AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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Are you planning an event but looking for eco-friendly party decorations as an alternative to the regular single-use supplies? See below for some great inspiration that will mean you can host a stylish, colourful and fun celebration... but with less waste!
One of my favourites! Bunting made from fabric is not only durable and reusable, but also stunning to look at! Decorate your event by hanging over food tables, between trees, across rooms or along fences. You could even wrap it around tree trunks or posts for a unique look.
If you’re a bit of a pro with the sewing machine, bunting can be created at home by using old fabric (such as unused clothes), material found at your local op shop or fabric pieces purchased from a craft store. If you’re not so confident in the DIY department, many retailers and boutique stores stock handmade fabric bunting. My only suggestion is to purchase in colours and/or patterns that can be used at a variety of events (e.g. neutral colours such as white suit just about any occasion, and reds can be used at Christmas, Valentine’s day, colourful parties, etc.). If you have children, colourful bunting will come in handy at their parties or as decoration in their bedroom/playroom!
Handy tip: bunting doesn't have to be made with triangles. You could use squares, tassles, rectangles... get creative and have fun with it!
Another fantastic product to have in the cupboard at home, fabric table cloths are well worth the initial investment! Once again, stick to colours and/or patterns that you will be able to use at future events. White tablecloths are always a good starting point, as you can dress them up with colourful food and decor to match the particular theme you’re preparing for.
Not technically classed as decorations, but whenever I set up for an event, the favour table is always a big part of the overall ‘look’ and ‘feel’. So, if you’re after eco-friendly party favours that are fun for guests AND beautiful to look at, see below:
FLOWER SEED BOMBS
These DIY favours are designed to make flowers grow wherever they land (how cool is that?)! They will also become a beautiful part of the decor at your event should you wrap them in burlap and tuck cute, dried flowers in the centre (click here for images and crafting instructions).
PERSONALISED DRINKING TOOLS
An option that can be used throughout the party and for many years to come! ‘Get a metal straw, jar and cutlery engraved for each person’, says Lottie Dalziel of Banish. ‘Not only does this look amazing, it keeps everyone accountable’. Jars can be saved from your cooking escapades in the lead-up to your celebration, whilst cutlery and metal straws can be purchased from many local or online shops.
If you're after a colourful straw option, I suggest taking a look at the Turtle & Me range (pictured below) by clicking here!
For those who would prefer an alternative to jars for their guests to drink from, there is also the option of personalised cups. Dedicated to ‘creating fun and simple environmental solutions that reduce unnecessary waste’, co-founders of 'Better Cup', Sam and Christie, provide custom-made tumblers, flutes and stemless glasses; perfect for bringing your theme to life in a sustainable way!
From organic skincare to home-baked goodies, you will find an incredible list of eco favour ideas by clicking here!
Food isn’t usually something that comes to mind when you’re in the midst of planning your event decor, but you would be surprised by just how handy it can be! See below for ways in which edibles can become the decorations you desire:
Not only delicious in meals, but also perfect for creating hanging decor and/or natural fragrance! ‘Herbs are great for the kitchen, but they can also make great decoration when they’re dried’ says Siavash Ghazvinian, co-founder of Ethical Tree. ‘Hang herbs like rosemary to dry in a visible place to add life and aroma to a room. Once dried you can even make wreaths out of them with a bit of string and hang them across your venue’.
SEASONAL FRUIT & VEGETABLES
If particular foods are in season when your event is on, use this to your advantage. An example of seasonal foods that make great decor is pumpkins, squashes and gourds. ‘[These] are three things you can grow relatively easily and proudly display across your home’ says Siavash Ghazvinian; then once your event has wrapped up, you can either keep them as decor or ‘use the edible ones in various recipes you can find online.’
UTENSILS & SERVING DISHES
‘You can get super creative with food to help you prepare or serve your dishes’ says Laura Trotter, sustainable living educator. A few of her favourite options include ‘using rosemary skewers for kebabs on a BBQ, a ring of red capsicum as an egg ring, serving guacamole inside a halved avocado shell [and] serving fresh fruit salad inside a halved watermelon, rockmelon, honeydew or pineapple’ (more detailed information can be found here). Eco friendly and a fabulous way to reduce the amount of dishes you need to wash after the party!
If you know exactly what you need to decorate your event, it's worth asking friends and family if they happen to have one/some of these items stashed away at home. Borrowing decor (such as tablecloths, chairs/chair covers, centrepieces, lighting and more) will be a fantastic way to save some cash. And if you don't happen to come across the product/s you need in this way, consider hiring from your local event business instead. They often have everything mentioned above, plus options such as karaoke machines, portable heaters, etc.!
Mason jars are one of my favourite things to repurpose! From lighting a room to sipping on a cool beverage, there are so many uses. See below for a few of the best:
‘Put a tea light candle in old jars to create an amazing atmosphere’, says Lottie Dalziel. To pull this off, save up a variety of jars (small, large and in-between) in the lead up to your event. When it comes to decorating, create small clusters (approximately 5 different shaped and sized jars) in the middle of dinner tables, favour tables, food tables, etc. For larger areas, such as the corner of a balcony, place approximately 10 – 15 jars (depending on the space, maybe more). In the hour before your event is due to start, light the candles and carefully place them inside your jars. Instant ambience!
Handy tip: If you’re going for a rustic theme, placing one, two or a cluster of jar candles on top of logs will create a beautiful centrepiece for your celebration.
Olinda Collective created these decorative jars as a unique, waste-free Australian centrepiece for the Christmas table, but they’re so beautiful I think they’d be perfect at any event during the year as well! Click the image below for DIY steps:
Jars also make fantastic vases. With so many different sizes available, you’re sure to find something to display your beautiful bunches in! And if you want to put a unique spin on this decor option, hang the jar vases from trees or even mount them on the wall!
Made from leaves in your backyard and a hole punch, this confetti is like no other! Zero waste, cheap and colourful - what more could you want?!
Flowers can make the most bland room look amazing, which is the reason I absolutely LOVE using them at parties and celebrations! And with so many colours to choose from, you can't go wrong (simply create bunches using your theme palette and you have instant, beautiful decor).
Plants are a fantastic eco-decor option. They’re not only available in a range of types and sizes, but will continue to add colour to your household for many years to come! Perfect for use indoors and outdoors, see below for ways in which plants can be incorporated into your event:
Clustered in corners, used as favours, placed in the centre of a table or even hung from the wall/ceiling; potted plants have so many points of use! You could even go so far as decorating with edible plants (such as parsley, basil and/or chives). As Siavash Ghazvinian says, ‘If you have a window that gets good sun, it’s worth finding a shelving unit to plant herbs that you can grow and use in various foods. [They] taste delicious, and really liven up the energy in the kitchen’. Serving meals garnished with organic produce that doubles as decor – imagine!
Handy tip: ‘The best way to go about getting potted plants with minimal impact on the environment is to join a local community garden or even a local gardening Facebook group. These groups often have someone who is giving away free pots that they no longer have use for’ – Siavash Ghazvinian
Large plants, when placed appropriately, can be the highlight of a room. For instance, placing 2 to 3 bigger plants (of varying heights) together in a corner creates an instant talking point; as does placing two large plants either side of your entrance. To make these beauties truly stand out, ‘arrange in woven containers’ says Jane Clarke of Fantastic Services Australia; ‘and if you have white walls, place the plants nearby as the greenery will contrast against them’.
Whilst large plants create an instant ‘wow’ factor, this doesn’t mean smaller plants should be completely overlooked. ‘Smaller plants can also be a great decor’ says Jane Clarke. ‘Arrange them in geometric forms [and] for even better results, use geometric pots’. Whilst there are a vast array of smaller plant options, Jane suggests using succulents when it comes to decorating; they’re hardy, look gorgeous and are small enough to be anything from a favour to a table centrepiece.
