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The Complete Guide To Unique Hen Party Ideas

Unique Hen Party Ideas

In the 21st century, hen parties are becoming more and more about the eccentric: everyone wants something different than the bride before them, and every hen deserves as much! The glory days of L-Plates and feather boas are gone, and quirkiness is taking over as the top-dog of hen party ideas.

The hen do should be a reflection of the lady that it’s all about. Individuality is the spice of life, and if a whole party dedicated to the bride-to-be doesn’t suit her personality, then it’s not reaching its full potential as the most awesome hen party ever. *sadface*

So, with that in mind, we here at Henit have put blood, sweat, tears and glitter into compiling the most complete, comprehensive guide to unique hen party ideas that the hen-party world has ever seen.

Like, for real, ladies - this thing is the be-all and end-all of quirky hen party ideas. There’s definitely something in here to suit every bride-to-be, from the plainest Jane to the fussiest Francis. So, what are you waiting for?! Grab a pen, some paper, a glass of wine and dive in!

Unique Hen Party Ideas

Hen Party Ideas: Games 

No hen night would be complete without some funny, cheeky games and activities to get the giggles going. However, we all know the favourites; the classics played at every hen party (Never Have I Ever, Truth or Dare etc.) can get a bit dull after a while!

So why not have a root through our round-up of unique hen party games and activities? We’ve included the best, most original games for a hen party that we could find; hopefully you’ll consider them as entertaining as we did!

(PS: Games are also an excellent ice-breaker for any groups that haven't mingled much before the party. If this sounds like your guests, be sure to include a game, as it's one of the few must-do hen party ideas!)

Unique Hen party Ideas

Unique Hen Party Ideas - Bra Pong

Bra Pong
Kind of like beer pong... but with C-cups instead of plastic ones! For this game, you'll need a large piece of board, some old bras and a couple of ping-pong balls. Work out a score system (e.g. lower-pinned/bigger bras are worth less points than higher/smaller ones), pin the bras to the board and you're all set.

Banned Words: The Bridezilla Edition
This game requires a prop: A tacky veil, a blinged-out tiara etc. Choose a list of words that will be banned for the evening, such as “bride”, “wedding”, or whatever your party decides is appropriate. The first unfortunate guest to utter one of these words will have to don the hat until the next person slips up, and so on. This game is sure to earn your group some questionable looks when out and about, but it’s so worth the laugh you’ll have!

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Pass The Balloon
We know what you’re thinking. What’s so unique about this game? Well, Pass The Balloon is admittedly a classic game… but not the way we play it! Write down a series of awkward questions and place one inside of each balloon. Blow it up and place it between your knees, passing it to the knees of the next guest. The unlucky lady who pops the balloon is the one who has to answer the question inside. If she refuses, she has to take a shot of alcohol of the bride’s choice.

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Sculpture Making
Here at Henit, we do love the cheekier hen party ideas, and this is the ultimate naughty hen party game so we just had to include it! You will need either a soft, cylindrical piece of fruit/veg(cucumber, banana etc.), or some play-dough. The aim of the game is to sculpt the finest specimen of penile persuasion that you can. Put Michelangelo to shame with your phallic creations, girls! The bride gets to pick the best one, with a prize organised for the winner to reward her for her hard work. *ahem*

The Question Game
Again, a traditional hen party game, but we suggest playing it with a twist. One member of the party will have to quiz the bride's husband/wife-to-be with some questions prior to the hen party, and take note of his/her answers. Then at the hen party, the bride will be asked the same questions, but must provide the answers she thinks her partner gave. For every wrong answer, she must drink. For every right answer, she may delegate a member of the party to drink. Here’s the fun bit: instead of asking the usual, cutesy questions e.g. “what part of [bride] does [partner] love the most”, mix it up with some slightly dirtier questions. All in good fun, ladies!

Unique Hen Party Ideas - The Lingerie Game

The Lingerie Game
Have every guest purchase a piece of lingerie for the bride. As they arrive, get them to leave the lingerie in a box until everybody is there. Then, have the bride pick out the lingerie one piece at a time and try to determine who bought it for her. If she’s wrong, she must drink. At the end, she will have a lovely collection of lingerie to bring on honeymoon as well as a fab memory of her hen party. (Pro-Tip: Set a price limit for the lingerie so nobody ends up feeling awkward about how much they spent on their piece.)

