Planning a hen party can be a big job from deciding where to go and finding budget-friendly accommodation to choosing an activity that will suit all the girls. The activity is one part of the hen that really helps with the bonding and can make it all the more memorable and fun so it pays to give it some thought. To help you with your planning, we asked our experts Claire from Create Your Night and Katie from The Foxy Hen what hen party activities are a big hit with hens at the mo. Check out their top 7 suggestions…
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Cocktail Making is a fun get together before dinner. It breaks the ice for people who don’t know others in the group and it’s a chance to relax and have a drink together. It’s great fun also watching the bride and bridesmaids do their take on the best cocktails going and seeing the expertise and creativity that actually goes in to making the drinks. It’s a simple fun night out package with dinner and nightclub included also and works out an excellent price that suits everyone’s budget.
Pamper Party Packages
Pamper Party Packages are really popular with us even more so lately. We send beauticians to the Hen’s hotel rooms or house. Everyone gets two treatments each with the bride getting an extra two complimentary. Who doesn’t love a good pamper session? Everyone gets the chance to chill out getting whatever treatments they like before the madness of the big night out. Again, another great value option that suits everyone.
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This is a fun alternative to casual evening drinks and if there’s one thing that hen parties love, it’s to mix things up a little bit. The booze cruise is a great way to change up your usual evening drinks and it also gives hen parties a chance to have a laugh with other parties in the same boat… it involves sixty minutes on a cruise ship with a bar, dance floor and DJ in tow and around 100 party revellers on board. We have this available in Carrick-on-Shannon.
CSI: Save the Groom
Hen parties are opting for the CSI: Save the Groom option a lot lately. It’s funny, quirky and personal… so what’s not to love? It involves a Garda sergeant coming to meet the hen party at a bar or pub and escorting the bride to a room to break the news to her that the groom has been kidnapped and held for ransom. It’s up to the hen party to discover his whereabouts. A comedy video of the groom getting kidnapped is screened for the head hen at the start of the activity so a bit of preparation goes into this one but that just makes it all that more personal. The personal appeal of this activity is another element that makes it a hit and if you’re surprising the bride-to-be, this is a great way to do so. We have this available in all of our Irish destinations.
Draw a Nude
Talking about surprising the bride-to-be, the ‘draw a nude‘ option is another incredibly personal and hilarious team building activity that can do that. As the name suggests, it involves all the hens gathering around to sketch a live model as he bares all. Hens are opting for this activity a lot lately because it’s so quirky and different. We have this available in all of our destinations.
Flockin’ Fabulous Farming Experience
Hen parties really love to go for unusual activities that you won’t get to try on your run of the mill weekend away. The flockin’ fabulous farming experience is incredibly different and it also ties into a few hen party themes. This activity sees the hen party travel out to a farm where they get treated to Irish whiskey and Buck’s Fizz and they try out some bizarre and fun activities like ‘milk the cow’ and ‘chase the cock’. We have this available in Carrick-on-Shannon.
You get a real mix of hens who are dying to do sporting activities and puzzles and then the hens who are more eager to try out personal classes and bonding activities. Boda Borg is an activity that sees hens enjoy a combination of both. Boda Borg is an adventure activity that first originated in Sweden but since then, it has been taking the rest of Europe by storm and it’s been an exceptionally huge hit with hen parties lately. It is very similar to the game show Crystal Maze and it sees hens get split into teams in order to solve brain games, puzzles and physical challenges to make it through various rooms and collect stamps to get out of the maze. We have this available in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Photo by Two Foxes Photography via Polka Dot Brides
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