AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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After dropping the kids to school the other day, a thought crossed my mind... how fun would a ‘back to school’ party theme be for a hen do?! Set up like a normal school day ('class schedule' and all), you could make your way through different subjects, eat your way through delicious food, and, of course, drink you way through refreshing bevies! If you like the idea of a back to school theme party for adults (or you’re intrigued by the idea), read on!
IT ALL BEGINS WITH A CLASS SCHEDULE
When thinking of what to do for your best friend's 'back to school' hen's party, it's best to start with a 'class schedule'. This will not only fit in perfectly with the overall theme and make for a great invitation (giving guests a hint of what's to come), but having it all written down will also help you decide on activities, decide on approximate times for said activities and more!
To make this task easier for you, we've provided some 'class/subject' inspiration below. Include three or more of the following classes to guarantee an amazing day!
Hot tip: We have provided activity ideas and back to school party games inspiration for each class. You don't have to do every single one of these suggestions, just choose the ones that you like/suit your party best and go from there! Happy planning :-)
Dinner and a show, anyone? Take this opportunity to see the professionals in action! From musical theatre and circus acts to male revue shows and stand-up comedians, there are so many fun, unique, awe-inspiring and amazing ways to appreciate the art of performance. Rather have the show come to you? Why not hire yourself a comedy hypnotist? Not only a hilarious performance by a professional, but also a way for your guests to show off their skills once under the spell of hypnosis!
DRAMA CLASS GAMES:
Capture hilarious poses and moments on camera with this fun game. Click here for instructions.
one person acts out a phrase/object to their group. If the group guesses what it is within a certain time-frame, they get one point. The group with the most points at the end of the game wins. Think of back to school party related game cards to tie in with the theme (e.g. teacher's pet, detention, etc.).
Experts show off their hidden talents and then groups have to try and replicate it. Click here fore full game instructions.
It’s time to get those creative juices flowing! From paint and sip classes (where you can create beautiful masterpieces, wine in hand) or creative workshops (such as terrarium making and terracotta pot decorating), to nude drawing lessons (hello, naked friend!) and body painting workshops, there are back to school crafts for adults to suit all types of personalities.
If your group would prefer to sit this class out (literally), you could bring in the creative instead! Hire a caricature artist who can draw each of your girls in the most unique and memorable way. This will not only be heaps of fun (imagine watching the caricature of your friend take form, right in front of your eyes), but a cartoon portrait will also make for a memorable favour that each of your guests will treasure forever.
ART CLASS GAMES:
DIRTY PICTIONARY (OR BRIDAL PICTIONARY IF YOU'RE AFTER A CLEANER OPTION!):
Come up with a list of words related to weddings/hen parties (these can be dirty or clean). Individuals then take it in turns to draw a chosen word/phrase, whilst their team members try and guess what it is. Click here for full game instructions.
On a computer, paste an image of your hen’s face at the top of a blank A4 page and print off enough for each guest. Party-goers then design bridal gowns by drawing a dress, veil, shoes, etc. onto the page with your hen’s face at the top (this means they have to draw arms, legs, bodies, etc.). Best dress wins!
Teams create designer wedding dresses (within a 10 minute time-frame) using ONLY toilet paper (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here). This is achieved by dressing one of the team members by wrapping, throwing, twisting, etc. toilet paper all over their body. Bride-to-be chooses the winning team once they've all shown off their designs.
Place a piece of paper on the ground and, one at a time, ask the girls to trace around their hands WITHOUT bending their knees! Write down all of the funny things they say whilst drawing (e.g. 'This is SO hard!'). Prepare for giggles as you announce that, thanks to them, you now know what your bride-to-be will be saying to her husband on their wedding night (i.e. 'This is SO hard!'). Click here for full game instructions.
Before the celebration, type up a checklist that includes different types of group and portrait shots. 'Funny faces', ‘laughter’, ‘dancing’, 'the hen and her family', and ‘a selfie’, are all great options.Hand each guest a checklist and ask that they capture (photograph) as many items from the list as possible. The person who ticks off the most is the winner! Click here for full game instructions.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Physical Education is all about, well, getting physical! If you’re hosting an event at home, why not hire a dance instructor to get those bodies moving? From vintage to pop, twerking to lap dancing, it’s going to be a good time. And if you’re out and about? Dance classes are still an option, as are other physical activities such as canoeing, bike riding, zip-lining, stand up paddling, surfing, rock climbing, bubble soccer, laser tag, and more.
For those after a cheeky twist for their PE class, this subject also happens to be where you learn all about the human body. Well, ladies, there’s no better way to gain an understanding of the male form than with a stripper and/or topless waiter! The perfect surprise for that naughty student of yours.
PIN THE JUNK ON THE HUNK (OR PIN THE BOUQUET ON THE BRIDE):
Print off a LARGE photo or poster of your hen’s crush (for example) + enough cartoon peckers for each guest. Guests can then take it in turns to be blindfolded and spun before tying to ‘pin’ the junk in the correct position. Write guests’ name's on their particular penis so that you can keep track of who is winning! This game also works using a picture of your beautiful bride-to-be and printed off bouquets (guests can then try to pin the bouquet in the correct spot).
Each team/individual is given some playdough and asked to mould a penis within a certain time-frame. The bride-to-be then gives prizes out to one or more of the following categories: best shaped pecker, biggest pecker, funniest pecker, etc.! Don't want to mould a penis? Teams could mould a man, mould parts of a man, or mould the bride instead!
PUMP THE PECKER:
Ask guests to get into pairs and give each team one balloon pump and one LONG balloon. One person from each pair then sits on a seat, balloon pump held tightly between their thighs; hands behind their back. On 'GO!' the other person in each pair must place the balloon over the top of the pump, kneel down and pump it up as fast as they can! First team to inflate or pop their balloon wins! Click here for full game instructions.
THIS OR THAT?:
Pick a particular category (for example, 'porn or singing', 'boobs or butt', etc.), search for some hilarious images and create game cards from your stash of piccies (click here for example layouts). Guests must then guess if it's one or the other. The person with the most right at the end wins!
WHO'S YOUR MAN?:
Ask the groom and each of his groomsmen to take pictures of body parts: nose, eye, foot, hair, hand, chin, bicep, etc. Print each of these photos off big enough that everyone can see them (or load them onto a slideshow and use a TV for viewing). On the day, make your way through the body parts; asking the bride-to-be to pick her husband’s photo from the rest (i.e. if the groom has three groomsmen, hold up four images of feet and ask her to point to her groom’s. Do the same for the rest of your pictures). Every wrong answer? Your lovely hen must drink!
Step back in time and celebrate Vintage style with this fun and unique History class! From swing dancing and burlesque to Vintage hair/makeup and pin-up photoshoots, there are countless ways to engage students. If you're after a more settled session, there are also the options of drive in movies, seeing a favourite flick at a vintage theatre, or watching the best movies from the 70s and 80s in the comfort of your lounge/on a projector screen in the yard (wine, chocolate and popcorn mandatory)!
HISTORY CLASS GAMES:
This is where you really need to dig up those hilarious stories that are, well, history! Have each guest anonymously write down an embarrassing/funny experience they’ve had. Collect the stories and place them in a bowl. One by one, your hen can read them aloud to the group; attempting to guess who each story belongs to as she goes!
Create your own trivia night! Simply search the internet for some hilarious questions (these can be naughty or nice depending on the type of party you're hosting). Write your favourites onto a question sheet. At the party, separate guests into teams and slowly make your way through each of your questions. Team with the most right answers at the end wins. Handy tip: use questions about your bride-to-be's life instead (e.g. how old was she when she first kissed a boy? Who was her first crush? etc.)!
WHAT AGE WAS THE BRIDE?:
Print off at least 5 fun photos of your hen from different points in her life and record her age in the photo somewhere safe. Display the pictures as you wish (bluetack to the wall, pinned to a board, etc.). Guests can then guess what age they think the hen was in each photograph by writing their answers on paper. The person who gets the most right wins! Click to view 'what age was the bride' game card printable.
A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE:
Guests writes down a special memory they have with the bride-to-be and place them into a bowl. One by one, your hen reads them aloud to the group; trying to guess who each memory belongs to as she goes. Make the game a little more crazy by having your hen have drink or do a pre-prepared dare for every wrong guess she makes!
Maths is all about problem solving. And what better way to get your mind's ticking than with an escape room experience? Whether you take part in this activity at a venue dedicated to Escape Rooms, or create a DIY version for your home, this exercise will have you cracking codes and piecing together puzzles as a team in no time! Like the idea of problem solving with a time limit? You may also enjoy 'minute to win it' style puzzles. Not only will they be fun and tie in perfectly with this lesson, but they are also a great ice-breaker (the laughter will be real!). Some examples include:
ACTUAL MATHS FACTS:
Print off some simple equations and see who gets the most right within one minute.
Print off some hilarious photos of your bride to be (or, if it's a cheekier soiree, male body parts!). One by one, cut the photos up into small, puzzle style pieces and place them into bags (one photo - or all the little pieces of the photo - per bag). See who can put together their photo within one minute.
Print off some riddles that sound dirty but actually have a very clean answer (click here for ideas). See who can get the most right within one minute. If you want to keep this game clean, use G/PG rated riddles instead!
There are SO many fun ways to bring the music to your day, it’s hard to know where to begin! For starters, you could set up a karaoke machine and let your gals go crazy singing their favourite old-school songs, group ballads and more. Interactive African Drumming is also a great way to bring rhythm to your day, as is a dance class (that could be filmed and turned into your very own music video clip!).
If you’re heading out for your celebration, a mobile silent disco is an amazing way to party. As you shimmy through the streets and sing at the top of your lungs, you will not only feel free as a bird, but you will also put on the most hilarious show for those passing by! Then there is also the option of attending a live gig if one of her favourite artists are in town, or simply taking in some tunes at the local pub.