Story Time
Get every guest to write down an embarrassing or unusual story about themselves (the less well-known the better). Place them into a bowl and mix them up. Take it in turns for each guest to pull out a story and read it aloud. Everyone must guess who the story is about. If they get it wrong, they must take a drink. If they get it right, the owner of the story must drink. This game is a fantastic way to warm up for the night and get the drinks flowing.

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The Cherry Game
Unique Hen Party Ideas
Okay, this one is on the messier side of hen party ideas but it's so worth it! Place a maraschino cherry into a bowl of whipped cream. The aim of the game is to eat the cherry without using your hands. The first person to finish theirs is the winner. Bonus points if you manage to tie the stem! You can play this game in head-to-head rounds, or time everyone individually and declare the fastest time the winner. 

Hen Party Ideas: Themes 

When it comes to hen party ideas, the best and most universal way to make sure your hen party is unique is to pick a theme. Themes are broad, universal and versatile - every aspect of a hen party can be planned or based around a theme if it's general enough! (Pro-tip: Pick your theme at the start of your planning. This will make figuring out all the other parts of the soiree a lot simpler as you go along. )

Unique Hen Party Ideas

unique hen party ideas

Vintage Theme
The vintage theme is the perfect hen party idea as it’s completely versatile and can be tailored to the person’s tastes. What is vintage clothing? Everything from the 1920s up to the last decade is considered vintage clothing. This means that all you have to do is pick an era for your vintage hen party. We’ll take the 40s as an example: don a petticoat, source a tea-dress (or some overalls like Rosie the Riveter, if dresses aren’t your thing), pin your hair in some victory rolls and you’re pretty much good to go! Attend a classy, old-world cocktail bar or tea party as an activity, and hand out a sheet with some 1940s phrases on it to give the gals a good old-fashioned giggle as they sip on some grasshopper cocktails.

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Fairytale Theme
Again, this theme is extremely versatile, with a plethora of fairytales in the world to choose from. If her favourite fairytale is Sleeping Beauty, you could combine this theme with a slumber party and decorate accordingly. Create a canopied pillow-paradise in your own home, with some Sleeping Beauty cocktails, matching pyjamas, a stack of Disney movies, and personalised sleep-masks as party favours. For a broader take on the fairy-tale theme, get everyone to come dressed as their favourite princess or fairy-tale character.

Nautical Theme 
A classic party theme, the nautical theme is an oldie but a goodie! Nautical stripes, splashes of red and gold, rope garlands and seashells are all good, solid décor points for this hen party theme. As a cute little keepsake, every attendee could write a piece of marital advice on a small scroll of paper and place it in a large glass bottle to give to the bride at the end of the night. This is another strong, customisable theme and there’s lots of leeway to play around with it, so have fun sailor!

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Mad Hatter Tea Party Theme
Looking for a theme that’s unique and far-removed from the usual hen-party palaver? Look no further! This hen party idea is utterly delightful when done right, so if you’re a crafty person with some time on her hands then this is perfect for you. Source some mismatched china and set your table for high tea. Label some little jars and bottles with personalised “eat me/drink me” labels before filling them with sweets, cakes or drinks. Every guest could bring a quirky hat or fascinator of their own (or if you’re feeling super-crafty, you could organise a hat-making class for the group!) The décor ideas for this are in abundance, so have a look on sites like Pinterest to gain some inspiration!

Hollywood Theme
Channel your inner Marilyn Monroe with this party theme, where glitz and glamour reign supreme. Throw down the red carpet for your guests and greet them with champagne and hors d'oeuvres to make them feel like the superstars they are! The Hollywood theme is a fun, easy hen party idea to follow, with enough variability to suit every party guest. Model your outfit upon the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, or any Hollywood icon, and party in style with your girls. How about handing out mini-Oscars or clapper-boards as keepsakes? Another fun way to spin this theme is focusing in on an old-Hollywood movie as the sub-theme, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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DIY Hen Party Ideas 

Another brilliant way to make sure your hen party stands out from the crowd is to DIY it: the décor, the games, the gifts, anything you can take a hot-glue gun and some glitter to! DIY hen party ideas are good fun and the feeling of accomplishment you'll get when you see the finished product will be worth the effort you put in. These DIY hen party ideas are the best, quirkiest ones on the web, and we've done all the research so you don't have to, so grab some craft paper and get stuck in!

