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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HENS DAYS

January 27, 2017
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HENS DAYS

Hens parties with LENZO

A hens day is all about getting the girls together to celebrate the bride-to-be and her 'last hurrah' before she ties the knot.

Gone are the days of a tacky hens night - when planning a party for the bride-to-be, LENZO likes to keep it classy! Nowadays, you can find yourself doing some amazing activities with your BFF’s that don't involve topless waiters, such as:

• Wine tours

• Cooking classes

• Flower crown workshops

• Arts and crafts

• Chocolate tasting

More than anything it’s important that the Hen enjoys her special day, as it should be a reflection of her favourite things shared with her favourite people. Traditionally, Hens days are kept secret from the bride, so choosing a venue and activity that represents her means you know she will love it.

Party Trend Ideas for her Hens Day

Stuck on ideas of what theme to do for the lucky bride-to-be? LENZO is coming to the rescue, with the best Hens Day inspiration in Australia from our featured real-life events:

Pretty in Pink Hens Day

What girl doesn't fawn over pink? It's little surprise why this colour is the most incorporated trend for a Hens. You can have a lot of fun with this shade: everything from your flower arrangement to your balloon installation and table settings can all be in pink. The trick is to use various pinks to stop your event from looking flat.

LENZO X See Want Shop Hens

If an all-out pink affair is too feminine for your bride-to-be, you can still incorporate the colour into her Hens Day by using touches of metallic to break it up. Think decorations like metallic straws, streamers, and cake toppers, which can help bring pink into the background.

Colour Pop Hens Day

We won’t deny that we love pink and will always recommend it, but adding any splash of colour to a hens party will help make a statement. You could even hire bright coloured furniture to contrast against the tableware, or use colours cushions and throws to make the venue pop.

Hens Garden Party

There's no doubt that a garden provides a pretty setting for a hens day. All you need to do is find a garden venue you love, and stunning floral crowns for all the ladies to wear. You can even book a flower crown workshop and have fun making your own flower crowns. Get the perfect cake and lots of sweet treats for the day, and you can always hire a few tables to set everything up.

Planning the perfect hens party

Generally, the maid of honour and bridesmaids plan the hens day in honour of the bride to be. It’s important to start planning for the hens day at least 3-6 months before the wedding. Most commonly, the hens day is held 2-6 weeks prior to the wedding, unless on a destination wedding where it can be just a couple of days before. You should give your guests at least 6 weeks notice and send the hens invitations out via email or post.

How to choose a hens party theme

Hens parties should be a lot of fun - after all, they're a celebration! - and no matter the personality and style of the hen in question, there are so many themes to choose from.

Start with a theme and then select a venue around the theme. For example, if the bride loves the beach, why not arrange a venue near the sea? Or if she is a lover of wine, then a winery is sure to be a great option.

Create a checklist and delegate

Make sure nothing gets forgotten or left out, and think about all aspects of the hens day such as:

• Venue

• Transport

• Food

• Catering

• Pricing

• Invitation

• Flowers

• Decorations

• Games

And then delegate the tasks! Once your theme, date and venue has been selected, it’s important to delegate tasks amongst the bridal party. This way everyone has a clear role and many hands make small work.

The hens invitation list

Ask the bride who SHE wants to invite on her hens day. On average, most hens days are 15-25 guests. Before you set the venue, ensure you set the invite list to know that it will work with your numbers. Ask the bride to send a list of who she would like included. The mother of the bride and mother of the groom also attend, along with a couple of close family friends.

Make sure you get your hens party invitations out early enough, to give all your invited guests enough time to respond and fit the event into their schedules.

The decision of whether to invite people who aren’t invited to the wedding can depend on the size of wedding you are having, if the wedding itself is quite small you might want to invite more people along to your hens party. If you are eloping and still want to celebrate your last single days with your pals then sure, invite people who aren’t invited to the wedding. There is no right answer: it’s completely up to the bride as to who gets an invite.

