Looking for some unique ideas for the hen party? We’ve 10 fun-filled ideas for you here…
1. Father Ted Fun
If like us you were hooked on Father Ted, chances are a trip to one of the most iconic houses in Ireland for a cuppa is an exciting prospect. Elite Hen Parties is a Hen Party Planning service that can arrange packages all over Ireland (B&B, dinner, activities – the works, or you can build your own package) and we were excited to see they have a Father Ted Experience package where you can enjoy a trip to Father Ted’s house with plenty of tea and scones (you could even go all out and dress the bride-to-be as Mrs Doyle)! If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, worry not as they’ve tons of other cool experiences for hens including a Death by Chocolate Workshop package, a Cabaret Dinner package or a Country House Retreat Package. Find out more about their packages here.
2. A Day at the Races
If you’re looking for an excuse to don your finest guna, head to the Limerick Races for a fun and stylish day out. You and the ladies can enjoy a flutter on the horses and a few drinks from the comfort of your VIP section (there are dinner packages available too). And they’ve lots of cute little extras for the hen from the hen’s profile on the race card (a lovely little keepsake from the day) to a go on The Wheel of Fortune game with some deadly prices up for grab from a round of drinks to a chance to kit yourself out in the Jockey Silks. For more info, click here.
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors and love the idea of night in front of a camp fire toasting your ladies with a few tipples (and smores, definitely smores), a spot of glamping might be right up your street. Mount Druid Boutique Camping has a choice of yurts, cosy shepard huts or self-catering cottages for you and your girls to choose from, with the lovely Westmeath countryside as your backdrop. Rent mountain bikes and go exploring, enjoy lazy afternoons walks, take some time out in the meditation hut, unwind in the sauna, pitch in with the hay making or enjoy a cocktail making class in a picture perfect setting. Find out more here.
4. You’re a Star
If you’re a karaoke fan and want to take things one step further, record your very own pop song and music video with your ladies for the ultimate hen party keepsake. Sing Factory is a plush Dublin City Centre studio where you and your gang of ladies get 90 minutes recording time to make your very own song and music video. It’s BYOB so you can bring some bubbly along to sip as you sing to your hearts content and you can finish it all off with a VIP unveiling of your music video complete with Prosecco reception at a fab Dublin hotspot. Of course, you’ll get a digital copy of the video too! For more info, click here.
5. Beauty Bootcamp
If you’re looking for an activity where you’ll learn a thing or two and get a bit of pampering to boot, a couple of hours with the lovely Powder Room Girls at their Hair & Makeup Studio in City West will be an awesome way to spend a lazy afternoon. Learn a few beauty tricks and techniques from the pros at one of their master classes as you enjoy a glass of bubby or if you’re looking for pure indulgence, they can come and get you and the girls’ glammed up for your night out. For more information on their packages, click here.
Photo by Kate Ann Photo via Style Me Pretty
6. Foodie Fun
If you’re looking to keep things simple, a fabulous meal and some quality time and chats over some bubbly with the ladies is always a winner. Create Your Night is a hen party planning company that offer lots of fun packages (from foodie options to Roller Skating and Painting a Nude) including a dinner and cocktail making packages with dinner at the likes of Red Torch, Saba, Brasserie 66 or Bar Pinxto. Or if you fancy a foodie adventure, Create Your Night can organise a guided Tapas Trail around Dublin where you get to enjoy a glass of vino and some yummy tapas at three locations across Dublin city centre as well as some culture and tips about what’s going on in the Capital as you make your way. If you’re located southwest or fancy a road trip, Kerry is a gorgeous spot with breathtaking scenery and some amazing offerings on the cuisine front. Sol Y Sombra in Killorglin has an awesome location in a converted church and specialises in tapas, but can also organise wine tastings, tarot readings or even a spot of pole dancing if you’re after a bit of entertainment as well!
7. Outdoor Adventure
If you love the outdoors and are up for a laugh and a challenge in a beautiful setting, Kippure Estate’s activity menu will defo be of interest. This Wicklow based adventure hub has lots of fun activities from abseiling and climbing to archery, orienteering, rope based activities and even a chocolate based treasure hunt (nom). They’ve also a hilarious ‘Wild Wicklow Woman’ package which is sure to give you and the hens a few laughs as you get to grips with croquet (played with a pair of tights and potatoes), wheelbarrow races, broom hockey, and wellie wanging (hurling your wellies as far as you can FYI). For more info, click here.
8. Dance Classes
If you’re looking to get the party off to a fun start, sign yourself and the girls up for a dance class where you can try your hand at all sorts of dance styles from Line Dancing and Charleston to Burlesque or learn the moves to some popular hits like Grease, Single Ladies, Dirty Dancing or Thriller. A brilliant bonding experience, you’ll get to learn a few new moves and have a ball while you’re at it and you can take over the dance floor come the wedding. Love Dance and HenPartyDance.ie both have brilliant dance packages for hens – check out Love Dance here and HenPartyDance.ie here.
9. Party at Home
If you’re looking to have a bit of a session at home but still want to have that wow factor, invite Mae along to entertain you and the girls. This adorable 70s vintage caravan from Vintage Vanp can be hired for everything from hen and engagement parties to weddings and is the perfect place to kick back with some cocktails, bubbles or a mountain of yummy cakes and scones for an afternoon tea with a difference. She comes with her own waiting staff so you don’t have to lift a finger and as you can see would be the cutest in your hen party snaps. For more info, click here.
10. Murder Mystery
If you’re fond of a good mystery, a Murder Mystery weekend could be a great way to celebrate with your girls. Combine the murder mystery antics with some total relaxation and head south to the stunning Fota Island in Cork where they offer amazing spa packages and wine tasting sessions as well. Their murder mystery takes part over a delicious three course dinner and is aptly called ‘Who Stole the Engagement Ring’. For more info, click here.
If you’re looking to deck the gals out with some costumes, accessories or party supplies for the hen, All Affairs Fancy Dress Shop in Mayo have a huge selection to buy (you can hire costumes as well) whether you’re looking to channel a bit of old-school Downtonesque style for the evening or Gatsby glamour. They’re online too so you can shop from the comfort of your couch wherever you are in Ireland. Or if you’re looking for a sweet and funny gift for the bride-to-be, caricature artists like Ralph McMahon can whip up a cute caricature of the bride or a collage of all the girls – get the hens to all sign it and you have yourself one gorgeous keepsake! Find out more here.
Main photo by Lane Dittoe Photography via Bridal Musings
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