Although many brides are busy completing tasks for the main event, there are various pre-wedding events to look forward to, too. First of all, you’ve got your bridal shower, which is almost always a fun experience filled with presents and pampering. There’s also the rehearsal dinner –– a nice gathering of friends, family and out of town guests. Finally, you are probably looking forward to spending some quality time with your best girlfriends at your bachelorette party.
Whether you go with a basic bachelorette party or an all-out destination weekend, this event is a fun way to let loose and relax before you say “I do.” Not sure how to get started or what to expect? No worries. We are here to help with Bachelorette Party 101 tips and advice. Looking for hens ideas? Look no further, Magic Men has you covered
What is a bachelorette party?
First, the first known bachelor party traces back to 5 B.C., to the prominent warrior civilization of ancient Sparta, where a feast was held to honour a groom the night before his wedding. Women, however, didn’t adopt this type of tradition until nearly two millennia later. While bridal showers sprouted in 16th century Europe, it wasn’t until four decades after the term “bachelor party” was cemented (in a 1922 Scottish magazine) that the “bachelorette party” was born, coinciding with the women’s liberation movement of the ’60s.
In the 1980s, bachelorette parties were solidified as a practice—with its definition and meaning continuing to evolve today. However, the significance of the event spans cultures as themes of friendship and empowerment characterize it. The most fun (and feminist) act is having the kind of celebration you want before your wedding.
Bachelorette Party Meaning
The meaning of a bachelorette party includes underlying themes of friendship, freedom and frequently, sexual expression. The truth is women have enjoyed their pre-wedding gatherings since the existence of weddings, and there have been plenty of opportunities for them to get a little wild—in their own right.
Cultures worldwide have long participated in bride-focused, pre-wedding traditions, though the same term doesn’t represent it as a bachelorette party. Those might have been the making-of-the-bed ceremonies in Greek culture [known as the ‘To Krevati’] and in Chinese culture, where the unmarried girls make the bed that the married couple will spend the night of their wedding. In Greek culture, the bride’s relatives will sprinkle the bed with coins, rice, rose petals and other fertility symbols before bouncing babies on it to invite children into the marriage. In South Asian cultures and Indian heritages, mehndi ceremonies are another form of female bonding. During this particular event, intricate and ornate designs are painted on the invited women’s hands and arms to bring luck and good fortune to the wedding. A Bulgarian pre-wedding tradition involves something rather simple: baking pita bread the Thursday before the nuptials.
Infusing your culture into the bachelorette party is a fun experience to share with friends who may have otherwise never experienced something along those lines.
Hen’s Night vs. Bachelorette Party
This is purely another demographic confusion with Hen’s Nights being predominately known in Australia and New Zealand and stretches as far as the U.K. and Ireland. Whereas Bachelorette parties are more of a U.S. based concept and thanks to movies and television, it has us all confused!
These events are sometimes in addition to a Bridal Shower or Kitchen Tea with the sole intention of having one last debaucherous night of single life before getting hitched. It is not expected to bring gifts, but it is usual practice to participate in some rather raunchy games, and there may be a surprise visit from a rather good looking “policeman” about a noise complaint.
More recently, however, we have seen a transition from naughty nights out to classy days about! Some hostesses are swapping the massive night out for more sophisticated daytime events such as winery tours, glamping sleepovers, luxury spa days or interactive group classes. Check out a range of hens ideas Sydney.
21 Unique Hens Party Ideas Across Australia
LIFE DRAWING – ART, TUNES, CHAMPAGNE AND… NUDES
Let the music, champagne and laughter flow as you discover your inner artist in a life drawing class. This unique experience is designed exclusively for your Hens Party, with a personal nude male model who promises not to be offended by any less than flattering artwork, or fits of giggles.
Your group will receive expert guidance from professional art teachers on recreating the male form while sipping champagne and enjoying all your favourite songs. You can enjoy this experience in the surrounds of a dedicated art studio, or bring the art-party to you. Oh, and bring your cameras for a fun photo session with the model at the end of the class!
MALE REVUE SHOW – GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT
Forget those memories of The Full Monty; you won’t want these guys to leave their hat on! This male cabaret performance is an immersive and interactive adults-only experience, set to impress with a spectacular music and light production, thrilling choreography and of course, audience participation. Your Hen will be treated like the Queen she is with a cocktail on arrival, and a special on-stage lapdance (but let’s keep that a surprise!). The winning combination of Australia’s hottest male strippers, stunning performances and a lavish venue, truly make this a night to remember.
ARCHERY ATTACK – BADASS BABES WITH BOWS
From Robin Hoods’ Maid Marian and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games to the red-haired Meridan in Disney Pixar’s Brave, Hollywood has embraced fearless females with bows and arrows. Now it’s your turn to bring the archer goddess dream to life, with your very own coloured bow, foam-tipped arrow and… faceguard.
True to its name, Archery Attack is a battle, and you are the target. Your group will be thrown into the battlefield with only the inflatable obstacle course and your safety gear to protect you. And we make sure the Hen can’t hide with a target strapped to her back!
