Fun, social and usually champagne-soaked, a hens party is a rite of passage for most brides-to-be. While it can be tempting to stock up on nylon sashes and plastic wine glasses, with a few simple swaps you can give your celebration an eco-friendly edge.
From natural skincare workshops to hands-on pottery classes, these unique hens party ideas are an easy way to make your celebration more sustainable. They’re also suitable for all ages and interests, making them ideal for classy hens party ideas, especially when your besties will be mingling with the mother-in-law.
Rather than kitting out your hen party with custom printed t-shirts and plastic tiaras they’ll never wear again, why not opt for a hands-on pottery class? Led by professional ceramists, you’ll learn how to sculpt, smooth, hatch, stick and shape like a pro. Of course, a hen party wouldn’t be complete without free-flowing bubbly, making clay and sip pottery classes one of the top fun things to do in Brisbane.
If you can’t get the infamously sexy Ghost pottery scene out of your head, why not opt for a beginner-friendly wheel throwing class? Or, if you’re looking for fun things to do in Melbourne for your hens party, a boob vase ceramics class is a cheeky alternative to traditional pottery workshops.
What better way to get the wedding bells ringing than with a flower arranging workshop? Ikebana classes put a unique spin on traditional bouquets and teach you how to master the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. Taught by Australia’s top florists, classes walk you through how to create beautiful Ikebana floral arrangements from scratch.
You’ll dive deep into the history of Ikebana, learning about its cultural importance and the unique founding principles. Best of all, everyone will leave with the skills and confidence to recreate their own Ikebana masterpieces at home. If you want to get really creative, you could even get the girls back together for a DIY wedding décor session. Want to bring her Pinterest board to life? Check out these crafty hens night ideas!
Vegan cooking classes
When it comes to minimising your environmental footprint, a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful lifestyle choices you can make. Even if you don’t decide to go full vegan, incorporating meat-free meals into your diet can really help you to tread a little lighter on the planet. Vegan cooking classes are the perfect introduction to plant-based food, taking you beyond tofu and showcasing just how diverse this type of cuisine can be.
All classes are designed for total beginners, meaning you don’t need to know your tempeh from your tahini to get stuck in. As well as making deliciously unique hens night ideas, vegan cooking classes equip your posse with a brand new set of skills to practice on your next girl’s night. Plus, it’ll work to a range of dietary requirements!
Natural skincare classes
Is your bathroom overflowing with plastic bottles? You’re not alone. In-between hair care products, cleansers, moisturisers and other beauty essentials, most women accumulate a mountain of plastic waste. Natural skincare classes are the perfect way to cut down on plastic and encourage your girl gang to do the same.
There’s a big focus on natural and organic ingredients, making our natural skincare classes one of the best fun things to do in Sydney for a sustainable hens party. Led by beauty experts, you’ll learn how to make your own DIY soaps, body butters, shampoos, perfumes and more. These eco-friendly workshops really are the perfect way to pamper your bride-to-be and all her besties.
Spending an afternoon making your own terrariums is a fun and environmentally conscious way to celebrate the bride-to-be. With a little TLC, these living works of art will continue to thrive for years to come. Laidback and slow paced, there’s plenty of time to chat with your crew in terrarium making classes, making them ideal hens party ideas. As well as being one of the most fun things to do in Perth, you’ll also find terrarium classes in cities across Australia.
Source pre-loved decorations
While it’s tempting to jump onto Amazon to stock up on hens party decorations, investing a little extra time in sourcing pre-loved décor can really improve your carbon footprint. Op shops are a great place to start and are often well-stocked with second-hand party decorations.
Another option is joining your local Buy Nothing group on Facebook. If you haven’t heard of this global giving network, you should jump on board ASAP. From Brunswick to Bondi, you’ll find Buy Nothing groups across Australia. Chances are, there’s someone in your local area with a garage full of hens party decorations. You might also find some fun hen party games. Groups are based on location which means picking up your goodies is a cinch. When you’re done celebrating, you can regift the decorations to someone else in your local area.
Reusable crockery, cutlery and glasses
Nothing kills a sustainability buzz faster than disposable plates, cutlery and glasses. Most houses and rental properties have dishwashers which makes cleaning up after your hens party easy. Investing in a set of wine glass charms or metallic markers is a fun way to keep tabs on everyone’s glasses.
Looking for outdoor hens party ideas? There’s still no excuse to settle for disposable items as a little planning is all it takes to make the clean-up easy. Simply bring along a heavy-duty plastic tub to stack all used plates, cutlery and glasses, then run them through the dishwasher at home. If you want to get really fancy you could even browse your local op shops for pre-loved tableware. After all, wouldn’t every bride-to-be would rather sip her champagne out of a crystal glass than a red plastic cup?
With so many eco-friendly hens party ideas to play with, there’s no reason why your celebration shouldn’t get Mother Nature’s seal of approval. You’ll find thousands of classes and workshops across Australia, which make fun and unique alternatives to a traditional hens night.