Have you been given the job of organizing the hen party and are suddenly completely out of hen party ideas?

Don’t panic! You can’t really get the hen party wrong, all you have to do is make sure the hen enjoys herself. It’s easier than you think. The main ingredients of any hen party are:

  • The Hen
  • A good group of friends
  • Alcohol, this isn’t obligatory but it definitely helps
  • Party games
  • A hen party idea to give the occasion such direction

That’s it, you already have the hen and the group of friends, alcohol is easy and you can check out great hen party games. All you need is the hen party idea. 

Fortunately, that’s where this guide will help. Check out the following list of great party ideas, use them as they are or build on them to create the perfect hen party for your best friend.

Hen Party Ideas We Love

The Spa Weekend

What girl doesn’t like to be pampered? If you and your best friend enjoy an indulgent treat then you already have the perfect start to your hen party fun. 

The key is to choose a spa centre that includes a couple of treatments for a relatively low price, this will ensure all of the group can afford to attend. You can then club together to get the hen extra treatments and the group can decide which ones they are going to join in with.

Don’t forget that you don’t need to spend all your time in the spa. If you choose wisely you’ll find there are some great shopping experience nearby that will keep the entire hen party happy.

Of course, the evening needs to lead into drinks and some great party games….

Treasure Hunt

If you’re looking for something a little different then try this hen party idea. Treasure hunts are becoming extremely popular and it’s a great way to get the girls to bond.

You can organize this yourself or get a professional firm to do it for you. The great thing about a treasure hunt is that you can cater to your hen’s preferences. That means it can be as risqué as you like!

To make it part of your evening out, simply create a list of items that need to be ‘found’. This will be things like a photo with a stranger, shot glasses, an item of clothing given by someone else, etc. At the end of the night the person with the best collection, and you’ll need proof, will get a prize. 

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea may seem like one of the more tame hen party ideas and, in some ways, it is. However, it is also the perfect way for the party to get to know each other and for you to ensure the hen has a chance to see older relatives and friends. 

They may not want to come out for the full-scale evening party, but they’ll be able to enjoy afternoon tea and feel that they are part of the hen party.

Plus, you’ll be amazed at how much fun it can be to dress up and feel like you’ve stepped back in time for a few hours. You’re guaranteed to be talking about it for weeks, if not years!

Craft Day or Weekend

If the hen has an arty side and loves to make things then a craft weekend is a great opportunity for some fun, it can make for a great party atmosphere.

There are many different types of craft to choose from but you’ll need to ensure that the event is light-hearted. Not everyone is going to be gifted at crafts and you don’t want frustrated members of your party.

It’s best to go to a dedicated centre, this will allow you to use all their materials without worrying about cost or mess. You’ll also be able to book accommodation to ensure you make the most of the local restaurants and bars afterward.

Her Favorite Band

Most people have a favourite band and, as her bestie, you should know which one the hen loves. If you can find a concert date that matches to a hen party date you can actually go and see them in concert!

If this isn’t possible consider seeing a tribute band or even booking on for a private venue. Another option, for a hen that loves music, is to go to a festival. It’s difficult not to bond when you’re all slipping over in the mud and having a giggle!

Of course, you could always go for the glamping route, allowing you better accommodation and even a wash area, allowing the arty to look their best for the entire festival.

A Private Movie Night

What could be better than watching a vintage movie or two while enjoying a glass of champagne and some sweet treats? 

Start your hen party with a private screening, you’ll probably find a small local movie theatre willing to do this; If not, you can rent your own projector and room to create the same effect.

Of course, there is nothing stopping the party from heading out on the town afterward, drinks and dancing are always a hit.

Mini Cruise

If you fancy something a little different then try a mini cruise, just make sure your hen is not normally seasick!

You’ll need to live relatively close to the sea or a river for this but you’re sure to find operators that will allow you to book the entire boat. Alternatively, don’t book the whole boat, it can be fun lingering with others, it will allow you to do dares and challenges.

To ensure your hen party goes well you may want to make sure the boat has a bar and you’ll have time to visit a few extra bars later in the hen party.

Adrenaline-Fuelled Activities

It’s becoming increasingly popular to get an adrenaline rush as part of your hen party. Your choice will depend on what activities your hen likes or, which activities you can persuade her to try.

There are hundreds of options available to really get the hen party going. Try white-water rafting, bungee jumping, base jumping, or even visit a dedicated activity centre where you’ll be able to use zip lines and other fun activities.

It’s certain to get your pulses racing and will give everyone on the hen party something to talk about as you head into the evening.

Downton Abbey

Your hen may be a fan of this drama. If this is the case then treat her to a whole weekend of it. Find a venue that will accommodate your dress plan and get a professional firm to create scenes from the drama, or even morph it into a murder mystery, based on the characters.

Your hen will be thrilled and the whole hen party is bound to have a great time.

Old Fashioned Knees-Up

No hen party is complete unless you include an evening with alcohol. This is the opportunity to get the hen a little intoxicated and allow her to spill the beans.

There are plenty of hen party games you can use to help the evening go with a bang. For example, hen party classics such as spin the bottle, or truth and dare. You can invent any game you like to help the evening go well, it simply needs to involve all the members of the hen party and encourage a few drinks.

It’s a good idea to have a rough route for the hen party to take, this will help you to know which bars you are likely to go in and even ring ahead, if necessary, to get an entry deal.

Top Tips

🌸 Don’t forget that organizing a hen party can be stressful. You’re getting a group of people together who all know the hen but may not know each other that well, this means there could be tension and disagreements.

🌸 To help ensure things go smoothly make sure everyone on the hen party knows this is for the hen, if they aren’t able to get along with each other then they shouldn’t come.

🌸 You should also be sure of who the hen really wants on her hen party. You can then check their budgets and availability before planning the hen party and the best dates. It’s important to cater for any issues, such as a fear of flying or a lack of funds.

🌸 Don’t forget, the earlier you pick a weekend the more likely it is that everyone will be able to attend the hen party. You should consider doing save the date cards.

🌸 Finally, it’s important to have a back-up plan that will ensure the whole party knows where to meet or how to get in touch if they are separated or there is an issue.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget, there is no right or wrong hen party. Providing you do something that the hen will enjoy and remember, for all the right reasons, you’ve done your job.

Everyone on the hen party should be there to support the hen and make sure she has the time of her life. After all, in theory, you should only get one hen party in your life.

That means you shouldn’t be afraid to pick the activity that you know the hen will enjoy, she’ll be able to remember her hen party fondly for years to come and it will help to set the tone for the wedding.

Also, check out this DIY hen party survival kit and 5 tips for planning a budget friendly hen party.


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