MUSIC CLASS GAMES:
Guests stand in a circle and wait for your bride-to-be to get the dancing started. How? By making up one simple dance move (e.g. twerking)! Starting with the person to her left, each guest then takes it in turns to repeat the bride’s dance move (that is, they twerk). Once the entire circle has had a turn, the next player (person to the left of your bride) twerks before adding in their own move (e.g. a star jump). Each guest then has to twerk and do a star jump. Keep playing until everyone has added one move. The game finishes with the group performing their entire routine together!
Recess and lunch means three main things. Eating all the food, drinking all the drink, and letting loose with your friends! Make this easy for your guests by setting up all-you-can-eat food tables (where they could stock up their ‘lunch boxes’ or ‘food trays’), a drink bar (complete with water, punch and a mix of alcoholic beverages/mixers for those DIY cocktail enthusiasts), and a lunch area (somewhere guests can chill out, eat, drink and chat for a while in-between classes).
If you feel like splurging, there is also the option of hiring a food truck or a private chef.
Want to make lunch/recess an activity in itself? Why not try out some cocktail making classes, a cheeky baking class (learn how to create some 18+ biscuits or cakes!), chocolate making lessons, a high tea, wine tasting (that includes a luncheon as well) or even a surprise picnic in a stunning location?
Woohoo! You DID it! You passed the final exam and the school day/year is over! Now it’s time to celebrate all that HARD work and PARTAY! Do this by hitting the town (or your lounge, music blaring!), downing some of your favourite bevs, and dancing the night away!
Handy hint: actually organise a 'final exam' before guests can officially attend 'schoolies'! Make it a simple yet fun task that everyone can complete together (e.g. take a shot, pose for a class photo, sing a group song, etc.).
FUN EXTRAS YOU CAN ALSO ADD TO YOUR 'CLASS SCHEDULE'
Create a sheet of strict ‘school rules’ that are to be followed throughout the celebration. These could be anything from ‘Don’t say the word wedding’ to ‘Don’t drink on campus’ (meaning every guest must take a swig of their drink when they think no-one else is looking! Those who get caught get a warning – 3 warnings and it’s off to detention!).
Whether or not you decide to follow these rules to a tee doesn’t matter, it’s a great way to get everyone laughing and in the mood for a ‘school yard party’ as they walk through the door!
Fun Tip: Nominate a school principal and teacher at the beginning of the party (these roles can change throughout the day). They can be in charge of enforcing the rules and giving out warnings/hilarious punishments when required!
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTOS
★Click here to view a selection of fun & reusable ‘Back to School’ boards★
You know those ‘first day of school’ boards that the preppies hold, stating their age, what they want to be when they’re older, their favourite colour, etc. (click here to view some examples)? They (or a DIY version) would be perfect for this! Snap a pic of each guest as they arrive for a great memento (if you can, use a polaroid camera to take these pictures and stick them under a ‘[insert bride-to-be’s name]’s class of 2020!’ sign on the wall!).
Photo day is a big deal. Hair sleeked back, outfit on point, beautiful smile (or, if you’re THAT guy, the random crazy face). With everyone looking their best, make time in the day to get a ‘class photo’. Following the party, whip up a template on your computer that includes this pic, a heading (such as “school” name or ‘[name]’s hen’s party 2020’) and a list of everyone’s name’s in the “class” (in other words, make it look like an actual school photo). Print it off at your local photo printing store, frame and gift to your bride-to-be!
Guys, it’s not ok to be breaking the school rules, ok?! For those pesky gals who just won’t listen, make sure there are some cheeky games, 'punishments' and other shenanigans in the ‘detention hall’ ready when they are!
BACK TO SCHOOL THEME PARTY COSTUME IDEAS!
If you’re hosting a back to school party for adults, there 100% should be a ‘school dress code’ as well! Your back to school party outfits could be anything from specific (such as white blazers, long socks, tartan skirts) to a little less strict (i.e. you must wear the colour ‘pink’). The other option is to give guests the freedom to interpret the theme as they wish (just ask that they dress appropriately for a ‘back to school theme party’!). This could result in anything from sexy schoolgirl outfits and giant pencils to stern principals – the surprise will be priceless on the day!
This begs the question, how should you ask your hen to dress?
If you want to keep the whole theme a secret, you could ask her to arrive decked out in white (she won’t have a clue with this colour palette, as white is traditional bride-to-be). On the day, you can then add some fun school-themed accessories to her outfit (e.g. a ‘teacher’s pet’ badge, fake glasses, a tartan tie, etc.). Alternatively, let your beautiful bride-to-be in on the theme (but not the happenings of the day!) and help her find a back to school theme party costume that will tie in with how the rest of her guests are dressing.
BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY DECORATIONS INSPIRATION
And finally, it's time to decorate! If you're hosting the event at home or at a hired venue, you can easily bring this theme to life using the following ideas.
Great for labelling different areas/tables (such as favours, food - or school canteen - table, teacher's lounge, detention hall, etc.) whilst simultaneously bringing back ALL those classroom feels. If you have a board that's big enough, you could even write your 'class schedule' up for everyone to see!
Timestables, ABCs, handwriting, you get the idea! Pop them on the walls and your guests will be transported back to those primary school days. Ah the memories!
If you're the crafty type (or someone on the guest list is), consider creating a 2D School bus (with the windows cut out). Then your guests can hold the 'bus' up in front of them, appearing as though they're taking a ride to school! Other fun photobooth ideas include 'Student of the Week' signs (make and print certificates from your computer, with different reasons for winning - e.g. 'Best table dancing the school has ever seen', 'Class clown' etc.).
PREVIOUS SCHOOL PHOTOS:
Unearth those hilarious, cute, hideous school photos of the guest of honour (and, if your guests are willing to get involved, have them send their funniest snaps in too!). Create a class wall of fame and stick them there to be viewed throughout the party.
This doesn't have to be an actual desk, any table and chair will do! Decorate appropriately (pens, pencils, paper, little sign saying 'Soon-to-be Mrs [insert name], etc.) to tie in with the overall theme. Once ready, this can be where your bride-to-be sits for any games that require her judgement (there's nothing like a teacher watching over you to make you work harder!).
And apples. Not quite sure why everyone associates them with teachers, but there you go!
If you enjoyed the back to school theme party for adults inspiration above, you will probably also enjoy this article dedicated to hen party themes! With over 20 different, impressive options, there is a little something for everyone. Check it out now by clicking here.
HAVE AN AMAZING TIME!
I hope this back to school theme party for adults article has given you ALL the inspiration you need to host a wicked celebration! From costumes to class schedules, this theme has SO much going for it, you're bound to have an incredible time! If you decide to go ahead with the schoolyard theme, let us know in the comments (or via our socials: AUS Facebook Group | Worldwide Facebook Group | Pinterest) - we'd love to hear ALL about it!
Cheers to an AMAZING party where the students run wild, and detention is the best place to be!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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There is absolutely no doubt about it - medical staff the world over are amazing. They go out of their way to help others each and every single day, putting their own health and safety at risk for the sake of others. Serious respect. If your best friend is in the medical field and you want to highlight her amazingness, or you just love the idea of playing 'doctors and nurses' for the night (oh behave!), check out the wonderful medical themed party inspiration below. It will be an event to remember!
When it comes to a medical themed party you really can't go wrong in the costume department. From the 'less-is'more' approach to going all out, from sexy to the downright scary, there really is something for everyone to wear (comfortably!). Let's break the different options down individually for you now...
SEXY DOCTORS AND NURSES
Short skirts, mini dresses, long socks, high heels - these are often the items that come to mind when throwing around ideas for a sexy nurse costume. Similarly, sexy doctors can don the heels, long socks, mini dresses (in scrub blue) or short overalls. Don't forget the lab coat, stethoscope and/or clip board for extra effect!
For those brave enough, there is also the option of naughty nurse (and doctor) lingerie - oh my!
If, like myself, you love costume parties because it gives you a chance to wear something ridiculous, you will enjoy these options!
Why not hit up your medical themed event as an oversized bottle of prescription pills (painted cardboard box is the perfect way to pull this off - and don't forget the 'lid', a.k.a. your hat for the night!), as a part of the human body (a giant heart, perhaps?), a patient in their hospital gown (pretend - or real, if you please - ass on show for the world to see!) or even as a life-size 'doctor' board game (print off the different organs from the game and stick them to yourself; friends can attempt to remove them throughout the night without being 'buzzed'! Points for anyone who grabs an organ without you noticing).
Have a favourite TV show or movie that also happens to include doctors/nurses? Why not dress as them? Think along the lines of 'The Joker dressed as a nurse', McDreamy or McSteamy from Greys Anatomy, Bugs Bunny pretending to be a doctor, any of the cast from Scrubs, etc.
Because, let's face it, that's exactly what medical staff are! Pay tribute to the wonderful souls who put themselves on the front line each and every day, not for themselves, but for the health and well-being of others. You can do this by wearing scrubs with a big 'Super Man/Woman' written across the front, by adding a superhero cape and mask to your costume, or by flat out dressing as a superhero.
Want to get your scary on? Zombie nurses, doctors or patients are the way to go. Simply rip your outfit and splatter with red paint for an easy DIY option. And if you're feeling extra crafty, use some spooky face paint to complete your look!
FINAL COSTUME TIPS
White dresses, blue shirts, skirts, overalls and more can often be found at local op shops or borrowed from friends/family. It's definitely worth checking out these options and saving some $$$ on costumes!
★Click here to view printable Hospital food labels★
Bring the party to your food table by incorporating themed signage that will delight (and disgust!) resident doctors and nurses. Fun can be brought to your feast with signs that range from sweet (e.g. a bowl of apples alongside the note 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' or a jar full of marshmallows with the sign 'cotton balls' attached to it) to creep ('stool samples' next to a selection of chocolates - eek!).