Venues to host your hens party

Wherever you are in Australia, there are plenty of great venues to have a hens party. It will depend on what kind of hens party you have planned as to the type of venue you might consider. If you’re wanting something fun but laid back, wineries make great venues for a hens party, or for something more elegant you could make a booking at a fancy restaurant.

Here are just a few of our fave hens party venues:

• Wineries - Wine Compass do some great hens party winery tours

• Blank Spaces and Studios - L1 Studios provide the perfect blank canvas to create a truly personalised hens party

• Beach locations - Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel overlooks one of Sydney’s most iconic harbour beaches

• Restaurant - Chiswick Restaurant Sydney provides a stunning location for a laid back dining experience

• Restaurant - Mr Miyagi for the most delicious Japanese cuisine

• Bars and Clubs - Garden State offer a great atmosphere with function spaces available

Whether you're looking for party venues in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, you’ll be able to find a great venue no matter what area you live in.

There’s no place like home: a hens day at home

A home hens day can be a great, cost-effective way to host a hens party. It means you can DIY drinks and food, and it can be as loud and outrageous as you like. It also provides privacy. However, this means you will need to decorate the space to make it look extra special. Fortunately, LENZO has a collection of hens party decorations to help you style any space and create an amazing hens party atmosphere.

Hens party entertainment

Whether you’re planning a hens day filled with activities or a classy hens night out, there is plenty of entertainment to be had.

You could choose an activity specific venue for your hens party - like a cabaret show for a fun evening - or a beauty salon for a pamper session. It all depends on the bride and what she likes doing, so make sure to get an idea of what she wants out of her hens party. A few of the entertainment options we recommend include:

• Oh Flora - you can book a workshop and have fun creating stunning bouquets

• Liquid Infusion - hens party packages provide you with delicious cocktails for hours

• Cocktail Making at 1806 - book a group class to make your own cocktails

• Lulu Bird - style your hens party with some colourful blooms and flower crown making sessions

• Mitchelton Winery - the perfect combination of chocolate and wine

• Wine Tasting McLaren Vale - indulge in wine tastings and tours

If it’s a casual home affair, then make sure to plan some fun hens party games. Making wedding dresses or veils out of toilet paper is always a popular choice that’s sure to provide plenty of laughs. A 'who knows the bride best' quiz is another fun one. Alternatively, you could also hire some entertainment, like a photo booth or a karaoke machine.

Have some fun with your hens party food

Play on the fact that a wedding about to happen! Have fun with food and fill it with the theme of love - think heart-shaped food, specialised cookies, and pink cocktails.

If the venue allows for it, a hens is a great opportunity to add a cake or dessert table and personalise the food as much as possible to the theme and the bride-to-be.

If you are having the hens party at home, you have two choices: invite family and friends to bring a plate, or you can bring in a caterer to make life easy (but this will be a little more expensive). It’s also lovely to add a personal touch - the mother of the bride and bridal party can bring the hen her favourite dishes.

There are some delicious catering options when planning your hens party:

Peter Rowland Catering

• Nectar and Stone

Cake Ink

Bakedown Cakery

• Lamanna Patisserie

• Tome

• Ed Dixon Food

• Studio Neon

• The Farm Catering

Host a hens party with LENZO

A hen’s party should be a fun occasion for the bride to be to spend time with loved ones and celebrate the upcoming wedding. LENZO can help take some of the work out of it with our great selection of suppliers and hens party products.

We have curated range of on-trend hens day supplies from some of Australia's best suppliers to help you host an unforgettable hens day. We can help you celebrate in style and get the perfect look for a hens party, whether you’re after a girly pink affair, or something more edgy and monochrome.

At LENZO we can help you with everything, from finding the right venue, getting the most delicious catering and some fun desserts from some of our fave suppliers, as well as connecting you to the right services to help you with any detail to make your hens party amazing!