Pretty Zen Hen
August 2, 2020

Creative hens party activities are not only ideal for arty crafty types, as even those who claim not to have a creative bone in their body will have fun learning a new skill. Getting creative in a group setting is the perfect way to have a giggle together and break the ice between guests who may not have met before. Whether you want to go vintage with a knitting or crochet workshop or on-trend with a macramé or paint and sip session, there is a creative hens party idea to suit everyone.


Paint and sip workshops are becoming increasingly popular for date nights, girls nights out and special events. With no prior painting experience necessary, you are guided through the artistic process step-by-step with a paint brush in one hand and a wine glass in the other! Paint and sip businesses often have the option of hosting the session in-studio or at your home or venue of choice, making it super versatile and a fun start to special day or night out.

Check out Paint n Palette based on the NSW Central Coast for mobile and in-studio paint and sip workshops.

Woman painting a canvas at bridal shower painting workshop
Paint and sip session with Paint n Palette

Life drawing

Life drawing is a great option for the bride-to-be who is up for a bit of cheeky fun before she makes her way down the aisle to forever with the man of her dreams. It is a classy way to inject a touch of male nudity into the occasion without going down the cringe-worthy stripper path. No talent required, just a sense of humour, a glass of wine and an open mind. 

Flower crown making

Flower crown parties are so popular now and for good reason! Perfect for the boho bride or the girly girl, a flower crown workshop is a fun and creative way for guests to get to know each other as they clink their glasses and put their new-found floristry skills to the test. It’s such a versatile activity which suits all ages and can easily be incorporated into most types of hens parties whether you be celebrating at a winery, a picnic or at home. Plus, you get to wear your flowery creations for the remainder of the day! You can often choose between fresh and faux flowers with faux being a good option for the bridesmaids to wear again at the wedding.

You will find some beautiful flower crown workshop providers on the Pretty Zen Hen directory including Ladybella Flower Crown Parties and Bloomfield Flowers in Adelaide, and Queens of Blossom in Melbourne.

Flower arranging

If making a flower crown isn’t your thing or perhaps it’s a hens party activity you’ve done a few times already, consider a flower arranging class instead. You can learn the art of making sweet posies, bouquets and arrangements of beautiful blooms. An eye-catching way to present the flowers for selection is to create a Pinterest-perfect flower bar which have been spotted online lately. Flower arranging classes are not as widely marketed for hens parties so check with a florist or flower crown workshop provider if they’d be willing to teach your chosen type of floral workshop.

Woman standing in front of flower bar at hens party
Flower bar as seen on Style Me Pretty


Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging and is perfect for the bride who is a flower lover but wants something a little bit different. Ikebana arrangements can best be described as a minimalist botanical sculpture using flowers, branches, stems, blossoms and leaves. This creative hens party idea would work well followed by a Japanese meal of sushi or teppanyaki – yum!


Does the bride have a house plant obsession? If so, it’s likely she would love a kokedama workshop. Another botanical technique with origins in Japan, Kokedama is a ball of soil covered in moss in which an ornamental plant grows which you have likely seen in florists and homewares stores lately. This type of activity would suit even the least crafty person in the group!

Terrarium construction

Another creative hens party idea for the plant lover is a terrarium workshop. Terrariums are sealable glass containers housing a collection of small plants or succulents and have been popular for a few years now. A green thumbed bride would love learning the technique behind creating her very own terrarium and tips to encourage it to flourish at home.

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Jewellery making

Gathering the girl gang for a jewellery making workshop is great way to learn a new skill and produce a beautiful keepsake at the same time. The options are endless for this activity! You can choose from materials such as sterling silver, polymer clay, glass and resin. There are jewellery classes which focus on using upcycled materials such as paper and fabric, or you could include beads and gemstones in your designs. Think about the bride’s style and choose a jewellery making workshop accordingly.

Pottery, ceramics & mosaic

The homewares loving hen would enjoy a pottery workshop where she can get creative making a bowl, dish, planter or vase to keep. You could also consider a mosaic workshop, which is an image or pattern created from small pieces of ceramic, glass or stone.

Crochet & knitting

Although nana will love this creative hens party idea if she is on the invite list, crochet and knitting is no longer just for the elderly. These traditional techniques have become cool again! If the hen is interested in sustainable fashion and homewares she could be keen to learn a new skill enabling her to make her own scarf or throw. There is also a technique called arm knitting where you can learn to make a gorgeous blanket using only a chunky knit and your arm.

Macrame & weaving

Macrame is certainly on trend right now and another hobby that has made a comeback. A macramé or weaving workshop would suit a boho bride beautifully. Learn to make homewares such as wall hangings, pot plant hangers, macramé lanterns or sweet woven key chains. A macramé workshop pairs perfectly with a relaxed boho picnic and an easy grazing platter.

Take a look at Pretty Little Interiors for macramé workshops in South East Queensland.

Women at a macrame workshop
Macramé workshop with Pretty Little Interiors at Risanare Retreat. Decor and furniture hire from Global Vintage Hire. Photo by Market Lane Media


A calligraphy or brush lettering workshop would suit the bride-to-be who is interested in graphic design and typography. Learn the techniques to create beautiful frameable quotes for home or even gorgeous handmade gift cards and tags to take your gift-giving to the next level. The bride might gain the confidence to create her very own wedding place cards and thank you cards.

Cake & biscuit decorating

Cake and creativity… Now, this one ticks all the boxes! Learn all about the tools and techniques required to perfectly decorate cakes, cupcakes or biscuits, and learn a skill which you will use over and over again. The bonus of this creative hens party idea is you have a delicious feast of treats to devour at the end of the lesson!

Candle & soap making

Learn the techniques to safely make deliciously scented candles and soaps and never be stuck for a gift idea again. If the bride-to-be loves the ambience of fragrances at home and enjoys using luxurious body products, these are two activities that will be right up her alley. Candle and soap making workshops would work well combined with an at-home pamper party for the ultimate in luxurious indulgence.

Check out De Silva Lining Events for Melbourne-based candle and soap making workshops

Soaps made at a soap making workshop
Soap making workshop with De Silva Lining Events and Heavenly Handcrafted Soaps

With so many creative workshops out there you will easily be able to find one that not only the bride will love, but also the entire bride tribe.

Looking for more ways to get creative with your hens party planning? Check out our blog Twelve Fun & Creative Ways to Serve Drinks at your Hens Party

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