Unique Hen Party Ideas
unique hen party ideas


Gift Bags
Little party bags are a fantastic way to thank all your gal-pals for supporting you and attending the hen party! The ideas for this are endless, from mini-bottles of their favourite alcohol, nail-polish with personalised tags, lippies in their favourite colour… the list goes on and on, and the best part is it’s entirely up to you! You know your friends and family best, so you can put in that little extra bit of time to personalise each bag. They can be tweaked to fit the theme of the party also, if there is one.

Oh-Sh*t Kit
A little bit like the gift bags but specific to the hen party, an oh-shit kit is basically the life-saver of any hen party. We would even go as far as to say it's one of the most essential hen party ideas! Fill some bags with paracetamol, sunglasses, nail files, band-aids, hair clips etc. and hand them out at the start of the party to cover any hen-do-related mishaps. Your hungover friends and family will definitely be singing your praises the morning after the night before!

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Customised Glasses
Customised wine or shot glasses are an excellent accent to any hen-party décor, and a great talking point to break the ice. Try dipping the stems of wine glasses in some chalk paint and letting your ladies scribble on their own glasses, or jazzing up some plain shot glasses with a healthy dose of glitter. These can be done to fit in with a theme or colour-scheme also. When all's said and done, you can either send a glass each home with your guests or keep them for future soirées, so there’s no excuse not to give these a try!

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Lipstick-Print Board
An adorable keepsake for the bride-to-be, this lipstick-print board will be sure to hold a special place in the hen’s home for the rest of her life. Simply instruct each guest to bring their favourite brightly-coloured lipstick to the party, put it on upon arrival and kiss a large sheet of paper, leaving their lip-prints on it. Sign beneath your lip print and frame it for the bride! If you want, you can place a photo of the bride in the centre of the page, or a quote about sisterhood, friendship, love etc.

Photo Props
Photo props are one of the most popular DIY hen party ideas and it’s not hard to understand why; they’re fun, eccentric, and they can be tailored to suit any and every style of hen party. Best of all? Making them is cost-effective and you won’t have to fork out a fistful of cash for some paper props! Find some printable props online, print them onto thick card and cut them out, make a prop-wall or photobooth, or craft a Polaroid-inspired frame to take the best, brightest, funniest photos with your group.

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Now, obviously we don’t expect you to make the pinata; this is more about the contents of it! Fill a pinata with mini bottles of alcohol, candy, make-up, costume jewellery etc. and give it a good bash with the girls to get the party started. If you want, you can even spice it up by putting in little on-the-spot truth-or-dares - the lady that’s unlucky enough to knock one must partake in the challenge. This DIY hen party idea is a fab way to get the ball rolling with festivities.

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Personalised Balloons
This is easily the most cost effective suggestion on our list of DIY hen party ideas. Instead of forking out a heap of cash for fancy balloons, all you need is a packet of regular balloons, some helium, glitter, glue, and a couple of magic markers - et voila! Decorative balloons that the bride-to-be will appreciate much more than something store-bought. Scribble some doodles, positive messages etc. on a balloon, fill it with helium and decorate accordingly if you so wish. This idea is pretty, personal and a breeze to make, so what are you waiting for? Get doodling! (Tutorials here and here.)

DIY Lace Princess Crowns
We saved our favourite of the DIY hen party ideas for last - the elegant DIY lace crown. While it’s a bit on the difficult side of crafting, the end result is so worth the effort! You really will feel like royalty in these sublime crowns, and they’re completely customisable, so each guest can have one that suits them best if you really feel like pushing the boat out. They’re an excellent prop for princess or fairytale-themed parties, and they double well as a keepsake. The full tutorial can be found here.

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Hen Party Ideas: Locations 

Leaving your home-town for a weekend of festivities has always been amongst the more popular hen party ideas, but the locations rarely vary. We've hand-picked the towns and cities not by popularity but by entertainment factor, because popular doesn't always mean good! This list contains a healthy mix of national and international destinations, so whether you've got a staycation or a city-break in mind, there's certainly something on here to suit you. Safe travels!

