Whether having a night in or a few drinks before hitting the town you’re going to want to get the party started in style. There’s nothing like kicking off proceedings with a few cocktails to set the tone for a night of sophisticated fun. We’ve taken the work out of it with a how to guide to running your own hen party cocktail bar. The main thing to remember is to keep it simple. You’ll have enough to do on the night entertaining the masses without the pressure of working your mixology skills. Now is not the time to unleash your inner Tom Cruise and spend the night juggling bottles!
My advice is to opt for drinks that you can premix and have the gang help themselves after giving them an initial glass. A kilner drinks dispenser is the ideal option here. Also…watch the alcohol content! My experience has taught me to opt for cocktails with one source of alcohol, you’ll keep the budget down and avoid getting the blame for those that choose to overindulge later on!
In terms of styling, some advance planning is best to showcase your Lauren Conrad styling skills. Keep it simple with glass jars which make great customised glasses for minimal cost. Wrap with a strip of twine or ribbon, stick on chalkboard labels for the name of each guest & complete with a paper straw. If crafting really isn’t your thing go glam with our fun and sparkly glitterati range here. If any of you like us have an obsession with the all essential (!) house bar cart this is also a great way to showcase the bar.
Now onto the fun! When it comes to deciding on the right drink for your party, choose a drink you and your friends actually really like. Don’t go for what’s on trend here. Also, be sure to test your recipe out beforehand to make sure it tastes ok.
Below are some of our top and easy tipples to serve up at your hen party.
If you’re planning a spring or summer hen this is the perfect start to a sophisticated afternoon. It’s a light drink in terms of alcohol content so a good one if you are starting early and want to ensure that the tipsy time doesn’t kick in too soon. It requires some pre chopping of cucumber and whatever fruit you want to include but it’s easily stored in pre mixed in jugs it keeps your hands free for partying.
This is usually a total crowd pleaser. Lime, mint, rum, what’s not to love. It’s also easy to make up in batches and you just add the soda water when you’re pouring to keep the fizz.
With the winter closing in around us nothing could be nicer than a warming mug of sugar and spice and all things nice. Score major brownie points by producing a flask to revive the girls after an outdoor activity.
A classic Carrie Bradshaw staple, it’s easily adapted for pitchers or drinks dispenser. It’s the perfect girlie cocktail and ideal for a hen party with a Sex and the City or classy night in the city feel.
These are sure fire crowd pleasers but if you are really going all out to impress on this hen party, make up a batch of grown up cool pops! Blend strawberries and mix with some sugar syrup and sparkling wine, pour into ice pop moulds and freeze for a refreshing treat that packs a punch.