Alternatively, take things up a notch and get creative with your serving. Combine hilarious and disgusting labels with food shaped like human body parts (e.g. deli meats arranged to look like organs, biscuits decorated as bones, etc.), doctor equipment (food shaped as stethoscopes, clipboards, thermometers or even band-aids!), medications (such as shot glasses filled with different coloured/shaped lollies - giving the effect of 'pills', a jar full of jellybeans labelled as 'antibiotics', etc.) and so on. You could even serve those donuts that have syringes full of jam or chocolate stuck into them (perfect for the bride-to-be with a sweet tooth!)
FUN TIPS: Provide guests with serving trays and dig into your kids cupboard for plastic cups/bowls for extra hospital feels. You can add your bride-to-be’s face to these hilarious personalized cupcake toppers to bring extra fun to your party!
As with food, there are so many fun ways to bring the medical theme to your drinks section! For example, you could serve 'Urine Samples' (wine or apple juice in small cups or shot glasses), 'Blood Samples' (shots of red cocktails or wine), 'IV Fluids' (water in a large jug or shots of vodka), 'Blood Transfusion' (red wine), 'Flu Shots' (some sort of drink inside plastic syringes. Friends with kids may have some of these lying around at home as they often come with children's medicine bottles. Wash and use at your party - a great way to save cash and reuse items!), and so on.
Alternatively, set up a 'medicine table' and let guests play 'pharmacists' for the night - creating their own little concoctions as prescribed by the 'doctor' (that is, they can create different cocktails that have medicine-related names!). To organise, simply place a table/bar in an area easily accessible at the venue. Now add a variety of spirits (once again, labelling bottles with themed names), bowls of garnishes, stirrers, drinking glasses, etc. You could even leave 'prescriptions' in a pile on the table (i.e. different cocktail recipes for guests to follow - but print them out so that they look like they've come straight from the doctor's office).
Hot tip: Serve some drinks in objects that looks like drip bags - goon bags are a great way to get the look!
DECORATING YOUR HOSPITAL THEMED PARTY VENUE
A hospital themed party provides so many fun DIY decor options! Here are a few to inspire you:
CREATE YOUR VERY OWN 'HOSPITAL'
If your venue has a number of different rooms (or is large enough that you can create different 'sections'), why not make guests feel as though they're partying in a ward, drinking in the staff room, and running amuck through the sterile environment that would usually frown upon such behaviour?
To pull this off, start with the Admissions room. All that is needed to bring this to life is either a large 'EMERGENCY' or 'HOSPITAL ENTRANCE' sign hanging above the front/main door (you can paint the letters onto cardboard or have the sign printed off poster size at your local printer shop).
For extra fun, stick posters to the door outlining the hospital 'policies' (in other words, rules for the party - such as 'you cannot mention the word wedding once inside) and 'what to do first' (e.g. all patients must report to the admissions clerk upon arrival). The admissions clerk (a.k.a. you!) can then provide each new 'patient' with a 'hospital pack' and/or wrist band (with the patient's name written on it) and 'admit' them to the party. Fill your hospital packs with small print-offs of your policies and/or rules, plus some cheeky snacks and other goodies as desired (see food and drink sections above for edible filler ideas).
When decorating the remainder of your 'hospital', be sure to use lots of signage (such as informative posters of skeletons and the human body, hospital policies, rules for each room, etc.), models if possible (such as skeletons), white colours (sheets, table cloths, decorations). blue bedding (if you're using beds as part of the party) and large pot plants. Don't go too overboard in the decor department, as too much clutter will take away from the overall theme (stark rooms are actually the goal here).
Hospital rooms to feature at your party could be recovery wards (including beds separated by curtains, a TV playing photo slideshows of your hen and her friends, beautiful flowers displayed on tables, visitor seating area), food court (table and chairs set up cafe style, food and beverages displayed in a 'shop-like' fashion), staff room, and gift shop (this could be a great place to keep guest favours, prizes, any gifts given to the bride, etc.).
DECORATING ONE LARGE ROOM
In contrast to the above option, you may prefer to use just one main area for your event. At the front door, hang a 'HOSPITAL ENTRANCE' sign (once again, it can be as simple as painting the letters onto some cardboard, or printing it off poster size). Inside your venue, set up a designated food and drinks area (see earlier sections for themed beverage and foodie ideas), seating area and dance area. Cover tables with white cloths, hang balloons (painted with red + on them), stick important signage to your walls (posters of skeletons and the human body, hospital 'policies' and 'rules' - as outlined earlier - and so on), place pretty flowers in vases, large pot plants in empty corners, etc.
I've added the below image of a hospital waiting room for extra inspiration:
FUNNY MEDICAL PARTY DECORATIONS
Rather than getting super serious about it all, why not add some fun to the night by having rubber glove and/or condom balloons plus some inflatable parts of the human anatomy (if you know what I'm saying - wink, wink!) floating around?!
As you know, a hen's party is a special occasion. You want it to be different to your usual gatherings. Hens night games are a fun way to differentiate the two! See below for some great options that I've tailored to your nurse and doctor themed party.
Handy Hint: If you have game cards to hand out to teams, why not attach them to clip boards - it will flow perfectly with the theme!
Encourage guests to go all out in the costume department by hosting a competition! All doctors, nurses, zombies, superheros, patients and more will have the chance to strut their stuff to some cheeky tunes (such as 'I'm Too Sexy' by Right Said Fred), as your bride-to-be gets her judge on! Fun categories for the contest include 'Best Dressed Overall', 'Funniest Costume', 'Most Original Getup', and 'Bride's Choice'. Have some prizes at the ready for your winners.
What better setting to play a game about the human anatomy than at a medical themed hens event?! This can be played in teams or as individuals (it's best to look at your guest list and then see how much playdough you have before deciding this one!). To play, each individual or team is given a ball of playdough and asked to mould a penis within a certain time-frame. Like the costume contest, your hen can award the 'Best Pecker Overall', 'Funniest Pecker', 'Most Original Pecker', etc. Get creative with your categories and have some hilarious prizes for the winners!
Don’t want to mould a penis? Have teams mould a man, mould parts of a man, or mould the bride instead! Click here for a great home-made playdough recipe.
THIS OR THAT (BOOKS OR BUTT EDITION)
★Click here for a range of hilarious ‘This or That’ printable games★
This one is guaranteed to get the party blushing and giggling! To play, search the wide world of web for some hilarious boob and butt images. Create game cards from your stash of piccies (click here for example layouts) and award points to those who guess right (after all, doctors and nurses should know better than anyone which is which, right?!). The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!
WHO'S YOUR MAIN MAN?
So doctors and nurses stare at body parts all, day, long. This SURELY means they would know the difference between their better-halfs body and some random's... right?! Put your doc or nurse to the test and find out!
To play, ask the groom and each of his groomsmen to take pictures of their body parts (before the party!). Nose, eye, foot, hair, hand, chin, bicep, butt, etc. Print each of these photos off at a fairly large size.
Hot tip: If it's too hard to co-ordinate getting these images from all of the groomsmen before the party date, simply ask the groom to take his images and then source the rest from the internet (good old Google!).
On the day of your celebration, slowly make your way through each of the body parts; asking the bride-to-be to pick her husband’s photo from the rest (i.e. if the groom has three groomsmen, hold up the four pictures of noses and ask her to point to her groom’s nose. Do the same for hands, chins, etc.).
Every wrong answer? Your lovely hen must drink!
Handy Hint: If you have a TV in your venue, you can make a slideshow with the images and display them on the big screen. Saves you spending money on printing them off and means EVERYONE will get a good look!
Funny, fun and completely different to anything you usually see at a hen do, this activity is bound to be a memorable one! And on top of the show (which will already be a win), most comedy hypnotists are more than happy to tailor their act to your theme; meaning those costumes of yours will be put to good use!
DANCE FOR ME, DOC
Treat guests to a fun filled dance party by hiring a local instructor to teach you ALL the moves to your favourite medicine/doctor/health inspired songs. Some tunes to choose from include 'Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)' by Robert Palmer, 'Just Like a Pill' by Pink and 'Spoonful of Sugar' by Julie Andrews. Celebrations involving dance can also be extended to the wedding - learn more about this sneaky trip by clicking here!
MURDER MYSTERY PARTY
Want to take this theme to next level creepy? There's nothing scarier than an abandoned hospital! Play to the theme by incorporating some spooktacular decor (see this Halloween blog for inspiration), and then host a Murder Mystery dinner party amongst it all. Whilst this activity will take a bit of work to put together, it will be well worth it in the end. The clues, the costumes and the big reveal: do you have what it takes to tackle this real-life cluedo game and solve the mystery before it's too late?!
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Whether you decide to hire a professional booth or DIY it, the memories gained from this activity are priceless!
For the craft-heads, save some cash by setting up in front a plain, white wall and hang a sign above it (this could simply say 'PHOTOBOOTH' or be something cute like '[NAME's} HEN's PARTY'). As you're all going to be in costume already, stick to photobooth props such as blackboards and chalk (meaning guests can write down anything they like for their close-up... a message to the happy couple, funny sayings from the night, etc.), printed phrases your hen says ALL the time (a great way to personalise the party), quotes from her all-time favourite doctor shows/movies, cute phrases (e.g. 'She's getting married!', 'Bride Tribe', etc.), and silly ways people have been admitted to hospital (e.g. 'Reason for Hospital Admittance: Glued hand to head').
If you want to include actual props as well, think along the lines of stethoscopes, clipboards, fake glasses, skeletons/organs/muscles (e.g. heart, boob muscles, butt muscles, hand bones) and more. Once again, op shops are great for finding unique items that won't you a fortune!
HOT TIP: To make your own photobooth props, print off quotes/phrases and mount the paper onto cardboard. It's a cheap yet effective way to make pretty props that look nice on camera that will also last the night. Bonus - they can also be recyled afterwards!
OUT & ABOUT
ABANDON THE THEME
Just because you're hosting a medical themed party doesn't mean you have to do absolutely EVERYTHING in line with it. From bubble soccer, wine tours and baking classes, to pole dancing, creative workshops and life drawing, there are so many options when it comes to entertaining your gals. And the fact that you're all dressed to impress will make ANY activity you decide on that much better... just think of the fun, silly moments and photo memories!
