No Strippers. No Nightclubs. Just a hen party to remember.

There were only two rules for my Hen Party – No Strippers, No Nightclubs. After that I’d do literally anything, I’d jump off a waterfall while firing a paintball gun at a chocolate decorating class while wearing a flashing veil and eating phallic sweets, but NO strippers and NO nightclubs! These are Hen Party activities I’ve never really understood. On any other Saturday night, my friends and I would never go clubbing, paying £15 to dance to over loud, terrible music while lining up, shoes sticking to the floor, to spend another £15 on a weak cocktail. Neither would we scream and catcall at a load of naked, hairless men while they danced around, oiled up to ‘Pony’. Yet once a hen party comes around these activities shoot to the top of the list! Why?

Weddings are seen as beacons of tradition and people do things they never normally would because its ‘what’s done’. You and your fiancé, who live together, spend the night before your wedding apart for some reason. You get married in a church even though you haven’t set foot in one for over a decade. And when your Hen Party comes around, you go to a nightclub and get a stripper. I am a fan of tradition and what it stands for, but I don’t see the point of doing something just because it’s ‘what you do’. This is your time, it’s an exciting and thrilling one, do what you want!

Why not try something a little different? Something that reflects who you are as a woman? Something that won’t get you groped by a stranger on a dance floor during an Ariana Grande song, or get a stranger’s willy waggled in your face? My own hen party was the best day I have ever had. Me and my 12 closest girlfriends went for a drink and were approached by a ‘police officer’ who informed us that my fiancé had been kidnapped and needed our help to save him! We had to run around Dublin city centre looking for clues to help us free my future husband from his demented captor (who looked suspiciously like one of my bridesmaids in a hat and sunglasses….) Luckily we were successful! After the rescue mission, we went to a teppanyaki restaurant to enjoy some flying food, a quick serenade from the house band, then back to a hotel for a slumber party and hilarious games, including making wedding dresses out of toilet paper and sticking a dickie (bow) to a picture of my fiancé while blindfolded.

I couldn’t have had a better time and we all loved that it was something a little different, a change from the standard nightclub/stripper fare. If you’re like me and are planning a Hen Party this summer, either for yourself or a friend, and want to do something a little out of the ordinary, why not try an outdoor screening at The Nomad Cinema, the roaming pop-up that gives back. Donating 100% of its profits to charity, The Nomad creates a very special festival atmosphere. More than just providing screenings of great films in great locations, Nomad events immerse you in the flavour of the film, with quality catering, goodie bags, and the feeling of having done something positive for charity.

A Nomad screening is the perfect setting for an alternative Hen Party. Imagine arriving at the screening, picnics in hand, L-Plates in place, you sit in a unique and beautiful location and enjoy a fantastic film together while munching on Divine chocolate, sipping on chilled fizz and lounging in your own special ‘magic carpet’ haven. It’s perfect!

This summer The Nomad Cinema are offering special tickets for Hen Parties at their screenings of Orlando, Marie Antoinette, Casablanca, Romeo + Juliet and When Harry Met Sally. Hen Parties can enjoy the following exclusive group tickets;

  • The Chick package (groups of 5+) – a ‘hen box’ of Divine chocolate
  • The Brood package (groups of 10+) – a ‘hen box’ of Divine chocolate + bottle of fizz + ‘magic carpet’ hen set up (includes magic carpet + back supports + blankets + twinkly lights) 1 Nomad
  • The Flock package (groups of 15+) – a ‘hen box’ of Divine chocolate + one glass of fizz per person + ‘magic carpet’ set up (includes magic carpet + back supports + blankets + twinkly lights)

A Hen Party with The Nomad Cinema

To enjoy this exclusive offer, simply email hello@whereisthenomad.com and enjoy a night you and your Hens will never forget! No strippers, no nightclubs, just fun.

Thank you to Jennifer Leigh Allen from The Nomad Cinema for this guest blog.  More details and information can be found on Organise A Hen.

