Today’s hen’s parties are no longer confined to wild nights out. After all, not every bride is the party-’til-you-drop type and many aren’t at all interested in strippers, endless rounds of booze and whatever else a ‘last night of freedom’ may bring. Here are eight hen’s party alternatives that may be tamer than the traditional – but they’re no less fun…
A destination hen’s event
Who’ll love it best: Brides with wanderlust who want her tight-knit group of gal pals to experience a little travel adventure.
What’s in it for everyone: A weekend away from the city, at the beach, the countryside, or your go-to special place.
A trip away with the bride’s closest friends to celebrate her big day will make for a memorable, even magical, hen’s celebration and, if your budget allows for it, you could always take the party overseas!
Who’ll love it best: The bride whose perfect night out is one spent beneath the stars
What’s in it for everyone: A night of adventure in the wild outdoors
If you’re that way inclined, camping can be terribly exciting, but for a twist on your bride’s favourite past time, try a little glamping – or ‘glamorous camping,’ instead.
It’s luxury camping where, for example, you’ll have access to actual bathrooms and more than a few creature comforts.
You can decorate your giant and very luxurious tent however you wish and plan for fun activities throughout the day. Don’t forget the marshmallows – and a little star-gazing at night!
Flower arrangement class
Who’ll love it best: The creative bride who loves to DIY
What’s in it for everyone: An Instagram/Pinterest kinda day in the presence of pretty flowers.
This hen’s party idea goes perfectly with a pretty spread of berries, canapés and champagne, preferably outside on a sunny afternoon. Hire a florist who can bring over the necessary material and teach your group for a few of hours how to arrange flowers for different occasions.
Who’ll love it best: The bride who prefers intimate gatherings and a little chit chat with her gal pals
What’s in it for everyone: A high-spirited day in a picturesque vineyard or a romantic wine bar where a sommelier teaches your group a thing or two about wines. It’s a cozy theme that invites conversations and is perfect for a small group of close friends. The best part? Everyone goes home feeling festive and a little more cultured!
Who’ll love it best: The bride who’s always first on the dance floor
What’s in it for everyone: Dancing the night away!
Just because you’re not having strippers or a boozy night out, doesn’t mean you can’t, well, have a night out! A club hopping hen’s party isn’t just fun, it’s calorie-burning, too. And, the hen’s night organiser can even call ahead to find out if they’re open to playing a few of the bride’s favourite songs on the night.
Who’ll love it best: The bride who cares for wellness – and a little pampering
What’s in it for everyone:
Nothing spells bonding time better than a day of pampering complete with saunas, massages, mani-pedis, magazines and lovely tea breaks.
The ultimate ladies’ movie night
Who’ll love it best: The film geek bride-to-be
What’s in it for everyone: A cozy evening in front of the big screen (either at home or at a cinema) with all your favorite movie accouterments: popcorn, hotdogs, nachos…
You can start the movie list with the bride’s all-time favorite movie. Then you can move on to chick flicks galore! We’re talking Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Bridget Jones’s Diary…
If your budget stretches that far, you could even hire out a cinema for the evening.
Who’ll love it best: The bride with a sweet tooth
Did your future husband ask your father for permission to marry you?
What’s in it for everyone: From Thai cooking to cake backing, the choice of what you learn to cook is yours, but a fun day honing your culinary skills with your besties will reward you with new skills – and something scrumptious to eat at the end.
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