It’s been a few years since your best friends and relatives put together a fantastic hen’s night in your honor, but the events of the night remain as clear in your mind as if they happened yesterday – an intimate dinner at home with bottles of your favorite wine and all your favorite gourmet dishes and desserts, before hopping into a luxurious rented limousine and heading into town for dancing and all kinds of fun. Although the traditional naughty games were (thankfully) left out of the festivities, it was always the best send-off you could have ever imagined, and you have your closest friends to thank for it.
Many women will agree that what makes this special evening extra memorable is the way that it truly celebrates the bride-to-be’s life – her personality, her likes and dislikes, and her journey thus far in life towards the chapter of marriage. The thoughtfulness that comes with planning a party that would suit a woman’s individual taste is always the most touching aspect of the entire production.
So now that you are tasked with helping to prepare a sister’s or a close friend’s own hen’s night, it falls upon you to carefully throw one that the bride-to-be is sure to like. Not every party of this nature needs to be identically set up; because the bridal party members (typically the maid of honor and the bridesmaids) are responsible for the preparations, it goes without saying that they know the celebrant’s personality inside and out and therefore have the best idea of the kind of party that she wants (or needs).
There are plenty of ideas that can be used to put this party together. If the celebrant prefers a quiet sit-down dinner at home or at a restaurant, you can always organize the menu to be filled with items that she is known to prefer or had always been dying to try, then spend the night relaxing with bottles of wine or champagne and some delicate nibbles while playing a few hen’s night games – as innocent or as naughty as the celebrant would like.
Party hosts can always keep the bride-to-be’s favorite hobbies and pastimes in mind and build the special evening around that specific activity group. A budding chef who’s about to get married can be taken on a tasting tour of the best restaurants in a city she’s always dreamed of visiting. Creative, poetic types can be taken to a special open-mic venue where guests can be free to read some on-the-spot poetry, play some music, or put on an improvised performance.
How about a day event instead of an evening party, for a change? There are a host of event possibilities for daytime, too. An adventure junkie can hoist up her backpack and join her friends for a day of camping, mountain climbing, or even skydiving. A rustic country picnic by the lake can be a refreshing change from the typical nightlife haunts. For a girl who believes she’s truly a fish out of water, take her where she’s happiest – to the beach for an afternoon of swimming, surfing, or sailing.
Before the big day arrives, brides-to-be can turn into a quivering bundle of nerves or a tightly-wound, stressed-out creature. One of the best gifts her bridal party can give her is a night (or a day) when she can simply forget about all the wedding planning details and relax with the people she loves the most. Whether she gets a traditional hen’s party-games and embarrassing trivia quizzes and all-or an evening spent doing the things she loves the most, what will make the evening memorable for her is the fact that it’s all about her. So take time to find out her desires, help her relax, and just let her enjoy the wonderful food, games, and company.