Unique Hen Party Ideas

Mullingar is a town located in County Westmeath, in the heart of the Midlands. It is fast becoming a go-to destination for hens in search of a good time.  If you’re looking for a craic-filled hen weekend, then Mullingar is the hen-party destination for you! The town is chock-full of hen party ideas and activities to take part in. Take on dinner and drinks at the Greyhound Track, mix it up with a cocktail class or play a round of bubble soccer to make the most of your time here. In the evening, Mullingar has a massive list of pubs to choose from, as well as late bars and nightclubs, so there’s no excuse not to have a good night. (Henit packages to Mullingar listed here.)

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Carrick-on-Shannon is an excellent choice for any hen looking to celebrate her last night of freedom in an unforgettable fashion. Relax on a boat cruise along the Shannon, play some bubble soccer with your gal pals, take a naked-man life-drawing class… the options are endless and there’s something to suit every hen. Carrick hasn’t become such a popular hen party destination for no reason; the town boasts a great selection of pubs, clubs and bars to party in with your ladies. (Henit packages to Carrick listed here!)

unique hen party ideas

Known as the Cultural Heart of Ireland, Galway is a perfect hen party destination for any group looking for an authentic, Irish hen do. Attend a trad session, fill up on a selection of the city’s fresh seafood and take a drive around the beautiful hills of Connemara during your stay. In the evening, you can look forward to having a brilliant night as Galway’s renowned nightlife scene is vibrant, diverse and full of craic. Enjoy some trad music if that’s what you’re looking for, or partake in some late-night bopping in one of Galway’s top nightclubs. (Henit packages to Galway listed here!)

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Kilkenny is a medieval city located in Ireland's south-east. The city prides itself as a historical hub, with lots of interesting activities to do during your hen weekend. Walk around the Medieval Mile and drink in the rich history of Kilkenny as you explore the city. Partake in some naked man life-drawing or learn some new moves in a dance class to give you and your girlies a good giggle before heading to the pub later on that evening to celebrate. Kilkenny has a lively, engaging nightlife with plenty of locations for your party to sip on some cocktails and have a fantastic time. (Henit packages to Kilkenny listed here!)

unique hen party ideas

The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is a center of culture, history and the arts. Many festivals take place in the city throughout the year, which is something to consider when picking dates. (Side note: Festivals are definitely up there with the most unique hen party ideas - just something to keep in mind!) Edinburgh has a massive selection of daytime activities and nightlife spots for you to enjoy. Choose from things like a spa day, a day at the races, or Escape - a game in which the objective is to escape a mysterious locked room in 60 minutes, and an excellent chance for bonding with your friends. By night, enjoy some quiet cocktails or undertake an epic pub crawl with your crew. Either way, Edinburgh is well-equipped to give you an absolutely unforgettable hen night. Let us know how the haggis tastes! (Henit packages to Edinburgh listed here.)

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All you need is love… and a hen that’s up for anything! Liverpool, a city famed for its musical connections (the birthplace of the Beatles, anyone?), is definitely a destination to consider when planning your hen night. Hens interested in culture and history can root around in one of Liverpool’s many museums by day, such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum or the Walker Art Gallery. Beatles fans can visit the preserved homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney or partake in the Beatles Story Experience. By night, take your pick of Liverpool’s various pubs, clubs and bars, hitch a ride on the party bus, or enjoy a casino or comedy night. (Henit packages to Liverpool listed here!)

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Why-aye pet! Newcastle is a city notorious for its party scene, made famous by the antics of the Geordie Shore crew. But visitors never leave disappointed, which became clear when the city ranked third place in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Destination Award for European Nightlife destinations. Bustling, energetic and full of choices for hen party entertainment, Newcastle is a solid choice for any upcoming hen weekend. Enjoy a Dreamboys show, indulge in a day at the races or a night at the dogs during your stay. Whatever you decide to do, you can guarantee that Newcastle won’t let you down. Let’s get mortal! (Henit packages to Newcastle available here.)

