Yes, hen nights are still a thing, as the buzz surrounding royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle’s do happily demonstrates. Hen dos are anything but borne of yesterday – in fact, Museum Hack reports that bridal showers have been around since about the 15th century, although the idea of the liberated bachelorette party was conceptualized in the last forty or so years. Prince Harry’s fiance opted for something traditional, as befitting a future royal, and chose to celebrate at a luxury spa as reported by Hello Magazine. However, you may want to treat you and your squad to something different, without being wayward or wild either. Here are some novel ideas for the big girls’ night out (or in).
1. Combine pamper with play – make your own perfume, scent, candles or bath bombs
Learn the basics of perfumery and all about top notes, base notes, middle notes and more. There are a number of perfumeries that offer small group studio classes, and some of them will even come to you and teach your intimate group of guests the how-to basics of perfumery, or take you through a tailor-made method of preparing a bespoke perfume scent. Making custom perfumes or taking a crash course in fragrance-making basics can be quite expensive though, but you’ll find it hard to rival the elegance and fun associated with this kind of class.
Maybe you’re actually not a perfume gal or a fragrance class is eating into your budget too much, but you like the idea. In that case, why not host an informal DIY home scent, candle or bath bomb party? There are many instructional videos, such as this one on YouTube for making your own bath bomb. Just make sure you have all the ingredients handy before the time.
2. The fast and the furious – enjoy a go-kart evening
This one’s for you if you’re a prospective bride who loves adventure and a bit of a thrill. It’s also a fun way to work out before your big day, even though it’s not considered a sport most of the time. The fact is, it’s filled with adrenaline and you’ll get plenty of arm-and-foot coordination and movement practice. Most racing events involve teams of two at a time who compete against other teams for two-hour races. Look for events that even the playing fields, such as ones with a handicap depending on driver experience and ability. That way you’ll know you stand a chance of winning.
Bingo is no longer, solely, the game of choice for seniors. Over the last decade or so, it has had a game lift in the sense that it offers players from all stages of life, an opportunity to create and have a fun gathering. Set up your bingo boards at home with some cocktails, snacks and small but desirable prizes, or visit a modern bingo hall. Modern bingo halls often have themes, so players can dress appropriately to enjoy the atmosphere created. Players often usually sit in groups at a table and a large number of players only adds to the prizes awarded. There are also on-site kitchens and bars adding to the social appeal of big bingo nights.
As with all great things, the game of bingo has modernized. Playing bingo online is an attractive option if all you ladies want to do is stay in the comfort of your pyjamas accessing a virtual bingo experience via a computer, smartphone or tablet. On a budget? There’s a wide range of aggregators like Oddschecker listing online bingo sites with free no-deposit bonuses.
4. Bust a tune
We quite like this idea from Glamour Magazine – a cool night of karaoke, where you can give your best falsetto or false notes. Many karaoke spots have private rooms you can book as well if you don’t fancy belting out your favorite tune in full flight in front of strangers. Be your own rock or pop star for the night, and dress the part to up the fun factor. Giving your favorite love songs your all before you tie the knot with nostalgic hits such as Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero could be just what you need to set the tone as you count down to exchanging those vows.
5. Attend a sexy dance class
Sign up for a sexy dance class or pole dancing lesson if you’d like something on the naughty side that doesn’t involve a stripper or lingerie-giving. Agree before the time that you’ll each be a member of a real or imagined girl band so you’ll get into the groove as if it’s opening night of your big concert tour.
6. Party at the poolside
If going away for an island-style wind-down was your original idea but the budget wouldn’t allow, book a poolside fiesta at your local hotel. There’s something carefree about splashing about in the water with drinks that is bound to take your mind off the most stressful of upcoming events.
A hen do can be relaxing, memorable and in keeping with the bride’s personality – any one of the above ideas, or a variation thereof, are likely to fulfil one or all these requirements.