A Modern Vixen’s Guide to the Vintage Hen Party

Vintage Hen Party

As far as modern-day hen parties go, vintage themes have been soaring in popularity over the last handful of years. And rightly so – when done properly, a vintage hen party can be an utter delight!

Vintage doesn’t just mean one set theme of doilies and tea dresses – anything between 1910 and 2000 can be considered vintage, anything before 1910 is considered antique, and anything post-2000 counts as modern.

Bearing this in mind, picking a vintage theme shouldn’t be all that difficult. Every lady has a decade she wishes she could have lived in (or a decade she already lived in and loved!).

Vintage doesn’t just mean one set theme of doilies and tea dresses

You can base your outfits, food, activities, party favours and pretty much everything else on your theme. This makes the whole ordeal of planning both easier and more enjoyable – who doesn’t love coordinating?

So now that you have the low-down on the trendiest hen party plan around, it’s time to dive into some ideas.

The Theme

The world really is your oyster here, darlings – you’ve got almost an entire century to choose from. There’s definitely a style to suit every hen. 1920s’ fabulous flapper, 1940s’ Rosie The Riveter, 1990s’ grunge groupie and everything in between is fair game.

Movies based in eras can also make good themes – The Great Gatsby, Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Grease are all excellent ideas.

There’s definitely a style to suit every hen.

If decades aren’t general enough for you, why not try a theme like Hollywood Stars? Zeroing in on one set theme makes the rest of your party planning much less effort – a theme pretty much colour-coordinates itself, and props and trinkets can be easily found online for pretty much any party theme.

Why not try a theme like Hollywood Stars?

If you’re struggling to pick a theme, a quick google on women down the ages will get you going. Pinterest is a great resource.

The Food

Food for vintage parties is always fun, quirky and eye-catching. Cupcakes, cocktails and champagne are all on the menu for any decent party, never mind a hen party!

Mason jars are also all the rage lately, and tie in perfectly with a vintage party

Pair your 1920s’ theme with some champagne in classic glasses, throwing back to the Prohibition Era when the then-forbidden bubbles tasted so much naughtier. Paired with some lemon cakes and millionaire’s shortbread, the girls won’t be able to put the nibbles down.

If you’ve chosen a 1950s’ theme, why not serve diner-style mini-burgers and fries with some grown-up frosty milkshakes?

Mason jars are also all the rage lately, and tie in perfectly with a vintage party. Serve some retro cocktails in pretty jars, poured from vintage glass pitchers, et voila – rustic and refreshing!

The Decorations

Vintage decor is a topic that’s been explored in countless blog posts and Pinterest boards. For a general vintage theme, upcycling old teapots, vases, jars and milk bottles are all on-trend. Fill some teapots with flowers for centerpieces or serve cocktails from milk bottles with striped paper straws if you’re looking for that extra sparkle.

Bunting is something that rarely makes an appearance in modern-day parties, but it’s definitely making a comeback. Garlands of flags in pretty floral patterns, antique-looking signs spelling out sweet sentiments, it’s all coming back into popularity, and it’s no wonder – such a pretty look!

Garlands of flags in pretty floral patterns, antique-looking signs spelling out sweet sentiments,

As far as themed vintage parties are concerned, finding or DIYing decorations specific to your decade/theme will be simple. Sites such as Pinterest, Etsy and even Amazon have more than enough choice for any aspiring vintage hen party planners.

The Invitations

Vintage hen party invitations are an adorable way to ask your hens to come to your soirée. If you have an eye for design, you can use a design site to build your very own unique invites.

Try eBay, Amazon and other wholesale websites for pre-printed designs.

Again, physical invitations aren’t something people do any more, with the exception of weddings, so actually being handed/posted an invite will definitely give your vintage hen party that extra touch of old-world class.

The Activities

What can one actually do at a vintage hen party, I hear you cry? Well, the answer: quite a bit actually!

Photoshoots are wildly popular amongst vintage hen parties, and in fact a company in Dublin has set up shop especially for them. Cake decorating and cookery classes are also available across Ireland for anyone channelling their inner Fifties housewife.

A Downton Abbey Experience exists in Westmeath, for anyone with a fondness for the 1910s and 20s. For anyone who’s chosen a 1980s’ theme, book yourselves into Tropical Popical and get some stunnin’ neon nails done while you swill some cocktails.

Photoshoots are wildly popular amongst vintage hen parties,

If you’re staying in, organise a movie-night with movies from the era you’re channelling, or pick out a playlist from the decade and break out the microphone-brushes!

If you’re still uncertain soirée an activity, Henit.ie have a huge selection of hen party activities to choose from, and we’re sure there’s something in there to suit your vintage hen party.

The Favours

Are party favours a thing anymore? We certainly haven’t seen them being handed out in a long while… Perfect for a vintage hen party then!

Personalised champagne bottles, mini-sewing kits, lipsticks to match the era, nail polishes, sunglasses, whatever your heart’s desire is – pop it into a little party bag and hand them out to your ladies to thank them for attending.

If you were following a 1960s’ theme, some chunky earrings, light lipsticks and pastel polishes would make excellent favours. Scrunchies and eyeliner would suit a 90s. theme perfectly.

They’re adorable, and everyone will leave with a keepsake to cherish from the weekend.

Now that you’ve got all your bits together, it’s time to get to work girlies. That vintage hen party won’t throw itself!  

For great hen and stag ideas check out www.henit.ie

Vintage Hen Party

As far as modern-day hen parties go, vintage themes have been soaring in popularity over the last handful of years. And rightly so – when done properly, a vintage hen party can be an utter delight!

