Hen dos are full of fun, laughter and good old-fashioned girl time. And while you only need your greatest girlfriends around you to create the best memories, the hen celebrations of today are likely to set you back a fair few pounds or euros. Here are three unique, affordable ideas for DIY hen celebrations so you can have all the fun and frolics without the hefty price tag! Read on for simple ways to swap the big bucks and throw the dream hen party on a budget.
Swap Afternoon Tea at the 5 Star Hotel for a Tea Party at home
Afternoon tea at a grand hotel or a quaint tearoom has become a classic choice for hen partying. And while the pretty china and hallowed halls of a country house hotel or chic décor of a contemporary city hotel make for a special celebration and fun Instagram photos, they are not necessary in creating a memorable day if you want to keep the budget down. What’s the hen hack? Create your own homage to the all-important bride-to-be by hosting a tea party at home. Make it even more personal by asking all the hens to get creative in the kitchen before the celebrations and bring along their own, home baked surprise. As well as making it extra special for the VIP lady herself, it’ll also be a great way to break the ice with any hens who don’t already know each other. Go vintage and traditional and decorate your home or garden with colourful bunting and balloons and use borrowed, mismatched crockery to lay the table for a special afternoon. You can put a modern twist on it with lots of greenery and copper or a boho feel and create a low table and get the girls to sit on cushions.
Image by Emma Anderson
Swap the expensive hen party activity for a DIY treasure hunt
If your guest of honour enjoys a bit more action and adventure then get the bridesmaids together to plan the ultimate scavenger hunt or treasure hunt. Split the hens into teams and create a series of clues for them to follow around your local town or at a location special to the bride-to-be and her soon-to-be hubby. Send them on a wild goose chase collecting planted items, doing silly dares and working their way to the last spot – where there’s a suitable amount of Prosecco and pizza waiting! You could also try a photo scavenger hunt which are really easy to plan and will get all the girls working together.
Image from Brand and Melville
Swap a night out for a night in!
You can’t beat a classic house party or girls’ night in but with a housewarming and birthday party every other week you want something that’ll set the hen party out from the rest. So, why not plan a super silent disco and party the night away?! Choose the bride-to-be’s favourite tunes and split them into genre playlists on spotify. You can give all the guests headphones or ask them to tune into the playlist options you have set up. After you have played some games and had some food let them dance, dance, dance! To give the party an extra silent disco feels, bring along some glowsticks, face paint, glitter and some accessories to get into the mood.
Image 4 and main image from Stella McCartney party on The Electric
That’s it for now! We’ll be adding more ideas to this post so pop back to check on more ideas for a throwing the dream hen party bash on a budget.