NURSE PARTY FAVORS
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Doctors and nurses are used to looking at the human body, and probably won't even bat an eyelid at these cheeky little extras! But if you do want to add some naughty to your event, why not go for will shaped chocolates or biscuits, cookies with pecker fondant standing to attention on top or even small paper bags filled with malteasers with a label that says 'balls' (or include one penis shaped chocolate in each bag - you can then label them 'dick and balls'!).
Handy Tip: If you decide to go down this path, just make sure your group is up for such an event. You don't want anyone to be uncomfortable or offended by the treats in their bag (especially the bride-to-be)!
Any food that gives a nod to the hospital party theme would work perfectly here! Paper bags filled with marshmallows and labelled 'cotton balls', small jars filled with smarties and labelled 'antibiotics', bags of chocolates labelled 'bowel movements', jars full of red wine labelled 'blood samples', jars full of white wine labelled 'urine samples' - the list is endless! Get creative and you'll have no problem either delighting or repelling guests as they walk out the door!
HOSPITAL PACKS & ARM BANDS ON ARRIVAL
As mentioned earlier in this article, you could have an admissions clerk hand out special hospital packs and personalised hospital arm bands as guests arrive. These could be as simple as small, white paper bags with a red cross painted on the front. Fill your hospital packs with print-offs of your hospital policies and/or rules (e.g. the following words are banned throughout the night - wedding, husband and so on, every time [insert song name] plays you must stop what you're doing and twerk for 30 seconds, etc.), plus some cheeky snacks and other goodies as desired (see food and drink sections above for edible filler ideas).
JOKES & RIDDLES
Everyone loves to have a laugh – so this option is not only cheap and easy to put together, but also guaranteed to go down a treat with your guests’ (unless they're ridiculously lame, then you may get some eye rolls!).
To organise, simply search the internet for medical themed jokes that suit your party. They could be clean, dirty, lame, hilarious - a mix of them all. If they are part of a goodie bag that guests will receive at the beginning of the event, you could have everyone read their particular joke out loud to the group (this makes for a great ice breaker). If you're handing them out in bags at the end of the event, they will bring smiles to the faces of guests following a fun night out.
If you enjoyed the medical themed party ideas above, we think you will also love this list of 20+ Hens Party Themes! From sweet to saucy, there are options for every type of celebration. Click here to learn more!
HAVE AN AMAZING TIME AT YOUR MEDICAL THEMED PARTY!
I hope this list has provided you with LOTS of medical themed party inspiration, making your planning that much easier (and fun!). If you have any other medical themed party ideas you would like to share, or if you recently hosted a doctors/nurses celebration and have some wicked photos, we would absolutely LOVE to hear/see them (you can share via the comments below or on our socials:AUS Facebook Group | Worldwide Facebook Group | Pinterest).
Cheers to an AMAZING event!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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Celebrating your best friend’s upcoming nuptials is going to be a great time, whether you have a theme or not. But if your bestie happens to love dressing up for occasions (or you want to bring your whole group together in an easy and classy way), it could be fun to include this little extra in her day. From outrageous fancy dress to beautiful bold colours, there are bound to be hen themes that suit your bride-to-be’s personality perfectly. And if this is something you’re considering (or you're curious to see what options are out there), the following hen do themes will have you giggling, oohing and then settling on your favourite option in no time! Enjoy x
20+ HEN DO THEMES
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For a sultry, sexy occasion, you cannot go past the burlesque theme. Moody colours, corsets, feathers and stockings are only the beginning when it comes to this show-stopping celebration; a celebration that combines confidence and seduction in one incredibly fun little package. And with activities ranging from burlesque makeovers and dance classes through to dinner and a show (who wouldn't want to watch the professionals strut their stuff?!), this hen party will not only have everyone feeling their most fabulous, but will also be an experience not to be forgotten.
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For a sexy edge that is a little more subtle than the other themes in this section, masquerade will provide an air of mystery and adventure to your event; whereby guests can wear any outfit they like, as long as it includes some kind of intriguing mask. Paired with activities such as ballroom dancing (i.e. your very own masquerade ball!), blindfolded meals or surprise dining, and the thrill of the unknown will continue throughout the celebration - making it a memorable evening for all.
Ask everyone to dress in their cheekiest nursing attire (short skirts, high heels, cute hats, etc.) and arrive ready to par-tay! This theme brings with it many fun options, such as drinking shots from syringes, trying to solve puzzles in a hospital themed escape room, hiring a 'doctor' stripper for some 18+ entertainment, and being waited upon by topless 'doctors' who love nothing more than doting on their fellow nurses. Combined with 'medicine' (i.e. alcoholic beverages of your choice!) and some good tunes, and this naughty night out will be a winner!
>>> RELATED ARTICLE: HOSTING A MEDICAL THEMED PARTY FOR ADULTS <<<
Have guests show off their inner boho goddess! Flowing dresses, skirts and tops, gorgeous patterns, lots of colours, lace, flower crowns... there are so many beautiful options when it comes to this style. Combined with a chilled out picnic amongst nature, plus some cheeky drinks, and your boho babe of a bride will be in her element!
>>> RELATED ARTICLE: DIY BOHO PICNIC <<<
Add some vintage glam into your celebration with a theme that brings past to present! From getting dolled up with vintage makeovers, or learning all the right moves at a vintage dance class, to taking in a movie at a boutique theatre or digging into delicious spreads at a specific-era bar/restaurant, there's no telling where this theme will take you! Have guests wear their favourite vintage glam outfit (borrowed from parents, purchased from op-shops, or found in their wardrobe) and let the good old fashioned fun begin!
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As the name suggests, this kind of party is all white. Ask guests to wear their favourite white attire (pants, skirts, tops, anything - as long as it's white!). You can decorate with beautiful white flowers, nibble on white chocolate muffins, and sip on Bailey's Flat White Martinis. Classy and fun, this theme is quite easy to pull off (for hosts and guests alike) and looks amazing. Just be careful of the red wine!
Handy tip: Ask your bride-to-be to come in her favourite colour. The only bright dress will make her stand out in the crowd!
I absolutely love the idea behind a Jellybean party! To host, you will need to assign each guest one colour before the celebration. They will need this time to not only find an outfit in their particular colour, but also a drink! For example, if I were given red, I would turn up to the party in a red outfit, holding a bottle of red wine. The range of colours and drinks will create an incredibly fun atmosphere (and have you testing out beverages you probably didn't even know existed!).
Handy tip: Make your bride-to-be stand out by dressing her all in white OR ask her to come dressed in her favourite colour!
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
Black outfits (in particular, the LBD) are often a staple in many people's wardrobes; meaning this theme should be quite an easy one to pull off. It's also a great base for other hen night themes (such as 'black & bling', where guests wear some fancy jewellery with their outfit, and 'monochrome', whereby guests arrive wearing all black, whilst the bride-to-be wears all white!).
Rather than having the entire party donning the exact same colour, broaden the theme a little by encouraging guests to wear their favourite pastel outfit. The mix of soft hues will not only look beautiful on the day, but will also give the girls a little more freedom when it comes to what they're wearing.
ANGELS & DEVILS
The ideal way to show both the cheeky and angelic side of your soon-to-be bride! Simply ask your guests to arrive in their favourite red and/or black outfit, and your hen to arrive in all white. You can then either purchase devil horns for everyone in your group from a local discount store, ask guests to borrow/buy their own set of horns, or get crafty and create them yourself (along with a beautiful halo or flower crown for your 'angel'!). Make the most out of this theme by planning naughty AND nice activities (such as flower crown making + a surprise stripper!).
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Ready? OK! The lead up to a wedding can be stressful; so make sure your bride-to-be has the BEST time possible by creating her own personal cheer squad! Donning skirts, tops, pom poms and an excitement for life, this theme not only provides fantastic photo ops, but also the opportunity to create hilarious cheers about your hen that you can randomly sing throughout the night!
Handy hint: Organise a cheerleader style dance class to take part in at some point during the celebrations - then 'flash mob' what you've learnt when out and about later in the night!
A circus theme brings so much colour and excitement that it will ooze fun party vibes from beginning to end! From circus characters (ringmaster, clown, aerialist, etc.) to clown makeup (dramatic eyes, red nose, red lips and rosy cheeks) or even a set dress code (bright colours and bows, for example), there are so many different ways to celebrate this theme. Add in an adult circus class for good measure and you'll have the most show-stopping hens of the season!
>>> RELATED ARTICLE: ADULT CIRCUS PARTY <<<
COPS & ROBBERS
Your bride-to-be has been overrun by naughty robbers. She is now in their control and must do what they say to guarantee her freedom! Set the scene for this theme by asking guests to arrive in all black. You can create 'robber masks' by cutting the shapes out of cardboard, painting them black and attaching them to sticks, ready for guests to wear when they arrive. For your hen, organise a sexy police woman outfit that will have her looking and feeling amazing! Bring the whole theme together by serving food and drink such as donuts, milk, chocolate coins and convict cookies. Rather than a photo booth, set up an area for 'mug shots', leaving a blackboard for guests to write why they've been caught. Hire a private stripper dressed as a policeman for the ultimate surprise!
Your best friend has met her prince, fallen in love and is about to get her 'happily ever after'. So why not celebrate her real-life fairytale with a corresponding theme?! From Beauty and the Beast to Frozen, there are so many magical ways to make your bride-to-be feel like the princess she is. Click here for all the inspiration you'll need to plan an enchanted event like no other!
>>> RELATED ARTICLE: HOW TO HOST A FAIRYTALE HEN PARTY <<<
MEDICAL THEMED PARTY
If your bestie is in the medical field and you want to celebrate her amazingness, or maybe you just love the idea of playing 'doctors and nurses' for the night (oh behave!), a medical themed hens party is the way to go! From fun costume ideas and hilarious food/drink options through to themed activities and games, a medical party is guaranteed to be a great time!
