Give everyone #squadgoals with your ideas-filled batchelorette bash
There are no hard and fast rules to planning a hen these days; you can do a girls' night out on the town, a big weekend away, a cookery class, an assault course or go laid-back with a tea party in your PJs. Whatever you do however, you want to make it feel like a special event, and adopting some of these cute ideas could be just the way to do it!
Just when couldn't possibly have another, pretty personalised drink stirrers like these pop up and they are just asking to be photographed! These beautiful sparkly stirrers are from suzyqdesigns.co.uk, and if you're careful you can use them again and again on the big day.
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Hen sashes aren't exactly the snazziest accessories traditionally speaking, but they are certainly being dragged up to date with gorgeous colours like rose gold doing the rounds. These ones from the Butterslip boutique in Kilkenny look the part, and come in sets of six.
Some people might think we've hit 'peak donut' but how can you possibly get over something that's so sweet and tasty?! Although they're not necessarily a 'hen' accessory, there's never a wrong time to get the donuts out, and some unicorn ones seem to be very in-keeping with current hen trends. Unicorn donuts are available on a limited bases from Off Beat Donuts in Dublin, but if you ask nicely the might be able to whip you up some for you and your gal pals?!
Avoid the awkward 'I didn't catch your name's as everyone is heading home at the end of the night with personalised name tags. These ones are cute so surely nobody will mind wearing them (still, there's always one...)
Items like bottled water, hair clips, mints, and of course a little bottle of bubbles for those who fancy a sip are great to include in a 'hen party survival kit', but the theme of your event will dictate what you pop in (ie plasters will be equally important for an adventurous day off-roading, or a night on the tiles, but hopefully won't be needed at a vintage tea and PJ party).
For some reason, throwing confetti is just one of the most fun things to do, and the resulting photos of a colour or glitter burst like it are usually real keepers too.
Chances are you might not have a full-on photo booth for your hen, but if you're planning to have one for the big day itself why not get in some practise! Sort your selfie face with cute props like these fab ones from Ginger Ray in the UK, or head into your local party decor providers (some hardware stores are even carrying photo booth props these days!) and get snapping with your hens.
Unless you've been enjoying life without your eyes stuck to your various social media feeds for the last two months (just us?!) you'll already be well aware that this summer is all about inflatables. If you've gone super plush with a pool party abroad with your ladies (and/or gents), you're probably already well on your way to an Instagrammable hen party. Nevertheless, throwing in some huge engagement ring inflatables should really hammer home the point of your trip. Pick these up from Amazon at around €50, or get your hands on the balloon version from TheHenPlanner.com.
Bridesmaid body art seems to be an absolute 'must' for hen parties these days, and gorgeous gold 'bride tribe' temporary tattoos are the most fabulous way to go about it. Get these and similar online at Etsy or NotontheHighStreet.com.
One for the craftier squad, flower crown workshops are becoming hugely popular with brides and their maids lately and are a lovely way to spend time with your mates while doing something productive for the wedding! Try Sligo-based social gardening community Space to Grow, and organic horticulturalist Sophie Skinner, who offers flower crown workshops for hen parties that look like great fun.
These rose gold love balloons are just beautiful. Pop them on the wall as a backdrop for your dessert table, then pass them around for selfies throughout the night. Get these ones from TheHenPlanner.com.
Cake pops and cupcakes all have a place on our table, but when they're displayed as a delicious bouquet they seem even more delectable. These beauties by Victoria's Heavenly Cupcakes based in Meath are ideal for a pretty tea party or at home bridal shower.
It's all about the bride, and everyone will know it with a headpiece like this 'Bride to Be' crown.
If you're off to the sun with your inflatables, some personalised luggage tags could be a cute addition to your airport shenanigans to get everyone in the spirit of the weekend. DIY bridal blog Something Turquoise has some gorgeous free printables for 'bride tribe' luggage tags if you want to get a bit more personal with your personalised stationery!
Brides and bridesmaids seem to love to don matching sashes and accessories, but why not go the full hog with complete gúnas?! If your hens are your bridesmaids it's an interesting way to see how you'll feel all kitted out on the big day itself, and if they're not, it gives everyone a chance to at least look like they were?!
Etiquette & Speeches
Although cash gifts are seen as the norm for weddings nowadays, the idea of couples asking for money remains a sore point for some guests - and requesting a monetary gift through the medium of a poem can really get people rattled!
No doubt couples will be overjoyed if they're blessed with the weather we've been enjoying this week for their big day, but when their guests' faces are starting to slip off and onto their white linens, they might wish they'd thought of these five ideas to keep everyone cool!