Say the words “hen night” and what springs to mind? L-plates, male strippers and shots of tequila?
If the thought of a raucous night out makes you tremble (i.e. with horror, rather than delight), then fear not: there are plenty of ways you can take your hen party upmarket. Here are our Top 10 tips for a classy hen celebration:
1) Afternoon tea
Round up the girls and have afternoon tea at a posh hotel, complete with sandwiches, scones and cakes.
Opera is practically synonymous with upmarket, so this is perfect for musical types.
Just as classy as the opera but possibly has wider appeal (depending on which show you pick!)
Nothing says elegance like a cosmopolitan. A night with friends in a cocktail bar can be the perfect choice for the more refined hen.
5) River dinner cruise
Head to London for a dinner cruise along the River Thames. A four course meal set against the backdrop of the capital: wow!
6) Picnic in the park
Get some lovely hampers, some champagne and a few blankets and you’ve got yourself a fun, relaxed and elegant hen do.
For ultimate indulgence, book a spa day for you and your friends. Spend the day having massages and chilling (or heating) in the jacuzzi.
8) Sunday lunch
If there’s one thing we British excel at it’s the Sunday roast. Book a big table in a gastropub and have all your friends join you for a hearty send-off into married life.
9) Beauty parlour
One for the ‘girlie’ girls, beauty parlours are ideal settings for gossip, giggles and makeovers.
10) Wine tasting
Hire a bar and bring in a wine expert to guide you in sampling different wines from around the world. Add a cheese plate in case anyone gets hungry!