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Partying on a budget

Forget extravagant weekends abroad, the trend now is towards craft activities and afternoon tea.

“There is a definite backlash against spending hundreds of pounds for a weekend hen party,” says Deborah Joseph, editor of Brides magazine. “People are being more creative with limited budgets. I went to a great hen party where we had a drawing class at an art school with an art teacher — and a nude male model. After a lot of sniggering, everyone took it really seriously.”

Other ideas that Joseph says are becoming more popular include treasure hunts, flower-arranging classes and picnics. One of the best hen parties I’ve been on was a school-style sports day in the park, followed by afternoon tea.

“The emphasis among all of my friends has been on keeping costs low but doing something fun and different and memorable,” says Baseera Green, a personal assistant. Her own hen party — lindy hop classes, followed by afternoon tea at home, and then on to a dinner and dancing club — came in at £130 each. “I’m organising another one for a friend where we’re going to a crafts workshop to make vintage-style fascinators. People get to know each other better when they’re bonding over an activity and they’re all still sober.”

Crafters such as the Make Do Mend team, based in London, also run workshops featuring special hen party activities including crochet and cupcake decorating.
And if all that is a little twee for your liking, take heart from news of another trend. According to Keith White, marketing manager at Redseven, a specialist hen and stag party organiser, “Women are increasingly doing more traditionally male activities, like paintballing and go-karting.”

Another reason to be cheerful: perhaps pole-dancing lessons are finally on their way out?