 

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Top Tips for a Memorable Hen Do

A hen do before your wedding day is most definitely a big part of the marriage experience. The opportunity to let your hair down with your closest friends, see something or somewhere new and forge lasting memories that all of you will always treasure shouldn’t be taken for granted. If you’re going to have a hen weekend, do it right.

Planning a Hen Do?

With the increasing popularity of the British ‘staycation’ as opposed to a big overseas adventure, finding new and interesting things to do on a hen weekend in the UK is becoming easier. 68%* of hens and stags preferred to stay in the UK in 2014 and with more and more options that figure will surely continue to rise.

Apart from the accommodation and travel, the most important thing to organise when planning a hen do is the activity. You have to find something that fits the budget, is easy to get to and most importantly is fun for everyone in the group.

Great Hen Do Idea

If you’ve got a list of hen night ideas but they all seem a bit samey, The Jockey Club Live has your ticket to the perfect hen do activity: A night at the horse racing followed by an outdoor festival-style gig featuring some of the biggest names in pop. One great value ticket gives you access to the racecourse, an evening of horse racing and a fabulous live music event to close the night.

Aintree & Epsom Race Courses

With live concerts this summer at Aintree, Haydock Park, Carlisle, Epsom Downs, Sandown Park, Newmarket and Market Rasen, there’s loads of choice to incorporate an evening at the races into your hen do. All racecourses are within easy reach of popular hen do locations such as London, Liverpool, Lincoln, and Cambridge. After the racing ends, entertainment from artists such as Bryan Adams, Tom Jones, Busted, Will Young and Mark Ronson will have you dancing and singing for the rest of the evening.

Tom Jones at Market Rasen & Kaiser Chiefs at Sandown

The choice is yours to either relax in the grandstand with a VIP hen do package or cheer with the crowds at the winning post in the late afternoon summer sun. Either way you can make it your very own Ladies Day complete with extravagant hats, a flutter on the races and a glass of champagne when your horse comes in!

5 Tips for the Perfect Hen Do

Make your last hurrah as a single lady memorable for all the right reasons by making these five simple steps to the perfect hen weekend the backbone of your party plan:

  1. Don’t blow the budget on the travelling. With hen do budgets increasing, make sure you spend your cash on the brilliance, not the bus ride. Pre-book tickets if possible and allow a ‘pocket money’ budget which you can just forget about.
  2. Find an activity everyone enjoys. Sure a day clambering through the treetops on an adventure assault course might be your idea of fun, or maybe you’d prefer a fancy afternoon tea at a posh hotel? Not everyone will though. “A bit of something for everyone” is the key.
  3. Make the transport easy peasy. Leaving work on a Friday afternoon and schlepping through rush hour is hard enough without having to travel miles to an activity. Using public transport means you don’t have to worry about parking, petrol money or a designated driver too.
  4. Have a simple dress code. Of course you all want to dress up – it’s part of the fun! But having an easy theme with enough scope for individual flare will make sure everyone is comfortable. Hats are a great idea.
  5. Make the most of the outdoors. We all work hard (and mostly indoors) so take advantage of the proven health benefits of the outdoors like reducing stress, increasing happiness-inducing endorphin’s in your body and the vitamin D boosting effects of sunshine.

The Jockey Club Live: Combining horse racing and live music, providing a truly unique and exhilarating entertainment experience, making for the most memorable hen parties! Book your tickets online.

More details and how to get in touch can be found on the Organise A Hen website.

Many thanks for our friends at The Jockey Club Live for this brilliant guest post.  For more helpful hints and tips visit the Hen Tips page of our website.

*Source: http://visual.ly/stag-hen-party-statistics

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Bring the Spa to your Hen Party with My Personal Sanctuary

Bring the spa to your hen party

Relax… Indulge… Be Pampered…

The Hen Party has a lot to live up to, and planning the perfect weekend for your VIP Girl is no easy feat.  Fitting around timings, budgets and different tastes can feel stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.

