Calling all bridesmaids! So your bestie got engaged over Christmas and the New Year. Now, the celebrations are over, it’s time to start planning her hen party! If you’re looking for some inspo for a hen party in 2019, check out our list of hen party ideas, some new, some classics, all guaranteed good times!
1. Sing Along Social
Get your hen party started with Aoife McElwain’s Sing Along Social, “a choir for people who can’t sing”. A seasoned hen party entertainer, and a favourite at festivals like Electric Picnic, she can rock up with her speakers and bag of craic to wherever you and your hens are. Pick out some of the Bride’s favourite tunes or guilty pleasures to belt out with the gals, for guaranteed fun. This option is available at locations all over Ireland. Check out Singalong Social for more info.
2. Painting Hen Party – Naughty or Nice
Get the creative juices flowing with an afternoon of painting and prosecco. Whether they’re handy with a paintbrush or not, all the gals will enjoy a hen party afternoon of life drawing complete with naked male model (always a good source of artistic inspo!) – contact Life Drawing Hen Party to arrange in Galway and Inspire Galerie in Dublin. Draw A Nude cater for hen parties nationwide. Giggles are guaranteed.
If you’re looking for a more landscape style painting event (but still with plenty of prosecco!) – Paint and Prosecco offer group bookings in stylish venues such as the garden terraces in the Jar and Opium on Wexford St. Paint Club can be booked for painting and drinks in equally stylish surroundings such as Tribeton Galway and House in Limerick or Dublin.
3. Stylish Hen
Fashion writer, stylist and historian, Ruth Griffin (who you may recognise from RTE’s National Treasures) offers carefully curated walking tours of Dublin’s fashion past. For the fashionista hen party, this is a great way to spend an afternoon learning about the hidden history and secret style of areas such as South William St, the Liberties or Merrion Square, before having a browse in some boutiques or relaxing over some stylish cocktails. Contact Ruth through her website here or her social handles
4. Hen Party Getaways
For short hops, Belfast and Edinburgh are high on the hen planner list – Check out the recommendations from our followers here;
Long weekends with the fun of a city break but with the bonus beaches nearby are also super popular with Lisbon, San Sebastian, Biarritz, Bilbao and Barcelona weekends being mentioned (think tapas, wine, sunshine and boutique hotels! And obligatory trip to Zara!). For longer stays (and beach club blowouts!), Marbella, Ibiza and Mykonos are still high on the mentions.
Thinking of a jet set hen – check out our guide here
5. Glam Squad Hen
Always a hen party hit, plus you take all the hassle out of the VIP’s day, by treating her to a day of preening. Channel all the craic of getting ready together, but with the professionals on hand! Dry and Fly blow-dry bar offer private hire of the salon , where you can sip on G&Ts and prosecco while the gals get their tresses tended to. If nails are more the bride’s thing, Tropical Popical (as mentioned by Saoirse Ronan on Ellen and which has a super cool interior) also offers private hire , with BYOB. For smaller crews, the Brown Thomas Beauty Lounge on Clarendon St Dublin, offers group bookings, and has hair, nail bar and make-up options on site.
6. Hen Party Staycation
Even if you’re organising a hen party close to home, why not treat the Bride to be to an overnight in one of the city’s luxe or boutique hotels. For example, new options in Dublin are the Wilder townhouse in Adelaide Road, a residents only townhouse, complete with gin garden and the Devlin in Ranelagh, which is home to Laylas’ roof terrace and the Americana cocktail bar and even has it’s own cinema! Limerick gals could look into One Perry Square and Galway gals could book into the hotel and Spa in the G Hotel for the night. For Cork brides, check out the penthouse in the Clayton hotel, to feel like a celebrity in your own city.
7. Glamping Hen Party
With Coachella around the corner, it’s a reminder that glamping or festival themes are a hen party favourite. All the fun of your favourite music festival but with clean toilets and phone chargers! Given Irish weather, it’s probably best to plan these for summer months, but the option is available all year round. The Rock Farm and Elbow Rooms both offer weekend festival vibes with outdoors activities, and more importantly outdoor hottubs – V body and soul! Teapot lane in Sligo is a cute glamping village with a byob bar on-site and for the festival VIPs, head to scenic Kenmare and check out Dromquinna Manor.
8. Active Hen Party
If your bride to be is the active type, there are plenty of ideas, new and old for a fun hen party activity. Strandhill in Sligo, Lahinch in Clare, and Bundoran in Donegal are all great locations for aspiring surfers with plenty of pubs and grub available for after – https://www.strandhillsurfschool.com/ . Cyclists could hit the Wild Atlantic Greenway www.greenway.ie or the Waterford Greenway and head out in Westport or Waterford afterwards. Alternatively head up the Wicklow mountains and enjoy prosecco at the peak with a customised and guided hike with www.galzgonewild.com.
Happy Hen Planning – Stay tuned for the blog for lots more ideas on locations, activities and hen party accessories!