>>> RELATED ARTICLE: HOSTING A MEDICAL THEMED PARTY FOR ADULTS <<<
Get those scallywags ready - you have a night of rum drinking shenanigans on the high seas to prepare for! Have everyone arrive in their best pirate attire (op shops are great for this theme, as you can find old clothes and chop them to suit - think jagged edges, bandanas, etc.!); and then add in some fun piratey activities (such as a river cruise, sailing in an actual pirate ship, seafood at a restaurant on the harbour, etc.). Alternatively, turn your home into pirate HQ for the night, set up a rustic bar area, put together a photo booth (complete with treasure and pirate accessories for posing) and organise some activities (such as a comedy hypnotist - imagine the funny pirate acts your friends would take part in, a dance class, rum cocktail making class, or even a piratey stripper!).
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Does your best friend love getting dolled up for special occasions? Then it's time to host the most exclusive hen do in town! Dress to the nines (ballgowns, dramatic outfits, etc.), enjoy professional hair & makeup sessions, organise VIP access into the most beautiful bars and travel between activities in style (did someone say limo?!).
Want to keep the price down? Why not celebrate at home with your very own red carpet, delicious cocktails, delectable food and an activity or two that your hen would adore.
There's no better way to celebrate growing old with the one you love, than by giving them a preview of what it will look like! Party like it's 1939 with this hilarious theme, where everything from hair rollers and walking sticks to night gowns and slippers is more than acceptable (some might even say fashionable?!). Paired with activities such as barefoot bowls (so much fun!), Vintage dance classes (because these grannies have all the moves) and afternoon naps (just kidding); this celebration will go down as one of the most memorable!
She loves her partner, so why not surround her by him (or her)?! Have life-size masks made up of your best friend's better half, dress in outfits they're known for (my husband, for example, loves to rock a flanny!), and prepare for a day and night full of giggles and hilarious photos!
Handy tip: Whilst you can use one photo for every mask, it could also be fun to mix it up a bit. Track down as many different images of your bride-to-be's partner as you can - the more unique masks, the better!
OP SHOP PARTY
If you're after a hen party theme that brings the giggles in loads, this one is for you! Request that the girls find their outfit at an op shop; encouraging unique and outrageous get-ups by letting them know that there will be a variety of 'best dressed' prizes on the night (think along the lines of 'funniest outfit', 'most ridiculous outfit', 'sexiest outfit', etc.). From sleepwear to 80's ball gowns, there's no telling what your guests will choose to wear for the celebration. The end result (and photos) will be priceless!
Handy tip: Find an old-school wedding dress for your bride-to-be to wear as her costume!
RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY
A Rubik's Cube party is full of fun, laughter AND clothes swaps! To host, ask each guest to arrive in an outfit with at least one piece of clothing in each of the Rubik's Cube colours (white jumper, red pants, blue headband, orange socks, green singlet and yellow gloves, for example). The aim during the party is then for guests to swap articles of clothing until they have 'solved' their cube (that is, they're wearing one colour only; all red for instance). Made even more fun with cheeky swap rules, it's a game within a party that your guests and hen will love! For game rules and more information, click here.
>>> RELATED ARTICLE: HOW TO HOST A RUBIK'S CUBE PARTY <<<
Thinking of hosting a healthy hens? Or perhaps you have some activities planned that require your guests to be in clothes that allow for lots of movement? Then bridal bootcamp is the way to go! Set a 'uniform' for the girls (such as black shorts and white t-shirts). With everyone wearing the same thing, it will bring the group together and make you feel like a team; a team that can take on whatever the day throws at you!
Handy hint: Bring some permanent markers so that you can write cheeky messages on each other's tops throughout the event - your bride and her friends can then keep the tops as mementos of the day.
Perfect for the creative girl in your life. Ask guests to hit up the local op shop to purchase a couple of items that will, by the time of the party, make up their outfit! The catch? They have to create something new from these items (e.g. they could turn a pair of pants into shorts, a top and a skirt into a dress, etc.). The get-ups that people arrive in will be amazing, hilarious and everything in-between! Pair this theme with creative activities (such as cooking classes, creative workshops, jewellery making, etc.), and it will be a celebration limited only by your imagination!
Sleepovers always bring back memories of my childhood. Times where we would stay up all night gossiping, eating sweet treats and watching our favourite movies. Fast forward to today, and it's still such a wonderful way to spend quality time with your closest friends (only now, there is also wine!). Create the perfect atmosphere for such a theme by asking guests to wear their most loved PJs, dressing gowns and slippers. Serve lots of food (including popcorn!), sweets and drinks, have a selection of movies and board games at the ready, plus a couple of surprise activities (PJ dance class, karaoke, or even some topless waiters, for example).
Handy hint: If you want to go all out, you could hire a beautiful house in one of your best friend's favourite locations. Spend the weekend there as a group - sleepover/mini getaway!
Ladies - it's time to SUIT UP! Sophisticated, flattering and incredibly fun, rocking a suit at your hen party could be the best choice you make. Hire some matching tuxedos for the group, get yourselves some funky bow ties, and hit the town looking like 'the absolute bosses you are'! Bring the whole theme together by adding in some James Bond style activities (such as hiring a beautiful house, travelling in style, hitting up the casino and drinking martinis), and basically enjoy living the high life (even if it is just for the day) with your closest pals!
>>> RELATED ARTICLE: TUXEDO THEMED HEN'S PARTY <<<
Now that you've nailed the theme part of your event, it's time to plan some wicked games! From sweet to cheeky, the following article has a little something for everyone! Click here to check out the list of over 40 ideas now!
HAVE AN AMAZING TIME WITH YOUR HEN DO THEMES!
I hope this list has provided you with LOTS of hen party theme ideas, making your planning that much easier. I'm constantly on the lookout for fun, new, interesting and unique options, and every time I come across a new one I'll update this article. So, if you have any you would like to share, please do so via the comments section below or social media! (AUS Facebook Group | Worldwide Facebook Group | Pinterest).
Cheers to the best dressed party in town!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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Flowers at events: they’re beautiful, colourful, fun, eco-friendly, and possibly best of all, will provide your home with added warmth and ‘sparkle’ for days, weeks or even years (when potted) to come! But as stunning as they are, how exactly do you create that wow factor with floral arrangements? How do you create something so beautiful and unique that your guests are in awe from the moment they arrive? With some help from our friends at 'Flowers for Everyone’, we answer these questions and more. So whether you’re after some subtle touches in the background of your celebration, a statement in the centrepiece of your main table or seasonal blooms that will compliment your event perfectly, this article is a must read for you!
COLOURS ARE EVERYTHING
Before kicking things off, there is one important tip worth mentioning. To guarantee a beautiful backdrop for your event, you need to decide on (and stick to) a colour palette.
But what does this have to do with flowers?
Well, it means that your job isn't just about choosing the type of bloom to decorate your venue with; it's also thinking about that particular flower's colour. For example, you're hosting a circus party with a palette of light blue, red, white and bright yellow. Everything from the food and drink to the rest of your decor is in this theme; meaning flowers of the same colour will be a welcome addition. BUT, if you were to use pink flowers at your circus party instead (when everything else is blue, red, white and yellow), it wouldn't have the same effect.
A small detail that makes a big difference - when everything used to set the scene at your event compliments each other, you really can't go wrong!
DECORATING YOUR EVENT WITH FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
FLOWERS IN A VASE
Adding fun and colour to your party is made easy with vases! See below for some unique ways to include these handy items in your decor:
COLOURED VASES - FUN & FULL OF PERSONALITY
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If you happen to have a vase in one of your theme colours, don't let it go to waste! These are great for adding extra fun and personality to your celebration; and when filled with a stunning assortment, also work perfectly as a statement piece.
Tip: Use your coloured vases in the middle of your dining table, as a beautiful feature on your dessert and/or gift table, or as a 'welcome to the party' near the entrance to your venue.
GLASS VASES - ELEGANT & VERSATILE
Clear glass vases can be used in so many ways! Fill them with greenery and flowers that suit your party palette, cluster them together in mismatched heights, shapes and/or sizes, dress them up with ribbons, attach them to walls or even hang them from string (more about this in the next point).
Tip: If you don't have the cash to splash on beautiful clear glass vases, save the glass jars from your cupboard instead. After a good clean they can be filled with beautiful blooms and provide a very similar look for less. That being said, if you'd rather have actual vases on display, visit your local op shop where there is almost always a selection to choose from.
HANGING VASES - MAKE A UNIQUE STATEMENT
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Events are the perfect time to have a bit fun with decorations - creating new and unique ways to display everyday items. And what better way to change up your usual flower decor than by hanging your vases from branches, walls or ceilings?!
As you can see in the picture below, there are a number of ways to do this. Whether you hang small vases filled with one or two flowers, baskets (in a variety of sizes) filled with beautiful arrangements, miniature terrariums, or the totally on trend Macrame plant hangers, they are bound to become one of your most impressive style choices at your celebration.
Tip: Large hooks can be used to hold up branches indoors. Nail them into your roof or wall (making sure they are level) and then slide your branch or pole into place as you do when hanging curtain rods. From here you can get creative - use twine or thick string to hang small jars, vases, baskets or even individual flowers... and if that doesn't work, you can always hang your vases from string lights. Once this is done, step back and admire your incredibly cool handy work!
WOODEN VASES - RUSTIC BEAUTY
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Wooden vases, such as the set pictured below, will instantly grab guests' attention with their beautifully unique take on flower display. For a rustic yet sophisticated touch to any event, simply fill with greenery and blooms to match your overall palette - it's that easy!
Tip: These stunning vases also make the best home decor. This means you can purchase them for your event, display them in your home, and then use them at future events in need of some rustic magic. Alternatively, gift them to your bride-to-be following her special celebration; they will become a beautiful reminder of a day well spent with friends and family.
