Hen Party Ideas

Hen Party Ideas

make the most of the big day

We are always on the lookout for new ideas for hosting the ultimate Hen Party, We have put together a collection of some of our favourite hen party ideas and tips below to help you make the most out of your Hen’s big day.

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What invitations you go for can depend on whether you are doing a theme or not . It also depends on whether you are doing an online invitation or an actual hard copy invitation. You can buy generic hen party invitations in any good joke shop or online.

With Facebook, Twitter, Viber, Whatsapp, Pinterest (and the rest), most people are taking the easy way and designing one on their computer and sending it via one of these social networking sites which is much more cost effective with the same personalization that is required.

If you have the time make them yourself make sure you put all of the information of the date, where you are staying, the RSVP date and the package price etc on it.

At this point I would advise you let them know what is the last date to pay the deposit to secure their place.
Check out our Pinterest page for invitation ideas.

I just love bunting, it is so easy to make and yet it is so very effective to really personalize any table, room or area.

Check out how to make personalized bunting below:

Apart from Material Bunting there are lots of cost effective ways to fill a room with beautiful personalized bunting without breaking the bank. You just need to get your creative hat on.

It is amazing what you can create with a little Coloured hard card, a hold puncher and a piece of string.

Check out some of our inspirations for bunting here

Great for rounding everyone up before the meal (make sure you add this into your budget before telling anyone the prices)

You may need plastic glasses as some hotels will charge you corkage if you didn’t buy the drink in the hotel.

This depends on what look you are going for you can get L Plates/Horns or the formidable penis hen bopper.

Add a head bopper to any outfit to instantly signal that you are a hen party.

Check out this page where you can get hen party boppers from €1.50 per person!

Again if you do not wish to go with a theme or a fancy dress but you want everyone to appear to be party of one group. Diamante Transfers can be ironed onto t-shirts for the group to wear on the night out or indeed, just for the journey down to get you all in a part mood.

These Diamante Transfers are also great to personalize things for the hen herself. Iron “Bride to be” onto her PJ’s for the hen night for a nice finishing touch to what is sure to be a great night.

Finding Nice Ideas for a Hen Party can be hard Personalized dinner menus can be as simple as the hens name and the date at the top of the menu you could add a tag line if you felt creative.

You could do one large picture of the hen as the background or you could do many small pictures around the edge of the page. These can be made into scrolls with ribbon or just left as normal.

You can incorporate the general theme of the Hen Party to these if you are doing one, for example if you are doing a Nautical theme having the menus reflect this is a perfect way to pull a theme together.

If you have a hen that loves her magazines, what a surprise it would be for her to be on the front of one!

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At the end of the hen party, pick up the days newspaper, a copy of the dinner menu, a coaster from the bar, a souvenir from each thing you did that day.

Seal them all in a box and give it to the bride 1 year later, on her Hen Anniversary and reminisce about the day.

If you want to really go the extra mile make this Memory Box/Time Capsule match the theme of the Hen Party such as this Vintage Styled Memory Box:

Photobooths all the rage now. They bring laughter and a great opportunity to get pics of the guests. Personalize these to the theme you are doing and you are onto a winner.

Photobooths are a fun way to get everyone mixing and great for the memories afterwards.

Fancy dress hen parties (eg. dress as a nurse) involves dressing up for the hen party night out only and it does not affect any other party of the event.

You do not theme the menus and invites around this.

There are so many cute ideas for Hen Party badges – check out our Pinterest page below for inspiration. However our favorite Suppliers for Personalized Hen Party Badges have to be www.jokeshop.ie.

They have lots of predesigned badges for you to choose from or you can simply create your own.

The best part is that they only cost €1.50 each

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This is such a simple idea & yet a really nice surprise for the hen. It starts the day off on a great note.

