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Are you stuck in a hen party bag rut? No idea what to include and more worryingly, how much to spend on each bag? Well never fear, The Hen Planner is here! Remember it’s all about quality, not quantity. We’ve put together some great ideas for you to pick and choose from depending on your budget.
Our tip would be to have one stand-out item and a few other fun bits and pieces. Five or so items is plenty. Don’t feel under pressure to have the bags overflowing. Keep it simple and make sure everything in the bag is something you can use on the night or that means something to the bride.
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Probably the most useful things to pop into your party bags are little bits people might have forgotten and could be in desperate need of on the night or, more than likely, the next morning. Here is the ultimate list of survival items you might want to include:
(1) Bottle of water/lucozade/coke
(4) Chewing gum
(5) Hair bobbins/pins
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A hen party is the perfect excuse to go candy crazy. Try to pack something tasty to wash down with lashings of champagne. Why not pack:
(1) Mini love hearts
(2) Haribo jellies
(3) Candy bracelets
(5) Treat size chocolate bars
The personal touch
A hen party bag is one of the best opportunities to add a personal touch to the night. All the girls will really appreciate something thoughtful and unique. Things you could consider that won’t break the bank are:
(1) Mini photo albums. Try to fill the first page with a photo of the bride-to-be and each guest. The empty pages can be filled with photos from the night.
(2) Little cards emblazoned with wedding quotes – have a mix of funny and romantic words of wisdom.
(3) Compose your own hen party poem!
(4) Think about things the bride loves and try to bring that into the bags in some small way. For my dinosaur-obsessed journalist bestie, I put in mini dinosaur figures and cute pink notepads and pens.
(5) Check out The Hen Planner Boutique for the trendiest personalised hen party items. Pretty badges and flash tattoos are the perfect addition.
Stick to the theme
It’s always a good idea to include something relevant to your hen party theme. Think outside the box here and make a fabulous nod to what’s in store for the partygoers. Here are a few fun ideas:
(1) For a festival theme, ponchos or these cool wristbands will be a big hit.
(2) For pamper nights in, nail files, mini polishes or face masks would make a great addition. Why not ask at your local perfume/beauty counter for some free samples. Cosy socks from Primark would also go down a storm.
(4) Going vintage for the night? A red lippy would make a real statement!
(5) If boho is your choice, pick up some cheap chain or floral headpieces.
Now you’ve got the fillings sorted, make sure you get some gorgeous bags to match. The Hen Planner Boutique has a great selection here. Bear in mind the number of bags you need when deciding on your items. 30 lipsticks alone could end up breaking the budget, but for five guests, some lip service could turn five lucky bags into VERY lucky bags!
Remember girls, no one will expect expensive items so stick with shops like Primark, Tiger and €2 euro stores and pick up some real bargains online on Etsy, The Hen Planner Boutique and Ebay.
That said, if you do want to really impress the girls, we came across DIY cocktail kits which are PERFECT for a jet-setting hen party. Carry on Cocktail Kits are packs of awesomeness and come in a Gin and Tonic (with nice organic tonic), Champagne Cocktail and Moscow Mule. The perfect way to get the hen party started!
Have fun mixing and matching!