Garage sales, op shops and antique stores are all great places to pick up a bargain and/or unique decor items that will fit with your event theme perfectly! Think along the lines of stunning vases, large mirrors, shabby chic furniture, photo frames (great for photo booth props), baskets, etc. And once the party is over, you can either keep the item/s in your home or take back to the op shop for others to enjoy!
DID THESE ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY DECORATIONS INSPIRE YOU?
After going through this list, I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts. And if you have an option that’s not currently published, please share with everyone via the comments below or one of our social media platforms! Facebook/Instagram/Facebook group).
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
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Party bags are a wonderful way to show your guests (and bride-to-be!) just how much you appreciate them. After all, celebrating such a milestone wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun if your nearest and dearest weren’t able to attend. However, coming up with favour options that are not only memorable and useful, but also eco friendly can be a real challenge.
With the inspiration provided below, though, you’ll have no problem delighting your guests with eco gifts that are not only unique and unexpected, but also zero waste and/or reusable (meaning they’ll benefit the environment as well as party goers in their everyday lives)!
LET’S START WITH THE PARTY BAGS
Finding an eco bag that is big enough, strong enough and pretty enough to hold favours and wow guests at the same time can be difficult. Lucky for us, they are out there! With the below being some of my favourite options:
ECOSILK REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
Available in a large range of fun, bright colours (making it easy to match them to your overall event theme and/or colour palette), these gorgeous Ecosilk Bags not only look great, but are also fantastic for holding bigger gifts or lots of little goodies.
And when the party’s over?
They will easily slot into your guests’ everyday lives as they can be used for anything from grocery and clothes shopping to a stylish weekend travel bag!
Ecosilk Bags – the details:
PERSONALISED COTTON CALICO & LINEN BAGS
With a neutral base colour and the ability to be custom made to match your party theme, the range of personalised cotton calico and linen bags that can be found at 'Bigoudi and Bigouda' are sure to be a massive hit!
From small favour and survival bags to large totes, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to surprising your bride-to-be and her friends on the big day. And after the celebration? These reusable bags will come in handy for storing and/or carrying products large and small (depending on the size you decide on).
REUSABLE SAKitToMe BAGS BY ENVIROTREND
If you prefer the patterned look, Envirotrend's 'SAKitToMe' range offer some great options. From herringbone to blooms, there are designs and colours to suit a variety of tastes! Being a large bag they also allow for gifting bigger products and/or a few smaller favours.
Following the event, guests can continue to utilise these eco shopping bags in their everyday lives (being handy for groceries, the beach and more).
Envirotrend SAKitToMe Reusable Bags - the details:
REUSABLE ECOSILK MINI DRAWSTRING BAGS
Planning on gifting a couple of smaller items such as chocolates, jewellery or little pamper products?
They're soft to the touch, super cute, and come in the same fun, bright colours as their larger counterparts (mentioned earlier).
Following the event, guests can continue to enjoy the convenience of their little bags as they’re also great for securing everyday items such as keys, money, credit cards, makeup and more. In fact, mine has become a staple glove-box item – the struggle to find coins in the car is no longer real!
Ecosilk Mini Drawstring Bags - the details:
AND THEN THERE ARE THE CARDS...
SUSTAINABLE, PLANTABLE CARDS
If you would like to add a sustainable card to your gift bags or boxes, I definitely recommend taking a look at 'plantable cards' (also known as 'seeded cards' or 'seeded paper').
Unlike anything your guests have received before, these types of cards are created with recycled paper and embedded with seeds. This means recipients can read your words, before planting their cards in the garden and watching their (surprise) flowers grow! Intrigued? Click here for a range of beautiful seeded options!
STUNNING DOWNLOADABLE, PRINTABLE PRODUCTS
Bring your theme to life with editable, professionally designed tags, itineraries and/or game cards.
But how do you do this in an eco-friendly way, you may ask? Simple! Purchase a printable product, customise it with your party details and have them printed onto recycled paper/card!
ECO FRIENDLY PRODUCTS FOR GUEST PARTY BAGS
A cute (and convenient) gift idea that can be used throughout the party and in your guests’ day-to-day lives! A 'spork' combines a spoon with a fork, making them the perfect utensil for eating at parties, work or even out and about. Washable, anti-bacterial and compostable (when you feel it’s at the end of its lifespan), these bamboo sporks are a plastic-free, zero waste gift that is extremely handy!
FLOWER, FRUIT & VEGETABLE SEEDS
Seeds of any kind make such a beautiful gift! Not only because they continue to grow and can thus be enjoyed long after the celebration has ended, but because they’ll also bring back wonderful memories every time a guest looks at them.
What’s more, they can be gifted in unique ways.
Flower seeds, for example, could be given to your guests in little pots. You could even go one step further and actually plant the seeds, making them a cute little ‘Pot Luck’ favour (pun intended!). This means they won’t know the flower they’ve chosen until it has actually grown – oh the anticipation!
Fruit and vegetable seeds can be gifted in much the same way; placing the packets in eco-friendly bags or adorable little trays (that guests can go on to grow them in). Once again, there’s also the option of ‘Pot Luck’ favours, whereby you gift guests seeds that have already been planted. Choosing a tray at random and finding out what their fruit or vegetable plant is only once it’s sprouted all being part of the fun!
Like flower and vegetable seeds, herbs are the gift that just keeps on giving – growing and providing flavour to meals long after the party is over.
There are a few great ways to gift herbs. Adding packets to gift bags or pots (as mentioned above) is one option, as is planting herb seeds and allowing guests to pick their ‘surprise’ pot at random.
Then there are organic Herb Garden Kits such as those found at ‘Sara’s Garden’. Already packed in adorable yet stylish favour boxes, they come with everything you need for growing herbs at home. The pots are even biodegradable!
Herb Garden Kits – the details:
Is there someone in the bridal party who is a bit of a pro in the kitchen? If the answer is yes, then whipping up some delicious home-baked goodies is a fantastic (and fairly cheap, depending on what you make) favour option. After all, nothing shows love quite like bread, muffins, cupcakes, cakes, cookies, slices or even salsa made from scratch!
And the best part?
Home-baked goodness can easily be matched to your overall event theme. Are you hosting a pink party, for example? Use different shades of pink icing on your cupcakes. What about an angel & devil theme? Gift your guests some delicious red salsa in cute, glass jars! Partying in boho style? Add some cute edible flowers to your treats.
Easy yet effective party favours!
Who doesn't enjoy a bit of 'magic'?! These adorable beans have words or images engraved on the central pod (their seed), meaning they will display a message as they grow. And speaking of growing, once planted your magic bean plant will sprout for about a month in their tin, at which point you can transplant it to your garden (where it will probably flower!). It’ll also produce its own seeds if you pop it in the ground.
A fun, unique and lasting eco-gift!
NATURAL BODY SCRUBS
Add a touch of luxury to your goodie bags with some stunning, natural body scrubs. Used to cleanse and exfoliate, such a gift will leave your guests with the most beautiful, baby-soft skin – and honestly, who can say no to that?!
For those looking to indulge in this way, Freya’s Nourishment has a range of gorgeous, cruelty free, natural body scrubs that are both gentle and nourishing. And whilst you probably know that body scrubs are great for, well, the body; the Coconut and Coffee Body Scrub (pictured below) is also fantastic for your lips, feet and hair!
Freya’s Nourishment Body Scrubs – the details:
It’s not unusual to see straws in hen party gift bags – they’re cute, a cheap filler option and handy for sipping on throughout the event. However, they are often plastic and only used for a couple of hours before going in the bin. Avoid unnecessary landfill by incorporating eco-friendly alternatives instead!
But other than recyclable paper straws, what ARE your options?
