The Do's & Don'ts of Throwing a Hens Party
While it is a tradition to make jokes with the bride to be on her hen's night, it is important to remember this night is still about her. As her mate, it is your job to be sure she has a good time. Here are the do's and don'ts of planning a hen's night for the first time bridesmaid.
Don't: Push the bride into drinking
Doing 15 tequila shots is not everyone's idea of a good time, in fact, it's not really anyone's idea of a good time. This doesn't change when someone is getting married. Don't force alcohol down your bride's throat. You might like to buy her a cocktail or two but if she doesn't want to drink them, you don't need to guilt her into it. It's her hens night, let her celebrate how she wants.
Do: Get creative with a hens party theme
Skip the penis straws and bright pink sashes. It's done and tired and frankly, you can do much better. Consider something a little more original like a slumber party theme or something based on the bride's favourite movie or TV show, such as Sex and the City.
Don't: Leave the party planning until the last minute
It may sound a bit obvious but often planning a hen's party can take more work then you might initially expect. Save yourself from a last-minute disaster by getting the planning underway as early as possible. We promise you won't regret it.
Do: Organise fun hen's party activities
Get creative with your hen's party activities. For example, you could organise for everyone to learn a new skill together. This could include making cupcakes, cocktails or flower crowns. Alternatively, you might like to organise a scavenger hunt with clues relating to the bride and her partner.
do: organise a gift from the groom
Organise for the groom to send the bride-to-be something nice to the hen’s party location. A little surprise gift of flowers or champagne and a message is a thoughtful way to make her day extra special.
don't: enforce crazy outfits
If you want to have a theme, keep it simple. It’s likely that many of your friends are getting married around a similar time so attendees want a hen’s night that's low-key and easy to attend.
do: plan the guest list early
Get the guest list from the bride in advance, don't’ just assume you know who she want’s invited. Be sure to contact everyone on her list well in advance and add them all to a group chat or Facebook event if that's your preferred method of communication.