As a bride, one of the most exciting pre-wedding events you’ll be able to look forward to is your hen party. Traditionally, a gaggle of girls would head away for a night or two away with dinner, drinks and debauchery. Now though, hens are getting more and more creative, with lots of fun activities and themes added to the equation. Today we look at some fun hen party ideas that you might like to try!
This is a super popular option as most hen parties will end up (or more likely, start) in a bar anyway! Many bars that serve cocktails now offer this fun and informative activity for hens and stags. A trained barman will show you how to create some popular cocktails, and even let you try your own hand at shaking, spinning and muddling some delicious cocktails. Average cost? About €15-20 per person, but this includes a couple of drinks and hopefully some chance of retaining the training for future reference!
Art & Crafts
From life drawing to millinery to flower crowns, the arty bride and her hens will really enjoy an afternoon of art and craft activities. This is more suited to a lower-key hen party, as some of your hens might not be into crafting, however the life drawing classes might be of more interest should there be a handsome model! The cost for these activities generally starts from €30.
The outdoorsy types will love this perfect marriage of nature and glamour. Pods, huts and treehouses are kitted out with electricity, beds and all the essentials you’ll need for a night of beauty sleep, while still being immersed in nature. Costs vary around the country for this depending on time of year and how many nights you’ll be staying.
Those looking for a more exciting day of activities can choose from paintballing, zorbing, go-karting, ziplining, horse riding and team-building courses. Packages are available from providers country-wide, but this will be more costly than some other hen activities, so may not be suitable for all groups depending on budget.
You and your hens can get all glammed up by a team of hair and make-up artists before posing for your very own photoshoot. Themes can include vintage 1940s and 1950s, rockabilly, burlesque, 80s or even black and white movie star style. Expect to pay €50+ per person for this, but you will have long-lasting memories in the form of fab photographs.
Have you anything special planned for your hen? Or is it all a big surprise? We’d love to hear about it!