As lockdown gradually eases in the UK, brides-to-be are slowly able to celebrate their hen dos with loved ones, albeit in a smaller group than they may have anticipated.
Thankfully there are lots of ways to adapt to the new normal, ensuring that we are able to throw hen parties with all the traditional fun and games, even if it is with a very intimate gathering outdoors.
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Hen parties during lockdown: What are the UK government rules?
As of 29 March 2021, you can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either in a group of up to six from any number of households, or a group of any size from two households. Consult Gov.uk for the most up-to-date guidelines.
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The vibe: Hen party decorations for indoors or outdoors
If you are on video call, have everyone zhoosh up their surroundings with balloons and streamers so that each guest is fully immersed in the party vibe. Or, if it's an outdoor gathering, provide face masks for guests or make the party vibe pop with helium-filled balloons.
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Hen Party Kit - Team Bride, £25.99, Party Pieces
Bridal party embroidered face masks, £11.99 each, Etsy
Miss to Mrs bridal balloon bunch, £52, bubblegumballoons.com
60-piece balloon arch kit, £19.99, Ginger Ray
Ginger ray fringe curtain in rose gold, £7, John Lewis
Engagement ring party decoration, £4.99 for a pack of three, Card Factory
Mini chalkboard easel with chalk, £3.99, Card Factory
And don't forget the food and drink accessories! Everything from personalised glasses to straws can help add a more festive vibe.
Floral hen party cups, £3.99 for eight pieces, Ginger Ray
Copper bachelorette party wine glasses, £13.94, Etsy
Personalised mason jar glasses, £7.50, Etsy
Bride tribe rose gold straws, £1.99 for a pack of six, Card Factory
Floral team bride plates, £3.99 for eight pieces, Ginger Ray
Floral hen party napkins, £3.99 for 16 napkins, Ginger Ray
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Have everyone dress alike in hen party PJs and t-shirts
One thing that brings us all together and can be pretty hilarious, is being dressed alike. Have your friends wear 'Bride Squad' tees, PJs or swimsuits, or if you're having a socially-distanced hen party, send a kit to guests with fun tiaras, party eyeglasses and temporary tattoos.
Bride Squad Satin Embroidered Pj Short Set, £15, Boohoo
Bride Squad Sunglasses, £3.99, Etsy
Personalised 'Friends' themed 'Bride' and 'I Do Crew' T-Shirts, £8.99 each, eBay
Team bride temporary tattoos, for 16 pieces, Ginger Ray
Bride Squad Swimsuit, sizes 6-24, £16, Boohoo
And of course, the bride needs to stand out with her very own veil. This one makes a nice change with the floral crown.
Bride to be veil with floral crown, £12.99, Ginger Ray
And her own pair of rose-tinted sunglasses!
Bride to be sunglasses, £6, Ann Summers
Plan the entertainment: hen party beauty, fun & games
Fun activities you can enjoy indoors during lockdown include having everyone do facials during the party or have liquor, wine or port tasting – you can order the kits online and do it virtually.
Starskin Foil Face Mask, £18, Beauty Bay
Another option is to play games like Never Have I Ever, made popular by Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show. The maid of honour can be Ellen and guests can play along to reveal their funniest secrets to the bridal party.
Never Have I Ever Card Game, £29.95, Amazon
Or shop one of these packs that come complete with a bunch of games, from charades to Mr and Mrs.
Hen hamper 7 greatest games, £16.49, IWOOT
Ginger Ray hen party games set, £15, Hobbycraft
Hen party food and drink
You can design your own party drink named after the bride or groom, or if you are individually isolated, another great option is to make sure every guest has the same cocktail-making kit.
Modern Gourmet Foods, Gin and Prosecco Cocktail Shimmer, £12.99, Amazon
Freixenet Rosé Sparkling Wine and Flute Gift Set, £14.99, Amazon
Gin Tonic Botanical Infusions, £5.95, Amazon
This sparkling wine is a great low-alcohol option for those wanting a sophisticated tipple without all the sugar and calories. The 20cl mini bottles are perfect for a quick drink and come in 'nude' or 'blush' flavours.
Wild Life Botanicals Blush, from £4.50 per 20cl bottle, Wild Life Botanicals
Or why not go one step further and personalise each bottle of bubbly with the bride-to-be's name and photo?
i heart Personalised Prosecco, £19.99, i heart wines
Another option is, of course, a classic game of Prosecco Pong.
Prosecco Pong, £12.99, Prezzybox
Or a different take on Prosecco Pong is this fun rose gold shots wall. That's sure to get the party started!
Hen party drinks shot wall, £17.99, Ginger Ray
Your hens can't just be watered - they have to be fed too! These cupcakes can be personalised with your own text.
12 hen party cupcakes, £28.99, Bakerdays
Who doesn't love a doughnut wall?
Kraft doughnut wall, £6, Hobbycraft
Jamie Laing's infamous Candy Kittens sweets come in personalised jars, which could also double up as a cute giveaway for hens.
Candy Kittens personalised jars, £10, Candy Kittens
Hen party gifts: Give the bride-to-be and the hens something to remember
Why not make up some paper bags for all the hens and fill them with little giveaways?
Team bride party bags, £6 for pack of five, Hobbycraft
Or better yet, personalise them.
Personalised hen party tote bag, £9.99, Prezzybox
And some comfy sliders for the bride to relax in once the hen is over! It's also a nice touch for when she's getting ready on the big day.
Bride tribe sliders, £16, Ann Summers
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