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.
And thanks to the curveball that this last two years has been, even more of us than ever are considering a hen party at home.
If you’re looking for general inspiration, head over to hen party ideas.
Hen Party At Home Ideas: How To Make It Fun
Celebrating your hen do at home doesn’t have to feel like a cheap or lesser option than going out for it.
In fact, there are loads of hen party at home ideas you can organise to make a home hen do super cosy, fun and memorable for the whole bridal party.
Organising a hen party at home or a garden hen party is a great way of having a socially distant hen party and it’s definitely a good covid-friendly hen party choice.
If restrictions mean you can’t have a hen party at your house, check out our tips for hosting a virtual hen party.
Hen Party At Home Ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration for a hen do at home ideas check out these suggestions:
1. Throw A Festival Hen Party At Home
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!
While summer festivals are being tentatively rescheduled, throwing your own back garden hen festival is a great option.
Here are some things to organise for a great hen festival at home:
Grab some decent portable speakers, stick on a hen party playlist, order in plenty of beverages and tell your pals to come in their best festival attire (incl. wellies).
You could also all order a flower crown to get in the boho/festival spirit. Check out our current faves below:
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How To Hire A Hot Tub For Your Festival Hen Do
One idea that would make your garden festival hen party super memorable would be hiring a hot tub!
There are lots of companies offering this around the UK, but take a look at Tubs4Hire to get an idea of what is possible.
The price of hiring a hot tub is more reasonable than you might think, especially if you can split it between a group of hens.
3 days’ hot tub hire costs around £205.00 including delivery and setup in the South East.
Must Haves For A Festival Hen Party
2. Buy a Hen Party In A Box
Another great idea to buy for a hen party at home is the ‘Hen Party In a Box’ kit by Absolute Fiesta.
We love the thought that has gone into putting this kit together and we think you and the hens will love it too.
For full disclosure, this is an ad as we were gifted a hen party in a box to give an honest review of.
If you’re planning on hosting a hen party at home, then it’s a good idea to have some games ready to play throughout the event, but organising them on top of everything else can be a hassle.
The Hen Party In A Box kit is great for this as it provides you with 5 ready-to-play games as well as a hen party organisers guide to make the event stress-free and fun!
What Do You Get In The Box?
We don’t want to reveal all the secrets of what is in this exciting little kit, but to give you an idea of what you get in the box, here are some of the games included:
- Made Up Movies
- Wedding Express
- Dress To Impress
- Secret Garter
The box provides you with all the bits and bobs you need to play all these games.
To see what exactly is in the box and purchase, check out their Etsy page. Hen Party In A Box Costs £20.
3. Afternoon Tea At Home
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 popular with all of your hens.
Luckily, it is super easy to put together a DIY afternoon tea at home for your hen do.
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!
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*.
4. Host A Garden Hen Party
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.
There are lots of companies across the UK that will pop round and provide you with tents and tipis or domes, so even the great British weather won’t be able to put a dampener on your day!
Where to hire Tipis & Domes for a garden hen do
Rent a Tipi – Hertfordshire
How much does it cost to hire a tipi for your hen garden party?
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 kit the tipi, tent or dome out with lots of cushions, blankets and fairy lights, and get cosy roasting marshmallows around a fire pit (Browse Fire Pits on Amazon).
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.
Get the BBQ going
Another good idea for a hen party in your back garden is to have a barbecue.
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.
Why not make the BBQ into an afternoon-evening event by kitting your garden out with some atmospheric lighting.
Must Haves For Your Garden Hen Party
Consider investing in some of these plans to make your back garden hen party go with a bang
5. Fun Hen Party At Home Experiences
Since the hen party world was turned upside down, the ever-ingenious industry has worked hard to reinvent their offering to deliver a one-to-one experience, just for you and your hens!
How about doing one of these hen party at home activities:
- An Online Truffle Making Class
- A Life Drawing class
- A pasta making class
- An at home dance class
- At home silent disco
6. 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 there. If not, make full use of the area you live in. Perhaps you can hide some clues at a local park or woods.
Make sure there is a great prize for the winning team!
7. Hen Party Sleepover At Home
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 the sofa, ate pizza 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
Don’t forget your matching hen party PJs!
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8. Cocktail Making Night At Home
You might not be spending 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!
You can also order cocktail making kits for home:
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9. Hen Party At Home Sports Day
A great one if you are looking for hen party at home inspo 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? 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
- Hula Hoop Contest
- 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 organising a hen party at home 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 – assign one 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.
- The goal of the evening is to gather information to find out 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. 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 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.
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 this 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.
Keep checking back here for more hen party at home ideas!
Where else can I find inspiration 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 plans for your at home hen do in one place and be inspired by ingenious tips for a hen party at home, decor, games and styling shared by other brides and hens.
We hope that’s give you a few things to think about 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!