EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HENS DAYS

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

A hens day is all about getting the girls together to celebrate the bride to be - her “last hoorah” so to speak!

Gone are the days of a tacky hens day! Today you can find yourself doing some amazing activities with your BFF’s 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 and it's a reflection of her and what she loves in life, so it’s important to choose a hens day theme, venue and activity that represents her! Then you know she will love it.

Hens parties with LENZO

LENZO has a curated range of on-trend hens day supplies to host a hens day. A hens party should be a fun occasion with all the bride to be’s favourite ladies. We can help you celebrate in style and get the perfect look for a hens party, whether you’re after a girlie pink affair, or something more edgy and monochrome.

We offer all the hens party suppliers, all in the one place for you to create the perfect hens day for the bride to be. We also offer the best HENS DAY inspiration in Australia. With our own created on-trend content on The EDIT Blog as well as our featured real events.

Pretty in Pink Hen’s Day

Have a lot of fun with pink for your hen’s party. Everything from your flower arrangements and floral decorations, to your balloons and balloon installations, and your tableware settings can all be pink. The trick is to use various different shades of pink to stop it from look flat.

LENZO X See Want Shop Hen’s

Pink might seem too girly for some people but you can definitely style it in a classy way, by using touches of metallic to break it up, like with metallic straws, streamers and cake toppers.

Colour Pop Hen’s Day

We won’t deny that we love pink and will always recommend it, but adding any splash of colour to a hen’s party will help make a statement, you could even hire furniture like different coloured chairs and tableware, or use colours cushions and throws to make the venue look special.

Hen’s Garden Party

A garden provides a pretty setting for a hen’s day, 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 some tables to set everything up.

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 hen’s party amazing!

Planning the perfect hens party

Generally the maid of honour and bridesmaids plan the hens day in honour of the bride to be. Often a hens day will begin at the home of someone in the wedding party or vice versa then there is a trip to a venue such as a winery, activity or bar (of course)! It’s important that the wedding party work in harmony together for the sake of the bride and keep thinking about her needs before theirs.

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 invitation out via email or post. A great and popular tool for hens day invites is Paperless Post.

Work on a theme

Start with a theme and then select a venue around the theme. Ie. 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. Hens party themes are a lot of fun, and no matter the personality and style of the hen in question, there are so many themes to choose from.

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

• Gift for bride

• Food

• Catering

• Pricing

• Invitation

• Flowers

• Decorations

• Games

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

Who to invite to your hens party

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. Generally the mother of the bride and groom attend - along with a couple of close family friends and of course her bffs.

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 schedule’s. Have a clear RSVP on the invite so there’s no confusion about the final guest list.

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 the bride’s choice as to who gets an invite.

Venues to host your hens party

Choose the right venue for your hens party There are plenty of great venues to have a hens party. It will depend on what kind of hen’s 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.

LENZO recommended

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

There’s no place like 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 also be as loud and outrageous as you like. It gives privacy. It also means you will need to decorate the space to make it look special in which case we have a great collection of hens party decoration 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 hens party and that will help when planning the entertainment.

LENZO recommended entertainment

• 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 bride quiz is another fun one. These are easy to have a home games, but you could also hire some entertainment, like photo booths or a karaoke machine.

Have some fun with your hens party food

Play on the fact there is 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 hen’s 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, think about who will do the food, a friend or family or family might be happy to do it, but it’s totally up to you on the kind of food you want. You can bring in a caterer to make life easy (but this will be a little more expensive) or it’s lovely to add a personal touch - the mother of the bride and bridal party to make the hen her favourite dishes. This adds a sentimental touch.

LENZO recommended

There are some delicious catering options when planning your hen’s party:

Peter Rowland Catering

• Nectar and Stone

Cake Ink

Bakedown Cakery

• Lamanna Patisserie

• Tome

• Ed Dixon Food

• Studio Neon

• The Farm Catering

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.