5 Unique Hen Party Ideas To Kickstart Your Happily Ever After
It’s the most magical time of the year, bees suckling at ripened flowers greedily, dribbling nectar down their stripened bodies. Dogs yapping wagging furry tails in open green spaces, children gurgling with unadulterated glee. Partners down on one knee, ring gleaming on expectant fingers, drunken celebrations at hen parties galore, the bride to be laughing raucously. Seamstresses humming an affable ditty under their breath, bride and groom singing karaoke underneath the light of the full moon. And what could be more magical than a happily ever after that exists in real life, two souls joined as one, their futures pregnant with promise? Whole lives entwined, white beaded gown a bright reminder of a special day, phallic straws in a shoebox of memories, garbled voice notes and declarations of love. And while the wedding was a magical dream come true, you couldn’t help but smile at the hen party ‘memory folder’, it seemed a dozen light years away now. Gift certificates for a UK hen do weekend, blurry polaroid snaps, dried flowers, scripted letters,a folder dedicated to your hen do ideas, you always were a planner. You leafed through it gingerly, the hen party planning portfolio felt oddly light in your hands, a snapshot of your life before finding your happily ever after, strewn with flawless imperfections.
And so you drifted back in time, where five hen party ideas floated around in your subconscious absentmindedly, a rich tapestry of concepts swirling in brain matter. There was the time when you contemplated a boujiee afternoon tea, clinking glasses of prosecco, scone crumbs pooling in your lap. And who could forget the hedonistic delight of the dirty dancing classes that you and your hens had partaken in, a steamy anticipatory delight for the wedding night shenanigans. As for what you had chosen, only time would tell…
1. Dirty Dancing Classes: For A Steamy Happily Ever After
You remembered snuggling with your future husband on a battered couch, the lights barely flickering, hot water was scarce. But despite the less than inspiring surroundings you felt pure happiness coursing through your veins, as you held each other tenderly while Dirty Dancing graced your screens. You dreamed of learning to wiggle like Swayze and bouncing like Baby, as you both sang along without a single tune held, visualizing the two of you dancing in a log cabin like the famous duo did once upon a time. And lo and behold the years had passed and the engagement was on the cards. Wedding planning was going strong, and yet there was something missing, an iconic hen part activity that would touch your tender hearts. Scrolling through the internet you saw a reminder of that night snuggled on the couch, an offer for Dirty Dancing classes, could it be fate had dealt its hand so obviously? And who could it be that was your guardian angels in digital form? None other than Adventure Connections the cards proclaimed, you could barely contain your excitement.
With one click your dream hen party had been arranged and you pressed fast forward on the remote of life, into a time period where you would slip into the shoes of Jennifer Gray, Cha Cha heels at the ready. It was a glorious 90 minute dancing lesson with 10 of your fabulous ladies, learning to wiggle like Swayze and bounce like Baby with their fantastic Dirty Dancing classes! And while you lacked the grace and finesse of the Dirty Dancing duo, you hammed it up comedy style, the instructors getting you dancing and laughing to songs from the film. You did not feel self-conscious despite your lack of technique, instead embracing the clumsy missteps, as you learned the routine that Baby learns in the log cabin.
No-one puts Baby in the corner!
2. Chocolate And Cocktails Masterclass: For A ‘Choccy’ Ever After
Dipping fingers into tubs of Nutella she slurps the chocolate sauce one finger by one, until she can eat no more and her belly is sated. In a chocolate infused euphoria she slinks onto the couch and rests her weary head, drifting into a world made out of Lindt dreams. It was when she was in this field of consciousness that she stumbled across something marvelous, a hen party that would be as chocolatey as her imagination. It was a chocolate and cocktails masterclass that tickled her tastebuds, could she get that ‘Choccy Ever After’ that she had always dreamed of? She would saunter into the workshop with her beautiful girls, huge grins on their anticipatory faces, welcomed by friendly faces who would kickstart the chocolate revolution. The workshop commenced and their gameface was set, sipping on indulgent chocolate martinis before the fabulous chocolate making masterclass began. The last of the martinis slid down their gullets with ease, before they were plunged into a heady mix of mixology and chocolate alchemy, as their professional Chocolatiers bewitched them with their rich chocolate blends.The hen could barely contain her excitement, had she died and gone to chocolate heaven? She couldn’t wait until she could recount the story of her chocolate cocktail masterclass to her husband to be, she could imagine the happiness and glee that would light up in his blue orb eyes. The hen and her party of friends had their creative juices flowing throughout with plenty of exotic chocolate fusions and extra special surprises for the giddy bride to be. She could hardly believe her luck. But their fun wasn’t over just yet, they would toast the bride to be and her future husband in a jubilant celebratory speech, sipping on the fruity taste and biscuit undertones of the marvelous ‘Pannier’ champagne.
When master winemaker Phillippe Dupuis and his friendly team first presented the hen party with a glass, they knew from first sip that they had found the perfect compliment to their chocolate and it was a blissful sight to behold. Mixing choctails was a delicious delight, as was the decadence of a glass drizzled in
velvety milk chocolate, your mouths were drooling collectively. But nothing could have topped making your own chocolate, oh what a treat. The bride teamed up with a friend to make yummy
fresh cream truffles and pipe truffles in the shape of yes you guessed it penises, laughing as the instructors held a straight face throughout. You would decorate the luxurious handmade chocolate treats with white chocolate flakes and hazelnuts, salivating at the oozing melted chocolate . And when the chocolate masterclass had come to an end, you bid your adieus goody bags in tow, vowing to come back one day soon.
