Below you will find the 7 most important rules of running a hens night. As a maid of honour, I had the task of entertaining and group of girls who were all very different to each other, which makes the job extra hard. These are the steps I used to create a night that everybody (surprisingly) enjoyed.
The number one rule of all hens nights: everybody needs to have fun. It sounds simple, but it is a hard task to achieve. Two of the bridesmaids love to drink, but the other two hate going out. This is a tricky situation, but we need to focus on what is important and that is, of course, the bride. What does the bride enjoy? Start from there and forget everybody (including yourself) for a bit. It is her night after all.
Many brides themselves might not be interested in this, but let’s face it, a hens night has to involve at least one thing dirty. This one thing could be a willy straw or a willy hat, it is all about adding in that slight bit of traditional humour.
Nobody needs a name tonight; they need a quirky label. Label people based on their personality, for example “drama queen”. It also helps to take quirky before and after photos if you decide to party it up, you can turn this into a game by seeing which person truly lived up to their label.
Not 100% necessary, but it always makes it fun. Choosing a theme that allows people to dress up gets them a bit more involved. Themes such as burlesque, police officers, fancy dress and saints and sinners are always a good go-to.
This is probably one of the most important things. Location all comes down to the interests of the bride. If she likes to go out, your best location would be to hit the town. These days it is more common for brides to prefer staying home, this does not mean it needs to be boring, you can hire strippers and topless waiters to make the house party that bit better. If you have a big enough budget, you could plan a small trip away for the weekend, instead of just a one-night thing.
No party is complete without games. Games vary depending on what people are comfortable with doing. You can find a whole list of games on Pinterest and simply by Googling hens night games. A personal favourite of mine would have to be karaoke or put the willy on the groom.
This night is about the bride-to-be, nobody else. Keep this in mind and everything will run smoothly. It is meant to be about her last night of being single before she ties the knot; it needs to be a night she will remember for the rest of her life. Time to celebrate!