This one is for the ladies out there who do not want a wild hen party or even a hen party at all! Show the bride that she doesn’t have to be like the rest of them and with a seriously good time without the usual hen party fuss.
1. Pampering Session
Nothing beats a few hours in a gorgeous spa with a relaxing tub, serene surroundings, fluffy robes, mini fruit juice shots and some chill out and chat time in the lounger. If you book ahead, you can get the spa all to yourselves for a few hours so you can have plenty of time to relax in the whirlpools, saunas and some of the girls can go off for treatments. Book a special treatment for the bride herself. Afterwards, if the spa is in a hotel, head to the bar / restaurant for some lunch or snacks. Have Irish coffees if it’s the winter or sit outside with some cocktails or wine if it’s the summer. It’s such a nice session ladies. All will be relaxed, no fuss and totalling zen-ful afterwards.
The Hen Planner’s Tip… If you’re in Ireland, I HIGHLY recommend The Maryborough Hotel Spa. I had the best day here with a bestie before Christmas. It was definitely one of the nicest spas I have been to in Ireland. Also high on the list are The Europe in Killarney, The Cliffhouse in Ardmore, Waterford and The Marker in Dublin. In England we are all about Soho House and Soho Farmhouse. All are on the more expensive side but so so indulging! These are gorgeous hotels and you can relax there afterwards, even if you’re not staying.
A make up / beauty session also works really well and keeps you in the zen zone. We love The Beauty Artist who offer gorgeous makeovers for your hen party in Brighton and surrounding areas. Check out The Beauty Artist here. It’s a great idea as everyone is dolled up for the nice dinner plans that lie ahead!
2. Chilled girls night in
A girls night in is a total fuss free option. We love adding some personal touches to this and probably make it more fussy but you can go as low key as you want. We would have it in a nice hotel like Castle Leslie or Castlemartyr which are pricey so if the budget doesn’t stretch to this, we would just have it at home. Ideally, everyone would stay so you need to clear out the house and free up and create as many beds as you can.
Ideas for a girls night for a hen party could be a movie night with all the best chick flicks on play in the background. Sit around on cushions with popcorn, naughty snacks, pizza, wine and just have a laugh. If you have a nice evening in the summer, if you can somehow move your TV to be near a window or door, you can set up the party outside with lots of colourful throws, cushions and blankets.
The Hen Planner’s Tip…Bring the night to life with some fun party accessories and decorations from The Hen Planner Boutique.
We also are big fans of Pamper Party who cover the Bath area and bring the spa and facials to you. Their 2 hour party brings everyone together around the table champagne or smoothie in hand to learn how to create bespoke face masks and beauty treatments using 100% natural ingredients such as honey, avocados and strawberries. It is a wonderful ice-breaker, a great party for the evening or the day, and will get you all ready for a night out or can act as a decadent way to spend a special, pamper night in. See more on this mobile pamper party option here.
Lunch and some shopping is a great, low key hen party option. To make it a little special for the lady herself, organise some VIP shopping in a department store or her favourite boutique if she has one. You could all chip in on a voucher so she can buy herself something during the experience and make it even better. Organise dinner or lunch for afterwards and keep it simple. Low key hen party sorted!
A colour consultation is also an great idea for the fashion loving bride. Please her inner fashionista without running around busy shops on a Saturday. My Only Stylist offer this in London and across England. Everyone has a ‘natural palette’ of colours that suit them best. During a Colour Consultation, this palette is identified to show you each how to use/combine the tones and shades from your palette in the way you dress…you’ll be strutting your stuff in no time!
The Hen Planner’s Tip… We recommend Brown Thomas / Selfridges, House of Fraser and specialist lingerie boutiques to get the honeymoon essentials sorted.
4. Crafts and laughs
Getting crafty is a surprisingly fun and fulfilling activity. You surprise yourself with talents that you never knew you had! An afternoon of creativity, bubbles, cake and chats makes for a day of laughter and quality time with the girls. We love craftiness in particular when you creating something useful. Whether it’s learning how to make your own signature scent with perfume making, creating your own master piece head wear for your next wedding or ladies day, jewellery or even chocolate.
There are tonnes of crafty options on BASH where you can contact the business owners directly. From bra decorating to funky headwear to granny knitting to flower crowns, you’ll find something creative for all types of bride and hen parties. Check out crafty hen party business listings here.
The latest trend we’re seeing is Calligraphy. It’s the ideal hen party activity for a low key hen. You’d be surprised how relaxing, fulfilling and fun this is for a hen do. A glass of bubbles helps people write too. Let’s make handwriting good again! It’s available on BASH in Dublin, Kenmare, across Munster and Manchester.
The Hen Planner’s Tip… it’s a really nice touch if you can create something that carries through to the wedding from jars or centrepieces to bunting. This is something that will make the wedding even more special and give the bride something she can treasure forever.
5. Classy drinks
This is our favourite. Simple and stylish, we’re happiest having some nice drinks in a cosy and ambient setting. Book a table, get the girls to dress up and head out for a night in a piano bar or an intimate cocktail bar. Have a few drinks, take some photos and just have a laugh ladies.
We love our latest find, CG Cocktails. They send you a fine looking personal bartender to whip you up some cocktails in your own space. They cover hen parties in Chester and Cheshire West but we’re sure they’ll travel a little further for you if you are willing to pay.
The Hen Planner’s Tip… the more exclusive and hidden the venue the better.