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5 Unusual Hen Party Ideas in the UK

Congratulations…you’re getting married this year! Although your focus may be on getting your wedding preparations sorted, it’s probably time you started to think about your hen party plans. For many, the very idea of a typical hen party can be off-putting and daunting; (think L plates, clubbing and drinking until the early hours) and realistically, who wants to do the same as everyone else? Why not think outside the box?

Whether you’re a bride who’s planning your very own hen party or a bridesmaid tasked with the seemingly impossible challenge, here are a number of ideas to take into consideration for a memorable and unique hen-do:

Movie night in

What better way to spend time with your girlfriends than to enjoy a cosy night in with movies and face masks? Throw on those pyjamas, crack open the champagne and order a takeaway – whether it be pizza, a Chinese or a healthier option of Thai delivery in Oxford.

Vintage afternoon tea

If you’d prefer a daytime hen-do, a vintage afternoon tea is a classic and civilised option for the hens. If it’s easier to pay a fee and have the entire thing laid on for you, there are many venues and stately homes around the UK that provide afternoon tea experiences.

Or, if you’re looking to cut costs, you could put on a DIY afternoon tea by hiring and decorating a venue and bringing along your own food. Remember, you’ll need plenty of cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee, cups and saucers, champagne and balloons of course. To finish off the event perfectly, you could play some vintage-style music in the background or hire a professional jazz singer.

Cookery and cocktail classes

Whether the bride is completely comfortable in the kitchen or a total novice, booking a cookery class is a fun and unusual hen-do idea. Many restaurants around the UK offer these sessions with the assistance of a professional chef, who will teach you all how to prepare and cook a meal of your choice, which you can tuck into afterwards.

Or, if you’d prefer a livelier event, you could even book a cocktail-making class, which are offered at various bars around the UK or stay at home and follow online recipes.

Karaoke sessions

If you grew up singing the Spice Girls into your hairbrush, you can now re-live your childhood fantasies by having your very own private karaoke experience.
Lucky Voice venues are dotted around the UK, in which you can hire your own private booth to belt out your favourite pop songs. As you let your hair down, you’ll have drinks brought to you and silly props for selfies. However, you could even throw a karaoke party in the comfort of your own home, if you’d prefer!

Make your own perfume If you’ve got a small party of hens and are on the lookout for something slightly different, one unique idea would be to make your own perfumes. These two-hour sessions take place in several venues across the UK. You’ll be in the company of a professional perfumer, who will teach you about the different blends that make-up a typical perfume and how you can create your very own bespoke fragrance.

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