The humble hen party has come a long way since polyester veils, plastic tiaras, and hot pink bride-to-be sashes. Nowadays, modern brides are looking for classy, stylish and fun ways to celebrate with their favourite gals, before they tie the knot.
So, if you’ve been given the difficult task of organising the hen party, now’s the time to get a little creative and start putting things in motion. From lavish ladies’ luncheons to gorgeous girls’ getaways, we’ve rounded up a handful of unique ideas for you to consider around Victoria. Your girl gang can thank us later.
1. Book a ladies’ luncheon
Ladies who lunch together, stay together — that’s a fact. Picture a long table, beautiful flower arrangement in the middle, and delicious meals coming out one by one for you and all the girls. Victoria is also filled with an abundant of stunning dining options, which will make picking a beautiful backdrop a rather easy task. We suggest Balgownie Estate’s, Rae’s Restaurant, situated in the Yarra Valley, offering a scenic private dining space where you can gaze out the window at endless rows of green vineyard. Or there’s The Baths, a stylish restaurant set on a beachfront setting in Sorrento, catering for private dining groups with window seats looking straight out to the ocean.
2. Enjoy a modern high tea experience
Is there anything better than sitting down to a cuppa’ with some sweet nibbles? We think not. Chuck in a gorgeous venue along with Champagne and it’s game over. And although high tea is a very old tradition, you can count on Melbourne to shake things up a bit, by adding a modern touch here and there. Like Om Nom, located on the bottom floor of the Adelphi Hotel, serving French Champagne upon arrival, both savoury and sweet little delicacies, in a contemporary, cocktail lounge-inspired setting. Or there’s Madame Brussels, situated in the CBD, a place where you can chuck your very own high tea inspired garden party for up to 30 people, filled with cheeky cocktails and mini cupcakes. There’s also a rooftop bar at this venue, which means gorgeous city views are up for grabs too.
3. Organise a spa day
In the lead up to the ‘big day’, the ultimate goal is to make sure that the bride-to-be is as relaxed as humanly possible, so perhaps a full day of pampering in an idyllic setting may just be what the doctor ordered. You can take a day trip to Victoria's Spa Country, Daylesford where you’ll find the Lake House’s onsite spa, Salus Spa, offering group packages that gives you an all-access to their relaxation lounge, treatment rooms and private treetop mineral spas. Or, you can head to the Mornington Peninsula, home to the beloved Peninsula Hot Springs which offers every bath and spa treatment under the hot Australian sun.
4. Hire a party boat for the night
All aboard the hens’ boat! Yes, you can hire the Oriental Queen, a beautifully refurbished Chinese Junk boat, to sail you and your gal pals around the Victoria Harbour and Yarra River. Offering either a 3-hour journey or, an all-nighter option, this charter boat starts its route from Docklands before making its way through Port of Melbourne, Williamstown, then St Kilda. It’s large enough to accommodate 61 guests, but intimate enough to feel cosy with a smaller group. They also customise the music and décor to suit whatever style or theme you wish, and guests are treated to a complimentary cocktail upon arrival, followed by appetizers and a buffet dinner.
5. Book a unique girls’ getaway
If an ultimate sleepover with the girls is more your thing, why not book a girls’ getaway at an accommodation that’s a little out of the norm. Take for example The French House, a luxury retreat located in the sleepy town of Trentham, but looks as though it’s been plucked straight out from South of France. Here you and eight friends can enjoy a European getaway without having to leave Victoria. Or there’s the Church at Lyonville, also located in Trentham, a converted church originally built in the 1920s that may provide your hen the apt opportunity to practice her walk down the aisle. This three-bedroom home holds enough room for up to six guests and is as cute as they come.