When planning a hen party or hen party, set the tone for the evening with costumes and dress-up accessories. Hen-night outfits can range from demure to risqué, from refined lace and ribbons to boldly cut lingerie. Guests may spend a day in preparation, shopping together for their own outfits and special gifts for the bride-to-be. Alternately, the hostess might encourage guests to come as they please, simply setting a rough dress code on the invitations.
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For a risqué hen party that ventures out on the town, guests may find "safety in numbers" and want to wear something revealing, but matching. As hostess, help coordinate outfits by organising a shopping day in advance of the party. By going shopping together, guests may also collaborate on gift ideas for the guest of honour. A tiara and sash are traditional touches for the bride-to-be. For a touch of group spirit, the rest of the guests can select a certain colour for their outfits, or they may opt to all wear a certain item, such as a lacy camisole, in a range of colours and styles.
Choose a clever but sexy theme to make the hen night really stand out. Guests can dress as naughty schoolgirls by wearing knee socks, plaid skirts, white buttoned shirts and braids in their hair. For a more X-rated theme, guests may dress as Wild West floozies, chorus girls, pin-up beauties or exotic dancers. Combine lingerie with props and accessories such as stockings, gloves, footwear, jewellery, boas or hats for the appropriate look. Search through party and costume shops for other standard sexy themes, such as Playboy bunnies, naughty nurses or lil' devils. If the party will fall on a holiday, you can tailor the costumes to fit the occasion. For example, dress as USO girls for the Fourth of July, cupids for Valentine's Day, elves for Christmas, masked and beaded partiers for Mardi Gras or sleek black cats for Halloween.
Creative and Humorous Themes
If you prefer clever costumes over skimpy ones, choose a theme that allows all the guests to don inventive and unusual styles. Dressing in bad bridesmaid dresses will deliver a lot of laughs and groans. Encourage guests to apply over-the-top make-up and hunt for the worst bridesmaid's dress they can find, scouring second-hand shops and the depths of their closets. For a classier look, restrict the guests' clothing to a strict black-and-white palette. Guests may arrive dressed all in one colour or the other or as angels or devils, or they can combine the two colours in a harlequin costume.
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