First, there are reusable bamboo straws. Made from natural, durable bamboo, they are ideal for all kinds of cold drinks. And whilst they can be cleaned and used again and again, should you ever need to dispose of them they are also fully biodegradable in the compost or garden! For more information, click here.
Second, there are reusable stainless steel straws. Also fantastic for all kinds of cold drinks, these straws are made from high-quality, food-grade stainless steel. And if you ever need to dispose of them? They are fully recyclable!
And whilst we're on the topic of stainless steel straws, I want to draw your attention to a gorgeous business, Turtle & Me Australia. Specialising in bright and fun colour options (including rose gold, rainbow and gold; pictured below), these straws make the perfect addition to any kind of celebration (whilst simultaneously encouraging people to change their lifestyle habits - which is just one of Tutle & Me's wonderful missions)! Click here to view the whole colourful range.
Succulents - they are beautiful, easy to look after (always a good trait in living gifts), can be kept indoors or outdoors, and will make the favour table at your event look absolutely stunning!
In other words, they are a gift to remember.
For a variety of gorgeous, mini potted succulents online, I recommend looking at the Sara's Garden range. Designed for use as bonbonniere, they are stylish and the perfect size for gifting. And to top it all off, they come with cards and bamboo card holders that can be personalised for your event!
Mini Potted Succulents – the details:
ECO GIFTS FOR YOUR BRIDE-TO-BE
Whilst the above options would also make great gifts for your bride-to-be, I’ve always liked to give the guest of honour the same thing as her friends... plus a little something extra. It is her special day after all!
If you’re looking to do just that, you’ll love the section below. Dedicated to stunning, eco-gifts that do cost a bit more than those mentioned above (and therefore aren’t recommended for each and every guest, unless you have a large budget!); these products are PERFECT for treating your beautiful best friend on a day dedicated to spoiling her!
Handy Hint: click here for six eco-friendly ways you can wrap your bride-to-be's gifts.
Who knew wraps could be so much fun?!
Available in a range of funky colours and patterns, Beeswax Food Wraps make a reasonably priced, environmentally friendly gift that will become a kitchen fave! Fantastic for covering leftover dinner, large salad bowls, sandwiches, cut vegetables and more, these reusable food wraps are the perfect alternative to plastic wrap (and make your fridge look like a colourful party at the same time)!
CONCERT OR THEATRE TICKETS
If there is a band, singer or even play touring that your bride-to-be would give anything to see, why not purchase 2x tickets as the ultimate surprise (it's then up to her whether or not she takes her new husband or a friend)?! If you are booking a particular date, make sure it's nowhere near the wedding or honeymoon. If it's too risky purchasing actual tickets, you can always grab a voucher and let your bride-to-be know what the money is intended for!
If your best friend loves to get creative in the kitchen, why not have everyone chip in to purchase her a piece of sustainable cookware? Non-toxic, healthy and multi-century durable, the SOLIDteknics range is the perfect option for any eco-concious cook! And as they are made to last, your bestie will be reminded of her hen's night or bridal shower every time she's at the stove for many, many, many years to come!
SOLIDteknics Sustainable Cookware - the details:
ECO GIFT PACKS
There is something special about receiving a gift pack that has been chosen especially for you. The anticipation, the layers, the thoughtful notes – unveiling the contents is a wonderful experience in itself. And because such a gift does bring so much joy, it’s a fantastic way to spoil your best friend at her hen party, bridal shower or kitchen tea.
If you are looking to surprise your bride-to-be in this way, Sara’s Garden offers a variety of stunning options. From succulent and tea combos to gorgeous luxury packs; these gifts are not only unique, but being a combination of organic, recycled and recyclable materials, they are also as green as can be. And having received a Sara’s Garden gift pack myself, I can honestly say that your bride-to-be is in for a real treat!
Sara’s Garden Gift Packs – the details:
If there are any activities or experiences your bride-to-be has wanted to do FOREVER (anything from sky-diving to a pamper sesh at her local day spa) a special gift voucher could be the ideal option.
Alternatively, if your best friend's group of girls have some special talents (such as makeup artist, photographer, etc.) treat your hen to some meaningful vouchers instead. For example, have a hairdresser and photographer in the group? Why not organise a cut, colour and photoshoot for the bride and her husband/family?!
GREEN THUMB GIFTS
Plants are a fantastic, sustainable gift option that can be enjoyed for many, many years to come! And because of this, they also make a lovely reminder of the day they were received (in this case, the pre-wedding celebrations). They also have many benefits when placed inside, such as purifying the air and improving your health (click here for more information).
When it comes to plants, there are plenty to choose from; however I have found in the past that edible (such as lemon trees, olive trees and potted strawberries), lucky (such as lucky bamboo) and/or indoor plants (such as succulents) are best for gifting.
If you’re looking for inspiration, Flowers Across Melbourne have an abundance of fresh plants and flowers to choose from – with one of my favourites being this beautiful passionfruit plant pictured below! And as they deliver straight to your door, you can organise to surprise your hen in the lead up to her celebration with a beautiful tree or plant complete with cute message – a great way to build excitement for what’s to come!
Flowers Across Melbourne – the details:
HOMEMADE GIFT BASKET
Create a truly meaningful gift by asking each of your guests to bake/create something special for your bride-to-be. This could be anything from muffins, slices, scones, sauces and jams to fresh produce or a knitted rug. Alternatively, you could ask guests to purchase a small eco-gift (such as those on this list). Put them together with some home baked goodies, place them neatly in a stunning basket and present to your bride-to-be at her celebration!
NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS
When it comes to your closest friend, she deserves the best of the best; and what better way to spoil her than with a selection of luxe, all-natural beauty products? From relaxing bath/foot salts (that are great for your hair and bone health, among other things) to beautiful scrubs (like those mentioned earlier), there are so many ways to make the bride-to-be feel special.
If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to pamper gift ideas, I recommend, from experience, looking into the Freya’s Nourishment range. Combining luxury with living consciously, products such as the Hydrating Body Oil (designed to leave you feeling ‘thoroughly hydrated, yet smooth and supple’) and Rose Hand Scrub (a wonderful scrub that softens skin, protects against wrinkles, helps relieve eczema and more) ooze sophistication and have the added benefits of physical and emotional healing qualities. To me, these factors alone make both products a great option for any soon-to-be bride!
Freya’s Nourishment – the details:
REUSABLE COFFEE CUP
For the girl who loves her coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even smoothies, there’s no better gift than a reusable coffee cup that can be taken EVERYWHERE with her! Available in a range of fun, bright colours and finishes (such as glass and stainless steel), these chic alternatives to takeaway cups will fast become a staple in your bestie’s day-to-day life.
With prices ranging depending on the type of travel mug or reusable cup you purchase, I suggest taking a look at the variety of options available by clicking here. You can then make the choice based on your gift budget and bride-to-be’s preferences (I, for one, LOVE the glass option – but have friends who prefer the BPA and BPS free polypropylene!).
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Reusable water bottles are a great gift as they help reduce plastic waste and are something we can all use in our everyday lives. But what if I told you there was a bottle out there that is also perfectly geared towards hen parties?
These beauties will allow your hen to enjoy water, cocktails AND coffee; the three drinks of choice when it comes to partying with the girls (and the morning after)! And when they’re empty and you’re not using them? They can roll up to a fraction of their size and be stashed away in your handbag until the next cocktail on the go is required.
Once the party is over, the Rolla Bottle will easily slot into your bride-to-be’s life as it is so easy to carry around. As Katy and Lizzy of 'Rolla Bottle' say, it's “ready whenever you need a drink, and out of the way when you don’t”.
Rolla Bottle – the details:
ENJOY YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY!
