Five Of The Best Geeky Hen Party Themes
Every girl has a nerdy side; whether it’s a love for all things Lord Of The Rings or a grand obsession with Game of Thrones, everyone has something they enjoy freaking out over.
And in 2016, being geeky is no longer a reason to be laughed at – it’s actually cool to be super-passionate about something, and why shouldn’t it be? Hen party themes can be based on anything and everything, so it’s only fair that us fantasy-fanatics have our day too!
For some ladies, hen parties aren’t always about strippers and spa days… although we wouldn’t say no to a massage from a semi-naked Jon Snow.
So, with that lovely vision burned into your brain, go forth and plan the best hen party of your lives – geeky girls unite!
1. Harry Potter
Perfect for any budding young witches, a Harry Potter themed hen party is a must for the Potterhead hen in your life.
Sort her pals into houses, have themed food, drinks, outfits, party favours and games – all must-haves to make her hen party a bewitching event. Accio vodka!
2. Super Heroes
If the hen is into her comics, Marvel movies, or even just fancies the pants off Thor (who doesn’t?), then a superhero-themed party is a fabulous idea. This one requires a little bit of forethought however, to make sure nobody turns up in the same costume!
3. The Lord Of The Rings
Channel your inner hobbit and customise a Lord Of The Rings hen party theme for a nerdy bride-to-be! The internet is full of awesome printables, recipes and games to turn your house into Middle Earth for the evening.
4. Game of Thrones
Organise a hen party fit for the Mother of Dragons! You could assign a house to each guest and customise decorations, favours etc. with their individual sigils on them as a simple way of fitting Westeros into your hen party.
Also, a GOT marathon and a round of this drinking game wouldn’t go amiss… You’ll end up giving Tyrion Lannister a run for his money with the amount of wine this requires. 😉
5. The Hunger Games
We’d volunteer as tribute to attend this hen party! The world of Katniss Everdeen and co. provides so much material for hen party themes.
You could have a movie night, assign everyone a separate district and come up with some funny activities and drinking games to keep the evening interesting. And with characters like Effie Trinket for inspiration, the outfits have the potential to be very intriguing. May the odds be ever in your favour!
Do none of these hen party themes tickel your fancy? Are you still struggling for some hen party inspiration? Head over to our Ultimate List of Hen Party Ideas!
Have you been stuck with planning the hen party? Why not save yourself some hassle and book with Henit? We’ll take care of the important stuff for you, so all you have to do is show up and have a good time! Contact us for further details or give us a call on 044-936-2222. We look forward to hearing from you 🙂 Ciao for now! xoxo
The 10 Most Popular Hen Party Activities
1. Tea Party
Tea parties are scaling the hen party ladder quite quickly in terms of the most popular hen party activities. They’re quirky, cute and a unique way to add a classy twist to your hen do.
They don’t have to be all prim and properness, either - spike your tea with a drop of whiskey et voila! Perfect hen party activity.
2. River Cruise
Take your hen party into unknown territories with a river cruise! Booze, best friends and banter, all quite literally in the same boat - what’s not to love?
A river cruise is a nice way to do something a little different without straying too far from traditional hen party activities.
3. Pole Dancing Lesson
Ahhhh, pole dancing - the hen party activity to top all hen party activities!
Swinging yourself around a pole in front of the girls might not seem like it’s going to be good craic at first, but trust us on this one - it’s one of the best laughs you’ll ever have, and it’s a great way to bond with your pals. There’s a reason it’s so popular after all!
Plus, you might even come away with a few new moves you didn’t know before hand. 😉
4. Spa Day
Male or female, hen party or no hen party, everyone deserves a spa day at some point, but brides-to-be arguably deserve one most of all. And, as far as hen party activities go, there are a lot worse things to do than getting a massage and facial!
The stress that goes into planning a wedding can take its toll on our poor hens, so why not book her and the rest of the crew in for a day of bliss? Get primped, preened and pampered before you take on the town that night.
5. Cocktail Making Classes
Cocktail making classes have become somewhat of a hen-party staple in the last decade, and we can see why - they’re educational and an excuse for fruity drinks! (OK, educational might be a bit of a stretch, but still.)
Take an hour or two to learn from the masters, and arrive back to your accommodation ready to mix up all your favourite poisons perfectly. You’ll be a cocktail queen in no time!
For those not in the know, Zorbing is the act of being strapped into a gigantic inflatable ball and rolling down a track at breakneck speed. Sounds like great craic! Zorbing is a perfect day out for the hen with a passion for adventure.
