Either way bridesmaids inevitably end up being the chief organisers of the hen party.
If you are looking for dinner and drinks then I have collated the following websites which are really helpful as many of them offer a personal concierge service for free. Basically they do a lot of the running around for you and then email you a list of options for you to choose from.
In terms of activities, I am bit biased as I loved the cocktail making I did for my hen-do, and we subsequently organised the same thing for another friend and it went down a treat.
Here are some other ideas: ~A cheerleading lesson
~ A trip to the theatre
~ Interactive restaurants like Circus
~ A pole dancing lesson
~ A burlesque class
~ Festival fun - We went to Wireless for my besties hen do and it was brilliant.
~ A day at the races - Ascot, Grand National, Sandown, get glammed up, have a flutter and maybe win some money.
~ Afternoon Tea at a tea house like Bake-a-boo where you can hire the whole venue. Or try one of the trendy London venues like Sketch or the Flemings Hotel in Mayfair, I've been to both and can definitely recommend them.
~ Get crafty at one of my favourite venues in the world - 'Drink Shop Do' , here you can combine afternoon tea with an activity, from making fascinators to corsages and 1920s headbands.
~ Who says you have to go out? You could host the hen party at home by having the entertainment come to you, at home pampering by Total Renewal is perfect for this. Or you can get the girls from Glam Collect down for a make-up lesson and to get you ready for a night on the town.
~ Other ways to bring the party to you is to organise for someone to come in with an afternoon tea set-up, Vintage Patisserie do just that by doing all the hard-work for you.
~ Keeping with the beauty theme you can also hire out a venue such as The Powder Room for an afternoon of pampering, they also do vintage make-overs too.
.... and my final suggestion is to hire a Karma Kab to take you from A-to-B, I bloody love these vintage Indian cars. Can someone please get one and send me photos!!!
This post was prompted by an email I received from a reader who is planning her best friend's hen party and wanted some ideas. I hope it has provided those of you planning a hen party with lots of food for thought. If you have any other ideas please share in the comments section below.
Also I would love to blog some of your hen parties, so if you would like them to grace the pages of BelleNoirBride send them on over to nicola [at bellenoirbride.co.uk].