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Looking for alternative hen party ideas?

It can sometimes feel like a competition between who's organised the best hen party, but it doesn't need to be. We're going to look at some fun alternatives to the new 'normal' of Ibiza or spa weekender. Some can be cost-effective, some are a bit more of a splurge, but hopefully there's something for everyone.

1 ) Crafty Party

If you're a bit crafty, you could try a craft workshop like creating flower crowns, or try your hand at undie-making, or if you're diy-ing your wedding get the gang together and create some aspect of your day like making favours or centrepieces. There are creatives offering craft workshops all over the country and at locations that are convenient to you and your group.

2) Create your own wedding fragrance

Get the gang together and the lovely ladies of Magnifisense can work with you to blend your own perfume, which you can use for you and your girls, or as favours/gifts. They can also find the ideal venue to host you, if you don't want to do it at home

3) Hire a house

There are some great properties you can rent all over the country for large or small groups (check that they accept hen groups before booking as Terms and Conditions will apply!). You could find a house with a pool/hot-tub/sauna/games room and then bring the activities to you. Bring in a local chef to cook for you. Hire some entertainment...

4) Dinner and a show

Organise (or get someone else to organise) a trip into town to meet up for afternoon tea at the Savoy then head to Magic Mike Live or to Hamilton, whatever takes your fancy. There are so many fantastic shows available all over the country so check out what's coming up in your area of choice. If you don't fancy a posh afternoon tea try any number of other eatery options.

5) Host a pamper party

You may not have done a sleepover since you were little but how about getting the girls over for a home spa and makeovers, but in a grown-up way with your hair and make-up artist/s for a trial. Bring out the bubbles and the banging tunes, send the other half out for the night and dance the night away.

6) Try something new

How about having a go at something that is often considered an activity for the boys? Like off-road driving, an escape room, target shooting, paintballing, etc; there's no reason why a group of hens can't try something adventurous and outdoorsy.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Most activities can be organised by someone on your behalf if you're not sure where to start or just don't want the faff of doing it; people like me can do the planning for you or point you in the right direction. If you're DIYing your wedding, your hen party can reflect that but don't turn it into a sweat shop, it should be fun. Remember it should be something you want to do so if there's anything don't want to do make sure whoever is helping or planning your hen do for you knows this.

If you need any further advice on hen or 'sten' party ideas, get in touch. Have fun X