With Valentine’s Day–or Galentine’s Day, however you celebrated–just behind us, it doesn’t seem like we’ve journeyed too far into 2022. While social activities and venues are still opening up due to Covid restrictions, there are already some new trends for hen’s parties emerging to suit every style, budget, and taste.

Because it’s quite literally our business here at Hens Party Adelaide, we’ve been busy researching the themes, styles, and activities currently en pointe in 2022 for classy, fun, and uplifting hen’s parties experiences. All of them are Insta-worthy, of course, but there’s one that stands out in the various lists: crafting hens parties.

We’ve all come across the concept of crafternoons, but crafting and the traditionally cheeky hens party don’t seem to mesh well together, right? Actually, just as we at Hens Party Adelaide have reinvented the concept of hens gatherings into something more creative and classy, crafting has also been given a makeover in recent years–just think about the knitting revolution from Nanna to the Millennial next door.

Combining crafting with hen’s parties works for a number of reasons. Getting creative in a definitively hands-on way is a great method to bring together guests who may not know each other well and get the conversation flowing in all kinds of open, hilarious and unexpected directions. Crafting hens parties are also a fantastic option for those who are interested in throwing an increasingly popular daytime event, or one that starts early and crafty and segues into a soiree. If you theme your crafting hens party with an evening event, you can even cleverly incorporate your day and nighttime activities, like wearing your creations out on the town!

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12-best-crafting-hens-party-ideas

We also love the idea of crafting hens parties because we believe that everyone has some creative flair deep down inside, even if they insist they don’t, and encouraging guests to unleash their powers in a warm, friendly group environment is part of the fun. Plus, if the hen and her groom have decided to DIY different elements of their wedding, crafting hens parties can contribute to elements like flower arrangements or wedding guest goody bags. If not, and if the hen’s party guests want to make gifts for themselves, everyone will get to take home a souvenir to treasure, even before the wedding starts.

If you are taken with the idea of a crafting hens party but are not sure where to start, keep reading for some inspiration as we take you through some of the best crafting hens party ideas.

Bunting is Bae

Planning your crafting hens’ party around bunting making may take some extra planning, but it pays off! With some simple coordination of some templates, fabric scraps, and sewing equipment, and maybe a more experienced crafter to start everyone off, making bunting can be a beautiful way to bring guests together, sewing-circle style. Everyone will get to contribute to sewing up the bunting triangles, which you can then collaborate to design into a string of different patterns, colors, or even a message to the happy couple. The bunting made during the crafting hen’s party can even be displayed in a key position on the actual day of the wedding, to make it, even more, a celebration of love.

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12-best-crafting-hens-party-ideas

Pimp Your Pants

If you like the idea of a sewing circle but are not too keen on the old needle and thread, simplify your crafting hen’s party with a session of knicker customization. It’s fun and easy, perfect for all ages and skill levels–all you need is a bit of imagination and some equipment to start off, including shop-bought undies of all sizes, craft glue, sewing kits (as desired), and a basketful of lace, ribbons, applique motifs, sequins and just about anything you can find at your local craft shop (see Spotlight’s website for some quick inspiration). On the day, simply invite your guests to select the knickers of their choice and get decorating. The result always lends itself to some fun-filled photo opportunities!

Flower Crown Workshop

If your hen is a nature lover, then consider learning the craft of flower crown making for your hen’s party. By booking one of our workshops, every guest at your crafting hen’s party can hand-make and decorate a fragrant crown out of gorgeous fresh or dried blooms and greenery to wear for the party and, who knows, make again for the wedding day bridal party or another occasion in future. The results of flower crown making also provide fantastic photo opportunities once all guests have donned their headpieces and look like a group of nature goddesses. Best of all, if you like the idea of a crafting hens party but are not sure where to start, a flower crown making package means one of our talented workshop providers will be present to guide every guest through the making process and inspire you with tips and techniques to make the best flower crowns around.

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12-best-crafting-hens-party-ideas

The Hens’ Guide to Mixology

Although it’s not exactly crafting in the traditional sense, cocktail making is quite an art and one worth you learning. Why have someone else mix and shake your hens party drinks when you can make your ultimate beverage yourself, primed with a well-stocked cocktail toolkit, liquor, mixers and gorgeous garnishes? Get ready for your night to be made by booking a cocktail making workshop led by a handsome male specialist (the shirt is optional!) who will guide you through the process of making different drinks to enjoy throughout the course of your hens party while making sure you have everything you need for your crash cocktail course. Mix, sip and enjoy–just remember to take notes so you can recreate the cocktails at the next opportunity!

