The Stages of Planning a Hen Party

So, you've been roped in to planning a hen party. You might be the chief bridesmaid, the best friend, the sister, or some other close female relative; someone the bride trusts with anything, which is exactly why this mammoth task has befallen you. 

the stages of planning a hen party


If you're the lucky lady who gets to play party-planner, then you'll definitely recognise some of these reactions as the big night approaches​. Take a break from colour-coordinating feather boas and booking cocktail classes, and have a read for some comic relief. Godspeed! 

When the bride asks you to be her party planner:
the stages of planning a hen party


So you set up a Pinterest board, buy new stationery and root out your diary:
the stages of planning a hen party

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Before diving straight in to planning the most bitchin' hen party ever:
the stages of planning a hen party


And you have your first sit-down with the bride to discuss everything:
the stages of planning a hen party


Buuuut she hates all of your ideas:
the stages of planning a hen party


So you have to go home and re-plan everything.
the stages of planning a hen party


You set up a group-chat to inform the guests of the plan:
the stages of planning a hen party


And immediately, the one girl you don't really get on with has a "problem" with the location/activity/date:
the stages of planning a hen party


And someone else asks why you can't do a cocktail class instead of the "weird" activity you picked out: 
the stages of planning a hen party

It's three weeks to the party and certain guests still haven't paid up:
the stages of planning a hen party


And there's a problem with the B&B you're supposed to stay in: 
the stages of planning a hen party


A week before the party, four girls drop out: 
the stages of planning a hen party

And in all of the commotion, you remember that you have no outfit bought: 
the stages of planning a hen party


But everything you try on is horrible: 
the stages of planning a hen party

The night before finally arrives and you decide to throw caution to the wind:  
the stages of planning a hen party


And then it's time to go, and you finally start to get excited for the party: 
the stages of planning a hen party


And despite everything, you and the girls manage to have the best night ever: 
the stages of planning a hen party


Why not save yourself all the hassle of planning a hen party and book with us instead? Henit will organise all the stressful bits of the party for you, and our individual online-payment system means every guest is responsible for their own payment. Give us a shout here, or call us on 044-93-62222. Ciao for now! 

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

 hen party ideas: easy cocktail recipes - daiquiri

Serves: 1


  • 50ml/shot of light rum
  • 25ml lime juice
  • 2 spoons of caster sugar
  • 6 raspberries


  1. Add 5 raspberries and sugar into mixing glass.
  2. Muddle down both ingredients into a paste.
  3. Add other 2 ingredients and fill the mixing glass with cubed ice.
  4. Shake well for 10 – 15 seconds.
  5. Double strain drink into a glass.
  6. Garnish with a raspberry.

Original recipe here. 


2. Bourbon Cherry Coke

Serves: 2


  • 2 shots of bourbon
  • 1 ¼ cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Bottle of cold Coca Cola


  1. Muddle together the cherries, bourbon and sugar in a jar.
  2. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight, if possible.
  3. Remove from fridge, split between glasses over ice.
  4. Top with cold coca-cola before serving.

Original recipe here.



3. Champagne Margarita

hen party ideas: easy cocktail recipes - margarita

Serves: 3-4


  • 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together for the margarita base. (Lime juice, tequila, pineapple juice, triple sec)
  3. Add some of the margarita mixture to each glass.
  4. Top with the prosecco or champagne.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Original recipe here. 

4. Woo Woo

Serves: 1


  • half-shot of Peach Schnapps
  • half-shot of Vodka
  • 90 ml Cranberry Juice


  1. Pour all ingredients into a glass over ice cubes
  2. Stir with spoon for 15 seconds and serve

Original recipe here. 

5. Malibu Sunset

hen party ideas: easy cocktail recipes - malibu sunset

Serves: 1


  • 3 to 4 ounces pineapple-orange juice
  • Shot of Malibu Coconut Rum
  • grenadine
  • maraschino cherries, for garnishing
  • pineapple and/or orange slices, for garnishing


  1. Add ice to glass.
  2. Add juice, Malibu, and stir.
  3. Drizzle in grenadine.
  4. Garnish with cherries, pineapple, and/or orange slices.
  5. 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


  1. Put ice and all of the ingredients into a shaker.
  2. shake hard for about 20 seconds to chill the liquid really well.
  3. Strain the mix into a glass filled with ice.
  4. garnish with the cherry and orange slices.
  5. Serve.

Original recipe here


7. Mermaid Water (Our Personal Favourite!)

hen party ideas: easy cocktail recipes - mermaid water

Serves: 2


  • 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
  • Ice


  1. Place ice and lime slices into a glass.
  2. Pour both the spiced rum and the coconut rum into the glass
  3. Add the pineapple juice and lime juice
  4. Drizzle with blue curacao
  5. serve immediately

Original recipe here

8. Strawberry Long Island Iced Tea

hen party ideas: easy cocktail recipes - 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


  1. Pour the tea into a ceramic or glass mixing bowl.
  2. Add the 1/3 (or more) cup of sugar and the lemon juice.
  3. Stir through to dissolve the sugar. Test to see if it requires additional sweetening or lemon juice and adjust accordingly. Let cool.
  4. Put several strawberries to one side for garnish. Purée the remaining strawberries.
  5. Push the purée through a fine-sieve to remove pips, etc. Press on the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon.
  6. Once the tea has cooled, add the puree and mix through thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator for at least a half hour to chill.
  7. 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

hen party ideas: easy cocktail recipes - sangria

Serves: 3-4


  • 1 lemon (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup strawberries (de-stemmed & sliced)
  • 1 bottle prosecco


  1. Place the lemons in the bottom of a pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the sugar on top and muddle.
  3. Add the sliced strawberries.
  4. Muddle the strawberries into the lemons.
  5. Add the prosecco to the pitcher.
  6. 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 party Decorations


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 Hen Party - DIY 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 Favours

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 - Snacks

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!

DIY Hen Party - Costumes

Planning a hen party can be difficult but here at, 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!