4 fun activities for a sober hen party

Posted on: 11 September 2015

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A hen night is one of the most fun and raucous nights in a woman's life. It is her chance to let her hair down with her friends before committing to a life of marriage with her partner. But since hen nights are usually associated with drinking games and debauchery, what can make a hen night really go off if the bride-to-be isn't a drinker?

It is certainly not the case that fun between a group of female friends has to be booze filled. If you are the chief bridesmaid in charge of planning unforgettable hen night activities, why not try out one of these for size?

Bollywood dance classes. Dance classes can be fun for a hen night, but only if you pick the right kind. Opt for ballet lessons and things might get a bit serious – as though you are back at school. Pick something that is purely fun and that most of the party is unlikely to be experienced in – Bollywood dancing. You'll get to dance to fun Indian music, and it's easy to pick up a few steps as a beginner. Ask the teacher in advance if they can choreograph a routine for the group, which you can capture on camera as a hen night keepsake.

Wedding hat making. A friend's wedding day is the perfect time to wear something extra special – at what other occasion do you have the perfect excuse to wear a dramatic, flouncy hat? If you organise a hat making class for the hen night, you'll be killing two birds with one stone. The bridal party will be able to create headpieces they can actually wear on the wedding day, and have a whole lot of fun in the process.

Chocolate crawl. When you can't go on a bar crawl, what's the next best thing? Organise of tour of chocolatiers in the area where you live. Set up appointments in advance so that you can be treated to the best that each chocolatier has to offer, while learning something about the chocolate making process as you go.

Sailing lessons. If the bridal party is all set on a beach getaway, you'll have to think carefully about how to make it a trip to remember as the classic beach party won't cut it for a bride who doesn't drink. If you organise some sailing lessons, the party will be able to enjoy the expanse of the ocean in a new way, and if the group is competitive, split into two and have a sailing race.