So you’ve been asked by your bestie to do the honours as bridesmaid. That means discussing exciting wedding plans, going to bridal fittings, providing plenty of emotional support during the planning and of course, planning the all-important hen party! For those who have never organised a hen party – or even been to one – they can seem quite daunting to plan. But as always, we are here to help (and we’ve got some great suppliers to help too!). To get you started, we’ve put together a great list of the most popular hen party activities.
1. Spa Weekend
A spa weekend is the perfect getaway for the bride who loves a bit of luxury! What better way to prep for the wedding than by getting a little bit of R&R while sipping on Champagne at a fancy spa hotel? There are lots of hen friendly spas all across Ireland who offer great pamper packages for hen parties.
2. Movie Night
Does your gal love the cinema? How about a private screening of a vintage movie, followed by a vintage-inspired after-party with live band, retro DJ and classic cocktails? Look no further than Film Fatale who regularly host themed movie nights. Put on your glad rags and step back in time for a nostalgic night with screenings of classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Chinatown. Or if you’re looking for something a little more low key, the beautiful Stella Theatre is so much more special than your local omniplex!
3. Afternoon Tea
Beautiful china, delicious cake, a glass of bubbly and bottomless tea – afternoon tea hen parties have become quite a popular choice as it is suitable for everyone, even the Mums! Choose from the full afternoon tea treatment at a beautiful hotel such as The Shelbourne in Dublin City or Castle Leslie in Co. Monaghan, a beautiful vintage experience at tea rooms like Ruby Ellen’s in Co. Louth, take a fun Vintage Tea Tour bus or sip tea in the comfort of your own home or hotel room with Oh So Sweet Occasions who can travel to various locations.
4. Farm Weekend
Get those wellies on for a fun filled weekend on the farm! A real hen party with a difference, farm weekends are filled with fun activities such as cow-milking, feeding the animals, bog-jumping, bread-making, hen chases and farm treasure trails. All great craic providing fantastic memories for the bride to be and her mates.
5. Cookery classes
6. Treasure and Scavenger Hunts
A really fun activity to get to know others on the hen party, scavenger hunts are perfect for pairing hens off in teams to work together. Gather your girls up, provide a list of clues and a map of the hunt location and grab your camera and off you go! This is also a great idea for a girls night out on the town, simply make a list of items to find during the night such as coasters from each bar, photos with strangers, shot glasses etc. Whoever has the most impressive collection (as decided by the bride) at the end of the night wins a prize!
7. Murder Mystery Evening
An unsuspecting victim will fall foul to a horrendous crime, and it is you and your hen party’s job to uncover the clues and weed out the killer. A great ice-breaker activity for a hen party as you work together to figure out whodunnit! Throw some costumes into the mix and you have a great fun-filled hen party.
8. Action Packed Activities
Perfect for hens who are true adrenaline junkies and crave a fully-loaded and action-packed weekend of activities. There are amazing adventures for hen parties , from zip-lining and zorbing to whale watching and windsurfing, there is definitely something for all the adventure loving hens out there. Or of course, you could go hiking or wild swimming and make your own adventure!