Top 5 tips on organising the best hen party

All too often cities are flooded on a Saturday night with distasteful hen parties that can end in drunken disasters; a stressed-out bride, hens who haven't quite made it out of the hotel and of course the ubiquitous L-plates.

Combating these possible pitfalls as well as keeping an entire friendship group happy with the budget, location and theme can make organising the hen party almost as much work as the ceremony itself.

Lifestyle brand ClaireaBella, loved by Michelle Keegan and Una Foden among other stars, gives its top five tips on how to throw the perfect hen party....


1. First things first – who to invite. Obviously you'll want your closest friends and family members but do you want your mother, and more importantly, the groom's mother, on the guest list? Consider holding one event for your friends and a more civilised dinner, afternoon tea, a relaxing spa day or a fun class for older attendees. Popular workshops include biscuit decorating (at London-based Biscuiteers for example), cupcake making, cocktail mixing or for the more adventurous group, life drawing.

2. Everybody loves a theme when it comes to hen parties. Why not go all out and pull together a Great Gatsby, Sex and the City or Pride and Prejudice party? Or go all eighties and raid charity and vintage shops and maybe even mum's wardrobe for a Dynasty-themed extravaganza? It's the perfect opportunity to work the enormous hair of your dreams.

3. Money can be a sore point for hens and the difference between guests deciding to take part in all activities or just one. The maid of honour should be responsible for collecting money and making sure that everyone is clear on the final budget and payment. Remember if some hens opt out of a hotel night stay for example, this could change accommodation prices if booking on a group rate.

4. Personalise your party from start to finish. Consider carrying matching items which are then tailored to each hen. This could take the form of T-shirts, hoodies or even accessories. A ClaireaBella jute shopping bag (from £34.99) that features a cartoon character of each hen is perfect for this, especially if travelling away for the weekend.

5. Think about the timing of the party. The idea of scheduling the event the night before the wedding is outdated and impractical. Make sure your hen party is held well in advance of your nuptials allowing everyone enough time to fully recover.

Finally, enjoy yourself! After all, a hen party is about having fun with the bride's nearest and dearest and celebrating her last days of single life.

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