shot glasses in a circle and guests spin the bottle, taking whichever shot it happens to land on. Once again, some shots are 'nice' and some are 'naughty'
PIN THE JUNK
★Click here for a custom 'Pin the Junk on the Hunk' game★
Print off a HUGE full body photo or poster of your hen’s crush (for example) + enough cartoon peckers for each guest. On the night, party-goers will take it in turns to be blindfolded and spun around before tying to ‘pin’ the junk in the correct position. Write each guests’ name on their particular penis so that you can keep track of who is winning!
Hot tip:The bridesmaids at my hen do photoshopped the most HILARIOUS picture of my husband's face onto another man's body. I couldn't stop laughing whilst playing (made even funnier by the fact that his cousins had to pin his junk as well!). If you don’t like the idea of ‘Pin the Junk’, other alternatives include ‘Pash the Poser’ (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!
★Click here for a printable ‘Positions’ game★
Strictly 18+ only - the 'positions' game is bound to have the entire room in giggles! To organise, you'll have to dig into your bedroom knowledge (or see how much google knows!) and find around 10 different 'position' names (such as 'the spider') and their corresponding images (cartoons or real life - this part depends how raunchy you want to get!). Once you've collected this info, create game cards by placing the images on a word/powerpoint document; leaving space (such as a line or text box) for guests to write their guesses. Print off and hand out on the day, with the group/person to get the most right being the winner!
Hot tip:This game can be quite hard (pun intended) to play. To make it a bit easier, you can list the names of each position randomly at the bottom of the game card (or display the names randomly on a large blackboard at the front of the room). It's then up to guests to decipher which name goes with which image!
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!
THIS OR THAT
★Click here for a range of hilarious ‘This or That’ printable games★
This one is guaranteed to have the party in fits of laughter! To play, pick a particular category (for example, 'porn or singing', 'boobs or but', etc.) and search for some hilarious images. Create game cards from your stash of piccies (click here for example layouts) and award points to those who guess right. Person with the most points at the end of the game wins!
EVEN MORE CHEEKY GAME INSPIRATION
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.
NAUGHTY HEN PARTY GIFTS
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.
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 or even penis shaped chocolate! 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'.
Guaranteed to bring the giggles, naughty biscuits make fantastic favours, prizes or platter fillers! Whether you create these beauties yourself (the experience will no doubt get you super excited for what's to come) or get the professionals to do it ('The Confectionist', for example, can turn even your wildest requests into a biscuit!), these delicious little treats are bound to be a crowd-pleaser.
Need biscuit inspiration? Fluffy handcuffs, six-packs, boobs or penises will all work perfectly with your cheeky theme!
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. Don't forget to add a 'PICK YOUR PRICK' sign to the favour table!
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
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!
Handy hint: Save up some small glass jars in the lead up to the event. You can then purchase large bottles of champagne, wine, etc. and fill the little jars. Decorate as you wish (e.g. with a twine bow) and place into gift bags.
OTHER CHEEKY INSPIRATION
You will find a great deal of inspiration via our Pinterest board! Eat your naughty heart out:
Purchase a white singlet and ask if friends have some permanent markers lying around that they could bring along to the event. On the day/night of the hen party, let the girls go to town on it with well wishes, their names, pictures, funny quotes said throughout the night, funny stories from the celebration, etc.!
Handy hint: 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.
PHOTO BOOTH (FOR ADULTS ONLY)
Photo booths are the best! And this type of party allows for SO many fun prop ideas that, really, how could you not have one!
Save some cash and DIY it with a simple backdrop (this could be anything from a plain wall to a pretty area in your garden). Next, add a basket full of props. Think along the lines of blackboards and chalk (so that guests can write their own cheeky words - bound to get more risque and hilarious as the night goes on!) and DIY cardboard items (e.g. Google some funny 18+ cartoons, such as peckers, print them off and glue them onto cardboard. Carefully cut around the outside of the picture and, boom, instant prop!). Does anyone in the group have some cheeky dress ups/accessories? Add those to the loot as well!
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 | Pinterest).
Cheers to the cheekiest and most hilarious party in town!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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A Rubik's Cube Party is a lot of fun, a great ice-breaker, keeps the event interesting, and will result in so many fantastic photos! To learn how to play (plus all the other important info such as guest favours and food inspiration), read on!
THE AIM OF A RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY
Have each guest arrive in an outfit that resembles an incomplete Rubiks 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 this Rubik's Cube game is to leave the party in someone else’s clothes #ohbehave!
GET YOUR SWAP ON
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!
If you don't like the idea of one blanket rule, you also have the option of numerous rules being followed throughout the night. For example:
MAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE FOLLOWING LIST UNTIL YOU ARE WEARING ONE COLOUR ONLY (PLEASE NOTE, NO RULE MAY BE USED MORE THAN ONCE). YOU MAY MAKE A QUICK SWAP OF 1 CLOTHING ITEM:
Up the ante at your celebration by handing out fun prizes throughout the night. You can award winners for one or more of the following categories:
HOW WILL YOU PLAY?
When it comes to a Rubik's cube hen party, there are a number of ways to play. And how you decide to include your bride-to-be in the fun is entirely up to you!
OPTION 1: WHITE PARTY
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!).
OPTION 2: MIX & MATCH
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!).
OPTION 3: TRADITIONAL
Everyone, including your hen, arrives as an unfinished Rubik's cube and plays the game together.
RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY FAVOURS & PRIZES
CUTE RUBIK'S CUBE GIFT BOXES
And last but not least, if you're after something special to put your guests' goodies in, you can't go past Rubik's Cube favour boxes!
