Parties are a common theme of hen parties. Whether you spend your days making fancy hats or preparing an elaborate dinner, there’s always something to do when preparing for the bride-to-be’s special day.
Every hen party is different so it can be difficult to come up with a definitive list of activities that will please all hens.
If you’ve got a small group of ladies who know exactly what they want from their weekend away, then the pre-planning might be easier, but some people prefer to leave everything until the last minute and enjoy spontaneity.
In either case, once everyone has arrived at your chosen destination, there’ll likely be plenty of time for doing whatever takes your fancy if you aren’t already organised.
If you’re struggling to choose something that everyone will love then a good tip is to think about what you’d do if you were at a hen party in another country. If the bride-to-be is from Italy, for example, then going out for pizza and gelato might be a great way to spend an evening.
This also has the advantage of helping everyone bond with their foreign friends (this works even better if your group isn’t very international).
There are plenty of cultural activities you can include during hens; cooking classes, art galleries and Broadway show tickets all make perfect hen night outings.
It can also help to remind yourself why this bride-to-be is worth celebrating and plan appropriately! If she has an interest in any particular activity then she’ll probably love to do something related.
This could be anything from rafting down a river or horse riding on the beach, to making pottery or baking cakes. Just make sure you find something that everyone will be able to enjoy!
For some inspiration for activities suitable for planning before your guests arrive, below are just a few ideas for different types of hens:
Dress up and head out to try your luck at blackjack or roulette tables while enjoying cocktails and mingling with friends. You might even prepare a team costume beforehand so you feel like you’re playing as a single entity.
Dress up and head out to try your luck at blackjack or roulette tables while enjoying cocktails and mingling with friends. You might even prepare a team costume beforehand so you feel like it.
Reward yourselves for a hectic year by pampering each other before the big day. Getting massages, manicures, pedicures or simply relaxing in a steam room should make everyone a little more relaxed.
Reward yourselves for a hectic year by pampering each other before the big day. Getting massages, manicures, pedicures or simply relaxing in a steam room should.
If the bride-to-be doesn’t want anything too extravagant then think about organising a ‘backyard party’ for everyone to get together and enjoy days out beforehand.
It could be as simple as decorating your toga or painting hen faces before going out in public!
Whether you have an active night planned or prefer relaxing outdoors, you won’t regret planning some group activities ahead of time. It will help prevent hens from getting bored when they finally meet up.
Hopefully, these ideas will help give you a head start when it comes to organising your very own hens, just remember that any activity can be much more fun if it’s themed appropriately!
For example, if you’re going to a nightclub then feel free to get all of the hens out in black and pink prom dresses.
Also, don’t forget that there are plenty of other things you can do during hens such as:
– Feeding each other chocolate while blindfolded; we suggest using strawberries for added effect.
– Having a hen party scavenger hunt where clues lead everyone from place to place until the final destination: it might be a restaurant or bar… Or something else entirely!
– Pre-book boat rides and helicopter tours for that extra touch of luxury. Let’s face it; an extra few pounds isn’t likely to matter when this is supposed to be your last big hurrah before settling down with just one partner.
– Make a list of the most embarrassing moments each hen has experienced and share them with all of your guests; make sure to add in some extra humiliations for good measure and remember: it’s all in good fun, especially when everyone is in on the joke!
Everyone will appreciate a little bit of planning because you’re doing them a favour by making this experience much more memorable than it otherwise would have been.