What we do is add that taste of indulgence to your hen party.  At My Personal Sanctuary we love being involved with hen parties, and having looked after hens for years, we really know what we’re doing.  We deliver the perfect spa experience without any of the hassle of leaving the comfort of your surroundings, so there’s more time to sit back and relax with your friends, glass of fizz in hand, and less time spent negotiating the logistics of getting 20 of you to and from a spa.

Highly trained professional friendly hen party therapists

Our personally selected therapists deliver a service second to none, and, combined with the indulgent Neal’s Yard organic products used within our treatments, you can rest in the knowledge that you really are getting the best for your money.  Our hen party packages are tailored to suit your needs, so whether you’re looking for a 20minute manicure, pedicure, quick back massage, skin-reviving facial, or hour long aromatherapy full body massages for all, we can meet your requirements and fit around other planned activities.

 

We take the pressure off you by bringing everything needed to turn an allocated room in to a spa; clean linen, heated treatment beds, nail colours, oils, body butters, candles and music.  All you have to do is sit back, basking in your champagne tingling post spa glow, or gorgeously glamorous and ready for a night on the town.   ­

Personal Sanctuary's tips for organise the perfect hen do

Planning the perfect hen party can feel like a huge task, but if you’re super-organised and plan in advance, you could find it easier than you think.

  1. Make a list of EVERYTHING! Lists will be your best friend in this process – the guest list, accommodation list, activity list, food and drink supplies list, who’s paid for what; the list goes on (see what we did there?).
  2. Confirm the guest list first so that you can work out what activities will suit you all best and whether they will have an impact on the accommodation choice, so ask each guest to give you a small list of their interests.
  3. Establish what kind of budget you need to fit within, you’ll then be able to work what your accommodation and activities will be.
  4. If spa treatments get the thumbs up, depending on your number we can provide treatments for as little as £21.67!  Let us know how many there are of you, what your time frame and budget is, and we can do the rest!

If you want to stand out from the rest and make the hen party utterly fabulous, contact My Personal Sanctuary.  More details and how to get in touch can be found on the Organise A Hen website.

Many thanks for our friends at My Personal Sanctuary for this brilliant guest post.  Here at Organise A Hen we love a list too!  You can find helpful hints and tips, including a To Do list, on the Hen Tips page of our website.

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Brighton Glitz and Glamour Vintage Hen Party

Brighton has just been voted in the top 3 of ‘Tripadvisor’s top ten destinations on the rise in Europe’ so it is unsurprising that we see A LOT of hen parties pass through our little city by the sea. You name it, we have seen it.

However, it’s not all fluffy pink accessories, tutus and ‘L’ plates, we have seen the rise of a much more classy style of hen party.     Our Vintage Hen Parties are just that and are becoming increasingly popular. Our hens travel back to an era of glitz and glamour with a little help from our wonderful team of hair and make-up stylists.  We can even provide a professional photoshoot which is a brilliant keepsake for after the hen party.

Here is an example of a recent glitz and glamour vintage hen party…Lisa’ Brighton Hen Party  

Lisa from London told her bridesmaids she wanted something a little different! Lisa is a very sophisticated 24 year old bride and wanted something to match her personality and she did not want a willy straw in sight! Her bridesmaids thought long and hard and decided that a vintage hen party theme would be perfect.

The hen party weekend arrived and the hens checked into an apartment in Brighton overlooking the sea. At 2pm on the Saturday our team of 4 hen party stylists arrived with everything they needed to transform the hens’ hair and makeup into the style of any era chosen by Lisa and her hens. They also came baring gifts of the bubbly kind! Lisa went for 1950’s, a definite favourite of ours, with victory rolls, beautiful red lips and glam liner flicks. Half an hour later our friendly photographer arrived to capture the makeover action and shoot some portrait, group and action shots of the hen party throughout the afternoon.

2 hours on and every hen had been transformed with beautiful 1950s hair and make-up.  The bride looked drop dead gorgeous and with bubbly in hand, they were all ready to hit the town.

