Social distancing has put paid to many of our plans and if your hen party has been an unfortunate victim of lockdown there’s no need to get down. You might have had to park that weekend in Benidorm or cancel that mad night out in Letterkenny, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate.
Loads of brides are gathering with their hen party online and throwing a virtual bash instead, so grab your laptop, smartphone or tablet for the ultimate online shindig.
First things first, you’ll want to let your girl gang know what you’re planning. Chances are you already have a designated hen party group, so consult your invitees and find a date that either suits everyone or works for the majority. Then suss out the logistics, like what time you all need to be online, realistically how long your party is going to last and what platform you’ll all be using. Whatever platform you settle on, whether it’s Skype, Houseparty or Zoom, make sure everyone has the software downloaded and ready to go ahead of time.
Plan your playlist
Music makes a party so get together a playlist of your gang’s favourite hits. Are there songs you all remember from college or school? Or hits that bring back memories from a holiday you were all on? If you’re stuck for ideas, ask every member of the group for a song they’d like to hear at the party. That way, there’ll be something on there to cater to everyone’s musical tastes. If you build your playlist on Spotify, it’s easy to share it with the group too.
Grab your drinks
Is everyone going to drink their favourite tipple or are you going to start with a Champagne reception? Are you planning a chill chat with beers or hoping you can unleash your inner mixologists and throw together some cocktails? It might be fun to each pop a bottle, so we say, go for the bubbles! It is a celebration after all.
Organise a theme
Whether you want to go down the traditional penis-themed everything route or your bridesmaids have thought of something individual to you, having a theme can really tie the whole party together, and if your real life bash was almost organised, there’s nothing to stop your incorporating many of the elements you already had planned. Something that involves a little bit of fancy dress could be fun right now to get everyone out of their sweats – but even giving your attendees the excuse to get glam could be a crowd-pleaser. If you aren’t doing fancy dress, be sure to wear white and pop on a veil to mark the occasion.
Begin the games
There are loads of games you can play together online, like Cards Against Humanity, but you don’t need fancy tech to get your game on. Mr And Mrs quizzes are never not fun and Never Have I Ever is a classic for good reason – it gets the giggles going, and even a screen won’t hide everyone’s red faces.
Whether this is your warm-up hen party and you’re planning on celebrating again at a later date, or this is all you can fit in before the big day, a virtual hen party can still be one to remember.