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OK, if you’re reading this now, you’re either a super star bridesmaid and planning the hen party event months in advance or, you’re having a last minute panic. This list of the best hen party games. Ever! is essential hen planning reading. No matter what you think about hen parties, bridal showers or bachelorette parties, a few hen party games are a must to get the laughs and set the party tone. They’re a bit of a no brainer for getting the party going and they make the event different from your average night our or weekend away too. While it’s true that none of us love an over scheduled party, when you bring a group of gals together it’s a good plan to have a few icebreakers and mood setters up your sleeve to keep everyone in the mood for fun. Yes, we are promoting organised fun here! Here are all the hen party games you need to know about and to have on your to play list at the hen do celebrations. We promise you that non of these hens party games are lame AF but do be warned, hen do games are always better with a few cocktails or glass of prosecco so have the drinks ready!
1. The toilet paper wedding dress game
Yes, we know, toilet paper hen party games? It does sound a little random but trust us, it can be one of the funnest! This hen party game involves lots of toilet paper and putting everyone into small teams. Basically each group picks a model or “bride” from the group and gets started on creating a gorgeous dress for the “bride”. The Hen Planner loves fashion so this is our obvious hen party game favourite! Like all hen party games, if there is alcohol involved, it does add a little zazz to the creations. Give everyone a time frame to have their creations completed by. Then it’s time for the fashion show and each group nominates a spokes person to give the low down on the inspiration for their creation.
2. Pin the trunks on the hunks
Print a large picture of a hunk or hunks. This could be the groom but you could include the groom along with some celebrity hotness like Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds or Chris Hemsworth (whoever the bride is currently crushing on) Much like pin the tail on the donkey, you can then take it in turns to pin some trunks on him whilst blindfolded. This game could be a lot ruder…use your imagination to think of the alternative to pinning trucks on our hunk! Check out these hunks that you can purchase and download on etsy.
3. Prosecco Pong
New on our hen party games list is Prosecco Pong! This is a fun spin on the popular US college game, beer pong. You can think of it as a classy hen party idea or the path to hen party carnage. Either way, it will be a talking point and will ensure the hen party fun gets going. You can purchase the game here and it comes with 12 prosecoo glasses and a 3 ping pong balls to play.
4. How well do you know the bride
An oldie but a goodie. This is a great quiz for a gang that don’t know each other well. Everyone can have a laugh with this once you get the questions right. Basically think of 10 or 15 questions about the bride and print them out on a piece of paper. Hand them out to the group and give them a timeframe to complete. Afterwards, go through them and you can give a prize if you like to the winner. We have a quiz in our hen party games download which is available for €3 at the moment! You can purchase and download here. We also have cute “Advice for the bride cards” that you can hand out and get the hen party games to leave a cute message for the bride. These are available here.
5. Naughty moulding
All you need for this hen party game is play-doh. It’s another hilarious option in our hen party games list and watch how competitive it gets. You can let the girls play individually or put everyone into teams. Give everyone some play-doh and ask them to mould various body parts. How risque is up to you! You can make it as competitive as you like and get votes for the best shapes. You can also ask them to create something that represents the bride. You’d be surprised at how fun this is and how creative your ladies are! Buy play doh here. We recommend playing this after a few drinks. You can also split the group into teams and ask them to create a man.
6. Poetic Hens
Ease everyone into the party and break the ice with this fun game that needs a bit of thought. Split your hens into groups and ask them to write a short poem about the bride. You can give them a theme or idea so everyone’s poem has a different spin like school, embarrassing stories, fashion, the groom, as a friend etc. Everyone then stands up and delivers their verse for the bride and she chooses her winner. Make sure the bride doesn’t get off too easily with this one. Yes you love her. But this is her hen party ladies!
7. Where were the lovebirds?
This requires a little bit of prep. Hang up about 10 numbered pictures of the bride and her husband to be, which were taken on various trips or in different locations. Ask the guests to write down where they think each picture was taken and the person with the most correct guesses wins! Not your standard hen party games option but a nice way of bringing the groom into the celebrations a little more.
8. Who can make the best hen party cocktail?
We’ve been inspired by Chrissy Teigen here and her Smirnoff Vodka Unicorn Drink. Set up a stand with various tipples and garnishes and lots of alcohol. We’re thinking fruit, sprinkles, lollipops, candy floss etc. It’s probably best to have one or two types of alcohol so there isn’t too much mixing going on. Stick to either vodka or gin and maybe some prosecco (is it even a hen party without prosecco?!) We want Instagrammable cocktails here ladies! The bride gets to choose the best one OR the winner is the best hen party cocktail photo for Instagram!
