Decorate for a Bachelorette Party or Hen Night

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You’ve got the guest list, you’ve got the hen party games but there’s one more thing to think about – decorations! If you’re hosting a bachelorette party at home, you’re going to need to make it look special, if it’s going to feel special. But don’t worry if you don’t know where to start – we’ll tell you exactly how to decorate for a bachelorette party.

First, you need to decide whether you’re going with a bachelorette theme or not, as that will affect your decorations. There are loads of generic bachelorette party decorations you can use, from rude decorations, to pretty bunting and bunches of flowers. But if your hen party has a theme, you can really let your imagination run wild.

Cowgirl themed hen party

So, say you have a cowgirl theme – you can decorate the room to look like a Western-style saloon bar, with bar stools along the edge and some swinging doors. Or you can decorate in a barn style, with hay bales to sit on!

Moulin Rouge themed hen party

Or if you’ve gone for a “Moulin Rouge” theme – you can drape everything in satin and lace, with huge feathers and glitter everywhere. It shouldn’t cost a lot to do this, you just need to scout out some bargains at your local fabric store (check in the offcuts bins) and then cover all the sofas etc with the shiny, glittery fabrics. It will look like oldtime Paris in no time!

Hawaiian theme

A Hawaiian theme is also easy to decorate for. Flowers, coconuts and palm leaves strung up around the place will give it a tiki feel, to fit with grass skirts and fruity cocktails. You can even get a blow-up pool for the back yard and some sand, to recreate a Hawaiian beach!

Sophisticated tea party

But say you’re hosting a sophisticated tea party – how would you decorate for that without breaking the bank? Well, mismatched china in vintage prints is a good start, and you can pick that up at second hand stores for bargain prices. Then add in some candles, napkins and a vase of fresh flowers at each table. Lastly you can either buy bunting in pretty colors, or make some from fabric scraps.

Kitsch and cute

Of course, most bachelorette parties want to be kitsch and over-the-top rather than sophisticated. And if that’s your kind of party, feel free to have some fun with it – stick rhinestones everywhere, drape feather boas over the chairs and buy some animal-print fabric to use as tablecloths. You can even buy animal-print or brightly colored paper cups to use for drinking games – it’ll brighten up the room and save you on some washing up too!

This is your life

Another idea is to make it themed around the bride’s life – get pictures of her as a baby blown up to poster-size and hung around the room. You can have more pictures on the tables and the rest of the decorations can be themed around her interests – so, if she loves handbags, you can make paper chains in the shape of bags, decorated with sequins and glitter. Or if she’s a baseball fan, you could spray paint baseballs with glitter spray and have them as fun centerpieces!

Whatever you do, have fun with it and don’t feel like it’s all about how much you spend – if you get down to a fabric shop or arts and crafts shop, you can pick up materials for very little money, and then you just need to start getting creative! Don’t panic about decorating for a bachelorette party! Your bride will love whatever you’ve come up anyway – it’s the thought that’s important. So decorate and enjoy!

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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