Staying in Sydney to celebrate your hen? Forget run-of-the-mill strippers and cheesy nightclubs. Instead, gather your girls and send off your single life in style with these winning party ideas for everytype of hen.
For the foodie hen…
Think Diner en Blanc, but just for you and your girl gang. Perfect for groups of 20+, Secret Foodies will plan your dinner down to the last detail – and reveal the location just two hours before. All you have to do is choose a cuisine or a theme, and they’ll take care of the rest. French Garden Party or Taste of Tokyo? Cheese & Wine or a Farmyard Feast?
Location shared two hours before the event
For a meal to remember – minus the clean-up – hire a private chef for your hen’s celebration. Chefin’ has a team of talented chefs who will come and cook up a storm in your kitchen or venue of choice. Once you choose a chef, they’ll work with you to create a menu. No event is too big or small, and you can opt for a three-course meal, a buffet or casual canapés.
At your home or venue
For the crafty hen…
At this Redfern studio, you’ll tap into your creative side and leave with a little memento. There are tons of classes to choose from. For hen’s parties, the most popular classes are hula-hooping, watercolours and wine, and nude life drawing. You can also make flower crowns or jewellery, decorate doughnuts, or screen-print your designs on tote bags.
175 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Over in Surry Hills, this class is a hen’s night hoot. An artist will walk you through the basic techniques of painting on canvas, and then you can let your creativity run wild – with a glass of (BYO) wine in hand. It’s open to absolutely anyone, and at the end of the three-hour session, you’ll leave with your very own painting.
55 Holt Street, Surry Hills
For the glamorous hen…
With all the planning that goes into a wedding, every bride-to-be could do with a little pampering. At Zen Day Spa, the hen’s party packages start at $105 per person, and include hot oil massages and a choice between facials, manicures and pedicures. If you have four or more people, you’ll score complimentary champagne and cupcakes from Black Velvet.
116-118 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Say sayonara to the single life by hitting a different kind of dancefloor: a dance class! In Surry Hills, Dance Central knows how to throw a party. You can learn how to shake it like Shakira in the Egyptian Goddess class, or dance a la Dita Von Teese in the burlesque class. There are Beyoncé, Brazilian and Bollywood-themed classes too, and don’t worry – no experience necessary!
Level 1, 268 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
For the hen who loves learning new things…
Sip cocktails while soaking up Hacienda’s harbourside views – yes, please! During the 90-minute class, you’ll learn how to mix four colourful cocktails, including two classic concoctions and two of the bar’s signatures. You’ll then sit back among the plants and pastels and nibble on a cheese and charcuterie platter.
Pullman Quay Grand,Level 3, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Whether you’re a beginner or a budding masterchef, a class Sydney Cooking School is perfect for a hands-on hens party. In the lead-up to the event, chat to the team about your budget, and choose a cuisine, like Mexican, Spanish, Italian, or Death by Chocolate Dessert – our personal favourite. Your chef will then cater the class to that.
73 Military Road, Neutral Bay
For the hen who won’t make it past midnight…
Start the festivities early with a bottomless brunch at Darlo Country Club. With its peachy walls, plants aplenty, leather booths and sparky chandeliers, the venue takes cues from a Californian country club, and it’s a stunning setting. The brunch packages begin at $65 per person. Splash out on the $109 brunch package, and you’ll get to sip on Moet & Chandon for three hours.
235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Spend the day soaring in the sky at Sydney Trapeze School. With a minimum of 12 people, you can sign up for a private trapeze class, or twirl around on the silks. Open only to hen’s parties, you’ll learn how to perform poses and create shapes on aerial silks. If you’re a bride that needs her beauty sleep, never fear: you’ll be tucked up in bed wellbefore the clock strikes 12.
1/7 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters