Ah, tacky hens parties. You know the kind I mean, the ones brandishing entire casks of cheap rosé and handfuls of straws shaped like penises (penii?). Seriously, who even invented those?! I’m no prude, and I’m certainly no stranger to letting loose and quaffing cocktails into the small hours, but really, is THAT how you want to spend your last night of non-married freedom? I thought not!
Whether you’ve got mates who are getting hitched, or you’re the one doing the hitching, avoiding a pink feather-fest of sleazy male strippers and rosé-stained frocks should be top priority. Here are seven great suggestions for non-tacky hens parties in Melbourne that still deliver on the good times.
Gin Masterclasses with The Humble Tumbler
Hurrah! Melbourne’s very own Gin Queen, Caroline Childerley, has teamed up with Clare Burder of The Humble Tumbler to host a gin and vermouth class—perfect for those hens who love the odd G&T or gin martini! Not only will you get to try some incredible gins, you’ll also brush up on your gin knowledge and sample some boutique mixers to boot.
The Humble Tumbler offers classes in wine, sake, whisky and beer too, all of which make for a great afternoon or evening of booze-based learning. Private classes and delicious food and drink pairings can be arranged for parties, just get in touch.
Kombucha, Nut Milk and Raw Desserts workshops at Work-Shop
Is the loved-up lady a #cleaneating crusader? Get her along to any of the amazing kombucha, nut milk or raw dessert classes at Fitzroy creative hub Work-Shop where your lady gang can learn all about how to make these healthy foods from scratch. All of the ingredients are provided too, making for as little organisation and prep as possible. A great, albeit wholesome, idea for a hens party in Melbourne.
Relax and Pamper at Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa
If you’re looking to get out of the city, pack your bags and head to Daylesford’s most luxurious bathhouse, Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, for a hens party that promises to help you relax and rejuvenate. A day’s retreat package includes a Thalgo facial, an aromatherapy or muscle relaxation massage, entry to the bathhouse itself, and a delicious platter that comes with a glass of local wine. Sheer indulgence that couldn’t be farther away from the tacky Kings Road mob if it tried!
Floral Crown Making at My Flowerhouse
Why not pick up a skill that’ll be useful on the big day? If you’re looking to book a hens party in Melbourne that packs in the floral fun, get yourself to My Flowerhouse for a floral crown class. Those beautiful bridesmaids’ hairpieces? Sorted!
Cupcake decoration at Cupcake Central, Melbourne CBD
Vintage-Inspired Cake Decorating with Wild Oak
If you're thinking of an escape from the city, Wild Oak in Olinda does a variety of amazing cake decorating and cooking classes where your party can pick up some culinary skills. And let’s be honest: Anything that requires any sort of cooking and/or decorating skill is going to be hilarious, especially if you’ve started the day with a couple of mimosas.
Pottery and Ceramics classes with Kevin Somerfield
Like cupcake decorating, pottery is also likely to be disastrous and therefore funny. Make like that Patrick Swayze scene in ghost and get your clay on, girls! Get in touch with Kevin Somerfield for more info.
Booty Dance and Hula-Hoop classes with Jane Fondle, Hoops, Thighs & Buttocks
Dance and fitness instructor Jane Fondle (best name ever) hosts booty dance, 90s hip-hop, 80s dance routine and hula-hoop classes, which make for some of the best hens parties in Melbourne if you’re partial to a little spandex. There’s champagne on arrival and Jane’s energy is infectious, meaning that even your friend who “can’t dance” will be shaking it in no time.
This class is guaranteed to give back on the big night too—you just KNOW one of the hens will have that one glass of bubbly too many and start busting out her routine on the dancefloor….
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