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Planning a Hen Party can be tough, making the bride happy, choosing activities that everyone will like, getting the money off the other Hens - we know how exhausting it can be. We want to help you keep on top of all this party planning madness, so we've put together this checklist to help you out!

Well in advance ( 5+ months before the party)

Discuss the Bride's expectations for the Hen party:

  • When does she want it?
  • What kind of party does she want? (Wild, tame, afternoon tea, strippers in the club, etc.)
  • Who is on the guest list?
  • Where does she want it?

The Bride may have a lot of specifics in mind, or she may leave it up to you to decide what her last night of freedom will entail. Either way, deciding these factors early on will help you in the long run. Remember this night is about her so if she feels very strongly about something it's your job to listen.

Get in touch with the Hens

Hopefully you know many of them already, but when it comes to coworkers, groom's relatives or uni pals it's likely you are all quite unfamiliar with one another. So the best thing to do is start an online chat (assuming you aren't all in meeting distance), get all their numbers from the bride for Whatsapp or get a Facebook group on the go. You need to start discussing the following:

  • When are you all free?
  • What's everyone budget?
  • Who can help with what?
  • What ideas/themes/surprises for the bride does everyone think will work?

Once this is all decided the rest is much easier. The Bride (if she wants to be that involved) and the Maid of Honour get the final say just so decisions can be made quickly. Of course, you need to pick a budget and date that suits all of the guests so you can start booking activities and venues. 

Book the venue and activities

It seems early, doesn't it? You'd be surprised how quickly venues and hen-centric activities fill up so make sure this is one of your first priorities. Try your best to book activities that fit the agreed budget on the agreed dates. Then you can go back to the Hens and let them know to write it in their diaries and give them the official price of the day/evening/weekend. If there's a deposit ask the hens for it now so you can get it booked ASAP!

Spa days, cocktail classes, strippers and other Hen fun are incredibly popular so even if you think it'll probably be fine it's worth booking early. Honestly! If you need any inspiration have a look at our daytime activities ideas, or our destination guide

Book transport

This is also the time to ask the hens to book their transportation to the city, or time for you to book the bus, limo, taxi you have decided on. 

Hen Party Approaching (2+ months before the party)

Ask for the Hens for their payments

No one likes to play debt collector, but it puts you in a difficult position and unable to pay off the venue or start buying the decorations. Hopefully the Hens involved understand this, after all, no one wants to stress out the Bride! The group chat is the best way to gently remind the Hens they owe you money and that you can't do much more without it. This should convince them to transfer it straight to you.

Order Sashes, T-shirts or any matching accessories

These are the touches that make a Hen do special! Although these products don't tend to take too long to arrive if you are after personalised goodies you don't want to worry last minute about sizing, numbers or what your personalised gear will say.

Order any theme-related outfits

Similarly to the above, if you have a theme you want to give the hens plenty of time to receive their costumes or other bits. You may decide to order for everyone, or just send links to the items they should be getting so they look the part! This gives everyone plenty of time to get sorted.

Right around the corner (1 month before the party)

It creeps on you quickly, doesn't it? Now it's time for you to order all your Hen Party Essentials ready for the do! By now you'll know what budget you have left to spend on games, accessories, and decorations. Here are some things to get ordering:

When your goodies arrive make sure they are what you wanted! If you plan to make Hen party bags make sure you have everything you need to save you having to make another order later on. 

Confirm venue, transport and guest attendance

Reassure the bride, the hens and yourself by confirming what you have booked. If there are any disasters you have time to plan something else! It's also a good time to hit up that group chat again, make sure all the Hens know the plan and confirm they are still coming - again this gives them time to check all their plans are in motion. 

A week to go! (1 week or less before the party)


With only a week to go, it's time to get all your last bits together! Now you can go ahead and:

It's also a good time to run through what's planned with the Bride (unless any of it is supposed to be a surprise!) and the other Hens. Hand out the itinerary so that everyone knows what to expect and can prepare accordingly.

It's Here! (On the day! & the night before)

Finally! It's here, the night we've all been waiting for! All that planning has gone to good use and you can see all your hard work coming together.

If you are able to access the venue the night before it's a great time to decorate, but if not most venues will let you pop in to decorate and leave you goodies well before the party itself. With all your organising skills this should all be going incredibly smoothly, all the Hens and Bride should be at ease! 