This activity is great for working up a decent thirst before your big night out on the town. Go solo or grab a few of your ladies and ride it out together on Europe’s only cornered globe-riding track here in Ireland.
7. Party Bus
Don’t fancy pushing your way around a packed nightclub on your last night of freedom? Why not rent a Party Bus, your very own nightclub-on-wheels!
Hop on and experience the road-trip of your life, with unlimited alcohol, fingerfood, your choice of music on an excellent sound-system, and plenty of space for your crew to shake their tailfeathers. If you decide that you’d like to go to the club after all, the Party Bus will drop you outside the door of a club of your choosing. Nice one!
Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen and try your arm at archery, easily one of the most fun hen party activities on the planet. Grab a bow and arrow and let loose at some targets for the afternoon with your best friends - it’s a fab way to work up a thirst for the pub that night.
You’ll walk away feeling like a complete and utter badass. Trust us, you’ll be ‘volunteering as tribute’ in no time!
Traditionally assumed to be more of a stag-night activity, go-karting is becoming a more popular choice for hen party activities, and rightly so. Who wouldn’t enjoy zooming around with your friends, competing for the title of the fastest gal on the track?
Choose this as an activity for your hen weekend and get the adrenaline pumping before you take on a bar crawl that evening.
The ultimate in ladies’ entertainment, a stripper is the Maraschino cherry on top of the boozy hen party cake. Can you think of anything better than a broody, bicep-flexing babe breaking out his best moves for you and your party while you sip on some cocktails? We certainly can’t!
If a whole show seems a bit much for you, why not enquire about our Butler In The Buff service? We’ll send a handsome hunk to your party ready to wait on you hand and foot for an hour, and he’s all yours to ogle. Perfect!
Have you been stuck with planning a hen party? Do the thoughts of planning activities and collecting money stress you out? Why not give Henit.ie a shout? We'll do all the hard work for you (location, accommodation, money collection. etc) so all you have to worry about is getting there and having the craic! Enquire now or call us on 044-936-2222. Ciao for now! xoxo
15 Fab Hen Party Accessories For Under 15 Euro
One tradition that still stands with hen parties is that of matching hen party accessories; the deely-boppers, whistles, feather boas and shot-glasses with penis motifs all fall under typical hen party garb.
But what about those of you who'd still like to do matchy-matchy, but with less tacky-tacky? Alternative hen party accessories can be bank-breaking for some hens, so with that in mind, we at Henit found the 15 cutest, brightest, best hen party accessories for you to choose from - all for under 15 euros each. Fab!
1. These adorable little crowns
These sparkly mini-princess crowns hail from Hippenings and an 8-pack is only €8.90. Buy here.
2. These dinky little diamond flash-tattoos
These adorable inkings are stick-on and safe, a sweet way to have the whole hen-party matching without going overboard. They start at €2.77 per 2 sheets and can be purchased here.
3. These eye-catching matchy-matchy t-shirts
T-shirts are a great memento to take away from a hen party, and these ones are far from typical. What better way to support the bride to be than wearing matching shirts in her honour? These ones are available from this shop on Etsy and are priced at €14.76 per tee.
4. Cutesy wine-glass charms
These Instagram-worthy wine glass charms are made-to-order and personalisable, meaning each guest can have her own specific charm. Prices work out at €1.71 per charm and they're available from JGjewellerycreations on Etsy.
5. A set of quirky die-cut lips for straws
These funky straw-props are great for photo opportunities! A pack of 25 costs €11.54 and can be purchased here.
6. Some funky-but-practical hair ties
Because spare hair bobbins are always a good idea, and these ones are waaaay too cute to pass up! Prices for these ones start at €5.54 and can be purchased here.
7. This must-have ring shot-glass
How adorable! Make necking shots a whole lot more palatable with one of these bad boys. Priced at $8.95 (€8.03) for a set of 12, you can purchase a set for you and your crew here. (P.S. drink responsibly!)
8. These fairy tale-esque party food picks
These precious party-picks come in packs of 10 and are available here. Priced at €6.14 per pack.
9. These charming transferable nail tattoos
A subtle set of matching accessories for your bridesmaids. Priced at €14 for a card of 47 temporary tattoos, these fab decals can be bought here.
10. This bonny "bride-to-be" headband
If tacky tiaras and veils aren't your scene but you'd still like to participate in hen party tradition, then this headband might just be perfect for you! Available in multiple styles, this headband will only set you back €6.46 and is available here.
