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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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Why Book Your Hen or Stag Party with The Courtyard Apartments?

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The Courtyard Hen and Stags

Want to plan the best Hen or Stag party possible? The Courtyard Apartments in the bustling Carrick-on-Shannon are located just a short distance from the town’s bars and restaurants, making them an ideal base for an upcoming party. The Courtyard Apartments not only offer comfortable and modern accommodation, they also provide a wide range of packages and activities, ensuring your Hen or Stag party will have a weekend to remember.

Who and where are we?

The Courtyard Apartments in Carrick-on-Shannon are the longest established professional provider of Hen and Stag parties in North West Ireland. Our helpful and friendly staff are here to make sure your party is well looked after from start to finish. We are located on Carrick-on-Shannon’s Main Street, in the heart of County Leitrim.

What’s on Offer?

Total convenience, comfort and pure craic with your Stag/Hen accommodation and itinerary all carefully arranged to how you want it by The Courtyard Apartments. Here at The Courtyard Apartments, we are experienced planners of perfect day and weekend packages – making the experience completely hassle-free for you.

There are over 30 different Hen and Stag packages on offer so you are bound to find something just right for your party. Just some of our packages include, The Finding Ted Package (centred around the hilarious Father ted), packages based on game shows, water sports packages, cocktail-making packages, art and yoga packages, Ann Summers parties, our elegant Dinner and Cruise Package and much, much more. For the full list and package itineraries click here.

What’s unique about The Courtyard Apartments?

Did we mention all the craic?! Whichever package you choose, The Courtyard Apartments are renowned for providing a great time in Lovely Leitrim.

Also, unlike many other providers, when you book with The Courtyard Apartments our service to you and your party does not end on arrival. Staff at The Courtyard Apartments will be available throughout the duration of your stay for whatever you might need. Even at night, our friendly night security will make sure you make it back safely to your apartment.

We also provide free Wi-Fi, free parking and free transport to and from your activities. Transport can also be arranged to and from the train station on request.

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12 Unique Hen Party Ideas

Published in Hen Parties

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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How to Organise the Ultimate Stag Do

Published in Stag Parties Carrick on Shannon

Planning a Stag Do can be a bit of an ordeal. From planning who to invite, what you’re going to do, to making bookings and accommodation reservations - there’s A LOT to think about. With this great privilege, comes great responsibility!

However, there’s no need to panic just yet. We’ve got you sorted with a handy and simple guide to planning the bachelor party to remember. Follow our Ultimate Stag Do Checklist and you’re bound to get this right.

You may also wish to check our 12 Best Stag Party Ideas or Reasons to have your Party at The Courtyard Apartments.

Chat to the Groom

Before planning anything, it’s a good idea to have a chat with the groom about his expectations. You’ll likely need his help to decide on a guest list and check out who he actually wants there. Should the future Father-in-Law be invited or the guys from work?

It’s also worth checking out from the get-go what the groom has in mind. He might be happy for you to go ahead, plan everything and let the big event be a total surprise. Or, he might have some specific ideas in mind and even some definite no, no’s!

Start a Group Message or What’s App Group

Once you know who should be invited, you can then move on to setting up a group message or email group. This is a great way to share ideas within the group, break the ice between people who haven’t met and chat about any potential concerns.

Get the Date Locked In

Next, it’s vital you get a date set so people can make sure they are free on the night/weekend. Have a chat about suitable dates with the groom and, again, with the invited group in your message group chat. One handy way to sort the date is to have people complete a Doodle poll so they can vote on the most suitable day.

We recommend setting a date at least a week before the actually wedding date, just in case the groom needs some time to recover. We’ve all seen The Hangover!

Set the Budget

Time to talk money. Having an open conversation about the budget from the start will help avoid any awkwardness down the line. The budget will influence a lot of the following decisions such as, the location, how long you go for, activities and any extra fun bits you might want to buy closer to the date. Use the group chat to decide on this nice and early.

It’s also custom that the guests put some money aside to pay for the stag. Don’t forget to include this in your budget if you’re hoping to do similar.

Set the Itinerary

Now that a budget has been set, let’s plan the fun part! What are you going to do? Do you want to stay local or go further afield? What activities would best match the Stag’s personality and interests?

Do some research as there is plenty of choice available, we have a great list of Stag Do activities to help give you some ideas.

Book Accommodation

You’ll find lots of options when you come to booking accommodation too. You could opt to book a hotel or hostel, pitch a tent or go for a self-catering apartment. We might be a little biased, but we reckon self-catering packages make for the most stress-free and craic-fuelled Stag Do possible!

At the end of the day, go for the option that best suits the whole group and works well with your set budget.

Collect the Cash

The next job is to start collecting some money for the reservations and deposits. While everyone wants to have a good time, you don’t want to be left footing the bill if someone decides to drop out last minute. Asking the lads for their contributions shouldn’t be too uncomfortable either as this will be something you’ve set out from the beginning.

Buy any Final Props or Outfits!

Another fun job is organising some silly fancy-dress outfits or personalised t-shirts to unite the stag party. Did someone say superheroes, or was that mankini?!

If you’re going for personalised bits and pieces, be sure to order these a few weeks in advance in case they take a while to arrive.

Organise a Few Surprises

No stag do is really complete without a couple of hilarious and embarrassing surprises for the man of the night. You might want to plan a few extra games, quizzes, pranks or dares centred around the groom. This last extra bit of effort is what will make the party memorable for all involved.

Let’s do this!

You did it – time to finally enjoy all your efforts with one last big blow out for your best mate. Well done, we reckon you’ve nailed it!

