Ideas and tips for planning the perfect hen, or bachelorette party.
Whether you're planning to tie the knot or you are organising a memorable hen party for a special friend, there are lots of options to choose from when it comes to girls' nights out.
One thing many hens will be thinking about - even if they don't like to talk about it - is the expenses associated with celebrating the bride-to-be. But luckily, you don't need to throw an over-the-top extravaganza or splash out loads of cash to have a night the bride and her hens won't forget!
Amid all the bustle of wedding and hen party planning, it's important to remember that the main goal of any hen party should be to celebrate and honour your friend who is getting married. Cost doesn't matter - as long as you plan a fun night she'll remember forever!
Begin the Celebrations at Home
Rather than kick off the celebrations with a meal at a restaurant or drinks in an upscale cocktail bar, you may instead wish to start the party right at home. Have the maid of honour, mother of the bride or one of the bridesmaids play hostess and throw your own celebration.
You might want to have all the ingredients for several cocktails on hand and encourage the girls to mix up their favourites, or order a takeaway for a relaxed meal with an easy clean-up! If a member of the wedding party loves to bake, let them take charge of dessert - or alternatively, pick up some cupcakes from a local bakery or speciality shop to top off your meal.
You can make the evening feel especially festive with the right decorations - small touches make all the difference. From bunting and fairy lights to hen-themed paper plates and cups, paying attention to the little details will make the guest of honour feel appreciated.
Fun and Games
Of course, a hen night shouldn't only be about food and drink - you'll want to spend some time playing games and celebrating your bride-to-be.
Hen night games can be as creative as you wish - you might want to make a quiz to test your friend's knowledge of her husband-to-be, or you may prefer to have every guest offer a bit of lighthearted wedding night advice!
Another option is to test your luck with an online bingo bonus! Bingo can be great fun on a girls' night and you never know - one lucky hen could even score a cash prize. You can even take turns playing while getting glammed up for a night on the town - whoever scores a big windfall will pay for the first round of drinks!
Head Out on the Town
Kicking off your hen night at home can free up more cash in the budget for a fun night out - so after the dinner, drinks and games, it's time to step out for a night on the town!
It's worth calling around to see if your favourite clubs offer special deals for hen parties - often, you can arrange to skip the line or pay a reduced charge at the door if you arrive in a group.
Best of all, you'll be able to get ready for your evening together - kicking off an unforgettable night with the girls to celebrate your friendship with the bride!