Chocolate Is Your Friend.
3. Afternoon Tea River Cruise: For A Mermaid Approved Happy Ending
The bride to be was once upon a time a mermaid in search of her merman, seeking a mermaid ever after where all her magical dreams would come true. And then she found him, head nonchalantly looking out to shore, chiseled jaw open in awe as he watched the sea water froth and splash playfully with the mermaids who frolicked in a water led paradise. The rest was history, a romantic smooth shared on a river cruise, champagne spilled without a care in the world, looking into the eyes of the man who would be her future husband, little did she know. It was a glimpse back into time that made her realize what she wanted her Hen Party to be, an Afternoon Tea River Cruise for a mermaid approved happy ending. They would begin their two hour sightseeing tour with anticipation in their bellies, butterflies fluttering. They would be served tea from Eclectic Teapots on a Boat Decorated With Bunting, on a visually delightful Mad Hatters Tea Party cruise that was a feast for the senses. Dressed up as characters from Alice In Wonderland, the bride and her hen party marveled at the Stunning Scenery at Port Meadow, as they gulped down glorious champagne. They passed through the Osney Lock with Afternoon Tea Onboard, following the same route up the river as that taken by Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell on the famous ‘Golden Afternoon’ in 1862. You recalled being told how Alice created the story of Alice in Wonderland to entertain Alice and her sisters whilst on a river cruise and felt blessed to retrace his watery steps.
It was a sumptuous spread, freshly made vegetarian sandwiches and indulgent scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam. Petit Fours and ‘eat me’ treats, washed down with terrific ‘drink me’ tea. And what a charming cruise it was, a welcome apertif to the clubbing antics that would take place the rest of the weekend, you closed your eyes with blissful ease. With your mermaid friendies in tow you felt alive, basking in the glow of the mermaid sun that caressed your cheek dreamily.
Even Mermaids Get Hungry
4. Coasteering Experience: For The Soon To Be Married Adrenaline Junkies
You craved adventure like you craved good food and wine, feeling the rush of adrenaline run through your veins while you anticipated the rush. And your hen party was not going to be any different; you wanted to feel the wind on your face and inscribe adventure into your middle name, you couldn’t wait to defy expectations. There would be climbing, scrambling, swimming and cliff jumping for this bride to be, she stumbled upon a coasteering experience that described itself as being ‘not for the faint hearted’ she knew it was her destiny. 10 gal pals were rounded up with childlike glee, it was the first time they had been to an ‘active’ hen party and they couldn’t wait to see what it would feel like to try something new. They were taken to a breathtaking off the beaten track location, where swimming, climbing, scrambling, and cliff jumping would take them to an otherwise inaccessible part of the UK coastline. It was glorious and while being fully kitted up in wetsuits, helmets, buoyancy aids and surf boots was a different look to what the glamorous bride to be was normally sporting, nevertheless she relished the challenge. Given a safety talk, they were the taken to the water, swimming out towards the headland with wondrous glee. You would swim along rocks and venture into numerous caves to witness a series of blowholes and whirlpools that blew your mind in the best way possible.
And that is when you could feel the adrenaline pumping through your body, as a swell pushed you up against a rock face, scrambling to clamber up the rock face with the agility of a watery Spiderman. You braved a 20-40 ft climb up the cliffs as you prepared to go into ‘Action’ mode, before taking a thrilling leap off the cliff back into the surf below, oh what a rush it was!
Coasteering Is Not For The Faint Hearted
5. The Ultimate Wine Course: Couples That Wine Together Stay Together
It was a simple but effortless hen party idea, a planned event that you knew that your friends would enjoy, smiles visible on gleeful faces. It would be a wine course for the ages, a two hour hen party to get the party started in the most sophisticated manner possible. You began with a selection of fine wine chosen by the professional Wine Connoisseur, who assured you that they would provide an innovative and fun wine tasting course designed at a level that ensured everyone would learn something new. It was an excellent introduction to understanding wine, focusing on the main grape varieties that comprise the classic wines of the world. With three reds, three whites and styles to suit all palates, the bride and her guests were thrilled at the level of expertise shown during the wine course, with the tasting of six vintage vinos. You learned that you could even tailor the emphasis of the event, deciding to enjoy wines from Portugal given that your background was Portuguese. It seemed fitting. As the wine course pulsed through the evening, the bride became excited as they added champagne and vegetarian canapes to the hen party wine course tasting.
It was just what you needed and the taste of red wine on the tip of your tongue reminded you of an evening spent yonder ago with your amor, curled up on the sofa, slurping spaghetti , red wine in one hand, the remote in another.
Couples That Wine Together Stay Together
And it was then that the now bride jolted back to the present, remembering all the hen party dreams she had and the agonies of deciding as a Libra which hen party idea would be her calling card. It was the Alice In Wonderland themed afternoon tea that she chose in the end, a magical realist caught in a surrealist world, delving into a world of make believe one last time. She might no longer be a single mermaid, but she relished the feel of her husbands touch, strong arms wrapped around relaxed shoulders, oh how he smouldered. And when the night drew to a close, she pictured them old and gray together, remembering the day when she would sit on a river cruise dreaming of the marriage to the man she loved. And loved him she did.
What Hen Party Do You Like The Most? Do You Have Any Hen Party Ideas?
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