If you’re heading out for your hen party, you might be worried about how the night is going to pan out — and how your hens will survive it. You want it to be big, busy, funny, and memorable with everyone having fun, looking fantastic and lasting the whole night together.
Our Hen Party Survival Kit is full of all the hen night essentials you need for your hens to have the best night. From keeping the party atmosphere going, to making sure everyone is looked after the next morning; our top eight hen night essentials covers all night-out scenarios to create the ideal Hen Party Survival Kit.
Spirits and shot glasses
The hens have arrived and everyone’s ready to get the hen night going. A good host makes sure her guests are well watered — or wine-d or vodka-ed or Schnapps-ed. So, first in your Hen Party Survival Kit should be a shot glass for each hen and your choice of alcohol. You could even make a game of it and get everyone to take a shot when someone says a ‘taboo’ word or a certain artist comes on the playlist. It’s a quick and easy way to get everyone in the party mood.
Getting to know you
If your hen group numbers are hefty with people from all over the bride-to-be’s life, you might be worrying about getting everyone to mingle. A critical part of any good night out is making sure the group is mixing. You don’t want anyone feeling left out. We think throwing a few ‘getting to know you’ games into the gathering before you head out is a hen party essential. This could be anything from making a wedding dress out of toilet paper and playing ‘Name That Song’, to a round of truth or dare and hosting a cocktail challenge in teams. Games that get everyone chatting and laughing will perfectly set up your hen night.
Chocolate and sweets
It’s nearly time to leave and everyone’s merry. To make sure the high energy lasts the night; third in our Hen Party Survival Kit are mini sweets and chocolate. You can throw these in a bowl for everyone to help themselves, or put together a little gift bag of your own selection and hand them out to your hens individually.
Camera and designated photographer
Anyone with a mobile bought in the past decade has a camera, but not everyone has the night-long good judgement and steady hand to take a photo. Not an object, but a necessity; next in our Hen Party Survival Kit is choosing which hen is your professional photographer for the night — and perhaps which camera she’ll use. Not only will you have all the non-blurry photos in one place, but you’re also more likely to capture both the highs and the hilarious lows of the evening. So, even if the hens don’t survive the night, the memories will.
Hen party accessories
This is more a collection of hen night essentials for your kit. If you’ve put hours of prep into your look, you want to carry this as far into the night as possible. From mascaras, lipsticks and make-up brushes, to mini deodorants, compact hairsprays and packs of mints; putting together a small selection of beauty essentials will keep you looking great no matter how long the night lasts. You might want to add plasters and nail glue to keep your feet from hurting and your nails from flying off, too.
Dares and challenges
Once you’ve been to a few bars, there’s a chance you’ll need something to boost the party spirit. Bringing dare dice, dare cards or challenge vouchers is a great hen party booster and an excellent diversion for tipsy hens, who might need a brief bar-break to survive the whole hen night.
A crucial hen party accessory to ensure everyone makes it through the night together, we advise you kit your hens out in funny, easy-to-spot headwear. Especially good if you’re out in a new place, go for head boppers or colourful hats and help everyone in your group stand out from the crowd.
A hen party essential for the morning after, why not finish off your Hen Party Survival Kit with some hangover cures? They’re ideal if your hens are heading back to the same hotel after your night out, or even something you can put in with their hen party favours. Prepare the basics — such as paracetamol for pain relief and bottled water for rehydration — then add a few extras, including cooling eye masks to help with headaches, coffee sachets for an energy boost, and sick bags for when movement isn’t an option.