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If you’re planning a hens party weekend in Brisbane but you (or the bride you’re organising for) are not the type to go for stretch limousines and a wild night out, you could opt for a different sort of hens party weekend that offers flexibility, creativity, and a uniquely personal approach. A growing trend for hens weekends involves taking it slow with your besties, enjoying good food and wine whilst also incorporating a workshop or two, where your entire crew can have fun, embrace their creativity and pick up some new skills.
There’s an abundance of artisans and craftspeople all over Brisbane who can offer some brilliant hens weekend ideas. Fun, interactive classes are offered in everything from floristry and pottery, to painting, screen-printing or calligraphy. Or for the foodies, there are experiences like cocktail making classes or home preserving.
There are so many arts and crafts practices that can encourage you to slow down, work with your hands, be mindful and ultimately, relax! Many of these activities can be done with a glass of wine nearby, making them the perfect fodder for hens weekend ideas. Some of your girls might even walk away with a new favourite hobby. Better yet, studies have shown that learning a new skill improves brain function – win-win!
So once you’ve locked in the perfect party pad via local housing companies like Stayz, Home To Go or Air BnB, you’re ready to host the Brisbane hens weekend soiree of your dreams.
We’ve rustled up a sample itinerary to get yours and your bridesmaids’ imaginations firing with hen party ideas at home. Think about the important people who are invited - mothers of the bride and groom, close friends, work colleagues, sisters, cousins and aunts - then use this guide as a template for planning your perfect weekend and hen night. Fill it with the sorts of activities you know your guests will enjoy as they come together to help you celebrate your venture into married life.
10am - Guests arrive! Catch-ups, new introductions, tours of the house and unpacking of belongings can all happen around a table of coffee, tea and fruit platters.
11am - Once your guests have settled into your rented hens weekend house, it’s time to explore the city a little. Venture out to South Bank Parklands for a saunter along the canopied walkways, before a dip at the artificial lagoon-style swimming beach Streets Beach. South Bank also offers licensed picnic areas, so you could bring along some bottles of champagne and some ready-made picnic baskets filled with goodies from a local deli. Or you could try one of the many eateries along Little Stanley Street or Grey Street. Once everyone is feeling refreshed, head back to the house to let everyone relax and get ready for the evening’s events, which are going to combine eating, drinking and learning new tricks!
3pm to 5pm - If your crew are food-lovers, this Pizza Masterclass at top Brisbane eatery Salt Meats Cheese is definitely a must! Not only will your crew get to roll up their sleeves and get hands-on with an authentic Italian pizza dough recipe, this event in the itinerary doubles as dinner! After the guided lesson, where you’ll learn everything you need to know about making dough from scratch, you’ll get to dine on your creation as it emerges hot out of the woodfired oven. Your choice of a glass of wine or beer is also included. And don’t forget to take home the recipe card so you can impress your friends or family (and maybe even that husband-to-be of yours) with a homemade Italian classic.
6pm - Now that you’ve got some delicious handmade food in your bellies, it’s time to head back to your party pad, because you’ve got a very important guest due to arrive! The Cocktail Queen will help your gang relax into their evening with her enthusiastic instruction on the fine art of cocktail making (and tasting is essential, naturally!). Even the teetotallers or designated drivers won’t be left out, as there are many options for mocktails to ensure everyone at the Cocktail Making Class has a delicious drink. Now the only question is, do you turn the living room into a dancefloor or do you head out and embrace the Brisbane nightlife?
10am - After a lazy Sunday morning with coffee, locally baked artisan croissants and lots of chatter, it’s time to gather around a long wooden table for grazing platters, glasses of wine and a laidback Statement Earring Workshop. (Tip: Just in case there are any sore heads from the night before, choose a Sunday activity that is not too demanding and ideally, a mobile service that comes to you). Your crew will get to scour The Eddies Studio designer’s extensive collection of beads, stones and tassels until they’ve found their favourite jewellery components. Then with the help of expert instruction on wiring and threading techniques, your ladies will each make two pairs of dangling earrings. Which one will you choose to wear for the next chapter on your handmade hens weekend?
1pm - Sunday afternoon brings the final few hours on your hens weekend, so it’s time to tailor your celebrations to the sorts of women who are in your crew. We’ve got three of the best ideas to finish your hens weekend in Brisbane.
If you really want to send your guests home with the warm-and-fuzzies, offer an afternoon trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Depending on where your hens weekend house is located, you might want to consider getting the Koala Express ferry there. Meet a koala, hand-feed kangaroos and enjoy the sight of wombats, platypuses, native birds and more.
Or if you’re really digging the handmade, homemade vibe and also want to enjoy your hired house for a while longer, you could include another workshop into your Sunday afternoon. A great option is a Mobile Paint and Sip class. Have your guests tap into their creative imagination while they create a painted canvas to take home with them. And don’t worry about your beautiful party pad - the Paintbar crew bring along paint cloths as well as aprons for your guests.
If you have a nice garden at your rented abode, or you wish to take advantage of a beautiful waterside locale, you could reign in the help of a company like Social Picnic Co or Vintage Picnics. They can help set up a scene as lavishly styled or homely as you like while bringing along gourmet food and drinks for your last hens weekend hurrah!