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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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! (Facebook | Facebook Group | Instagram).
Cheers to the best dressed party in town!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x