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Prague is known as one of the greatest centres of culture in Europe. It is the capital city of the Czech Republic and has a breathtakingly beautiful, fairy-tale quality, with its cobbled streets and stunning architecture. Prague is the perfect city for a hen looking to explore a culturally and historically rich area. Take a cruise on the river Vltava, chance your arm in one of the casinos, or have a go at white-water rafting - these are just some of the exciting things Prague has to offer your group! The nightlife is vibrant, with a huge selection of restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars to choose from. (Henit packages to Prague available here.)

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The capital city of Catalonia, Spain, Barcelona is an excellent destination to hold your hen fiesta! Take the opportunity to wander down Las Ramblas and drink in the vibrant, electric atmosphere of a city famed for its culture. Enjoy the lively nightlife scene, with a huge selection of pubs, bars and clubs to choose from. Take a private cruise or indulge yourself in the Hammam Arab Baths before tackling a pub crawl with your ladies. For the more adventurous hens, take a shot at parasailing, a banana boat ride or a pole dancing class. (Henit packages to Barcelona available here!)

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Marbella is one of the top party destinations on Spain’s Costa Del Sol. The destination attracts multitudes of tourists every year, including many hen parties. Top up your tan on the beautiful beaches while you and your group decide where to go for drinks that night, or if sunbathing isn’t a priority of yours, take a trip to one of the many museums or golf courses Marbella has to offer. Still not tickling your fancy? Not to worry! Marbella has heaps of fun activities to partake in, such as boat tours, various water sports, spa days and horse riding. By night, undertake a pub or club crawl with your girls and spend your last nights of freedom letting loose on the dancefloor. Full list of Henit packages for Marbella is available here. )

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Hen Party Ideas: Activities 

The activity is the essence of the hen party; it should be something that the bride will really, truly enjoy as opposed to just a time-filler before the pub. With that in mind, read on to get the low-down on our round-up of the best unique hen party activities.
Unique Hen Party Ideas
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Tea Party
Put your Sunday best on ladies, it’s time for high tea! Tea parties are scaling the list of popular hen party ideas with vim and vigour, as the old activities usually associated with hen parties are beginning to fall out of favour. Book you and your ladies in for afternoon tea in a fancy hotel or posh castle, and indulge in some cocktails and cakes while dressed to impress in white gloves, pearls and tea-dresses. Tea parties are fun and fabulous, the perfect idea for a girly hen who doesn’t fancy taking part in a rigorous activity.

Boat cruise
A moonlight boat cruise is a lovely way to celebrate a hen party without going too overboard (get it?!). Spend the evening lounging on the deck with a glass of champagne in your hand, gliding along the water with your best friends beside you. Sounds like a recipe for the perfect night! The Shannon River Cruise comes complete with a state-of-the-art sound-system and light machine, providing all the essentials for you and your soirée to get turned up when night falls.

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Extreme Sports
For every hen that adores tea parties, cocktail classes and crafting, there’s a hen who loves hiking, getting muddy and driving quad bikes! A day of extreme sports, such as quad biking through forestry, white-water rafting and zorbing sounds like heaven on earth for a lot of brides-to-be. Hen parties don’t have to be all luxury and lace - some girls love nothing better than working up a sweat and feeling the rush of adrenaline, and here at Henit we’ve got them covered! See our list of activities for more down-and-dirty hen party ideas.

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If you’re really looking to turn the hen party stereotype on its head, giving up the afternoon to volunteer for a worthy cause is the best way to do it. Now, we’re not suggesting you abandon the entire hen party and spend a weekend volunteering (although if you’d like to do that, more power to you!), but skipping out on a couple of hours of drinking or pole dancing to help out a charity close to your heart is a great way to make your hen party really mean something. You can finish out your party on a good vibe that night, knowing that you got to enjoy yourself as well as giving your time to a cause that really needs it.

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Spa Day
A popular choice for hens, a spa day is the perfect way to de-stress a busy bride-to-be. Pack your bags, turn off the phones and steal away to a spa retreat for the weekend. Indulge in a massage, recline in a seaweed bath, or treat yourself with a facial. The options are endless, each one as blissful and chilled out as the last. When you’re feeling relaxed and pampered to the highest degree, throw on your gladrags and take on a night on the town looking radiant.

