Bridesmaid 101: 7 Alternative Activity Ideas For The Hen Party

Let’s not beat around the bush here, the modern day hen party has a bad rep. Between the drinking culture, the extensive penis paraphernalia, and the greased-up strippers, hens are up there with the stags in terms of the rí rá agus ruaile buaile that they’re known to get up to.

But what about the ladies who want to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with a touch of class and some “good clean fun” (at least during the day, anyway)? If you’ve been lumped with the task of organising a hen, and you know that the bride-to-be would like something fun and a little different, then read on.

1. Sports Day

A low-cost, high-craic activity, arranging a “sports day” is a great way to get people who may not know each other to bond over a desire to win. Include anything from three-legged races, sack races, What’s more, the tummy workout you get from all the laughing makes it worth the effort alone. We did this for my sister’s hen recently, and the individual games included:

  • “How far can you throw the accountancy book” (or whatever book is relevant to the bride’s interests/ profession)
  • Sack race
  • Hula hooping competition
  • Speed-walking relay race

Note: If the funds allow, get each team colour-coordinating sweatbands. 

2. Trip To The Farm

Milking cows, shearing sheep, feeding goats - even the non-animal-lovers in the group will enjoy one of the above activities. When you think about it, there really isn’t a more appropriate activity for a hen party.

3. Pottery Painting

A really lovely activity for both the creatively-blessed and creatively-challenged, alike. The Giddy Studios staff are brilliant and offer tips and assistance whenever needed. They also let you BYOB and order in food from the local Dundrum foodie hotspots while you paint. And at the end of it all, you get a questionably-painted piece of crockery to remind you of the fun had that day.

4. Nudist Painting


It might be 2018, but this is still Ireland, and we’re still feeling the effects of our sheltered, sexually-repressed upbringing. As such, nudist painting is one activity that’ll probably render the group a bunch of giggling schoolgirls, and bring the term “blushing bride” to a whole other level.

5. Belly Dancing Class

Insert some sort of “hips don’t lie” reference into the invitation, and off you go. This activity will bring your fellow hens on a middle eastern adventure to discover hips thrusts and shakes that they never even knew were possible. A surprisingly vigourous workout, if you head out on the tiles later that evening, you’ll be able to show off your new moves on the dance floor.

6. Flower Crown Making

Perfect for both the chilled, hippy bride, or the wilder, festival-going bride. A very wholesome activity to partake in which gives hens a chance to channel their inner Mother Nature.


7. Lip Sync Battle

Ok, this *may* require a drink or two beforehand, but we’re still including it because of the good-clean-fun aspect of the whole activity. It also garners double points for the fact that it’s very easy to arrange, plus it entertains all without subjecting anyone to the howling wails that karaoke performances can often involve.

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