Fun hen party dares are the easiest little back up trick to have an a hen party. They are such a simple hen party game to play plus they really make the hens weekend feel like an actual HEN DO rather than just another night out or weekend away. If you’re planning the hens party on a budget, then our free hen party dare cards are the perfect little addition. Read our favourite dares here plus down load some free printable hen party dare cards yourself.
10. The Drink If Game
The Drink If hen party game is a spin on the Never have I ever game and is a good backup to have in case there is a lull in the hen party antic after dinner. We have a free list of drink if questions for this hen party game here.
11. Bride Gin Challenge
We found a personalised gin hen party game – filled with lots of gin-themed challenges. If you’re having a gin themed hen party or if the bride likes her gin, this would be a nice addition to it. They also have prosecco, vodka and rum versions.
12. Celebrity Couples
Make colour printouts of celebrity couples and leave one at each place setting. As guests to identify both people in the photo. Don’t make it too easy! You can download some pre-made hen party games for €5 here. Our celebrity Mrs & Mr quiz is based on names and not images.
13. Besties Forever
The hen party is all about the bride and her friends so this is a really nice game to play at the hen do celebrations. In advance of the hen party or when your hen guests arrive, ask them to write down where they first met they bride. It’s probably a good trick to rewrite them all by the same person OR print them so the bride can’t guess the handwriting. After a drink or two, put the bride on her special chair, in the spotlight and get her to read each answer and decide which hen has written it. An alternative spin on this game is that you could ask everyone to bring an object that’s significant to just them and the bride-to-be, then get her to say who brought the gift and why. Happy playing!
14. Groom Surprise
This isn’t a hen party game really but we wanted to include it in this list. You’ll need to make paper masks with a picture of the grooms face for each of the guests – simply print a large photo of the grooms face onto paper and cut out. When the Bride to be pops to the bathroom or is getting ready, everyone pulls out and puts on their masks. If you can, video her reaction to this fun surprise. We need to remind the bride of who she’ll be looking at for the rest of her life, right?!
15. Dancing Queen
Before the hen party, pick a selection of songs or artists that you know will get played on a night out. Write them down on pieces of paper and at the hen party, get everyone in the group (or just the bride!) to pick out artists and song titles from a hat. When you’re out on the hen party fun, when a song or artist is played from the list, the person who chose that must dance alone for the duration of the song no matter where or when it is played!! Make sure you have at least three songs/ artists for the bride. This one is amazing for Instagam Stories!
16. Hen Party Sing Song
This is a great game to play when there’s a lull or a bit of a food coma going on. We included this for the music loving brides. Put together a number of lyrics from songs that suit the group / party. You want people to be able to know at least some of them! Then, each person has a turn at picking a card with the lyric / song. They have to sing it and people have to guess. This won’t suit everyone. Some people seriously hate singing in public. Song ideas are like a Rihanna, Britney of Beyonce special. Or else 90s RnB, Oasis, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, West Life, Take That etc. You could put an alternative spin on it and ask the hen guests to guess and sing the next line of the song.
17. Charades, the hen party edition
This is a classic game and a good fall back for any party in need of a boost. The or wedding hen party spin on it is picking wedding related or the ultimate selection of chick flicks. Another option is changing the original charades format and getting the girls to work in pairs and to act out famous scenes from different chick flicks. Think the jumping routine in Dirty Dancing and the top of the world from Titanic. Charades always guarantees tonnes of lols so we couldn’t forget about it in the list of the best hen party games. To make this work really well, a nice, heavy pour on the drinks is essential. Tipsy charades are a lot more fun. Here are some ideas:
Magic Mike, Wedding Crashers, Mamma Mia, 27 Dresses, Bride Wars, The Proposal, Legally Blonde, The Notebook, Clueless, How to lose a guy in 10 days, Mean Girls, Crazy Stupid Love, When Harry Met Sally, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Sleepless in Seattle, Pretty Woman, Bridesmaids, Titanic, Dirty Dancing, How to be single, Pitch Perfect etc.
We found this Wedding Charades game on Etsy which is a printable. This is a fun way to play this hen party game that is ALL on the bride.
