When it comes to planning the perfect hen’s party, not every soon-to-be-bride will be thrilled with the ideas of questionably shaped straws, male strippers and booze-fuelled nights out on the town. That doesn’t mean hen’s parties are only for the OTT, off-the-rails and nightclub-loving women of the world.
There are plenty of more sophisticated options on the market that cater to those seeking something a little classier. From winery tours and high teas to boot camps and day-spas, we’ve rounded up our top 10 classy hen’s party ideas.
Top 10 Classy Hen’s Party Ideas
- Winery Tour
There is an old saying that goes something along the lines of, “All the best things in life are free – except for wine, that’s worth every penny you’ve got”. Okay, so maybe that saying doesn’t really exist, but we reckon it should.
We can’t argue with the fact that wine is one of the best things in life, and there is no better place to sip on world-class vino than at the cellar door. Don your Sunday best and head up to the hills, you’re in for a treat.
- Champagne High Tea
A champagne high tea is a contemporary spin-off of the classic bridal shower. Gather the ladies together for an afternoon of delicate finger sandwiches, tasty little quiches, drool-worthy sweets and the finest champagne on offer.
Whip out that little floral number that you save for spring picnics and get ready to over-indulge in delectable fare with even better company.
- Bridal Lunch
Who said that hen’s parties could only happen at night? A bridal lunch is an ultimate way to have your guests saying “ooh, la la” as they nibble their way through a decadent lady’s lunch. This is a great option for any foodie-brides, or really just anyone that loves having a good old gasbag around the table with their closest pals – aka. It’s perfect for everyone.
- Cupcake Decorating
Before you roll your eyes and think back to your days of entertaining kids as a babysitter, just hear us out! Cupcake decorating might sound a little bit childish, but we reckon it’s one of the simplest yet most underrated hen’s activities going around.
Kick start the event by setting up a table of pre-made cupcakes and a craft table offering a variety of decorating options. We’re talking about coloured frosting, edible glitter and whatever other pretty pieces you can find. The best part of a cupcake decorating party is that you’re left with a bunch of sweet treats to eat at the end of it!
- Day Spa
With the big day just around the corner, your bride will want to be looking her absolute best! Help your friend feel just as beautiful as she deserves by treating her to a pamper session at a day spa. Whether you choose a relaxing massage or a pedicure and manicure, your bridge will be looking and feeling fabulous by the time she walks out the door.
If you’re planning on continuing the celebrations after the day spa, you might also consider booking her in with a makeup artist and hair stylist. We’re not saying that she needs all the help she can get, but everyone loves being treated every now and then!
- Weekend Getaway
A trip to the casino might not be up the soon-to-be-bride’s alley, but that doesn’t mean a weekend getaway is off the cards all together. If your friend is a die-hard beach goer, you could try and find an oceanside shack in a little coastal town for the weekend. If she’s more of a country-side dweller, why not consider hiring out a house in the hinterland for a few nights?
When you’re away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you’ll truly have the opportunity for some quality time together. It’s these moments that the bride will carry with her into the next chapter of her life and will help the wedding party bond before the big day too!
- Bootcamp and Brunch
Is your soon-to-be-bride a fitness fanatic? Does she love waking up at the crack of dawn to get her body moving? Is her ideal Saturday morning spent lifting weights in the gym before heading to the farmer’s markets to stock up on fresh produce?
Anyone that loves getting their sweat on will know just how good it feels to finish an epic workout. Share that sense of achievement amongst the ladies by organising a private group workout followed by a bottomless brunch. You can pick her favourite workout or challenge her to something new – the options are endless!
- Paint and Sip
A paint and sip session brings everyone’s favourite things together – besties, booze and brilliant art. Okay, maybe it won’t be brilliant in the eyes of an art critic, but we’re sure your Mum will still hang it on the fridge. We like to think of paint and sip as the ladies version of a fishing day. There is always plenty of chatting, some delicious beverages and plenty of people trying to look like they know what they’re doing.
- The Surprise Cocktail Party
Take your hen’s party to a whole new level of classiness by throwing the soon-to-be-bride a surprise cocktail party. This is an opportunity for the girls to get frocked up in their fancy dresses and sip colourful drinks all evening. You can host these events by booking a private room at a restaurant or bar, calling in a caterer to run the show at your place, or even throwing a cocktail party in your hotel room.
We can’t wrap up a list of classy hen’s party ideas without including everyone’s favourite – a picnic. There is just something so sweet about a laid-back gathering on picnic rugs with all your friends, and that’s not just because of all the treats spread across your platters. There are plenty of businesses that can arrange platters on your behalf, or you can also opt for the DIY option by sourcing all your favourite snacks by yourself.