Choosing the right hen party theme for your bride-to-be really comes down to her personality. If she’s a unique woman, is flamboyant and creative, or if she’s even a bit of a nerd, then we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best unusual hen party themes that might suit your hen do plans.
1. Great Gatsby (Roaring Twenties) Hen Party Theme
This is potentially one of the most popular hen party themes and it’s very easy to see why. When else are your hens going to get a chance to get decked head to toe in furs, feathers and sequins. We just love the glamour of it all.
With the release of the movie blockbuster and adaptation of the novel starring Leo DiCaprio, the Great Gatsby and roaring twenties themes have unsurprisingly had a massive revival, with stars like the Kardashians getting in on the trend for Kris Jenner’s birthday bash (below).
Some ideas for this hen party trend include feather boas, flapper headbands, strappy stilettos, fedoras, cigarette extension (you can fill them with confectionary cigarettes if you don’t smoke).
Great hen activities that will help cement this hen party theme include the dance classes that we offer or one of our poker tournaments. You can also take it back to prohibition days with our flockin’ fabulous tea party, you can avail of this option in our Kilkenny destination.
You can also commemorate your look with our ‘photoshoot’ and ‘make-up and photoshoot’ options that will have you styled in true Great Gatsby fashion for your themed shoot. These activities can be availed of in a range of destinations like Athlone, Carrick-on-Shannon, Cork, Castlegregory, Dingle, Galway, Kilkenny, Killarney, Limerick, Mullingar, Sligo, Waterford and Westport
Also make sure to download the Great Gatsby soundtrack to lay the backing track for your vintage gatsby hen do.
2. Cabaret And Burlesque Hen Party Theme
This is one of our more risquÃ© hen party themes, transport your hen party to Paris and the ever renowned Moulin Rouge.
There are so many quirky hen party games that compliment this theme like ‘Bra Pong’ and ‘Guess the Underwear’.
Feather boas and headbands are again great accessories when dressing to this theme along with some cheeky feather fans. The braver hens may also want to invest in some corsets and stockings to complete this adventurous look.
Don’t have time to go corset shopping? Don’t worry our professional photographer can take care of that with our ‘photoshoot’ and ‘make-up and photoshoot’ options. Swit swoo…
To find out more about our photoshoot options check out our Hen Party Ideas. You can avail of this activity at the same locations as listed above. Our burlesque dance classes are another fabulous way to embrace your inner Nicole Kidman with this revealing hen party activity!
We also couldn’t think of a better playlist than the Moulin Rouge (2001 film) to grace your ears as you savour a few glasses of Vino. Hey sister, soul sister…ah you know the rest!
3. Bollywood Hen Party Theme
The saris, colours, the gold, the glimmer, the climate (we wish)…we are in love with all that the Bollywood theme has to offer. The girls can dress up for this theme with all of the exotic coloured saris that they wish. We are also in love with the popping coloured eye makeup and liner looks that accompany this theme.
Why not bond with the girls over some henna tattoos, the best part is you can really have the laughs with what you draw and it won’t be permanent, not after a few weeks at least. Matching ‘Henna’ tattoos for the hen night anyone? Dance classes are also the perfect way to really immerse yourself in this quirky, exotic and musical theme. Many of our dance classes can be tailored to suit your theme so just check with us about having your own lively bollywood style dance class…Jai ho!
Another bonus to the lively activities and the beautiful style of a Bollywood hen party theme is of course the delicious, fragrant cuisine (one of our favourites at The Foxy Hen).
Enjoy a quirky dance class, and whether your hens want a creamy masala or something with a little spice, an Indian meal is a fantastic way to round off a day of Bollywood themed activities. Hens can avail of this option at Carrick-on-Shannon.
4. Nautical/Sailor Hen Party Theme
All aboard for this exciting sea bound hen party activity. This theme goes down great with one of our most popular hen party activities – The Booze Cruise. To really give your hen party’s voyage an authentic feel, the nautical theme is a must and with so many of our hen party destinations located by the sea, you won’t be out of place.
Our favorite thing about this hen party theme is the cute costumes, you can go all out and really dress as a fully fledged sailor or go a little more casual and still fit the theme.
For this theme, hens can wear navy, white and red, stripes, silk scarves and wrap arounds and of course sailor hats! A 50’s make-up look goes divine with this hen party theme with those gorgeous fuller red lips and classic curly updos. Just think Christina Aguilera in Candyman. In fact, that song is a must for the hen party playlist if you go with this hen party theme.