General Divilment
Okay, so we know we said this was a list of unique hen party ideas, but we couldn't make an entire index of hen party ideas without giving a nod to tradition! Hen parties are first and foremost all about the craic. This is a well-known fact - nobody goes on a hen party to sit quietly in the corner of the pub drinking water! For hens that are looking for the traditional, no-holds-barred hen do, there exists an entire world of possibilities, bathed in a sea of pink feather boas and spilled tequila. Grab some L-Plates, rent a party bus and book the stripper before letting the girls loose on the town for a pub crawl of epic proportions.

Pole Dance Class
Time to learn some new moves and impress your spouse-to-be! Pole dancing is an excellent choice of activity for any hen looking to have a giggle and learn something new in the process. Take a class with a professional instructor and leave feeling sexy, sassy and ready to take on the dance-floor that night. Who knows, this class might even spark a passion for pole dancing that you never thought you’d have! You’ll never know unless you try, so add this fun class to your hen party activities and give it a whirl.

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Hen Party Ideas: Gifts 

Nobody goes to a hen do expecting a gift, which is why they get their own entire section in our post of unique hen party ideas - they're unexpected, not usually done and a lovely little bonus for your attendees! There are myriad excellent hen party gift ideas out there, but we've pulled together the prettiest, most suitable ones for our lovely hens.

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For the Guests
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This adorable idea is a perfect little keepsake for your hen party attendees. Unlike a lot of mementos, this pedicure-kit will actually get use instead of being left on a shelf or in a box under the bed! Simply purchase some mason jars with lids (these ones on Amazon are perfect), and fill it with bits like an emery board, nail-clippers, cotton wool and a couple of mini nail polishes. You can even make some personalised tags if you’d like! Tutorial can be found here.

Survival Kits
Fill some bags with paracetamol, nail files, band-aids, hair clips etc. and hand them out at the start of the party to cover any hen-do-related mishaps. Your hungover friends and family will definitely be singing your praises the morning after the night before! Throw in a disposable camera so you’ll all have lots of funny pictures to remember the night with.

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Personalised Accessories
Accessories are always a great idea when it comes to keepsakes and thank-you gifts because they will always get used. Customise some sunglasses with individual names on the arms, or purchase some matchy-matchy best-friend bracelets for your bridesmaids on Etsy.

Glitter-Covered Champagne Bottles
Nothing says “celebration” like champagne and glitter! These hen-party favours are cute, glamorous and easy to make. The bottle can be kept as a memento once the champagne has been drank, so the effort you put into customising them will be worth it. Tutorial here.

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Charitable Donations
Hen party ideas don't usually revolve around giving to charities, but hear this one out. For the hen who’d like to make her party favours leave a really lasting impression, why not make a charitable donation in the name of each attendee? A charitable donation will not only help out someone who really needs it, but it will give you and your guests a little boost of positive energy, and it also ensures that the hard work you put into organising party favours doesn’t go to waste.

For the Bride
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A newlywed bride can never have too much matching lingerie. Get her measurements and purchase some for her, or obtain a gift voucher for her favourite lingerie store and let her treat herself.

Bridal Keepsake Box
A bridal keepsake box is a beautiful idea for a bride-to-be. Keepsake boxes can be filled with all the little things the hen wants to keep from her wedding planning, hen party and wedding day, so she can have them to look back on for years to come. DIY it or find a gorgeous one online, like this box from Etsy.

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Scrapbook of Memories
Another touching gift idea for the bride, a scrapbook filled with memories from her life is a lovely way to mark the end of her singledom. Gather letters, photos and words of encouragement from her parents, family and friends and decorate the pages accordingly. This one can be a real tear-jerker, so keep the Kleenex handy.

Spa Day Voucher
Wedding planning is challenging at best and a complete nightmare at worst, so your bride-to-be could probably do with a little bit of pampering. If a spa day isn’t the hen-party plan, then why not purchase her a gift card for a day of treatments at a nearby spa? She can relax and give herself some much needed TLC in the hectic run-up to the wedding day.

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Date night Ideas/Marital Advice Jar
This one is simple and cost-effective. Have every member of the hen party jot down some date-night ideas or a piece of marriage advice for the newlyweds and place them all in a jar which can be decorated accordingly. This is a really adorable idea and can be adapted many different, quirky ways, like this wooden spoon “Recipe For A Good Marriagejar.

