As alternative hen party planners, normally we spend our days creating & organising bespoke hen party packages and experiences for cool, modern women….but that’s been a bit tricky of late. You don’t need us to tell you that the last month has been an utter s**t-show, no more-so than for brides that have had to reschedule their 2020 hen parties & weddings.
For that reason, we’ve put together some tips on holding a virtual hen party for the bride-to-be, on what would have been her hen party date! It’s a great way to connect in lockdown, have some fun together ahead of the “real” hen party later down the line, and most importantly, put a much needed smile on the face of the bride-to-be.
Here’s CLUCK’s expert tips on how to hold the virtual hen party from heaven….
VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
Yes we are in the midst of a global pandemic….but it’s 2020 and that means we can all still create, make and learn together virtually, whilst having a laugh AND supporting small businesses during a testing time!
We’ve given some our bestselling activities and workshops a lockdown makeover….so you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home.
Options include floral bouquet classes, scented candle workshops, life drawing, dance classes, virtual VOGA, ring workshops, flower crowns and virtual cocktail classes.
SEND THE BRIDE A CARE PACKAGE
Ahead of the virtual party, why not send a little care package so the bride is stocked up with treats for the event. You can either send a surprise supermarket shop, or if you want something a little more “aesthetically pleasing” how about one of these…
GIGI AND OLIVE – this gorgeous brand offer a curated edit of bridal party gifts, based on the principles of sisterhood, friendship and kindness. Their platform is a fun, beautiful bachelorette and bridal boutique, and we want ALL their products. Their “Gifts for the Bride” section is full of chic items such as pyjama sets and wedding planners, alongside gorgeous bride boxes packed full of goodies. We challenge you to not also pop something for yourself in the shopping basket!
ISOBEL BAKES CAKE POSTAL SERVICE– Isobel is offering a “Cake Postal Service” so you can send gorgeously presented cakes with a personalised card. Options include Biscoff brownie & salted caramel, banana & caramel cake, and sticky toffee pudding cake. And no, we won’t judge if you order one for yourself whilst you’re at it.
JIMMY’S SELF ISOLATON HAMPERS – Jimmy & his team have curated “isolation hampers” to suit all lockdown treat needs. Their “Night-In (Again)” hamper features mixed charcuterie, sourdough baguette, homemade pickles, olive oil and balsamic, homemade chutney, rosemary and garlic stuffed Camembert and the all important bottle of wine.
CUTTER & SQUIDGE’S “AFTERNOON TEA AT HOME” – if your bride-to-be is a sophisticated lady, Cutter & Squidge are offering a boxed up version of their favourite afternoon tea treats delivered to your door. The box includes brownies, mini dreamcakes, scones, clotted cream, fruity jam & a tin of fine loose leaf tea.
BETROVAL BOX – our pals at Team Hen have curated a beautiful box for brides-to-be, brimming with at least 7 must-have wedding products. Some will help plan and prepare for the big day, while others are designed to pamper and delight. They can be bought as a subscription or one-off purchase, plus delivery is free and get 15% off with code SPRING2020.
VIRTUAL HEN PARTY GAMES
There’s plenty of options that still work virtually….why not do a game of bingo or pub quiz themed around the bride, and of course Mr & Mrs will go down a treat, and is a great way to get the groom involved. And if he’s game, for ultimate LOLS you could have him do a “surprise” (semi) strip tease for the bride.
Just because you’re not physically together, doesn’t mean you can’t go all out with a dress code. All out glam with full make-up/hair is a nice way to make the event feel special (and it’s good for the soul to spend a few hours out of pyjama’s). Alternatively a fancy dress theme suited to the bride is also a great idea for guaranteed LOLS.
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HEN PARTY PROPS & FAVOURS
Make sure the whole squad get involved with these lovely hen party goody bags from Team Hen that can be sent to each guests house. Frosted zip pouches contains everything you need for your virtual hen party. And of course, they have quite a selection of headbands so even a virtual hen party is Instagram-worthy.
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