Our team then left, leaving the hens on their merry way. The photographers then had some work to do, they edited and retouched all of the images captured from the afternoon’s shenanigans and sent them in a lovely package straight to the bride.

Chelles Belles Glitz and Glamour Vintage Hen Party

So why not visit Brighton, the place known as ‘London by the sea’, and let us do the hard work.  All you have to do is:

- Grab your heels

- Dress to impress

- Make your hen party memories here in Brighton!

Many thanks to our friends at Chelle’s Belles Beauty for this fabulous guest post. You can find more details on vintage hen parities and other pamper packages and how to get in touch in the Organise A Hen directory.

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A Sailing Hen Party with Four Seasons Yacht Charter

A hen party is all about great friends spending quality time in each other’s company, and experiencing something fabulous together.

Chartering a yacht can offer just that and it’s not as expensive as you think!

Together on-board you will be able to cast away and sail for the day, enjoy lunch on board , visit a fabulous restaurant ashore and take in the delights of nightlife in and around Cowes or Portsmouth.  There is no need to worry about accommodation as each luxury sailing yacht is fully equipped to cater for staying on-board overnight, which will gives you a real chance to bond after a truly memorable day afloat.

Sailing Hen Party

Hitting the bars from marina

Each hen can partake in as little or as much as they want so whether you are the type to sit back and enjoy the scenery, or get stuck in and learn the ropes, there is something for everyone under the guidance of our enthusiastic skippers.

Sailing Hen Party

Enjoying a drink on deck

Sailing is an ideal alternative to the traditional “Hen Weekend”, you will be able to learn new skills, venture away from the ordinary, work as a team, form lasting memories and have a truly unforgettable  experience.

Many thanks to our friends at Four Seasons Yacht Charter for this great guest post. You can find more details on sailing hen parities and how to get in touch on the Organise A Hen directory.

 

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A Foodie Hen Party with a Cheeky Twist from Social and Cocktail

A cocktail class is a perfect activity for a hen party, as well as learning a new skill you get to drink the rewards from all your hard work!  What more could you want?

How about a delicious bartender?!

In this supplier showcase, we are proudly featuring Social and Cocktail, now Scotland’s most popular Cocktail Events Company, who can provide just that for your hen party.

Social and Cocktail provide professional bartenders and mobile bars, as well as cocktail masterclasses across Scotland and have added a new service to their repertoire.  Bartenders Stripped is a new mobile cocktail bar service with a Cheeky Twist, perfect for hen do.

Bartenders Stripped

This fantastic package includes a Mobile Cocktail Bar, Cocktail Masterclass & Party Games, Cocktail Glassware and a range of fantastic party cocktails, including the Pornstar Martini but, most importantly, some of Scotland’s finest hunks – who have all been fully trained in the art of mixology.

Unlike other services, instead of just walking about serving the drinks our bartenders will actually be mixing and making delicious cocktails from scratch, plus demonstrating some classic cocktails to the hen party guests as part of a fun masterclass.

Social and Cocktail

So what are you waiting for? Find contact information and website details for a cocktail workshop with a twist here.

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Top Hen Party Fancy Dress Ideas

Do you want to know our top tip for making a hen party one to remember?  It’s easy, the key to a great hen party is planning!  The best hen parties are those that are well thought out with plenty of care and attention given to all the details.  One way to make the hen party personal is to have a themed day / night / weekend, including fancy dress.  You can base your hen party theme on anything you can think of, but we think the more personal the better.

To give you some help and inspiration, we have put together some of the best hen party fancy dress ideas we have come across…

Books, TV and Film

If the bride-to-be happens to be a big fan of a particular book, television show or film, this would make a great idea for a themed hen party. Fun examples include Gossip Girl, 50 Shades of Grey or Harry Potter.

Pink and Girly

Some hens have a particular preference for pink, which is awesome because it’s the perfect colour for a girly hen party! Stores such as Red Star Fancy Dress sell loads of pink hen party costumes, including fluffy Playboy bunny ears, pink tutu skits and even pink handbag hen party essentials.