DISPLAY TIPS: FLOWERS IN A VASE
As you can see, there are a number of different ways to include vases in your event. If you're still stuck for display options, consider the following for inspiration:
WOODEN PLANTERS & CRATES
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Planter boxes and crates look amazing when filled with flowers! So why not take advantage of their stunning appearance and use them as part of your event decor? A little bit different to the usual vases, they will add a touch of uniqueness to your celebration that everyone will love.
Tip: As they're 'boxes' you can stack them! Just make sure you leave sections of each box sticking out slightly, allowing space to add flowers. A beautiful option for any kind of event, but especially those with a farmhouse/rustic twist.
OUR PICK: Etsy has a wonderful range of wooden planters and crates - from rustic through to modern, you're bound to find something you love! Click here for inspiration.
Imagine looking up from your table to see gorgeous flowers, gracefully hanging from the ceiling. A stunning yet unique use of blooms that will, without doubt, be a talking point during your celebration. And the best part? You don't need an actual chandelier to pull this off.
Hoops, branches, hanging lights and more can be used as a base for your statement piece - all you have to do is drape with fresh flowers and greenery!
Whether you're celebrating inside or outside, a flower backdrop is a great way to make tables look incredible (imagine your dessert set out in front of a beautiful flower wall) and photos look amazing (DIY photobooth, anyone?!). From small pots mounted on a wall and filled to the brim with gorgeous blooms, bunches of flowers hanging off a rustic branch (as mentioned earlier) and threaded petals that create stunning natural streamers, through to flowers cascading down a wall, an Instagram worthy swing decorated with coloured beauties and a frame/arch with flower accents (i.e. blooms attached in a creative way to one or two corners); these backdrops are guaranteed to give your celebration that 'WOW' factor you've been looking for!
Unlike the vases mentioned earlier, though, these pieces require quite a bit of time, effort and preparation to create. The best tip I can give you is to start each project with the greenery (i.e. wrapping it around, or hanging it from, your item) and then finish it with the colour (flowers of different shapes and sizes); and keep your hot glue gun handy in case of emergency (i.e. the flowers won't do what you want them to). You will be surprised by how beautiful everyday items become when nature takes over!
Tip: If you decide to use one of these pieces as a DIY photobooth backdrop, make sure you leave a cute basket or box of props nearby! Hats, glasses, gloves, bowties, masks, etc. can all be borrowed from friends/family or purchased fairly cheap at your local op shop. You could also leave a polaroid camera, film and a guest book so that party goers can stick their happy snaps onto a page alongside their message for your bride-to-be.
PETAL PATHWAYS & TABLE RUNNERS
Fairytales really do come true! Make your bride-to-be and her friends feel as though they've stepped into a magical world. A world where following the ' petal road' is the only way to reach their destination! Whether it be a stunning picnic in the forest or glamping tents near the beach, this cute touch will have guests getting more and more excited for the event with every step they take!
Tip: Fresh petals also make absolutely stunning table runners. Sprinkle through the centre of your main eating table, and then add additional decor such as candles in jars or flowers in vases.
SEASONAL BLOOMS: WHAT TYPE OF FLOWERS ARE BEST FOR YOUR EVENT?
There are so many beautiful ways to decorate with flowers; and you will get the best effect when using real blooms. But this begs the question... what flowers will be in season when you plan to host your event?
Thanks to our friends at 'Flowers for Everyone', this question has been answered! See below for their professional recommendations that will help you choose the perfect bloom for both your party and the season:
Think summery blooms such as scented garden roses, lilies, dahlias, buddleia (summer lilac), snowberry, fragrant gardenias, fluffy hydrangea, vanda orchids and gloriosa (Christmas lilies).
Most summer blooms finish by the end of March, and you will start to see the likes of tulips coming into the shops, as well as lisianthus, autumnal foliage such as nandina, dahlias, perfumed stock, sculptural branches of fig and pomegranate, berries, and velvety celosia.
During the cooler moths, our florist studio bursts with ornamental kale, perfumed hyacinth, velvety celosia, cymbidium orchids, succulent red hot fire pokers, deep blue delphinium, cyclamen plants and tortured willow.
Event in the spring? Expect to see poppies, daffodils and jonquils, phalaenopsis orchids, rhododendron, lilac, roses, freesias, ranunculas, tulips, sweet peas, peonies and blushing bride in florists.
There are of course the year-round bloomers too, such as gerberas and lilies.
If you enjoyed the inspiration for floral arrangements and flower decor in this article, you may also enjoy the following:
ENJOY YOUR INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL EVENT!
I hope this article answered all of your questions and gave you PLENTY of ideas for decorating your next event! If you're now on the search for some beautiful, fresh flowers to try out the above suggestions, the wonderful team at Flowers for Everyone have everything you need online (providing country wide delivery) and in stores around Sydney! With expert florists and a large range of divine flower arrangements/bouquets to choose from, you'll have no problem finding the perfect blooms for your event!
As always, I absolutely love hearing your feedback - so if you have any suggestions, photos of your very own DIY floral arrangements/displays, or comments on the above article, please share via the comments section below or social media.
Cheers to a beautiful event with the best blooms in town!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: SONJA OF ‘SONJA CALLUS STYLING’
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Baby, it’s cold outside... the perfect time to create a magical wintery celebration for your best friend’s bridal shower. There are so many lovely variations to this winter wonderland theme. Soft and romantic, totally glam and glittery, or cosy and warm with loads of gorgeous textures. This article will provide you with all of the tips and inspiration to help you decide!
STEP 1: CREATE YOUR WINTER WONDERLAND PARTY INVITATIONS
Before you start styling the bridal shower, you will need to create the invitations; which will set the scene for the styling of the whole event.
Online invitations are great, and there are loads to choose from. However, for an extra special touch, send out a printed invite. It’s so nice to receive an invitation in the mail.
If you are creative, why not make the invitations yourself? This will allow you to totally customize and personalise the invite to suit the bride-to-be. For ideas, look online for easy to use templates, or get a little crafty and put those scrapbooking skills into action.
If DIY isn’t your thing, use store bought invitations and add embellishments such as a theme related sticker to seal the envelope. It’s also fun to include some biodegradable glitter or winter themed paper confetti inside the envelope – think snowflakes of all shapes and sizes!
STEP 2: BE BRAVE WITH YOUR WONDERLAND PARTY COLOURS
Typically, a winter wonderland theme would be blue and white, or white and silver, but it doesn’t have to be. Be brave and let your imagination run wild! You can really use any colour scheme. Using the colour or colours from your invitation is a good place to start. And it would be a lovely touch to include the bride-to-be’s favourite colour in the overall party scheme. Don’t go overboard and make it all matchy-matchy – just keep all of the elements consistent.
STEP 3: HAVE FUN WITH DELECTABLE DESSERTS
A dessert table is a great fun way to incorporate your winter wonderland theme into your bridal shower styling. Buy or make cute cake toppers to add to cupcakes. Buy or bake themed cookies, macarons or whatever sweet treats appeal. There are some amazing cookie decorators on social media, so have a look online for ideas.
It’s also nice to ask some of the bride-to-be’s family and friends to bake something, especially if they are known for their baking skills. Be sure to tell them of your colour palette so that they can keep to the theme.
For the setup of the actual table, be sure to use a crisp, ironed tablecloth (white always looks nice). Top this with white or plain trays and/or plates, and then add a coloured or patterned paper to line them (this will add a pop of colour to the table and tie in the theme). Add some embellishments such as ribbons to lolly jars, and make up some little name cards for each of your treats (be sure to use the same font as on the invitations).
It looks good to add a bit of height to your dessert table, especially at the back. You could use a shoebox covered in the same paper as on your trays, and then place a tray or jars on top. Alternatively, stack a couple of cake plates to create your own high tea trays. For a touch of sparkle, dig out your metallic Christmas decorations. And don’t forget the fairy lights!
STEP 4: KEEP EVERYONE WARM WITH A HOT COCOA BAR
You can’t have a winter wonderland bridal shower without a warming hot cocoa bar!
On a large tray, place jars of different hot chocolate powder. Add some cups or mugs and a jug of warm milk – and don’t forget the marshmallows. In little jars, have a choice of fun toppings such as chocolate drops, cinnamon, sprinkles, wafers, smarties, and of course whipped cream.
Be sure to add little labels using the same layout that you used for the dessert table. Make up a ‘Hot Cocoa Bar’ sign and let your guests help themselves.
For those who want to spice up their hot cocoa, you might like to include some Irish whisky, or your choice of wintery spirit. And if hot cocoa isn’t your thing at all, why not make a cocktail station? This is sure to warm you up!
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STEP 5: CREATE MEMORIES WITH A DIY PHOTOBOOTH
A photobooth is a fun addition to a bridal shower. And the best part is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to pull one off. All you need is a backdrop, a few fun props, and your camera or phone.
A backdrop can be something as simple as a nice wall or a curtain, or you can jazz it up a bit and add a frame covered in flowers, balloons or fabric. Create some fun props for the guests to hold, add some signage and snap away. Be sure to share a #hashtag for everyone to post and share their photos on social media.
If you are crafty, create a cardboard forest by cutting out some cardboard pine trees of different sizes. Painted white or just left kraft coloured, grouped together they will look amazing. Add a string of fairy lights behind them for a little sparkle.
STEP 6: DECORATE YOUR WINTER WONDERLAND TABLE
If you are having a sit down meal, it is lovely to dress the tables. Fresh flowers are always a winner. Add some fabric napkins, or have a look for some pretty paper ones that will suit your theme. Layer plates with a dinner plate topped off with a side plate. Add a name place-card on top, and include a flower or snowflake to top it all off.
Add some candles to the table, and use some of your wintery themed Christmas decorations here too. Think pine cones or small wreaths, faux antlers, holly and greenery, and a string of fairy lights along the length of the table.
Keep it simple and stylish, and stick to your colour palette.
