Top Hen Party Tips
Over the past 12 years we have hosted lots of fabulous hen parties, with guests from across the UK and beyond, to enjoy a unique and memorable weekend in the beautiful Peak District. As such we have put together our top tips for making the hen party a great weekend away with the girls!
1 – Get the Hen’s input
Of course you should begin by finding out what the hen is interested in doing, or not doing! Draw together a list of ideas, activities and locations that the hen would love to enjoy.
2 – Put together the guest list
Draw up the list of the key people to be invited, ask the hen about any decisions regarding invitations (should the Mum in law be on the list?). Make sure to note down any food or accessibility preferences. Decide at this point how you are going to finance your hen party. Do you want contributions, and how can you be fair to those who perhaps have a tighter budget?
3 – Getting the right venue
Discuss with the hen what type of location the venue should be set in. Whether a city break or a countryside retreat. Aim to have it somewhere where all the guests can meet easily. Then look at the venue layout, making sure there is enough space for everyone to get together under one roof! Make sure to call to check they accept hen parties, and book well in advance as more often than not, places get booked up fast!
4 – Who’s in charge of what?
Feel free to delegate some of the tasks, with so much to coordinate it makes sense someone can be in charge of food, drinks, activities, surprises etc.
5 – Hire a caterer and take the night off!
We always recommend to our hen guests to bring in a caterer. Not only will they come to your venue, cook and serve a stunning 3 course meal, they will also wash up and clean up after themselves. You can even bring your own drink, so it’s much better value than a restaurant.
6 – Do the food shopping online
Like all our Party Houses, most venues will be able to have large supermarket deliveries to them. Save yourself the hassle of carting it all in the car and have it delivered fresh to your venue.
7 – Quick personalisation with balloons
Arrive one hour before the hen and set up the venue with balloons or flowers. A cheap but effective way for making a happy entrance!
8 – Learn something new
Most venues such as Party Houses will have the option for multiple activities to learn something new. Why not bring in a cocktail maker for example? That way you and the fellow hens can have a laugh whilst learning some new tricks to show off at your next party!
9 – Try something unique
With so much available, truly surprise your guests with an activity that they would never have done before, from sky-diving to potholing, or for the more relaxed options, falconry or archery.
10 – Communicate with your venue
Always feel free to ask your venue for any advice, suggestions and tips on organising the perfect hen party. Like us, they should be more than happy to help!