19 hen’s party ideas for Brisbane brides
Cindy Lauper, you sang it, sister.
Girls really do just want to have fun, especially when the ‘I-do crew’ get together to celebrate the bride-to-be for her final fling before the ring. Hen’s party planning? We have you covered.
Your bestie is engaged, and she has assembled her #bridetribe. Your first duty as head honcho of the bridal party is to send the future Mrs down the aisle with a hen’s party that will keep her smiling well into the honeymoon.
Whether your hen is into feather boas and novelty straws or she prefers a more relaxed bachelorette bash, give her an epic salute to singledom with a hen’s party she will never forget.
The classy hen
Ladies who lunch
The lavish style of Bacchus at Rydges South Bank creates the perfect setting for a hen’s party luncheon. Depending on your style, you can opt for Degustation Dining, A La Carte or even High Tea, and all options guarantee a feast fit for a Queen. If you’re looking for something a little more ‘lax, for a small minimum spend you can reserve an area of Soleil Pool Bar and pop some champers by the pool, Vegas style.
Head to Libertine Parfumerie in New Farm for a group-bonding session at one of their perfume masterclasses. You’ll learn about fragrances from all over the world and spritz and spray to find your perfect scent as you sip champagne (French, of course).
Wine and dine on the Brisbane River for a bachelorette boat bash under the stars with Kookaburra Queens Showboat Cruises. Enjoy dinner and cocktails as you cruise under the Story Bridge and get snap happy as the neighbouring inner-city precincts provide the ultimate backdrop for your hen’s party photos. You can hire the private dining area or get amongst the action on the main deck. Regardless of where you base yourself, you can be sure the live entertainment will get your whole squad on the dance floor.
Spice up your day
Enjoy high tea under the frangipanis at The Balfour Kitchen at Spicers Balfour in New Farm. Although centrally located with views of the Story Bridge, this exclusive space feels like a mini-retreat far away from the hustle and bustle of New Farm. High Tea starts at $79 per person and you can stay on to watch the sunset and indulge in their killer cocktail menu.
For the ultimate pre-wedding R&R, take a small group to One Wybelenna for a spa day. You can work with One Wybelenna to design an exclusive treatment package for the bride tribe to really relax and indulge before the big day. This stunning two-acre Brookfield property provides a nurturing retreat for guests and all treatments include private use of the outdoor magnesium spa and pool before and after treatments. What a way to wind down before the big day!
The active hen
If there’s one thing you’ve gotta try before you say goodbye to singledom forever, it’s pole dancing. Hey, we’re not saying hubby-to-be won’t benefit from it as well. Brisbane has a few studios you can choose from and you can structure the class how you like. Generally, you will be taught a routine, play some fun games and watch one of the pros in action.
Your bride to be is about to take the biggest plunge of her life so why not warm her up and overcome any fears with a session of abseiling down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. Riverlife will get you kitted up with all the gear you need and provide a tall, strong instructor to help get everyone over the edge.
Some Beyonce for the feyonce
Put that newly acquired cocktail confidence to the test with a hen’s party dance class. Whether you’re feeling bootylicious like Beyonce, dropping it like it’s hot with Snoop or want to go full glam and release your inner burlesque star, there is a range of different dance class options available to get the party started. The biggest benefit? Your crew can whip out the moves flash mob style at the wedding reception.
Work it real good
Kiss single life goodbye in the most creative way possible with a class for the crew at Workshop Brisbane. Try your hand at a life drawing (nude male model included) or for something a little less confronting to avoid giving Granny high blood pressure, opt for a flower crown workshop, jewellery making, cocktail mixology or watercolour and wine. You can choose from any available classes at Workshop Brisbane or work with the team to tailor one to your needs.
Tee off the hen’s party with a multi-sensory game of putt putt at Holey Moley. Your group can split into teams of four as you competitively putt your way around the 11-hole course. Cocktails, banging tunes and a portable drinks cart are on hand to keep the good times rollin at every hole and dorky golf attire is encouraged; the quirkier the better.
