3 Hilarious Board Games To Play At A Hen Do

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OK ‘Hen Party Games’ people, get ready for Geeky Gaynor!

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love a board game. But aren’t board games just a last resort on Christmas day when Auntie Myra has had one too many sherries? Do board games and Hen parties really mix?

Well, controversially, here at Hen Party Games we think they do.

When Do Board Games Work At A Hen Do?

Admittedly they’re not for everyone, but if you are looking for a more sophisticated pastime for your dinner party style Hen Do, then my board game recommendations could be just what you’re looking for. These are my top three Hen Party board games, chosen for the fun factor rather than clever strategy or competition. I’ve had great times playing all of these games, so even if you don’t fancy sampling them on your Hen Night itself, it might be worth trying them out on a girly night in.

The great thing about playing board games at a Hen Party is that they act as a great ice breaker if you play them early on in the evening and add a bit of structure to the night before the madness ensues. If you like a tipple, any of these suggestions can quite easily be turned into drinking games, which usually ups the hilarity rating by a few hundred percent!

1, Smarty Party

This game gives an original and funny twist to the classic trivia game. The beauty of Smarty Party is its simplicity; you won’t need to spend ages deciphering the rules and it’s not highly competitive. As far as Hen Party Games go, it’s perfect as it’s very casual and easy to dip in and out of.


You’ll be given different categories such as ‘Movies starring Brad Pitt’ or ‘Songs by The Spice Girls’ and you have to name as many as possible. For any wrong answers you’ll be penalised and for any correct answers, rewarded. That’s about the upshot of it.

There’s a cool twist where you move forward for incorrect answers, so when someone reaches the end of the board, it’s actually the person furthest back who wins.

You definitely don’t need to be Stephen Hawking to have a good stab at answering the questions. It’s perfect for a variety of skill levels. In terms of being a Hen Party Game you could easily vet the cards beforehand and select the more girly categories to play with.

There can be a few quibbles as to the accuracy of the answers on the cards. However in these days of Google, they shouldn’t be cause for too much debate. It’s a good ideas to nominate someone who doesn’t feel like playing to be the adjudicator.

What I’ve done before and what works particularly well for Hen Parties is customise the categories in Smarty Party so they are all to do with the Bride and Groom. This takes a bit of extra work, but for example if the bride was a Take That fanatic, one category might be ‘Number Ones by Take That’. If we wanted to test how much she knew about her husband’s passions, we might create a category called ‘Current Manchester United Football Players’.

View Smarty Party on Amazon.

2, Game For Fame

This is definitely a somewhat undiscovered gem. I can’t recommend Game For Fame highly enough BUT you have to be somewhat of a extravert to get the most out of this game; it is not suitable for anyone who prefers to fade into the background. Having said that, after a couple of G and T’s, we’re all show-offs aren’t we?

So the basic concept is that you are ‘fighting your friends and family in a race for fame and fortune’. You play in teams which is great for the creating a bit of camaraderie.

The comedy of this game comes from the tasks you have to perform. They are mainly ridiculous and always hilarious; things like rapping, doing different foreign accents, and performing a variety of dance styles (yes you might get to see Nanna’s best attempt at break dancing – just make sure you clear away the ornaments) to name a few.

At the end of the game the richest celebrity wins. Along the way you have to backstab your team-mates, deal with the Paparazzi and build a loyal Entourage.

If there is a downside to Game For Fame, it’s the price. It’s not the cheapest board game on the market, but I personally think it’s worth every penny. I’ve played it many many times and it’s always different and always amazing fun! Should be at the top of the list for games to play at a Hen Party.

To customise it as a Hen Party Game, why not make it a rule that every time a team lands on a Paparazzi square they must all down a shot?

View Game For Fame on Amazon

3, Twister

OK, so Twister isn’t strictly a board game, but it’s a classic party game and it never ever fails to get the girls giggling at a Hen Party. I’ve used it as a Hen Party Game many times. The fantastic thing about Twister isn’t strictly a board game, but it’s a classic is that you need absolutely no brain power; throw in a couple of Vodka Tonics and you’ve got yourself a heap of happy hens! It’s also very quick to play meaning that no-one is waiting around for a turn.

I’m pretty certain you’ve come across this game before, but for those of you who’ve been living in a hole your entire lives here goes. You spin the spinner which will tell you to place one body part on a particular colour square (i.e. Right foot Red). The next player does the same and so on. Eventually everyone ends up in a big tangled mess and someone loses their balance and falls over thus leaving the game.

If there is one, perhaps it’s that this game isn’t suitable for everyone. Having said that, it’s great fun to observe too so Great Aunt Mabel can still have fun without risking damaging her replacement hip.

Twister is crying out to be turned into a drinking game. Every time someone falls, they take a drink – simples!

View Twister on Amazon


There’s absolutely no need for board games to be boring! If none of these float your boat for use as Hen Party Games, why not try Scrabble using only rude words or Pictionary, but come up with ideas for picture from the Brride and Groom’s life?

If you’re looking for free Hen Party Games that are more personal check out my post about a quiz style game called Who Knows Hubbie?

That’s all for now,

Happy Henning,

Gaynor x

About the author

Hiya. I’m Gaynor – Hen Party planner extraordinaire.

A few years ago my best mate Sally asked me to be her bridesmaid. With that came the responsibility of organising the Hen Do which was an exciting but slightly daunting prospect. I had a reputation as a bit of a party girl so the expectations were high. The challenge was the budget – there wasn’t one! But with a bit of improvisation and a lot of imagination I managed to pull it off.

The success of the night was mainly due to the unique and fun Hen Party Games I’d organised to get everyone interacting and laughing. On this site I’ll share some of the best ones I’ve discovered over the years.

Enjoy x

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