{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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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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Chic Wedding Ideas We Loved in 2011

There were so many fabulous wedding ideas and an abundance of creative inspiration for weddings in 2011. Here is are a few favourites we featured last year which we believe will add a personalised and stylish touch to your wedding, yet still stand the test of time no matter what the year or wedding season!

Beautiful Burlap Wedding Ideas

Burlap is still a popular wedding trend which allows you to add a charming rustic element to your decor without huge budget.  We put together a ton of burlap wedding ideas to show you how to use this versatile fabric elegantly and stylishly on your wedding day.

Burlap Wedding Table

Flower Girl Purse Bouquets

This stunning idea to replace the traditional flower girl posey will give a stylish wedding plenty of wow factor. We loved these sweet scented floral handbags designed by Karen Tran Florals. They’re the perfect accessory for your little princesses to strut down the aisle.Flower Girl Purses

Mason Jar Wedding Lighting

Another wedding idea trend which has dominated weddings but is showing no sign of exiting anytime soon is the humble mason jar. We put together a feature with different ideas for wedding lighting using a collection of mason jars. They’re a pretty and cost effective way to decorate wedding tables, aisle ways and outdoor receptions and give your whole event a magical glow.Mason Jar Wedding

Reception Tablescapes by BHLDN

How can you not love BHLDN? In fact, I challenge anyone to not find one little ounce of inspiration for their wedding from this amazing line up of reception tablescapes. This is one of the best displays of decor inspiration I saw in 2011 – and this creative team of visionaries are ‘the bomb’ as far as I’m concerned.Wedding Reception Tablescapes

Lace Doily Decor

If you’re planning a vintage wedding or visualising a gorgeous garden soiree embellished with vintage details, then this nostalgic wedding idea is perfect for you!  Check out this pretty line up of lace doilies by Cedarwood Weddings and beautifully all creatively used throughout a vintage wedding theme. There are banners, cushions, table settings and even a pretty dessert buffet to inspire your vintage heart.

Bridal Shower Tea Party Theme

My absolute favourite wedding idea for 2011 was the bridal shower tea party theme. Not only is it a fun and fresh idea for a wedding shower, but it also gives you a great excuse to go all out with girly colours and prettier than pretty decor. We walk you through some gorgeous themes and tips to put together a sensational bridal shower.Bridal Shower

What was your favourite wedding idea in 2011?  I’d love to hear your comments!