So, now that you're clued-in on the nitty-gritty of hen planning, why don't you save yourself some hassle and book your party through Henit? We'll take care of all the important stuff for you so you can focus on making sure it's the best hen party ever! Contact us for further details. We look forward to hearing from you 🙂 Ciao for now! 

Unique Hen Party Ideas: Avoiding The Typical Party

Hen parties can be among the craziest, funniest, most unforgettable events of a woman’s life… if they’re done right. The usual hen-party fall-backs can become repetitive and simply boring at times. There are only so many willy straws and cocktail classes one woman can take! With that in mind, it’s definitely worth reading our list of unique hen party ideas before you dive into planning the bride’s last hurrah. Have a look below and start thinking outside the box – by the end, you’ll be well on your way to throwing a hen party that’s far from typical!


1. Keep the bride away from the planning
Usually, nobody knows the bride better than her maid of honour, not even the bride herself, so it’s a good job she’s in charge of the hen party! The idea of a hen party is to give the bride a little break from planning the biggest day of her life, as well as it being her last night of freedom. Don’t let her take on the stress of planning a hen party on top of everything else. Let her put her feet up while you, her best friends, plan it all for her. Give her a night she’ll never forget by organising something outside-the-box, and keep it a surprise until the day, instead of following the tradition.

2. Avoid common activities
One of the best unique hen party ideas is to book some activities that are away from the norm. We all know the usual ones; cocktail making classes, dance classes and male strippers are considered the status quo for hen parties. Try to cater to the personality of the bride – if she’s sporty, book in for some water-sports or a game of bubble soccer. If she’s artistic, why not opt for a naked man life-drawing class? Picking a memorable activity will mix it up and ensure that nobody forgets the weekend in a hurry! Have a look at our list of activities for some inspiration.

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3. Try to include party games
Everybody loves a girl’s night out, but for the sake of the bride-to-be, you shouldn’t let her hen party turn into “just another night out”. Plan some unforgettable party games to keep everyone entertained and avoid the blandness of just sitting in the pub. To get you started, you should have a look through our list of hen party games for some inspiration, or get creative with it and make up your own games; games are a great way to fit in some unique hen party ideas.

4. Elect a Chief Party Planner
This will probably be the chief bridesmaid, but whomever it is, place them in charge and then leave it alone. Too many cooks spoil the broth. When many different people are involved in planning an event, conflicting personalities can clash and cause issues. This often leads to no real plans being made, and instead the typical hen party ideas are settled for. If the chief planner needs help or an opinion, then she will ask for it, ladies! Nobody likes a Nit-Picky Nora or a Domineering Debbie, so just trust in the party planner that she’ll do a good job and you’ve already done your bit to ensure that the hen party will be fabulous.

5. Themes 
One of the easiest ways to fit in some unique hen party ideas is to pick a theme. Throwing a themed hen party takes some forethought and planning, so it’s best to choose one at the beginning of planning and stick with it. Again, this is something that should be centred around the bride’s likes and dislikes. If she’s a girly-girl, maybe a Disney Princess themed party is just what she’s looking for. If she has a sense of humour, why not pick a theme you can have fun with like Pimps and Prostitutes? A list of Henit-recommended themes is available here to give you some ideas.

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6. Make Sure The Party Suits Everyone’s Budget
We all love the idea of a bit of luxury or extravagance when it comes to planning an event, and that’s okay! What’s not okay is planning an entire hen party that ends up being wildly out of budget for some of the guests. You’ll end up having to downscale to the usual hen party activities because you’ve left it too late to organise anything else. Before you decide on anything, get a general idea of everybody’s budget and work from there; with plenty of planning time, you can look into unique hen party ideas that are in the budget for everyone involved, and still have a fantastic time.

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7. Plan a Smaller Second Hen
Planning a second hen party is one of the more unusual ways to throw a unique hen party, but depending on how well it’s organised, it can work out perfectly. The idea of this is to plan “The Big One” – the weekend away, the crazy activities, the wild partying, all of the good stuff – and then have a smaller, more intimate hen night at home. This way, the bride is getting the best of both worlds. She gets to say goodbye to the single life in style, before having an intimate, chilled-out night in her hometown with her closest friends and family. This is also perfect for anybody who doesn’t want to drag elderly relatives across the country to take part in an action-packed weekend.

