The honour of organising the most kick-ass hen party has been bestowed upon you, and you've no idea where to start - are we right? Well fear not, we've rounded up some awesomely unique hen party ideas right here in Ireland, that you may not have even thought of. You're SO welcome!
Does the idea of pitching a tent, making a fire and getting bitten alive by all the cast members of A Bug's Life, make your skin crawl? Well, we have a slightly glamorous solution for you - Glamping! Get your gals, pack up the cars and head off to lovely Leitrim, where Teapot Lane Glamping sets up camp. There'll be no naff tents to be seen, where you have the choice of sleeping in a pretty sweet tree house, a country cottage or a luxury yurt. You can relax with a glass of vino by the camp fire by night, and come morning, be off surfing on the Atlantic coast (a sure fire way to ease that fuzzy wine head!) At Teapot Lane, they can arrange for delish catering and a good ole sing song at the end of the day with acoustic musicians or a DJ! - Nice one!
2. HIGH TEA
A tea party that comes to you? Now there's an idea! Oh So Sweet Occasions is a mobile afternoon tea party service and they specialise in bespoke afternoon tea parties, from 1920s decadence to a 1950s retro party or even a garden tea party. You don't even have to travel, as you can have it in your back garden if the weather's nice! They'll set up, look after your guests and even clear it all away after, so you don't have to lift a finger. Everything from yummy finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea, coffee, and lemonade are on offer. And if you fancy something a little stronger, bring along your own Prosecco or cocktails and they'll serve them for you in Champagne saucers and gorge teacups! Based in Waterford, Oh So Sweet Occasions provide tea parties around Waterford, Kilkenny, east Cork and some parts of Wexford.
3. GO WEST
Ignite the adrenaline junkies inside of you with a visit to Adventure West for plenty of blood-pumping activities! They offer a wide variety of activities that are sure to suit everyone's interests from zorbing, zip-wire, abseiling, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, horse riding to archery and even clay pigeon shooting. You can even make a weekend of it and opt for their activities and accommodation packages with overnight stays in nearby Westport and Clare island. I don't know about you lot, but it makes me want to go west for some adrenaline pumped fun!
4. DOLL FACE
Are you and the girls obsessed with vintage glamour? Or, do you just fancy a little pamper sesh with a fun photoshoot? Decade Darlings is the perfect solution for a hen party oozing with glamour! On the day, you'll get a full vintage make over for you and the gals with a fully styled photoshoot, making you feel like you just stepped out of Grease. (What's up, Frenchie?) While you're enjoying a glass of bubbly, their hair and makeup team will be working their magic and you'll also have access to a vintage wardrobe, packed with gorge accessories and props. Where do we sign up?!
5. PILLOW FIIIIIGHT
Gather around, girls, we're about to show you one of the coolest hen party ideas yet! A sleepover in The Dean Penthouse! The Dean Hotel is one of Ireland's leading über cool boutique hotels, with stylish, urban décor it's safe to say, it's pretty damn cool. With its seventy inch Samsung Smart TV, small bar with tap and barstools, mini kitchen, Irish munchies, Marshall amps to play your jams (Spice Girls, Beyoncé, Backstreet Boys, etc...) Or, go old school with their Rega turntable to throw on some vinyl. Order in some pizza and beers or go all fancy pants with lobster and fizz - whatever your preferences for the night, they'll make it happen!
6. PISH POSH
I think we're all beyond traipsing through town with bunny ears, flashing 'L' plates and feather boas, are we right? So how about a hen with a difference? Opt for a weekend away in a stately home - you could escape to Co. Laois for the ultimate relaxation weekend, staying in the gorgeous Roundwood House. Crack open the Prosecco by the fire or for a laugh, partake in their fascinator workshop. You'll enjoy a fantastic meal in the dining room and treat your bride-to-be to a hilariously embarrassing slideshow of her best (and worst) moments. For more details, see their website.
7. FOR POD SAKE
Another take on glamping is this village of Pods outside Portumna, Co. Galway. The cleverly named, Podumna offer a cookery and cocktail hen party package, which is is pretty sweet. You'll receive a welcome reception with Prosecco and strawberries, be chaperoned to your designated Pod, cocktail making class where you'll all get three cocktails each. They can arrange an array of fun party games (or you can bring your own ideas) while you're sipping on your cocktails. After all that fun, you will be transported to a nearby restaurant for a delicious 4-course meal and get a fab continental breakfast the next morning. All on your first day! The next day involves the cookery classes, a pizza party or BBQ in the courtyard, and a trip around Portumna's bars!
8. KINGDOM COME
Kerry is arguably one of the most beautiful places in all of Ireland, with its secluded beaches, hidden sea caves and breathtaking views of mountains and lakes. Dingle has become quite the hotspot for Irish hen parties as there's plenty to see and do; including, sea kayaking, cocktail classes, surfing and horse riding. A must do while in Dingle is a Dingle Dolphin Boat Tour out to see their beloved Fungie, and if you're planning a spring/summer hen party, then this will be the perfect activity. They can cater for parties up to 40 people and you'll even get a complimentary bottle of bubbly - now you're talkin'.