AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Coming up with beautiful keepsakes for your best friend’s hen party or bridal shower is, in my opinion, just as important as planning the activities and games. Whether you organise a special box filled with notes, a hen guest book full of sweet messages, or a dress covered in signatures, this item will be something that is kept forever. It will be something that brings back the most amazing memories from one of the best days of her life! For some unforgettable hens party guest book ideas and keepsakes, see the inspiration below.
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AWESOME HEN PARTY GUEST BOOK IDEAS:
Perfect for that naughty hens party you’ve been planning; all you need is an inflatable pecker (the bigger the better!) and a permanent marker. Inflate before celebrations kick off and then, throughout the night, ask the girls to write their hen party guest book messages ALL over it! Following the party, she can deflate the beast and keep it somewhere special for those moments in life she needs a laugh or just wants to remember the day.
Handy Hint: If you’re heading out and about, make it a rule that your bride-to-be must take this beautiful giant with here EVERYWHERE she goes; meaning you could end up with hilarious well wishes written by complete strangers as well!
ENVELOPE GUEST BOOK
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I love the idea of these! An envelope guest book is basically a book that has tiny envelopes strategically placed and glued down throughout (see examples here). Leave it open on a table alongside some pens, pencils and paper – guests can then go to town drawing pictures or writing sweet notes, marriage advice, anything really, before ‘posting’ it to your gorgeous hen.
Handy Hint: Encourage guests to bring along items (such as small photographs, poems, ticket stubs from a concert they attended with the hen, etc.) that can be ‘posted’ in the book as well! These will make for a beautiful and welcome surprise when your bride-to-be goes through it following the celebration.
Set up a letterbox, some envelopes, pens, pencils, etc. on a table and ask guests to write your bride-to-be a letter. This could be some excited words about her upcoming marriage, marriage advice, a funny poem, jokes, funny stories from the past, date night ideas – you get the idea! Each guest will then place their letter inside an envelope, seal it and ‘post’ it.
Your bride-to-be can then read one or two letters per day in the lead up to her wedding OR read one per day until she runs out!
PERSONALISED HEN PARTY GUEST BOOK
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There’s no better way to make the guest of honour feel special than by treating her to some custom made gifts; and a personalised hen guest book is one way to do just that! If this type of keepsake sounds like something your best friend would absolutely adore, Etsy is a great place to start your search. From photo books to drop box frames, there are so many unique options that you’re bound to find a personalised party guest book perfect for your occasion!
SIGN THE FRAME
If you can find a beautiful, big frame that has a small area for a photograph, why not use this as your ‘guest book’? To pull this off, remove the glass from the frame and place somewhere safe (you will need it again later), fill the photo section with an image of your beautiful bride-to-be (she can switch this for a group shot once the hen party is done and dusted) and then put the frame back together. Place your glass-less frame on a table next to a jar full of pens.
When it comes time for the party, guests can then make their way to the table and write a message and/or sign their names on the matte (the card-like piece surrounding the image). After the party, put the glass back in its place and gift to your hen!
Click here for an example.
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This is such a fun idea that will give your hen SO many options when it comes to date nights/weekends full of adventure. To set up, grab yourself a ‘bucket’ (this can be a small tin bucket, an actual bucket, a jar, a wooden box... anything works!), some paper and some pens. Using a cute sign (click here for an example), ask guests to share their favourite things to do and/or favourite places to go. All of these notes will be placed into the ‘bucket' and gifted to your bride-to-be at the end of her celebration. The happy couple can then slowly make their way through their ‘bucket list’ together. This will not only provide HEAPS of fun and laughter in their first year of marriage, but will also give them the opportunity to experience new and exciting activities/holidays/etc. that they may not have thought of otherwise.
Handy Hint: Make a rule that as your hen and her husband complete ideas, they must send a picture of themselves at that particular place to the person who suggested it (unless it was a cheeky R rated suggestion of course!).
DRESS TO IMPRESS
We did this for my sister’s hen’s party and it went down an absolute treat! First, I went shopping with her for a cheap dress that she liked, but would probably never wear again (these were the 2 rules we stuck to whilst browsing). I wanted her to look and feel amazing, but I also had a secret plan for this piece of clothing... hence the ‘won’t want to wear again’ rule.
