Image credit: Vintage Valley
If Bridezilla is the mean girl from high school, the hens night is her little sister who just discovered boys and eyeliner: obnoxious, tacky and way over the top. The domain of sequinned sashes, penis-themed everything and strippers who looks like cheap knockoffs of the Bachelor - well it's enough to activate any self-respecting bride-to-be’s gag reflux. But don't worry: if phallic straws aren’t your jam (come on, are they anyone’s?), we’ve got you sorted.
Here are 6 of Perth's best non-tacky hens party ideas.
Macramé Planter Workshop
Admit it, your Pinterest board is full of them: those knotted contraptions that make potted plants hang like installation art. So what could be a better contribution to the stylish hen’s home? Gather your friends for a three-hour private macrame planter workshop led by macramé queen Erica Zuccula of Mac and More, and leave armed with bohemian planters to prettify your life.
Okay, so it’s not the nudity you’re opposed to, per se…just the cringe-factor of a greased-up guy standing there in budgie smugglers. You need culture, dammit! At the Artful Hen you’ll stretch your drawing muscles as the male models flex their bulging ones, with a trained artist guiding you through the basics of life drawing. And of course, champagne will be flowing. Hey, if it’s good enough for Sass & Bide designer Heidi Middleton…
1960s GoGo Dancing
At this private class, the crew from Sugar Blue Burlesque will come to your place to doll up the bride like a mod, with a towering Beehive pin-up and spidery lashes à la Twiggy. Then, the good stuff happens: all your mates will be given special names and learn to dance like go-go girls from the 60s, culminating in a dance-off to rival the soul train. To sauce it up, you can book the moustachioed Johnny Domino to perform a “boylesque” striptease and strong man routine. Yeah, it sounds kind of wrong, but with his Tarzan-style suit, and legitimately awesome strength, it’s both impressive and hilarious.
Hen’s Afternoon Vintage Hair How-To Class
Bride-to-be reckons she was born in the wrong era? Book a private class with Ally Moschino of blog The Vintage Valley, who can teach your crew to create speedy retro hairstyles, plus more elaborate creations like the pin curl and the Gibson Tuck. Good news: you’ll all leave looking gorgeous for the next part of the night. Better news: the hen might have finally decided on her hairstyle for the big day.
Private Food Tour
If your girlfriends’ idea of a pin-up skews closer to Manu from Masterchef than Magic Mike, get the super-flexible team behind Food Loose Tours to customise a private food tour for you. As well as walking you to some of Perth’s best restaurants, they’ll work in cocktail-making competitions, games, and champagne tasting to your heart’s – and stomach’s – desire. Whoop!
For a wholesome hens do, book a private class for up to 14 friends with Air Yoga on their studio on Newcastle Street. It’s both amusing – you’ll look like a gaggle of fruit bats, hanging upside down in weird hammocks suspended from the ceiling – and practical, toning your bodies for the big day. Afterwards, undo virtue by walking down the road to Duende or Bill’s Bar and Bites, and downing tapas and swilling cocktails. Come on, nobody likes a healthy swot anyway.