There you have it, a list of absolutely gorgeous eco party bag ideas that would make any guest's day! And remember, when putting them together you don't actually need a ridiculous amount of fillers. One beautiful item (either or its own or in a bag/box) can be more than enough!
I hope you have a fantastic time at your celebration! Please let us know how your favours turned out (or what you did at your event) via the comments section below or social media (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram). I LOVE hearing your stories, as do the other For Every Hen community members!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
P.S. If you love a product on this list but it won't work for your gift bags, you can use it as a gorgeous eco-prize instead!
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AUTHOR: STEVEN OF 'SIMPO CLEANING'
Parties are meant to be fun, so why stress over preparing for one? Here are some before party cleaning tips to make sure you don’t lose your marbles on the day of the event!
Important: Give yourself time and split tasks over a number of days. Don’t increase pressure on yourself by leaving too much to do on the morning of the party.
CLEAN & DECLUTTER
Wipe over all horizontal surfaces. Use a wet cloth in the kitchen and a dry polishing cloth for other rooms.
Make sure the whole house smells fresh. Use fragrant essential oils about an hour before guests are due.
Move unnecessary items to a space they can be retrieved from later. Clutter can include personal items such as invoices, etc. Move anything that’s likely to cause embarrassment out of sight.
The first thing people see is the entry area, so mow the lawn and trim the edges; hose down or high pressure clean the driveway and paved areas.
Make sure you have a mat at the front door so people can wipe their feet before entering the house.
Windows are always noticed. Clean them inside and out in all the areas guests will go. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference clean windows will make to the look of your home.
Give your bathroom a good scrub top to bottom. Pay special attention to the toilet seats, mirrors and glass since these are the areas which guests tend to notice the most.
You can save time on after-party cleaning if you use a pump-action hand-wash dispenser (they also look way better than a used bar of soap) while recycled single-use paper towels will avoid a lot of laundry.
Have extra toilet rolls in a prominent place. Remove anything personal from the medicine cabinet.
Very important: check the bathroom at regular intervals during the evening (any mess made by your guests reflects badly on you as the host).
A table cloth is great for hiding any imperfections on an old table, and can also prevent further wear and tear.
On informal occasions, disposable biodegradable plates will reduce any after-party cleaning, but make sure there are well-identified places like a bin (making it easy to carry them to the compost for their disposal after use), as well as a separate bin for uneaten food.
For formal dining, you need to clean and polish the silverwear while making sure the dinnerw ear is spotless.
CHILDREN AND ANIMALS
We love them both – but they are both capable of creating ‘disorder’ at a party. Depending on how rowdy you think the party will get, children can be part of proceedings, but sending them to a relative may be a good idea.
If they will be staying, have a designated play area with toys and games to keep them occupied and prevent them from going into areas they aren’t supposed to.
Dogs can add charm to informal dining (outdoor barbecues for example) but the safest approach would be to send Rover off to the kennel. Take a quick scan of the backyard and be sure to dispose of any poop in the backyard. You don’t want any of your guests stepping in anything they don’t want to, especially if they are going to be wearing their favourite pair of valentines.
Cats leave fur everywhere – make sure you remove it. On the day, it’s best to send them to a room of their own with their favourite toys to keep them occupied.
They happen – and you need to be prepared. Have a cleaning kit consisting of stain remover, cleaning cloths, bucket, mop, dust-pan and broom, readily at hand. This will keep you calm and gracious when someone breaks one of your favourite wine glasses (stemless wine glasses may – repeat ‘may’ – result in less breakages).
What does this have to do with cleaning? Well, dim the lights and you may get away with doing less. It’s a cheap trick – but like most cheap tricks – it works! If you don’t have a light dimmer switch, turn off the main lights and use strategically placed lamps and/or candles to light the party area. It creates ambience and hides any imperfections on walls, carpets, floors, etc.
CLEAN THE REFRIGERATOR
Like the bathroom, it makes a good impression to have a clean – and tidy – fridge.
Everything you need for the party should be to the front of the shelves and in the door racks where it’s easy to find and access. It’s just another way to take the stress out of being a good host.
You’ve earnt it! You’ve planned, you’ve prepared, you’ve reprovisioned – most of all, you’ve CLEANED. Now it’s time to get the party started!
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Nailed the before party cleaning tips? Now it's time to learn some handy ways to reduce the mess during the celebration, making your after-party clean-up a breeze! Click here and be inspired.
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Are you wanting to put together a hilariously cheeky night out but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you're after something a little different to the typical activities hens are famous for? From tantric workshops to 'pick your prick' favours, below is ALL the information and inspiration you'll need to plan the ultimate naughty hen party!
Build excitement for the hen party by selecting a cheeky theme and requesting that guests arrive decked out in that particular attire! Think along the lines of a Burlesque party (stockings, feathers, corsets, etc.) sexy [anything] (e.g. sexy farmer, sexy superhero, sexy princess, sexy schoolgirl, etc.), and so on.
18+ TRIVIA NIGHT
Put together your own cheeky trivia night! Search the web for some naughty questions, hire a person to run the show (or, if you’re keen, run it yourself!), grab some hilarious prizes (such as chocolate willies), run funny games in-between and basically have a ridiculously fun time! To get you started, check out this ‘100 Questions About Sex’ game that includes questions such as: ‘What’s the average number of sex partners for women?’ (Answer: 7.5 partners).
With belly dancing, burlesque classes, Latin workshops, Bollywood dance classes, pole dancing, and the cheekier than ever lap dance classes, your group won’t know where to begin when it comes to shaking their booties!
MALE REVUE SHOW
Like the idea of strippers but not so keen on the whole lap dance/centre of the man’s attention thing? Hit up a male revue show instead where you can watch the boys strut their stuff (and show off their dance moves!) whilst enjoying drinks and busting out some moves of your own with the girls! If you’re more inclined to be in the spotlight after a few bevs, they usually grab some hens up on the stage; however if you’d rather stay in the crowd there’s no problems with that either!
NUDE DRAWING CLASS
For those of you with an artistic side (or not, even funnier!), these drawing classes combine fun, laughter, drawing, and of course, nudity!
I'm sure you've heard of Tupperware parties? Well, this is similar... except the products belong in the bedroom not the kitchen (and are strictly for adult's eyes ONLY)! Make sure you have champagne at the ready as you prepare to giggle your way through a celebration that focuses on toys of the grown-up variety!
If your hen loves a bit of craft, then rude origami is a must! As the name states... it’s origami, and it’s rude! Get to work creating your very own paper penis, passionate pigs and more! Check out this free PDF for instructions and inspiration!
SELL YOUR SH*T!
This activity will make for many laughs! Put together a pack of objects/products that your hen has to try and sell throughout the night. How embarrassing these items are is entirely up to you! Any money she manages to make should go towards buying something she really wants (let’s be honest... it will probably be that awesome looking cocktail or a souvlaki from that food truck down the road).
Handy hint: Get guests involved by asking them to bring along ONE op shop item that your hen has to sell throughout the night. It will be hilarious seeing what everyone turns up with!
STRIPPERS AND/OR TOPLESS WAITERS
Whether you’re at a venue or your own lounge room, strippers and topless waiters will add some extra spice to your event! From playing games to taking everything off, it’s up to you just how naughty or nice your event is with these gentlemen! Looking for topless waiters and male strippers for hire in your area? Magic Men is a great place to start your search!
Handy hint: Click here for some fun games to play with your topless waiters!
TANTRIC HEN PARTY
If you’re after something 18+ and really unique, why not try out a tantric hens party? Sensual, exciting AND educational - you’ll be leaving this event with skills that can be practiced at home (if you know what I mean?!). Click here to learn more about this activity!
For a unique twist on the cheeky night out, why not get your crew together for some bootilicious FUN! Giggle and jiggle your way to mastering the art of twerking to your favourite old school jams. And for added cheek? Have some male strippers join the party!
