7 hen party ideas that don’t involve alcohol
Trying to plan a day hen party? Or a hen party that will also suit pregnant attendees?
Traditionally hen parties involve copious amounts of alcohol and various blow up appendages. Bring the willy straws, the L plates and feather boas but sometimes, mothers, mothers-in-law, aunties and friends with babies, don’t fancy getting langers..
And, hen parties can be fun, enjoyable and don’t always have to include alcohol.
Let’s take a look at seven different ideas that are most definitely fun, interesting and great for making memories with your favourite group of gals and guys.
If you’re really looking for something different and fun, an aerial class could hit the spot. Aerial performances are usually a graceful balance of rolling and twirling between large swathes of cloth or on a suspended hoop. Although your first go might not be anywhere near graceful, it is a fun and new experience to try!
- Aerial Cirque, Exchequer St, Co Dublin
- Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick
- Taking Flight, Phibsboro, Co Dublin
Feeling fancy? Get all dolled up and eat your fill of mini sandwiches and Instagrammable desserts. Making for a very enjoyable catch up, and not to mention delicious, afternoon tea is a luxurious and leisurely way to celebrate. Pinkies up!
There are a number of notable luxury afternoon teas to try across the country, and these are a few of our faves.
- Adare Manor, Co Limerick
- Waterford Castle, Co Waterford
- The Westbury, Co Dublin
- Powerscourt Hotel, Co Wicklow
Sometimes there is nothing like a good giggle with your pals. Whether you head to a biggie like Joanne McNally or hit up the smaller comedy nights around Dublin City – there are plenty of laughs to be had!
Here are a few weekly comedy clubs that offer top-notch laughs in Dublin.
- Cherry Comedy at Whelan’s, Wexford Street
- The Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay
- The Comedy Cellar at The International Bar, Wicklow Street
- Craic Den Comedy Club at Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay
Cinema Slumber Party
Got a big gang? This could be the ultimate day out. The Stella Cinema in The Devlin Hotel in Ranelagh is available to rent for private hire. With 44 luxurious cinema seats, mood lighting and an old school feel, you’ll be able to watch a movie and dive into freshly made stone baked pizzas. Slumber party of the century? Eh, yes please.
Get hands on with a creative workshop. We really are a creative bunch on this little island, from hand made soaps, to soy candles and pottery – there is a workshop for almost everything. Most workshops include tea, coffee and snacks, so get stuck in!
Take a look at these workshops that you and the gang might enjoy, and you’ll come away with something to bring home too.
- Arran Street East, Co Dublin – pottery
- Kinsale Ceramics, Co Cork – pottery
- MuMe Workshops, Co Wicklow – soaps, candles
- The Soap Workshop, Co Carlow – soap
Warm up those vocal chords, it’s karaoke time. Serving up tasty food and seriously good vibes with a side of dodgy singing, karaoke bars are a barrel of laughs and a guaranteed good time. Catering to large groups, whether you fancy a tipple or want to keep it chill, this where you can let loose and belt it out.
Here are a few spots we love.
- Coyotes, Co Galway
- Maneki, Dawson Street, Co Dublin
- Ukiyo, Exchequer Street, Co Dublin
- Woolshed Baa & Grill, Co Dublin & Co Cork
If the squad are looking for something more slow paced, a yoga retreat could be a great option. Whether you’re looking to stay in Dublin or go further afield, there are now a good few options for anyone in search of a yoga retreat.
From one day escapes to weekend relaxation retreats, here are few options for yoga getaways in Ireland.
- Burren Yoga Retreat Centre, Co Clare
- Carlingford Yoga, Co Louth
- Ard Nahoo Eco Retreat, Co Leitrim
- Powerscourt Springs, Co Wicklow
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