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
A Modern Vixen’s Guide To The Vintage Hen Party
As far as modern-day hen parties go, vintage themes have been soaring in popularity over the last handful of years. And rightly so - when done properly, a vintage hen party can be an utter delight!
Vintage doesn’t just mean one set theme of doilies and tea dresses - anything between 1910 and 2000 can be considered vintage, anything before 1910 is considered antique, and anything post-2000 counts as modern. A little language lesson for you all!
Bearing this in mind, picking a vintage theme shouldn’t be all that difficult. Every lady has a decade she wishes she could have lived in (or even a decade she already lived in and loved!)
You can base your outfits, food, activities, party favours and pretty much everything else on your theme. This makes the whole ordeal of planning both easier and more enjoyable - who doesn’t love coordinating?
So now that you have the low-down on the trendiest hen party plan around, it’s time to dive into some ideas.
The world really is your oyster here, darlings - you’ve got almost an entire century to choose from. There’s a style to suit every hen. 1920s fabulous flapper, 1940s Rosie The Riveter, 1990s grunge groupie and everything in between is fair game.
Movies based in eras can also make good themes - The Great Gatsby, Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Grease are all excellent ideas.
If decades aren’t general enough for you, why not try a theme like old-school Hollywood? Zeroing in on one set theme makes the rest of your party planning much less effort - a theme pretty much color-coordinates itself, and props and trinkets can be easily found online for pretty much any party theme.
If you're still unsure on what to do for your theme, have a look at this fab video portraying defining aspects of women's fashion over the last 10 decades.
Food for vintage parties is always fun, quirky and eye-catching. Cupcakes, cocktails and champagne are all on the menu for any decent party, never mind a hen party!
Pair your 1920s theme with some champagne in classic glasses, throwing back to the Prohibition Era when the forbidden bubbles tasted so much naughtier. Served with some lemon cakes and millionaire’s shortbread, the girls will feel like they're in Gatsby's mansion.
If you’ve chosen a 1950s theme, why not serve diner-style mini-burgers and fries with some grown-up frosty milkshakes like these ones?
Mason jars are also all the rage lately, and tie in perfectly with a vintage party. Serve some retro cocktails in pretty jars, poured from vintage glass pitchers, et voila - rustic and refreshing!
Vintage decor is a topic that’s been explored in countless blog posts and Pinterest boards. For a general vintage theme, upcycling old teapots, vases, jars and milk bottles are all on-trend.
Fill some teapots with flowers for centerpieces or serve cocktails from milk bottles with striped paper straws if you’re looking for that extra sparkle.
Bunting is something that rarely makes an appearance in modern-day parties, but it’s definitely making a comeback. Garlands of flags in pretty floral patterns, antique-looking signs spelling out sweet sentiments, it’s all coming back into popularity, and no wonder - it's such a pretty look.
As far as themed vintage parties are concerned, finding or DIYing decorations specific to your decade/theme will be simple. Sites such as Pinterest, Etsy and even Amazon have more than enough choice for any aspiring vintage hen party planners.
Vintage hen party invitations are an adorable way to ask your hens to come to your soiree. If you have an eye for design, you can use a design site to build your very own unique invites.
Try eBay, Amazon and other wholesale websites for pre-printed designs, or use a graphic design site like Canva to make your own for that personal touch.
Again, physical invitations aren’t something people do any more, with the exception of weddings, so actually being handed/posted an invite will definitely give your vintage hen party that extra touch of old-world class.
What can one actually do at a vintage hen party, I hear you cry? Well, the answer: quite a bit actually!
Photo-shoots are wildly popular amongst vintage hen parties, and in fact a company in Dublin has set up shop especially for them. Cake decorating and cookery classes are also available across Ireland for anyone channeling their inner 50s housewife.
A Downton Abbey Experience exists in Westmeath, for anyone with a fondness for the 1910s and 20s. For anyone who’s chosen a 1980s theme, book yourselves into a nail bar like Tropical Popical (Saoirse Ronan's fave nail salon!)and get some stunnin’ neon nails done while you swill some cocktails.