18. Bra Pong
This is a mix between prosecco pong and beer pong, but with boobs! How it works? Get some cheap bras (you could use old ones but this could be a little yuck) in various sizes and fun designs. If you want it to look classy, mix nice pinks and whites or pretty pastel shades. You can go for animal prints and bright colours if you want it to feel a little more tacky and traditional hen. Stick the bras to a large board with the smaller ones on the top and the larger on the bottom. Get some ping pong balls (you can get these here) and work out a point system for scoring. Add in some alcohol (it is a hen party after all!) and you’re all set. Share your photos with us via @thehenplanner. We’d love to see them.
19. Why do we do that?
There are so many wedding traditions out there and do any of us really know what they’re about?! For examples: Brides carry or wear “something old” on their wedding day. Why? Well according to a Google search, this is to symbolize continuity with the past. You’ll find lots of information and ideas online for this game. Pick 10 traditions and see which of the hen party guests can come up with the best answers. We’re working on a post to share our top 10 ideas for this game. Stay tuned!
20. Pass the Parcel
Relive your childhood fun by adapting this game or your hen party! The Prep For those of you who were not lucky enough to have played this party game, you simply wrap up one small gift. You then wrap the wrapped gift up with more paper and include another gift in that layer. You keep adding more layers and wrapping more gifts until you have everything included. We have a new hen party pass the parcel kit available here for €10 which provides you with the wrapping, some props, dares and notes.
The Gifts Our favourite way of doing this is getting the guests to bring a gift that reminds them of a memory with the bride to be. If you don’t want to go down this route, you can get small gifts for the game yourself. We’re thinking a candle, nail polish, shower caps, compact mirrors and whatever useful treats you can think of. Massage oils and other naughty touches will be fun too but will depend on the 50 shades factor.
To Play You’ll need some music playing with everyone around in a circle. Stop the music at intervals and the person holding the parcel gets to open it. If you decide to play our favourite way, the bride to be then has to guess who brought that gift and why they would have chosen that gift. This is a really nice way of sharing stories and memories with all the girls.
The Special Touches Fix it so that the bride gets the last gift which is specifically for her. Have the wrapping paper as something the bride love animal etc Pick some songs that are personal to the bride to be.
21. Naughty Pictionary
We usually steer clear of anything too naughty however we do sheepishly wave our hands as big fans of the dirty alphabet game after a few glasses of wine or cocktails. When we saw this hen party style pictionary game, we couldn’t not include it here. It is a hen party after all. To play, print out these clues. Throw them in a hat / bowl or whatever container you have available. Take turns pulling out a clue and get drawing. The hen party guests have to guess what you’re drawing. You’ll find an example of this hen party game here.
22. Banned Word Game
This is really fun whether you stay in or head out. It is not specifically a hen party game but again, it works really well. Pick a few words that people are not allowed say for a period of time i.e. the grooms name, ‘wedding’, ‘party’, ‘myself’ etc. Don’t pick more than four words. Then if anyone says those words, they have to do a forfeit which is decided by the hen planner or the group before they start the game. You could also play this by giving everyone a peg, ring or bracelet. When someone catches them saying a banned word, they have to give their item to that person. The person with the most pegs, rings or bracelets at the end of the game wins.
23. Hen Party Nicknames
Come up with nicknames for all the hen party guests and reveal them with a name tag for each girl. Then everyone else has to guess why they have that nickname. For an added twist, why not turn this into a hen party drinking game? If someone slips up and uses a real name instead of a nickname they have to have a drink (just remember to buy hen party shot glasses!).
24. The Marshmallow Challenge
OK, this one is on the most random ones in our hen party games list however it’s a funny addition to a string of quick hen party games for something like a “lovely girls” competition or something. Buy a few bags of marshmallows. Each girl has to fill their mouths with marshmallows and try to say a chosen work (i.e. Ejaculation) without biting into the marshmallows…. try it! It’s a little random and people probably won’t want to eat marshmallows again. But it is hilarious!
25. The Biscuit Challenge
Each girl gets a few biscuits or crackers and has to bite the shape of a willy into them. Difficult!! You’ll be surprised by how creative some of your ladies will be! It’s another random one of our hen party games but likely that few people will have take on this challenge previously!
You will need a prop for this. Either make the most hideous veil you can with a bling tiara. Think glitter, fluff and everything a stylish bride would hate. You could also bring a chicken hat, a moustache, a granny hat or whatever random hideousness you can think off. At the start of the hen party, tell all that the words “wedding”, “bride” and the grooms name are BANNED. The forbidden words. If they use one of the words, they will be Bridezilla and will be ordered to the wear the veil or hat until someone else speaks the words that should not be spoken. We are not fans of veils or tack – but if this stuff happens behind closed doors, no one will ever know.
