My new hen party series is well underway, with lovely blogger Ellen Avants sharing her ideas for personalising a hen party and Lacey in Places writing articles ideas for games and budget planning. Today I’m sharing my own experiences of my hen party and why it’s best to share..!
Back when I celebrated my hen party in the early Noughties, my hubby and I decided to do something unusual for our stag and hen parties – we decided to celebrate together.
In those days, I’m sure that hen parties were not the big event that they are today – parents (and grandparents!) often attended the hen party, and the ones that I went to involved dinner, a few drinks, a couple of cheeky dares and a fairly early night! At one hen party, I remember that me and another hen carried on celebrating long after the bride had gone home pre-midnight! I’m sure that there were not as many party organising companies out there, the hens didn’t go away for a weekend and the whole thing didn’t have to cost as much as the wedding!
So, with not too many options on offer for hen parties in those days and with our frugal nature, my husband-to-be and I booked ourselves in for a his ‘n’ hers celebration and invited along all of our close friends for a night of fun! The combined party lent itself well to a Girls vs Boys theme and we decided on a few activities to find out once and for all whether the boys or the girls were best.
We kicked off with a game of Laser Quest, with the girls screaming their way around a dark arena and the boys hiding in sniper positions to sneakily pick off their opponents. After a few games, and once everyone was out of puff, we headed for dinner and a kitsch burger ‘n’ fries eating competition ensued – and I can report that this was definitely my forté! We then had a good ol’ game of bowling, which hubby always wins (although I did beat him once recently – after only 13 years of trying!) followed by a few friendly battles on the arcade machines. We finished off the evening with drinking games at a swanky bar. It was a lovely day full of activities and we both really enjoyed ourselves. Another bonus was that it was a fairy cheap event and couples could attend together. All of our friends and family got to know each other before the wedding and we all could all reminisce about the stag ‘n’ hen do on the wedding day.
Here’s another couple of ideas for joint activities:
- Go-karting: I find that girls are loads better at this than the fellas 😉 especially me – what’s a brake?!
- Old-skool sports day – head to the park and compete in skipping, egg ‘n’ spoon and sack races!
- Table sports – play games of pool, snooker and air hockey with forfeits for the losers
- Water sports – If there’s a boating lake nearby, how about a rowing race? If you’re at the coast, maybe surfing or jet-skiing could be fun, or head to the fun-pool and have a good old-fashioned swimming race – followed by a soak in the hot tub 😉
Let me know if you have any other suggestions of his ‘n’ hers ideas of things to do on a stag/hen do. Me & hubby really enjoyed our combined celebration and loved having all of our joint friends around too. The only downside was that on the way home from our party, the car ran out of petrol and we had to push it 2 miles back home in the middle of the night – that was one competition neither of us wanted to win – but it goes to show that team-work is best 😉
Related hen party articles
- Hen parties on a budget (cassiefairy.com)
- Fancy dress hen party accessories (Tutus, Wings & Pretty Things)
- Lancashire Bride – an interview with Cassiefairy (cassiefairy.com)
- Behind the scenes of a fairy photoshoot (cassiefairy.com)
- The wedding season is upon us, and you know what that means – hen parties! (cassiefairy.com)