From ‘18+ charades’ and ‘penis carving’ to ‘truth or dare’ and ‘I never’, there are SO many fun games that can be played on your special day. For the ultimate list of hens night games (that can be made as naughty ... or nice... as you like!) and their instructions, click here.
18+ HENS NIGHT GIFT BAG IDEAS
Consider yourself a bit of a chef? Why not bake some fun treats that will double as favours? Think along the lines of cupcakes topped with fondant penises, mini pecker cakes, slices of a large pecker cake, penis shaped lollies, penis shaped chocolate or even mini willy biscuits! If you don't fancy yourself as a baker, there's also the option of placing malteasers in a paper bag and labelling it as 'balls'. Want to up the 18+ factor? Include one chocolate willy in the bags as well and label them as 'dick and balls'.
From naughty dress-up accessories (such as handcuffs), to raunchy clothing items (such as garters and fishnet stockings); gift each guest a unique product and use them as part of games, as photobooth props, etc.!
A really fun game card for a cheekier soiree is a twist on the old ‘Truth or Dare’. To make the cards, ask for the following information:
Name and Truth or Dare for [hen’s name].
Print as many off as there are guests, mount them onto coloured card (pick a colour that fits with your hen’s night theme for best results) and add them to your gift bags. When guests arrive at the party, ask that they write down their name along with a truth question or a dare to complete. Collect the cards and, in front of the whole group, gift them to your hen; explaining that each guest is actually to complete the truth/dare they wrote down for the hen, WITH the hen! Everyone will be beside themselves (either because they wrote something horrible down and they’re having massive regrets, or because they saw what a friend wrote down and cannot stop laughing!). Keep the giggles going by having your hen read out each of the cards, announcing who is performing each truth/dare with her as she goes!
For additional game card options, check out the ultimate list of games here and choose those that will fit with your celebration.
Pick your Prick! Set up a table with mini/baby cacti ready to gift to guests at the end of the celebration or to use as prizes throughout the event!
If you're planning on incorporating a game such as 'mould a man' (or body part!), consider placing balls of play-dough in your goodie bags.
A great home-made recipe that has been tried and tested by yours truly can be found on the side of McKenzie's Cream of Tartar containers (no affiliation, just LOVE the result!). Add food colouring in your theme colours to tie everything together. Click here to view the recipe.
Get Googling and find yourself some extra naughty jokes (whether you decide to stick with the whole ‘wedding theme’ or go completely off topic is completely up to you). Not only a great ice-breaker (have each guest read their jokes out to the group for instant good times!), but also a cheap and fun goodie bag filler option.
RIDDLES THAT SOUND DIRTY
Like jokes, riddles are a fantastic ice-breaker (especially riddles such as these – forcing your friend’s minds into the gutter, even though the answer is VERY clean!). Here’s an example to get you started:
Question: I’m hard when you put me in your mouth; soft and wet when you take me out. What am I?
Answer: Chewing gum!
For more hilarious riddles that sound dirty, click here and make your way through the search results!
SHOTS AND/OR MINI ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
CHEERS to your beautiful friend! Get the celebration started with some delicious mini drinks or shots - the perfect addition to any goodie bag!
Purchase a white singlet and some permanent markers. On the day/night of the hen party, let the girls go to town on it with the following:
- Well wishes
- Their name
- Funny quotes said throughout the night
- Funny stories from the celebration
Make sure you get a photo of the hen in her 'guest book' at the end of the evening! It can then either be framed (if she's game enough to hang it on a wall!) or kept in a special box at home as a memento from an incredible event.
ENJOY YOUR NAUGHTY NIGHT!
I hope this article has provided you with ALL of the cheeky, raunchy and naughty hen party ideas, making your planning as easy and fun as ever! If you would like to share any additional options that should be added to the list, please do so via the comments below or social media (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram).
Cheers to the cheekiest and most hilarious party in town!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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AUTHOR: NATALIE CHURCHILL OF 'ONLY DREAM DRESSES'
Trends come and go; and I hope that one trend here to stay is food trucks. They have really made their mark on Sunday sessions in the park and at weddings... but what about having one at your hens party?
Now I’m not necessarily saying that your hens party has to be one long, food truck festival with every course served from a different mobile food van. However, if you wanted to go that way you certainly could; the sheer range and incredible quality of food available in truck form will blow your mind and can fulfil every one of your guests’ needs.
Don’t conjure up images of the kebab van next to your favourite nightclub, or the hot jam donut van at the annual Easter show, though. Food trucks have come a very long way since these days! They are simply stunning; gorgeous replicas or refurbishments of vintage trucks and caravans. They not only serve wonderful food and drink, they will also make amazing backdrops for those selfies or girly snaps.
Here are 9 awesome ways you can add a touch of ‘Food Truck’ to your hens party!
Mobile bars and drink vendors are available in every state in Australia, with an entire range of drinks to choose from. You can get sweet little vans which dispense prosecco or beer from taps on the side (meaning guests can self-serve), or caravans completely reborn as full-service bars with staff.
There are even VW Combis which have come back to life as mobile kegs. Some smaller ones can be booked to serve just a couple of cocktail options (for example, espresso martinis) whilst others offer everything a full-service bar would.
If you are looking for some nibbles and finger food to please your guests, there are so many options here too. From fine street food to freshly shucked oysters (and everything in between!); if you can dream it up, there is a food cart or truck that will serve it directly to you.
THREE: DURING THE AFTERNOON
Perfect for a hens party on the beach or in a park, hire a mobile food truck to provide afternoon tea to your guests. You could even hire one with a full high tea service, including vintage bone china and cupcake tiers.
Pair this with lawn games like bocce and croquet for a relaxed vibe to a very special afternoon of fun.
FOUR: WHEN IT'S HOT
For the hot days there are so many selections for your food truck hens party, just perfect to cool everyone down. From alcoholic popsicles and slushies to homemade ice-cream and proper Italian gelati; when the Aussie summer sun hits its peak, you will have all of your guests looked after.
FIVE: WHEN YOU NEED CAFFEINE
Even the traditional coffee cart has had a sprucing up. There are some beautiful little vintage carts that you can hire to serve coffee and hot chocolate to your guests when the cool night air has set in. You could even get one to sell espresso martinis as well and cover all your bases at once!
SIX: FOR MAINS
Considering going out for dinner? Why not cater your whole main meal with a next level travelling restaurant?!
Incredible chefs are throwing off the shackles of fixed venues and embracing the life on the open road, so there is no need to have substandard fare wherever you are.
Bring in spit-roast, Greek, Indian, Thai, pizza, modern Australian or a fusion of them all (maybe not all of them!). You don’t need to supply a kitchen, and the clean-up is all sorted.
SEVEN: FOR DESSERT
When your guests need something sweet, call a food truck to roll up at your party as sweets is one of the things that food trucks do best. Do you want donuts, crème Brule, waffles, pancakes, more ice-cream, cupcakes, or ice-cream served in donut cones? Just click your fingers because you can get all of this and more!
EIGHT: FOR LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES
When it’s getting later in the night and your guests may have had one too many, this is the ideal time to bring in some food truck help. How many hens parties have you been to where you got super hungry halfway through the night?
Bring in burgers or sliders, tacos, wood-fired pizzas, hot dogs or gourmet sausages, or even the good old toasted jaffle! The girls will never appreciate a food truck quite so much as they will at this moment.
NINE: FOR THE MORNING AFTER
Hens parties are renown for creating sore heads, so the girls may wake up craving that hang-over breakfast. Why not host a brunch at home or in a lovely park nearby, and hire a coffee cart, pancake van, breakfast burgers, toasted sandwiches and more? There is no reason why the party has to end after all!