Be sure to encourage everyone to take loads of photos and get involved in all the activities! Now there's only one thing left to do:

Have Fun!



If you need anything else for your Hen Party we have a huge selection of party bits to help you make it perfect! Browse through our website and create the best party to suit the Bride-to-be! Or for any other advice feel free to contact us today




Here at HenStuff we regularly get tweeted, facebooked, google +'d and even the occasional pinterest tons of questions asking for advice on hen parties. We advise you lovely lads and lasses about all manner of things, from which fancy dress theme is the best, which cocktail we'd recommend, which activities are the best and general hints and tips. We created some handy hen party guides for your convenience, but of course we are still happy to answer your influx of questions - we love catching up with you lot! 

A question we've had from a few panicking bridesmaids that seems to keep cropping up again and again is "do I invite the groom's mother in law?'. We thought we'd share our thoughts as an 'FAQ blog post' that will hopefully help a few of you decide. Before you send out your hen party invitation to the groom's mum then maybe consider a few of the following points:

  • What activities are you getting up to? If you've booked an intense salsa dancing class or perhaps a very rude stripper - will the future mother in law want to be a part? If she's a good sport and up for a laugh then by all means invite her along, but you don't want to taint her opinion of her lovely daughter in law before she's walking down the aisle do you? 
  • Is the mother of the bride attending? If the mother of the bride is attending it might be lovely for those two to spend the evening together
  • How well does she get along with the bride to be? If they're bosom buddies then we would recommend she be the top of the invite list
  • Are you attending a night club? Perhaps this might not be her scene. We'd recommend something family friendly for the day - afternoon tea or a lovely spa treatment, and then you can whisk the bride to be off and get her ridiculously drunk in the evening away from the worrying eyes of the elders! 

We would advise that it is always a lovely sentiment to invite the mother of the groom, and no matter what the activities we would recommend inviting her...but you must make sure she is aware of the activities you've planned beforehand so she has the option to politely decline. 

In summary: yes, invite her..but make sure she isn't surprised by willy paraphernalia or even real willies if you've booked a stripper! 

Also, you should totes get her this sash

Black Diamante Mother-of-the-Groom Sash 1

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We have another food-related post for you today, as we're talking about setting up a sweet station at your hen party! This is perfect for hens who are celebrating at home, have hired a private venue, or are  staying in an apartment. 

While there are many companies who provide hire services of this kind, it can become a little pricey for hens who are looking to stick to a particular budget. After all, if you've already spend lots of money on accommodation, activities etc, it can seem a bit of a stretch to spend money on added extras.
The good news, is that it is super simple to plan a candy buffet or sweet station yourself, buy buying your own sweets and doing a little DIY work! 

Step 1 - Stock up on Sweeties!

Here at HenStuff, we supply lots of sweet goodies for your hen night, so it won't be difficult to find lots of old favourites and hen-themed candies for your spread.
Will you pick something naughty or nice? Why not have both! Shop sweets here.

Step 2 - Get Crafty in the Kitchen!

We recently shared a few recipes for yummy bakes and treats to serve up at your hen party, which you can find here if you missed it. Another great idea is to make some marshmallow pops, which have become very popular in recent years, due to the fact that they look great and are easy to make. There is a super easy demonstration image here, but essentially, all you will need is: lollypop sticks, chocolate, cake decorations and maybe food colouring if desired. 
If you're feeling a bit more ambitious, then why not try making some pretty macaroons? Not only will they add a touch of French bakery chic to your table, they also present you with the opportunity to try a range of different flavours and colours! Check out this strawberry macaroons recipe to get you started.

Step 3 - Set the Scene!

You'll want to make sure that the sweet station looks as good as it tastes, so it's important to think about the layout. Luckily, you can buy lots of plastic sweet jars online, which emulate the look of glass at a much lower price. Experiment with pretty jars, cake stands and bowls until you get your desired effect. For extra impact, try sticking to sweets and storage of the same colour(s), to make your arrangement look even more stylish and put-together. For the table or stand, you may want to add extra elements of decoration, which you can easily make yourself with some pretty card and paper. Check out this awesome hen party bunting idea from Brideas!
For more hen party inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!
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Naughty Gift Ideas for Secret Santa

Secret Santa is both a beloved and dreaded Christmas tradition. It usually involved randomly selecting a gift recipient (from a friendship group or at work, etc) and choosing something without them knowing its you who have selected them. It's also become quite common for these gifts to be funny which is exactly why we recommend naughty gift ideas for Secret Santa!

