Summer is our favourite time of year, when your hair is lighter and your freckles come out and all you have to wear is a floaty dress. It is a time when everyone seems to be happier because of all that increased vitamin D!
Planning your hen party for the summer means you can take advantage of some great outdoor activities that will make all your guests wanting to be a bit more of a naturist. That doesn’t mean you and your hens will have to rough it in the rain on a hilltop though, there are plenty of fabulous ideas ensuring you keep clean and mud-free.
We have scoured the internet to find summer hen party inspiration and have listed some of our favourite ideas:
Summer hen party idea #1: Bridal BBQ
When we think of summer the first thing that comes to our minds is a barbeque. Who can resist deliciously charcoaled meats, colourful salads and fruity cocktails?! A BBQ in your back garden gives you the freedom to plan everything exactly how to want from food to music to décor, while at the same time keeping costs down. If the idea of maintaining the actual BBQ without your man seems daunting, we have the perfect solution! A semi-naked, charming man to not only look after the BBQ, but also serve the food, keep drinks topped up and host your hen party games will solve all your worries.
We love the idea of making frozen margarita popsicles for a refreshing treat! Find the ingredients and recipe here.
Summer hen party idea #2: Girls Glamping
Earlier we mentioned camping on a muddy hill, but we think you should consider ‘glamping’. Defined as glamorous camping, this is a phenomenon that has spread globally as an upgrade to traditional camping. Your hen party can enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors without sacrificing luxury. There are several websites (try this one!) where can find you theperfect yurt, treehouse or log cabin for your girls’ glamping trip. But there are parts of a camping trip that we don’t think you should forget, like indoor s’mores (recipe) or campfire stories. Gossiping with your favourite girls under the stars and drinking glasses of wine sounds like successful hen party to us!
Try the Campfire Story Bridal Game!
- Scraps of paper
- Mason jar
- Each guest will jot down a story about her and the bride, and place it in the jar
- The bride must read each story and guess which guest the story belongs to
- Whoever’s story the bride can’t remember wins a prize – it’s only fair!
Summer hen party idea #3: Garden Cocktails
Imagine your garden decorated with fairy lights and pretty bunting, with music in the background and a table full of canapés and cupcakes. This could be the setting to your hen party cocktail evening! Take advantage of a warm summer evening to play hen party games while enjoying one, or several delicious cocktails. Hen party games are important for breaking the ice between all your guests that have never met before, and to help them bond. One of our other blogs (found here***) has a list with instructions of our favourite hen party games. The alcohol drank at this evening shouldn’t just be for a forfeit though! We have found some summery cocktails that can be created quite easily. Or you could give the recipes to a handsome butler and he will shake and stir your drinks up for you!
1. Pimm’s Royale.
This is such an easy cocktail, simply add a splash of pimms to your champagne for a taste of summer. Don’t forget to throw in some strawberries and cucumbers!
2. Watermelon Mojito
- 30 fresh mint leaves
- 3 to 4 thick slices of fresh watermelon
- 12 ounces light rum (Bacardi is good)
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 6 tbsps lime juice (about 3 limes)
- Sprigs of mint and spears of watermelon
- Use a mortar and pestle to mash the mint leaves
- Remove the rind and seeds from the watermelon, and blend in a food processor
- Put the mint, 2 cups of blended watermelon, rum, syrup and lime juice into a pitcher
- Serve with watermelon spears and mint as garnish
3. Blackberry Gin Fizz
- 1 container of blackberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups of gin
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- Club soda
- 8 sprigs of basil for garnish
- Puree the blackberries and sugar in a blender, let it stand but stir occassinally until all the sugar is dissolved (around 10 mins)
- Strain puree through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher
- Stir in the gin and lime juice
- Garnish with basil and serve!
If you want to go that extra mile, why not flavour your ice cubes with vanilla or edible flowers? Have a look here!
Hosting a hen party for yourself or your best friend can end up being quite overwhelming, with lots of pressure to make sure everyone is happy and that their drinks are full. It would be ideal if someone could take over these responsibilities so you can put your feet up, relax and just enjoy the party! That’s what Butlers in the Buff will do. A handsome helping hand to ensure your hen party goes off without a hitch.