5 Hen Party Ideas That Don't Suck

Cringe at the thought of the usual hen do? Keep it classy with these suggestions


Hen parties can be sophisticated. Picture / Getty

When it comes to hen nights and bridal celebrations, times have changed. Toilet paper dresses are over and, while you’ll see we’re not opposed to appreciating the male form, strippers are on the so-last-century list too. Instead, we’re after more sophisticated fun for our festivities. Try these five ideas that will turn any “bridezilla” into a “bridechilla”.

Snapchat filter IRL: Flower crown workshop
The perfect way to ease into your hen festivities and make your bride-to-be feel special. The Jardin Bell workshop team comes to your party, guides you through the art of creating flower crowns and starts your day off with a burst of colour and craft.

Classy nudity: Life drawing
A sophisticated take on the cliche stripper tradition, life drawing is a cultured and fun chance to show your creative side. Get to know the male body from an artistic point of view, with a chuckle and some friendly competition.

Mother-in-law approved: High tea
The perfect excuse to play dress-ups and pretend you're a lady of leisure for the afternoon. Indulge in a selection of savoury and sweet treats with a glass of champagne or cup of tea. The Langham offers a sophisticated afternoon tea served on Wedgwood china.

The ultimate slumber party: Glamping
Why not take the crew on a road trip and sleep under the stars in style? Glamping is a great way to escape the city and get in touch with nature again … but not too much. With a camp fire, s’mores and an Instagram-worthy teepee, your bride will be in bliss. One option is at Castaways, an easy 50-minute drive from Auckland's CBD.

A dash of wine: Waiheke wine tasting
Just a quick ferry trip from Auckland, Waiheke is the ultimate hen party destination. We can happily recommend Kennedy Point, Mudbrick, Tantalus or Man O' War for an island wine experience. 

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