 

 

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12 Best Stag Party Ideas

Published in Stag Parties Carrick on Shannon

Getting tasked with organising the Stag Party is a privilege but also a huge responsibility! The groom’s final single days certainly call for some unforgettable celebration. Not to worry though, we’ve got some great ideas listed below to help you get started.

Paintball Party

Go to war with a paintball stag party and fire paint-filled capsules at your mates in military scenarios! This is one activity your Stag is unlikely to forget in a hurry. But doesn’t it hurt you ask? While not totally painless, we reckon this only adds to the excitement and adrenaline of the day! Of course, you are given protective gear to cover your face and clothes, so this won’t get in the way of the craic.

Adventure Activities

Planning for an adrenaline-junkie Stag? An action-filled adventure package might be the way to go. There are so many different fun and adventurous activities you could organise from zip-lining, hiking, mountain biking or maybe a fun water sports package with kayaking, rafting, river expeditions or even some banana boating. Great for keeping everyone entertained and making the most of your time together.

Night Criuses

Do you and the guys need a change of scenery? A Night Cruise is an epic way to kick off the night with most cruises having a fully licensed bar and DJ. This is a unique way to celebrate the Stag and is great way to get to know the whole Stag party. You can then continue the night knowing the whole group will be setting off in good spirits.

Air Rifles & Archery

Another fun option for the Stag party is to do some archery or air rifling. Equipped with a qualified instructor, these activities make for a fantastic day out for your Stag. Archery and air rifling are inclusive activities and will suit even the more reserved guys in your party. Steady your nerves and get practicing those swift reflexes in preparation!

Foot Golf or Football Darts

Does the Stag love a good football challenge? You can test his and the rest of the parties’ skills at some Foot Golf or Football Darts. As you might expect, Foot Golf is a bit of football and golf combined, while Football Darts involves kicking a football with sticky pads at an enormous inflatable dartboard. It’s sure to keep the laughs going well after the event with plenty of “post-match” analysis afterwards in the pub!

Game Show Centred Stag Parties

Every Stag party has to include some fun and games but going for a Game Show package makes it legendary! Game packages are a fast-paced way to get the lads chatting, debating and engaged in some healthy competition. Participants compete against each other at a whole bunch of different games. This is a massively entertaining option for all.

Go Karting

For some speedy excitement for all, you can’t go wrong with a Go-Karting Stag Party. This is one of the all-time classic Stag activities and brings the adrenaline from start to finish. Time for the Stag team to finally crown who is the best driver! At Irelands largest indoor track (County Leitrim), you can even compete to beat Stig’s best time for prizes.

Sports Day

Revisit your youth with an old-style retro Sports Day for all the gang! This unique day out is another one great for getting the competitive juices flowing. A Stag Do Sports Day includes all the school sports from back in the day with lots of hilarious surprises thrown in for good measure.

Soccer Parties

Want to give your soccer-mad Stag the ultimate gift of showing off to the group? Then an Ultimate Soccer Skills Stag Party is the right choice. Here, the whole party will get to test their soccer skills against each other to see who will reach the final. With medals for the winners, be prepared for a competitive ride with this activity! Will your group let the Stag win the bragging rights?

Camping

Get the boys together, grab a few burgers, beers and a tent and head into the great outdoors for a camping trip. There are plenty of companies that will allow you to rent tents if some of the party are without, and, of course, for a bit more comfort there are options to rent cabins and caravans across the country. If you’ve got the skills, maybe you’ll even catch your own dinner!

Roadtrip

Want to give your Stag a totally personalised experience? Why not get the group together and hit the road? You could plan out an itinerary of his favourite local spots, be they hikes, restaurants or bars – just don’t forget to book a designated driver if it’s the latter! The opportunities are endless with this Stag Do option.

Country Pursuits

Finally, you could have your Stag party really embrace the Country spirit with a Country Pursuits package. This package from The Courtyard Apartments combines clay pigeon shooting, archery, air rifles and falconry. Test the gang’s reflexes, skill and concentration with this brilliant afternoon out.

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Ultimate Fun Sports Day Experience Party Package

Published in Stag Parties Carrick on Shannon

Our Sports Day Package is the most popular option for Stag Dos as there really is something for everyone in the group. The activity is run like an old style sports day with all your school day favourites and some cheeky surprises included!

Bus transfers from your apartment to the venue are included for your convenience.

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: €142.00pp (based on a minimum of 10 people)

Add Pub Grub option (main meal and a pint or bottle of beer) for: €16.00pp 

 

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: €97.00pp (based on a minimum of 10 people)

Add Pub Grub option (main meal and a pint or bottle of beer) for: €16.00pp 

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Water Experience Party Package

Published in Stag Parties Carrick on Shannon

Make a splash with your Stag Do party with our Water Experience Package. Choose from kayaking, rafting, river expeditions or the hilarious banana boating.

This experience lasts a total of four hours and bus transfers to Lough Allen Adventure Centre are included in your package.

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 10 people)

Add Pub Grub option (main meal and a pint or bottle of beer) for: €16.00pp 

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 10 people)

Add Pub Grub option (main meal and a pint or bottle of beer) for: €16.00pp 

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Foot Darts Experience Party Package

Published in Stag Parties Carrick on Shannon

A huge hit with our more sporty groups is the Foot Darts Package. Your Stag Party will test their skills by firing at a 15-foot inflated dartboard. The dartboard is velcro-lined, allowing the fabric balls to stick to its surface for even further post-analysis entertainment!

The Foot Darts experience is located at the Aura Leisure Centre and return transport from your accommodation is included.

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 10 people)

Add Pub Grub option (main meal and a pint or bottle of beer) for: €16.00pp 

 

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: €95.00pp (based on a minimum of 10 people)

Add Pub Grub option (main meal and a pint or bottle of beer) for: €16.00pp 

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