We hear you sister; planning a hen party ain’t no ball game! Fortunately, the pressure eases up a little when the party you’re planning involves delving feet first into the dressing up box. Arranging an amazing vintage hen party is easy when you know how. Here’s our guide.
Choose Your Era
So, you’ve already established that the bride-to-be is a serious vintageaholic (hell yeah, it’s a real word!) and you’ve probably known for a while that the typical hen party attire of a willy straw and a shot glass on a string of pearls wasn’t quite going to cut it. In fact, there was only ever going to be one thing for it; a vintage hen party.
First thing’s first, you’re going to need a theme. The easiest way to go about it is to choose an era the bride-to-be has a bit of a thing for. Is she always game for a Gatsby-style 1920s shindig or will we find her twisting and a twirling in a polka dot number from rock ‘n’ roll’s 1950s heyday? Maybe she’s a sucker for the swinging sixties, sky-high hems and all. You could even opt for a vintage hen party theme that’s a little outside the box, like a 1940s land girl, a tattooed pin up or a Forces’ sweetheart.
Shop Your Look
With your vintage hen party era decided, it’s time to hit the shops. Make a day of it, visiting the local charity shops or getting the girls involved on a road trip to your nearest vintage fashion fair. Sourcing the perfect vintage outfit is often easier than you think, simply bear in mind which outfits were most typical of the time. Reliving the roaring twenties? Think sequin frocks, white pearls and feather headwear. Faux fur and full-length gowns throw it back to the 1930s, while the 1940s call for chintzy floral tea dresses, deep red lips and boxy handbags. Cinched waists, polka dots, full skirts and cropped cardigans scream rockabilly. And for the 1960s? Well, you’re going to need a mini dress, of course. Don’t worry, The Beauty Artist will take care of those bambi lashes and Brigitte Bardot beehive!
Plan Your Activities
Now for the fun part. With your era in hand and your outfit arranged, it’s time to plan the activities. It goes without saying that the bride and her hens will be transformed into vintage style starlets, but what else is on offer?
Adding afternoon tea to your vintage hen party package is guaranteed to put a smile on those perfectly preened faces. After all, who doesn’t love tucking into cake from chintzy crockery and sipping bubbles from retro Babycham glasses? Either order a luxury afternoon tea directly to your door or head to our tried and ‘tasted’ vintage Brighton tea room to indulge.
If the bride-to-be is known to turn her hand to a little creative titivating every now and then, a sewing workshop could be right up her street. And then there are the dance lessons. Tap a toe to a 1920s Charleston, master the art of seduction as a burlesque beauty, relive a youth as the girl band obsessed or recreate a sultry salsa routine that is hotter than Havana. That’s one way to earn you afternoon tea!
Arrange The After-Party
So, you’re feeling good and you’re looking even better. There’s only one thing to do; you’ve gotta take this party to the dance floor!
If you’re planning a vintage hen party in Brighton, check out our guide to Brighton’s best vintage bars, all of which can whip up a crazy good cocktail quicker than you can say ‘one last hoorah’.