A 50’s hen party dance class is another great activity to compliment this theme once your hens are kitted out to the nines in their nautical inspired attire.
In terms of party favours, decorations and sweet treats make sure that they are ‘decked out’ with some bespoke nautical themed symbols. Look at this fabulous set-up:
This hen party theme is a must if the head hen is engaged to a fisherman and if not it’s still highly recommended because it’s so classic, quaint and entertaining.
Hens opting for this theme should consider our Booze Cruise activities in Carrick-on-Shannon and Athlone . We also offer other great watersport activities like white water rafting and Kayaking at a large range of destinations like Kilkenny , Sligo and Westport. Dingle is another great location for a sailor themed hen party where the hens can opt to go out and get acquainted with no other than Fungi; the local dolphin!
Further afield, hens should consider some of our great European destinations like Riga, Hamburg and Sunny Beach Bugaria that also offer watersports galore.
5. Medieval Hen Party Theme
Westeros may be a fictional land but if the head hen is a fan of ‘Game of Thrones’ or medieval fiction then she may really appreciate a chance to enjoy this ‘old age’ theme. Luckily your hen party will also be a lot more, erm… luxurious than Game of Thrones.
Become maids and princesses with a medieval hen party theme, you can even become Disney princesses if your hens want to. Longer velvet dresses are not only stylish but they are also incredibly comfortable for the hen party. While we also love gold as a color to compliment the hen party with favors and treats, gold is a very popular colour for this look in term of jewellery and in dresses, along with emerald and dark purple.
To polish off the medieval look, headbands are a perfect accessory and we love this boho style. Hens can even create their own headbands to further personalize the look with whatever they please like flowers, jewels or embroidery. The golden crown is reserved for the head hen of course…
Given our great history, it’s no surprise that there are any amount of hen party destinations in Ireland that are highly accommodating to a medieval hen party theme. Kilkenny, however, is one of the best locations for this theme with it’s ‘Medieval Mile’, ‘The Smithwicks’ Experience’ and highly suited activities like Archery and Archery tag. To really customize the hen party to a medieval theme, hens can even be set up with their own medieval banquet at some of our other destinations in Europe like Budapest, Warsaw and Brno.
If hens are flockin’ further afield, the ancient city of Prague is a great destination to accommodate the theme where hens can even enjoy a medieval pub crawl! It may be an old fashioned hen party theme but a medieval theme for hen parties isn’t going out of fashion any time soon…
6. Disney Hen Party Theme
Keeping with the trend of princes and princesses, this hen party theme allows your hens to dress up as their favourite childhood characters. With this theme however, hens won’t just be limited to dressing as princesses, there are any range of cartoons and movies that may be your favourite. You might be more of a pocahontas character, a Mulan, an Elsa from Frozen…or you could be more of a Nala, a Lilo or a Mini Mouse. There will be no shortage of characters for your hens to imitate with this hen party theme, well, unless it’s the most gigantic hen party in history.
A quirky way to kick off this hen party theme could be to make a lucky dip and let the hens pick their character out of a hat! A game of ‘who am I?’ would also be a great laugh at the start of the hen party before each hen gets kitted out in their themed hen party outfits.
One of the best things about this hen party theme is that there won’t be any shortage of music for the hen party playlist, who needs Kygo and Rihanna when you can treat your ears to the music of Cinderella and Hannah Montana. Give us the ‘Hoedown Throw Down’ any day.
If you want the first evening of the hen party to be more relaxing before the hen weekend antics are in full swing, then a sleepover and movie night could be a great idea for night one of a Disney themed hen party. You won’t have to wait until Christmas to binge watch your favorite Disney classics. Plus this is a perfect way to get a karaoke session going.
This hen party theme caters to great party favours and accessories like mouse ears, sweet treats, lollipops, teddies and tiaras which all of the big kids will love. Another great idea could be mixed lucky bags where all the hens bring a small item or keepsake based on their character.
A make-up session would be another quirky and exciting idea to go with this hen party theme, particularly with inspiration from people like @queenofluna and @sarah_e_ingle. We are dying to try more adventurous makeup looks like colored contacts. A Disney hen party theme is one of the best excuses to do so.
