With the end of 2019 soon upon us and 2020 fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about next year. If you are a bridesmaid or maid of honour with a hen party to plan, then why not use these cold winter evenings to cosy up and start brainstorming some ideas. After all, you need to give yourself, the bride-to-be, and all the guests something to look forward to in the new year.
Here’s a list of a few things to get you started.
This is a classic for any hen do and there is a good reason for that, it is a tried and tested activity. Whether this is done pre-drinks, before you head out to dance the night away, or at a rented house during a night in, it’s a sure-fire winner. All you need is a mixologist on hand to make sure the cocktails are tasty and plentiful, and will be sure to get the hens all ready to P.A.R.T.Y.!
Book something a bit cheeky. After all, it is a hen do, and what is a hen do without a naked man! Life drawing has fast become one of the most popular hen party activities, and for good reason. What could be more fun than being with a group of girls, drinking bubbly and attempting to draw a hunky naked man? It is sure to get you all laughing from start to finish.
If you want to do something a little sophisticated, why not book afternoon tea in a hotel or manor house? It is a nice way to start the hen do. By lining your stomachs ready for partying, you can indulge in handmade sandwiches, cakes and scones, with a glass of bubbly, whilst getting to know each other. It is also a relaxing way to end the hen do and cure hungry hungover hens. You can all sit reminiscing about the night before with gorgeous food and warm tea or coffee at your fingertips.
If you have a group of hens that just love to strut their stuff, then why not book a dance class? Most companies offer an ‘all in’ service. This means they provide everything you need for the dance class you have chosen, including the teacher and venue. You just need to pay and turn up ready to move! This is a great way to get the party started and ensure everyone’s in the mood for fun.
The great thing about this activity is that you can be sure it will suit the majority of the group, even those who don’t drink or are pregnant! Surely everyone loves chocolate, so why not take the hens to learn the art of being a chocolatier. They can create some of their own delightful treats to take home, ready to eat after partying the night away, or eat the next morning to help cure their hangovers.
This should also be an activity that pretty much everyone can join in. There isn’t anything physical involved, just some brain power and problem-solving skills. Lots of cities around the UK have escape rooms, which are a fun indoor activity that brings out your serious side and makes the group work together to solve the clues and puzzles. It’s a great ice-breaker that will make sure everyone gets to know each other too.
This great alternative to going out for a meal in a restaurant comes with a few benefits. Rather than everyone sitting around a table, trying to get to know each other in a noisy restaurant, your hens can engage in this hands-on activity whilst drinking a few glasses of bubbly in an exclusive environment. There’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying a meal you have prepared yourself, and just think, you won’t be clearing up all the mess. The best part is you can be sure that there won’t be any arguing about who owes what on the bill at the end of the meal. Instead, you can enjoy your last sip and mouthful, and then just leave the venue. In fact, the only thing left to worry about is, where to go next?!
It seems that hen dos are becoming a great excuse to get all your old friends together for a holiday. Life gets busy and it is probably years since you all had a trip away without the husband or kids. If you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to organise a weekend away and give the hens enough notice to save and budget. It does not have to be expensive or extravagant, just organised and affordable. This will be something the bride-to-be will remember forever, as well as all the other guests.
Hopefully, these ideas will spark off some creative ideas for the big event. Enjoy, and happy hen do planning!