As the maid of honour, your duty does not end just because lockdown is in place. If you are lucky enough to have a large outdoor space with room for your 6 closest people to practice social distancing, then a hen party BBQ is probably on the cards. However, if you do not have a big garden, you want to invite more people or your friendship group do not all live locally, then it seems like a virtual hen party is the way forward.
Tips for throwing the best virtual hen party
- Choose a date and time that works for everyone
- Create an agenda
- Ask the bride’s partner to get involved
- Send the bride a gift to open
- Introduce the hens to one another
- Plan activities
- Play games
1. Choose a time and date that works for everyone
One of the main benefits of throwing a virtual hen party is that EVERYONE can attend. Nobody needs to be left out because they can’t afford an expensive city break, or they don’t have enough annual leave to take from work. This is the perfect opportunity to ensure that the bride can celebrate with all of her loved ones at once.
2. Create an agenda
Video calls can be difficult, especially when there’s loads of people involved. Create an agenda of how the hen party is gonna go. This reduces the chance of everyone talking over one another and people getting left out if they don’t know everybody. Circulate the agenda along with the link to the video chat a few days ahead of the party. This will also reassure the members who may be a little nervous or anxious about joining.the call.
3. Ask the bride’s partner to get involved
A bride’s hen party should be special and memorable, so if she lives with her fiancé, ask them to decorate their house with balloons, maybe bring her breakfast in bed, present her with a card signed by her bridesmaids or even pop open a bottle of bubbly for her to sip on whilst she gets ready for the call.
4. Send the bride a gift to open
Send the bride a little something to open on the day of her hen party! It doesn’t have to be much, but a bottle of booze, a bunch of flowers, a pamper kit or a hen party veil can go a long way at a time like this. Make her feel special.
5. Introduce the hens to each other
Going to a hen party without knowing anyone but the bride can be nerve-wracking and introductions can be easily forgotten on a video call. As the host ensure that you get everyone to switch their cameras on and introduce themselves. Most video calls also show the participant’s names next to their pictures, so make the most of this!
6. Plan activities
Why not try a virtual wine tasting, murder mystery or quiz? This will pass the time quickly and keep everyone engaged. You can even make cute photo montages of the couple’s relationship timeline or a slide show of funny photos of you all together. For more ideas take a look at fun things to do on video calls.
7. Play games
Lots of the games you already planned can still work on a virtual hen party! Why not try ‘The Newlyweds Game’ and test the couple on their knowledge of each other? Or plan a ‘How well do you know the bride’ quiz. You can even find team drinking games online if you wanna take the party to the next level.
One thing a hen do NEEDS is a playlist, check out our virtual hen party playlist, guaranteed to get everyone in the mood for a good night.
The final job on the list is to find yourself a hen party outfit. Opt for some cute florals, a pastel suit or a bold patterned jumpsuit.