If you’re staying in, organise a movie-night with movies from the era you’re channelling, or pick out a playlist from the decade and break out the microphone-brushes!
Henit have a huge selection of hen party activities to choose from, and we’re sure there’s something in there to suit your vintage hen party.
Are party favours a thing anymore? We certainly haven’t seen them being handed out in a long while… Perfect for a vintage hen party then!
Personalised champagne bottles, mini-sewing kits, lipsticks to match the era, nail polishes, sunglasses, whatever your heart’s desire is - pop it into a little party bag and hand them out to your ladies to thank them for attending.
If you were following a 1960s theme, some chunky earrings, light lipsticks and pastel polishes would make excellent favours. Scrunchies and eyeliner would suit a 90s theme perfectly.
They’re adorable, and everyone will leave with a keepsake to cherish from the weekend.
Now that you’ve got all your bits together, it’s time to get to work girlies. That vintage hen party won’t throw itself!
18 of the Cutest Proposal Stories Ever
Here at Henit, we do love a good proposal story; the more romantic the better! Hearing the tale of how two people decided to spend the rest of their lives together fills us with the warm-and-fuzzies, so we went to this thread on Reddit and put together a list of our favourite pop-the-question moments.
Have the tissues at the ready, because some of these are just too much. *sniffles*
1. This thoughtful throwback:
2. Anything involving puppies is a sure-fire "yes":
3. This guy has better acting skills than the whole cast of Fair City:
4. Bonus marks for creative use of vegetables:
5. Sometimes, simple really is spot-on:
6. This guy watched one too many chick-flicks (still cute though):
7. Let's hope Santa Claus didn't get his hopes up:
8: He wrote an entire scene from a play for her. That's dedication:
9. Secretly hoping the kitten's name was Jon Snow...:
10. Hard to say no to a man in uniform!:
11. This guy, setting the bar impossibly high for everyone else for the rest of time:
12. This one that's more hapless than hopeless romantic:
13: This one sounds like it's straight from an episode of Grey's Anatomy:
14. Even Picasso's wife would be a little jealous of this one:
15. His fianceé wouldn't make a great detective anyway:
16: Diamonds and kittens are a gal's best friends:
17. If you're gonna be annoyed while doing #2, this is probably the only acceptable interruption:
18. And finally, the proposal tale as old as time...:
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The A to Z of The Irish Hen Party
A Is For Activity
Ahh, the notorious activity. Cocktail classes, pole-dancing, and paintball are all fair game for a hen party. Nobody really knows why activities are a thing, but hey, it’s tradition. And if you’re lucky, an excuse to drink! (see: cocktail class.)
B is for Besties
Sure what good would a hen party be if you didn’t have your best friends there with you?! Hen parties are a fab opportunity to reconnect with old friends, or even just spend some quality time with current ones.
C is for Carrick-On-Shannon
Carrick-on-Shannon, the home of hen and stag parties since the dawn of time. The town is well-known for its influx of brides-to-be every weekend, meaning the craic is always mighty there! Check out our packages for Carrick-on-Shannon here.
D is for Drink
E is for Emotional
There’s guaranteed to be a few tears shed. Not just by the bride, but her mum, sisters, bridesmaids, single friends who’ve realised they’re never going to get married… You get the idea. Bring hankies.
F is for Fights
There’s always one. Either the bride and her chief bridesmaid end up killing each other in the middle of the club, or the girl that no-one really likes ends up kicking off for nothing. Eejits.
G is for Games
Games are a hen-party staple, ladies! Never Have I Ever, Mr. and Mrs. Quiz, many willy-related games - they’re good craic, and a fab ice-breaker between guests who might be strangers to each other. Have a gawk at our post on games here.
H is for Hangover
It’s inevitable. You’re gonna wake up with dry eyes, a pounding head, and glitter and mascara everywhere. Do yourself a favour and have two Panadol and a pint-glass of water waiting on the bedside locker.
I is for Inebriated
The stage of drunkenness where it’s impossible to sober up without sleep. There will be some girls who hit this alcoholic no-man’s-land early on, and you must carry them to the finish line. It’s the hen-party code!
