With wedding season just around the corner and thousands of hen parties being planned as we speak, many brides will find themselves filled with excitement where as others may be doubtful and a little bit worried. The cost of a wedding can sometimes be huge and if you’ve overspent and are a bit strapped for cash, not knowing what your bridesmaids have in store can be a little frightening, Can you really afford a lavish meal and a spa day on the run up to your big day? If the answer is no, maybe it’s time to have a quiet word with your chief bridesmaid and then you can sit back, relax and know that everything will be alright on the night. For all the brides, bridesmaids and maid of honours out there, we have compiled an inspirational list of hen party ideas that you can enjoy from the very comfort of your own home but first there are three things you must remember when organizing the brides hen do …
1. Make sure you have a good idea of what the bride will enjoy. If the bride to be is perhaps shy or an introvert, hiring a naked butler may not be the best thing to do.
2. Don’t lose sight of the main goal. The hen party is all about the bride and you are celebrating her last few nights of freedom.
3. Above all else, remember to have fun!
1. Host A Sleepover
Go back to your roots … Remember how much fun you had hosting sleepovers as a child? Sometimes it’s nice to just kick back and relax with the girls, it can be stressful planning a wedding so you and your bridesmaids will probably really appreciate taking the time out to laugh and pamper yourselves on the run up to the big day. Remember, no sleepover is complete without pajama’s and no party is complete without champagne – Don’t forget the ice! Now that we’ve got that covered, why not throw in some party bags, some sweet treats and some nibbles and to help with the pampering, why not supply a selection of face masks for different skin types and remember to take lots of photo’s! Maybe avoid uploading the face mask photos to Facebook though. For the games, there a loads of different ideas out there that are inexpensive and also really fun! Why not try making wedding dresses out of toilet paper and have a prize for the best dressed, you could also pin the tail on the donkey or alternatively pin the moustache on the groom. All you’ll need to do is print a large picture of the groom and have a pinned moustache to hand. Alternatively you could opt for the old school classics like truth or dare or a fun game of twister. If you wanted to set the place up to make it more appealing for a hen party as opposed to a night in with the girls, you could hang bunting around the place and have funny straws for your hens to drink from. There are loads of hen party props you can pick up for really cheap.
2. Cocktail Making Competition
Why not make your own cocktails from the comfort of your own home. You can set up different stations that have different ingredients laid out on them and your hens can compete to make the best cocktail. This is a great idea if you’re thinking about making your own cocktails for your big day because you can get an idea of what works and what doesn’t. If you’re having them made for you by the bar staff at your chosen venue but were thinking about renaming the cocktails to make it personal to your big day then this is also a great idea as your hens may name a cocktail (something really funny) that you may never have thought of yourself. As a little side note, if someone mentions a name that you absolutely love, it may be worth reviewing it the next day when you’ve got a sober head on … Just saying!
3. Host A Spice Night
A spice night is where your hens choose a dish from around the world, cook it up and bring it to the hen party. It’s a great way to put on a feast without the stress solely being put on you. Match this with great music and you’re in for a nice chilled evening with your nearest and dearest. Try to organise it by saying two people bring a starter, two people bring a main and two people bring a dessert or however you’d like to spread it. It just means you have a good variety of different foods to devour and enjoy.
4. Host A Murder Mystery Dinner
Who doesn’t love the idea of a murder mystery night? This is bound to go down a treat with your guests. They can dress up to the nines or simply bring a prop, making everyone feel comfortable whatever their preference. Here at Fund Your Wedding, we particularly like the games from Paul Lamond which are available from Amazon. The games come complete with invites, menu suggestions, recipes and much more! To alleviate any stress, you don’t have to put on a three course dinner if you don’t want to, you can just put out a couple of nibbles and your guests will have just as much fun regardless.
5. Butlers In The Buff
If the bride is up for a laugh, why not invite some naked butlers to the hen party as an extra addition. They can help to serve the food and drinks and will get you girls giggling. It’s a lot classier than hiring a male stripper! After all, you don’t want to land the bride to be in any trouble with her future husband, do you?
6. Wine Tasting
Why not order in a variety of unique wines for your hens to taste. Enjoy a little wine tasting and serve with a cheese and meat platter whilst staying up late chatting and laughing together. This would be ideal if you’re inviting a few older members of your family and most importantly, they will feel comfortable too. Whatever you decide to do, if you’re inviting your Grandmother, DO NOT book a naked butler!!!
7. A swishing Party!
To some, this may sound a bit dodgy but I promise, it’s really not. Swishing refers to the swapping of clothes, shoes or accessories with friends or acquaintances, or in this case bridesmaids! Why not get your bridesmaids together for a night of clothes swapping! I think we’re all guilty of having quality clothing hung in our wardrobes that we simply don’t wear so why not bung it in a bag and swap it for something else, something you will wear! Why not throw in some outrageous pieces that may be best thrown in the bin, it’ll be a sure fire way to have everyone laughing. Why not put on a fashion show or a fashion shoot and have your bridesmaids model the clothes, you’ll definitely be in for a treat with this one!
So there you have it … Hen parties don’t have to be expensive and you can have just as much fun staying in as you can going out so take some of the pressure off, go back to basics and have a good old girly night in!