The humble hen party has come a long way since hot pink bride-to-be sashes, polyester veils on plastic tiaras and a night with the Dreamboys… Lots of modern brides want a stylish, personalised, cool and, above all, classy hen party – that is different (and better) from anyone elses! And not a penis straw in sight…
We have heard and seen many things on/about hen parties so we thought we would share our favourite classy hen party ideas to inspire you and your best girls! Which one will you choose?
NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN
Desperate for a night on the tiles with your girls? It's classic and can definitely be classy, as long as you choose the right venue and limit the amount of inflatable penises that accompany you... Plan a night out in London and choose somewhere that immediately sets the tone. Fun yet chic, because if you pic a noisy, cheap bar in the west-end then chances are you will all be doing things by the end of the night you didn't plan on doing! Also, not all of your group may want that kind of night so by choosing something more laid back you will be more inclusive. Top of the budget we would suggest Sketch, a once in a lifetime restaurant, bar, disco all uniquely designed and completely original. More reasonable would be The Blues Kitchen, always fun with good music and plenty of room to throw some classy shakes - plus the food is tip top, especially after too many mojitos!
A HEN PARTY IN THE SUN
These days it is just as cheap to spend a long weekend in the sun as it is to go out in central London for a couple of night. So why not take advantage and enjoy some R+R before your big day with some partying in-between if you fancy. A few days in Ibiza? Long weekend in Rhodes? Roof top partying in Lisbon? Keep it under budget and make sure everyone is up for it (and can do it) because there is nothing worse than a bride (or groom) springing a hen party abroad on you and you have no idea if you can get time of work, get someone to look after the kids, travel with a criminal record... any number of reasons! But if everyone is happy then we'd recommend Barcelona! Great bars, lovely food and miles of beaches for you to relax on during the day. It may tried and tested and you may run into other hens but stay clear of the obvious hangouts and you'll love it.
A CRAFTY HEN PARTY
The only way to do a DIY hen party in style in 2018 is with flowers. The lovely people at The Flower Appreciation Society are our go-to when it comes to the fash-pack and flowers. Go for hand-tied bouquet making or flower head dresses. We love the idea of learning some new life skills, perfect bunch of flowers anyone? Either way, there is something so fun about making something personal to you plus you get to take your hard work away with you rather than a shocking hangover...
YOGA & BRUNCH
If the bride loves yoga and wellness, she will love a hen party that includes a relaxing session and a goodie bag full of healthy treats. Then get the whole party together for an amazing brunch spread. There are lots of places you can do bottomless brunches, if you want to get boozy too! Choose a cool & classy yoga place and a nearby brunch venue that will satisfy all your craving! Our tip is to combine the two and book Yogashere as they have teamed up with the amazing Buddha Bar, so you can get the whole package and be completely looked after from the minute you step in the door.
SPA DAY ALL DAY LONG
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa would be our go-to place when we want to escape the hustle and bustle of working life and rest our tired eyes. Set in a 500 acre private estate, just six miles from Bath, you’ll have to drag the hens away to enjoy the rest of the beautiful city in the evening. Spa days are from £150 per person, but you do get gorgeous calm surroundings, welcome coffee, pastries, a damn good lunch, use of all the spa facilities and, of course, your treatment. Actually can we come...!
There's just a few ideas but more than enough to get your reactive juices flowing and coming up with the most epic (yet classy) hen party for your bride!
Claire & Christine xx