27. Who’s who and guess her age
This is a good one over dinner or to play at the welcome / reception drinks. This involves getting a mix of baby bride and baby groom photos in advance. Put the baby photos of the bride and groom side by side and get guests to figure out who’s who. Use a variety of photos of the bride at different ages and ask people to guess.
28. Celebrity Heads
This isn’t a hen specific game but works really well as an icebreaker. For those of you who haven’t played this hen party game, it’s a very simple game. All you need is some post its and pens. If you are a little miss crafty, you can put your own creative touch on the game tools! How it works Everyone sits around in a circle and writes down a celebrity name on a post it without anyone seeing. They then place it on the forehead of the person next to you. Everyone else does this so that all guests have a celebrity name on their forehead that they can’t see. The game then works around the circle with each person asking a question about their celebrity. They can only be given a yes or no answer. You keep going around until everyone has guessed who their celebrity is. For a fun hen party twist, maybe use celebrity brides or one half of a famous couple.
29. Memory Lane
This is the perfect icebreaker for a hen party group who know the bride from different parts of her life, and don’t necessary know each other that well. There are various ways this game can be played. It’s also nice for the bride to be as it’s one of the personal games. How it works. Before the hen party, ask all the guests to think of a memory or when they first met the bride and write it on a piece of paper. At the hen party, put all the memories into a hat and get the bride to pull them out one by one. She will read the memory out and guess which of her friends it is. This also lets the other girls know how the other guests first met the bride to be. Even some who are friends with the other guests might be surprised. Let the guests know to be as funny, sentimental or embarrassing as they like!
30. Glass Ice Breaker
If you’d like a cultured start to your hen party celebrations, this civilised ice-breaker game is an easy way to start earning your hens party planner kudos. In advance of the welcome drinks (if you are having this!) stick a one-word topic of conversation to the bottom of each glass. When the ladies arrive, give them each a prepared glass. As soon as someone finishes their drink, they must start a conversation using the wine glass word with the hen to their left. You will need to tell them this but don’t way it until they are a little into their drink so they don’t get distracted and enjoy their first few sips! This is a great game for getting everyone chatting, particularly when they don’t know everyone.
31. The Wine Tasting Game
A non traditional party game which is perfect for a sophisticated hen party. Everyone votes for their favourite wine without seeing the label. What you need Bottle of wine (ask each guest to bring a bottle), Bags to keep the label covered. Wineglasses How it works Guests will taste each bottle of wine and vote for their favourite wine. The bottle with the most votes, wins! The person who brought the wine will then reveal how much the wine cost.
32. The Present Game
Everyone brings a gift for the bride to be that reminds them of their friendship! You can line these up, put them in a bag or even hide them and send the bride to fine them. She then has to guess who brought the gift for her. Gifts can be anything, small, a poem, something handmade. A nice touch will be to photo her with each gift and the giver as you go along. If you send her searching for the gifts, remember to take photos of this too .Photos photos photos!! Add some forfeits if she gets it wrong for the hen party twist. The knicker or panty is similar to the hen party present game but all the guests bring the bride to be a pair of knickers or lingerie! She then has to guess who gave them to her. Give the girls a small budget of €5 or £5.
33. Bridal Bingo
Bridal bingo is an easy hen party game to set up. Create some bingo sheets (you can find free downloads online also). Fill each square with a different wedding or hen party word or fact. Write down the facts on paper too also and have someone draw these from a hat – you could ask the bride to do this! Then, the first hen party guest to fill in her bridal bingo card wins! The more giggle-worthy the facts are the better.
34. Date Night Jar
The date night jar is a simple, personal and fun game to play on the hen do. Basically all you need to do is create something to hold date ideas and then provide paper or lollipop sticks for people to write their date ideas for the couple on. This is always best after a few gins or glasses of prosecco (to keep those create hen party juices flowing). If you don’t feel like doing the DIY, our new Date Night Box is the best options. This comes with 50 cards for writing date ideas and keeping their love flowing for years to come!
Check out even more Hen Party Games Ideas here on the blog. You’ll find free hen party dare cards, the panty poem, naughty pictionary and so much more.
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The Mr and Mrs Quiz is a MUST play for all hen parties Mr and Mrs Quiz Questions