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10 Unusual Hen Party Ideas

Take the pain out of planning a hen party with these original ideas that'll help make your celebration one to remember, for all the right reasons.

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We’ve all been there. The “Hey Ladies…” round-robin email you’ve been waiting for arrives in your inbox, and once you read beyond “The lovely [so-and-so] is getting hitched, and I’m sure we all can’t WAIT for the big day etc.” and cut to the chase, your heart sinks. Just a little…

To your dismay, it’s yet another hen party afternoon tea/spa combo. While eating scones and being massaged is an undeniably lovely way to spend a weekend. If your guests have done the same thing multiple times that summer, it can all start to feel a bit samey for them.

Your loved ones will have scrimped and saved all year to afford these (often costly) trips, and they deserve to have a memorable experience, something unlike the typical hen do party. As does the bride-to-be!

So if you’ve been given the unenviable task of organising a hen do (or you're the bride in question and have decided to arrange your own) it’s worth getting a bit creative if you want everyone get enthusiastic about the big day. And you don’t need a giant budget or loads of bells and whistles, just a bit of outside the box thinking!

With that in mind, we’ve taken the tried-and- tested classics and given them a unique update. If you’re leaving the details to your maid of honour, maybe subtly slip a few of these suggestions her way and prepare for an unforgettable party.

Swap a dance class for… a trampoline workout

Instead of piling into a studio to strut your stuff Beyoncé-style, literally take things to the next level with a trampoline-workout hen party instead. You and your girls can wear fancy dress or gym kit and learn fun routines to fabulous tracks, all on a trampoline.

Swap outdoor games for… the Hen-Limpic games

Serious about sport? This may not be for you, as it’s an unashamedly silly take on the Olympics. Compete against other groups in events such as foot darts, giant egg and spoon, and caterpillar archery relay. You might not break any world records, but you’ll have a great laugh.

Swap afternoon tea for… afternoon tea on a Routemaster

If you still want to get your fix of scones, cream and tea, do it with the sights of London as your backdrop, motoring around the city in a vintage double-decker.

Swap lunch for… a retro ’90s brunch

If you’re a child of the ’90s, you will love this nostalgia-fest. Taking place across ever-changing London locations, this hen party will combines brunch with a trip down memory lane. All the food, drink, and music is ’90s-themed, and there are era-appropriate games such as Mario Kart. Don your Doc Martens, slick on some berry lipstick and step back in time.

Swap a pub crawl for… a craft beer tour

Head to London’s East End to learn all about the history and culture of this iconic area – and sample some craft beers along the way. You’ll stop in at a variety of pubs, from Victorian gems to contemporary cool hotspots.

Swap a cooking class for… baking with a GBBO contestant

This three-hour experience sprinkles some Great British Bake Off magic on an old hen party favourite. Following some Prosecco, you’ll enjoy a baking demonstration from an ex-contestant on the programme, before rolling up your sleeves to make your own sweet treat. The former GBBO baker will be on hand to help, give tips and advice, and, most importantly, answer questions about their time on the show. Just don’t forget to share all the Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry gossip with us!

Swap clubbing for… a roller disco

Sound the retro-fun klaxon, it’s time to go old school! Strap on your skates for a dancing do with a twist. Some of the roller discos are exclusive hire, meaning nobody else will see if you take a tumble, and there’s even the chance to bring your own music.

Swap getting ready in your hotel for… taking over a chic salon

Getting ready for a night out is almost as fun as the night out itself, but rather than all clamouring to fit around the mirror in your hotel room, why not hire blow dry bar Duck & Dry to get you and all of your hens ready?

The expert stylists will create 16 different ‘dos, to suit each and every hen, and you can even decorate the space and bring all your party desires from butlers in the buff, to cupcakes, and party games.

Fancy celebrating your upcoming wedding by bobbing along the River Thames in the world’s first hot tub boat? With Hot Tug, you can!

You and your hens will get over an hour blissfully sailing around the capital in a hot tub which is filled with fresh, hot water.

You can either take in the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf by booking your experience from West India Quay, or you can head to the original Hot Tug site at the Islington Boat Club and sail along the quaint Regents Canal.

You’ll be able to BYOB, hire an ice bucket to keep drinks cool, rent towels and robes and get your hands on a sailor’s hat for the bride (which she’ll be able to keep after). So. Much. Fun.


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