A hen party is a rite of passage for every bride-to-be – one last carefree and mischievous celebration with the girls before saying ‘I do’! However, the humble hen has come a long way since hot pink L-plates, polyester veils and plastic tiaras. In fact, research shows that in the UK we now spend an astronomical £507 per hen party, as celebrations have become more extravagant than ever.
Sound familiar? Not to worry, with wedding season here, the experts at i heart Wines have created the ultimate DIY hen party guide, to ensure you give the bride-to-be a night to remember – without breaking the bank! Go on – copy what the celebs do and enjoy those hen dos, but without the A-list price tags!
Shake Things Up
While it’s great to hit the tiles for drinks with your besties like Mario Falcone’s fiancée Becky Miesner, why not bring the party to you by hosting your very own at-home mixology masterclass? Not only is it just as fun to create your own tipples at home, it’s also a great way to break the ice and get the party started.
Host Afternoon Tea
For brides with a sweet tooth, an indulgent afternoon tea is the perfect surprise – here’s actress Tanya Burr enjoying her scrumptious feast. Why not bake like Mary Berry and plan a picnic in the garden, complete with delectable cakes, sumptuous scones and a selection of savoury treats and sandwiches, served alongside a refreshing glass of bubbles? Try i heart Prosecco, a light and bubbly bursting fizz with classic acacia flower aromas and delicate apple and peach flavours.
Go for Glamorous Glamping
We’d all love to be whisked off to a super-hot festival like Coachella for our hen (and we’d like to look as fabulous as the soon-to-be-married Olivia Buckland, too!). If your party is of a more adventurous nature, why not whisk them away for an authentic countryside camping experience, sleeping under the stars and exploring the great outdoors. Get the vino out while you build the tents, fire up the barbeque and make the ultimate sweet treat – s’mores!
Host Wine Tasting
Just like the bride and groom-to-be, wine and cheese are a match made in heaven. We all like a glass of white or red – just like newly-wed Strictly dancer Janette Manrara – so why not invite a sommelier to host a wine and cheese tasting? If not, do your own research and impress your fromage-loving hens with your extensive knowledge of grapes and cheese.
Create an Oasis of Tranquillity
Want to visit a spa or relax by the pool like Tom Daley? Ensure the future Mrs feels fabulous ahead of the big day by transforming your home into an oasis of tranquillity and getting the girls together for the ultimate at-home pamper session. You can even book a mobile spa service to come to your home so you can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful day, complete with bubbles and blow dries, facials and pedicures.