Inspiration For A Great Hen Party
Organising the Hen Party Games and activities takes quite a bit of preparation and will definitely require imagination on your part as the lady tasked with organising the event.
Fear not. I’m here to help. I’ll take you through how I recently organised a fairly low-cost Hen Party that was customised and personalised according to the bride’s interests and hopefully it will inspire you to come up with something original and fun for yourself. The day also includes a great Hen Party Game called Who Am I? We played it throughout the day but it can easily be condensed and played in half an hour.
Claire’s Hen Do
So, a few months ago I was organising a Hen Party for Claire. Well in advance I arranged to meet Stacey the chief bridesmaid who was Claire’s best friend so that she could talk me through some of Claire’s interests. I used the system I outline in How To Decide Upon A Theme and Games For A Hen Party.
From this meeting I found out the following:
- Claire has lived in London for 6 years but has never really done much site-seeing because she hates the tube
- Claire loves old silent movies
- Claire is a massive fan of Marilyn Monroe
- Claire appeared in a play based on the old movie Sunset Boulevard
- Claire loves the Spanish culture
- Claire loves musicals
So how do I incorporate all of these into a Hen Party Game? Well my version is extreme and took a full afternoon, but you can easily see how you can adapt the basic game to be played in half an hour if needs be.
On The Day
It went something like this.
Early in the afternoon a limousine with 5 of Claire’s best friends inside picks her up from her North London Home. The music playing on the stereo is strictly musical theatre! Champagne and strawberries are served on the first leg of the trip.
We now play the first round of Who Am I? The basic premise is that Claire is going to ‘become’ a famous person or character, but first she must guess who that person or character is! Each of the girls in the car read out a clue and hand over an item.
- Carol: This person was born in Walworth, London in 1889 (she hands over a pair of black shoes)
- Samantha: This person was once part of a troupe of young male dancers called The Eight Lancashire Lads (she hands over a white shirt)
- Cheryl: This person’s first role was as a page boy in Sherlock Holmes (she hands over a white shirt)
- Marie: This person emigrated to the USA in 1910 (she hands over a bow-tie)
- Stacey: This person affectionately became known as ‘The Tramp‘ (she hans over a bowler hat)
As you can see the clues should be fairly obscure to begin with and gradually get easier. Claire of course guesses correctly that the person she is to become is Charlie Chaplin and must now put on the costume (we also draw on a small moustache with eyeliner). By the way I found all of the items for the costume in various charity shops or borrowed them from friends so no real expense there.
The limousine is now approaching Hyde Park where it pulls over to let us out to do a bit of site-seeing and for Claire to perform a dare dressed as Charlie Chaplin. She must find a group of tourists (not too difficult in Hyde Park) and have a photo taken with them (all the girlies have been given disposable cameras)!
We get back into the limousine and go through the same steps for Marilyn Monroe (we take Claire to the Tower of London where she must sing Happy Birthday To You in the style of the Movie star on the steps and try to get at least 3 people to give her some spare change for her efforts) and Norma Desmond, a character from Sunset Boulevard, the play that Claire appeared in (we take her to Buckingham Palace where she must have a nervous breakdown outside the main gates in the style of the character).
Obviously all of this is hilarious.
The limousine then drops us at a Spanish Tapas bar where we meet several more of Claire’s friends and family to eat a meal, listen to a Spanish guitar band and have a Flamenco lesson)
As you can see all around the basic Hen Party Game, I tried to incorporate as many personal touches for Claire as possible. I included her favourite stars (Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe) and a character from a personal experience (Norma Desmond from the play Sunset Boulevard) into the game, a different form of London site seeing (because she hates the tube, we hired a limo), music from her favourite genre (musicals), and food and entertainment from her favourite culture (Spain). It’s all about using your imagination.
There were costs involved (limousine, driver, meal, flamenco teacher, band) but when everyone chipped in it was really fairly inexpensive.
I hope you’ve found this useful. Please let me know of any Hen Party Games or themes you’re planning on trying out (or have indeed already tried) by commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re in the early stages on planning the Hen Party you might find my Checklist For Organising a Hen Party useful.