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The Essential Hen Party Checklist

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So, you’ve been graced with the responsibility of planning an epic hen party for your bride. We’ve lots of Ideas for a Unique Hen Party and Reasons to have your Party at The Courtyard Apartments, but now it’s on to the Ultimate Hen Party Planning Checklist!

There’s lots to think about when planning a hen party. Getting together a guest list, planning the activities, making bookings etc. but there’s no need to fret – we’ve got you sorted with this very handy and easy to follow hen party checklist.

Discussion with Your Bride to Be

First things first, you need to have a quick chat with the bride-to-be. Unless your bride has explicitly said she wants a complete surprise event, it’s definitely worth checking out what she has in mind first. Has she any definite no, no’s? Has she been envisioning something specific? Who does she want to invite? What date suits her?

Get the basics agreed with your bride before moving on to anything else. We recommend getting started about 4-5 months prior to the wedding.

Send the Save the Date Cards

Next, you need to lock in those hens! Put together a list of who needs to be invited. It’s a good idea to get the save the date cards out about 4 months in advance of the party date. This will give people a chance to make sure they can attend and also allows you to be flexible with the date if the initial one isn’t suitable for some of your hens.

Set a Budget

At this point, it’s worth having a think about what might be an ideal budget for the Hen party. It doesn’t have to be exact but a rough estimate helps. You will need to consider how much money you’re going to need to ask the Hens to contribute and don’t forget to ask for a little extra to cover the bride-to-be. It’s usually custom that the Hen doesn’t pay on the night. Booking a package deal can make this step a whole lot easier, otherwise think about accommodation, transport, food and drinks, activities, entry costs and the fun extra bits like badges, fancy dress etc!

Set up a Hen Party What’s App/Chat Group

It’s great to have a platform to check in with the other Hens if you or they have any questions, ideas or concerns. Setting up a message group will also help build a bit of momentum and excitement for the big event. Here, you might decide if you want to have a theme for the party as this is likely to influence the activities and accommodation you will choose. There are plenty of options if you like this idea, fancy dress, 90’s, Great Gatsby, vintage or even a Father Ted themed weekend!

Decide on a Location & Accommodation

Will you stay local or take the hens further afield? There are so many options but also quite a few considerations – is the hen a bit of a home bird? Are there Hens who might struggle to travel due to work commitments or children? You might need to get creative here in trying to include as many Hens as possible.

In terms of accommodation, if you’re not staying local this is one of the bigger decisions. Again, there’s plenty of choice – you could rent a house in the country, go glamping, stay at a hotel or go for a self-catering apartment. We might be a little biased, but we reckon self-catering packages make for the most convenient, stress-free and craic-filled Hen parties! We recommend you get the bookings organised about 3 months before the event.

Decide on the Activities

It makes sense to decide on the activities you want to organise as part of the Hen Do at the same time as you’re considering your accommodation and location. Keep your guestlist in mind when planning this part. While this weekend is all about your bride-to-be, there may be some activities that may not suit all of your hens! Check out our list of hen party activities for some fab ideas.

Collect Money from the Hens

Now that you’ve made some bookings, it’s likely you’ll need to start putting some money down for deposits. Asking your hens for their contributions shouldn’t be too awkward, as long as you’ve included then in initial budget discussion and they know what to expect. An email reminding them of the cost breakdown and how to pay you should do the trick.

Purchase any Accessories or Props!

Customised t-shirts and sashes can sometimes take a little while to be organised, so try to get these sorted 1-2 months before your party. If you’ve gone for a fancy dress theme don’t forget to order your outfits and any other fun props you might want to take along for a laugh.

Plan any Final Party Highlights & Send Reminders

Don’t forget to plan any additional personalised games you may want to include for your bride. Maybe a quiz based around your bride-to-be, a playlist of her favourite songs, or some ice breakers if you feel a bit of a getting-to-know-each-other session is required. Finally, it’s a good idea to send out a reminder email/message to your guests. We suggest one at a month to the party and then another with a few days to go, just to make sure no one’s circumstances have changed.

Have the Party!

Sorted - now all you and your hens need to do is have a great time. Congratulations we bet you’ve planned an amazing night out for your beloved bride-to-be!

 

 

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12 Unique Hen Party Ideas

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Been put in charge of planning THE Hen party? Your brides’ final single days certainly call for some unforgettable celebration. Pulling off the perfect Hen Party can be daunting for some, but don’t worry, we’ve got some great ideas to help you get started. Whether you’re thinking of an afternoon or a full weekend, there’s something in this list for every bride.

