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Planning the special day of your dreams is a job in itself, and what’s more, it’s a very stressful one. There’s invitations, booking that wedding venue your heart is set on, deciding who your bridesmaids and page boys will be, the colour scheme, the food… The list is endless! As maid of honour/chief bridesmaid you can give your best friend a weekend of no-wedding-worries with a fabulous hen party specially crafted for their interests and loves. Naturally, you want to give her the best weekend you can but deciding on the theme and what you should do can be very difficult. Hopefully our guide on designing the perfect hen do will help you out if you’re stuck for ideas.
The Creative Hen
We all have at least one friend in our group who loves to ‘create’, whether it be putting together a dress or crafting special gifts for loved ones. A unique art/craft-based experience, such as our wonderful collaborators’ life drawing experience, will be perfect for this bride-to-be’s party. Your hen will get to indulge her arty side and you’ll all have great fun taking part in such a memorable experience. You can take your sketch home, giving you a permanent keepsake. Carry the ‘make it’ theme through the weekend by getting together with the bridesmaids and whipping up decorations for the hen’s bedroom/hotel room. As well as that, everyone can make their own hat, sash or piece of clothing that’s inspired by the bride-to-be and wear it over the weekend. It will be a creative couple of days through and through!
The Foodie Hen
Great food and great wine will make this hen’s weekend special. You can have both ‘eat in’ and ‘eat out ‘options to get the best of both worlds. For a meal out, book a table at their favourite restaurant or have everyone pitch in and take her to that one she’s been dying to eat at. Book a food-making class for the main activity; you can go to the hosting venue or have them come to you. Celebrate everyone’s relationship with the hen and have photos of you and her turned in to a photo cake; it will add a very personal (and on-theme) touch. If you know the special lady would love hen do bags then base these around food too; include gorgeous little refreshment snacks and drinks.
The Party Hen
Dancing and cocktails are sure to make this weekend perfect for your best friend. Find out where the best bars are, and if you book one in advance (explaining it’s a hen party) you’ll likely be able to get special discounts and possibly a bottle of champagne or custom cocktail for the lady of the hour. Depending on the kind of party they like, either find a club that caters for all music tastes or try something more specialist like a salsa club which is becoming an increasingly popular hen weekend trend. Fill the bride’s hotel room with balloons and ensure you have a range of party games ready to play before you go out. Top tip: make your own version of ‘Mr and Mrs’. It will go down a treat!
The Outdoorsy Hen
There are lots of hen activity days you can book now; from game days to rock climbing and quad biking! Based on what she loves (and how adventurous she is) arrange a day of fun activities. If your friend is getting married in the summer, make use of the good weather and take her glamping for the weekend. You can spend time laughing and having fun round a camp fire with picnics during the day and BBQs in the evenings. You may not be allowed to decorate the tents and if that’s the case, put together ‘glamping/outdoor’ survival packs for everyone in attendance; include everything from sunglasses and mini bottles of wine to sleeping masks and mini bottles of sunblock. Enjoy the sunset and make use of any local nearby outdoor events.
We hope our guide has given you some amazing ideas and inspired you to come up with some of your own. No doubt you’ll give your friend one of the best weekends of her life. Happy hen party planning!