Decorate the room prior to her arrival with balloons & banners – you could even cleverly place pictures of her around the room. Chocolates, sparkling wine & cookies are also good to munch on while getting ready (Check with the hotel that you are allowed)

You can personalise this as much as you want, adding personalised bunting, pictures of the hen etc.

If you are doing a theme keep this in mind (eg. if you are doing “pink ladies”, all pink balloons would be perfect)

If you are not going with a hen party theme or hen party fancy dress but wish to have uniformity among the group a Hen party t-shirt is a great idea.

It can also be worn for the journey down (before you get into fancy dress/night out gear) getting everyone into the hen party mood. This can be done with a picture & a tag line or just “Mary’s Hen Party”

Most hen party t-shirt companies are great at helping you design one that is special to the hen (Be sure you get people’s right sizes some “Larges” are no bigger than a 14)

Check out our favourite & cost effective suppliers of hen party t-shirts: www.jokeshop.ie

These Gold Glitter Champagne bottles will add a splash of sophistication to any Hen Party.
Use them as a Hen party favour and you will set the tone of “classy” straight away.

Check out how to do this easy idea here

Or if you want to do a Bucks fizz reception tie it to a orange juice….Voila!

You can go for a simple shop bought cake, plain iced Cupcakes, Novelty Cupcakes, Novelty cakes the choice is yours. Bear this in mind when booking the dinner, as you may get dinner cheaper.

Again if you are doing a theme it is a great way to carry it through the event ie: if you are doing a Nautical Theme do a Nautical themed Cake.

They all come in all shapes and sizes check out our PINTEREST page for some ideas.

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Get a scrapbook or a photo album & fill it with pictures of the hen throughout her life.

A nice idea is to get everyone to send you an image of them and the bride and get them to sign it/write a note to the bride or send the note to you and you type it up before the hen night.

At the end, have a picture of the Bride and Groom to be with a note from him (aww).

Get a scrapbook & either get everyone to bring along a handwritten recipe they like. Put them all in the book a great keepsake for the bride to be.

All you need for this are wooden lollipop sticks and a sharpie!

Get everyone to write something different on each lollipop stick that the couple can do for date night each week. Place all the lillipop sticks in the jar.

Makes a great keepsake for the bride to be.

At the start of the hen party gather all the guests together, ask everyone to apply their favourite lipstick shade and get them all to metaphorically “Kiss the Hen”!

Make sure everyone has quite a thick layer of lipstick and get them to kiss the piece of card. Then leave your card in a safe place to dry completely – Don’t let it smudge as it will ruin it and you will have to start all over again.

Once it is dry then pop it in a lovely frame and surprise the hen!

The choices for these are endless.

You can go with chocolates, drinks, take home gifts, personalise them, work them with a theme you are running – I just love them, they ooze sophistication and attention to detail (once done right), done wrong and you are better off not doing it at all.

They all come in all shapes and sizes check out our PINTEREST page for some ideas.

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Everything is better with Chocolate including a hen party!

A few chocolates in each room, welcoming the guests to the hen party gives it a wow factor. You can do this in many ways you can just be really simple and place one Dairy Milk chocolate on a napkin with a note “Welcome to X Hen party” or you can do a chocolate favour box etc.

What you do depends entirely on your budget

If you are doing Hen Party Bags/Hen Party Survival Kit, you can include anything you like.

Here at Belles and Blazers we think any Hen Party Bag should definitely contain a few of the following:
• Plasters
• Water
• Painkillers
• Chewing gum
• Safety pins
• Small sewing kit
• Small deodorant
• Lip balm

Half of the appeal of a party bag is the way it is presented and what it is presented in. You can do it really well in a brown bag with a personalized label at the front, you can do really fancy boxes or you can go one step further and take one of these as inspiration

Check out our PINTEREST page for ideas: Hen Party Survival Kit Ideas

Again if you do not wish to go with a theme or a fancy dress but you want everyone to appear to be party of one group. Diamante Transfers can be ironed onto t-shirts for the group to wear on the night out or indeed, just for the journey down to get you all in a part mood.

