In years gone by, a hen night was simply a girls’ night out, consisting of a few drinks and laughs at the local pub or club and maybe a bite to eat. At some point in the past couple of decades it has morphed into a monster. The hen night has become the hen weekend, with groups of 30 women jetting off to far-flung places on a budget that can end up almost matching that of the wedding itself.
If you have been working hard to plan your dream wedding on a frugal budget, the last thing you need is to blow your life savings or max out the credit on the hen night instead. Panic not, and check out these hen night ideas that will still result in a night to remember, but won’t break the bank.
Host a casino night
Who doesn’t love a night at the casino? The trouble is, when you factor in the transportation, food and drink costs, there is often little left for the roulette wheel or the blackjack table. However, this is the internet age, and it is easier than ever for you, or better still your trusted organizer, to host a casino night from home. Make sure everyone gets dressed up in their best Tess Ocean getups, and set up screens in different parts of the room for different games. You can make the whole experience even more cost effective by choosing the right online casino sites to visit. Many are offering no deposit bonuses for Canadians, which can effectively serve to double your bankroll.
A night out under the stars. With a few drinks, all your best friends and things going bump in the night all around you while you toast marshmallows on the campfire and talk nonsense together. A camping night will bring back childhood memories and have everyone acting like big kids – exactly the right mindset for a hen night to remember! Choose a site that has a good bar or pub somewhere nearby, that way your options remain open as to how to spend the evening. And a bracing walk together in the morning will help to clear any thick heads!
Have a sleepover
Did someone say acting like big kids? If you and your friends are not really the outdoorsy types, or the weather is not ideal for sleeping under the stars, then why not go full-on regression and have a sleepover? A dress code is essential – onsies are always winners – and ask everyone to bring a drink, a treat and a game of activity idea.
Host a bake off
Competitive cooking is all the rage, and can be a great source of fun. If someone has a big enough kitchen then you could all bake together, but otherwise, decide where you are meeting up and bring your culinary creations to be sampled and judged. Come up with some fun prizes for the winner and you have all the ingredients for a great hen night.