Period Costumes

A period theme is one which is set in a particular time period, such as the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s. Everyone has to get dressed up in costumes from that era and you could even come up with some creative cocktails to go with your theme, such as hippie-inspired rainbow jelly shooters or 50s style Tom Collins.

80s Hen Party Fancy Dress

Angels and Devils

The angel and devil theme is a classic, but you can make yours even more fun by giving it a fun twist and designating the bride-to-be the only angel of the group, while the rest of you are naughty devils who are out to lead her astray! Think angel wings and devil horns for costumes, angelic cocktails and naughty shots and games of truth or dare.

Burlesque Hen Party

Burlesque has taken off in a big way in the UK and there are loads of burlesque nights that have popped up all around the country. Make your hen do a night to remember by getting dressed up in all your frills and corsetry, top the look off with an adorable fascinator hat and a pair of velvet gloves, then head on down to the nearest burlesque bar for a night of decadence you’ll never forget.

Many thanks to Sam Butterworth from Redstar Fancy Dress for the extremely useful guest blog. You can find more details on our hen party directory.

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Hen Party Pamper Hamper delivered to your door!

Our friends at My Personal Sanctuary have written another fabulous guest post, all about their Pamper Hampers and your chance to win one! You can find more details about My Personal Sanctuary and how to get in touch in the Organise A Hen directory

In our mind, no hen do is complete without a bit of pampering.  And My Personal Sanctuary’s sumptuous pamper hampers can offer everything needed to make your weekend that bit more indulgent.  Your hen will have little need for anything else in the weeks leading up to the big day, thanks to this goodie stuffed box of delights.

Pamper Hampers at My Personal Sanctuary

Each beautiful 16” wicker hamper includes:

  • 1 x hour Spa Treatment Package (choose from our mix & match treatment choices)
  • Organic Neal’s Yard Unwind Gift Set Aromatic bath soak 100ml & Body lotion 50ml
  • Organic Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely from head to toe Gift Set
  • Organic Neal’s Yard Award winning skin care kit for all skin types
  • Box of Organic Neal’s Yard Herbal Teas

The pamper hamper can be delivered to you prior to the hen party and the therapist arranged to perform the luxury, organic treatments at a time to suit the bride-to-be (advance booking is highly recommended as all packages are subject to therapists availability).  And if you too are tempted, then you and the girls can arrange for My Personal Sanctuary’s friendly therapist to pamper the socks off you as well during her visit… bliss!


****Win a Luxury Treatments and a Sumptuous Hamper!****

Book a hen party with My Personal Sanctuary and enter our fabulous competition to WIN £400 worth of luxury treatments including a sumptuous hamper stuffed with Neal’s Yard goodies.*

My Personal Sanctuary Offer

The winner will be drawn on the 1st March 2015.  Quote OAH2015 to enter the draw when booking. (*terms apply – offer is made by My Personal Sanctuary. Please contact My Personal Sanctuary directly - enquiries@mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk  or 01625 540 557)

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Organise A Pampering Hen Party and Bring the Spa to You!

My Personal Sanctuary - Hen Party Massage

Bringing the Spa to You… Relax… Indulge… Unwind….

The Hen Do.  It’s a big thing, planning this rite of passage for your best friend.  The pressure’s on to make it the best yet, the most memorable, the most original, suitable for people of all backgrounds and preferences, but at the same time still affordable.  The Hen Do has a lot to live up to.

We love being involved with hen parties at My Personal Sanctuary.   We take pride in adding that taste of indulgence to your weekend, leaving you ready to either bask in your champagne tingling post spa glow, or gorgeously glamorous and raring for a night on the town.  We deliver the perfect spa experience without any of the hassle of leaving the comfort of your surroundings, so there’s more time to sit back and relax with your friends, glass of fizz in hand, and less time spent freezing in a taxi queue.

