Planning a Budget Hens Night

Planning a hens night doesn't require wads of cash!

by The Knot

You want to throw the bride-to-be a fabulous hens party, but you’re working within limited means. No problem! You don’t have to drop a lot of cash to throw an unforgettable party. Read on for our best hens-on-a-budget ideas.

Slumber Party

The Scene: The ultimate girls-only gathering, a slumber party, is a good way to connect all the girls — especially if you and the bride are childhood friends. Just pick a place to crash — the bridesmaid with the biggest couch wins of course!

Activities: Take this opportunity to not act your age.

  • Stock up on DVDs of the horror movies that scared you senseless in high school, or the latest and greatest chick flicks.
  • Bring along all the necessary supplies and give each other manicures and pedicures during the party.
  • Order a pizza and flirt with the delivery boy like you did when you were a teenager.
  • Pick a frozen drink to blend and tell stories (keep them lighthearted) where you each take a big sip every time someone makes the bride blush.

CocktailsBonny Berry Photography

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Dinner/Lunch Party

The Scene: Play hostess and invite the girls over for a gourmet dinner or beautifully styled lunch. Look for a tasty recipe, stock your kitchen, and get cooking. Don’t forget to style your soiree in a super cute way. We love the idea of using vintage props!

Activities: If there are enough of you, break into groups to cook each course — one group grills the chicken, another assembles the canapes. And don’t forget the wine! Style your table, you could even theme it if you wanted too and enjoy the fruits of your harvest. The groom and his guys could also be invited over for dessert — or better yet, include them in the cooking and make it a competition! There’s no reason they can’t attend.


Bar Crawl

The Scene: Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night on the town! Pick an area of town where there are a few fun bars within walking distance (even two does the trick — and remember, the smaller the bar, the more attention your group will get!). Tonight is a good time to set yourselves apart from the crowd — wear feather boas, matching cowboy hats, tiaras, or leis — because if everyone knows you’re celebrating, your evening is bound to include a few free congratulatory rounds.

Activities: Don’t underestimate the hilarity of a hens scavenger hunt. Create a checklist for the bride of tasks to complete, from the simple (get a guy to buy you a Sex on the Beach cocktail) to the creative-and-almost-impossible (find a guy who has your first name tattooed on his body and take a photo). Take photos of the bride’s successes and keep them in a scrapbook along with an official sign-off from any participants.

Knot note: Be sure to arrange for a designated driver. You’ll probably need it after a long night of barhopping.


What are you doing for your hen’s party?

by The Knot


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