Wow, if this blog hasn’t made you hungry (or thirsty!) then I don’t know what would. I might just go and price a prosecco van to come by my house on the weekend... just because.
AUTHOR BIO - ONLY DREAM DRESSES
AUSTRALIA-WIDE MARKETPLACE FOR PRE-LOVED WEDDING DRESSES
Natalie Churchill is the founder and owner of Only Dream Dresses, an Australian-wide online marketplace for preloved wedding dresses. Like many brides, Natalie experienced the desire to wear a beautiful designer gown on her wedding day, but didn’t want to spend the earth in doing so. So the idea of purchasing or hiring a preloved wedding dress was formed. Only Dream Dresses specialises in creating a service that’s personal, cost effective and efficient.
Area/s this business is available: Australia-wide
AUTHOR: LANA OF 'HENS PARTIES AUSTRALIA'
A hens party is a must.
Whether you go out to a quiet dinner with a few friends, or hit the clubs with your whole gang; it's your last symbolic night as a single woman.
Which is why it has to be unforgettable.
That said, these days most of us are too busy to organise an entire hen's party by ourselves; and that's where professionals like myself come in. To help with your planning, here are my top tips for putting together a hens party your bride-to-be will never forget!
WHAT DOES SHE WANT TO DO?
If you don't know what your hen wants, then ask her!
While you want her night to be unforgettable, you want it to be for the right reasons (not because you ordered a private stripper and she ran out of the hotel crying because she'd promised her fiancé there'd be no naked men!).
HENS PARTY EXPECTATIONS
Different hens will have different expectations.
Some hens will tell you exactly what they want down to the letter, and you're expected to follow each and every instruction (hey, it's their party, why shouldn't they?!). Others will give you a vague idea of what they want, leaving it to you to organise (great, right?!). And then some will tell you to surprise them (the worst of the three, what if you don't choose the right party?!).
AN ACTIVITY OR TWO
There are so many different ideas; from strip shows, weekends away, dinner and dancing, high tea, treasure hunts and so on.
You can make a night out of it or an entire weekend – it’s all up to your hen.
Just make sure you get her guest list before anything else so you know approximately how many people are invited (sometimes venues have a minimum number rule, meaning if your group is too small or large you can’t book).
Some businesses, such as Hens Parties Australia, offer amazing packages to make this (and a few other) steps easier for you!
Once you’ve found a selection of activities (or an activity package), it’s time to contact all of the guests and organise a date (unless your hen’s already chosen it!).
It’s super hard to get so many people together on the same day, and even once agreed some people will change their mind (or something will come up); so try not to worry too much about exact numbers at this stage.
COLLECT SOME CASH
A great idea is to appoint another one of the bridesmaids as Treasurer. You will be having enough trouble trying to get everyone to tell you if they’re coming and dealing with the party organisation (and/or event coordinators); so trying to collect money on top of that can be frustrating. By sharing the load you are sharing the stress; if you do it alone it can feel very chaotic and nerve wracking.
Encourage your treasurer to start collecting the money at least 4 weeks before the event (you will find that sometimes people don’t have the money to spare, or are always busy and don’t have the time to transfer it).
And speaking of money, don’t ever pay for someone who says they are coming but won’t pay you. The number of times a client has called me after an event saying she paid for someone who didn’t turn up and would like to see if she can get her money back is staggering. You cannot, in the majority of cases, get your money back after the event as everything will have been organised for a certain number of people (and the venue/business did their part).
As you can see, organising a hen’s party doesn’t have to be painful, but if you DO need some help Hens Parties Australia have an amazing selection of packages available (including the option to customize your own!). Our event coordinators make everything easy, from booking the activities to organising transport and accommodation (if you’re wanting a flash ride to your event or somewhere to crash after).
Throughout the process you can ask as many questions as you want (we’re here to help you, so please don’t worry even if you’re ringing or emailing 4 times a day!).
Simply log on to our website, choose a package and let us do the rest!
AUTHOR BIO - HENS PARTIES AUSTRALIA
GIVING YOU A NIGHT YOU'LL NEVER FORGET!
Hens Parties Australia is a new company. We got together some of Australia's best event planning consultants and started this company to help give Australia's brides-to-be and their friends an unforgettable experience. We have put together so many different hens party packages and if you don't see what you like on our website let us know and we'll customise the package of your dreams!
Phone: 0426 872 070
Area/s this business is available: NSW, VIC, QLD, SA & WA
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WRITTEN BY MAGGIE OF 'IYC POPS'
IYC POP is Australia’s first luxe adult frozen Popsicle; blending a fusion of artisan cocktail flavours with the classic Australian ice-block – making it the greatest addition to any hen’s day! So, if you’re hosting a summer party (or are just keen on some ice-cold fun!); check out these 5 ways you can luxe out your hen’s day... with IYC POPs!
ONE: WITH THE SUCKER RACE
Fight the brain-freeze with the sucker race! With the girl’s hands tied behind their back, each participant has to race to finish their IYC POP!
By sucking down their frozen popsicle; gripping the tube with their knees. No hands allowed!
If the popsicle pops out of the tube, you’re out! Will the brain freeze defeat you?!
TWO: WITH THE TASTE TESTER GAME
Blindfold your hen and have her guess from the four delicious cocktail flavours that infuse IYC POPs. As each popsicle is handmade with real fruit and premium alcohol, this game will be the ultimate test of your hen’s cocktail knowledge!
THREE: WITH THE ICE-BREAKER GAME
The group will break the ice with personal questions whilst playing ‘I Never Ever’. However, instead of sculling a drink, those who answer ‘yes’ to the question have to take a hefty bite out of their IYC POP. Hurts my teeth just thinking about it!
FOUR: WITH A VODKA SODA (PLUS SOME!)
To avoid being a basic bitch, flavour your vodka soda’s by placing an IYC POP in your glass.
Refreshing AND flavoursome!
FIVE: WITH A NOVELTY CATERING CART
And, last but certainly not least, you can luxe out your hens day function space with IYC POPs new retro catering cart! Based on an old school bicycle, this novelty cart is perfect for outdoor/summer hens parties. They even come with a pink pinstripe umbrella and wait staff – topless if you so please!
AUTHOR BIO - IYC POPS
AUSTRALIA'S FIRST LUXE ADULT FROZEN POPSICLE!
IYC POP is Australia’s first luxe adult frozen popsicle that blends a fusion of artisan cocktail flavours with the classic Australian ice-block. 4 YUM FLAVOURS are made with real fruit, premium alcohol, no artificial flavours or colours and all under 100 calories.
Area/s this business is available in: Sydney, NSW
AUTHOR: 'HENS TREASURE HUNT'
At Hen’s Treasure Hunt we regularly witness a lot of awesome ladies having a lot of fun (yep, gotta love our job!); making us question exactly what it is that makes a hens night so enjoyable.
So we’ve devised a list which, if followed, makes it 99.99% certain you’ll have a blast on your special night. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but give it a crack!
ONE: DO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO DO... WITHIN REASON
So, in an ideal world, you’d want to fly all of your besties to NYC and have a week-long pub crawl through the Upper West Side? That may not be totally practical (unless you’ve recently won big in the lottery!); but you can still emulate your dream experience in your home town or a city close by.
For instance, pick a relevant theme, play games that mirror your ideal night, and request gifts that reflect the theme.
TWO: LAUGH AND CRY
A hen on her hen’s night can experience a rollercoaster of emotions.
“I’m about to marry the man of my dreams!!!!” and “Uh-oh... What if his snoring doesn’t get any better over time?”
It’s par for the course. Better to embrace it than to fight it! Let the emotions come, and ride the rollercoaster right to its tipsy end.