On the day of her hen’s party, she turned up looking incredible in what we had picked. After a couple of drinks, the bridesmaids asked that everyone at the party sign the ‘hen night guest book’ before the night was over. Trick being that the ‘guest book’ was actually our beautiful bride-to-be’s dress!
From that moment on her girl’s took turns writing cute, fun and hilarious messages/well wishes all over her outfit using coloured permanent markers. The more drinks that were downed the funnier the notes became. We still can’t look at this piece of clothing without smiling and laughing, and it’s a great reminder of the fun had every time she looks in her cupboard!
KISS THE MISS GOODBYE
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One of the cuter hen party guest book ideas, this involves all of the ladies attending to show off their luscious lips! To make this work, you will need to request that each guest wear/bring their own lipstick. As the girls enter the party, you can then have them ‘kiss’ the canvas (or paper) and sign their name/write a short message next to the coloured lip print left behind! This canvas or print off (see examples here) can then be framed and gifted to the bride-to-be following her festivities.
PHOTO BOOK GUEST BOOK
Rather than purchasing a hen do guest book with a custom cover and blank pages, why not create your own masterpiece using one of the online photo book tools?! With the ability to make your own cover AND include pictures throughout, this will end up being one truly loved memento!
Handy Hint: Ask each person on the guest list to send you a picture of themselves with the bride-to-be. You can then create the photo book so that every second page has ONE large image (that is, one of the pictures you’ve been sent) and it sits alongside one blank page. This means that guests can sign or write a message next to a photo of themselves with the bride-to-be – making the book that much more meaningful and special!
Have a guest who can’t attend the celebrations but still wants to be part of the fun? They can send through a photo of their written well-wishes which can then be inserted next to their photo image!
PINATA GUEST BOOK
Purchase or make a piñata in a shape that suits your celebration (that is, if you’re hosting a themed event, use a piñata that will compliment it. No theme at all? The first letter of her name would work perfectly, as would a pretty heart!). On the day of the party, set the piñata up on a table, alongside some pens, paper and a framed note that says something along the lines of:
“Leave me a note, joke or some marriage advice. On our one year wedding anniversary we’ll pop it open and read everything inside!”
Guests can then write what they wish on the paper provided and drop it in a hole at the top of the piñata (the part where the lollies usually go... maybe sneak some sweet treats in too for an extra surprise!). Patch it up after the party and gift to your bride-to-be and her fiancé.
Using a fun image of your bride-to-be, organise to have a custom puzzle sent to you via a local printing agency (or one of the bigger stores such as Harvey Norman/Officeworks).
On the day of the party, each guest can then sign and/or write a little message on the back of a puzzle piece. Once the event is over, place all of the pieces into a special box and pair with your bestie's favourite bottle of wine. Not only will this make for a beautiful gift, but it also gives your hen the chance to have a cute date night with her soon-to-be hubby - puzzle (of her face... he will LOVE this!), wine, food and messages from friends #bliss
Handy Hint: The bigger the puzzle pieces the more space the girls will have for messages. Consider this before deciding which puzzle size to order.
Guest books work best when party goers have the opportunity to write their piece at a time that suits them. Whether this be at the start, middle or end of the party is entirely up to each guest.
To make this process as easy as possible for them (and to ensure they know the guest book is there to be written in!), set up a special table complete with cute sign, pens, pencils and any other items needed. This will entice friends and family to check out the table and, in turn, encourage them to leave a special note! See below for printable guest book sign inspiration:
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ENJOY PICKING THE PERFECT PARTY GUEST BOOK FOR YOUR HEN!
I hope the cheeky, classy and completely unique hen do guest book ideas in this article have inspired you! We absolutely LOVE hearing your feedback! If you have any comments on this particular article (or have a wicked guest book idea we've missed in the above list), please let us know via the comments section or social media (AUS Facebook Group | Worldwide Facebook Group | Pinterest)!
Cheers to an incredible and memorable celebration!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x