Murder Mystery Hens

Mingle & murder! For an air of mystery and excitement, look no further than a Murder Mystery Themed Party Package. Murder Mystery parties get the whole Hen party talking and interacting in a fun and lively way. This experience is centred around the hen, but all the hens will have a part to play in the thrill of unravelling the murder plot. This option provides hours of unforgettable entertainment.

Adventure Activities

Got an adventurous bride-to-be on your hands? An action-filled adventure package might be the way to go, keep your bride and her hens on their toes! There are loads of different adventure activities you could organise for the hen party from zip-lining, hiking, mountain biking or maybe a fun water sports package with kayaking, rafting or even some banana boating. Getting the party out of their comfort zone is bound to get the adrenaline and laughs going. Great long-lasting Hen Party memories are a guarantee with this one.

Mini Boat Cruises

For a real change of scenery, why not book a mini cruise for all the girls? This is a novel and fun way to get the party started with most cruises having a fully licensed bar and DJ. A boat cruise is a great way to keep everyone together to get to know each other and the beautiful scenery makes for enviable photos. This option is flexible too as you can still go for a meal beforehand or keep the party going afterwards.

Treasure & Scavenger Hunts

A classic and popular option with Hen parties is the Treasure Hunt. Clues, cheeky challenges and lots of daring – a treasure hunt party is an exciting way to see more of the town, get chatting to the locals and engage in some general messing! Your facilitator arranges the whole experience for you and is bound to have everyone in high spirits win or lose.

Themed Experience – Father Ted

Does your bride love Father Ted or see herself as a bit of a Mrs Doyle? A hilarious Hen party package available in Leitrim has Hens dress up in full character and take part in Father Ted themed games. Even for the Hens who have never seen Father Ted, The Mrs Doyle and Her Grannies Experience will guarantee tears of laughter. Sure, go on, go on, go on!

Game Show Centred Hen Parties

Every Hen party needs some fun and games but these packages take it to the next level! Game packages are a fast-paced way for all your hens to get to know each other and have plenty of laughs. Hens will compete against each other at a variety of different games with something to everyone. There’s nothing like some healthy competition to increase the comradery amongst your hens!

Cocktail Making Classes

Prepare to master the art of mixology, as cocktails with the girls takes on a fun twist. Equipped with a professional bartender, your party will be shown how to make the most delicious concoctions. This option is a great ice-breaker, especially if your hens don’t all know each other already. A cocktail making class is a relaxed and fun way to get the night-out going.

Laughter Yoga

Major laughs are certainly on the cards if you opt to make Laughter Yoga part of the Hen festivities. Laughter Yoga is an interactive experience that combines games, laughter exercises and fun yoga sequences. It’s an amazing way to get the Hen party started and everyone in a relaxed and happy mood.

Arts & Crafts Packages

The artful hen experience is a truly creative way to celebrate your Hen’s big day. You and the gals could try your hand at some flower crown making, watercolours or even some life drawing – a great surprise for your bride when the model is revealed! Plus, there’s no need to worry if art isn’t a natural talent. There will be expert guidance on hand whilst your hens unearth their inner artist with lots of giggles too.

Home Hen Parties

Reckon a more low-key, casual event would suit your bride-to-be best? There’s always the option to take the party to your Hen in the comfort of her own home. Though this requires a bit more planning on your part, having a hen party at home means you can tailor the activities and experience to exactly what you want to include. The opportunities are endless, you could plan some wine tasting, set up a mini spa, put together a tasteful afternoon tea, plan fun home party games such as Prosecco Pong or even a host a quiz about the bride.

Ann Summers

If you’re after a saucier option for your bride, the Ann Summers party has to be the way to go. Prepare your hens for an unforgettable night of giggles, stories, lingerie and sex toys. These parties include lots of hilarious games and activities, and who knows, you might even learn a few new things about your fellow hens!

Farm Weekend

Lastly, you could have your hens all embrace their inner (or outer!) culchie at a farm-themed hen party. A priceless experience, farm parties might have your hens milking cows, chasing chickens and all sorts of other ridiculous and entertaining activities. There’s lots of craic to be had on the farm, just don’t forget the wellies!

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This is your life Hen Party Package

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The This is your Life Show for Hen Parties, is ideal to remember the bride to bes life

They research on the person and have Mystery Guests, Videos from people who can't make it on the night etc.

A great way to enjoy the brides last night of freedom.

