EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HENS DAYS
Plan a hens party for the modern Australian bride with LENZO
At LENZO, we love a good celebration, and there's nothing quite like a hens day. It's got all the important elements of a party: spoiling the bride-to-be, getting the girls together, and indulging in some fun games + activities. Best of all, there's NO BOYS ALLOWED!
When planning a party for the Hen, LENZO likes to keep it classy and unforgettable. We like to think those days of wearing a bright pink sash and hitting the town are long gone. Nowadays, you can find yourself doing some amazing activities with your BFF’s that don't involve topless waiters or too many shots of tequila – check out some of our ideas below!
Are you ready to throw a hens celebration in Australia that will (almost) overshadow the wedding itself? Then read about LENZO's ultimate guide to hosting a hens day for your sister, best friend, or cousin right here!
The basic hens day details
What & Why?
Traditionally, a hens day (also known as a bachelorette party) is a pre-wedding celebration that is thrown in honour of the bride-to-be. It's important that the Hen enjoys her special day, as it should be a reflection of her favourite things shared with her favourite people. Hens day details are also kept secret from the bride, but as long as you choose a venue and activity that best represents her, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that she will love it.
Generally, the maid of honour and bridesmaids plan the hens day in honour of the bride to be. Make sure nothing gets forgotten or left out, and think about all aspects of the hens day such as:
- Food + catering
…And then delegate the tasks to the bridal party! This way, everyone has a clear role and many hands make light work.
The only thing that the bride-to-be should be savvy to is the hens invitation list. Before anything else – the venue, the activity, the theme – you’ll need the number of guests. Ask the bride-to-be to send a list of who she would like to be included in her celebration. While it’s customary to include the mother of the bride and mother of the groom, along with any close family and friends, it’s completely up to the bride as to who gets an invite to her hens party.
Looking for some hens invitations? Some of our favourites are listed here:
Marble hens invitation
Cheeky hens invitation
Tropical hens invitation
Black + White hens invitation
Like any event, invitations should be sent out at least six weeks in advance and at least two weeks before the #BIGDAY. Getting your hens party invitations out early enough allows all your invited guests enough time to respond and fit the event into their schedules.
Party theme ideas for Hens Days
Hens parties should be a lot of fun (after all, they're a celebration!) And no matter the personality and style of the hen in question, there are so many themes to choose from. Stuck on ideas of what theme to use for the lucky bride-to-be? LENZO has got you covered: just get inspo from our featured real-life hens right here!
Pretty in Pink Hens Day
What girl doesn't fawn over pink? It's little surprise why this colour is the most incorporated trend for a Hens. You can have a lot of fun with this shade: everything from your flower arrangement to your balloon installation and table settings can all be in pink. The trick is to use varying shades of pink to stop your event from looking flat.
SHOP THE LOOK: heart balloons / love balloon / flowers
LENZO X See Want Shop Hens
If an all-out pink affair is too feminine for your bride-to-be, you can still incorporate the colour into her Hens Day by using touches of metallic to break it up. Think decorations like metallic straws, streamers, and cake toppers, which can help blend pink into the background.
Colour Pop Hens Day
We won’t deny that we love pink and will always recommend it, but adding any splash of colour to a hens party will also make a statement. You could even hire bright coloured furniture to contrast against the tableware or use colours cushions and throws to make the venue pop.
Image by Josie Withers
Hens Garden Party
There's no doubt that a garden provides a pretty setting for a hens day. All you need to do is find a garden venue you love and stunning floral crowns for all the ladies to wear. You can even book a flower crown workshop and have fun making your own flower crowns. Get the perfect cake and lots of sweet treats for the day, and you can always hire a few tables to set everything up.
Venues to host your hens party
Once you’ve started with a theme, you can then select a venue around it. Wherever you are in Australia, there are plenty of great venues to have a hens party that will complement your theme. For example, if the bride loves the beach, why not arrange a venue near the sea? Or if she is a lover of wine, then a winery is sure to be a great option.
Just a few of our favourite event venues around Australia include:
- Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
- Two Ton Max
- Port Melbourne Yacht Club
- Montgomery Hall
- Lucky Penny
- Melbourne Zoo
- Immigration Museum
- Pumping Station
- The Line Warehouse
Whether you're looking for party venues in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, you’ll be able to find a great space no matter what area you live in.
Alternatively, a home hens day can be a great, cost-effective way to host a hens party. It means you can DIY drinks and food, and it can be as loud and outrageous as you like. It also provides privacy. However, this means you will need to decorate the space to make it look extra special. Fortunately, LENZO has a collection of hens party decorations to help you style any space and create an amazing hens party atmosphere.
Hens party games + activitiesWhether you’re hosting a hens party at your home or in a function space indoors or outdoors, make sure to plan some fun party games. Making wedding dresses or veils out of toilet paper is always a popular choice that’s sure to provide plenty of laughs. A 'who knows the bride best' quiz is another fun one.
Games not her style? Then you could hire some entertainment, like a photo booth or a karaoke machine. You could also get the group together for:
- Wine tours
- Cooking classes
- Flower crown workshops
- Arts and crafts
- High tea masterclass
- Cocktail making courses
- Chocolate tasting
SHOP THE LOOK: flower crown workshop / Image by In Love by Bina Terre
SHOP THE LOOK: high tea masterclass
SHOP THE LOOK: photo booth hire
Have some fun with your hens party food
Play on the fact that a wedding about to happen! Have fun with food and fill it with the theme of love - think heart-shaped food, specialised cookies, and DIY pink cocktails.
If the venue allows for it, a hens is a great opportunity to add a cake or dessert table and personalise the food as much as possible to the theme and the bride-to-be.
SHOP THE LOOK: marshmallow bonbons
SHOP THE LOOK: hens day cake / Image by Beachside Dojo
Depending where you're from in Australia, there's some delicious catering options when planning your hens party:
- Peter Rowland Catering
- Lamanna Patisserie
- Fourside Food Design + Events
- Piece of Cheese
- Ultimo Catering & Events
- Bluebird Events
If you are having the hens party at home, you have two choices: invite family and friends to bring a plate, or you can bring in a caterer to make life easy (but this will be a little more expensive). It’s also lovely to add a personal touch - the mother of the bride and bridal party can bring the hen her favourite dishes.
Host a hens party with LENZOWe don't want to brag, but we've been known to host a few Insta-worthy bachelorette parties - from a themed Pretty in Pink hens day to a pink winery retreat, so we've got the inspo and the dedicated hens day supplies to help you #MAKEITAMAZING for the bride-to-be!
Whether you're after a girly pink affair, or something more edgy and monochrome, we can help connect you to the right services + products to help you with any detail to make your hens party POP!
Contact Parties by LENZO today!