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.
Thanks to the uncertainty of the last few years, even more of us than ever are considering a hen party at home.
Hen Party At Home: How To Make It Fun
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.
Here are some essential elements you can consider organising to make it the best at home hen do anyone has ever been to:
- Food – nibbles, snacks and sweets
- Drinks – a bowl of punch, pimms and prosecco
- Fun – organise games for plenty of laughs
- Decorations – deck your house & garden out to look the part
Organising a hen party at home or a garden hen party is a great way of having a socially distant hen party – particularly handy if you’ve got guests who are vulnerable and want to avoid indoor gatherings.
Hen Party At Home Ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration for a hen do at home ideas check out these suggestions for 11 things to do at a hen party in your own house.
1. Throw A Garden 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!
Hosting your own back garden hen festival is a great option for a hen party at home because you can design it to have exactly the vibe you want, but the toilets are much cleaner!
Festival Hen Do: Wild vs. Chilled
You can either go for an at home festival hen do with music and mosh pits, or throw a relaxed and cosy hen do at home in your back garden.
If you’re going for the relaxed vibe, you can hire tents, tipis and domes for a few days, so even the great British weather won’t be able to put a dampener on your home hen!
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).
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).
Some more ideas for a back garden hen do:
- Have a potluck bbq where each hen brings a dish
- Create a floor table using some crates, cushions and blankets
- Decorate with fresh flowers, tableware and confetti
- Set up a body glitter station (Browse Biodegradable Glitter)
- Serve blingy cocktails and drinks from here.
For a relaxed night-time dinner party in the garden, simply add a few more extra cosy blankets and string up some outdoor lights (Browse Garden Lights).
2. Book 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, in the comfort of your own home:
Book a mobile wine tasting
Book a Butler in the Buff
Book a mobile cocktail making class
These providers bring the activity to you, so all you need to do is let them know how many hens there are, the date and location of the event, and let them take care of the entertainment!
3. Hire A Hot Tub
One idea that would make your garden festival hen party super memorable is hiring a hot tub.
There are lots of companies offering this around the UK, take a look at Tubs4Hire in the South East 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 £200.00 including delivery and setup.
4. Make Flower Crowns
You could all order flower crowns to get in the boho/festival spirit. Check out our current faves below:
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Alternatively, book a mobile flower crown making workshop and an expert will come and join you for the day, bring all the materials you need and turn you into flower crown maker extraordinaires!
5. Cocktail Making 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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6. 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/Deliveroo
Don’t forget to organise matching hen party PJs for all the hens!
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7. 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.
8. Do A DIY 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!
9. Afternoon Tea At Home
Afternoon Tea is one of the most popular things to do for a hen party.
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.
10. 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.
11. Home Hen Party Fun Night In
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, or you could make it into a whole hen do night of playing games.
Here are some ideas for hen do games to play:
- Murder Mystery Night (Browse Murder Mystery Games on Amazon)
- Mr & Mrs (Downloadable version here)
- Hen Party Box: ‘Hen Party In a Box’ kit
- Hen Bingo (Downloadable version here)
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, 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 anyone who is vulnerable.
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.
Celebrating your hen do at home doesn’t have to feel like a cheap or lesser option than going out or going away for a weekend. – we’d love to see what you come up with!
Another option for those who can’t make it to your hen do at home due to their location is to think about hosting a virtual hen party.
If you’re looking for more general hen inspiration, head over to hen party ideas.