A Hen Party At Home

Hello again everyone! Are you smiling this morning? Would you like a little chuckle courtesy of today’s fab guest blogger Joel on English Wedding Blog? Read on… for hen party ideas to inspire and most definitely delight!

If you’ve ever hit the clubs on a Saturday night, you’ll know exactly how a hen party is supposed to go down: a posse of pink-clad ladies go to a pub or club in the city centre, where they consume large quantities of alcohol, perform lewd dares, and generally have a whale of a time. Head boppers often feature heavily, as do penis-themed items.

All of which is fantastic if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s worth remembering, however, that not everyone enjoys that kind of debauchery, and not every bride-to-be will want to paint the town pink just because it’s what brides-to-be usually do. Hen parties are something of an institution in the UK; they’ve become a fixture of the modern marriage ceremony, and the amount of planning that goes into them often rivals The Wedding Folder itself. But given the reputation that hen parties have acquired for themselves, many of Britian’s shy and retiring young brides may find themselves asking…

“Do I have to have a hen party?”

This is rather sad, really. Not wanting to sip rum and coke through a willy-shaped straw is perfectly reasonable, and it shouldn’t mean that you and your friends can’t celebrate the end of your unmarried life. The whole point of a hen party is for the guest of honour to enjoy herself, so if the standard hen night antics don’t really appeal to you… do something that does! You’re the woman of the hour, and this is your chance to do something you’ll really enjoy.

And that really can be anything you fancy. Some ladies will enjoy a classy dinner party while others might prefer to have a big girly sleepover and party in their PJs. Film fanatics could host an all-night movie marathon. It’s wide open.

There’s a lot of fun to be had without leaving the house, and it will almost certainly be much less expensive than a night on the town or a wild weekend away. Hen nights will probably always be associated with booze, boppers and bad behaviour, but there’s no point going in for that stuff if you’re not going to love it.

So don’t be afraid to just put up some decorations, get the girls ‘round, and spend your hen night doing something you really enjoy. If anyone tells you you’re doing it wrong, tell them to get engaged and have their own hen party. This is your night.

Joel Dear is a blogger/writer for Hen Stuff, a website that sells all manner of hen party accessories, including willies. Being male, he is unlikely to ever be tasked with planning a hen party, but he has already decided that his stag party (should he ever have one) will be a wild night of apple strudel-fuelled video gaming.



Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Amy
    8 years ago

    I had a hen weekend at home – except ‘home’ became a rented house complete with pool, enough beds for everyone and a trampoline! We had food delivered, played SingStar and generally laughed til we cried. There wasn’t a groping drunk or a penis straw in sight and it was the best fun!

  • Susan
    8 years ago

    I am all for the partying in clubs and getting sloshed but sometimes a simple do with your besties is just what you need for a fab night!

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