What a fabulous opportunity to get all the girls together! Hen parties are always a lot of fun, especially when booked with various activities that all the ladies can enjoy together. Enjoy a spa treatment, opt-in for laugh-filled knickers decorating, cocktail making, make your own music video, or test your skills at various outdoor activities.
1 – Get the Hen’s input
Of course you should begin by finding out what the main hen is interested in doing, or not doing! Draw together a list of ideas, activities and locations that the hen would love to enjoy.
2 – Put together the guest list
Draw up the list of the key people to be invited, ask the hen about any decisions regarding invitations (should the Mum in law be on the list?). Make sure to note down any food or accessibility preferences. Decide at this point how you are going to finance your hen party. Do you want to ask for contributions, and how can you be fair to those who perhaps have a tighter budget?
3 – Getting the right venue
Discuss with the hen what type of location the venue should be set in. Is she looking for a city break or a countryside retreat? Aim to have it somewhere where all the guests can meet easily. Then look at the venue layout, making sure there is enough space for everyone to get together under one roof! Check on the venue snippet on the right-hand side of the venue to ensure they accept hen parties and book well in advance as more often than not, places get booked up fast!
4 – Who’s in charge of what?
Feel free to delegate some of the tasks, with so much to coordinate it makes sense everyone gets a task from food, drinks, activities, surprises etc.
5 – Hire a caterer and take the night off!
We always recommend to our hen guests to bring in a caterer. Not only will they come to your venue, cook and serve a stunning 3-course meal, they will also wash up and clean up after themselves. You can even bring your own drink, so it’s much better value than a restaurant.
6 – Do the food shopping online
Like all our Party Houses, most venues will be able to have large supermarkets or smaller local providers deliveries to them. Save yourself the hassle of carting it all in the car and have it delivered fresh to your venue.
7 – Quick personalisation with balloons
Arrive one hour before the hen and set up the venue with balloons or flowers. A cheap but effective way for making a happy entrance!
8 – Learn something new
Most venues such as Party Houses will have the option for multiple activities to learn something new. Why not bring in a cocktail maker for example? That way you and the fellow hens can have a laugh whilst learning some new tricks to show off at your next party! We work with many fantastic activity providers that you can choose from so scroll through list of activities and get inspired.
9 – Try something unique
With so much available, truly surprise your guests with an activity that they would never have done before, from sky-diving to potholing, or for the more relaxed options, falconry or archery.
10 – Communicate with your venue
Always feel free to ask your venue for any advice, suggestions and tips on organising the perfect hen party. Like us, they should be more than happy to help!