A Moon River cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the Moon River cruise.

Free admission, a reserved area and a round of shots for the group in the Basement Nightclub at Murtagh’s Bar.

 

Two Night Package

Two nights self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Friday Night.

Package Cost: €145pp (minimum of 15 people for the package)

Additional Extra Supplement 

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

 

One Night Package

One night self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a free shot & finger food in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on arrival.

Package Cost: €100pp (minimum of 15 people for the package)

Additional Extra Supplement 

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

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Game Show Hen Party Package

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In this fast-paced activity, Hens will play both the part of contestants and audience in each of the highly-entertaining Game Show Challenges we’ll have lined up for your group. Challenges include, Choose Your Cards Right, Ping Pong, Mystery Boxes and the 9 Dart Challenge.

This activity is super interactive and a great way for your group to get to know each other before you all take on the bustling Carrick-on-Shannon!

The Game Show Challenge lasts 2 hours and takes place in a private area just for your group.

A Moon River cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the Moon River cruise.

Free admission, a reserved area and a round of shots for the group in the Basement Nightclub at Murtagh’s Bar.

 

Two Night Package

Two nights self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Friday night.

Package costs: €145.00pp (based on a minimum of 15 people)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

 

One Night Package

One night self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a free shot & finger food in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on arrival.

Package costs: €100.00pp (based on a minimum of 15 people)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

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Pamper Afternoon Hen Party Package

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Enjoy being pampered and spoilt by our team of beauticians, e.g. facials, shellac nails & toes.

A Moon River cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the Moon River cruise.

Free admission, a reserved area and a round of shots for the group in the Basement Nightclub at Murtagh’s Bar.

 

Two Night Package

Two nights self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Friday Night.

Package Cost: €155pp (mimimum of 10 guests)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

 

One Night Package

One night self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a free shot & finger food in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on arrival.

Package Cost: €110pp (mimimum of 10 guests)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

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Ann Summers Party Package

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For some cheeky fun choose our Ann Summers Party Package - this option comes complete with your own Ann Summers party organiser who will bring the activity directly to your apartment!

A Moon River cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the Moon River cruise.

Free admission, a reserved area and a round of shots for the group in the Basement Nightclub at Murtagh’s Bar.

 

Two Night Package

Two nights self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Friday Night.

Package costs: €120.00pp (based on a minimum of 10 people)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

 

One Night Package

One night self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a free shot  in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on arrival.

Package costs: €120.00pp (based on a minimum of 10 people)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

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Treasure Hunt Hen Party Package

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A firm favourite with Hen parties, our organised Treasure Hunt is a hilarious way to get your Hens better acquainted with both each other and the town of Carrick-on-Shannon! The clues will be dotted across the town along with a few memorable and cheeky challenges thrown in.

The activity lasts 2 hours and a private area will be provided for your group.

A Moon River cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the Moon River cruise.

Free admission, a reserved area and a round of shots for the group in the Basement Nightclub at Murtagh’s Bar.

 

Two Night Package

Two nights self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a Complimentary Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Friday Night.

Package costs: €140.00pp (based on a minimum of 15 people)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

 

One Night Package

One night self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a free shot  in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on arrival.

Package costs: €95.00pp (based on a minimum of 15 people)

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

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The Cube Challenge

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Cube activity: How many times have you sat at home watching The Cube thinking “I Could do THAT!”

Well, here’s your chance to find out!

There can only be one winner - he or she must demonstrate nerve, skill and determination to take on The Cube.

Contestants will compete against friends to complete a series of deceptively simple tasks in the fastest time possible.

The game is an excellent ice breaker activity for your Hen party or team to have a laugh and get to know each other. Conveniently, The Cube activity takes place onsite at Unit 4 and the activity usually lasts about 90 minutes.

A Moon River cruise on the Shannon (DJ & Bar on board)

Free bus transfers to and from the Moon River cruise.

Free admission, a reserved area and a round of shots for the group in the Basement Nightclub at Murtagh’s Bar.

 

Two Night Package includes:

Two nights self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a complimentary Strawberry Daiquiri cocktail & finger food on arrival in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Friday Night.

Package costs: €135.00pp

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

 

One Night Package includes:

One night self-catering accommodation in Lovely Leitrim.

Enjoy a free shot  in Murtagh’s Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, on arrival.

Package Costs: €95.00pp

Add Dinner from: €28.00pp (4-course meal)
Or opt for our Pub Grub option which is a main course and a pint @€18.00pp

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