This theme is ideal for the big kids and for the hens who can’t decide on one theme, this is a catch all hen party theme that allows the hens to sample tonnes of themes in a really sentimental way…
Consider this hen party theme for the big kids and for the head hen who is a Disney fanatic, Don’t let this hen party theme gooooo.
7. Races Hen Party Theme
At The Foxy Hen HQ we love all the perks that come with booking a hen night to the dogs, betting, bubbly, potentially your own reserved seating area to have the chats with the girls and our personal favourite, the chance to be the best dressed ladies!
After a morning of entertaining, and quite possibly adrenaline pumping hen activities, your hens can take a quick break to get readjusted and pampered as they get dolled up to the nines for an unforgettable hen night out.
Your hens can dress as formal as they wish and no one will bat an eyelid other than at the show-stopping style of your hen party. Fascinators are a must for a hen night out to the dogs so a fun, customized fascinator class could be a great activity to enjoy before your hens are out for the night.
A makeover and photoshoot is another great way to document your look before your hens head out to the races.
Hens can arrange a night out to the dogs at a range of destinations like Galway, Mullingar, Waterford and Limerick. Some of our dog options will even provide hens with the chance to enjoy a two course meal beforehand. In Cork the bride to be can even have a dog named after the hen (subject to availability) and the head hen even gets to present the trophy to the winning Greyhound. Your hens will truly be the stars of the show with a race night hen party theme.
8. Beach Hen Party Theme
Just because we don’t have an exotic climate, that doesn’t mean that your hens can’t embrace a beach themed hen weekend. Get your favorite bikinis and swimsuits ready when we run to a great range of hen destinations beside famed Irish beaches.
Dingle and Castlegregory come to mind where hens can enjoy Kerry’s renowned coastline through scuba diving, kayaking and of course surfing at these popular hen destinations. Hens can even opt for the Fungi tour in Dingle and get to meet Europe’s favorite dolphin. Other popular and flockin’ fabulous beach orientated hen party destinations include Sligo, Galway and Westport. Stand up paddle boarding in Sligo is another new and fantastic water based activity. Originating in Hawaii, this activity gives hens a chance to paddle at their own pace as they explore the sea upright on paddle boards, they might even knock the head hen off if they get the chance!
Great accessories to help dress to this theme include typical hawaiian attire like hula skirts, lei’s and the ever popular flower headband. The best part is that hens can always wear these accessories over their usual hen party dresses so they won’t feel the breeze. Hens can alternatively opt for life guard costumes for a Baywatchesque styled hen party.
Get your chilled summer anthems ready for this hen party theme and make sure to drink your cocktails from coconuts to really compliment the beach theme. ‘Aloha Oe’!
If you’re flockin’ further afield, we highly recommend a Sunny Beach hen party in Bulgaria to compliment this theme, the name says it all’¦
9. Farming Hen Party Theme
If the head hen is due to get hitched to a farmer and is soon to be a farmer’s wife then this hen party theme will be an interesting sneak peek at married life.
Hens can dress to the farmer theme with some colourful wellies, quirky dungarees’, checkered shirts, pigtails and/or some bespoke flower headbands or straw hats.
Our ‘Flockin’ fabulous Farming Experience’ at Carrick-on-Shannon is inevitably one of the most suitable activities for this hen party theme and it’s easy to see why. On this ‘laugh out loud’ activity, hens can enjoy some Irish Whiskey and Buck’s Fizz as they attend a ‘funny Irish wake’, ‘milk the cow’ and even watch the head hen chase the cock!
A country western themed dance class is another fun and quirky way to cement the farmer theme while country music also makes for a highly suitable soundtrack. You never know, some bachelorettes on the hen party might even find their own Nathan Carters!!
10. Barbie Hen Party Theme
This hen party theme is perfect for girly hens and a head hen who loves all things pink. Relive your childhood by transforming your hens into your favorite toy and doll.
This hen party theme really gives hens an excuse to go all out for their costumes with blonde/pink wigs in tow, some pink clothing/ accessories and makeup as colorful as they like, and lashes as long as they like. Your hens will be turning heads wherever you go with this hen party theme.
Another great thing about this hen party theme is the accompanying party favours and sweet treats. Just make sure to keep it pink…think pink polish, pink cupcakes, cotton candy – Just check out this desirable pink spread:
Another one of our favorite Barbie trends is the hilarious Barbie cakes that have risen to popularity lately, why not bake your own for the head hen!