The party-loving hen
Drink champagne and flex your drawing muscles with chiselled lads sporting their birthday suits in the name of art. Art4Play Life Drawing is tasteful enough for your Mum and Mother-in-law to get involved, and you can head to their Fortitude Valley studio or they can bring the party to you. They have packages designed especially for hen’s parties, which include champagne, food, teacher, topless waiters, shoulder massages and more!
If you prefer the drawing without the masculine…. energy, Cork and Chroma at West End is a little more PG. You can book your group into a public session or secure the studio for a private event for $55 pp. Sessions run for 3 hours and you can BYO beverages and nibbles.
Where the wild things are
There are NO Men allowed (unless you happen to be a hot waiter) on this cruise! It’s a tradition (for some) that we as women must uphold to make sure the hen has a hot male dancer. Wildboys Afloat offers three-and-a-half hour cruises leaving from Pontoon A South Bank with dinner included and free drinks flowing all night. This is a recipe that will ensure your party has a night of LOL’s for a lifetime of memories.
Siren us up
It’s getting hot in huuurr! Samantha from Sex and The City would RSVP a solid yes to this night. The Hire Engine is a chauffeur-driven fire engine, providing you with an Esky so you can BYO drinks, crank your favourite tunes and cruise around the river city for your allotted time. Oh yeah, and did we mention that the two drivers are dressed as firemen. Holy smokes!
Seas the day
All aboard! Seadeck Brisbane drops anchor in the river city from May to September each year. So, make the most of the winter sunshine with a final sail before the veil. The nautical interiors, wooden trimmings, natural greenery, and 360-degree city views make for an elegant and luxurious venue for the hen to get ship-faced in style. To secure an area for your group, there are VIP table packages starting at $1000 which include your tickets, jugs of sangria, a bottle of vodka, mixers and a dedicated table and waitress. Buoy oh buoy!
Nothing breaks the ice or builds comradery better than a shared chorus of Livin on a Prayer. Karaoke is fun at any time of the day. It can be a great way to loosen the squad up at the beginning of the night or a momentous way to keep the party going well into the early hours of the morning. Little Big House at South Bank is a heritage-listed Queenslander with free karaoke for up to 25 of your BFF’s. The spotlight will be on the bride on her big day, so it is only fair you warm her up with a surprise karaoke solo at the hens.
The culinary hen
Golden Pig Food and Wine School offers cooking classes in a variety of different cuisines; think Thai, Vietnamese, Italian and even French Decadence. You will be split into groups of four to prepare, cook and plate up a range of entrees, and then the Golden Pig chefs take over so your group can kick back and concentrate on the party part of the day. Canapes are included, and you can order some bottles of wine to loosen up the aspiring chefs before and after hitting the kitchen.
If you’re looking for a more remote escape, head west to the Scenic Rim for a cooking class at the Wild Lime Cooking School. Using wild bush food in fusion with Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, you will indulge in a two-hour class followed by a three-course lunch with local wine. Your foodie bride and her tribe will then be given afternoon tea as well as recipes and menus from the day to practice on her groom.
You had me at Merlot
The stunning surrounds of Sirromet Winery are the perfect place to bring the bride tribe to wine, dine and make pour decisions. There are three restaurant options for you to hold the most picturesque ladies luncheon and if your hen is a wine connoisseur, go behind the scenes with a winery tour and tasting for only $20 per person.
Shake things up
Rock down to Electric Avenue at Woolloongabba for a cocktail making and tasting class. Your group will have exclusive use of the Jack Rabbits Speakeasy and you will be welcomed with an arrival cocktail and nibbles for only $65pp. If whiskey or wine tasting is more your cup of
tea booze, try a whiskey tasting starting at $65pp or wine tasting for $75pp.
The magic school wine bus
Winery hop your way through Tamborine Mountain’s unique wine trail with a full or half day tours from Brisbane. If you have a booking of eight or more, you will receive your own private bus and you can work with The Vino Bus to develop a customised itinerary perfectly suited to your hen and her guests.
What’s the best hen’s party you’ve been to in Brisbane?
This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in July 2018.