Organising a hen party can be rather daunting. What make the perfect hen party really depends on the hen's personal preferences and taste. Some ladies will enjoy a girly night-in with a selection of chick flicks and champagne cocktails, whereas others will go for a wild night out on the town or a party boat charter.
Whatever you choose for the single-girl's send-off, here are five tips on how to make it truly unforgettable (in a good way)!
Fancy dress nights are brilliant fun, and the theme can be tailored to suit hens and guests of all ages. For your theme you could choose a film or a musical, a historical period or characters from a cartoon series. A group of ladies in fancy dress is always guaranteed to attract plenty of attention, and probably a free drink or two if it's obvious you're on a hen night!
A very popular idea for hen parties is to equip all your hens with a personalised T-shirt. There are plenty of printing companies that will print your own design for you including photos and text. Why not include each person's job like Bride-to-be or Maid of Honour? Or, print people's nicknames on the back of their tops. Personalised T-shirts also make a lovely souvenir of a great night out that people can keep.
Instead of just the evening out why not go for a whole day's activities, and choose something a little bit different. Many event companies offer options like cupcake decorating, cocktail making or an organised fashion photo-shoot. Perhaps you'd prefer a day at a spa enjoying some pampering treatments, a light lunch and a bottle of bubbly.
If you're sporty, you could charter a boat and go sea-fishing. You can continue the party on the boat and enjoy a day or weekend of adventure. Be sure to contact resources like Sea-Reward Charters to learn more about your options and what's acceptable activity on the boat.
If you get together with the other hens to create something special for the bride-to-be, you can help to make her day unforgettable. You could buy a handmade photo album, and fill it with pictures of the bride and her friends from years past up to the present day. Add handwritten notes or poems from members of the bridal party too for an extra-special touch. Remember to leave room at the back of the book for hen party pictures.
Party games are brilliant fun especially after a few glasses of wine. There are plenty of downloadable apps featuring games to suit all tastes as well as the more traditional ones.
A good game to play is 'Mr and Mrs'. Before the hen 'do' ask the groom a number of questions about his bride and write down the answers. On the night, ask the bride the same questions and see just how compatible they are.
It's never easy being tasked with organising a hen party, but hopefully these ideas will provide you with a little inspiration to make the event a truly special and memorable occasion that everyone will remember for a very long time.