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You are probably already bursting with excitement for your upcoming hen party, but if you are looking for some ways to really up the ante ahead of D-Day, here are my five top tips.
Send out invitations
I can hear the squeals already. There is nothing better than getting some old-fashioned post through the letter box, is there? They don’t have to be as dazzling as the elaborate Paris-themed gift boxes in the film ‘Bridesmaids’ that had real butterflies popping out of them. DIY will do just fine!
It’s a secret
Get everyone guessing with a mystery activity. This will have all the girls talking and wondering what you hen planners have in store for them. If they’re anything like me, it will drive them crazy. Check out our directory for endless possibilities or click here for activities no one will expect.
Set up a Facebook event page or WhatsApp/Viber group to get the countdown officially under way. This will make it really easy for the girls to ask you any questions they may have and to get to know some names/faces they may be unfamiliar with. Send out a few emojis of wine and cocktails every once in a while to spread some hen party joy. These forums can be used after the party for sharing photos with the group aswell.
The full package
On the week of the hen, call on Mr Postman again to give the bride a fun surprise. How about getting together a parcel of things she might need for the hen. If she doesn’t know where she is going or what she will be doing (how on earth have you managed to keep all the juicy details under wraps!), even better … you could drop subtle hints in the package of what’s to come. Things you might include could be a bride-to-be badge, some memorabilia from her singleton years or a hen party survival kit. Get personal, sentimental or better still, make her laugh. For my friend’s hen last year, I photoshopped her and her major crush from college into a heart-shaped frame – it brought back so many cringey and fun memories.
Make sure everyone is involved
Ask every party-goer to write a message for the bride, make up questions for a quiz, share embarrassing photos or bring small presents. It’s great to have a core group of organisers, but if everyone is given the opportunity to contribute in some way, they will feel much more included and excited for the night ahead. Everyone at the hen party is important to the bride after all, not just the bridesmaids.