Got a summer wedding just around the corner, and gearing up for your bachelorette party? If you and your bridesmaids are still looking for ideas for the big night, Hay Brunsdon from Polestars in London guest blogs this week with these tips for embracing this summer’s latest and greatest trends for your “last night of freedom”!
Hen Party Summer Trends
Summer is the height of hen party season and many ladies are now planning their festivities with just a few days’ notice. Polestars’ handy guide will ensure that even if you’re looking to book last minute, you can still be bang on trend this summer. Here are our top picks for the most popular and alternative parties of 2013 to inspire your own party planning.
1. “Hag” parties
Having a joint hen and stag do may sound completely unorthodox, but if you and your partner choose the right activity it can result in a fantastic weekend for everyone! Forget about sitting around watching Wolf on old episodes of Gladiators and take a trip to experience an Assault Course. Split into teams before racing to scale the scrambling nets, then take an aerial trek on the high ropes before swinging down an 80-metre zip wire. You could even arrange prizes for the winning team, much like in I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Not only is this an ideal trip for both ladies and gentlemen, but it is a fantastic bonding experience.
2. The great outdoors
Glamping is all the rage because it combines a love of the outdoors with some serious indulgence. Forget about the horrors of muddy feet, wet clothes and windy tents! Glamorous camping is perfect for adventurous ladies looking to go foraging during a nature walk, but also for those that want to enjoy the luxury that comes with pampering themselves in tipis, yurts or bell tents, with a wild-ingredient cocktail in hand. Outdoors saunas can even be provided, too!
3. Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby fever has grabbed the nation by the hem of its flapper dress, and shows little sign of letting go! ‘’The Roaring 20s’’ was epitomised by sprawling private parties and wild, extravagant living, which makes it the perfect theme for a hen party. Fast-flowing alcohol, opulent outfits and exuberant dance moves are the order of the day.
We can’t promise a riot of a rave that manages to elude police notice, but we heartily encourage hens to become lascivious and liberated as they learn how to dance the Charleston, ‘old sport’. Rife with cartoon ‘ooh!’ expressions, cries of ‘mooch to the left, mooch to the right’, and lots of kiss-blowing, this session roars glamour, corruption and revelry whilst ensuring ladies release their inner Daisy Buchanan. The teacher can break down each section to make it easy and breezy for beginners… think air kisses, high kicks and all the jazz.
4. Family-friendly parties
Sometimes it can be best to plan separate occasions for family and friends. Your family may not have anything in common with your friends, and planning one night out to suit lots of different people is a lot harder than organising two nights to suit two groups of people.
Family occasions are for bonding, and for integrating your mother-in-law into the group with a nice, gentle afternoon sans warm bottles of WKD and poorly-laminated L-plates. Chocolate Making Workshops are perfect for all ages: not only will your niece get to make an absolute mess, but all ladies love chocolate! Spend quality bonding time with your family whilst learning new (and innocent) skills.
(All images provided by guest blogger.)
This article was written by Polestars, a London-based hen party company that has worked nationwide for almost ten years in deliv- ering the best alternative hen activities. Ranging from dance classes to art lessons to chocolate making workshops, Polestars really has something to offer everyone. Why not follow us on Facebook and Twitter?