The Hen!

If I’m milling about in central London on a weekend, I often see a bevvy of hyped up girls, mostly all sporting matching ‘hen do’ t-shirts. The bride-to-be is generally wearing L-Plates and there’s often a plastic penis or two in the mix. Each to their own, but it’s not for me, and I know lots of ladies out there who are also shunning the ‘traditional’ style hen do and opting for a classier affair, and luckily this has been picked up on and there are some great alternatives available for brides-to-be who fancy something a little different.  As I wanted an alternative  hen do, I researched a fair amount and came up with a number of ideas!

Charleston Hen:

Grab all your friends, don a 1920’s style dress and off you go! This is what I did for my hen do and lots of fun was had by all, we learnt fairly easy charleston moves using fans and feather boas to 1920’s music. You might even want to incorporate some vintage pampering whilst your at it and get your make up done and a 1920’s hair-do to match! offer a 1920’s ‘day out’ including a fascinator making workshop, charleston dancing, champagne afternoon tea and a meal. There’s also various other options for you and your ladies at various different locations including London, Oxfordshire, Cheltenham or Reading…this website is well worth a look, if you like this idea.

‘Won’t You Charleston With Me?’
Image Credit:

(I absolutely adore the image I found (above) take a look at the blog of the lady who created it: Flapper Doodle.)

Crafty Hens:

I love the idea of a crafty hen do and there’s lots of classes available specifically for hen do’s.  Options include fascinator making, jewellery making cupcake designing all whilst sipping champagne! The Make Lounge in Islington offer classes for Hen Do’s… I actually made a cute tote bag here one saturday, it’s a lovely environment and the instructors are very experienced!

Lavender Cupcake from The Hummingbird Bakery…Yum!

Weekend Hens:

I went on a weekend away for a friends hen do, we stayed here in the UK and stayed in ‘Lavender Barn‘ near Taunton, Somerset. It cost around £100 for the accomodation each (between around 8 of us) and we stayed for 3 nights. The Barn was absolutely blissful and very luxurious as there was an en suite in every room, a swimming pool and a hot tub. We were very lucky with the weather so took advantage of the hot tub! The village we were in was a walk down the road and equally blissful and quiet. A really nice option for a getaway not too far from home.

Fantasy Hen:

Betty, Peggy and Joan from Mad Men…I LOVE those outfits!

If I could have a hen-do again (let’s hope not) It would be ‘Mad Men’ themed. I love the glamorous sixties style! Firstly, everyone would have a pampering session at somewhere like The Powder Room– a vintage inspired beauty parlour. We’d then all change into  ‘Mad Men’ inspired dresses and go off for a champagne afternoon tea. In the early afternoon/evening we’d go on to a cabaret or theatre show and then dance the night away!

What’s your ideal hen do?

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