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Has your best friend requested a vintage themed party for her ‘final fling before the ring’? Or perhaps you know she will adore such a theme, but aren’t quite sure where to start your planning? From cheeky soirees to relaxed afternoons, here are five fun vintage inspired party options to inspire you!

Vintage Hens Party #1: Burlesque

For the bride-to-be with a cheeky side, a burlesque-inspired hens night is sure to impress. Mood lighting, sultry tunes, decadent desserts, and lux beverages will make this theme; as will costumes and props (such as corsets, satin gloves, and ostrich feather fans, all of which can be hired).

When it comes to entertainment, there are a variety of options. Having a dance instructor come to your home, for instance, will give the group a chance to learn those famous vivacious moves without leaving the comfort of your living room! Paired with DIY games such as ‘tease me’ (have everyone bring one item of clothing, such as gloves, to slowly strip out of at some point during the evening) and you’re set for one exciting event!

Heading out and about? Take part in flirtatious activities such as learning to dance burlesque at a dedicated function space, or watching professional performances at a venue or on a cruise!

Vintage Hens Party #2: Dance Off

For the bride-to-be who loves to bust a move, a vintage dance class is the way to go. With fun options such as the Charleston, swing dance and jive to choose from, the hen and her girls will be giggling their way towards mastering (or at least trying to master!) the art that is vintage movement and rhythm. Make sure you capture the class on camera (the very first and last attempts in particular) so that your hen can fondly look back on the fun for years to come.

And when the session is over? Make the most of your new skills! Put on a once in a lifetime performance for anyone lucky enough to be in the same room/location as you! Imagine… fifteen excited girls nailing a vintage-inspired routine in the middle of a pub, club or even restaurant!

Vintage Hens Party #3: Film Screening

For your film-buff best friend, why not host the ultimate movie night? Book your local boutique cinema and enquire about screening one of your bride-to-be’s retro favourites! Whilst little to no decor will be needed (the location itself should set the scene perfectly), the addition of a dress code will truly bring this party to life. Whether it be ‘the Roaring 20’s’, ‘Simply Vintage’, ‘burlesque’ or even characters from the movie that’s being screened, guests arriving dressed to impress will not only make for fantastic photo ops, but will also have the girls convinced that they’ve travelled back in time (especially once the drinks start flowing!).

Once the movie has finished, continue the celebrations by heading to a vintage inspired rooftop bar (such as Madame Brussels in Melbourne). Here your group can enjoy sipping on cocktails, picking at platters and playing a few traditional hens’ night games; before moving the party to a local retro club and dancing the night away!

Vintage Hens Party #4: Makeovers

For the lady who enjoys a bit of pampering, a vintage makeover could be the ideal option. Pull off this glamorous affair by hiring a professional hair and makeup artist specialising in past eras, and watch in awe as she transforms your beautiful best friend into a vintage vixen! Depending on budgets, guests can either pay to have their hair professionally styled, or use tips of the trade (learnt during the hen’s makeover) to DIY their vintage look. Either way, everyone will be at their most fabulous!

Once the initial pampering is over, complete the transformation by trying on vintage dresses (these can be borrowed from friends/family or purchased from your local op shop). Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon of tasteful games, champagne, laughter and happy snaps. Depending on the preferences of your bride-to-be, you could kick on at home, or continue to celebrate in style by enjoying dinner at a chic venue, hitting the dance floor at an elegant club, and/or taking a ride around town in a retro limo!

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Vintage Hens Party #5: Tea Party

For the bride-to-be who enjoys chilled afternoons with her nearest and dearest, why not put on a vintage inspired tea party?  Set the scene with mismatched and/or floral cups, saucers and teapots, shabby chic furniture and stacked suitcase tables. Flowers displayed in mason jars, mismatched white vases or even teapots will finish off the overall look, as will lace accents (such as reusable lace bunting and DIY lanterns).

When it comes to food and beverages, tea and scones are a must (obviously!); as are cupcakes, wine and champagne. If your budget allows, consider hiring a vintage tea cart to display your delicious spread.

For outdoor events, lawn games (such as giant jenga, croquet and bocce) are bound to provide hours of entertainment, as are old-school board games. A DIY photobooth will also bring the fun and laughs. Simply find some great vintage props and photo frames (without the glass) at your local op-shop, arrange them in an old suitcase with a polaroid camera and let your guests do the rest!’

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Vintage Invitations: Where it all begins

No matter what type of celebration takes your fancy, for guests, it all starts with the invitations. Build excitement by delivering stunning vintage-inspired stationery suites from Little Goldfish Designs’ wonderful range!

Author Bio – Bec Simmons of For Every Hen

Planning a hens party, a bridal shower, or kitchen tea? Full of activity ideas, games, style guides, party hacks and more, ‘For Every Hen’ has all the information and inspiration needed to easily put together an amazing celebration for your hen!