Below we've listed our top naughty, novelty gifts ideas, providing you with some inspiration for your lucky (or unlucky) recipient.

Naughty Inflatable Gifts 

Inflatable objects always make fun, useless and ridiculous gifts, but our cheeky selection takes things to the next level! Whether you pick our giant Blow Up Willy toy, or our Mr Willy and Miss Boobs 30" Balloons, you're sure to provide a fun prop for a night of naughty hilarity! Makes quite the statement in the office too... 

Giant Willie Mould 

If your Secret Santa name match is a baking fan, what gift could be wittier or more appropriate than this Giant Willie Mould! Now they can bake a willie shaped cake for everyone to tuck into, or even open up their own penis patisserie!

Duck with a dick 

Everyone loves a nice relaxing bath, and no bath time is complete without the traditional, yellow rubber duck! Perhaps ‘traditional’ is the wrong to describe this one, however, who has a naughty secret lurking just beneath the surface of the water...

Anti Stress Boobs 

If your Secret Santa recipient is known for being the most highly strung member of the group, why not give them this Anti Stress Boob to help them release all that built-up tension! 
This Willie Egg Fryer is an EGG-CELENT Secret Santa gift - We apologise for the dreadful pun. They can now say goodbye to their bog standard, boring old eggs, and say hello to their EGG-STRAVAGANT plate of phallic food! 
Click Here to check out more of our great novelty gifts!


Here are even more naughty gifts for you!

When celebrating your forthcoming wedding, you want to make it is as big and as crazy as possible - it is your last night of freedom after all! But If you're struggling for ideas on how you could plan a crazy hen weekend, we've rounded up some of the craziest activities you can find, to ensure that the bride has the most outrageous and craziest hen weekend imaginable. 

Fire Breathing Workshop - Amsterdam 

There's an abundance of crazy and outrageous activities you could do in Amsterdam. One of those crazy activities is visiting a Fire Breathing Workshop! Embrace your inner dragon and learn all the secrets to fire breathing with this thrilling workshop. You'll be taught all the proper techniques, get tips off the professionals and by the end of the day you'll be able to blow all the other girls away with your fire breathing skills! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and the perfect way to celebrate the brides last days of freedom! For the full details on this activity visit Hen Weekends.

Medieval Mayhem - Nottingham 

Have you always wanted to storm a castle or fight someone to death some inflatables? Well now you can with this medieval hen party package from Hen Weekends. They're loads of crazy medieval themed games for you and all the girls to enjoy. An afternoon of medieval mayhem is a great way to get over the hangover you suffered from the crazy antics you got up to on the night before and it's also a great team building exercise!
Trampoline Cave Adventure - Chester 40 miles from Llangollen 
We all enjoy having a good old bounce on the trampoline every once in a while but have you every thought how you could improve this experience? How about doing it in a cave, 180ft in the air? After boarding an old mining train, you'll reach the beautifully lit caves, where you can have all the bouncing fun every bride-to-be deserves! This activity is certainly not for the faint hearted but it's perfect if you're looking to include some high octane thrills into your hen weekend. For full details on this activity visit Go Hen

Laughter Yoga - Brighton

A hen party is all about relaxing, enjoying yourself with the girls and just having a laugh. Laughter Yoga enables you to do all these things as you do quirky, fun and stress-busting laughter exercises. Laughter Yoga is the perfect way to forget all the worries of having to plan your wedding and it enables you to bond with the girls! For full details on this activity visit Go Hen.  

Tank Driving - Birmingham, Nottingham, Budapest, Prague and Vilnius 

Hen party activities don't come as crazy and outrageous as Tank Driving! Forget everything you know about driving a regular car and abandon all traffic rules, as you're driving around in this mammoth tank, conquering challenging hills and obstacles, and smashing around the custom built course. You'll forget about all your pre wedding jitters when you're at the wheel of this tank. For full details on this activity visit Go Hen
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No matter what you do for your Hen Party, look the part:

Staying in the UK for your hen weekend? Here's our round-up of the best hen party cities, with plenty of ideas for things to do in each one! 