THREE: KEEP IT SIMPLE
We’d all like to think that we can do a Hen’s Treasure Hunt AND go bowling AND rollerskating AND clubbing AND take a nude art class AND hit up our favourite high tea venue. But frankly, it can be better to keep it to 2-3 activities/destinations. It allows you to fully enjoy those experiences and it means you’re not rushing about, emptying your wallets and exhausting yourselves too early in the day/night.
FOUR: PLAY HENS NIGHT GAMES
Interpret as you wish, but there’s nothing like games to differentiate a hen’s night from just another night out with the girls.
FIVE: COME PREPARED
Prone to headaches? Achy feet? Bloodshot eyes?
You know the drill.
You only need a few things and they may have you singing ‘hallelujah’ the morning after.
SIX: DO SOMETHING DARING
We all have our limits, and individual definitions of what constitutes cheekiness; so decide what that is for you and break the rules a little.
Dance on a table. Convince a hot guy or girl to buy you a drink. This is a night you want to remember!
SEVEN: INCLUDE EVERYONE
Ok, maybe it’s a little obvious, but make sure everyone’s involved. Some might take a little more convincing than others!
EIGHT: DANCE, SING, JUGGLE...
Whatever your hidden talent is, this is the time to let loose and show everyone what you’re made of. Hey, you might be attaching the ol’ ball-and-chain soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still act young and free!
No hidden talent? Pretend! Everyone has to believe the bride!
NINE: WEAR SOMETHING YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE
Everyone makes a fuss about the big day, but it’s just as important to wear something you love to your hen’s night. Your friends already know you’re beautiful, but it’s always fun to feel extra beautiful on your special night out.
TEN: BE THANKFUL
For all the beautiful ladies in your life, especially the ones who helped organise your incredible hens night. Nawww!
AUTHOR BIO - HENS TREASURE HUNT
CHEEKY, GIRLY FUN!
If you’re after a memorable hens party for your bestie – something unique with guaranteed laughs, hilarious photo opportunities with cute locals, and bucket loads of fun, you’ve come to the right place! A Hens Treasure Hunt is sure to please everyone – cheeky, girly fun!
To get in touch with Hens Treasure Hunt or to learn more about them please follow the links below:
Phone: 1300 661 420
Area/s this business is available: Australia-wide
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Whether they're a physical product that showers guests with glitter once opened, or in the digital world via email or social media; invitations are an absolute MUST when putting together a hens night, bridal shower, kitchen tea or any other kind of event.
And whilst it appears to be a simple task, forgetting to add important details can result in more work for you (think answering a unnecessary questions because guests aren't sure what's going on) or a disaster on the actual day (people not turning up on time, arriving at the wrong place or, even worse, not attending at all).
So, to try and avoid the additional work-load (or last-minute shambles), I've created an overview of the points that should be included on your invitations. Follow this guide and guests will have all the information they need to ensure a wonderful day/night out!
WHAT IS THE EVENT (AND WHO IS IT FOR)?
DON'T FORGET THE (EASY) DETAILS
This may seem like a no-brainer! But when you're under pressure the most simple of points can easily slip your mind.
So, before doing anything else, make sure you include a heading that states what the event is and who it is for. E.g. 'Bec's Hen's Night!' or 'Let's Celebrate Bec's Upcoming Wedding with an Outdoor Bridal Shower'.
WHEN IS THE EVENT?
DATE AND TIME
Another simple point that definitely can't be missed! Make sure you tell guests when the event is and what time it starts.
If your party includes a number of different locations (e.g. starting off at a house, heading to an activity, going out for dinner, etc.) make sure you include approximate start times for each section. Doing so will mean guests' who can't make it at the beginning know where and when you'll be later on in the party; giving them the chance to meet you there instead.
WHERE IS THE EVENT?
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
When it comes to where the event is, don't just provide the initial meeting point. Rather, give guests' an overview of what will be happening at the party (e.g. 10.00am first Winery [insert address], 12.00pm walking to next Winery [insert address], etc.).
As mentioned earlier, this gives guests the opportunity to meet you later on in the party if, for some reason, they can't attend the whole thing.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
SHOW ME THE MONEY
Will guests be chipping in for the event? Or will it be cost effective enough that the bridesmaids can afford to shout?
No matter the situation, let people know!
If you need money, make sure you include how much (along with an outline of what this investment includes, such as drinks, nibbles, dinner, activity, etc.). I've also found that providing different sections of a party (with varying costs) allows those who can't fork out a large chunk of cash the chance to attend.
The following scenario, for example:
SECTION 1: Drinks, nibbles and games at Sarah's house $30.00
SECTION 2: Drinks, nibbles and games at Sarah's house, followed by limo ride into the city and dinner at a restaurant $100.00
SECTION 3: Drinks, nibbles and games at Sarah's house, limo ride into the city, dinner at a restaurant and comedy show $150.00
WILL GUESTS NEED CASH ON THE DAY/NIGHT?
EXTRA CASH TO SPLASH?
Will guests need to spend money on drinks, food, transport home? If there's ANYTHING at all that they will need to pay for on the day/night, let them know early so they have time to save (and don't get caught out at the actual event).
DO GUESTS NEED TO BRING ANYTHING?
ANYTHING AT ALL?
Will your guests require sleeping gear (e.g. sleeping bags, pillows), presents (for a bridal shower/kitchen tea), special notes for the bride-to-be, photos of themselves with the bride-to-be, etc.? If you need them to bring ANYTHING at all to the party, include it on their invitation (with clear instructions).
HOW ARE YOU GETTING HOME?
DON'T LEAVE GUESTS STRANDED
Have you included transport home from the party in your overall costs? If yes, make sure this information is included in your overview.
If no, make sure you highlight that guests will need to find their own way home from the final venue (whether this be by public transport, taxi or a partner picking them up). You don't want to have any girls (or guys!) stranded at the end of a fun night.
WHAT DO GUESTS WEAR?
WHAT WILL YOUR DRESS CODE BE?!
Is this a formal occasion? Or a casual affair? Are you having a theme for the party (e.g. all guests' must come dressed in a particular colour, such as white; or all must suit up!)? Do guests need to wear a particular accessory? Or wear closed-toe shoes to participate in one of your activities?
Make sure you include the dress-code on your invitations (and elaborate with more information if necessary).
IS IT A SECRET?
AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT DETAIL!
This is a big one! You don't want to plan an incredible and thoughtful celebration for your beautiful best friend, only to have one of the attendees let slip exactly what is going on before the actual day!
If you want to keep the finer details of the party a secret, definitely let people know! If the entire celebration is a secret (i.e. the bride-to-be has NO IDEA that a party has been planned just for her), this little detail is even more important.
RSVP DATE & TIME
FOR NUMBERS AND DOLLARS
And finally, make sure you include an RSVP date and time alongside your name and contact number/email. Setting a date at LEAST one month prior to the party is a good idea, as it allows you time to sort out the finer details (as you will have a final guest count).
If you are requesting payments, set the RSVP date as the payment date (you can even state that payment is confirmation of RSVP). This will hopefully reduce the number of guests you have to chase up in regards to money.
Handy hint: provide reminders every now and then that the RSVP date is approaching. People lead busy lives and may legitimately forget to reply with their attendance and/or pay without your prompt!
For guests, the excitement really does start with the invitations; and now that you know what to put on them, it's time to get the party started before it actually begins!
There are a number of ways you can do this. By creating a Facebook group for guests, complete with themed header, by posting out physical invitations or by emailing PDF invites. If you need a hand with the design side of things, I recommend taking a look at professionally created editable files on Etsy. For example, Black Bow Studio, a gorgeous little store who stock downloadable, editable invitations (along with other stationary and products!).
If you have any other details on your bridal shower, kitchen tea or hens party invitations I'd love to hear them in the comments section below (or via the Facebook/Instagram pages and Facebook group!).