J is for Jelly Shots
Does anyone like them? Is there anything appealing about the taste of watery jelly-vodka? No and no, but they’re a hen party tradition. Man up!
K is for Killjoys
There’ll always be at least one guest who just dislikes everything. The activity, the venue, the accommodation, even the other guests. Your best bet is to let her sit in the corner and stew. Some people just can’t be pleased.
L is for L-Plates
Another Irish hen party staple. Hang around the bride’s neck or waist for good measure. We’re still not sure of the origin of L-Plates as hen party gear, but hey, when in Rome.
N is for Neurotic
The bride (and possibly some guests) will switch between crying and laughing for the entire party, more so if alcohol is involved. It’s an emotional night! One of you is about to get married. It seems like only yesterday ye were braiding each other's hair and gossiping in the back of class. *sniffle*
O is for Old Times
While we're on it, be prepared to reminisce to the point of ridiculousness at a hen party, especially if you’re a relative or you’ve known the bride for many years. Swapping old stories, remembering funny times and poring over the past is essential.
P is for Prosecco
Another hen party staple, Prosecco is the ultimate Irish hen party drink. It’s fizzy, pleasant and not too strong to sip on. Grab a glass and treat yo'self.
Q is for Quirky
Every hen wants her hen party to be unique, quirky and unlike any other. The result is often a fantastic theme, destination or activity that makes the party unforgettable. Have a look at our masterpost of quirky hen party ideas to get some inspo.
R is for Roadtrip
Applies only if you’re leaving town for the party. Snacks, gossip and good tunes on the radio are the perfect ingredients for this mini-roadtrip. There’s fun to be had in every aspect of a hen party!
S is for Strippers
Because how can you kiss your singledom goodbye without watching a gyrating, oily hunk take his clothes off for money? Embrace it, ladies. He's there for you to gawk at, so get your fill! (PS: Henit offer a Stripogram and Butler in the Buff service. Enquire here!)
T is for Themes
The infamous theme. Pimps and hoes, cowgirls, and angels and devils are all on the more traditional end of the spectrum, but themes are becoming a lot more creative and universal in 2016. Take a look at our post for some inspo!
U is for Uploads
The utter fear on the morning after the night before, when you’re lying face-down dying of a hangover… and the phone starts to beep with Instagram and Facebook notifications. It can only mean one thing. That cow Mary is at it again with her unflattering photos of EVERYONE but her.
V is for Vanishing Act
The one, lone friend who’ll be laughing and chatting with everyone at 11:59, and gone by the stroke of midnight. Where’d she go? Did she tell anyone she was leaving? Did she leave with a lad? Who knows? You get back to the hotel and she’s in bed, no explanation. Every single time.
W is for Willies
Willies. Willies everywhere. Willies on straws, willies on headbands, willies on cupcakes, blow-up willies. There is an unspoken assumption that once a woman marries, she’ll never see a willy again, so best to let her see as many as possible on her last night of freedom.
X is for X-Rated
In the same vein as willies, the party games will be x-rated, the cocktails will have names like “slippery nipple” and “dirty orgasm”, all in the name of the hen party. Embrace this too, young hen, for it is tradition.
Y is for Yum, Chipper Food!
It happens every time. You leave the pub/club and are just about to undertake the arduous journey home, when suddenly you spot the neon sign just ahead on the street. The best part of the night - a massive feed from the takeaway to soak up the drink. Massive cheesy chips and chicken tenders please, sound!
Z is for Zzzzzzzz
A moments' silence for the entire day lost to sleeping off the hen party weekend. You'll be up on the couch on Sunday, passed out with a cold cup of tea and a half-eaten Chinese next to you, the way it should be. Godspeed.
Have you been asked to organise the hen, but party-planning isn't exactly your cup of tea? Why not book with Henit? If you plan with us, we'll do the legwork for you, including chasing up the payments, so you can sit back and chill out until the big night. Enquire here or give us a call on 044-93-6222. Ciao for now!