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You may not be able to book Beyonce for the occasion but a thoroughly modern hen theme is the fashionista’s favourite music festival Coachella. Get the Bride tribe to channel the festival’s signature boho style and stock up on florals, crochets and denim shorts and ankle boots. You can get fully in festival mode and book a weekend in a glampsite and set yourself up with an onsite make-up bar for face painting and a diy cocktail bar. Or you could pay homage to the theme by booking into a flower crown making workshop and getting the gang head-dressed to perfection. And of course, make sure to get plenty of insta snaps of the festival style.
Keeping Up Ks
Like them or loathe them the Kardashians definitely know how to throw a party! If your budget is on the generous side, you could channel one of their sunshine jaunts and spend your days in fabulous beach resort and enjoy some poolside cocktails, and your nights checking out the club. Or you could take inspiration from one of their recent pyjama parties, and get the hens decked in matching nightwear to enjoy some manicures and prosecco, flower walls are a bonus, but plenty of pink and floral decorations are a must. Most importantly, no Kardashian or Jenner would survive without the help of a glam squad, so booking blowdries and mua appointments is an essential part of this ultra-glam theme. A group dress code ( KUTWK Christmas card style) will also set off the theme to perfection.
There’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia to get a hen squad in a party mood, so if the bride has a favourite throwback girl band or movie, it could provide the inspiration for a fun blast of the past. The Spice Girls are costume friendly and instantly recognisable, and All Saints might have a shorter playlist but the dress code of baggy combats, string tops and optional celebrity boyfriend is also a runner. Classic teen movies like Clueless, Legally Blonde and Mean Girls also provide acres of costume inspiration aswell as very quotable lines. The girl gang should have lots of fun trying to recreate some of Cher Horowitz’s iconic looks. A throwback playlist is essential!
Insta – Inspo
Why not be inspired by some of the most followed bloggers and insta favourites with some hen destinations and themes. Rosie Connolly’s super stylish hen took place in recently in the garden of House in Dublin and continued in the ultra trendy Sophie’s in the Dean hotel, complete with rooftop terrace. Décor involved lots of rose gold including rose gold confetti balloons. The ever popular Amy Huberman headed to Kilkenny for her hen and dined in restaurant Campagne. Pippa O’Connor opted for a girls trip to the sunshine in Spain to Marbella. Fashion journalist Pandora Sykes rented a private manor house on Osea Island in Essex for her hen and fashion and food blogger Holly White also had a hen party in a private house complete with dining room for the guests.
Netflix and Chill(ed cocktails)
The Brides favourite boxset could provide you with great ideas for a modern hen party theme. Netflix favourite Stranger things is perfect for eighties inspired fashion. Glow (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is also good for an eighties theme that involves more fluorescent colours and would be perfectly matched with a retro roller disco afternoon. Orange is the new Black has instantly recognisable costumes, and you could combine the theme with a jailbreak style activity. The Crown would be a good theme to combine with a night in a manor house or period hotel, the Bride gets to be the Queen! Mad Men provides lots of fabulous vintage outfit options, as well as cocktail inspiration and would be perfect for an evening of drinks in a speakeasy bar or a vintage styled photoshoot. The following day you can soothe the hangover with a takeaway and a binge watch of Gilmore Girls, Crazy Ex Girlfriend or Queer Eye.