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9 alternative hen do ideas that won't break the bank

9 alternative hen do ideas that won't break the bank



Working to a tight budget? No problem - these nine GENIUS hen do ideas are so good you don't need to worry!

 

#1 Champagne afternoon tea…DIY style. 

Forget the Ritz, recreate a fabulous champagne afternoon tea of your own. You could even ask (read: pay/bribe) your little brother to step up and be the waiter for the day. 

What you'll need: 

1. Champagne (and preferably lots of it…this is a hen do you know)

2. A location - preferrable one of the bridesmaids houses to keep costs down. 

3. Sandwiches, cakes and other sweet treats.

4. Suitably pink and pastel decorations. 

5. Music of the bride's taste (she might not appreciated your own raucous music choices). 

 

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#2 A picnic with a twist…

If your hen is the outdoorsy type, a good British picnic will go down a treat - it'll also make for rather idyllic pictures for the bride to keep! 

What you'll need:

1. Picnic blanket, throws/rugs, cushions, a teepee if you have one…or a low table. 

2. An array of the bride's favourite foods, both sweet and savoury. 

3. Good weather (one can only pray for this). 

4. Pimms, wine - whatever takes your fancy!  

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#3 A themed surprise party… 

What you'll need:

1. An idea of what her favourite show/movie/book is…(or whatever floats her boat). 

2. Food, music, fun decor, costumes in the theme of her theme #obvs. 

3. The ability to make sure no one breathes a word….to make sure it's a surprise

4. An outfit for her…i.e. if it's Sex and the City - opt for a pale pink tutu and white vest for ultimate Carrie Bradshaw style. 

 

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#4 Shopping city day trip with multiple champagne stops - perfect for the gal who loves a bit of retail therapy. 

What you'll need:

1. Instead of popping all your dosh in a kitty for the bride's gifts…give her a budget to go out and spend! 

2. Integrate multiple champagne stops between stores for nibbles and bubbles. 

3. End with a dinner out and cocktails. 

 

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#5 One night city break for the travel-loving bride. 

What you'll need & should do:

1. An on-budget base - think Premier Inn - you can make it pretty with paper decorations!

2. An idea about the city hot spots and good places to mooch about and dine. 

3. Plan and book the perfect place to dance the night away. 

 

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#6 A day at the races - the perfect place for the girl who loves to place a bet (and dress up!). 

What you'll need & should do:

1. Tickets to the races!

2. A small budget from the other maids for food and drink and/or for a private box. 

 

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#7 A hen party festival!

If your hen loves a festival - get booking the tickets as a surprise, and give your festival-stay a hen-party twist! 

What you'll need & should do:

1. Tents, wet wipes and all other festival essentials. 

2. Pink tent for the bride-to-be (#obvs).  

3. Metallic temporary tattoo treats and cool headwear for the hen do crew. 

 

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#8 A hen party festival…DIY style. 

If the actual festival is a little out of the budget, don't panic! Recreate your own festival on a hot summer's day in one of the attendees gardens! 

What you'll need & should do:

1. Make cute lanyard festival passes tailored to her day. 

2. Style up the garden with fairy lights, a BBQ, an outdoor bar - the works!

3. Have a mini stage - and get local bands to come and play! 

 

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#9 A hen party Come Dine with Me week…

For the bride-to-be who LOVES Come Dine with Me - this is the perfect hen do/week! Not only can you spend the entire week celebrating but budget-wise each bridesmaid/attendee just has to cover the costs of a meal cooked by them! 

What you'll need & should do:

1. Make sure each attendee follows the dining, entertainment and must-make-it-yourself rules. 

2. Try emailing Dave Lamb to get him to do the voice over (#LOL)

3. Dress up for each night

4. Rate each other afterwards. 

5. Get someone to actually film each one and edit it - so the bride-to-be has something to keep and never forget!

 

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