Having a hen party at home has always been a popular choice, especially if you are looking for a way of keeping things simple and affordable.
However, thanks to the curveball that this last year has been, even more of us than ever are gathering ideas for a hen party at home.
When Can I Have A Hen Party At Home?
Provided that the roadmap out of lockdown continues as currently planned, the earliest date where you’ll be allowed to have a hen party at home in the UK is the 17th May.
- By this time, it is expected that gatherings up to 30 people will be allowed outdoors, in your back garden for example.
- However, this is subject to change and you will only be allowed 2 households or the rule of 6 indoors.
- For a hen party at home with unlimited numbers of households/guests, make sure to plan it for 21st June or later.
Although these dates have currently been given as guidelines, they might change at any point, so make sure to check current government guidance.
Organising a hen party at home or a garden hen party might be the best way of having a socially distant hen party.
If restrictions mean you can’t have a hen party at your house, check out our ideas for hosting a virtual hen party.
Advantages of a Hen Party At Home
- Save Money – forget asking everyone to shell out £££ for activities, meals out and travel, you can put together a great hen do at home at very little cost.
- Stay Local – Assuming the majority of your hens live nearby, having your hen do at home means nobody will have to travel far.
- It’s Flexible – By hosting your hen party at home, there’s no need for anyone to commit weeks or months in advance or pay anything up front. If someone can’t make it at short notice due to symptoms, no-one is financially impacted.
- It’s Lower Risk – By inviting just a few of your closest pals round to your house for a back garden hen do, you’re keeping the circle small and reducing the exposure risk for everyone.
- It’s Less Likely To Be Cancelled – Nobody knows how the rest of the year is going to pan out. By planning an at-home hen party then you’re less likely to have to cancel should lockdown restrictions be tightened again.
Ideas for a Hen Party At Home
1. Throw A Festival Hen Party In The Garden
Just because you’re not going for a wild night out for your hen party, doesn’t mean it can’t be a wild night in!
Clubs are still closed and while some summer festivals are being tentatively rescheduled, throwing your own back garden hen festival is a great option.
Here’s what you’ll need for a great hen party festival at home:
You can order alcoholic drinks in. Take a look at Flavourly* for everything from wine and spirits to craft beer.
Why not set up a body glitter station in the garden where you can all give each other glitter face and body art.
Just make sure you buy a good biodegradable body glitter as normal glitter is really bad for the environment.
2. Have An At-Home Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea is one of the most popular things to do for a hen party.
However, at the moment, spending a couple of hours in a busy restaurant or tea room might not be an option for all of your hens.
Luckily, it is super easy to put together a DIY afternoon tea at home.
Start by asking all your friends and family if they can lend you any pretty china plates, cake stands and tea cups. It doesn’t matter if they don’t all match, in fact the more eclectic the better!
You can share the work needed for an at-home tea party by giving each hen something to bake.
One hen bakes the scones, another makes the cucumber sandwiches, another will make pots of tea.
Of course, you can also make it easy for yourself and order in afternoon tea at home. We love this one by Piglet’s Pantry*.
3. Host A Cosy Hen Do In Your Back Garden
If you fancy having your hen party outdoors but aren’t really the festival-type, then why not just throw a relaxed and cosy hen do at home in your back garden?
You can gather a few bits of garden furniture and decorations to make the garden look special and give it that party vibe, then invite everyone round for a social distanced hen party.
There are lots of companies springing up that will pop round and provide you with tents and tipis or domes, so even the British weather won’t be able to put a dampener on your day!
One company that will definitely sort you out with a very pretty dome set-up is Dream Drones.
If you’re based in the Cheshire area then check out Tipi To You.
To give you an idea of prices, hiring a 4 metre bell tent for the weekend will cost you around £100 which includes delivery and set up.
You can then kit the tipi out with lots of cushions, blankets and fairy lights, and get cosy roasting marshmallows around a fire pit!
You might have seen those aspirational back garden dinner party photos on Pinterest and thought that you could never create something as instagrammable as that.
You really don’t even need much to put together this kind of a hen party picnic set up yourself in your own back garden.
For the table you can either use the top of a table you already have, if its detachable or just a large plank of wood propped up on some bricks.
Set out some blankets and scatter some cushions to make the place settings.
Then get yourself some hen party accessories to finish off the look. You can get tableware, confetti, serviettes etc.