Cheers to an AMAZING celebration where you're not forever answering the same questions!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN AFFORDABLE AND UNFORGETTABLE
When planning a hens party, one of THE most difficult tasks is keeping in budget. In fact, it was one of the most common complaints you put forward when completing the recent For Every Hen survey. This makes things hard - especially when your bestie is AMAZING and absolutely deserves a celebration to remember!
Because finding a balance between an unforgettable party and an affordable one is quite difficult, I've put together a list of tried and tested party hacks that will help bring your costs down in some areas. Hopefully you will then have extra cash to splash on the more important things (such as that game of bubble soccer your hen has been talking about forever but never actually played!).
Please keep in mind that not every single hens night hack must be used. In fact, knowing where to save money and where to spend will be the key to creating an amazing party. So set a budget, stick to it, and only cut costs in areas that suit your particular celebration! After all, you want a beautiful yet more affordable hens; not a cheap looking/feeling one!
ONE: ELECTRONIC INVITES
WHEN FACEBOOK IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Physical invitations can be GORGEOUS! However, they can also be expensive. Save cash by creating a secret Facebook event instead. Not only is this a great (and free!) way to get R.S.V.P.'s, but it also provides an area (out of your bride-to-be's sight!) where all attendees can suggest ideas, offer help, ask questions, etc.
Don't have a Facebook account? I was once invited to a hens party via email - in much the same way, we were able to speak with the host(s) via this platform without the bride finding out!
TWO: HAVE IT AT HOME
THE FUN IS WHERE YOUR PARTY'S AT
Rather than hiring a venue or hitting the clubs (where drinks are at bar prices), have the party at home! There's SO many mobile entertainment options these days that you won't be missing out on any of that fun, you won't need to organise transport to/from venues (saving $$$), and you can serve your own food/alcohol (see next few points for cost-cutting measures when it comes to food and drink).
For some great hens night at home ideas, click here!
THREE: MAKE IT B.Y.O.
THE BEST WAY TO OFFER MORE
For those of you who would like to offer a wide variety of alcoholic beverages (or even cocktails), this could be the way to go! Ask each guest to bring along one bottle of spirits (working together to make sure you don't all bring the same thing). On the big day, set up a bar area where guests' can place their bottles and, throughout the party, grab a drink!
*Remember to provide mixers such as cola, lemonade, orange juice, etc. so that guests can whip up some cocktails/mixed drinks during the party.
FOUR: PICK A DRINK AND STICK TO IT
BECAUSE BULK BUYING MEANS MORE SAVINGS
Select one or two of your bride-to-be's favourite alcoholic drinks and serve only those. For example, select one brand of champagne and one brand of wine; then buy those particular bottles in bulk!
FIVE: USE YOUR OWN CUPS, PLATES & CUTLERY
THE EASIEST WAY TO KEEP COSTS DOWN
Why purchase when it's ALL in your kitchen at home?! Unless you're worried about breakage or don't have enough to cater for all of your guests', grabbing the champagne glasses, cups, plates and cutlery from your cupboards is one of the easiest ways to save money.
SIX: WHEN FOOD ISN'T THE FOCUS
BECOME AN APPRENTICE CHEF FOR THE DAY
If you believe that a fancy feast won't be necessary for your particular party style, then catering the hens night yourself could be a great cost cutting measure. Think easy finger foods such as sandwiches, mini quiches, mini sausage rolls, fruit platters, fruit skewers, mini muffins, cupcakes, chocolates, etc.
Alternatively, a trend around our area at the moment involves asking guests to bring a plate of food each. These are then placed over a few tables where everyone can help themselves during the party.
*I wouldn't recommend asking guests' to bring a plate of food as well as a bottle of spirits (as mentioned above). Select one or the other (or neither!) depending on the style of party you are throwing and go from there. As noted at the start of this post, knowing where to spend and where to save is important!
SEVEN: YOU DON'T NEED TOO MANY DECORATIONS
BECAUSE LESS CAN SOMETIMES BE MORE
Unless you're staying at your venue for the entire party and/or your theme requires a lot of detail; don't worry about too many decorations. For instance, a few balloons strategically hung or placed is all you need to bring the colour palette to your room (see this DIY project for a beautiful balloon hanging option that looks so good you won't require ANY additional decorations)!
EIGHT: USE A MUSIC APP
IT'S FREE AND EASY
Create a killer playlist on apps such as Spotify. With a large variety of music, free plans and the ability to play it via a number of devices (phone, computer, etc.), you can't go wrong!
NINE: GET CRAFTY
SAVE $$$ BY DOING IT YOURSELF!
If you enjoy a bit of craft then this one's for you! There's so many ways in which your hobby can help with the overall party, such as:
There's so many ways you can get crafty and save money - so keep an eye out for things you can DIY whilst in the planning phase!
Handy Hint: Unless you enjoy a bit of craft (or have a friend who loves getting crafty that can help you out); it's probably best to put the money towards a professional or skipping such tasks altogether. Otherwise, you'll just be adding extra stresses to your plate that you really don't need!
TEN: ALTERNATIVES TO HELIUM
BECAUSE REGULAR AIR CAN LOOK AMAZING TOO
Before spending your money on either a party shop inflating your balloons or hiring a cannister to do it yourself; think about the other balloon décor options available that look just as good!
There's bunching, balloon bunting, hanging them upside down, placing mini balloons on stems and placing them in vases, etc.
Remember: place all balloons in the bin after use!
ELEVEN: PLAY GAMES THAT ARE FREE AND/OR D.I.Y.
GAMES DON'T HAVE TO BREAK THE BUDGET
Rather than spending up big on games (which can get quite expensive!), stick to those that can be played with little to no props. To get you started, check out the 'Games' section by clicking here or take a look at the 'Ultimate List of Hen Party & Bridal Shower Games' blog by clicking the image below.
TWELVE: BORROW RATHER THAN BUY
YOU WOULD BE AMAZED WHAT PEOPLE HAVE IF YOU JUST ASK!
After tables? Chairs? Costumes? Before you consider buying or hiring such items, ask around! You'll be amazed what people have that's perfect (or can be altered slightly - e.g. table cloth over table) for your event! Just make sure you look after the item/s and clean them before they're returned.
THIRTEEN: HIRE OR BUY SECOND-HAND
THERE'S NO NEED TO BREAK THE BANK
If you've asked around for items and friends/family don't have what you need, consider hitting up ops shops or hiring from a local business.
Full of beautiful, charming and unique treasures, op shops and antique stores in your area are sure to have something perfect for your event (think anything from large mirrors to hilarious photo props!).
Alternatively, there are so many beautiful products that can be hired. Tables and chairs, lolly bar accessories, stunning food carts and more can often be found with a quick internet search.
FOURTEEN: SPLIT COSTS
GUESTS' ARE OFTEN HAPPY TO PAY IF IT'S NOT RIDICULOUS
Each and every guest attending the hens party is there for a good reason; and that is because your bride-to-be considers them a close friend (or even family!). And because of this relationship, guests are often happy to chip in to ensure their beautiful friend has the time of her life (especially if the asking amount is reasonable).
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TELL US YOUR FAVOURITE PARTY HACK!
As noted at the beginning of this post, remember not to overdo it with your cost cutting measures. Rather, pick one, two or a few hens party hacks that will tie in nicely with your party; making it a more affordable affair (not a cheap one!). The money you save can then be put towards other aspects of the celebration (such as entertainment), buying your hen a beautiful gift/keepsake, or as a means of cutting overall costs for guests (i.e. instead of charging $120 per head you can drop the cost to $100).
Every little bit of cash saved counts!
If you have any of your own hacks I'd love to hear them in the comments section below (or via our socials: Facebook/Instagram/Facebook group). And if you're after some more great ideas, I recommend clicking here!
Cheers to an AMAZING hens party that doesn't break the bank too much!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x