10 Hen Party Ideas That Won’t Make Your Guests HATE You

We’ve all been to those run-of-the-mill hen parties where you’re left thinking ‘What the hell is happening?’ after you’re forced to take part in some bizarre activities.

Hen parties should be about three things – 1. having fun, 2. getting drunk (responsibly), and 3. the bride having the best time possible on her last night as a free woman.

Somewhere amongst the novelty sashes and rigorous activity schedules, the ‘having fun’ part of the hen party can tend to get lost.

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How do you ensure everyone is having a good time at a hen? By organising an event that is so spectacular and enjoyable, they literally have no other choice.

If you’re tired of donning a pair of bunny ears and ‘L’ plates, learning naff dance routines or going orienteering, we have some other options you might find more enticing…

We’ve put together a few ideas that aren’t your typical hen party activities that may be just what you’re after if you’re looking to do things a little differently!

1. Gin school

Gin is the drink of the moment for a lot of people, and what better way to kick of your hen party festivities by gathering your gals together to learn how to make gin-based drinks!

Ireland’s first gin school is located in Listoke Distillery in Drogheda, and offers brides-to-be and their pals the perfect way to spend a boozy afternoon having a laugh.

2. Glamping

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Instead of bundling a bunch of not-so-happy campers into some tends in a field somewhere down the country, there’s a better way to embrace the great outdoors in style during your hen!

‘Glamping’ is the perfect way to combine an adventure-filled day with some pampering, and Teapot Lane Glamping in Leitrim is just the place to do it.

They provide a selection of different packages, which can include a Vintage Tea Party, Surfing lessons or your own mini festival.

3. Pod experience

If Glamping isn’t you’re thing, you could check out ‘pod living’ with your hen party group instead.

Podumna, in Portumna, Galway offers a hen party package where you can avail of a cookery lesson and learn how to make your own cocktails, along with a Prosecco reception on arrival.

4. Flower crown workshop 

A great way of incorporating your big day into your hen party is by getting your hen party group involved in a workshop activity!

The Crate in Dublin offers hen party packages where you can learn how to make your very own flower crown using fresh flowers.

The workshop costs €35 per person, and for hen parties bigger than 15 people, the bride goes free.

5. Roller Disco

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One fun activity that is certainly for the more adventurous of hen party groups is Roller Disco.

Add a bit of 80s groove into your hen by getting out a pair of leg warmers and taking to the floor with roller skates.

There are several Roller Disco venues located in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, which you can book with henparty.ie.

6. Spa Day

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For a bride-to-be looking for some R&R before their big day, taking a trip to a spa is the perfect way to relax and unwind.

The good news is there are plenty of fabulous spa locations around the country that offer packages for hen parties.

If you’re really looking for a luxury experience, visit the Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow for a fabulous treat.

7. Afternoon Tea

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Although most hen parties tend to be a rather boozy affair, it’s not always to everyone’s tastes, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

If you’d rather gather your hens together for a girl catch up while enjoying some tasty treats, why not opt for going to a posh Afternoon Tea or a brunch instead?

The Conrad Hotel in Dublin offers Gulliver’s Travels themed afternoon tea that is just delicious!

8.  A Day at the Races

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If you’re looking to have a classy and very glam hen, why not invite your group of gal pals for a day at the races?

Enjoy sipping on champagne while experiencing a day of fun at a horse racing tournament, while dressed up in your very finest outfits.

For an extra bit of fun, why not have a competition amongst the hens to see who will be crowned ‘best dressed’ at your own version of Ladies’ Day.

9. Drag Show

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Instead of trying your hand at karaoke or learning a dance routine, you can leave it to the pros at a Drag Show.

We can promise your sides will be splitting with laughter at the comedy and OTT performances, and everyone will be entertained.

Drag events take place regularly in Dublin city, at venues such as PantiBar, The George and Bow Lane and if you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ll love it!

10. A trip to a nail bar

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Another fun activity you can do together as a group is going to get pampered at a nail bar.

Instead of an orienteering trip around a forest, you can put your feet up and relax and get your claws looking fierce at the same time.

Chipped Nail bar in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre in Dublin is the perfect place for you and your hens to get pampered while enjoying some prosecco.

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If the wedding isn’t far away, it can also double-up as an opportunity for your guests to get their nails prepped for the big day itself.

There are plenty of alternative hen party options to choose from!

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