Vintage doesn’t just mean one set theme of doilies and tea dresses – anything between 1910 and 2000 can be considered vintage, anything before 1910 is considered antique, and anything post-2000 counts as modern.

Vintage Hen Party Theme
Vintage Hen Party Theme

 

Bearing this in mind, picking a vintage theme shouldn’t be all that difficult. Every lady has a decade she wishes she could have lived in (or a decade she already lived in and loved!).

Vintage doesn’t just mean one set theme of doilies and tea dresses

You can base your outfits, food, activities, party favours and pretty much everything else on your theme. This makes the whole ordeal of planning both easier and more enjoyable – who doesn’t love coordinating?

So now that you have the low-down on the trendiest hen party plan around, it’s time to dive into some ideas.

The Theme

The world really is your oyster here, darlings – you’ve got almost an entire century to choose from. There’s definitely a style to suit every hen. 1920s’ fabulous flapper, 1940s’ Rosie The Riveter, 1990s’ grunge groupie and everything in between is fair game.

Movies based in eras can also make good themes – The Great Gatsby, Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Grease are all excellent ideas.

There’s definitely a style to suit every hen.

If decades aren’t general enough for you, why not try a theme like Hollywood Stars? Zeroing in on one set theme makes the rest of your party planning much less effort – a theme pretty much colour-coordinates itself, and props and trinkets can be easily found online for pretty much any party theme.

Why not try a theme like Hollywood Stars?

Hollywood theme Vintage Hen Party
Hollywood theme Vintage Hen Party

 

If you’re struggling to pick a theme, a quick google on women down the ages will get you going. Pinterest is a great resource.

The Food

Food for vintage parties is always fun, quirky and eye-catching. Cupcakes, cocktails and champagne are all on the menu for any decent party, never mind a hen party!

Mason jars are also all the rage lately, and tie in perfectly with a vintage party

Pair your 1920s’ theme with some champagne in classic glasses, throwing back to the Prohibition Era when the then-forbidden bubbles tasted so much naughtier. Paired with some lemon cakes and millionaire’s shortbread, the girls won’t be able to put the nibbles down.

If you’ve chosen a 1950s’ theme, why not serve diner-style mini-burgers and fries with some grown-up frosty milkshakes?

Mason jars are also all the rage lately, and tie in perfectly with a vintage party. Serve some retro cocktails in pretty jars, poured from vintage glass pitchers, et voila – rustic and refreshing!

Hen Party on Bed
Hen Party on Bed

The Decorations

Vintage decor is a topic that’s been explored in countless blog posts and Pinterest boards. For a general vintage theme, upcycling old teapots, vases, jars and milk bottles are all on-trend. Fill some teapots with flowers for centerpieces or serve cocktails from milk bottles with striped paper straws if you’re looking for that extra sparkle.

Bunting is something that rarely makes an appearance in modern-day parties, but it’s definitely making a comeback. Garlands of flags in pretty floral patterns, antique-looking signs spelling out sweet sentiments, it’s all coming back into popularity, and it’s no wonder – such a pretty look!

Garlands of flags in pretty floral patterns, antique-looking signs spelling out sweet sentiments,

As far as themed vintage parties are concerned, finding or DIYing decorations specific to your decade/theme will be simple. Sites such as Pinterest, Etsy and even Amazon have more than enough choice for any aspiring vintage hen party planners.

The Invitations

Vintage hen party invitations are an adorable way to ask your hens to come to your soirée. If you have an eye for design, you can use a design site to build your very own unique invites.

Try eBay, Amazon and other wholesale websites for pre-printed designs.

Again, physical invitations aren’t something people do any more, with the exception of weddings, so actually being handed/posted an invite will definitely give your vintage hen party that extra touch of old-world class.

The Activities

What can one actually do at a vintage hen party, I hear you cry? Well, the answer: quite a bit actually!

Photoshoots are wildly popular amongst vintage hen parties, and in fact a company in Dublin has set up shop especially for them. Cake decorating and cookery classes are also available across Ireland for anyone channelling their inner Fifties housewife.

A Downton Abbey Experience exists in Westmeath, for anyone with a fondness for the 1910s and 20s. For anyone who’s chosen a 1980s’ theme, book yourselves into Tropical Popical and get some stunnin’ neon nails done while you swill some cocktails.

Photoshoots are wildly popular amongst vintage hen parties,

If you’re staying in, organise a movie-night with movies from the era you’re channelling, or pick out a playlist from the decade and break out the microphone-brushes!

If you’re still uncertain soirée an activity, Henit.ie have a huge selection of hen party activities to choose from, and we’re sure there’s something in there to suit your vintage hen party.

The Favours

Are party favours a thing anymore? We certainly haven’t seen them being handed out in a long while… Perfect for a vintage hen party then!

Personalised champagne bottles, mini-sewing kits, lipsticks to match the era, nail polishes, sunglasses, whatever your heart’s desire is – pop it into a little party bag and hand them out to your ladies to thank them for attending.

If you were following a 1960s’ theme, some chunky earrings, light lipsticks and pastel polishes would make excellent favours. Scrunchies and eyeliner would suit a 90s. theme perfectly.

They’re adorable, and everyone will leave with a keepsake to cherish from the weekend.

Now that you’ve got all your bits together, it’s time to get to work girlies. That vintage hen party won’t throw itself!  

For great hen and stag ideas check out www.henit.ie

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