STEP 7: SURPRISE GUESTS WITH WINTER WONDERLAND TREATS
It’s so nice to take home a reminder at the end of the event. Why not create a take home hot cocoa kit for each guest? Include a sachet of hot cocoa, some mini marshmallows, a cinnamon stick and some sprinkles. Package it all up in a box or a mason jar; add a snowflake accent and a ‘Thank You’ tag tied on with string or twine.
Did you love these stunning winter wonderland theme ideas?! That means you may also like the following article dedicated to garden parties. Full of natural beauty, these celebrations are not only fun to host, but also gorgeous to attend! Whether it be Summer, Winter, Autumn or Spring; a bridal shower, birthday, hens party or gathering - click here and prepare to be inspired!
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Whether it’s a casual boho picnic in the park or a beautiful sit down lunch at your home or a venue, Sonja loves to create amazing one-of-a-kind bridal showers. Working within your budget, Sonja includes all of the little details, leaving your bride-to-be feeling totally loved up and spoilt. Call Sonja today to have a chat about your next bespoke event.
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AUTHOR: KELLY OF 'LITTLE MISS PARTY PLANNER'
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Your best friend, sister or family member is getting married, how exciting! Now the fun part starts, planning her last night out with the ladies before she makes it official. But where to start? What to do? How to plan it? First you will need to sit down with the other bridesmaids and brainstorm. Really dig deep on your hen’s hobbies and the things she loves (extra bridesmaid brownie points if you plan a party doing something she ADORES). And if a boho picnic with friends happens to be that special ‘something’, follow the steps below.
STEP 1: THE DATE
Find a date in the calendar close to the wedding but not too close. Make sure your hen and her family are available.
STEP 2: THE LOCATION
Find a suitable location to picnic. This can be a house, hotel room, park, beach or garden. Make sure you have parking options, toilets close by and chairs for the elderly if Nan is coming.
Handy hint: Check with the local council that picnics are ok; the last thing you need is a ranger telling you to move on!
STEP 3: BACK UP PLAN
Find a wet weather option as a back up JUST IN CASE. A house or private venue that can be hired is perfect for this.
STEP 4: THE INVITATIONS
Plan the invites. We love online invitations - Etsy for printable/emailable downloads or Paperless Post are our go-to options.
Must haves on the invites include date, time, location, price, RSVP date, and your contact number/email address. If you’re having a theme (such as boho) or want your guests to dress in a particular way (e.g. all in white) make sure you include this information as well.
Handy hint: Book an after party. Have a venue in mind, a dinner reservation or a house with drinks waiting for the hens who want to continue.
STEP 5: FOOD & DRINKS
Plan the food and drink. Antipasto platters are our go-to food suggestions. They look the part, they fill hungry bellies and they are very social - no need for plates and cutlery. Getting a cake or a plate of sweets is also a must if the bride-to-be likes sweet stuff.
For drinks, we recommend bubbles or a punch, plus a few non alcoholic options. Any drinks that are easy to make onsite and can be offered via jugs or a drink dispenser are great. Boho cups or mason jars with reusable straws are also a must to compliment the overall theme.
STEP 6: THE SET UP
First, decide if you’re matching the bride-to-be wedding theme, or creating your own unique style with a set colour scheme. Use Pinterest for Bohspiration here. Once you have your inspiration, it’s time to organize the items to bring it all together. To set up your gorgeous boho picnic you will need:
STEP 7: GET EXCITED
The day has arrived and the bride-to-be can’t wait. Tell her where to go, what to wear and to get excited!!
STEP 8: BOHO PICNIC TIME
Picnic time! Have fun, plan some games and make sure the bride-to-be gets waited on hand and foot all day.
STEP 9: PACK UP
Once the picnic is finished, make sure someone’s car is close by to start the pack down. Don’t forget your bin bags to dispose of all the rubbish/bottles!
If you're keen on hosting a boho picnic party and want to DIY your own grazing platter/table, check out this wonderful 'how to' blog! With easy step-by-step instructions, this article outlines how to make three awesome grazing platters for your next celebration. Click here to read more!
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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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.
If you enjoyed the Halloween party inspiration in this article, you may also enjoy the following:
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.
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not host your Beauty and the Beast themed hens/bridal shower in an actual castle?! Check out Air B&B for some great options.
'WHERE THERE IS GOODNESS, THERE IS MAGIC'
Make your bride-to-be stand out in a stunning, Cinderella style ballgown! As for the other guests, you can either continue the 'ball' theme and ask them to arrive in their very own elaborate dresses (pick a fun era, such as the 80's, for added fun) or assign each guest a character to represent (e.g. the stepsister, Fairy Godmother, pumpkin, Prince, etc.)!
Get the party started with a visit from your very own Fairy Godmother; after all, makeovers and dress-ups will be the perfect build up for what's to come - a Cinderella style ball! Whether this is celebrated at home or at a venue, with a ballroom dance class or your own hors d'oeuvresserving waiters; your glam squad are bound to have the time of their lives! And don't allow the strike of midnight to get in the way of a good time - let your carriage turn into a pumpkin and party on!
Along with the games outlined above in 'Beauty and the Beast' (simply substitute Cinderella characters, objects and scenarios when required), the following Cinderella games will also be a hit:
DIY Ballgown: Split guests into groups (with at least 3 members per group) and ask them to create a designer ballgown within 10 minutes using ONLY toilet paper (you can find bamboo and recycled toilet paper here)! This is achieved by dressing one 'ball attendee' by throwing, wrapping, twisting, etc. toilet paper over their body. Once the time is up, have each of the beautifully dressed 'ball attendees' strut their stuff to some Cinderella songs and have the host pick best dressed!
Find Your Prince: Write down different male characteristics onto separate pieces of paper (e.g. a tall man, a married man, a man with large biceps, etc.) - enough for at least two characteristics per guest. Hand these out to guests and tell them that their mission for the day/night is to find their Prince!
Click here for detailed game instructions.
Pumpkin Carving: Chop up a pumpkin into decent sized squares and grab some fun kitchen utensils that can be used for carving (e.g. peeler, blunt knife, etc. - at least one per guest). Hand a pumpkin square and carving utensil to each of the girls and, on 'Go!', ask them to sculpt a carriage fit for your hen! The catch? Each utensil can only be used for 30 seconds (or one minute, depending how long you want the game to last). When the time's up, everyone passes their utensil to the person next to them. Once each guest has used every utensil available, it’s time to judge the carriages!
OTHER CINDERELLA PARTY IDEAS
Decorate your event with beautiful blue and white flowers, chandeliers and fairy lights. And don't forget to add adorable little animal accents to your event (such as bird stencils on your invitations and food labels). For inspiration, take a look at this Cinderella wedding. And for those keen on providing a thank-you gift for guests, consider handing out little pieces of jewellery (such as earrings with a hint of blue), small chocolates wrapped in light blue foil, or even gorgeous tiaras/headbands that the girls can wear throughout the event and at other special occasions.
GO ALL OUT
Have some cash to splash? Why not host your Cinderella themed hens/bridal shower in an actual ballroom, and top it off with horse and carriage rides for all of the guests?!
'SOME PEOPLE ARE WORTH MELTING FOR'
Let your bride-to-be know that it's time to 'let it go' and have the time of her life by dressing her in a stunning Elsa inspired ensemble! Everyone else can then turn up as the remaining characters (e.g. Anna, Olaf, Sven, Trolls, etc.). 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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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Imagine, for just one moment, that you’re in the middle of a lush, green garden. You’re sprawled lazily across comfortable cushions strategically placed beside a low picnic table. The décor is breathtaking and the food mouth-watering. Your best girlfriends are there; sipping on champagne, giggling, playing games and chatting away. All whilst taking in their gorgeous, tropical surrounds.
It’s an oasis filled with friends.
And it’s the perfect setting to celebrate your bride-to-be’s upcoming nuptials.
Thanks to a beautiful collaboration between Lovely Occasions, Print & Party, The Sweet Society Co and Nicole Barralet Photography, this day-dream can become a reality. Read on and learn how to create this stunning tropical themed party that will have your guests filled with awe and excitement from the moment they arrive!
SETTING UP YOUR TROPICAL THEMED PARTY
USE COLOURS WISELY
Having and sticking to a colour palette is key to pulling off visually stunning events.
In the case of this tropical party; using dark blue, bright blue, hot pink, yellow, white, a selection of greens, and a touch of black and gold will result in a beautiful setting suitable for any kind of pre-wedding celebration.
Blankets are a MUST at a picnic – even at the most stylish ones! Layer dark blue rugs on the grass; making sure you cover enough space to fit a table and seat each of your guests. Once you’re happy with the rug placement, add a couple of low-to-the-ground wooden picnic tables; carefully placing them at the centre of your sea of blue. Items such as these can be sourced from friends, family, second-hand stores or businesses who hire out products for events.
SET THE TABLE
Now it’s time to bring your table to life.
Start with some white cloths and a tropical themed runner; before decorating with woven mats, bright pink vases, golden pineapple dishes, boutique tableware (whether you use your own or purchase is up to you) and black cake stands.
You can find the exact party supplies (plates, cutlery and napkins) used for this shoot by clicking here.
Flowers tend to add a touch of class to events, as demonstrated perfectly by the addition of floral arrangements to this theme. Create your own beautiful, tropical vibes with a mix of bright flowers and a selection of greenery – simple yet so effective!
Oversized, hot pink balloons will add some fun and colour to your bridal shower without taking away from the luxe feel. Have them fit seamlessly into your tropical theme by attaching fronds or other greenery to their strings.
Finish off your tropical décor by strategically placing mix and match cushions around the base of each wooden table. Prints such as these are not only fun and pleasing to the eye, but also look comfortable; thereby drawing guests to the table, encouraging them to sit, mingle and relax. Once again, items such as these can be sourced from friends, family, second-hand stores or businesses who hire out products for events.