These Diamante Transfers are also great to personalize things for the hen herself. Iron “Bride to be” onto her PJ’s for the hen night for a nice finishing touch to what is sure to be a great night.

Just add music!!!

If you are travelling to the hen party by car or by bus it is important you do not end up listening to the news or worse still, bad music on the way down.

Get the party started right from the moment you leave.

Create a playlist on your iPod (make sure you can link it to the speakers) or a CD of the hen’s favourite songs or generic hen party/girlie songs for the journey…..Bob’s your uncle instant party mood!

Get images of the bride to be, put them into a nice collage print and laminate it…voila personalized placemats.

If you are doing a theme this is an ideal opportunity to make it flow throughout the entire night such as if you are doing Christmas themed hen party having Christmas images/colours on the personalized placemats is a great way to tie it all together.

You could also order them online at various online stores such as: http://www.glossy.ie/personal-placemat/

Where should I go for a hen party?

Planning a Hen Party?

Where should I go for a Hen Party?

This ladies is the ultimate question! There are many factors to consider, the bride’s preferences and taste, your budget and what you imagine as the perfect hen party weekend for your closest friends.

When picking the hen party destination, distance is always a factor. As a rule of thumb, we recommend somewhere within 90 minutes, and accessible to all the group.

Below we have outlined a couple of options, but please check out our website for the wide array of destinations we  offer – we have something to suit all tastes and budgets.  WHERE SHOULD I GO FOR A HEN PARTY- below we help you narrow down the options so you can find the perfect hen party destination for YOUR Hen as everyone is different!

Is your bride a party animal?

If you have a party animal Bride to be all of the large towns and cities in Ireland come to mind Galway, Carrick on Shannon, Athlone, Westport, Kilkenny or Limerick to name a few.

Most towns in Ireland offer you a fun filled Saturday night, so you really can’t go wrong!

Is your Bride Outdoorsy?

For the bride with a love of the outdoors Glamping is a winner every time. Our Glamping in Carrick on Shannon offers comfortable glamping units, shepherds huts and Eco pods with beds electricity and heaters.

You are not stuck there though we also provide transport into Carrick town on Saturday night, so you experience the best of both worlds.

If Carrick is too far we also offer Glamping on a private site in Athlone town – With Eco Pods, Private living area with kitchen and a big red bus it is the great outdoors meets civilisation. 

Would your bride prefer something more ‘high end’?

Nothing in Ireland comes close to the superb houses of Tranquility Ireland. They have 6 houses ranging from a rebuilt church to a high end Villa. 

Think Private Chefs, Luxurious surroundings and views to die for. 

Would your bride like a theme?

When it comes to themes the options are endless and we can offer something to suit most.

Its important to consider this when deciding on the hen party Location as some locations might be better suited to your theme then another. 

For example, if the bride enjoys country music, there is a western themed hen party package in Athlone complete with outdoor covered saloon and western themed hen party activity.

If your Bride wants to do something like a Father Ted Themed Hen Party we own and run the Finding Ted the Father Ted Experience and Mrs Doyle and Her Grannies activities – these can take place in any town in Ireland so you are not restricted on Locations if this is the theme she wants. 

Is your bride budget conscious?

If you are budget conscious its good to know that large towns such as Galway and Kilkenny are generally dearer than smaller towns such as Athlone or Carrick on Shannon. We have plenty of value package options, including the Cruise package in Athlone or Carrick on Shannon. Either destination includes your accommodation, meal, reserved areas plus Cruise on the River Shannon, with prices starting from under €100pps.

Glamping in Carrick on Shannon is also a great value option at just €135pp for a full all inclusive 2 night weekend package. 

Would your bride like a country retreat?

If its a country retreat hen party weekend you are after then This Bishopstown House is ideal.

Located in the heart of the countryside in Westmeath it is perfect for a weekend of hen party fun in the rural location of Moate, Westmeath.  

