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How To Plan A Chic Festival Theme Hen Party

For a classy hen party that you can easily host at home or in a beautiful glamping site, a festival theme hen party (or Henchella) is a perfect choice.

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Two girls on a festival theme hen party

Planning a Hen-Chella or festival theme hen party lets your girls dress up in their most beautiful, boho outfits AND lets your bride tribe celebrate a festival of the bride. Plan a hen night or weekend that showcases everything she loves and celebrates the next steps in her love story. If you’re looking for classy hen theme ideas, this is the jackpot.

Every girl on the hen can interpret the festival theme to show off their own identity and they can help make it the perfect weekend for the head hen.

What to pack

Packing your bags for a weekend music festival is just downright fun. So make sure you draw up the perfect packing list for this festival theme hen party trip!

Reach for your:

  • glitter
  • face paint
  • vintage clothing
  • ripped jeans
  • rock t-shirts
  • your very best white sundress and cowboy boots

Festival theme hen party accessories

For your hen-chella themed hen party accessories, you could:

  • make your own pretty festival lanyards (DIY is easy!)
  • have a glitter station so everyone can glam up
  • create flower crowns for everyone – ahead of time or on the day

Your standard hen do accessories are also still just as welcome at a Henchella event – think your sashes, fake tattoos, tiaras and anything that makes you all feel like you’re ready to party it up.

Festival playlist planning

Planning your hen do playlists full of the bride’s favourite hits (old and new) is a must-have for a festival theme hen party.

We’ve got you started with our list of over 100 hen party songs to add to your ultimate playlist.

Better yet, bring a mic along to your chosen hen destination and try some karaoke in your hen accommodation and imagine you’re singing on the hills at Woodstock, Electric Picnic or Glastonbury.

Festival theme hen party activities

All hen party themes need a special activity to bring them to life and we love these festival-focused ideas:

  • Flower Crowns: Book a flower crown workshop in your chosen destination or one that can come to you and create beautiful floral masterpieces to complete your festival look.
  • Cocktail Making Class: Head into town for a cocktail making class in a fancy local bar or book a mobile class that can come to you in your accommodation.
  • Dance Class: Festivals are all about the tunes, so why not book in a dance class with the bride’s fave song or dance style?
  • Murder Mystery Dinner: If the bride loves a bit of drama and a theatrical flair, then a murder mystery dinner might be just the thing! Chat with us to see if the supplier can play along with the festival theme and keep the murder scenario on-topic.

Choose your games

  • Who am I?: Get each girl to write their favourite memory with the bride and get her to read them out. Yes, she has to guess who each memory is with but she also gets to relive those moments and feel those warm and fuzzies with the women she loves most.
  • Best In Show: Hold an outfit judging competition to see who has gone to the most effort and flair with their festival theme hen party outfit!
  • Band Name Charades: Write down the names of famous bands and artists on slips of paper. Players must act out the names without speaking, while their team tries to guess who they are.
  • Glitter Face Painting Challenge: Pair up and challenge each other to create the most outrageous festival-style glitter face designs within a set time limit. The bride-to-be judges the best look.
  • Festival Outfit Relay: Assemble a pile of festival-themed clothing and accessories. Teams race against each other to dress up one team member in a full festival outfit, relay-style.
  • Guess the Lyrics: Play snippets of well-known festival anthems, stopping them at a cliffhanger moment. Participants must guess the next line of the song to earn points for their team.

Festival food & drink ideas

We love the festival hen party idea because the food and drink are a sinch! Do you bring gourmet food to Glastonbury? Heck no… You make it a party with fun, portable food.

For your Henchella do, we recommend keeping it simple but pretty by:

  • creating your own cocktails/mocktails drinks station, complete with floral garnishes and edible glitter
  • colourful cupcakes or doughnuts
  • edible glitter hen party cake
  • bowls of snack foods and lollies
  • jello shots
  • personalised mini bubbly bottles
  • goodie bags for the girls with some sweet treats and shots to go along with their lanyards and accessories.

Special touches

  • Glam It Up: Create a glitter and body paint station for everyone to glitz themselves and really get into the festival spirit.
  • Custom Festival Wristbands: Design custom wristbands for your hen party, complete with the bride’s name, date, and a catchy festival-themed slogan. These make for a great keepsake and can serve as entry tickets to various activities planned throughout the celebration.
  • Personalised Line-Up Posters: Create a mock “festival line-up” poster featuring the schedule of events for the hen party. Include the names of attendees as the ‘headliners’ and ‘support acts’, adding a playful and personalised touch to your decorations.
  • Festival Survival Kits: Put together small survival kits for each guest, including items like sunglasses, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, a mini torch, and a customised water bottle. These kits not only add to the festival vibe but are also practical for an outdoor celebration.
  • Themed Glamping Zone: If your venue allows, set up a glamping area with tents, fairy lights, and comfortable bedding. Each tent could be named after famous festivals or stages, creating a unique and immersive sleeping arrangement that keeps the party vibe going all night long.

Glamping accommodation?

A festival theme hen party also lends itself to a girls glamping weekend. Hang some bunting, bring your battery-charged fairy lights and sleep out with your best gal pals – it’s the perfect hen do! You can book a glamping hen party in Carrick-on-Shannon or one of our many Irish and UK hen destinations.


Basically, if you’re looking for a classy hen do theme that truly celebrates who the bride is, then a Henchella or festival theme hen party is the perfect choice. It’s easy to DIY, lets you all be individuals, looks super stylish, showcases great music and gives you some seriously quality girl time before the bride’s big day.

Need help with your Hen Party?

If you’re in hen research mode, check out all of our hen party destinations and hen party ideas.

For help booking your hen weekend or to discuss your ideas, chat with us live during office hours, submit a quick enquiry or contact us for any other queries.


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