When it comes to the food, your best bet is to stick to options within your colour palette (outlined earlier) or to those that compliment the theme as a whole (i.e. tropical foods). Some examples for this particular bridal shower include:
You can also incorporate some delicious baked goods by adding themed accents (such as palm leaf fondant) or using your theme colours (i.e. green icing, bright pink cupcake wrappers, etc.).
‘The Sweet Society Co’s’ wonderful palm cupcakes are a fantastic example of food fit for a tropical feast!
And while we’re speaking of food, it’s not really a party unless there’s cake!
Be the hero of any sweet-tooth by incorporating a bright dessert that’s so stunning no-one will want to make the first cut! The elegant and bright design below is a fantastic example, with Diana of The Sweet Society Co explaining that “As the centrepiece for the picnic table I wanted the cake to really stand out. The two tiers added height and the tropical leaves in edible wafer paper and cascading orchid flower topper created a focal point”.
Handy Hint: Cake and other baked goods also make fantastic favours. For example, keep the cake as a centrepiece until the very end of the celebration, at which point you can cut slices and hand out to guests as they leave.
This theme calls for fun, fruity flavours and bright colours! Think anything from fruit juice or punch, to cocktails, champagne or wine. There’s also the refreshing option of water infused with sliced oranges or lemons – perfect for a hot day.
No matter what you decide to go with, just remember to offer a selection of beverages that cater to all situations. Some of your bride-to-be’s friends may be pregnant, for example, so ensuring that you have non-alcoholic options will make sure all guests are happy and hydrated!
Now that you have the type of beverages to serve under control, it’s time to think about how you will present them.
The addition of beautifully designed labels takes standard champagne bottles to the next level. “In keeping with the light, fun mood for this type of party, the mini champagne labels and party stickers featured a beautiful watercolour tropical leaf design and fun flamingo and ‘Aloha’ gold writing to add to the luxe feel” – Anna, Print & Party.
You can create your very own matching party stationary (for this or any other theme) by clicking here.
Another great tip for presenting your drink station and/or drinking supplies is to include a show-stopping piece such as a beautiful, golden pineapple. This could be used to store reusable straws, cutlery or even flowers!
FLAMINGO RING TOSS
Everyone loves a bit of ring toss; especially at an outdoor event (it’s actually quite addictive once you get started!). Rather than going with the stock-standard option, though, keep the game tropical by using Flamingos as your targets.
For instructions on how to make your own DIY Flamingo Yard Toss game, click here.
Provide guests with pieces of fruit (such as bananas, they’re easy to mould!) and ask them to sculpt either a person, a person’s body part or an object. The requested sculpture could be of the bride, the groom, a ring, etc. The winner is the best sculpture as chosen by your bride-to-be!
Handy Hint: Homemade play-dough is fantastic for this game. Make it in your theme colours using this recipe!
PHOTO BOOTH & PROPS
Take advantage of your stunning surrounds by using nature as your backdrop.
Find an area that’s full of greenery; add a pop of colour with some bright pink jumbo balloons/fabric bunting and, alongside a Polaroid camera, set out some fun tropical themed props (think along the lines of oversized glasses, lei’s, funny Hawaiian shirts, and large pink hair flowers - all of this and more can be found at your local op shop!).
During the bridal shower you could even ask the girls to stick some of their Polaroids into a book and write special messages next to them. This will create a beautiful keepsake for your bride-to-be, whilst the remaining photos will become fun mementos for your guests.
Handy Hint: can’t find an area suitable for a backdrop? Consider using material with tropical prints instead.
Stock up on pineapples, grab a coconut and get ready for some bowling fun!
To play, set up the pineapples as you would actual bowling pins; walk a few meters away and place your coconut (or coconuts) on the ground, ready for the girls to have a game.
For more game ideas that could be adapted to the tropical theme or played as is, click here!
THEMED PARTY FAVORS
So, you’ve wowed your guests with your overall set-up and they’ve had a wonderful time socialising, drinking, eating and playing games. But unfortunately the party has to come to an end.
Take this opportunity to show them that, despite the actual celebration being over, the tropical vibes can (and will) continue. Gift your guests a perfectly packaged chocolate favour (such as these beautiful designs by Print & Party) that sum up the incredible day they just had!
And if chocolate’s not your thing, don’t stress! Guests won’t be able to wipe the smile off their face when presented with stunning little gift boxes filled with delicious baked goods:
THE FINAL RESULT
By using the tropical party ideas outlined above, the resulting set-up will be stunning, fun and adored by all. Roxanne of Lovely Occasions puts it perfectly in saying “I love the modern and sophisticated twist this picnic has on the tropical theme. The gold elements bring a touch of luxury while the bright pop of pink still keeps it fun and fresh, perfect for a bridal shower luncheon with the girls!”
If you’re in Queensland, LOVE this theme and want your celebration to look exactly as pictured, Lovely Occasions offer this on trend Tropical Luxe Picnic Package along with matching tropical party supplies – find it by clicking here. You can then complete the look with 'The Sweet Society Co's' baked goods.
For those of you in other states, Print & Party offer their stunning designs Australia-wide, and the gorgeous party supplies offered by Lovely Occasions can also be shipped to your door!
Nicole Barralet Photography
A Brisbane based wedding, boudoir and personal branding photographer.
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AUTHOR: KAYLYN OF 'SERVICE.COM.AU'
A bridal shower inspired by this theme is perfect for the bride that loves the outdoors, and prides herself on experiences over things. For all 'rustic party' inspiration (including decorations, gifts, etiquette and more), read on!
Beautiful rustic venues include a mountain cabin, winery, rural entertainment barn, or rainforest retreat. Let nature do the majority of the work to create a memorable bridal shower event.
To save, and depending on weather, you can also hold a wildly successful outdoor rustic bridal shower celebration. A great choice would be to have it in the mountains (i.e. Gold Coast Hinterland) where the air is cool and fresh, and the views are magical. To absolutely ace an outdoor shower, lay a huge vintage style carpet down on the grass with an amazing view, and put a big low rustic inspired wooden table on top of it with comfortable big pillows for seating. Line the surrounding area with vintage lamps and decorate the table with rustic décor pieces and unique pottery dishware.
RUSTIC PARTY DÉCOR
There are several ways to achieve charming rustic décor.
Wooden furniture is always the best idea for a rustic space. Use lots of neutral brown shades in the décor and lots of greenery. Using more greenery in your décor is much more cost effective than flowers and adds to the rustic feel.
A simple DIY rustic floral table piece would be to place white roses, white baby’s breath and greenery in mason jars. Another excellent rustic element would be to line greenery and baby’s breath along the middle of a long communal table, broken up with white candles in mason jars.
Log inspired coasters are also beautiful for this décor style. You can even buy mini stumps very cheap from a wood supplier, stain them, glaze them and allow your guests to take them home as gifts!
You can never have too much wooden décor at a rustic inspired party, and don’t be afraid to mix and match antiques to achieve a vintage relaxed feel.
Outdoor fairy lights inside and outside the venue along with lots of candles add tremendously to a charming, romantic atmosphere at the bridal shower. If a fireplace is present in the space, that’s an added element to create a relaxed, cosy atmosphere.
Low, soft lighting is ideal, so avoid any harsh lighting.
If the shower is held outdoors, bring vintage style lamps and place battery charged fairy lights or tealight candles inside mason jars. Excellent lighting items can be found at antique shops for low cost. You never know what other items you’ll find there that will compliment the event!
Flower crowns, baby’s breath hair pieces and flowy dresses work fabulously with rustic party style.
A bohemian chic dress code works well with this event style. Encouraging the rustic dress code will make for beautiful photos of the event.
If you have a friend who is an amazing photographer, invite them along to take photos in exchange for complimentary wine and a day full of laughs! If you are looking to splurge, hire a professional photographer for the event.
ENTERTAINMENT & EXPERIENCE
Instead of spending an exorbitant amount on an open bar and various spirits, buy as many bottles as needed of local wine and craft beer. Incorporate appetizers that fit with the local wine and beer. This could include cheeses that go well with the wine pairings, crackers, olives, and other delicious d’oeuvres.
Have music playing softly in the background by sourcing a local acoustic musician or talented friend, achieving a simple campfire-inspired ambiance.
A perfect bridal shower activity would be each guest writing down their favourite experience with the bride, sharing them with the group and placing the note in a mason jar for the bride to keep forever.
If the bride is an animal lover, involve animals in the entertainment aspect of the day. Creative ways to involve animals would be to invite guests to bring their dogs, or have the shower near a horse ranch where you can feed horses. Many wineries and rural areas have animals nearby which would make for an unforgettable bridal shower experience. Here are several tips on incorporating a horseback winery tour into your best friend’s special day.
Bridal showers are typically thrown by the maid of honour, family members or the bride herself. The cost of the shower is most commonly split between all of its members, but the costs should be cut by DIY rustic decor projects (which provide an excellent bonding experience for the bridesmaids and family members). Make sure all costs are communicated well ahead of time to ensure everyone can comfortably afford to attend.
Bridal showers are traditionally composed of all women, but this of course is completely dependent on the bride and couple. There is nothing wrong with a co-ed bridal shower – the most important tradition is love and support for the bride and couple.
Beautiful gift ideas for the bridal shower include local jams in mason jars, local wines and cheeses, and crystal jewellery. Crystal gemstone jewellery are affordable as well as beautiful, and have certain historic meanings. Rose quartz pendants are wonderful gifts to give at the bridal party as it is a stone with a traditional meaning of being the ‘love stone’. It is thought to attract more love and gentleness into your life.
Lavender natural soaps, moisturizers and candles are also excellent gifts to give that will compliment a relaxing rustic experience. Other excellent gift choices for the bride include elegant white lingerie, books about cultivating a healthy marriage, or a weekend getaway for the couple.
Using sturdy brown paper bags and lace will make for a perfect rustic style gift bag wrapping.
We wish you the most beautiful rustic bridal shower experience. There are many wedding inspired decor tips and ways to save on your big day. Your pre-wedding events and special day can be just as affordable, memorable and stunning.
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