{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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{Guest Post} Should You Combine the Stag and Hen Party?

Are you a bit nervous about your groom’s buck’s night? Not that excited about a typical bachelorette’s bash either? Well Victoria from ChilliSauce has some great alternatives (that are still fun!) for today’s modern bride and groom!

Traditionally, there has been a strict gender divide when it comes to stag and hen parties: the groom’s friends fill him up with booze and book a cringe-worthy stripper to gyrate all over him, while the girls head to a spa for pampering and gossip. Now that we’re well into the 21st century, could it be time to break these gender stereotypes? If the groom’s a low-key kind of guy who is not looking to do anything he wouldn’t do in front of his fiancée, and the bride is on the adventurous side along with most of her friends, a co-ed bachelor party is a real possibility. In addition to the possibility of saving time and money, co-ed celebrations also promote interaction between the couple’s friends. Let’s take a look at some ideas for combined stag and hen parties that everyone will enjoy.

A Stag and Hen House Party

A co-ed bachelor party is a particularly good idea if the groom and bride share a group of friends. Everyone will know each other, which makes for a rocking party. If it’s summer, light up the barbecue and relax over a few beers before cranking up the music and partying the night away.

Get Active Together

If the two groups are more distinct, an activity day will help to break the ice between them. Group activities such as canyoning, paintballing or caving create a strong bond between the participants. Once a couple enters married life, their friendship groups start to merge, so it makes sense to help the process along before the wedding. If you’re lucky, an adventurous co-ed bachelor party might even be responsible for some further matches being made.

Drunken Debauchery

Stag nights are traditionally all about drunken debauchery, but the drink doesn’t have to stop flowing just because the ladies are in tow. You can have an even wilder night out when stags and hens are mixed. Hit a few bars before going onto a nightclub to dance the night away. Best of all, the bride won’t be left wondering what her husband got up to while he was out on the town.

Holiday Heaven

A relaxing and rewarding way to celebrate an upcoming marriage is to take a group holiday. Round up the closest friends of the bride and groom and book a holiday cottage or villa in an exotic location. A pre-nuptial break gives everyone a well-deserved break from wedding planning and provides a chance to reflect on the joyfulness of the approaching occasion.

Planning a Co-ed Bachelor Party

When planning a mixed stag and hen party, it is important to pick an activity that suits the whole party. Ideally, the best man and the maid of honor (or the chief bridesmaid) should have equal input into the event planning to make sure both the bride and the groom have a great time.

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Victoria contributed this guest post on behalf of ChilliSauce.co.uk, Event coordinators and providers of special Chillisauce stag weekends and hen parties in the UK and abroad.