11. These wonderful wish-bracelets
These dinky little single-charm bracelets are a perfect memento for your guests. They're priced at €1.10 per bracelet and are available to buy here.
12. This enchanting pair of fairy wings
These unique wings are suited to a bride with a sense of individuality. They're priced at €5.00 per pair and can be bought here.
13. This super set of matching sunglasses
Everyone loves some coordinated accessories, let's not lie to ourselves! These bad boys are priced at €4.61 per pair, and can be purchased from here.
14. These sublime matching bridal-party headbands
These adorable head-bands are sure to make your group stand out, and they're a far cry from the dirty deely-boppers one normally associates with hen parties *ahem*. They're priced at €6.45 per headband. Pick them up here.
15. These tastefully cheeky flash tattoos
Oooh, how 2016 of us! Flash tattoos are the latest trend in hen party accessories, and we happen to like these ones very much. They start at €0.92 per tattoo and are available here.
Why not take the weight of party-planning off your shoulders and book with Henit? We'll do all the hard work so you don't have to, leaving you with far more free time to decide on things like hen party accessories. Enquire here or call 044-93-62222!
Top Tips To Throwing A Cheap Hen Party
When it comes to organising a hen party, there is a belief that it must be an expensive affair; after all, who doesn’t want a bit of pampering on their last night of freedom? However, just because a hen party is planned on a budget doesn’t mean that it can’t still be opulent. Read on for our best tips on planning a cheap hen party that comes across as anything but.
DIY décor is a fun and fancy way to save money when planning a hen party. Instead of spending silly amounts of money on banners, deely-boppers and balloons, grab some friends and a pair of craft scissors before getting to work!
DIY decorations are also an excellent way to personalise the hen party and give it a unique touch. Explore Pinterest for some design ideas and order craft supplies in bulk from Amazon or somewhere similar.
With enough attention and effort put into creating the décor, a cheap hen party can look a million bucks.
Instead of booking in somewhere for a fancy meal, why not get everyone to bring a dish and have a potluck? This way there’s lots of choice for even the pickiest of eaters, and if everyone cooks something then there will be plenty of food to go around.
Dinners can be expensive and even a two-course meal in a restaurant can break the budget for some people. Self-catering parties are an excellent way to save a few euros and open up the budget a little bit.
Book with an organiser
Booking everything by yourself can end up sabotaging your budget. Booking with an organiser is a handy way to ensure you get the best of everything at the lowest prices.
Here at Henit, we will put in the best of effort to help you organise a cost-conscious, cheap hen party. We have packages to suit every kind of price plan, as well as an efficient online-payment system.
We also offer Slab It wristbands, which entitles the wearer to complimentary drinks in selected pubs and bars. When booking with Henit, complimentary finger food is on offer in the venue of your choice as well. Gratis stuff is always good for a budget-conscious party!
When planning a cheap hen party, transportation is an important factor budget-wise. Transport can be costly if you’re not careful.
When it comes to pretty much any event, carpooling is probably the most budget-friendly method of transportation. Depending on the size of your group, you’ll only need a handful of designated drivers and if everybody pitches in for fuel, you’re sorted!
If carpooling isn’t an option, then shop around for the best alternatives including public transport. (Bonus! If you book with Henit.ie, we will help you organise the cheapest and most suitable mode of transport for you and your ladies so you don’t even have to worry about it.)
Going abroad for hen parties is becoming more and more popular as time goes on, however in the current economic climate jetting off to the middle of Europe for the weekend just isn’t financially realistic for a lot of people.
Ireland has heaps of fabulous destinations for hen parties, with myriad things to do and see from one end of the island to the next. Staycations are perfect for a cheap hen party, and are a great way to escape from the norm and mix it up without blowing your whole budget on planning a foreign trip.
If you’re stuck for ideas on where to go, have a gander at our list of Ireland’s top hen party destinations for some inspiration.
Different accommodation styles will obviously suit different budgets, so it’s worth shopping around before settling on that expensive 4-star hotel.
A B&B or self-catering apartment/house will most likely suit smaller budgets, and if you’re trying to save money when organising the party then these are your best options.
While accommodation is an important feature of a hen party, there’s no real point in spending an arm and a leg on a night in an upscale hotel when, chances are, you’ll only be there to shower, get dressed and sleep.
Pick somewhere comfortable, cost-effective and best suited to you and your group.