Is your bride more reserved?

Some brides just want a quiet night away, without the bright lights and partying, If this is the case it really doesn’t matter where you go. We can of course tailor an option to suit this sort of group – you may consider one of our self-catering houses or apartments where you can bring your own food and drinks, or we can organise an on-site caterer.

You could do a quiet Friday with a pyjama party and face masks, and on Saturday enjoy an activity followed by a leisurely dinner on site, with some games to set the mood.

But please remember, as we always say once the group is together making memories the destination really doesn’t matter – so don’t sweat the small stuff! Just make your decision and let us do the rest!

Happy Planning!

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How to Organise a Hen Party – The Comprehensive Guide

Planning a Hen Party?

How to Organise a Hen Party

How to Organise a Hen Party – Our Top Tips! We are over 10 years organising hen parties all over Ireland. 

Here is our step by Comprehensive Guide to hen planning!

Do not underestimate how much work there is to organising a hen party.

After over 10 years planning hen party weekends and activities we know a thing or two! We have outlined below our comprehensive guide to hen party planning for you FOR FREE!
Lets start with this – You will get a few grey hairs!
On that good note, here we go…

Keep a Record of everything

When you are planning a hen party a great place to start is to start an excel sheet with all the name of girls invited. Make sure you have the contact details for each guest; email or phone number (Web texts are great!). Mark each person in red if not coming and green if they are.

Due to the fact that there is usually 2 or more people involved in the organising of a Hen Party we would recommend setting up an email address specifically for that Hen Party “SarahsHenParty@gmail.com”. Do ALL correspondence through this email to your suppliers and guests. 

If you have a conversation with the hotel about something follow up on an email so every organisor can see this in the email trail. To make it less confusing reply to each supplier on the back of the last email in their thread, so it reads as a story instead of various emails.

Set the Date

Setting the date of the hen party can become a tough job if you let it. After over a decade organising hen parties in Ireland we advise that you book the hen for at least 6 weeks before the wedding date. 

Pick a date that suits the Bride and the Bridesmaids and go with that. It will be impossible to get a date that will suit all 25 women so just decide on the date with the wedding party and book from there. 

Choose the Hen Party Location

Its about who’s there not where! Decide where the hen party is going to take place. Some people get worked up on the hen party location when in reality once you are in a bar with 20 ladies you could be anywhere in the country. It will not make a difference where the hen party is as you will make your own craic. Think about the hen party activity when you are deciding on the hen party location. If the Hen really wants to do quad biking find out where that is available and work from there. Something like a CSI Save the Groom or a Mrs Doyle & her grannies is a safe option as an activity. These activities are available in most locations, meaning you are not restricted on where you can go. Think about the sore heads the next day: Try to keep the Hen Party location no more than 2 hours from the Brides home, think of the journey home the next day.

Choose the Hen Party Package

All Hen night packages should include the following in the Package:  Bed & Breakfast, an ice breaker activity, some sort of food, Reserved area in a Bar & Nightclub Entry. We offer All inclusive hassle free Hen Party packages all over Ireland check our the hen party packages we offer on the link below.


If you are booking the hen party accommodation yourself make sure you are clear on the prices from the beginning. Ensure they do not quote you for a triple room and conveniently forget to tell you that the twin room is actually €30 more.  Find out check in time, alot of hotels do not guarantee check in until after 3pm. Find out what the last day you can cancel a room without there being a cancellation fee.

Hen Party Activity

A hen party activity is a must for any group, try keep it less than 2 hours long and something that is not too far travelling time & something that will get people interacting.

Most hens have friends from every part of a girls life and therefore a big mix of personalities. Getting the group mixing is the key or you will end up with “groups”. Something like CSI Save the Groom, In it to Win it or a Treasure Hunt will suit most ages.

Check out the Hen Party activities we offer for hen parties all over Ireland on the link below.

