Organising a hen party is about more than simply choosing the venue and creating a Facebook event. There are usually several different groups of guests and as the host, you need to help break the ice so they mix and enjoy themselves. Here are some easy hen’s night games that have everyone BFFs before they reach the end of the cocktail menu.
At the start of the night write down ten potentially embarrassing questions and put them into separate balloons you inflate. At different points in the night have guests pop one and ask the bride a question. These could include where the couple first had sex, which one of his friends does she think is the hottest, and whether she has ever been caught in a compromising position.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey – the adult version
This one can be as clean or as rude as you think your guests will appreciate. Buy a large cardboard cut-out of a celebrity, or have one made of the groom-to-be, then play a grown up version of pin the tail on the donkey with whatever body part you have chosen (heart or penis work well).
Split your guests into two teams and line up. The person at the front is issued with a balloon which needs to be passed down the line without using teeth or hands, then back to the front. The winning team is the one who does it first. This gets quite rowdy after a few cocktails but is lots of fun.
At the start of the night choose a word or two to be banned such as the groom’s name, the word “wedding” or anything you think may trip people up. Forfeits could include having to stand up and sing or dance, take a dare, or wearing a silly mask or hat until the next person forfeits.
You’ll need the groom’s help for this one. Write a list of 20 things the bride should know about her other half such as his favourite film, his most embarrassing moment at school, and his family nickname. Up the ante by getting guests to bet on how many questions they think the bride will get right.
Not all hen party games have to be embarrassing or rude. A really lovely way to start things off is by having every guest write down their earliest, or their favourite, memory of the bride-to-be. These can either be read out by the guests or given to the bride to read to see if she can work out who wrote each one. It is better to play this game before too many drinks are consumed unless you have a large supply of tissues and mascara!
Truth or Dare
Sometimes the simplest games are the best. Truth or dare is a great example. Potential questions can include
- What is the most embarrassing thing you like to eat?
- Who was the last person you kissed?
- What is your worst habit?
- What white lie do you regularly tell your partner?
Hen party games are an easy way to help introduce everyone so you can avoid awkward clusters of guests. Choose one or two games, tailor them to suit the people who are attending, and have fun!