Top ideas for a hen weekend

Gone are the days of a drunken dinner and a cheesy male lap dance. If you want to give your girlfriend a memorable send off before she walks down the aisle, what about one of the following fun and fabulous hen alternatives? She’ll adore the memories and you’ll get a nod as best ever maid (or matron) of honour.

Hen Party

Cake-making

How about a one day cake-decorating or cake-making class? With courses available in practically every county, this is a really fun way of getting the girls together and great if you have a few who don’t know each other. Nothing like bonding over an icing piping session.

Cocktail classes at home

Instead of going out to drink and paying for over-priced Mojitos, why not bring the bar to your home? Mixology Events is a brilliant company that hires out mixologists by the hour so, whether you’re after one member of staff and some cocktails or a full bar, they have it all. They also offer cocktail-making masterclasses too, so you can all perfect your mixology skills together. Just be careful if you taste as you go – the killer combination won’t leave you feeling good the next day.

Private dining

Dinner in a restaurant is always a lovely treat, but why not surprise your bride-to-be with a catered and far more intimate dinner at home? Personal Chef UK offers everything from Butlers to personal chefs who can cater to your every whim.

A home from home

Why not rent an idyllic country cottage for the weekend? Or a funky modern apartment in a city other than that in which you live? All the above can be done in rented accommodation and will make that weekend that bit more special. Plus, it saves the worry about mess in your own home. With lots of lovely five and six bedroom options for rent, there can be plenty of room for the party and enough space for everyone to get a good night’s kip after the celebrations. You’ll have your own kitchen so you won’t need to eat out every meal and with lots of bed space you can rest up between sessions. Sykes Cottages has thousands of picture-perfect properties across the U.K., many of which are rural, so there is no need to concern yourself with annoying the neighbours!

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