BURLESQUE – BURLESQUE BABY
Be the starlets of your very own Burlesque performance with this sexy and sassy Hens Party. You’ll travel back in time for a fully immersive theme night, with your choice of traditional busty Burlesque, 1920’s Charleston flappers, groovy 1960s Go-Go dancers or glamorous Vintage Cabaret.
Your hostess will meet you at your chosen venue and kick off the night with themed hair and make-up for the Hen, followed by games and prizes to get the party started. Then let the real fun begin with a guided dance class, before staging your very own burlesque show. Rehearsal for a wedding day flashmob perhaps?
GIN TASTING – BOTANICALS AND BRIDESMAIDS
Let the good times begun! Your Hens Party will be guided on a personal distillery tour and private gin tasting with a gin and tonic in hand. Don’t know your juniper berries from your citrus peels? Don’t worry. You’ll be treated to an insightful and entertaining masterclass explaining the distillation process, introducing the flavours and botanicals of each gin (with plenty of samples along the way for research purposes), and delving into the cheeky history of the prohibition era. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the cocktails certainly will. This is a classy and fun Hens Day experience, and it’s available day or night – because it’s always Gin O Clock!
PUPPETRY OF THE PENIS – A DIFFERENT KIND OF PUPPET SHOW
Show your appreciation for the performing arts (and male physique) with a private viewing of Puppetry of the Penis. That’s right! We’re bringing the famous stage show direct to you, performed live in your home, hotel room or another private venue.
You will be treated to front-row seats of this unique display of anatomical acrobatics and junk gymnastics, performed by the talented all-male puppeteers. Adding to the experience is audience participation, a Q&A session, group photos and a food and drinks package.
We don’t want to reveal too much, other than to say the “Loch Ness Monster” does exist, you won’t want to eat the “Hamburger”, and don’t say we didn’t warn you about the “Wedding Ring”.
BUNGY JUMP – 3, 2, 1… BUNGYYY!
For the hen who lives on the wilder side. Nice and simple, you jump off a tall structure with an elastic band tied around your ankles. Sound like your vibe? The first one was completed in Bristol, England and idiots and legends have been completing the dangerous activity ever since. The good news is, bungy jumping has never been safer and is completed in some truly picturesque settings. This is a massive advantage as it often takes the focus off you or the hen shitting yourself on the way down.
HIGH TEA – LET THEM EAT CAKE
We could tell you all about the history and etiquette of high tea, which originated among England’s wealthiest classes in the 1840s. But why bore you with the details when there are cake, cucumber sandwiches and French champagne waiting? This afternoon experience exudes elegance, from the fresh scones with cream and jam, to the classy reserved area just for your Hens Party inside the exquisite venue. This is the perfect experience for the Hen who loves the finer things in life, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all of her guests. Who doesn’t love cake!
BLOWDRY AND STYLE – BLOW WAVE AND BUBBLY
Private bar Pump up the volume! What better way to prepare for your big day of celebrations than a VIP blow wave – with bubbly! Your luscious locks will be bouncing after this relaxing hair treatment, and scalp massage finished with a professional blow wave to prime your tresses to perfection.
The Hen will love being pampered with the highest quality services, in a relaxed and fun Blow Bar environment. While you’re in the chair, there’s plenty of time to plan the rest of the day’s activities and some surprises for the Hen.
PAINTBALL – SWAP PEDICURES FOR PAINTBALLS
Don’t let the guys have all the fun! If a ladies day at the Day Spa sounds as entertaining as watching paint dry, the paintball battlefield’s fast-paced action might be more your style.
What better way to show your love for the Hen, than strapping a target to her back and arming everyone in your tribe with 300 paintballs – each!
Combining heart-pumping fun and a killer workout, the carbs won’t count when your pizza lunch is served. Best of all, you’ll leave energised and ready for a night of luxury after this unique daytime event.
POLE DANCING – FIT, FUN AND FLIRTY
Ditch the gym for a day and give pole dancing a spin. In this fun and flirty private class, you’ll learn the basics of the pole and perfect a cheeky routine, hand-picked from your selection of pole dancing, lap dancing or striptease essentials.
You’re sure to nail your very own Showgirls moment, with secrets to achieving the sexiest moves revealed by your instructor.
Sip champagne on arrival for a confidence boost, before the special gift is revealed for the guest of honour (including a new bag of tricks for the honeymoon). Whether you’re new to the art of pole dancing, or an old hand, you’ll feel relaxed and ready for anything. And being a fully mobile experience, you can take the party to the pole studio, or it can come to you!
HAIR, MAKE-UP AND PHOTOSHOOTS – THE GLAMOROUS LIFE
Your Hens Party will be treated to exquisite make-up artistry and luxury hair-styling before a professional photoshoot to showcase your new style.
Sip champagne and help yourself to the lolly bar, while the experienced team members work their magic, capturing the energy of your celebrations and allowing your natural beauty to shine. Even the most camera-shy of your crew will feel confident and at ease with the help of this professional team.
This unique Hens Day experience is filled with love and laughter, ideal for sharing with the bride and other family members’ mother, making amazing memories to last a lifetime.