Finish the look off with some fresh flowers.
For a relaxed night-time dinner party in the garden, simply add a few more extra cosy blankets and string up some outdoor lights.
4. Bring Activities To You
Since the hen party world was turned upside down, the ever-ingenious industry has worked hard to reinvent their offering to suit new requirements and needs from brides.
This means that many hen party suppliers are now offering an option where they come to your home to deliver a one-to-one experience, just for you and your hens!
How about doing one of these in your own back garden or kitchen:
- An Online Truffle Making Class*
- A Life Drawing class
- A pasta making class
- An at home dance class
- At home silent disco
5. Do A Treasure Hunt
Is there anything that evokes more excitement than the words treasure hunt!?
If your garden is big enough, you can hide the treasure and clues around there, but if not, then make full use of the area you live in. Perhaps you can hide some clues in your street or at a local park.
Make sure there is a great prize for the winning team!
6. Have A Hen Party Sleepover
Hello, the 90s called and they want their sleepover back.
No but really, when is the last time you and the gals all got snuggled up in your sleeping bags on someone’s sofas, ate pizzas followed by popcorn and talked until you all fell asleep?
Only sleepovers are even better now than they were in the 90s because a) Nobody’s mum is there telling you lights out by 10, b) Just Eat c) Netflix.
Don’t forget your matching hen party PJs*!
7. Cocktail Making Night At Home
You might not be able to spend the night propping up a packed bar, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be cocktails!
Ask each hen to bring their favourite spirit and mixer and then grab a few pretty cocktail accessories like hen party straws and cups and you can have a great night mixing up some old and new creations!
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8. Back Garden BBQ
You can’t beat a barbie when the weather is good can you!?
While the British weather can’t always be relied on, as long as you’ve got some kind of shelter in case it rains, like a tent, conservatory or gazebo, you’ll be grand.
There’s nothing better than getting a jug of Pimms on the go, whacking some burgers on the grill and chomping on more pasta salad than is healthy.
9. Hen Party Sports Day At Home
A great idea if you are looking for hen party at home ideas for a sporty bride.
Take it retro by planning a sports day in the garden for all the hens! You can incorporate any of the bride’s favourite games or the sports you most liked at school.
Is the bride a netball fan? See if you can get hold of a netball hoop* and make that one of the activities.
Other hen party sports day activities you could try are:
- Egg and Spoon Race
- Sack Race
- Three Legged Race
- Long Jump
- Throw the beanbag in the bucket
If you’re a big group of hens then you could even split into teams and have team names/outfits/colours that you stick to all day.
The more retro sports day feels you can introduce the better!
Round off your hen party sports day with a relaxing yoga session in the garden.
10. Murder Mystery Hen Party At Home
Have you ever done a Murder Mystery night? They are a perfect choice for when you are looking for hen party at home ideas because a lot of the planning is done for you.
This is how it works:
- You buy a murder mystery game which usually cost around £20-30 (Browse Murder Mystery Games on Amazon*)
- You are given a list of characters which you then assign to each of your hens.
- Each hen receives an info pack about their character with advice on how to plan their costume, how they should act and which information they should share about murder.
- On the night, you are guided through the game with the information in the box, best accompanied with some beverages.
- The goal of the evening is to gather information to find our who the murderer is.
Think of it like grown-up, live Cluedo! It’s a great idea for brides who love an excuse to wear a fancy dress costume.
11. A Wedding Crafting Evening
If the bride and the hens are a crafty bunch then a great hen do at home idea is to have a wedding craft evening or “crafternoon.”
Good ideas of crafty things to make and do are:
- Crafts for the actual wedding: dried flower bouquets and corsages, table favours and decorations.
- Arty things like painting, pottery or watercolour.
- Knitting, sewing, crochet & cross stitch.
- DIY Flower crowns
- DIY Bunting
The best way to plan a crafting hen do at home is to decide on what you’re all going to make and get the equipment and materials ordered and ready before the event.
We hope that’s give you a few ideas for how to host the best hen party at home.
Don’t forget to share the photos from your event with us by tagging @planthehen on Instagram – we’d love to see what you came up with!
Where else can I find ideas for hen party at home?
One of the best places to search for hen party at home inspiration is Pinterest.
Here you can gather all your ideas for your at home hen do in one place and be inspired by ingenious ideas for hen do at home ideas, decor, games and styling shared by other brides and hens.