L-plates and bunny ears not your idea of sophistication or style? From a day at the races to a weekend in a country manor, there are plenty of sophisticated hen party ideas to choose from, ensuring that your weekend is tasteful and classy rather than tacky. Here’s a few to whet your appetite:
Foodie friends might enjoy learning the fine art of chocolate making, under the guidance of a master chocolatier. Tasting is essential – cleansing your palette with champagne between chocolates is optional. Or, go one step further and create a whole meal. Book a cookery class with a top chef and reward yourselves afterward by enjoying a glass, or bottle of wine with your culinary creation.
Perhaps you’re a group of budding mixologists? A sophisticated hen party could be to attend a cocktail-making master-class and concoct your very own signature drinks. Or, how about a wine tasting weekend? Visit a local winery, or catch the Eurostar and spend the weekend together on a French vineyard, training your taste-buds while staying in a fabulous chateau. For hen weekends with extra fizz, just swap the wine for Champagne!
If you prefer to be waited on, just book a swanky restaurant for the girls. Go for something really special, such as a Michelin-starred restaurant or somewhere with live music. For an extra edge, organise a murder mystery party and, as the story unfolds, work out ‘whodunnit’, while clinking glasses and laughing at your hilarious costumes. This is the ultimate classy hen party if you’re up for it.
For truly sophisticated hen party ideas, afternoon tea at The Ritz is definitive of British elegance. Nibble cucumber sandwiches and freshly baked scones from silver stands, and natter over cups of tea, served in elegant bone china. After taking your tea, a night at the theatre always goes down well; or perhaps try an evening of ballet, opera or stand-up comedy. To make it that extra bit special, insist on formal dress, book a private box and order champagne for the interval. Make a weekend of it by staying in a gorgeous boutique hotel and go for after-show cocktails in a stylish bar.
So, great hen weekends don’t have to be all about drinking and clubbing, and sophistication certainly doesn’t have to mean dull. Whether it’s an evening of opera or cocktails and cooking, however you and the girls like to have a giggle, hen weekends are all about the bride-to-be and spending quality time with each other.