Hen Do season is in full swing here at Wedding in a Teacup and with survival kit pouches flying out across the country we can't help but smile thinking of all the fun that's going to be had! The modern Hen Do doesn’t have to follow the typical “funny” outfits and trashy bar formula (although, a bit of trash never hurt anyone…) Today a hen night is just as likely to be a hen weekend, and a vast array of activities are available to keep everyone happy; from craft evenings to dance lessons, to vintage cream teas and luxury spa days – there’s no excuse not to have fun! In our experience it’s those little personal touches that really make a hen do special. So put a huge smile on the beautiful bride to be and her chicks with our Top Tips:
Once you’ve agreed a time and a place for the action, get everyone excited with a snail mail invitation – there are times when a text or email just won’t cut it! Send a badge invitation personalised with the date of the do, each guest’s name (good for larger parties where everyone doesn’t know each other) or simply HEN – then everyone can wear them on the day – a great ice breaker!
Or is the bride to be more eco minded? Pop our sunflower seed packets in A6 envelopes for a lovely introduction to a country weekend away…. Our ‘time to drink champagne’ stamps are perfect used on the back of the envelopes to make sure they’re opened ASAP!
If you’re staying away for the night, make sure a few of you get there before the bride to be to set the scene and decorate! A lovely idea is to get everyone to bring their favorite (or funniest) photos of her and peg them up around the room. The stories behind each one will surely come out throughout the night!
Scatter bright confetti on the tables, pop fun paper straws and retro charms in the drinks and string bunting and colorful pom-poms from the walls. Top it all off with a ‘hen party in progress’ sign to make sure you’re not disturbed!
Gifts for all the girls are a really thoughtful touch, and can be practical too. Fill hen do survival kit pouches with goodies to keep everyone in tiptop condition; sweets, plasters, paracetamol, mini bottles of booze and detox face masks – they’ll thank you for it later! Pin one of our matching big badges to the front personalised with the guest and bride to be’s name for instant introductions – they’re great to wear to the bar later – more subtle than bunny ears! Arrange the pouches on a table before everyone arrives for extra wow factor.
And don’t forget the bride to be – this is (hopefully) the only hen do she’ll have – so she’s to be spoilt rotten! Our ‘bride to be’ tote bags are larger than the pouches so you can cram more goodies in them – a lovely keepsake, and great sash alternative for the more fashion conscious! Fill with gifts that she can use on the day and keep for her BIG day.
We particularly love the fortune telling book for brides – a great conversation focus for the whole group! Pop in a pocket mirror personalised with her name and the date – she can use it on her wedding day and smile as she remembers all the support she has around her. Top it all off with a handmade bride to be necklace that she can wear with style and pride the whole weekend.
And finally, for the ultimate take-home gift for your bride to be, create a hen-do guest book for her. We love the idea of filling a photograph album with all the chicks’ childhood photos and memories of her – add to it throughout the day and gift it to her at the end, leaving a few blank pages for her to add in the fun of the hen do!
Or bring along a ‘fill me in’ poster and some colourful pens so everyone can write their message and memories on it throughout the weekend – it makes a wonderful keepsake. Now, THAT’S how to throw a hen party. Enjoy!! xxx