Alienating older members of a hen party is one of the chief concerns for a bridesmaid planning a weekend of spoiling the bride-to-be. Quite often the more mature aunts or work colleagues of the bride might feel left out if they’re not invited, so make sure you send them an invitation but don’t worry about censoring hen weekends for their benefit, help is at hand.
A tame and a wild hen weekend
One option that many hens are taking now is to have two hen weekends, a tame one and a wild one. For a tame weekend you could perhaps hire out a cottage in the country for the weekend, take a city break or visit a theme park, this is a good option if you want young children to attend and also gives you a chance to have one last blow out with your friends of the same age.
Spa and pamper
Spa and pamper parties are perfect if you’re looking for an activity that everyone in your group can enjoy regardless of their age. With the stresses and rigours of the increasingly longer working weeks and family life, spa and pamper weekends offer the opportunity for your party to rest and relax. The bride will be particularly grateful for this, what with how stressful planning a wedding can be.
Many spa and pamper facility facilities will go the extra mile for the bride-to-be to ensure that she feels as spoilt as possible on her weekend. Extra treatments, such as massages or skin treatments are often given to the bride-to-be, but check with your provider before you go and if there’s nothing extra for her, throw in a few extra pounds each.
Fashioning your own boutique-ready scent is another activity that is suitable for a timeless hen party activity. See if you can match Beyonce and J-Lo by formulating the ingredients and name of your new fragrance and take away a 25ml bottle as a lasting souvenir of your hen party.
When it comes to arranging plans for after dark, reserving a table at a restaurant is a safe bet for all ages. This way the people who want to have a drink ahead of a night clubbing can and those who wish just to indulge in a good conversation and nice food have that option. Arrange with the restaurant to have the table until late so that you don’t feel rushed and enjoy the flow of conversation.
It also pays to have a hotel in the centre of your chosen destination, so if the older members of your party decide not to join you for a drink after the meal they don’t have too far to walk. If they do decide to join the fun, quite often you’ll find that they’re the last ones standing – you just can’t beat a bit of experience when it comes to night time action.
Final word of advice
Remember that a tame weekend doesn’t mean a boring weekend. A hen weekend is the perfect chance to get everyone that you care about together in one place for the final time in your single life. Don’t miss that chance to make it count.