Nowadays more and more people are wanting to do a hen party on the cheap. Asides from the economic climate, weddings cost masses of money; travel, wedding gifts and new outfits all add up and so hen parties are being budgeted. But that doesn’t mean less fun! With a little know how and a few top tips, you can show your bride-to-be a cracking good time, without having to fork out a bundle of money. It’s worth it, even if it means making that extra bit of time and effort.
- Mr and Mrs. Questions:
This is the best hen party game in terms of it being cost effective, taking up time and it is personal to boot. It takes a bit more time to plan but it’s great as it gives the bride-to-be a good giggle, plus entertains the rest of the hens; they get to hear some saucy secrets from the nearly wedded couple!
Mr. and Mrs. Questions, here’s how: Get the groom to agree to be videod (if he refuses ask him if he’ll answer questions on email, though video is much more fun). Now get all the hens to write in with questions about the bride-to-be, which they want the groom to answer. It’s essentially a game of ‘how well does the groom know the bride-to-be.’ The questions can range from super embarrassing to every day minutia – ‘What is your bride-to-be’s bra size’ to more saucy questions about what they get up to in the bedroom! Now video the groom answering all the questions and during the hen party, get the bride-to-be to second guess what she thinks her fiance has answered. If she gets it right, give her a drink. And if she gets it wrong, give her a drink! (If you have minimised spend elsewhere, you can ask everyone to bring a really cheap present; if she gets the question right, she gets a present). Here are some more Mr. and Mrs. Questions: Mr. and Mrs. Questions.
- Personalised hen gifts
Personalised hen gifts are a fantastic way of budgeting. You can buy really cheap hen gifts and for a few extra pounds (sometimes even less) you can get them personalised with the hen’s name or with some personal message. A few ideas would be to personalise some saucy knickers; perhaps for the hen’s honeymoon; or a dressing gown which would always be a keepsake reminder from her hen party! You can even personalise cakes, canvases, photo albums – pretty much anything really. (A popular personalised hen gift item is a new personalised male calendar; it’s got a different male model for each month and you can personalise then hen’s name in various ways).
If you think it’s going to be expensive, choose one gift to personalise and get your hens to each chip in a couple of quid. You’ll be able to find something that fits. It’s a really lovely way of going that extra mile and showing your chief hen that a little thought and time has gone into her hen party.
Ok the fiddly bit. Decorations can be really expensive; you start buying a few things and then realise that it’s not going to be enough, so you buy more and more…STOP! You can make your own decorations really easily; buy a load of cheap balloons and personalise them with some coloured marker pens. For table decorations use a load of candy and sprinkle them around the place; star shaped sweets and hearts in pinks and reds work a treat. Get the hens to bring loads of photos and get them printed off on A3 (you don’t have to bother printing them off professionally; it’s a waste of money). Print off massive pics of naked/ half naked men and it will look more and more like a hen party. And to top it all off, buy some really cheap tea lights. You can get 100s for next to nothing at places like Robert Dyas. These make a place look amazing and doesn’t cost anything.
- Plan your own activities.
Some activities cost a bomb; you can plan your own very easily. Do tournaments, or sports days. These cost nothing and with a little organisation can take up a whole day. You can do races (egg and spoon, three-legged etc). You can also get people to pay a small amount for prizes. Games and dares are also a great time-filler and don’t cost any money. If you want some pampering, you could have a pyjama party and get each girl to practise their massaging skills on the other hens. (If someone is rubbish at massage they can give a manicure).
- Make your own food.
Ok the ingredients are going to cost a bit but it’s better than forking out for a private caterer. And if you get each person to bring a pre-planned dish, even better. If someone’s good at baking, get them to make a load of cupcakes with then hen’s name on them with sprinkles and silver balls; the personal touch will go a long way in making the hen feel special.
Right – now the budget’s sorted, get organising and have fun! For more hen party planning ideas and resources, go to Hen gifts
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