Hen Party Ideas for the Chic Bride-to-Be!
Hello lovelies. Something a little more light-hearted this week. Those of you who have been assigned Maid of Honour, Chief Bridesmaid or perhaps you just love taking charge when it comes to throwing parties and masterminding games… this one’s for you! Putting on a hen party to remember can feel like quite a responsibility, particularly if you want to come up with a plan that is creative, unusual and that your bride-to-be will just love!
If you are thinking pink satin sashes, naughty male dancers and willie straws… this post is not for you! We are all about doing things in style, putting the cool before cringe and not going OTT on tacky. It’s all about imagining up a celebration that is the perfect fit for the princess and here are some ideas to get you started.
Do you have a flower-loving bride-to-be? This fresh flower headdress making workshop is an hour of hand-on-fun and will give you something you can take away and wear for the rest of the do.
How better to prepare for the big day than to make your own headpiece or hat to wear to the wedding while enjoying afternoon tea and a glass of bubbly? Immerse yourself into the world of fabrics, fathers and millinery as the professional’s guide you through the hat making process. All events are in association with Katherine Elizabeth Millinery and can be tailored to suit your needs and budget.
Does your bride fancy herself as the next Banksy? Why not embark on a graffiti and street art tour of East London, before heading back to the Alternative London workshop to try it for yourself. For a small extra fee, you can even paint your artwork onto a canvas bag or t-shirt to take home with you.
Who doesn’t love dressing their hands in pretty statement jewels? In this cocktail ring workshop at The Crafty Hen you will design and make your own rings using their wide rainbow of colourful glass beads, Swarovski crystal beads and beautiful freshwater pearls. Create more than one ring to take away with you as a gorgeous party keepsake, or even create co-ordinating earrings or other jewellery pieces to match your new handmade ring.
QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH AFFAIR
Indulge in a fabulous B Afternoon Tea with a difference on a vintage London Routemaster bus that will drive around Central London, taking in some of the City’s best sights. The even do an afternoon vegan tea. You have the option to join the one and a half hour tour or to have exclusive use of a bus for your party of up to 32 people. This allows you to take a personalised route with specific departure and arrival locations. If you are planning a multi-activity hen, then this couple be a pretty cool way of shuttling everyone from A-to-B.
If your bride-to-be is more of a country girl then why not head to the Orangery at Longleat. Set amidst the rose-filled gardens and just a short stroll from the lake, you have a lovely relaxing setting from which to enjoy fine coffees, teas, pastries and cakes in this 19th-century conservatory. If your bride is an animal lover, why not team up your tea with safari drive through or VIP feeding experience.
Head to the uber-trendy Cheeky Parlour in Holborn for a girly salon session that will leave you feeling relaxed and beautiful, and possibly a little bit tipsy. It is a treat for your toes, nails and cheeks and all for affordable prices. You can also opt for sole use of the parlour and indulge in a brunch or even canapés while you put your feet up.
For the ultimate, indulgent pamper party head to the Mondrian Hotel’s private Glamour Room to be welcomed by champagne and canapés before treating yourselves to an array of luxurious treatments. From glam glow mud masks to brow consultations and blow-drys, it’s definitely got an A-List vibe and will leave the bridal party ready to take to the aisle in style.
If you are all about high-quality nail treatments and are looking for a fun setting to natter and relax, the Grace Space party room can accommodate your group of between 7 and 20 guests. Each guest chooses a treatment and then pair your treatments with either a bridal brunch, afternoon tea, or pizza and prosecco.
MAKE ME SWEAT
So much more than a filmed dance routine, this is the real deal where you will be able to step into professional studios (located in nearly every city in the country) and make your very own high-quality pop video to your favourite song. You’ll work with industry professionals including film directors, choreographers and makeup artists that have worked with the likes of Kylie, Pink, Cheryl Cole and so many more!
An alternative to getting the party started is to head to one of London’s Frame Studios and to choose from a variety of dancing options including burlesque, dirty dancing and Chicago. Team up your dance class with some prosecco and cupcakes or a slightly healthier alternative such as acai cocktails, fuel bowls and paleo cake.
Think Vogue. Think Yoga This is Voga, uniting a highly stylized and expressive yoga with the slick alignment and posing of vogue-inspired dance. House of Voga offers classes in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Ibiza, Barcelona and Mallorca and promises to keep you moving, burning between 650-850 calories per workout. You can book a private session for 2-35 people with the resident Voga DJ spinning the all-important 80s tunes.
For a more traditional type of hot vinyasa yoga and for those wanting to build a sweat why not let the yoga come to you. The Hotpod is a cocoon-like pod available to hire out for up to 20 people. If you have the space for it, this would be a great option to warm you up for a big night, or even to help work off a hangover.
STAY AT HOME
Bringing the beauty services straight to your door, Perfect 10 will take care of everything so you can all sit back and relax. Choose from one of their pampering packages or create your own bespoke package. They work with Social Pantry who can assist with the event logistics and catering if you so desire.
Calling all cocktail lovers… The 43 Club is a bespoke, mobile cocktail service that will transform your home into a glamorous cocktail bar serving exquisite tipples for the ultimate house party.
ALL ABOUT SCENT
EPC is a fragrance lab and micro-perfumery in the heart of East London, specialising in bespoke fragrance design. Delve into the fascinating world of scent and take part in one of their creative, hands-on, fun and expert-led workshops. The masterclass will put you “in the nose” teaching you the basics of perfumery before creating your own fragrance.
If your bride loves to burn scent more than wear it, why not book a private candle making workshop where you will learn to blend your own scent. They accommodate between 8 and 50 people and can host the event in their East London studio, or in your own space.
If you plan on splashing out and treating your bride to a truly luxe experience then head to Jo Loves in Pimlico, Central London and for one of the in-store experiences. From fragrance tapas to creating your own shot candle, their bespoke events are tailored to suit your group, whether big or small.