Written by Brooke Ristovichis – Owner & Founder of Pretty Zen Hen
He popped the question. She said yes! And so did you… to standing by her side on the big day and planning the most important party other than the wedding of course! No pressure, but planning a hens party for your best girl is kind of a big deal! You want to impress both her and her guests with a fun time and a memorable event. As you’ve likely noticed, hens parties are getting a modern makeover. No longer about drunken nights out on the town and more about personalising an event the bride will truly love. Treat her like a queen and make her feel special in the process with our luxe hens party ideas.
Glamping not camping
Glamping is such a fun way to gather the girl gang and chill for the evening. With all the benefits of camping with the comforts of home… You know, a comfy bed, luxurious linen, even a proper bathroom. Choose a set up in the backyard for a small group or for larger groups a glamping village in a rural location with loads of fresh air and stars for days. Or make that nights… Keep it low key with toasted marshmallows or s’mores for dessert, the bride’s fav music and dancing around the crackling campfire. To amplify the Coachella vibes, dress like boho babes and add a bit of sparkle with professional glitter application.
Make her over
The ultimate in luxe, a trip to the day spa is perfect for the chilled out bride who doesn’t want to party before she makes her way down the aisle. It offers the perfect opportunity to relax and recharge after months of busy wedding planning. Personalised robes and slippers recommended! Follow up with a posh high tea of ribbon sandwiches and sweet treats. Or equally as pampering but a little more interactive is a group makeup lesson where you will be guided by a professional makeup artist who can show you all the tricks of the beauty trade. Hello perfect eyebrows! With a full face of makeup you best make the most of it and head out for drinks or dinner afterwards.
Image Credit & Luxe Make up Service by Simply Moreno
Her final destination
She is en route to her final destination with the man of her dreams so whisk her away for the weekend to celebrate. Packing your overnight bag and arriving at a home away from home for a night or more is enough to make anyone feel a bit special but let’s not stop there. Destination hens weekends can range from a local getaway at beach house and a visit to the nearby hot springs. Perhaps a stay in a luxury city hotel with room service and in-room spa treatments. How about driving to a nearby rural retreat and hitting up the local wineries and distilleries? Or then there is interstate or international destinations… Think warm, tropical locations, matching bathers and luxe beach bar vibes with a pool boy, ahem bartender, mixing fruity cocktails all day long to keep you hydrated.
A top way to make anyone feel treated is to be waited on with no need to lift a perfectly manicured finger. Why pour your own drinks when you can pay someone to do it for you?! Get a mobile bartender to mix up signature cocktail after signature cocktail while providing entertainment at the same time. Or if hosting outdoors, bring in a beautiful mobile drinks van as your bar. How about a private chef for a foodie bride-to-be? A menu can be curated according to the bride-to-be’s fav foods with the chef whipping up delicacies from your very own kitchen and waiters looking after your girl gang all night long. Don’t forget dessert! Consider a mobile gelato or fairy floss cart: a super cute way to serve sweets at a hens party.
Image Credit & Luxe Fairy Floss Cart by Flossy
Make like the celebs on private super yachts in the Med and sail away into the sunset. Perhaps on a slightly smaller budget! Charter your own exclusive yacht and crew for the afternoon and go cruising on the high seas. Think matching wide-brimmed sun hats, bottomless champagne and delicious savoury grazing platters to sustain you. Laze about in the water on novelty inflatables for plenty of Insta-worthy snaps. Just watch out for the wobbles when you get back to shore!
Beautifully styled picnics are a favourite right now! They can be set up anywhere, from the backyard, poolside, the beach, the park, the list goes on! Is the bride a beach babe? Well, a picnic on the sand would be perfect for her! We’re talking an abundance of textures with layered rugs and cushions scattered around low-lying tables. Beautiful florals and platters adorning the centre of the table to graze the afternoon away on. Perhaps a bell tent or festoon lighting to take you into the evening with an outdoor movie theatre showing her favourite flick. Break up the day with some classy games or an activity such as flower crown making, and don’t forget a stand-out peacock chair for the woman of the hour.
Image Credit & Luxe Picnic by Klara’s House
Luxe for less
Want to provide the luxe experience for your bestie but think you don’t have the budget? Don’t worry, there are a few ways to go luxe for less and a great place to start is with the drinks. A cocktail on arrival makes a good first impression. You could mix the bride’s fav cocktail, give it a cute name and ensure each guest gets handed one as they arrive. Or go super easy and garnish flutes of bubbles with clouds of fairy floss. Poor the bubbles through the fairy floss, watch it melt into liquid and hear the chorus of “oohs!” Or then there is a Pimp My Prosecco or Mimosa drink station which is a fun and interactive way for guests to help themselves to drinks. Complete the station with some slick framed signage, pair with matching games and you have entertainment covered.
One final tip is to keep the event hush hush. The more secrecy, the bigger the surprise and the more special she feels when she finally sees what is in store for her on the big day. Well, second biggest day that is… So now you’re armed with ideas and ready to start planning a luxe hens party for your best friend! Check out our blog Ten Steps to Planning the Perfect Hens Party to get your planning underway.
About the author
Written by Brooke Ristovichis, the owner and founder of Pretty Zen Hen, an online hens party planning destination. Find fun hens party experiences throughout Australia on the Pretty Zen Hen online directory and plan a personalised and meaningful celebration for your best friend.