Hen Party Pampering, Organise A Hen

We’ve been looking after hen parties for years, which means we know how to do it well.  Our handpicked therapists are second to none and we use only the best products in our treatments, so you can rest in the knowledge that you’re getting the best for your money.   We take the pressure off you by bringing everything needed to turn an allocated room in to a relaxing spa; clean linen, heated treatment beds, nail colours, oils, body butters, candles and music.  Our packages, timings and treatments are tailored to suit the needs of you and your guests, so whether you’re looking for a 20 minute manicure or pedicure, quick back massage, skin-reviving facial, or hour long aromatherapy full body massages for all, we can meet your requirements.

My Personal Sanctuary on Organise A Hen

So, if you want to stand out from the rest and make the weekend utterly fabulous, let our team design the perfect pamper package together to fit your day, budget and time frame.  Please contact My Personal Sanctuary.

We at Organise A Hen love a pampering hen party – what a great way to prepare for the wedding and spend time with your best friends. Many thanks to our friends at My Personal Sanctuary for this fabulous guest post. You can find more details and how to get in touch in the Organise A Hen directory

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Top 10 Winter Hen Party Destinations

Trying to plan a hen party in winter can be tricky, but don’t worry; our friends at Redstar Fancy Dress have kindly put together a comprehensive list of the best winter hen party destinations, from blissful breaks for brides on a budget to extravagant excursions for ladies who love to flash the cash.

Budget Breaks

1.  Amsterdam

Amsterdam has an undeserved reputation for being a bit busy and rowdy during the summer months, but in winter the Netherlands capital is really a beautiful sight to behold and the perfect destination for winter hen parties who are looking for a classy budget getaway.

2.  Tenerife

Tenerife’s Playa de las Americas is lucky enough to still get temperatures of up to 15C in winter, which means you’ll be able to enjoy some sunshine and even relax by the pool with a cocktail or two. This popular hen party destination is designed for low budget travellers who are looking for a package deal.

3. Zante

Greece is well known for being temperate all year round, and is a favourite destination for clubbers. So if you know your hen party will want to dance the night away then check into Laganas for a weekend of cocktails, karaoke and clubbing.   Want to do it in true hen party style?  Check out Redstar for a range of fab hen party fancy dress.

Sensible Sojourns

4. Prague

Prague is the perfect winter hen party destination for girls who like a bit of glamour. Whilst not extravagant in terms of travel and accommodation, you may want to fill your purses in preparation for the markets.

5. Rovinj

Croatia is the absolute place to be right now but the best thing about it is that, despite being uber-trendy, it’s not that expensive to visit (yet). Still, there’s not a lot of nightlife in this quaint fishing village so be prepared to shell out for bespoke group excursions.

6. Paris

Paris accommodation may be a little pricey but the cost of travel more than makes up for it. The city is stunning in winter and the ideal hen party destination for girls who want to be inspired by the romance of Europe’s love capital.

Extravagant Excursions

7. New York

New York is the ultimate winter hen party destination for ladies who love to shop, so if you’re happy to dig deep then a long weekend in the Big Apple is the perfect choice for you.

8. Thailand

It’s a long way to go, but if you’re the kind of bride-to-be who loves lying in the sun and wouldn’t mind sporting a genuine tan on her big day, Thailand is the place to be. The hours spent in the air will all be worth it once you’re ensconced in your own private beach hut.

9. Iceland

A combination of the country’s breathtaking landscape and the otherworldly Aurora Borealis makes Iceland one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It’s an unusual hen party destination, but one that you’ll never forget.

10. Bonus Holiday – the UK!

Of course we had to save the best ‘til last, so our number 10 on the list of top winter hen party destinations is good old England itself. There are so many hen party options available in the UK and often they are cheaper during the winter months. Consider clubbing in London, a weekend in the Peak District, skiing in Scotland or sailing in Cornwall – anything’s possible!  Visit Organise A Hen for ideas and inspiration for your UK hen party.

Many thanks to Sam Butterworth from Redstar Fancy Dress for the extremely useful guest blog. You can find more details on our hen party directory.

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