Hen Party Checklist

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When you’re planning a Hen Do there’s a lot to juggle and a lot to remember, but don’t stress out, Auntie Gaynor from Hen Party Games is here to help.

Let’s go through the basic things you need to cover when you’re planning the Hen Party. This is a quick no-frills checklist for you to make sure you’ve organised all the essentials from the off. This should give you plenty of time to concentrate on the details to make it extra special.

1, WHEN WILL YOU HOLD THE HEN PARTY?

Set a date early on. This will ensure that everyone you invite will be available.  Depending on the nature of the event will you hold it a month before, a week before or the night before? Each option has it’s pros and cons which I’ve outlined in the post When Is The Best Time To Hold The Hen Party?

2, WILL THE HEN PARTY HAVE A THEME?

It’s often really great fun to have a theme for the Hen Do. It’s important to decide on this well in advance so you can organise  Hen party games, music, costumes, an appropriate venue, gifts and entertainment that all fit the theme. Remember, if you’re the person planning the Hen Party, the theme should be something that the bride will enjoy; just because you love Guns and Roses doesn’t necessarily mean she will relish in having a heavy metal themed Hen Do. Check out the category Hen Party Themes for some ideas.

3, WHO WILL BE INVITED?

It’s a good idea to involve the bride-to-be in this aspect of the planning. Decide on how many people and who they should be. Then get all of their phone numbers or email addresses and set up a little database to keep them all up to date on the plans. A great way of doing this is to create a Facebook group and send weekly updates in the run up to the event; this is a great way of enlisting help and delegating certain tasks. Ideally don’t include the bride in this group; all she needs to know is the date and time. I think it’s nice if the rest (including the hen party games) is a complete surprise.

4, WHAT’S THE BUDGET?

Set a budget and stick to it. It’s a good idea to gauge the general feel of what the guests can afford. Remember to include the fact that you’ll probably all want to chip in to cover the bride-to-be’s expenses. There’s no need to go overboard on money; lots of the hen party games I feature in this blog are completely free.

5, WHAT TYPE OF HEN PARTY ARE YOU ARRANGING?

Again, take into consideration the bride’s tastes. Will it be a simple dinner party with a few Hen Party Games? Or perhaps she’d prefer a raunchy night at a male strip show? Or pampering at a beauty salon? Wine tasting? An adventure weekend like rock climbing? A combination of all of the above? The possibilities are almost limitless, so decide on something, stay organised and the rest will follow.

6, WHERE WILL THE HEN PARTY TAKE PLACE?

If it’s a Hen Party at home then this one needs little thought (except how you might decorate the place), but if you want to hire out a club or go to see a west end musical, you need to be a bit more on top of things. It’s important to get the venue booked, the deposit paid and the arrangements sorted with the manager asap to avoid disaster.

7, DO YOU NEED TRANSPORT?

Booking taxis (or in some cases flights, trains and ferries) should be dealt with an appropriate amount of time in advance so that there is no last minute panic.

8, WHAT GAMES WILL YOU PLAY AT THE HEN DO?

No Hen Party is complete without a few games. Luckily this is my area of expertise and you can check out some of the following categories for ideas in this department.

Finally, it’s a good idea to confiscate the bride-to-be’s phone so she’s not tempted to be in touch with her fiancé all night long (especially if he’s on his stag do too) and remember to make sure to arm everyone with a disposable camera (if they don’t have their own) so that you can take loads of snapshots of the ultimate girl’s night out!

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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1 Comments on “Hen Party Checklist

  • My mate Karen used this checklist when she was asked to organise her best friend’s hen do and it worked out a treat. I was on the guest list and my girl did me proud!

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