{Guest Post} 10 Ideas for a more Alternative Hen Party in 2013

Hen parties often bring with them the image of women wrapped up in sashes with teeny-boppers bouncing atop their heads whilst singing their way up and down most high streets in the UK – and for some brides-to-be out there, this is enough to put them off the occasion altogether.

If you fit in to this camp, you can sleep easier tonight because through 2012 and definitely now in 2013, there are more than enough ideas out there to make up a hen celebration that is a million miles away from anything you might expect to see on an episode of ‘Booze Britain’. Here are just 10:

Alternative Hen Parties

1. A Spot of Afternoon Tea

See? Not a ‘Jagerbomb’ in sight, but instead just you and your closest friends having a good chat over tea and a traditionally delicious lunch. Most parties travel out of their home town for the celebration so all it’s going to take is a trip to TripAdvisor to find a good café or if you’re heading to the capital… then there’s only one thing for it: Afternoon Tea at The Ritz – an experience in itself!

2. Dance like it’s the 80’s

Dance lessons could be a great idea for a group looking to get a little active but how about throwing on some leg warmers and popping a Cutting Crew cassette in to the Boombox and making things a little more fun? Many places offer this twist on the conventional dance lesson, so if you were an 80’s child, it could be time to relive the synth-centric decade.

Cocktail Making Hen's Party

3. Make some Cocktails

Simple and with the best possible outcome, you and your friends can try your hand at making cocktails at home or head to one of the many bars that offer professional lessons. This is definitely a life skill that will come in handy after a hard week at work!

4. Flip a Pizza

Yes, much like the cocktail making, this is another one with a mouth-watering outcome and if you were already thinking of having an Italian on one of the nights of your hen weekend, why not flip some dough around as well? If you ask, you’ll be surprised to find that many Italian restaurants offer pizza making courses that are both fun and stomach filling at the same time!

5. Get Artistic!

Okay, so the alcohol-soaked hen parties I was talking about earlier will probably at some point involve a male stripper. This probably isn’t your sort of thing, but the sophisticated version of this might be… yes, life drawing allows you to all get artistic with maybe a few giggles in between.

Photo Shoot for Hen's Party

6. Capture the Memories with a Photoshoot

Most hen party snapshots will be the kind that end up in a Facebook folder and over time are somewhat forgotten about, however if you book a photoshoot for you and your girls, you can have something to really take home from the whole thing and remember as time goes on.

Perfume Hen's Party

7. Create your own Fragrance

Speaking of taking things home with you – how about bottling up your own personal perfume? The stars do it and now, when better to do it yourself? With each lady in the party taking home their own named fragrance you could even conjure up something so good you might end up wearing it to the wedding!

8. A Summer Picnic

If the sun happens to be out for your hen party (maybe you’ve even made the trip abroad to make sure of this) there isn’t much easier and more enjoyable than pulling out the picnic basket and heading out to top up your tans and make the most of being outside.

Horseriding Hen's Party

9. Horse Riding

Whilst, I could have gone completely out of left-field and went for water-sking or even zorbing, I thought it might be best to pick a more heart-racing activity that you might want to do. Whether you’ve ridden one before or not, horse riding can be the perfect little experience to add in to the mix.

Spa Hen's Party

10. Simply Relax at the Spa

Finally, an idea that doesn’t really need any introduction – just say ‘ahhhhhhhh’ and relax. No hangovers, no regrets… this is what a hen party should all be about, right! What do you think?


Richard Paul is a guest writer for www.henheaven.co.uk – suppliers of custom made hen parties that don’t always have to end face down in bed at 4am!


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Outdoor California Bridal Shower from Paige + Blake Green

I have a little treat for y’all this lovely Monday – a summery bridal shower from California! Julianna’s friends threw her a fabulous bridal shower tea party which included yummy tea party style food, sweet treats and complimentary hats for every lady. EVERYTHING at the party was handmade – except for the personalized tea bag favours (an awesome idea by the way!) – and a pretty backyard setting created the perfect atmosphere for Julianna to enjoy a girly soiree with friends, sisters and a bunch of adorable nieces. Thanks Paige + Blake Green for sending this pretty bridal shower our way!

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Tea Party Ideas & Inspiration For A Sensational Bridal Shower

There is something warm, inviting and wonderfully therapeutic about tea parties don’t you think? The enticing aroma of brewing tea, fine intricate china and those moorish sweet delicacies with an allure hard to resist. There’s also the excuse to catch up on some serious gossip with your girlfriends. So time to spark your ‘inner hostess’ with this pretty collection of tea party inspiration and bridal shower ideas!

Bridal ShowerFor many of us, the tea party is a nostalgic event transporting us back to our childhood days. I distinctly remember how wonderful it felt to act all grown up and sophisticated and play “tête-à-tête.” I would painstakingly set up my colorful kiddy table with four pretty plastic tea cups and saucers, fill them with bright red raspberry cordial and make a display of my favorite butter cookies. Then acting the perfect hostess, I would carefully serve each one of my VIP guests (Mr Teddy, Miss Barbie and my Siamese feline Kimba) and “wax lyrical” throughout the afternoon.

How To Host A Bridal Shower Tea PartyHosting a classic tea party is a wonderful tradition which spans across many cultures. It will always be and elegant and fun way to entertain a group of friends no matter the occasion. You can plan a tea party to raise money for charity, use it as an excuse to catch up with the girls, or as a pretty bachelorette party or bridal shower. Here’s my tips for hosting a bridal shower tea party with plenty of pizzazz!

How To Host A Bridal Shower Tea Party With Style

Get out your prettiest plates and dust off the crystal . . .

Wedding Tea Party

Style up your table with bunches of pretty blooms, floral linens and as much girl power goodness you can fathom . . .

Tea Party Ideas

Cupcakes at a tea party are practically mandatory. . .

Girls Tea Party Ideas

Adding a touch of sparkle to your wedding shower will make you feel like a Princess.

Tea Party

For maximum WOW effect stylize the decor with a monochromatic look (white looks amazing!)

Tea Party Bridal Shower Ideas

or go retro with lots of neon colors and groovy hip decor .

Tea Party Decorations

Take it outdoors for a enchanting garden party . . .

Wedding Shower Tea Party

Channel your inner child and decorate with reckless abandon!

Tea Party Children

Go a little crazy with a Mad Hatter or Alice in Wonderland theme . . .

Mad Hatter Tea Party Ideas

Go all out with the menu – display pots of tea in a variety of blends, pretty platters with assorted tea sandwiches, gorgeous cake stands overflowing with decorative cupcakes, and mouth watering cakes too pretty to eat!

Bridal Shower Tea

or. . . ditch all the girly stuff, keep it laid back, and have a BBQ style bridal shower with the boys!

Tea Party Bachelorette Party Ideas

If all else fails . . . .  you can always have tea-for-one!

Tea Party Inspiration

Hope these ideas help trigger your imagination and give you plenty of creative ideas for your ultimate tea time. 

Tell me . . . what is your favorite Tea Party style?


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