Getting the Hen Do right can be a daunting prospect, where do you even start?
Lauren Troughton, hen specialist at Chillisauce says “Everyone wants to make sure the Bride has the best time and the pressure can be pretty overwhelming. With this in mind we have put together a list of celebrity inspired Hen Do’s to help give you a kick start. Even if you can’t afford a celebrity affair, the alternative is that you can always be inspired for themes and activities and bring the dream destinations to you, without having to set foot on a plane”.
Kim and co. might have headed off to Paris for a classy evening of dinner and drinks at Costes restaurant, but there are plenty of ways to bring a little Parisian chic to your hen party. Embrace the French penchant for patisseries by taking a cupcake decorating class, and wash them down with some bubbles at a champagne tasting workshop. Whilst you might not be able to splash out for Kim’s sequined Balmain dress, you can always make you and your hens feel extra glam with a model makeover session or, for something truly unusual, indulge in a perfume making class and see if you have what the French call ‘le Nez’…
Isle Of Wight
Trust ‘Queen of Cool’, Kate Moss, to have her last weekend as a single girl at the Isle of White festival, turning up with three pink hummers full of some of the biggest names in modelling, Sloane-ing, and rock and roll. If you fancy a party that’s more ‘hippie’ than ‘hen’, get the flower hairbands out and consider taking your girls for a weekend glamping? Ramp up the rock and roll atmosphere by glamping at a UK festival or embrace the outdoors by taking horse riding or archery lessons!
Wanting to add a bit of Showgirl frivolity to your hen do? Why not take inspiration from the Cirque du Soleil themed party Rhianna threw for Katy Perry, and revel in everything sequined, feathered, and colourful? Unlike Katy, you don’t need to hit the famous Vegas Strip for a spectacular hen party; get your girls dressed in their finest show-stopping sequins and head to watch a cabaret or burlesque show, or even take a class and learn the moves for yourselves! If you fancy a flutter, round off the evening with a night at the casino - Lola’s in London is the first UK casino to combine gaming tables with live burlesque entertainment!
Poppy Delevigne’s wild hen-night at the Groucho club followed by the even wilder saucy slumber party left a lot of brides-to-be longing for the joyful simplicity of getting everyone together for a fun night on the town. Get the 90’s kitsch of Poppy’s hen party by encouraging fancy-dress: we’re thinking bright pink wigs, metallic shades, leopard print coats, and outrageous underwear for the truly adventurous. Once you’re suitably dolled up, get playful with some foreplay & flirting classes before really getting into the slumber party theme and belting out some tunes at a karaoke night. For a more low-key night with a throwback vibe, why not try a singing workshop or jewellery making class?
We can’t all jet-off to Cabo to celebrate our last days as a single girl like Lauren Conrad and her hens, but the laid-back beach atmosphere can be achieved here in the UK as well! Head to the coast and prepare to get your hair wet in a surfing or sailing lesson, even if you don’t quite have your sea legs, what better way to enjoy your hen-do than by ogling those hot surf instructors? After a day riding the waves, keep the tropical theme going with hula skirts, and tiki-themed cocktails!
Instead of following in the footsteps of Jodie Kidd who took her closest friends off to the Moroccan city for a weekend, lose yourself in the magic of Marrakech without ever setting foot on a plane. Bring the Middle East to your own back garden with lush fabrics, lanterns, candles, and shisha pipes giving you that Bedouin tent look. Go one step further for a truly unforgettable hen, and have a Middle Eastern cookery class where you can sample the spices and smells of another cuisine. Or why not give belly dancing lessons a try? Harder than it looks, but it could give your bridal party some good moves to crack out on the wedding day dance-floor!
For all the party-girls out there like Frankie Sanford, Ibiza might seem like the perfect choice for a hen party getaway. Get the same exclusive party atmosphere with a vamped up club night: dress in neon and blast out some music on a party bus, or book a VIP table complete with drinks and dancing for star-style treatment closer to home. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try a fire-breathing class to really get the rave going (this would have to be done pre rather than post alcohol!).
The new Mrs. Clooney celebrated her last single weekend in classic style, with a girl’s trip to Venice. For a sophisticated hen do that appeals across the ages (mum and mother-in-law friendly), take note from Amal and treat your ladies to a riverboat cruise complete with prosecco and dinner under the stars. Follow this with a slightly naughty life drawing class, or maybe a trip to the theatre. Complete the Venice vibe by dressing for the occasion in plush cocktail dresses topped off with beautiful Venetian masks.