15 fabulous vintage hen party ideas
Monday, 4 June, 2018
If the idea of oiled up men, strutting their stuff in your face fills you with dread and your bride-to-be has put a strict ban on all tacky hen do paraphernalia, a vintage themed hen party is just what you need. From vintage-inspired afternoon tea, classy cocktail making and of course, a vintage dance off, if you’ve been tasked with organising your BFF’s hen party and want to plan something a little different, look no further.
- Classic Vintage Hen Party Afternoon Tea
Best for the traditional experience
Who said hen parties had to involve vodka shots, sweaty clubs and the hangover from hell? Instead, gather all your mates and indulge in a homemade vintage afternoon tea served on the finest china. Yes, these plates are prettier than us. A classic hen party idea, ideal for all ages. And best of all, there’s no cleaning up as the event organisers have everything under control.
2. Vintage Makeover and Tea Party
Best for the glam girls
Every girl loves getting her glam on, so why not treat your hens to a vintage makeover and tea party? With a dressing up suitcase jam-packed with retro accessories, you can transport yourself to any era you like. Traditional afternoon tea, pretty china and of course vintage music will also be included. The 50s suits you darling.
3. Back to an Era Party
Best for those who love to dress up
Everyone has a favourite era but for this party, the bride gets to choose. Get all your hens to dress up in traditional clothes, dance to popular songs from way back when and why not invest in some of the times best-loved food and drink? Don’t forget to get everyone together and get that perfect group picture.
4. Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea Party
Best for a unique experience
Tumble down the rabbit hole into an unknown, magical world with this Mad Hatter inspired afternoon tea. Dress up as your favourites characters, indulge in some beautiful sandwiches and sweet treats and see who can remember the Mad Hatter song…
5. A Vintage Dance Class
Best for the show-offs
From the Charleston to the Palais Glide and the American Stroll, there are loads of vintage dance classes up and down the country that are sure to get the party started. Choose a classic dance from your bride’s favourite era, get your best dresses on and prepare to whizz around the dance floor. Even better, why not learn something for the big day?
6. The Bake Off Hen Party
Best for Mary Berry fans
Led by a qualified chef, you and your hens will be split into teams before being set a fun baking challenge. Deliciously sweet and ideal for breaking the ice, this vintage hen party activity will test your cooking and teamwork skills. You’ll even get to eat your treats at the end. Ready, Set, Bake!
7. A Vintage Nude Life Drawing Class
Best for something different
Hen party life drawing is a fantastic hen party idea and with vintage accessories and music make for a great laugh. Whether you’ve fancied putting your creativity to the test for a while or want to watch your BFF get redder and redder as she realises what’s planned, this group activity will certainly not be forgotten in a hurry. If you're looking to try out life drawing before the hen do, check out London Life Drawing classes that happen every month!
8. A Vintage Craft Party
Best for the DIY fans
From fascinators to bouquets, lingerie to broaches, there are plenty of vintage craft experiences for the ultimate hen do. Unleash your creativity and style as you are guided through the process of making a range of wonderful things. You could even make fascinators for the special day…
9. Make Your Own Vintage Cocktails
Best for the party girl
The olden days were rife with illegal drinking dens, after-hour parties and of course suspicious looking liquor so if you bride loves to let her hair down, then she’ll love mixing up her own cocktails. Martinis, manhattans - not forgetting the good old Tom Collins, this activity will definitely get the party started. Check out hen party cocktail making in Brighton.
10. A Flapper Girl Party
Best for lovers of The Great Gatsby
Whether you’re heading abroad or staying a little closer to home, a themed night out is a great hen party idea. Grab all the girls and channel your inner flappers. Think feather bowers, glamorous headpieces and that roaring 20s party spirit. Remember, a little party never hurt nobody.
11. Glam Retro Glamping
Best for the festival chicks
Glamping or glam camping for those of you who don’t know is a great hen party activity. Create your very own vintage style festival with good food, great music and an even better atmosphere. Don’t forget to deck out your festival tent with vintage accessories such as bunting, fairy lights and lanterns. Happy Days, Mad Dogs and Host Unusual all offer vintage glamping and for an added twist, why not add in an outdoor life drawing session?
12. A Retro Photoshoot
Best for the ultimate girly afternoon
Choose your favourite era, pick your dress and step back in time with your hair and makeup. From a fabulous film star look to the classic pin-up girl, a retro photoshoot will ensure all eyes are on your bride as she strikes a pose in front of the camera.
13. Vintage Tapas Evening
Best for the foodies
This Vintage Tapas Evening brings the restaurant to you as you party at a venue of your choice. Choose from six delicious tapas dishes, which will be served on vintage china and enjoy the vintage music from a traditional gramophone. A memorable hen party meal that will satisfy all senses.
14. Vintage Hollywood Glam Party
Best for that Instagram picture
Is there anything better than Hollywood Glam? We’re talking red lips, jaw-dropping dresses and a killer heel. Get all the girls dressed up and head for a night on the town. Alternatively, why not host your very own party complete with photo booth, champagne and shimmery decorations.
15. Over 50s vintage party
Best for the older brides
Just because your bride is over 50, doesn’t mean her hen party has to be boring. Choose the era she was born in and host a party inspired by that year. Alternatively, adorn the best tea dresses you can find and arrange a traditional tea party, with fizz of course.
16. Winter Hen Party Ideas
Best for the winter wedding
Instead of dreading the day and searching for your heated hand pads, embrace the season, forget about the wind and rain and get ready for an unforgettable winter hen party. Remember, winter is the perfect time to get your faux fur and sequin dresses out! Check out this extensive guide of winter hen party ideas.
So girls with these vintage hen party ideas, you can arrange a hen do that’s fun and unforgettable. Plus, you could always dress up in your favourite tea dresses and head out on the town. With these fabulous ideas, we’re sure you’ll be in the good books for years to come and won’t have to worry when the shoes on the other foot. If you're after some fun & games for your hen party, check out Nude Life's Classy Hen Party Games post or for extra fabulous inspiration, check out these Classy Hen Party Ideas.