DIY Yummy Stations

Connected to the idea of a cocktail-making workshop, there’s always an option to go even simpler and provide a DIY ice cream sundae board or Pimp Your Prosecco station in the corner of your venue, so guests can get creative when and if they feel like mixing a delicious masterpiece. For the ice cream board, gather together a number of bowls, spoons, basic dairy, and non-dairy ice cream flavors and a mixture of different toppings and additions (champagne spider, anyone?) For the prosecco station, just have a lot of chilled bottles of sparkling on hand with some delicious additions like fresh berries, dried fruit, premium juices, cordials, and other liquors. Encourage your guests to spoon, mix, shake and stir their way to bespoke good times.

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12-best-crafting-hens-party-ideas

Rudigami

Rudigami puts a cheeky twist on an ancient paper art–a perfect solution for crafting hens parties! One of our dashing rudigami instructors will take all guests through the process of making paper penises with hilarious results. Don’t just think about a run-of-the-mill phallus but get creative by embellishing your rudigami or giving it some character! If you’d like to know more about this intriguing crafting hens party idea, contact us.

Commune with Your Inner Artist

A life-drawing session with a handsome nude (clothing is optional) model not only allows you to get in touch with your inner artist but take part in a fun-filled session with fellow guests. After all, art isn’t just about silently drawing but being exuberant and expressive–why not have a drink and chat while you’re at it? Unlike the traditional stripper party, a life-drawing session means you get to learn essential drawing techniques, appreciate the form (not just the looks!) of your model and invest time in stimulating and creative activity in great company.

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Paint The Man

We at Hens Party Adelaide also offer an extended package with Paint on the Man. Not only do you get to sketch your model, after the life-drawing session is done, ramp up the fun as you decide when and where to paint on your handsome model like he’s a living canvas.

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Hens Party Memory Book

Collaboratively crafting a memory book for your hen is the perfect activity to undertake while her nearest and dearest are gathered together to celebrate her upcoming big day. Like most of the activities on our list, creating a memory book is something that guests of all ages and skillsets can work on. What you need to start with is a blank book–a blank sketch or high-quality scrapbook is ideal–and a lot of quirky stationery items like different colored textas, stickers, glitter, stick-on motifs, ribbon, flower petals, and more! Introduce the idea of each guest sending a special message to your hen and dedicate some time to the party working on the message and visual design using the materials gathered together.

Don’t forget, you can always send the word out in advance so guests bring along their favorite photos, messages, and mementos of the bride-to-be. Finally, give each guest time with the book itself or gather loose pages together to combine into one book full of memories. The ‘live’ making of the book, while the hen is present (give her a bottle of sparkling or a pampering session while you get crafting), will be a gift in itself, as will watching her expression as she goes through all the awesome memories you’ve put together.

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12-best-crafting-hens-party-ideas

Blooming Ideas

Get your craft on by gathering together to make unique floral table settings, garlands or installations for the perfect crafting hens party atmosphere or to provide some made with love decorations on your hen’s big day! To find paper flower templates, simply do a quick search online and download what you think will work for the party–think small flowers such as buttonholes, or go as big as you please! Next, source a fabulous variety of paper by visiting a local craft or art shop, or by raiding anyone you know who keeps wrapping paper ready to re-use. You may need some extra stationary items like paperclips, ribbons and of course, scissors. Once you have the materials in place, gather your guests together for a delightful day of crafting that has everlasting appeal.

Hat Making

If you are searching for a sophisticated crafting idea and your guests have more time than one session to spend, why not consider a hat-making workshop for the ultimate learning and keepsake experience? Over the course of about five days, there are local milliners in your area who would be happy to guide you and your party through the intricacies of their craft, with heaps of advice, materials, and pre-made examples at the ready, so you can fashion a unique accessory to wear on the ultimate hens crafting day or even on the day of the wedding itself. From winter caps to traditional wedding day floral-decked brims to elegant fascinators, spend time researching or book an expert to take you through the steps to crowning your head with a unique glory.

From stitching up a storm to mixing a relaxing and much-needed drink, these crafting hens party ideas will be sure to be a hit! All of our suggestions are fantastic ice-breaking activities, thought through in order to bring all hens party guests together for an experience full of fun, laughter, and creative flair. We especially love the idea of crafting parties with fun or naughty twist, and those that encourage people who haven’t tried crafting before to give the activities a red hot go! Depending on how you plan your activities (think ‘beginner’ level upwards), book your specialist, or gather your supplies, there are endless possibilities for hen’s party crafting, making, and bonding–so why not theme your hen’s party around this ‘make your own concept? We are always excited to chat about your vision for your hen’s party, what activities and experiences we offer, and our range of venues. Contact one of our friendly team members today and let’s get crafty!

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