12 Fun and classy ideas for a hen party on a budget

Planning a fabulous hen party doesn't have to break the bank. This guide has twelve budget-friendly hen party ideas that combine excitement with affordability... 

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With creativity and a little pre-planning, you can throw a memorable celebration that resonates with fun, class, and camaraderie, no matter what type of guests you plan to invite.

From DIY spa days to sophisticated picnics, these options ensure your guests have a blast without burning through your budget. Here are 12 fun and classy hen party ideas to try…

1. DIY Spa Day

Creating a DIY spa day for your hen party is an excellent way to infuse luxury without breaking the bank. Source household items such as avocados and honey to create rejuvenating face masks and set up a nail painting station. Try making bath bombs for ultimate relaxation. 

2. Sophisticated Picnic 

Filled with your favourite nibbles, sandwiches, fruity treats, or cheese selections, a picnic adds a personal touch to the gathering. You can also include Prosecco for added elegance without straining your wallet, ensuring that you have a memorable time in beautiful weather.

3. Treasure Hunt

Among other hen party ideas in Bath and the rest of the UK, a treasure hunt stands out as adventurous yet cost-effective. Puzzles and clues leading to small treasures can span across local parks, creating a fun-filled exploration of the area that doubles as an exciting activity. 

4. Potluck Dinner

Planning a potluck dinner is another brilliant and economical idea for your hen party. It’s simple: each attendee brings a homemade dish like my brunch quiche recipe, a pasta dish or a sharing platter. This creates a diverse dining experience, showcasing everyone’s cooking abilities. You’ll enjoy an array of tasty foods without spending too much.

5. Vintage Dress Party

Rekindle old memories with a vintage dress party. Encouraging your guests to bring their old outfits, maybe from high school prom or an embarrassing fashion phase, adds humour to the event. Not only is this idea cost-effective, but it’s also a guaranteed way to stir up laughter.

6. Garden Glamping

Transform your backyard into a magical party venue with a garden-glamping theme. Pitch some tents, string up fairy lights, and get those marshmallows ready for toasting! It’s a fabulous way to create unforgettable memories while stargazing and sharing stories with your friends.

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7. Cooking Class

A home-based cooking class can make your hen party exciting without blowing your budget. Instead of hiring a professional chef, put on the apron and showcase your culinary skills to your friends. It’s an interactive way to bond, learn new recipes, and enjoy a hearty meal together.

8. Games Night 

Hosting a games night for your hen party brings out everyone’s competitive side and keeps the evening full of anticipation. Take out the old Monopoly or Scrabble set and let the rivalries begin. This idea is cost-effective, as board games are inexpensive and often already on hand.

9. Wine Tasting

Why not host a tasteful wine-tasting night at home for your hen party? Skip the pricey vineyard tours and opt for some delicious, budget-friendly wines. You can pair these with small appetizers to heighten the experience. This idea assures you a classy night of fun everyone will enjoy.

10. Tea Party 

Channel the elegance and charm of an English high tea right in your living room. It’s an affordable way to glam up your gathering with finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and various teas. Dressing up and sipping from delicate tea cups adds to the fun, and you’ll surely feel fancy!

11. Create Art

Unleash everyone’s artistic side during your hen party by planning a creative art project. It’s an affordable and fun way to engage everyone. Use cheap materials like paper mache or clay – or follow along with a Bob Ross painting tutorial like I did! The creations will make for good memories and give your friends a way to express themselves.

12. Cinema Night

Cinema night is a universally loved and affordable idea for a hen party. All you need are comfy cushions, popcorn, drinks, and your favourite films. To add to the experience, make some pizzas to serve during the movie. It’s simple but guarantees an evening filled with laughter and fun.

Remember, the key to a successful hen party is as much about friendship and fun as it is about the setting. Strike a balance between sophistication, hilarity, and affordability and ensure your gathering becomes the talk of the town without breaking the bank. Happy planning!

Let me know what you did at your hen party in the comments below – I’d love to hear about any thrifty activities you enjoyed or your tips for saving money on bridal shower treats.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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