Looking for hen party inspiration? Look no further. Whether you’re a long-time lover of tea and scones or you crave a weekend away, we’ve curated our favourite ideas of the moment so you’re sure to be sent off in style.
Sometimes we feel like dancing on tables and throwing back tequila shots. Other times, we like things sweet, refined and all together more ladylike – these are the times we call upon The Langham, specifically the hotel’s new Palm Court and its Tiffin Afternoon Tea. Served twice daily at 11.30 and 2.30, you’ll enjoy airy scones spread with layers of clotted cream before indulging in a gourmet tea from the Court’s extensive menu. If the mood takes you, stay around a bit longer for a beverage of a more indulgent variety – to say Palm Court ‘holds its own’ in the cocktail department is an understatement of an almost insulting degree: the Caramel Popcorn Martini, for example, includes vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps, cream and homemade liquid popcorn served in a chilled martini glass with a honey and crackle crystal rim. Need we say more?
There’s a reason why getting your groove on makes a great hen party activity – it sets the bride-to-be’s heart racing and puts a smile on everyone’s face. If you’re looking for something rather more risqué option, consider a spot of pole dancing: in Christchurch, Pole Studio & Bar offers not just pole-dancing classes but a licensed bar. If you’re not sure the bride-to-be will be up for something so racy (or if, for instance, you’re inviting her mum), consider belly dancing. MoonjellyBellydance in Wellington has several hen party options. Alternatively, go for a salsa or burlesque class – Latin Rhythm offers hen packages at its Auckland studio. You could even make it a combined hen party/stag do, so the boys can be your dance partners.
Want the bride-to-be’s ‘last night of freedom’ to last a bit longer? Plan a girls’ weekend away. However, be aware that while it might be her fantasy to hole up in a gorgeous hotel with her best girlfriends, they might baulk at the cost. Hiring a house can be a cheaper alternative. Bookabach has thousands of holiday homes to suit any style for rent all over the country, whether you want a cosy cottage in which to get away from it all or a more luxurious city pad. When you have a home base the choice is yours – head out for a meal or stay in with face masks and nail polish.
The bride-to-be may have already met the man of her dreams, but the rest of her life’s still a mystery. See the girls’ futures take shape by hiring a fortune teller, tarot-card reader or psychic for the hen party – Google ‘astrologers’ or ‘new age professionals’ in your area. If you want to get a unique gift for the bride-to-be, take her to have her astrological charts professionally done. If that’s beyond your budget, download a guide to palm reading off the internet and take turns telling each others’ fortunes with a glass of bubbles in hand.
If the bride-to-be fancies herself in the spotlight, go for gold at a karaoke bar. Or if she’d prefer a little privacy, hire a karaoke machine and let your hair down at home – check out nationwide service Party JukeBox & Karaoke.