A step-by-step guide to the ultimate hen party

Planning an epic hen party means being the bride’s confidant and the party’s mastermind all in one. In this guide, we’ll show you how to throw an unforgettable bash for the bride-to-be.

Guest List and Location

If the bride hasn’t provided a list of preferred guests for the hen party, begin by creating a guest list that includes her closest friends and family. Once you’ve got your party crew, work together to select a date that suits everyone and then dive into choosing the perfect destination. Whether the Hen’s heart is set on a lively city, the adventures of the countryside, or the tranquillity of coastal areas, Ireland has it all. 

Set a Budget

Next up, it’s time to have an open budget discussion with the guests, making sure that all the essential expenses, such as accommodation, activities, food, and decorations, are well-planned for. The good news is, with Henfree, the bride won’t have to spend a penny, so you can exclude her costs from these considerations!


Now, let’s talk about where you will stay. Does the bride fancy the idea of a private house for the entire group, or perhaps the comfort of a hotel with a full Irish breakfast suits her better? For those looking for a genuine Irish experience, cosy B&Bs and guesthouses are also fantastic options. If you’re budget-conscious, hostels and apartments are worth considering. And for those seeking a unique adventure, consider the charm of glamping. It’s time to decide what suits your group’s style and preferences!


Consider booking a cocktail or dance class, or get creative with a perfume-making session. If the bride has an artistic side, why not customise your own knickers for a laugh? For the more adventurous souls, there are plenty of options, from tackling an assault course and go-karting to hitting the shooting range. Spice things up with drawing a nude model, or watching a sassy drag queen show. The choice is yours, so go wild and make it unforgettable!

Food and Drink

Many would argue that this is one of the most important parts of a hen do! Ensure your dinner plans feature quality venues, be it a pub or an upscale restaurant. And when it comes to drinks, whether the bride is up for a wild night in a nightclub or would rather enjoy the local bar scene with live music, there are options to match every style. 

Pro tip: Don’t forget to cater to dietary preferences!


Include the must-play “Mr. and Mrs. Quiz” or “How Well Do You Know the Bride?” games in your plans. Ensure you have an ideal setting for these activities and design them to keep everyone actively involved and entertained.


Think balloons, confetti, straws, and various props to jazz up the bedroom(s) and any other venues on your itinerary. (Pro tip: always confirm if the venue allows decorations.) Or else, take it a step further and choose a theme for the party, inspiring everyone to dress in line with the theme. The choice is yours!


In addition to encouraging everyone to take plenty of pictures, be sure to pre-arrange for one of the girls to serve as the designated photographer – it will be a weekend to remember, and without pictures we are not sure that will be possible!


Whether the group travels together on a bus or each person chooses to make their own way, it’s essential to have all the details squared away beforehand. We also recommend planning transportation, as required, between your accommodation and the various activities and meals to ensure a smooth experience.


With this guide, you’re all set to create the ultimate hen party experience. If you choose the DIY route, we wish you the best of luck — brace for the madness, because it’s going to be a wild ride!

On the other hand, if you opt for Henfree as your party planner, we’ve got you covered. We’ll streamline all the steps and take the hassle out of organising a hen party. Get in touch with us and get ready to kick off the fun without any of the stress!


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