AXE THROWING – I’M A LUMBER-LASS AND I’M OKAY
There’s something about throwing axes that just gets the blood pumping, the girls laughing, and unleash the warrior woman in your bride. Trust us, at House of Hens we love it! Axe throwing is not just for burly men with bushy beards, Viking women had wielded axes since before it became a fun weekend activity.
A professional instructor will talk you through different throwing styles, how to hit that bullseye, and even run your group through some competitions and games. This unique experience is like no other.
BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH – CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we couldn’t agree more.
Enjoy your beauty sleep before rolling out of bed for a bottomless brunch with your besties. Discuss the day’s game plan over all the smashed avo and eggs benny your heart (and appetite) desires. Of course, no bottomless brunch is complete without an endless drinks package and delicious cocktails. And you’ll receive the VIP treatment with an area reserved just for your party, with a D.J. on-site ready to take your special requests and Hens Day dedications.
SPA TREATMENT – BLISSFUL BEAUTY
A luxury day spa sets the scene for this Hens Day soirée, with a pamper package to satisfy even the most discerning damsel.
Treating your tribe to a blissful beauty treatment is one of the most luxurious ways to celebrate and spoil your Hen, leaving her feeling refreshed and ready for the big day. Select from a menu of luxury treatments, including revitalising facials, therapeutic massage, sumptuous skin polishing, and deluxe manicures and pedicures. Best of all, you can customise the experience to suit your schedule, from a quick morning manicure to a long, lavish day at the spa.
WINERY TOUR – A TOAST TO US
A day of wining and dining against a backdrop of rolling hills and grapevines carries an air of sophistication, even the mother of the bride will love. But what happens next is up to you!
Keep it classy, brush up on your wine, speak, pop another cork, and let the good times roll. There’s plenty of room to gather all the girls together, or spread out and hide the new in-laws from the novelty straws and X-rated games (There’s always one!) Our Hens Party Winery Tour allows you to soak up the sights, and drinks, from the comfort of a privately-chauffeured vehicle. So, slip on your rosé-coloured glasses, sit back and relax. We’re going to make this a day to remember! (Albeit a little hazy the next morning)
HORSE RACING – FASTEN YOUR FASCINATOR
Pull your favourite dress out of your closet, find yourself a fascinating fascinator, and head down to the track. With packages including, your VIP area, a great view of the track, free-flowing bubbly and tasty canapes (or even a buffet lunch) this is the perfect way to celebrate with your hen. You can place some bets, cheer on the horses, and spend your winnings on a big night out with the hen. Although we know the day at House of Hens is more about dressing up, enjoying some sunshine, and laughing with your girls.
COCKTAIL MAKING – SHAKE, STIR, SIP
Cocktails with the girls have never looked (or tasted) this good! Take a seat in your very own private area of a renowned cocktail bar, and prepare to master the art of Mixology!
Enjoy cocktails and canapés as your professional bartender guides your group through every step of crafting the perfect classic cocktail. A great ice-breaker, the cocktail making class is a fun and relaxed way to start your girls night out. We recommended taking notes so you can use your new-found skillset on the bride’s big day. Your Hen will thank you for it!
FLOWER CROWN WORKSHOP – FLOWER QUEEN
Every Queen needs a crown, and flower crown workshops are a beautiful way to celebrate the bride-to-be. With gorgeous seasonal florals, greenery and vintage ribbons, a dedicated instructor will demonstrate designs and techniques to help you craft your very own flower crown. All flowers and materials are supplied – you just bring the bubbles and your creative flair. This glamorous and girly day makes for a gorgeous photo opportunity with the Hen, and can even be used as inspiration for the bridal party’s hairpieces. This is available at a venue of your choice. This is a great option for including participants of all ages from flower girls to Great Grandmas while celebrating all feminine and floral things.
BAR PACKAGE – WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME
The cosy and familiar charm of the boutique bar has been forever immortalised in songs, movies, and television classics like Cheers.
Every bar has a unique character and the type of welcoming appeal that’s perfect for a Hens Party, from a cosy corner lounge to cocktails on the rooftop.
Everything has been thought of for you in this all-inclusive Bar Package, complete with a reserved area for your group, delicious food and drinks package, and attentive staff. So pull up a stool and settle in at the bar. What happens next is up to you!
BOAT CRUISE – SET SAIL AND CELEBRATE
Ahoy there, sailors! If the vision of a private luxury yacht sets your heart aflutter, just wait until we introduce you to the staff.
Designed especially for hens party celebrations, this private boat cruise combines champagne, million-dollar views and… topless seamen. The finest and friendliest shirtless pirates serve your unlimited food and beverage package on the southern seas.
Above deck, there’s space for dancing, party games, or sunbathing if that’s more your style. And the premium on-board sound system means you’ll have a memorable soundtrack for all your sexy sailing adventures. See our list of available hens party ideas to help you make an informed decision for your event.
If you are planning a bachelorette party for a special bride in your life, we recommend that you discuss various event options with her and follow her wishes. Even if she generally loves a large party or enjoys travelling, she might prefer a quiet or more basic bachelorette party amid her wedding planning chaos.