Sometimes the best Hens night, doesn’t have to be a wild night filled with debauchery and saucy stories. More often than not, the bride to be will want an intimate, fun event with her closest friends around someone’s home. There are a huge number of benefits to having a hens party at home. For one, your bridesmaids will save money, time and won’t be relying on the punctuality of low-cost air carriers.
Not to mention, within your own home, you can do whatever you want – so you can let your creative flair shine. You can have something low key with crafts and activities or still go big with cocktails, dancing and partying in your own living room. The best hens nights are those that start at home, and hey, if some of your guests want to go out after, they still can.
If you’re planning a hen party at home, you’ll be pleased to know there’s so much you can do without having to jump on a plane, book a hotel, or hire a minibus for a 6-hour drive to Brighton (it should have been 3 hours but halfway there the bride’s cousin realised she’d had forgotten her hypo-allergenic, “I can’t sleep without it” pillow and you all had to go back and get it, aarrrghhh!).
With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can give the bride-to-be a hilarious hen party at home she’ll never forget.
So without further a ado, here are top tips for a wonderful and laughter-filled hen party at home.
1. Life Drawing
Life drawing is always a great way to start your bachelorette or hens party. There are thousands of models you can hire for life drawings around Australia. They’ll come to your house, serve drinks and even bring your sketch pad and materials. What better way to kick your hens night off with nudity, laughter, drinks and (shitty) art.
2. Wine Tasting
A wine tasting is one of those activities you would rarely have in your own home. So why not take advantage of this special occasion and organise a great selection of wines. You can hire a professional to come to your home, however it may end up costing over $50pp, so why not do it yourself. If you do your research first you can act as a pop-up sommelier and show off to all your friends. Have some fun with it!
3. Hire a Psychic
Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, a psychic can be a unique way to entertain your hen’s guests. Although probably not enough of an event on its own, having a psychic around to entertain guests by predicting their fortunes is often a lot of fun, especially after a few drinks. Most psychics will provide a variety of packages, so your bridesmaids can choose for private consultations of group themed activities. Most psychics come with a 2 hour minimum for home calls, so can be the perfect add on activity for your hens night or bachelor party.
4. Photo Memory Wall
Ask all the guests to bring their funniest photos of them with the guest of honour. Preferably those trips to guide camp, first day at uni, gap year trip to Cambodia, “OMG what was I wearing?!?” snaps. Hang some giant sheets of card and everyone can pin their photos to them when they arrive.
5. DIY Flower Crown
If you want to create something truly unique and memorable, why not make your own flower crowns? Although workshops exist at various locations, why not have a crack at doing it yourself. All you’ll need is a selection of filler greenery, a selection of beautiful flowers and florist wire. Depending on the number of guests this can usually be done for under a couple of hundred dollars, especially if you get your flora from a local market. Afterward, you’ll each have something to remember the hen’s night forever (or until your flowers die a few days later).
6. Hilarious Hen Party Games
If you’re having a hen party at home, then there’s no doubt there’ll be plenty of laughs, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to give things a helping hand. If you need some hen game inspiration, then there’s plenty of fun to be had here with a whole heap of games to keep you giggling. You can even download all the rules and instructions for free.
7. Personal Chef
Cooking, for yourselves? Pah, this is a party, you need a bit of an A-lister shuffle and no Hollywood celeb would be caught cooking their own fabulous 3-course meal, and neither should you! You can have a personal chef arrive with all the ingredients to whip up a feast tailored to suit your party/bride. You’ll get gorgeous bites without even having to set foot in the kitchen. Now that’s how to have a dinner party!
8. Pamper Party
After weeks of often stressful wedding planning, a little bit of pampering could be just what the bride-to-be needs. A therapist will arrive with a treatment table/chair and a whole array of goodies to help all the hens to relax and unwind.
Read more with our Top 30 Hens Night Ideas Brisbane