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Hen Parties! Tips on how to plan a hen weekend

  • By Jackie Fussell
  • 11 May, 2016

 It doesn't have to be all L-plates, strippers & willy straws!

I have attended a lot of hen parties, offering pamper parties and makeovers - so I just wanted to share some lovely tips.

The Party Planning

  •  Quality not quantity. The more intimate hen parties, with your best friends are usually much touching for the hen (as well as being easier to organise!)

  • Remember, it's a party for the Hen! Its all too easy to get carried away with plans especially if a few of you are organising the party. Try to think what the hen would like, remember you unfortunately cannot please everyone and so try to concentrate more on what the hen would like rather than trying to please everyone.

  • When you are planning the party unfortunately people you invite may be restricted on budget and appear inflexible, and even difficult.   Private Facebook or Whatsapp groups are good, when these involve people who don't know each other his can sometimes just be down to communication issues or taking things the wrong way. This is when you need to take a deep breath, a large step back, and re-focus remembering its all about the hen. At this point try to arrange a meet up with those involves, or a skype chat to iron out any issues that may have arisen.

  • Its the thought that counts! Its too easy to want to book the most expensive venue, in the most expensive city with the most expensive travel. However, the hen do is show the hen how special she is to all of you, putting thought and doing homemade games, activities and events will mean so much more.

Activities & Budget

  • Remember that not everyone has the luxury of a disposable income and lots of free time, so try not to over-organise the hen party with lots of expensive activities, also remember to factor in travel time and possible delays. Leave time for everyone to relax and get to know each other, and the hen to catch up with her friends. A relaxed night in usually works well for the first night of a hen weekend, try organising some ice breaker games and perhaps a pamper party. There are lots of mobile services that can come to you, this reduces your travel costs and time, especially if there is a large group of you. Also this allows your group to select what they would like to participating in, making it easier for those who are restricted by budget.

  • The nicest events I have witnessed are homemade games, involving memories and personal stories - which not only helps the group get to know each other, it is also a fun trip down memory lane to single life!

  • Games involving photos are also good - at a recent party the organiser had been through the hens facebook and printed off loads of photos involving men, to which she was ask to name the year, man, and event which caused lots of giggles!

  • The morning after the night before. It likely your quiet night in will end up with one or two sore heads in the morning! Also it takes a large group of ladies a long time to get ready, especially with the added issue of shared bathrooms! So allow extra time in the mornings. Unfortunately some of your guests will have to leave early to travel home, so on the last day a casual brunch / lunch or a afternoon spa trip or pampering session for the reduced numbers who are lucky enough to have monday off work.

It doesn't have to be all L-plates, strippers & willy straws! It doesn't have to be all L-plates, strippers & willy straws!

For those of us who are slightly older and want a more sophisticated hen do, there are other options than strippers and pin the willy on the hunk!

Here are a few ideas:

  • Makeover - Get ready for your big night out and get make up or hair (or both). I offer this service in the Bristol / Bath area, and have done UV face art to vintage make overs .
  • Dance Classes - again there are lots of dance schools or mobile services that come to you.
  • Afternoon Tea - There are lots of lovely  little  vintage tea rooms in most cities, and mobile services or why not do a DIY and have a bake-off  competition  with the guests.
  • Craft - again weather its make your own garters, sashes or lift drawing - theres plenty  available  on location or mobile, of for restricted budget arrange a diy craft making activity, maybe even something for your fancy dress  theme
  • Spa / Beauty - there are lots of spas which you can attend, and pampering always goes down well! Or there are lots of mobile pamper party companies.  I offer this service in the Bristol / Bath area, and have a pick and mix menu to suite all budgets.  This is a nice relaxed activity for the saturday or sunday.
  • Cocktail Making - Vodka revolution do national, or smaller companies offer a mobile service.
  • Recording Song - a great lasting memory, there are lots of recording studios offering this for hen parties.

And the most important thing of all is to make sure you all enjoy the weekend, this can be very stressful for the host but hopefully it will all be worth it and you will all have a great weekend.  

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