28 Things That Happen At Literally Every Hen Party
A hen party is the ultimate ladies night, but anyone who's been to a hen party will know that they can be hard work. Your patience will be pushed, your dress will be ruined, your mascara will run and your friendships will be tested.
So pretty much like every girl's night out, but with more glitter and crying.
Of course, even though they can be a challenge, getting all the girls together to celebrate the bride is always a wonderful thing (even if you do want to drown the chief bridesmaid in prosecco by the end of the night.)
Our list of the 28 inevitable moments at every hen party should get you psyched for the big night. Read on and enjoy. Cheers ladies!
1. You all take absolute ages to get ready:
2. Pre-drinks finally begin:
3. You're playing the obligatory hen party games, and they turn a bit saucy:
4. But then the hen's future mother-in-law cuts you all with a look:
5. And because of the in-laws, the bride really isn't too impressed when you surprise her with a stripper:
6. You all get decked out in "traditional" hen party accessories:
7. Someone gets too drunk before you've left the house:
8. And someone tries to saddle you with the drunk friend, but you don't wanna be the responsible one tonight:
9. The taxi comes, and it's time to round everyone up:
10. You finally get to the venue and make your grand entrance:
11. The pre-drinks have well and truly kicked in, so shots seem like a fantastic idea:
12. You venture out on to the dancefloor as a group:
13. But it ends up being less Beyoncé and more Britney during her 2007 breakdown:
14. One of the single girls starts crying because no one wants to marry her:
15. Another one of the single girls makes the most of her singledom:
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16. You see the bride getting hit on at the bar, so you pretend to be her wife-to-be:
17. Many, many selfies are taken in the toilets:
18. While the selfies are happening, the bride is puking up the last 3 Jägerbombs:
19. Someone starts drunk-dialling their exes:
20. Someone throws the mother of all tantrums (usually not even the bride):
21. The bride and her maid of honour have an unmerciful fight:
22. But five minutes later, they've made up and are closer than ever:
23. Someone gets a bit too enthusiastic and hurts themselves:
24. And it's down to you to get everyone ready to go home:
25. But in reality, you're just as drunk as everyone else:
26. You get to the chipper and order one of everything because why not:
27. You're in the taxi home and you realise exactly how wrecked you are:
28. Home time, and despite everything, you all still managed to have a great night:
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!
10 Of The Best Hen Party Gifts
So, you've got a hen party coming up. Stuck on what to give your friends as party favours? Or maybe you have no idea what to get the bride as a token of your congratulations? This list should fix all of your problems then! We've put together a list of 10 fab hen party gifts to get you into the spirit of giving. Happy shopping!
For the Bride
1. A Lucky Sixpence
The tradition of the lucky sixpence dates all the way back to the middle ages, when it was customary for the Lord of the Manor to gift his bride a piece of silver as a wedding gift. It later became a tradition to include a sixpence in the dowry that was given by the bride's family to the groom. Today, the sixpence is placed in the bride’s shoe for good fortune. You can buy this one here.
The hen is about to get married, so presumably she’ll have a need for lingerie! If you’re close enough to her, pick her up some nice lingerie to bring on honeymoon with her - if you’re not certain on sizes or colours, best get her a voucher for some instead.
If you’re looking to squeeze a few tears out of the hen then a scrapbook is a sure-fire way to do it. Chronicle her life with baby photos, pictures of all of you together, pictures of her and her fiancé, and letters from you guys and her parents wishing her luck in the newest chapter of her life. She’ll treasure it for the rest of her days!
4. Wedding Advent Calendar
This hen party gift requires a bit of DIY skill, but it’s pretty easy once you’re willing to put in the effort. Make the bride an advent calendar for the last month before her wedding, and fill the segments with some of her favourite things - nail polishes, mascara, her favourite chocolates, etc. It’ll give her something to smile about during all the last-minute wedding-prep stress.
5. Gift Certificate
By the time the hen party rolls around, the bride-to-be will probably be a big ol’ ball of stress from planning the wedding. So why not treat her to an afternoon’s pampering? Shout her a gift voucher for her favourite nail bar or spa so she can spend a couple of hours de-stressing before the big day.
For The Guests
Why not treat your bridal party to a bracelet or a chain to say thank-you for being there? They don’t have to be expensive, solid gold affairs - Etsy is full of unique, sentimental-but-affordable jewellery like this and this.
2. Customised Wine Glasses
Again, these hen party gifts are ones you can either purchase or DIY. Customised glasses are a fab idea because not only are they a great keepsake, but you can practically be guaranteed that they’ll get used by the recipient. I mean, what self-respecting woman doesn’t want to drink out of a glitter-covered glass with her name written on it?
3. Pedicure in a Jar
These hen party gifts are both adorable and affordable! Order some lidded mason jars in bulk, and get to work filling them with mini-nail polishes, nail files, nail scissors, nail stickers etc. Hand them out to your hen party guests as a little thank-you for celebrating with you.
4. Oh Shit Kit
These require a little bit of prep, but the end result is worth it. For these hen party gifts, you’ll need to fill small bags/containers with all of the essentials for surviving the hen party - band-aids, lip-balm, hair clips, deodorant, water, paracetamol etc. - and hand them out at the start of the evening. You’ll be a heroine the next morning!
Get in touch with Henit today and we can start planning your dream hen party together. Enquire here or give us a call on 044-93-62222. Ciao! 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