While this may seem a little bit like common sense, we’re all guilty of procrastinating things or putting things on the back burner until absolutely necessary. However, taking things slow when planning a hen party can have some dastardly effects on your dough supply.
Leaving it until last-minute means rushing around, taking the first price offered on activities, accommodation etc. and leaving you all out of pocket. Booking early ensures a leisurely amount of time to pay up for everything, as well as enabling you to shop around for the best deals.
Even simpler; book with Henit and we’ll shop around for you! When booking with us, you have up until three weeks before the party to pay everything off, leaving you with lots of time to save if you’ve booked early enough.
So what are you waiting for? Time to get moving, ladies!
Why don't you save yourself a few quid and give Henit a shout? We'll plan with you to organise the best, most in-budget options for you and your party, without losing out on quality. We know our stuff when it comes to hen parties, ladies! Enquire here or give us a call on 044-93-62222. xoxo
Hen Party Ideas: 9 Easy Cocktail Recipes
Usually cocktail-making and hen party ideas only cross paths if the party is booked in for a cocktail-making class, but mixing up some classy concoctions at home can be just as fun!
If you’re looking for some simple hen party ideas, cocktails are a classic way to spice up any party. The internet is full-to-bursting with excellent recipes, but a lot of them are complicated, time-consuming and full of random ingredients that you’re not going to find in your local supermarket or off-licence.
However, here at Henit we’ve taken the liberty of scouring the world wide web to find the simplest, most scrumptious hen party cocktail recipes for our lovely hens to serve at their soirées!
There’s something for everyone on this list, from the prosecco lovers to the whiskey-worshippers, so get those muddlers and mixers out, ladies. Cocktails are the queens of great hen party ideas!
(Note: For these cocktail recipes, it’s advisable to purchase a cocktail-mixing set if you haven’t got one already. Check out Amazon for some quality, affordable mixing kits. )
1. Raspberry Daiquiri
- 50ml/shot of light rum
- 25ml lime juice
- 2 spoons of caster sugar
- 6 raspberries
- Add 5 raspberries and sugar into mixing glass.
- Muddle down both ingredients into a paste.
- Add other 2 ingredients and fill the mixing glass with cubed ice.
- Shake well for 10 – 15 seconds.
- Double strain drink into a glass.
- Garnish with a raspberry.
Original recipe here.
2. Bourbon Cherry Coke
- 2 shots of bourbon
- 1 ¼ cups fresh cherries, pitted
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Bottle of cold Coca Cola
- Muddle together the cherries, bourbon and sugar in a jar.
- Cover and leave in the fridge overnight, if possible.
- Remove from fridge, split between glasses over ice.
- Top with cold coca-cola before serving.
Original recipe here.
3. Champagne Margarita
- Juice of 4 fresh limes
- 2 oz. Tequila
- 2 oz. pineapple juice
- 2 oz. triple sec
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of champagne or prosecco
- lime wedges for garnish
- salt for rimming the glasses.
- First rim your glasses. Dip the rim of each glass in a shallow dish of water and then into a shallow dish of kosher salt.
- Mix all the ingredients together for the margarita base. (Lime juice, tequila, pineapple juice, triple sec)
- Add some of the margarita mixture to each glass.
- Top with the prosecco or champagne.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
Original recipe here.
4. Woo Woo
- half-shot of Peach Schnapps
- half-shot of Vodka
- 90 ml Cranberry Juice
- Pour all ingredients into a glass over ice cubes
- Stir with spoon for 15 seconds and serve
Original recipe here.
5. Malibu Sunset
- 3 to 4 ounces pineapple-orange juice
- Shot of Malibu Coconut Rum
- maraschino cherries, for garnishing
- pineapple and/or orange slices, for garnishing
- Add ice to glass.
- Add juice, Malibu, and stir.
- Drizzle in grenadine.
- Garnish with cherries, pineapple, and/or orange slices.
- Serve immediately.
Original recipe here.
6. Whiskey Sour
- 2 parts bourbon
- 1 part lemon juice
- ½ part sugar syrup
- ½ part egg white
- Cubed ice
- To garnish: 1 cherry and an orange slice
- Put ice and all of the ingredients into a shaker.
- shake hard for about 20 seconds to chill the liquid really well.
- Strain the mix into a glass filled with ice.
- garnish with the cherry and orange slices.
Original recipe here.
