Does the idea of having your mother/mother in law-to-be at your hen party sound like your worst nightmare?
Worry not, the team at Wedding Journal have come up with a whole list of things to do with mum that doesn’t involve dragging her out on a wild night with the girls…
Trying to arrange a hen party that will suit both your mother and you best friends is just never going to work! So the best option is to organise two – one with your mum, mother in law-to-be, auntie’s, grannies etc… and another one for your girlfriends and bridesmaids. This way you keep everyone happy and have a double celebration.
There are so many lovely, fun and exciting activities that you can do with your mum that won’t cost a fortune, but that will allow you to spend your last single days having fun with her too, in ways that you will both enjoy. Plus you’ll win some brownie points as she is sure to appreciate that you’ve taken the time to organise something for the older ladies, saving them the nightmare of being dragged out clubbing with you and your mates.
Here’s our list of ideas to help you plan a stress free hen party with your mum…
A spa trip is a lovely treat and a prefect way to chill out and relax before the wedding. There are many gorgeous spas throughout Ireland who are offering great spa packages. If you plan to visit a spa hotel book a table for lunch before your treatments and relax with a few glasses of wine. Your mum will truly appreciate spending the day with you and your maids.
In the past few years Afternoon Tea has become a huge craze and all the top hotels now offer this option; you can even have a Champagne afternoon tea to add a little sparkle to the occasion. This is a lovely way to enjoy some time with your mum and of course sample yummy scones and pastries whilst sipping on Champagne!
Cultural city break
It may cost a little bit more, but there’s nothing like getting away for a few days to escape the stress of planning a wedding and who better to travel with than your mum. Choose a cultural city break or just a few days relaxing on a beach somewhere. You don’t even have to travel abroad, even just flying over to England or getting the boat to Scotland would be the perfect break. London is full of fabulous places to stay, eat and sightsee, as is Edinburgh and Cardiff. Even a trip to somewhere in Ireland that you and your mum have never been to could save you a few pounds, but still be just as much fun -weather permitted off course.
These are really fun ways to have a bit of craic with your mum and the older ladies in your life. There are lots of venues throughout island that offer one-day cookery courses in starters, main meals, deserts or themed days such as cupcakes, bread or cakes. If your mum is a keen cook she will love a day like this as it’s fun, educational and you get to eat what you make at the end of the day – a perfect way to enjoy a hen party with your mum.
For something a little different, how about wine tasting? This is a great way to learn about different types of wines and enjoy sampling them. Wine tasting courses have become quite popular so search your local area to see what is on offer. Independent wine merchants often host these events to introduce people to their niche wine brands. Introductory one-day workshops run throughout the year and are great for wine lovers of any standard seeking a comprehensive overview to the exciting world of wine.
You will come away from your tasting with an amazing understanding of grapes, regions, wine making, storage, food matching and much more. Usually with quite a number of wines to taste, you should expect to be a little lightheaded at the end of your day – perfect!
Going to the theatre
This is a lovely way to spend some time with your mum and is probably an activity that you wouldn’t normally do together. There are numerous theatres throughout Ireland showing a variety of plays, musicals, comedies and much more. Book a box to make the occasion extra special and have a bottle of Champagne on ice for the interval. Look out for restaurants and bars in the theatre offering pre-theatre dinner packages and go for a bit to eat before the show.
Dinner out/dinner party
Dining out may not be a treat, but you can make it extra special by booking a private dining room in your favourite restaurant and working with the chef to create a special ‘hen’ themed menu for you and your guests to enjoy.
If budgets are tight consider hosting a dinner party. Cooking up a tasty few dishes such as sweet and sour chicken, beef stroganoff or a curry served with rice and noodles and then a few yummy deserts, washed down with lots of wine can be just as memorable and fun as going out for a meal. You can then sit and relax with great company in the comfort of your own home making girly chat to the early hours.
This is your wedding, and mother’s just love to be involved and don’t want to miss out on any of the fun, but lets face it in most cases they probably wouldn’t be out clubbing with you on a normal Saturday night so inviting them to your hen party wouldn’t be much fun for you or them either. Therefore organising something that they can be involved in will keep everyone happy and a lovely way to spend a memorial day with your mum before the big day.