Afternoon tea or a tea party should never be underestimated as an activity for your hen do. It’s always one thrown out there but it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes people have an image of it being a little stuffy and no fun and too much of a carb fest however we disagree. It entails friends, food and drinks, all the essentials for an awesome hen party. Hen parties can have people from mixed groups who don’t really know each other and this provides the perfect setting for everyone to mingle. The standard is tea but it’s not just the cakes that have to be naughty ladies, it is a hen party after all and an afternoon tea party can be as wicked as you like….replace the tea with some bubbles or gin and get your tipsy on. read on for our suggestions for 8 unique afternoon tea party ideas in Ireland. You’ll be guaranteed a classy, stylish and fun hen party activity.
1. Afternoon Tea Bus
If you want an alternative experience and the dream vintage hen party activity in Dublin, the afternoon tea bus is a no brainer. Vintage Tea Tours will show you how to experience Dublin in a unique way. Simply climb on board and allow them treat you to a little bit of nostalgia. Enjoy their Afternoon Tea delicacies and tap along to some fabulous 1950’s jazz. This is Afternoon Tea with a difference. This is an experience.There’s no better way to experience the city than on our Vintage Routemaster.
2. The Downton Tea Party Experience, Mullingar
Not just your average tea party ladies, the Downton Tea Party is a hilarious mix of downstairs busyness and mischief, and upstairs posh and naughtiness. It’s based in Mullingar and the experience includes dressing up as the maids to do some of the household “chores” as well as have a chamber pot race, set the table or light the fire under the watchful eye of the (dashing) butler. After the maid experience, the party moves upstairs to the dressing room and everyone changes to evening attire, to become ladies. Have fun and giggles taking yourselves back to a bygone era. It’s then upstairs to the drawing room for some parlour games, a traditional dance and of course, get a few photos taken for the society pages. An impressive, traditional afternoon tea is served afterwards the dining room where you have the honour of being the guests at a rather grand party. This is a truly unique afternoon tea party experience and will go down with Downton lovers and anyone who loves something a little random and different.
3. Gin Tea Party (BYO!), Dublin
A gin afternoon tea is the ultimate crowd pleaser on a hen party. Whether people want to lay into the booze or take it easy, you’ll keep the drinkers and eaters satisfied. The gin tea party experience in Drop Dead Twice in Dublin is the dream for a hen party. It’s BYO booze (so if don’t like gin, bring another tipple) and the guys will mix you up a few personalised drinks. You’ll get a delicious spread from Social Bee and we can promise you an experience like no other. More details here.
4. The Westin, Dublin
The Westin offer an afternoon tea party with a twist. Teamed with Hendrick’s Gin, the duo have come together to offer ‘A Most Peculiar Afternoon Tea’ which sounds pretty cool to us. This alternative hen party experience includes a naughty Hendrick’s G & Tea cocktail in a teapot, nice and quirky just how we like it. There are also other cocktails including a Victorian Mojito and of course you can choose your tipple of choice if none of these suit. The food options aren’t the norm either and include prawn cocktail, popcorn panna cotta and toffee popcorn crumble. The Westin also gets a bonus point for being situated bang in the centre of town. Team it with a morning of shopping or sight seeing for a classy hen party afternoon. This one is definitely on the cool list. We especially love the naughty cocktails.
5. No.1 Perry Square, Limerick
There are a number of boutique hotels in Limerick who offer great packages that give you a dash of affordable luxury. No. 1 Perry Square is a boutique hotel and this cosy afternoon tea party option offers you afternoon tea with pampering. The tea party is held in the drawing room with a warming turf fire burning in the background. If you can muster up the strength to leave your cosy corner after the tea, it’s then time to head to the thermal spa for some chill time after all your hard work eating. The afternoon tea itself is more traditional but the setting and pamper option give it the edge.
6. Oh So Sweet Occasions, The South East
Oh So Sweet Occasions operate around the South East of Ireland and bring the party to you. Karrena offers an excellent and personal service and will bring your party to life. She mainly does vintage inspired parties with themes including Gatsby, the 1950s, retro and even a mad hatters tea party. She will work with you to bring your party to life and create something unique. This is a great activity for hen parties staying in country houses around Cork, Waterford and Kilkenny. It doesn’t have to be just for a hen party, bring the vintage tea party heaven to your baby shower, birthday or any celebration!
7. Father Ted’s House, Clare
You’re always guaranteed lots of laughs with this one. Enjoy homemade scones, brown bread, cakes, tea and coffee all while sitting on Father Ted’s couch. If you’re just looking for something different for your hen party, combine it with a walk in the scenic area before tucking in, in this cosy and friendly venue for an afternoon of laughs. This is a great hen party activity for anyone looking for something unique and a must for Father Ted fans.
8. Castle Leslie, Monaghan
If you’re looking for a real treat, fill up the tank and take a road trip to Castle Leslie in Monaghan. This castle is super impressive with stunning surroundings. Everyone who goes there comes back absolutely raving about it! If you can afford some indulgence, book in for a girls night here for your hen party combined with the afternoon tea. It was good enough for Rosanna ladies! It’s a more traditional afternoon tea but the castle venue gives it the twist we like.
9. DIY Afternoon Tea Party
We’ve always been big fans of hen party DIY. They make for the best hens (albeit they can be a little stressful). If you’re on a tight budget, a DIY afternoon tea party in the rented hen party house or someone’s home is just as good as any of the options above and you get to add your own personal touch, making it extra special for the bride to be and the party guests. You’ll find vintage inspired party supplies here which will bring your party to life including gorgeous paper cups and plates and the prettiest vintage inspired lanterns you have ever seen. For the food, if you aren’t too shy in the kitchen, a few sandwiches are easy to whip up or you can ask the guests to bring along something.
However, if you are heavily involved in the hen party planning itself, you will not want to bring any additional pressure or stress on your lovely self. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to help, order in, or pop to M&S, Tesco or Aldi and pick up some of their party food. Display it on some pretty cake stands and you’re pretty much sorted. Oh So Sweet Occasions also offer a DIY party service where you can rent their gorgeous china tea cups and plates around the south east, Social Bee covers Leinster. If you’re looking for someone in Kenmare email us as we have a secret contact here who makes epic afternoon tea!
Happy planning ladies! x
If you know of more unique afternoon tea party ideas around Ireland or the UK, please share in the comments below.