7. Mermaid Water (Our Personal Favourite!)
- 2 shots Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
- 2 shots Coconut Rum
- 6 oz (180 ml) parts Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz (15 ml) Lime Juice
- Splash of Blue Curacao
- Lime Slices for Garnish
- Place ice and lime slices into a glass.
- Pour both the spiced rum and the coconut rum into the glass
- Add the pineapple juice and lime juice
- Drizzle with blue curacao
- serve immediately
Original recipe here.
8. Strawberry Long Island Iced Tea
Serves: Makes a pitcher of tea, alcohol added to personal preference
- 1.8 liters hot black tea
- 1/3 – 2/3 cup superfine sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 900g strawberries, fresh, washed and hulled
- Shot of Vodka , Tequila or gin to taste
- Pour the tea into a ceramic or glass mixing bowl.
- Add the 1/3 (or more) cup of sugar and the lemon juice.
- Stir through to dissolve the sugar. Test to see if it requires additional sweetening or lemon juice and adjust accordingly. Let cool.
- Put several strawberries to one side for garnish. Purée the remaining strawberries.
- Push the purée through a fine-sieve to remove pips, etc. Press on the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Once the tea has cooled, add the puree and mix through thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator for at least a half hour to chill.
- Add some of your favourite white spirit and a few ice cubes to each glass, fill with strawberry iced tea mix, garnish with one of the remaining strawberries. Enjoy!
Original recipe here.
9. Lemon-Berry Sangria
- 1 lemon (thinly sliced)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ¼ cup strawberries (de-stemmed & sliced)
- 1 bottle prosecco
- Place the lemons in the bottom of a pitcher or punch bowl.
- Sprinkle the sugar on top and muddle.
- Add the sliced strawberries.
- Muddle the strawberries into the lemons.
- Add the prosecco to the pitcher.
- Fill with ice and serve.
Original recipe here.
DIY Hen Party Ideas that will help you save!
Planning hen parties can be very expensive. You are already saving money for the wedding and to top it all off, you have to save up some money for the perfect hen party! Splurging in this situation can be very easy, especially on the things we can easily make at home. Here are some DIY Hen party items you can create in the comfort of your own home!
DIY Party Decorations
Decorations are the most important thing for your hen party! Even though they are cheap but all of these added together can make them quite costly! There are hundreds of DIY hen party decorations ideas that you can find on the internet! They require a less effort and will also help you save a ton! Also, there will be a personal touch to your hen party! You can even get together with your girls, it will definitely help to make that bond even stronger!
We have selected excellent DIY Hen Party Ideas on your Pinterest Page! Click here to see how you can save up money with these cute DIYs.
DIY Hen T-shirts!
Purchasing customized hen t-shirts can be very costly. They can range from €15 to €25 per person. This is especially extra costly if you have a large group of hens at your party. It can be costly for you and as well as your hens. You can easily cut down the price by using transfer paper, a printer and an iron. I have a link to a perfect tutorial that involves glitter and some DIY-ing! I am sure this will cut the cost as well as make you some fabulous t-shirts!
DIY Party Favours
A little gift at your hen party will make your friends love you a little bit more, however, if you were to buy these, you will be left with no money in your pockets! Party favours don’t have to be expensive or cost any money at all, in fact, it is always the thought that counts, right? You can make easy DIY party favours with almost no cost at all! In Fact, you can spend that leftover money on some drinks 😉
DIY hen party snacks
Everyone loves food, especially if it is anything covered in chocolate! Snacks are one of the single most important things at a hen do but having beautiful looking, Instagram-worthy snacks can also throw your budget go off the rails. Simple home made snacks can rock your party and also help you save up big time! Don’t worry if you are like me who burns their cupcakes as soon as they are in the oven, these few snack ideas are no bake!
Don’t worry if you are like me who burns their cupcakes as soon as they are in the oven! These few snack ideas are no bake, and no effort required! You can also check out our Pinterest board for even more ideas or if you are generally good at baking.
No Bake rice crispies cookies – click here.
Chocolate dipped bananas – click here.
Strawberry Kabobs – click here.
DIY Hen Party Costumes
Costume hen parties are always a unique way you can pump up your hen party! Whether you dress up as your favourite Disney princess or a Roman goddess, it will make your hen party ten times distinct and more memorable! However buying these costumes can be a hassle as well as a waste of your time and money. Making your own costumes will help you stay in budget as well as be creative!
You can also click here to see which other ways you can have your hen party unique!
Planning a hen party can be difficult but here at Henit.ie, we do everything for you so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your day! Enquire now to get a quote for your hen party!