Perfect for foodies (like me!). Think along the lines of colourful cupcakes, biscuits or lollies. 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!
Plants flowering in the Rubik's cube colours (white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow) will not only make your event look beautiful, but will also make a lasting gift for your guests (which in turn will become a permanent reminder of the fun they had at your hen do!).
SHOTS AND/OR MINI ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Kick off your celebration with some delicious mini drinks or shots! Not only a great ice-breaker (CHEERS everyone!), but also the perfect addition to any goodie bag.
Handy hint: Put the call out for small glass jars in the lead up to your event (and be sure to save any from your cupboard as well!). You can then fill these with spirits or champagne, decorate as you wish (e.g. with ribbon bows in the Rubik's cube colours) and add to guests' gift bags, ready for the special day.
For more hen party favour ideas, click here.
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).
If you would prefer to purchase 80s party decorations/products rather than DIY, here are some great items to get you started (click the words to view the products):
Handy hint: If you do decide to go ahead with this theme, make sure you have the funkiest 80s music playlist to ever grace a party on hand, and that guests join the fun by turning up in 80s costumes (in the Rubik's Cube colours, of course!).
SOME HANDY TIPS
To ensure that your party goes to plan, 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.
CHECK US OUT ON PINTEREST FOR MORE RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY INSPIRATION (INCLUDING COLOURFUL FOOD, DELISH!):
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 | Pinterest).
Cheers to the BEST Rubik's Cube Party!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
THIS ARTICLE MAY CONTAIN COMPENSATED LINKS. PLEASE READ OUR DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO.
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 Halloween costumes 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), the sexy option (creepy nurse, anyone?) or even the group Halloween costumes option, 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’ and DIY a tombstone that says 'RIP [name]'s single life'! Click here for inspiration.
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 Halloween food) 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 inspirational do it yourself Halloween decorations)!
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 (candlesticks, old books, treasure chest, etc.), 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’ Halloween party games and activities that will work perfectly with your celebration:
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!).
★Click here for some spooktacular printable photo booth props★
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.
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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: 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 (or in their finest ballroom attire) - 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.
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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.). Alternatively, why not ask everyone to come in an outfit that resembles 'snow' or 'ice'. The range of costumes (from stunning, white dresses to DIY snowflakes) will be entertaining and great for photos!
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?!
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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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A theme can add that little bit extra to a celebration. If you're still on the lookout for the perfect theme for your beautiful bride-to-be, this tropical picnic may be all the inspiration you need! Click here to learn how you can create it yourself.
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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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!
★Click here for some beautiful fabric bunting options★
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
★Click here to find see a range of beautiful, fabric napkins★
Fabric napkins not only make beautiful table decor, but also add a touch of sophistication and (if you choose) a pop of colour to your overall celebration. If you purchase colour schemes or patterns that you simply adore, they can also be used frequently in your day-to-day lives (or stored neatly in your cupboard until the next event!).
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:
★Click here to view a range of seed bomb favours★
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 (for example).
Click here for images and crafting instructions (if you love a bit of DIY, this option is for you!).
PERSONALISED DRINKING TOOLS
★Click here to view a selection of fun & colourful drinking accessories★
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 stores.
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
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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). Click here for some great flower decor inspiration.
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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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)!
ECOSILK REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
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Available in a 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
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Planning on gifting a couple of smaller items such as chocolates, jewellery or little, organic pamper products? The adorable mini bags from Ecosilk could be your ideal packaging option! 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!
SUSTAINABLE, PLANTABLE CARDS
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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 and then plant their cards in the garden, ready to watch their (surprise) flowers grow!
STUNNING DOWNLOADABLE, PRINTABLE PRODUCTS
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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? Simple! Purchase a printable product, customise it with your party details, and then have them printed onto recycled paper or 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!
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 stunning edible flowers to your treats.
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 finally, my FAVE option - colourful stainless steel straws!
Specialising in bright and fun 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.
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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 when out and about. Washable, anti-bacterial and compostable (when you feel it's at the end of its lifespan), 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; already packed in stylish favour boxes, they come with everything you need to grow herbs at home!
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. Easy party bag ideas that are fun, unique and lasting!
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! 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!
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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 tabel at your event look absolutely stunning! In other words, they are a gift that everyone will remember (for all the right reasons!).
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-sized 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?!
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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)!
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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-conscious 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.
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DECORATIVE WOODEN VASES
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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 gift option! Carefully handmade in a private woodworking shop, these stunning wooden vases are one of those wonderful, versatile products 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 the celebration is 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
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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!
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
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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? The 'Rolla Bottle'!
The 'Rolla Bottle' will allow your hen to enjoy water, cocktails AND coffee, the three drinks of choice when it come 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's so easy to carry around and care for!
ECO GIFT PACKS
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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 (the fact that they're also eco friendly is an added bonus!).
GREEN THUMB GIFTS
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With many health benefits (such as purifying the air - click here for more information), plants make 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).
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), lick (such as bamboo) and/or indoor plants are best for gifting.
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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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 | Pinterest). 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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ONLINE WINE RETAILER
Nitesh Bhatia is the founder and CEO of Just Wines, Australia's second largest wine retailer dedicated to supporting Australian and New Zealand winemakers.
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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AUTHOR BIO - ONLY DREAM DRESSES
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Natalie Churchill is the founder and owner of Only Dream Dresses, an Australian-wide online marketplace for preloved wedding dresses. Like many brides, Natalie experienced the desire to wear a beautiful designer gown on her wedding day, but didn’t want to spend the earth in doing so. So the idea of purchasing or hiring a preloved wedding dress was formed. Only Dream Dresses specialises in creating a service that’s personal, cost effective and efficient.
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