8. DIY Decorations
If you have a flair for creativity (or even if you’re as crafty as a snake with a pair of safety scissors), DIY decorations are an excellent way to deliver a different hen party. There are ideas for DIY hen party decorations all over the internet, with step-by-step instructions that even the least artistic person will be able to follow. You can snip and stencil to your heart’s desire, creating cost-effective, quirky décor that’s specific to the hen and her party. Have a search on Pinterest to get you started, as there’s no shortage of unique hen party ideas for decorations on there.

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9. Timing is Everything
No unique hen party is going to work out without proper planning and timekeeping. Don’t leave it too late to book the party, in terms of accommodation, activities and everything else. If you leave any of the essentials like accommodation until the last minute, you’re going to be rushing to find somewhere for the group to stay and you won’t have the time or the budget to focus on avoiding a typical hen party. Your hen deserves better than that, surely! Don’t try to cram too many activities into one day, either – leave some downtime between excursions to ensure everybody is relaxed and having fun, instead of rushing from place to place in a blur.

So now that you’re clued on on all the best ways to throw a unique hen party, it’s time to go ahead and get planning. Book with Henit today and our event coordinators will help you make the most of your unique hen party, whatever you choose to do!



Stunt Drive Ireland


Never available before in Ireland, first Irish Stunt driving experience now available to the general public as featured on RTE’s “The Movie Show” with Mairead Farrell & “The Craig Doyle Show”. Run by Ireland’s Stuntmen & Stuntwomen.


Half Day Stunt Drive Experience:

  1. 10am-1pm
  2. Welcome & safety briefing
  3. Tackle the slalom course
  4. Learn how to do 180 turns(hand brake turns)
  5. Have a go at a box park.)

Full Day Stunt Drive Experience:

  1. 10am-4.30pm
  2. Welcome & safety briefing
  3. Learn how to do 180 turns(hand brake turns)
  4. Have a go at a box park.
  5. Try your hand at high speed parallel parking.
  6. Learn how to preform J Turns(reverse 180)

Full Day Adrenaline Stunt Driving Course:

  1. 10am-5.30pm
  2. Welcome & safety briefing
  3. Tackle the slalom course
  4. Learn how to do 180 turns(hand brake turns)
  5. Have a go at a box park.
  6. Try your hand at high speed parallel parking.
  7. Learn how to preform J Turns(reverse 180)
  8. Demonstrations of 360 degree turns & drifting.
  9. DEntry to time trial for Leaders Board.
  10. Certificate of Participation

Rapidfire Paintball

RapidFire Paintball Arena   One of the Finest Paintball Places Around

Welcome to RapidFire Paintball. If you want to play paintball, then you have come to the right place. Paintballing has become recognised as easily one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Paintballing requires strategy, teamwork, skill and fitness as you attempt to outwit the opposition.

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‘Based just five minutes from Carlow, Rapid Fire Paintball can offer your party the makings of an enjoyable, excitable and memorable experience of the highest quality, safety and comfort and invites you to spend an action packed day with us. More importantly… it’s fun!! Experience the difference…’

Focus Busterz: The Cube

the-cube4Games are based on challenges preformed on tv3s “The Cube” but with the twist that they are played on a head to head basis. Each pair will play a best of 3 for each challenge. We have 5 games, “Post It”, “Switch”, “Square Tower Move”, “Long Shot” and “Round Tower Build”. Groups compete head to head and we will also be timing their individual performance. The activity will take approximately 2 hours depending on group size of coarse. Each pair will take approx 3 mins to complete each challenege.

Focus Busterz: The Cube

the-cube4Games are based on challenges preformed on tv3s “The Cube” but with the twist that they are played on a head to head basis. Each pair will play a best of 3 for each challenge. We have 5 games, “Post It”, “Switch”, “Square Tower Move”, “Long Shot” and “Round Tower Build”. Groups compete head to head and we will also be timing their individual performance. The activity will take approximately 2 hours depending on group size of coarse. Each pair will take approx 3 mins to complete each challenege.

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