If you’ve recently been tasked with being a maid of honor or bridesmaid one of biggest tasks you’ll have to organize is the “bachelorette” or “hen party”. Picking out dresses, going bridal shopping, providing emotional support and going to dress fittings are all much smaller tasks in comparison to organizing this big event, even more so if the bride is planning on asking a lot of people to it! First up, before all the planning and organizing commences is to decide on the what, the where and the when. If you’ve never planned a bachelorette or hen party before we are here to help with our top ideas on what to do…. You’re welcome!
First up is the luxurious and relaxing spa weekend or spa day. If you plan on having on taking it easy party wise or if you love nothing more than being pampered then this is the perfect option for you. There are tons of great options to choose from and with so many deal websites to choose from nowadays if you plan well in advance you can even secure a good deal for the event. Gossiping and bonding over a manicure and massage with a glass of prosecco in hand, sounds like heaven to us and it’s the perfect way to get some well needed rest and relaxation in the build up the big day!
This idea is growing in popularity with many bachelorette and hen parties opting for a makeup lesson, learning how to apply perfect eyeliner and achieve the all important perfect eye makeup look. What better way to get the party started! Nowadays mobile makeup artists carrying top brands such as Mac, Nars and Bobbi Brown will even travel to your chosen venue.
Cocktail classes or mixology can easily be added to the above two options as well as its a similar themed activity. Enjoy lots of laughs, giggles and fun as you make and more importantly sample the newest and best cocktails. Perfect for getting you in the mood for lots of dancing later on!
Perfect for those looking to practice their moves for a night out on the tiles later on, a dance class is heaps of fun. Set off the bachelorette or hen party with a bang with some jive, hiphop, sassy swing or burlesque dancing. Dancing classes with music from a certain era combined with fancy dress from that decade is the perfect combination to get your party started! Put those dancing shoes on ladies!
Murder mystery is the ultimate “whodunit” game! A brilliant bonding exercise if your group of people don’t know each other, a murder mystery evening is a great ice breaker where groups get into teams in a bid to uncover clues and weed out the murderer. Add some costumes into the mix for a bit of fun.
A great option if you have a mixed age group going to the bachelorette or hen party, afternoon tea parties are a popular choice nowadays. Think luxurious venues, the very best china, your own butler, champagne and scrumptious food. If you are renting a house there are also companies who provide mobile afternoon tea party services such as Oh So Sweet Occasions in Ireland.
Crime Scene Investigation or “CSI” themed event
This is a relatively new idea but is growing in popularity. How does it work? The groom is filmed being kidnapped and hens or bachelorettes break into teams to become detectives whilst following a set of clues to rescue the groom just in time for the big day!
This option is heaps of fun and can either be organised yourself if you have no problem taking on a mammoth task or nowadays companies can also organise all for you by giving you a book of clues a map of your location and separate your group into teams before setting you off on an exciting hunt! It’s a really fun activity to get to know others on the hen party and is a great icebreaker. This can also be completed on a miniature scale during your night out whereby you make a list of items that the bridal party need to collect during the night for example, shot glasses, photos with strangers, signs etc and whoever has the most items gathered wins a prize!
If you are looking for a bit of adventure but love a bit of glam then glamping is for you! This popular trend has become a widely popular hen party activity where you can sleep under the stars in a bell tent, tipi, pod or a yurt. Think camp fires with marshmallows, starry nights and hot chocolates.
Action Packed Activities
Ignite the adrenaline junkies in you and you hens with a fully-loaded action packed weekend of activities! Zip lining, zorbing, wind surfing, abseiling, snorkeling, whale watching surfing, kayaking, horse riding, archery and clay pigeon shooting are possibly the most popular activities. Just make sure to plan some “down time” after all the activities before your big night out!
Dress Up Photo Shoot
If you are loving a bit of vintage glamour then a dress up photo shoot is the perfect opportunity to get all dolled up for your night on the tiles. For a hen or bachelorette party that oozes with glamour you can enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst getting a full glam make over with vintage clothes and props for you your gals before your fully styled photo shoot. Sounds like heaven!
Ideal for the foodies, enjoy a glass of bubbly while you and your hens learn how to whip up a storm in the kitchen with the help of a professional chef before enjoying the fruits of your labor.
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