Hen and stag dos don’t have to feature strippers or cost the earth. You can plan an amazing last night of freedom by getting everyone to chip in a little towards entertainment and food and drink. Add some humour and a few keepsakes and you’ll have a stag or hen party your friends could be talking about for years to come.
Start with a theme based on the bride/groom’s favourite past times, whether that’s a certain sport, film, craft or mode of transport and then build your party around that theme with relevant invitations, entertainment, refreshments and fancy dress. Here are some original ideas to inspire you.
Colourful frozen Slush Puppy style cocktails are the latest ‘in thing’ at parties and perfect on a hot summer’s day or night. You can buy premixed cocktails to freeze and squeeze or make your own with an ice blender. Create a signature frozen cocktail for the bride or groom and decorate pretty glasses with sugar, fresh fruit, straws and stirrers, just add cocktail umbrellas.
For those who love zombie movies and dressing up, you finally have the perfect excuse to indulge both your hobbies at once! Hit the second hand stores for clothes to spatter with food colouring for fake blood then go on a Zombie apocalypse pub crawl before all coming back to watch your favourite zombie movie, still in full fancy dress. Your local town won’t know what’s hit them.
A hot tub party is a lot of fun and even more fun when you join your stag and hen parties together. If you thought it would cost a fortune you’d be wrong thanks to the brilliant Book a Spa.com who offer group deals starting at just £30 at a choice of over 250 venues across the country. Just remember to add “Bring your swimsuit” to the invitations.
If fresh air and gentle exercise in beautiful surroundings is more your idea of fun then a game of golf at a choice of over 2000 venues, world-wide could be for you. Throw in great deals, group discounts and even free wine and you have a stag do fit for your father in law or a highly original hen night.
For those who would rather stay home and snuggle than go out and paint the town red, consider a sleepover at someone’s house. All you need is PJs and popcorn, a funny or feel-good movie – Bridesmaids and The Hangover are both ideal. Add cute transfers to pyjama tops for perfect keepsakes and you could even make your own cushion fort!
The beauty of organising your own party is you’re in control of the budget and can buy in low-cost food and drinks and make your own entertainment. For more fabulous stag and hen accessories please visit the Confetti shop.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.