19 Sep Hen Party – Small Budget
The Hen Party is THE ultimate girly moment! With the bride-to-be and all of her friends, this occasion must be absolutely UN-FOR-GET-ABLE!
Having a small budget doesn’t mean to say that you have to have a boring day at home watching Love Actually on Netflix while drinking rosé. There’s no need to spend lots and lots to have a super fun day with your girlfriends!
That’s why I’ve come up with a minimum-spend plan for a day full of activities!
6 MONTHS BEFORE: Taking your time is perfectly acceptable, but for this occasion, and I can’t repeat it enough, you must plan in advance! The first step in this long journey is to make the guest list. This can be a provisional list to begin with, but this is absolutely essential before moving onto the following steps! For this task, there must be no improvisation: the bride-to-be’s opinion is completely necessary. So, pull out your prettiest notebook and get to work!
5 MONTHS BEFORE: Send out the invitations to the chosen guests! You will need to know the number of guests and all of their availabilities before deciding on a final date. To avoid any problems, propose a few different dates… the worries. It’s totally fine to send out an email, to contact everyone on social media, or to create an EVENT so that everyone is on the same wavelength. Make sure to be happy and cheerful to motivate everyone to come because, as it is so far in advance, the message could easily go unnoticed… You could even ask for some ideas for the big day! 😉 Be clear that they must reply to you ASAP!
4 MONTHS BEFORE: After having followed the previous steps in order, it’s time to create a kitty! This will help to define your budget, and therefore help you to schedule D-day. You’ll also need to reach out to each of the guests and ask them to help out here. You won’t be able to go any further without a budget! –And you begin to ask yourself “why me..?”.
3 MONTHS BEFORE: The guests: check. The date: check. The funds: check. (Otherwise, chase people up!!). Now, it’s time to make an itinerary!
1/2 MONTHS BEFORE: Organisation necessary – you must re-confirm attendance for the chosen date with all of the guests, so that nobody organises a dentist appointment or lunch with their grandmother on that day! This is also the perfect opportunity to invite all of the girls to meet for brunch or a drink to get to know eachother a little better and spark a few friendships. Take advantage of this step!
1 WEEK BEFORE: Send out a little group message to all of the girls to get them excited and spread good vibes! And because you’re now a master of organisation, make sure not to leave it to the night before to buy everything that you need for the activities!
THE NIGHT BEFORE: A little text is never too much! Decide on a specific time and meeting point, and remind everybody of the plan for the following day. Nobody be late please – goodnight and see you tomorrow!
a little advice: Get off that beaten track, forget all of the movie clichés and be original! Above all, do lots of research for ideas within your budget, and be sure to know what the bride-to-be would like. Does she have any specific demands? It’s completely necessary to find out all of these things! It would be a total shame to arrange a diving session to find out she has a phobia of water, or to go tree climbing to discover that she has vertigo… #BIGNONO
9:00AM: Let’s go. Name a better way to start the day than a kidnapping? Erm… “Bridenapping” is maybe a more appropriate term (and even better, this is free!). When the delicate little princess is still sleeping peacefully in her cosy bed, it’s time to shake and awaken her! And she won’t get away that easily – confetti, streamers, tiaras and party blowers, all as part of a fanfare wake-up call! She can sleep when she’s old… Someone pulls her out of bed and onto her feet, in her lovely floral pyjamas, while someone else prepares a “survival kit”. (Because we do actually have hearts and she will, eventually, have the right to do her hair and makeup during the day!).
10:00AM-12:00PM: To begin with, a perfect day requires perfect timing. Grab your beautiful notebook and get going. You need to start the day off well, and there’s nothing better than to do so with a full stomanch! Find out the best place for a super tasty brunch with everyone, including the bride-to-be, still in her pyjamas! (Laughs expected).
1:00PM: After eating (and laughing) loads, return to the house and start off calmly with a little DIY activity! The first thing to do is to make champagne flute labels to make sure that nobody loses their drink (because that would be a real shame…). Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health. Consume in moderation ☺.
2:00PM: Mix up the activities. To pay hommage to the woman who is preparing for THE BIGGEST DAY OF HER LIFE, we have thought up the essential (and most beautiful) accessory: A sash worthy of Miss France 2018! (She has behaved well, so it’s time to let her use her super “survival kit” to get ready for the day!).
3:00PM: Because we didn’t do all of this work for nothing, let’s make this moment last forever! Cameras, phones, polaroids and a Photobooth Kit – everything is ready to make a Wall of Fame/Shame!
4:00PM: Food time. And because this is a super important time for us, we couldn’t let it pass us by, and so we had the great idea of making Candy Arrows. I guarantee you that they will be just as beautiful as they are tasty!
5:00-6:00PM: Time for aperetifs (take our word for it, there is always time to eat, or drink!). It is somewhere else in the world, anyway, and that’s good enough for me! Besides, anything is allowed today! Remember that alcohol abuse is dangerous…
7:00PM: Lots more laughs! Time to put down on paper some advice to ensure that married life runs smoothly for the bride-to-be. This is the perfect opportunity to be a good friend, and also show a bit of imagination! And since the team at My Little Day don’t do anything by halfs, here are the printouts! All that you have to do now is to print them off and fill in the missing words!
8:00PM: It’s now time to have a little more fun, and let the bride have THE date of her life with THE most beautiful man, before settling down for life. Adrenaline rush! Not any old Tom, Dick or Harry, we can’t decide between Ryan Gosling and Jamie Dornan (yes, yes, you know, from 50 shades of Grey… It can even be Robbie Williams, but the point is to make her dreams come true!). The concept is super simple, so I’ll explain it quickly. It’s exactly the same as the legendary “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”, but for us it’s “KISS THE MAN”! All you need to do is print out a fairly large photo of the bride-to-be’s biggest celebrity crush and blindfold her – she then must try to kiss as close to his mouth as possible! You can find the printout here!
9:00-10:00PM: Now that everybody is a little more tipsy on form, let’s move onto the next step: “Two truths, one lie”. The pressure is on. The point is to keep up the same atmosphere. Take a deep breath. And another one. For this little game, get everybody to write down some information about themselves, and then the other guests must guess which facts are true or false! I have explained everything right HERE!
11:00PM: Home stretch. It’s time to take a little look back at the past – for the final activity, get everyone to recount their favourite memories with the bride-to-be: the best memories but also the worst! Nostalgic memories…
12:00AM: We have laughed, eaten and drank, and now it’s time to let our beautiful Princess go back to bed. Because a hungover bride-to-be with bags under her eyes is not so glamourous…
friendly advice: This is only one possibility among plenty of others – feel free to personalise the day as much as you like to suit your BFF’s personality!
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