I'm not really interested in having a pub/bar crawl having L plates on me and falling about drunk, it just isn't me. Does anyone have any ideas for what I could do to have a fun, relatively quiet night with my close girl family and friends?
There are loads of ways to celebrate your 'last night of freedom' without making it a raucous event. Booking a spa day can be a relaxing way to spend time with your girls and you could also have some treatments to get you polished for your big day. Go out for lunch or dinner or plan an informal picnic in a park, on the beach or by the river. If you don't want to go out then a sleepover at your place can be easy to plan and very casual. Just ask everyone to bring their PJs and a dish of food then share and eat in front of a great movie (Bridesmaids is hilarious and particularly apt!) then enjoy a special breakfast next morning of croissants and all sorts. You might also find some nice ideas in these articles: Hen party ideas
Hope that helps. Love Kate
How about a quiet theme night in your home? Guests could come in fancy dress (a glam movie night maybe?!?) and the house could be decorated appropriately with appropriate food/films etc. I love the other suggestions about getting in some pampering. You could also have some games (with Oscars as prizes) or hire in a topless waiter if you wanted to spice up things up a little! You can even hire a mixologist to come to the house........... Have fun deciding x - Turtle 5
We're having a joint hen/stag day do - Go Ape at Leeds Castle. In the evening just having all the girlies over perhaps for a bbq but defo lots of alcohol and some drinking games to liven things up.Tongue out I don't think it's fair that you ask your friends and families to spend a lot of money for your pre-wedding celebrations! - Jo Stockford
How about a spar day thats relaxing - Puglover
we are having a joint hen/stag do. we r just going out to a restaurent and then have a huge sleepover at our place. i know its not massive thing but its cheaper that doing anything else and i would rather put all that money towards our future together than spending it on a single night that you woundnt remember in the morning - watastar
Spa is calm and relaxing procedure, so you won't need drinks, stupid pink novelties and even male stripper. Also you could do Victorian era ladies tea party. Of course you will need to rent some costumes. Make sure you have some photos shot from such an evening. Cool - maruxz
Hiya, im the same, my friends are planning mine but i think we are just having a girly pj party with some good food, nice pink champagne, theyve ordered a cake and balloons and are decorating the house, also think ann summers will make an appearance which is always good, especially for honeymoon essentials! - kelly 433
For my sister's hen I am throwing her a vintage tea party- we are having lovley vintage bunting, cakes, sandwiches etc, with pink bubbly and cups of tea! as well as eating and drinking we are playing games such as making brides dresses out of loo roll, cocktail making and cookie decorating. There are two mums there so nothing too rude, and anything 'willy' based is definatley banned! There is a lucky dip with prizes for the games, and goodie bags for each hen. Then afterwards we are doing facemasks and a takeaway and watching as many wedding based dvds as we can! I can't wait, it'll be way better than getting drunk and shouting at each other in a club! - enielle
A friend had a great Hen's party where in the afternoon we had an amazing race style event with a whole stack of different things we needed to do, not your usual hen's night tasks but things which were just good fun - like performing a random act for a stranger and busking on the street. It was a great way to spend an afternoon as lots of the girls did not know each other. That night we just had some quite cocktails at home and a dance party in the living room in our PJs! Followed by a big brunch the next morning. Worked out great and by the end of the weekend all the girl's had really bonded. - Siera Lambert
I'm having a quiet hen do too. We're booking a place that does posh cookery classes, possibly going on to do cocktail making afterwards, but finishing with a meal.
For one of my friends we dressed up in flapper dresses and went on a steam train journey which included lunch- it felt fantastic to be rolling through the countryside in style! We were also mistaken as actors by some of the other passengers and the train company treated us very, very well. - picklepen
Hi Jo, I'm can second having a pamper at home party - I organised this for one of my friends a few years ago and it was such a good time that other friends ended up doing the same for theirs. Admittedly we did all end up going out afterwards because we felt so good with all the pampering! (next morning wasn't great though!). I think the one I used was thepamperparty.com. Trying to organise another hen weekend this year, but would definitely recommend a pamper evening - your guests only have to spend a small amount to make it worthwhile and its nice for everyone plus the added bonus that it's much cheaper than going out (but you can spend the savings on champers!). Rosiex - rosieD
IM THINKING ABOUT DOING THE MUREDER MYSTERY EVENING, THIS IS SOMETHING DIFFRENT AND THEY DO IT AROUND THE BRIDE AND HER FRIENDS... NEED TO GET AT LEAST 15 OF YOU TOGETHER THO OR THE SUPPLEMENTS MAKE IT EXPENSIVE... ITS A TIME WHEN YOU FIND OUT WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE.Kiss - boopjnr
i'm not one for bar crawls anymore, so myself and my hens have hired a farmhouse near Bath for the weekend and are going to go to the spa and mooch around Bath and then we have a chef coming into the farmhouse to cook us all a 3 course meal.....i've organised it myself as i'm having my 2 young daughters as bridesmaids, so i've done exactly as i wanted with 9 great friends and family - Els237