If the bride-to-be prefers sipping tea to downing shots and would rather get crafty than tipsy, the traditional learner plate emblazoned hen party can be more of a night to forget than a night to remember. When you’re tasked with helping the bride say ‘so long’ to her single gal days, it’s important to steer away from the stereotypical and tailor make the perfect hen party to suit the things she loves most. With this in mind, we decided to share six of our favourite alternative hen party ideas, all of them completely different but all equally exciting.
Sewing was once the hobby of housewives but it has experienced a real reinvention in recent years. Here at The Beauty Artist, our sewing workshops are some of the most popular packages, with different hen parties choosing to combine makeovers with fascinator making, knicker making and even creating gorgeous bunting which can then be used to decorate the wedding venue. It’s a great way to do something you wouldn’t normally do, gathering the girls and getting creative.
There are few better ways to remember your hen do, than with a whole photo album full of amazing images. Our hair and beauty makeovers have been popular hen party activities for a while, and the trend for capturing those glam new looks on camera is one we’re obviously huge fans of. Think outside the box, pick an era or a theme and let your imagination run wild! You’re never too old to raid the dressing up box and an album full of photographs from the shoot is a wedding morning gift guaranteed to get the bride’s day off to an amazing start.
The alternative hen party idea of having afternoon tea has never been more popular and there is something really indulgent about tucking into a cake stand brimming with finger sandwiches, delicate cakes and of course, clotted cream scones. Add the prettiest crockery you can find, plus a glass or two of fizz to toast the bride-to-be, and you’ve got a recipe for the sweetest hen party around! Our special afternoon tea packages add a vintage twist to devouring delectable delicacies; expect your fizz served in Babycham glasses and your sandwiches served on vintage crockery. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off the gorgeous results of your vintage hair and make-up transformation!
Arts and Crafts
If the bride-to-be is rarely found without a paintbrush in hand and a notebook full of ideas for her latest project, it’s time to unleash your creative side and roll up your sleeves; there’s arts and crafts on the agenda. From pottery painting to jewellery making, knocking up knickers and garters to transforming fabric swatches into acres of vintage bunting; these crafty alternative hen party ideas can be a great way to spend the day, before glamming up your look and hitting the wine bars later on.
Strictly Come Dancing has taught us that it’s time to dust off our dancing shoes and polish our sequins because dancing is back in a big way. The great thing about a hen party dance class is that you can pick a style to suit all. Burlesque, jive, lindy hop, Charleston, Foxtrot…the choices are endless and you’ll have a great time learning the routines, before practising them later in night, perhaps after a drink or two for Dutch courage.
In years gone by, supper clubs brought the glamour of New York’s jazz scene to 1930’s and 1940’s Britain. An excuse to don your finery and combine roaring entertainment with great food, the supper club became the way to socialise. The recent foodie revival has led to a resurgence in supper clubs, with London and Brighton hosting some amazing vintage-style soirees. There’s nothing worse than being all dressed up with nowhere to go and booking a chic supper club to follow your vintage makeover is a match made in heaven.