I am always on the look out for great ideas for hen parties – something that can involve all ages, will fill an afternoon with muchos fun, and will give you something great to take away (NOT a hangover). So … Continue reading
Hen nights are no longer about the “last night of freedom” they are becoming more a chance for brides to get together with their nearest and dearest and take part in something that they love and don’t do either on a regular basis or ever.
Not to say there is a decline in the number of hen night outs (I live in Newcastle and can vouch for the fact that those hen nights are still big business) but that whether it is a day, weekend, or week long event, it is a lot more than drinking. So here are my top 5 alternatives to a boozy night out!
A life drawing class!
Yes a life drawing class – gather your friends (may not be one for your Nanna, but hey I don’t judge) and book you and the ladies in to a sleeze free male model life drawing class. Here is a little of what they offer:
Minimum group size is 10 – Time slots are every hour from 10am to 6pm (for ~90mins)
Bottle of Bubbly for the Hen / Birthday Girl – Class held in a centrally located, fully licensed venue
We’ll supply all the required equipment and our models are young and attractive
We’ll arrange a convenient venue and provide you with everything you need to get started. All of the models are young and charming, so we’re sure they’ll give you plenty of inspiration.
After the party, you’ll have the chance to relax with a drink and meet your model – together, you can decide which of the hens has the best eye for proportions and you can take your favourite drawings home. This is a very tasteful way to start your celebrations, and a great way to get together with your girlfriends and have a few giggles along the way.
A Dance Class
Whether you want to learn “Single ladies”, have a secret love of Cowboys and want to go line dancing, or are a bit more adventurous and want to take on a Pole, there is a dance class out there for you.
Most can take place where there is enough open space – leisure centre, dance studio, hotel but some require a little equipment. Pole dancing, will obviously require a solid pole for you to swing around – so why not check out Newcastle Pole Dancing School who have 3 packages on offer starting from £15pp.
For those that enjoy a bit of adventure and the out doors – Go Ape is a great way to spend an afternoon. I have done this for a Hen Party and despite my dislike of heights and jumping off things, the experience was great – plus you get a bit of a work out too! It is suitable for all age 10 plus who can climb a rope ladder – so could be a great way to involve the younger ones in your family or even have a joint Hen and Stag – set out on a competition!
Love a bit of sophistication and a fan of tiny sandwiches – why not organise an afternoon tea – great for the older generations to get involved. Set out sandwiches, scones, cakes – all mini versions of course with a range of teas and of course some bubbly. There are a huge n umber of places offering this such as the Hilton, Matfen Hall, Jesmond Dene House, the Great Cupcakery or you can have it at home and hire in the vintage China – perhaps from Ruby’s Tea Party
I attended a Hen party in 2012 where we had a fab craft session making knickers, and mine actually looked like they should have done when I finished (very proud) but crafting is a great activity to spend time together, a little less hectic and you can have a chat and probably a glass or bubbly too! Why not check out Crafts and Giggles which offers parties across the North East! Garter Making, Cupcakes, Bunting and more – you will be spoiled for choice!
The job of planning the Hen Night/Weekend generally falls on the Maid of Honour. And it has to be said these days – it isn’t easy. Gone are the night before the wedding nights out around a few bars, now … Continue reading