Classy Hen Party Games

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OK Ladies! You’re not up for a night of strippers, tequila shots and naughty Hen Party Games, but that doesn’t mean your Hen do has to be dull as dishwater. (By the way if you do want something slightly more risqué, have a look at my recent posts Funny Hen Party Games to Play at Home and Games For Outgoing Girls).

Here are a few suggestions of games to play that are slightly more subdued but can create a great atmosphere at your Hen Party.

1, Wedding Well Wishers

Whether already married or not, we’ve all picked up tit-bits of advice over the years that might help make marriage a success. This game involves sharing those little pearls of wisdom.

The hostess should give all the girlies a pen and a nice piece of coloured card – I always like to use pink card (it’s my favourite colour and it fits the event perfectly, don’t you think?).  Everyone then writes their piece of advice and signs their name along with their message. The advice might be a gem on how to keep things fresh throughout the years.

The cards should then be read out loud by the bride (or a bridesmaid if the lady herself is shy). In my experience, this Hen Party Game creates a great opportunity for conversation.

Afterwards, why not paste all the pieces of advice into a little keepsake album with photos from the night? That way the bride can look back over the years and remember her special night.

2, Poem Parade

Divide the guests into groups of three or four. I think it works well if the groups are mixed with people who don’t know each other that well; it creates a great opportunity for bonding early on in the night.

Each group must then compose a poem in tribute to the bride to be. You can make this more specific by giving each group a category or title for their poem. For example, if the bride’s name was Sarah, they could be titles like How Colin Met Sarah, Sarah’s Life So Far, Sarah’s Parents, Sarah At School etc.

A representative from each group then reads their creative genius out loud. You can make this slightly more competitive by asking the bride to score the attempts out of ten and offer prizes to the winning team.

The poems are likely to be funny and emotional and act as a great keepsake for the bride.

3, Hen Party Hunt

Hide several items that relate to weddings in strategic places around the house. These might be something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, or they could be pieces of a costume that the bride must wear throughout the night.

Compose a series of clues (in the style of a treasure hunt) that the bride must follow to find the item. Only when she has found all of the items is the game complete. The clues can be personal to the bride.

Recently I planned a Hen Party for a girl who loved music festivals and was a camping enthusiast.

One clue I used was;

The last time you used me we were singing along,
To Mr Brightside, your favourite song,
But this time you won’t need to bring out your wellies,
Come and find your collection of smellies!

I knew she’d seen The Killers at Glastonbury and I had hidden a basket of Clinique products in the old tent that was stowed away in her garage! With the gift was the next clue.

I really hope I’ve given you some ideas for planning some less boisterous Hen Party Games and that your evening is a huge success.

On a side note, I’ve recently discovered this great site that is a must for all bride-to-be’s; hitched.co.uk. Check out their great advice in the lead up to the wedding day.

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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