Hen Party Theme Ideas

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Hen Party Theme Ideas
Give the bride-to-be a send-off from single life as she enters a new phase. (bride image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

Hen parties, also called hen parties, are a way for a bride-to-be and her friends to get together for a "last night of freedom" before the wedding. Depending on the group, a hen party might be a weekend-long spa affair or a crazy party that lasts into the wee hours of the night. As you plan a hen night, consider the preferences and personality of the bride.

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Spa Weekend

For a tranquil hen party, extend the event into a spa weekend. Gather the bride, bridal party, and other guests and head for a small hotel or lodge that specialises in spa services. Rent a suite or two to accommodate guests and plan a weekend filled with facials, massages and other spa services. Drink champagne in the hot tub, engage in girl talk in the sauna, and spend the evenings dressing for relaxed dinners by a lake or in the mountains. The bride will return home refreshed and ready to meet the stress of final wedding planning.

Last Night of Freedom

For a traditional hen party, organise the evening around the idea of a last night of freedom for the bride. Consider the activities that she will not be able to do once she is married and create a must-do list for the evening. Items can include collecting phone numbers from three men, getting a stranger to give her a back massage, or kissing a man in a bar (on the cheek). You can also include items for everyone to complete, like getting a stranger to buy you a shot or dancing with an older man.

Slumber Party

If your bride-to-be is not interested in wild parties, or if your hen party must follow a strict budget, try a grown-up slumber party theme. Ask each guest to come wearing pyjamas and bearing a sleeping bag and pillow. Clear out the furniture in your living room and luxuriate in the informal comfort and intimacy of the slumber parties you loved as girls. Watch romantic movies, talk about the upcoming wedding and analyse boyfriends. Provide casual comfort foods like pizza and brownies, plus some celebratory champagne.

Famous People

For a bride-to-be who is interested in celebrities and pop culture, a famous-people hen party offers the chance to dress in outrageous costumes. Ask each guest to come as a famous person; you might choose a specific decade like the 1940s or choose current tabloid personalities. Head out for a pub crawl in costume, and see how many people can guess who each guest is dressed as. Arrange prizes for the easiest and most difficult costumes.

High Society

To give guests a chance to dress up in their finest evening dresses, plan a high society hen party. Organise a formal dinner at a fine dining restaurant, attend an opera performance, and finish up the evening with cocktails at a lounge. To add a touch of fun to the evening, give the bride-to-be a tiara or a "bride to be" pin to wear.

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