With everything going on in this crazy world right now keeping in touch, socialising and spending quality time with friends is now more important than ever. People are spread across different locations, stuck inside and feeling a bit odd about the world around them. Hen dos are always a fun, bonding experience but also, almost always, a drama to organise and adding drama to anything at the moment is to be avoided at all costs.
If the idea of organising a ‘virtual’ hen party has you filled with fear or perhaps leaves you feeling a bit cold then seek help from a planner like heyyholly; someone who gets your group, most importantly the hen, and understands the nuances of how to make something virtual into something memorable.
When it comes to organising a ‘Virtual Hen Do’ the creative ideas, the personalisation and all the little details are just as important as ever and the icing on top is making it fun, inclusive and memorable….and not in a ‘I just had a really cringeworthy conference call’ but in a ‘we lived moments that we didn’t think were possible’ kind of way.
This plan doesn’t even need to be limited to self-isolation, it could also be a way to involve mates that live abroad, those with young kids or for anybody who may find it tricky to attend after this nasty virus has read the room and gone away.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it with some ideas for your super cool virtual hen party…
The morning of the hen:
Branded tote bags arrive at hens’ addresses filled with a hen kit:
- The ‘Hengenda’ for the day (including all prep and set up instructions for the day)
- A bomber jacket with each name embroidered on the back
- Mini bottles of Moët complete with metallic, branded drinking spout
- All bits needed for the games to be played on the Saturday afternoon
- A yoga mat
- A Hangover kit
- Details of the live stream platform for the day (zoom or a facebook group would be my suggestions)
The Yoga Session:
Sign in and say ‘hi’ to all the hens in what will be your virtual ‘location’ for the day, roll out your yoga mats and get involved in a virtual yoga session. Choose a host from among your hens, tune in to a free online class or book a private session for your group.
Heyyholly suggests a ‘House of Voga’ Class unique to your party. Bridging the gap between YOGA and DANCE, Voga combines the breath synchronised moves of yoga with the expressive moves of the dance class. It’s cool, fun and a great way to start your day.
After a fun and effective workout everyone can nip off to freshen up and get ready for the rest of the day…
A Bottomless Brunch in fact! Delivered in by a local supplier to each address – this allows you to enjoy your favourite brunch dishes and support your favourite local businesses at the same time.
Having your brunches pre-prepared and ordered in means no one has to leave the party to prepare food. Choose a local cafe who are doing deliveries, and splash out on your faves (with a glass of fizz of course!)
Heyyholly recommends: One hen in East London might choose something from Jones & Co, another in West London could choose Farmacy and friends in the home counties may pick their local pub, deli or farm shop.
To add all the right feels to the brunch, find an up and coming acoustic act who will join your live location and play – the hen’s favourite songs included in the set list of course. You could contact an entertainment agency who have hundreds of bands on their books, and could arrange this for you.
The Hen Games:
A Hen Quiz live (maybe even hosted by a comedian that the hen follows and likes). Think Mo the Comedian and his ‘Quarantine Games’ but all questions about the hen (and partner Mr & Mrs style if you fancy it). Each hen party guest has their moment on the split screen to chat to the host and answer a series of questions for themed prizes!
The Evening’s Entertainment:
Exclusive access to a live listening party with your favourite artist – plenty of musicians are doing live streams; see if you could book your fave for an exclusive half hour!
A live cocktail demonstration (you’d need to coordinate this with ingredients ready in all of your homes to play along!) Find a mixologist who’d join your Zoom party and give a live cocktail demonstration.
Into the Night:
Get your best glitter pjs on (is that a thing?) and have a dance! Choose a concert on YouTube you can all stream, and even sing along to!
Take it up a level: Heyyholly will arrange for Defected records to host a live streamed DJ event just for you hens. Think unique shout outs, defected party merch delivered in, printed line up and ticket included in your hen kit etc. Dance the rest of the night away and share snaps via the online group and via the dedicated Insta hashtag.
The (late) Morning After the Night Before:
Tuck into your hangover kit and get dressed and ready to cook with a late morning cookery lesson. Choose your best cook or presenter from amongst the hens and follow along! Remember to send out an ingredients list in plenty of time so the hens can include any special bits in their weekly shop.
Heyyholly suggests getting in touch with Rachel Ama. She’ll show you how to cook up a vegan storm while sharing vegan lifestyle and beauty advice while dancing around and singing along to her favourite tunes with you hens.
You can all then eat what you make together while swapping stories of the night before and going over all your favourite bits before signing off with a big fat, satisfied smile on your face.
Virtual Hen Do… CHECK.