More and more people are choosing to extend their hen party from a simple evening affair to a whole day, or even a weekend. Coming up with original ideas to create a truly memorable hen party can be difficult, especially if you have to consider the needs of older family members as well as the bride’s younger friends.
Here are a few hen party ideas to suit a variety of tastes and budgets:
Arrange a chocolate making workshop
Nothing makes a group of girls happier than chocolate! Beginning your hen party with a chocolate making workshop can really set the tone for a day of girlish fun. As well as learning a bit about the history of chocolate you will get the chance to make your own delicacies and sample a fair few as well. Just be sure to leave some time between the workshop and dinner.
Take a belly dancing lesson
Whether you visit a dance studio or get a private lesson in the comfort of your own home, a belly dancing session can be a fun way to break the ice and start the giggling at your hen party. After learning a few of the basic movements you should have the chance to put together group routine complete with coin scarves or veils.
Go hot air ballooning
Whatever part of Australia you live in there is bound to be a local company offering spectacular hot air balloon rides that will make your hens party a truly memorable occasion. Finish off a peaceful hour spent floating through the sky with a traditional champagne breakfast before moving onto the rest of your day.
Visit a day spa
For the ultimate in relaxation, why not visit a day spa for a girly day of pampering. Massages, facials and manicures can be combined with a few hours of relaxing by the pool and eating a delicious lunch. This is especially good for the stressed out bride that needs a break from wedding planning.
Hire a party bus
Starting your night time celebrations with a swing is guaranteed if you a hire a party bus to tour the sights of your local city. Kitted out with music, lights and a bar, a party bus will provide your own personal nightclub on wheels, and will stop at all your favourite party destinations, finally dropping you at a venue of your choice.
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Prepare a few hen night games
Have a few hen night games up your sleeve for when the hen party needs an injection of fun. Provide a list of tasks for the bride to complete during the day, starting tame and building up to completely outrageous as the night goes on. Ask the groom to answer a few questions in advance and then ask the bride to guess his replies; every right answer deserves a prize, every wrong answer a forfeit.
Plan a lunchtime restaurant crawl
A restaurant crawl is guaranteed to appeal to all the foodies amongst you. Pick a local area renown for good restaurants and cruise four or five, having a light course at each one. Mix and match foods from different countries, a variety of drinks, and decadent desserts to get that perfect long lunch.
Make it a theme night
Match your activities and outfits to a particular theme. If you are ending the night in an 80s disco club, for example, dressing up in 80s gear can add a fun element to your hen party and attract a lot of attention at the same time.
Most of the above ideas can easily be combined with more traditional hen party activities such as a gathering of friends and family at home or going out for dinner followed by dancing. Whatever type of hen party you choose, a little planning and imagination can ensure the bride has a fun and girly send off into married life.
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