When we think of parties, winter is not the most obvious season that comes to mind… But for brides marrying in spring and winter, the cooler months might just be the best time of the year to host their hens party, kitchen tea or bridal shower. Take a look at our round up of warming winter hens party ideas that will have you grabbing your winter coat and embracing the cold.
Let it snow
Head to the hills and rent a chalet right on the mountain if you are planning a hens weekend for an active bride. Have some ski or snowboarding lessons (insert sexy Swiss instructor) and spend the afternoon trying out your newfound skills. After all that fun on the mountain, head indoors head to one of the great bars nearby to enjoy a pub meal, some bubbles and hit the dance floor.
There’s something about chocolate that warms your soul and there’s not many women who don’t love a sneaky choccie treat once and a while! Have a go at a chocolate making workshop and sample your creations with a steaming hot chocolate. Other belly warming options for the sweet toothed bride could include a baking workshop or decorating cakes, cupcakes, or biscuits. Yum!
Even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body, hosting a creative hens activity is a great way to break the ice (no pun intended!) between guests as you help each other out and have a giggle at your inability to master the task at hand! Spend a cosy afternoon indoors trying out a craft such as macramé or knitting a chunky blanket or scarf, or perhaps calligraphy, painting, or life drawing for a bit of cheeky fun.
Rent a cosy cottage in the country for the night and create a feast of comfort food with red wine and a decadent dessert. Light the fire, have fun with a few games and another wine or two (don’t mind if I do!), before retiring to your private outdoor spa for the evening.
Soak it up
What better way to defrost than to spend some time being pampered at a day spa. Start off with a relaxing soak in a warming mineral pool followed by luxurious massages or facials. Don’t have the budget for an extravagant day out? Consider a soak in the public baths and head home for a DIY pamper session instead.
Winter brings out the foodie in all of us, so why not revolve the event around food? Try a cooking class and learn to make the bride’s favourite cuisine, book a private dining room at a swish restaurant, or have a private chef and waitstaff come to you and treat you to a delicious three course meal. Or you could grab your coats and boots and join in on a personal group food tour stopping off at the best eateries in your city. With a full belly and a few glasses of red wine under your belt you will soon forget the cold anyway!
There is no denying that alcohol warms the belly so here are some boozy options to consider when planning a winter hens party. Bring in the professionals and try in-home cocktail making lessons, or even a mobile bartender to whip up a signature cocktail for the bride-to-be. Fancy braving the cold? Opt for a tour visiting the vineyards, distilleries, cideries and breweries of your local wine region, and enjoy a sip in front of a cosy fire with a lunch of tapas and wood-fired pizza.
Girls night in
For the ultimate chillaxed girls night in, opt for an in-home movie night watching the bride’s favourite chick flicks. Set up a cosy indoor environment by dimming the lights, stringing up some fairy lights and scattering some comfy cushions and throws. Create a low-lying grazing table of movie night favourites that the girls can access throughout the film like different types of flavoured popcorn and choc tops. Consider a DIY hot chocolate stand or mulled wine bar for extra cosiness.
And if the bride is really not a fan of winter and you just know that none of these wintery ideas will warm her heart, organise a destination hens party to a sunny location. Think your own private villa, lots of sunshine and poolside cocktails. You could keep it local and head to tropical Queensland or consider an overseas option like Bali where you can live like the queens you are relatively cheaply.
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