The seaside city has become one of the most popular destinations for UK hens over the past few years, and it isn't difficult to see why! There are a diverse range of activities available to suit all tastes, from quirky vintage tea parties to all night parties. Whether you're looking for a relaxing getaway or all-out action, you can guarantee that you won't be short of things to do!
Best for: Variety
Where to Stay: Hotel Pelirocco
Where to Drink: Brighton Rocks Bar
Where to Eat: The Chilli Pickle
Something Different: Proud Cabaret


Edinburgh isn't the obvious choice for a hen weekend, but it has all the ingredients needed to make the trip a success for hens of all ages. If you're planning a wedding with a touch of bookish inspiration, then there really is no better place to get some ideas before the big day! As one of the most literary cities in UK, you won't be short of places to visit if books are your bag! It also has a selection of friendly, lively bars that are frequented by both locals and tourists alike, as well as a host of unusual activities, including ghost tours! If you're planning a summer hen, be sure to hit the famous Edinburgh festival, and make sure you book way in advance!
Best for: Bookish Hens
Where to Stay: Destiny Apartments
Where to Drink: Frankenstein 
Where to Eat: Field
Something Different: Auld Reekie Tours


Known for its excellent choice of party hotspots and restaurants, Newcastle is a great choice for hens who are all about the nightlife! Easy to navigate, and packed with a fantastic selection of shops, Newcastle has everything that a group of hens need for a fun-packed and hassle-free weekend. If Geordie Shore is your thing, there will certainly be plenty of opportunities to get 'mortal', especially if you take out a Geordie Tours package. Don't be fooled by the city's party mad rep, however, there are just as many options in the city for a more laid-back hen too! 
Best for: Partying 
Where to Drink: Madame Koo
Where to Eat: Paradiso 


As the European Capital of Culture, Liverpool has bags of charm, with lots of interesting things to see and do. With an eclectic mix of modern architecture and listed buildings, it's a fantastic city to look at, so a bus tour is definitely a must if you decide go here. With a fantastic selection for bars, restaurants and music venues, you certainly won't be stuck for things to do at night, plus you'll also have an array of tourist spots and activities to choose from during the day!
Best for: Culture 
Where to Stay: Signature Hotel
Where to Drink: Circo
Where to Eat: Alma de Cuba 
Something Different: Tuk Tuk Karaoke 


'It is a truth universally acknowledged', that Bath is a fantastic up-and-coming hen party location! Once a weekend retreat for London's elite, Bath is the perfect place for an up-market hen do with fun and relaxation in equal measures. With breath-taking architecture and beautiful gardens, it's the perfect city to visit if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle, but still have plenty to do. With it's own rooftop spa, a newly renovated shopping centre and an array of quaint, vintage tea rooms, Bath is the perfect place for chilled-out hen do that will leave you feeling refreshed and revived, as opposed to giving you a sore head! 
Best for: Relaxation 
Where to Stay: Bath Townhouse
Where to Drink: Sub 13
Something Different: Lush Spa


Voted the best night out in the UK, there's a reason why Leeds ranks as one of the top UK hen party destinations. Home to a vibrant selection of clubs and restaurants, known for their quality and endless array of choice; this is definitely a great option for foodie hens. A visit to the Electric Press is a must; offering a selection of cuisines and and array of drinking options, including big names such as Revolution.
Best for: Food
Where to Stay: ROOMZZZ
Where to Drink: The Alchemist
Where to Eat: Friends of Ham
Something Different: Vintage Makeovers at Le Keux


If you're planning a hen in summer, Nottingham has lots to keep you and your hens on your toes! From food festivals to live entertainment at the Riverside Festival, this is a city that really comes alive in the warmer months! Despite this, it's also a great city to visit all year round, particularly if you're a girl who likes to shop! With a fantastic mix of independant shops, big name brands and bustling markets, you'll be spoilt for choice when exploring this beautiful city. If you're looking for a place to enjoy a relaxing drink after all that shopping, head to the waterfront for a selection of lively venues.
Best for: Shopping
Where to Stay: Jurys Inn
Where to Drink: Tilt
Where to Eat: Pitcher and Piano
Something Different: Party Boat
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