The Meal

It is important that you arrange some sort of food for the hen party. Whether that is a BBQ, a main course or a full 3 course meal make sure you get them fed.

If you have the meal booked for 19.00 tell everyone it is booked for 18.30 so that you are there on time. Do not try play Hen Party games over dinner unless you are in a private area and have cleared it with the restaurant first. Hen Party Games can disrupt others from enjoying their meal as us women tend to get very loud when we are giddy.

The Bar

It is nice to have a reserved area in a bar of your choice so your hen party are not split up. When you are arranging this with the bar be sure to find out what time they will release it if you are running late & if you are allowed to wear hen gear/fancy dress etc.

Do note that a reserved area does not imply entry is guaranteed, the same rules apply for entry as normal neat dress, drunkenness etc.

The Nightclub

It is nice to have a reserved area in the nightclub but be aware they will want you in the areas really early. Be sure to find out from the nightclub what time they will release the reserved area if you are running late. Its also good to ask if you are allowed to wear hen gear. Do note that a reserved area does not imply entry is guaranteed same rules apply for entry neat dress, drunkenness etc. We recommend that any group that has an older age demographic should be looking more towards the late bar route than nightclubs as they are more likely to have music that suits and late bars tend to have an older age range.  MAKE SURE YOU BOOK EVERYTHING BY EMAIL- Once it is in writing there is more of a chance it is actually booked!!!

Hen Party Theme

Deciding on a theme for the Hen Party can be nerve wrecking. We get people calling us all the time asking for advise on hen party themes. A Hen Party theme is very personal to the Hen herself. I booked my best friends Hen Party she was to become Mrs Doyle and as she runs the local Ceili’s. At the Ceili’s shes always making the tea, we also adore Father Ted so we did a Father Ted themed Hen Party as that made sense to her. If you check out our Hen Party Themes page, Gallery and testimonials you might get a few ideas. Do not dress her up with Hen Boppers and a pink tu-tu ‘for a laugh’ if this would be her worst nightmare…Remember it is a very special day for her.

Little Extras - Nice Ideas for a hen party

We here at TheHen.ie HQ think it is the personal touch that makes every hen party different. A simple thing like putting her picture(s) on the dinner menu can mean the world to her. There are any amount of Nice Ideas out there for Hen Parties check out our page “Nice Ideas” for info and inspiration.

The cost of all the little Extras 

Once you get the price for the package you want to go with add €10 – €15 per person to cover the cost of the hen and any additional cost such as sashes or any other extras. 

Some people have lovely ideas of a champagne reception with cupcakes, survival bags etc…but they forget to add the cost of this to the other people attending the Hen Party. This is a big mistake as the bridesmaid then ends up footing the cost of these additional extras themselves. Once you give people a price it’s impossible to get anymore off them.


Get a deposit off everyone who says they are going on the hen party. If someone is not giving a deposit there is a VERY good reason as to why and you can start sorting the maybes from the definites. 

Make sure you keep an account of this on your hen party planning excel sheet as outlined above. It can get very confusing very quickly if you do not keep a good record of things from the beginning. I always recommend getting people to pay you into your bank account, putting their names as the reference. If they pay into a bank account it’s all recorded and there can be no confusion.

I would recommend getting everyone to settle in stages – first a €50 deposit and then 6 weeks before the the final balance. Believe me, I am in this game long enough, there is nothing worse than trying to pay the hotel and activities etc on the day if you are in charge. Get it all sorted out and paid prior to leaving, then you can relax and enjoy the day.

Pay all suppliers out of the same bank account and keep all receipts for everything you buy towards the Hen Party I have seen family and friends fall out over money. If you keep a good record of everything there cannot be any issues.

Keep Calm

The most important of all – No matter how stressed you get when people do not reply or wont send deposits or give out about location, price, hotel or activity etc….DO NOT TELL THE BRIDE!!!!!!

Make it seem as easy as pie and SMILE!

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