Another great trend that we have seen for Barbie themed hen parties are the giant barbie boxes. Make one for the head hen and put her in it for a Q&A session just as the hen night is getting started. It will also certainly make for some memorable photographs.
When making the playlist for this hen party activity, it’s simple, just put together all of your favorite girly tracks, from Girls Aloud to the Spice Girls to Britney Spears. And make sure you don’t forget Aqua – ‘Come on barbie, let’s go party’ !!
11. Swinging Sixties/ Seventies Flower Power Hen Party Theme
There is one major thing that comes to mind when thinking of a Swinging Sixties hen party theme and that is Fashion! At The Foxy Hen HQ, we just love the sixties style, it’s very easy to see why trends like the beehive updo and sixties liner are constantly coming back into fashion. Whether your hens fancy themselves as a Bridget Bardot or a Jane Fonda, they’ll certainly love getting dressed to the sixties theme.
For the dress up, your hens can wear box shaped dresses, headbands, PVC and/or platform boots, rockabilly glasses and coloured tights.
The playlist for this hen party theme pretty much compiles itself, while your hens can really embrace the sixties theme if they are taking one of our flockin’ fabulous trips to Liverpool. They can opt to visit ‘The Beatles Story’ or take ‘The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour’ and document their looks on the famed Abbey Road.
Step forward in time to the seventies for even more funky style on the hen party. This time hens can keep the boots and the swing dresses but they must make sure to get kitted out with lots of flowers and neon colours to complete the look. They can also add many more tunes to the hen party playlist and pick up the pace with hits from the Bee Gees, Abba and maybe even a bit of Marvin Gaye.
For decor and hen party favours, make sure to use lots of flowers, tonnes of colour and have the peace signs and disco balls at the ready! Opt for a swinging sixties or a flower power hen party theme for a Groooovvyy hen weekend.
12. Fiesta Hen Party Theme
While we all wish that we could be jetting off to somewhere exotic for the hen party, particularly a location with the sunshine and the climate of Mexico and CancÃºn…It’s probably a bit much for a hen party weekend.
At least with this hen party theme you can bring Mexico to you. One incredibly popular way to compliment this theme is to, of course, bring a pinata. A pinata is an exciting and customized way to celebrate this theme as you can fill it with any range of personal prizes from sweets to make-up and party favours. Risquer hens could even opt for a penis pinata to add a hilarious twist to this already hysterical hen party theme.
Costume wise, sombreros and tall hats are a must so hens who are a fan of extravagant head pieces are in luck. Another great way to solidify this hen party theme would be with a hat making class where hens can customize and decorate their sombreros exactly how they please! Long flaring skirts are also recommended to complete the look for this hen party theme while an outfit themed to the Dia Del Muerte festival could make for a very unique hen party costume.
Now on to one of our favourite things about this hen party theme; all the delicious food. Quesadillas, chili, nachos, poppers, enchiladas’¦ the list goes on and we at the Foxy Hen always find it so difficult to choose when having a fiesta themed feast! With such a range of delicious dishes to try, you might even want to try a cooking class to compliment this hen party theme where hens can chance their arm at making all their favourite spicy classics…ariba!
Have the lemon and the salt at the ready for dessert, Margaritas are the ultimate cocktail to help compliment this hen party theme and we won’t complain. A cocktail making class could be a great opportunity to try your hand at even making your own Margaritas for this hen party theme.
Really brave hens can even try some of the traditional spirit neat, if they’re really adventurous and want some Dutch…or Mexican courage for the afternoon dance class.
With a fiesta themed hen party, there are any amount of traditional dances for hen parties to try so a dance class is greatly recommended. From the lively rhythm of the music to the beautiful colours associated with the dresses, a fiesta themed dance class will add some extra animation to this already lively hen party theme.
With this hen party theme, you are guaranteed a flockin’ fabulous time’¦unfortunately the climate is not so much guaranteed’¦
‘¦If you are thinking of jetting off for the hen party, however, we do run to a great range of destinations abroad like Budapest, Hamburg and Riga.
Whatever cool and quirky theme you decide to opt for for the hen party, we’d love to see em! Make sure to send us your snaps on Facebook tweet at us @TheFoxyHen or email them to us at email@example.com. We know that whatever theme you decide to choose, your hen party will be flockin’ fabulous!
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