Is your budget for organising a hen party is low? Organise a pampering hen party at home! You don’t have to splurge on an expensive salon to roll out some red-carpet beauty treatment. And you’re guaranteed to end up so much prettier than if you’d hit the other kind of bottle!
Set the mood. Offer healthy, skin-loving food and drinks. For example, white and green tea, or berry frappes, all rich in antioxidants. Or, canapés topped off with smoked salmon or avocado, which are great sources of essential fatty acids. Play music that gives a beauty salon feel!
Plan out your checklist and, if you can’t foot the bill yourself, allocate each guest several products to bring along. Ask guests to also bring along a robe and slippers – a simple way to slip into relaxation mode. You can buy pink fluffy slippers for the occasion!
Set up a pedicure station in the bathroom. Fill the bath with frothy warm water and have towels on hand. Make sure everyone gets her own nail file. Leave an assortment of nail polishes on the bathroom bench, plus base and top coats, so guests can experiment with new nail looks.
A pamper party isn’t complete without some skin TLC in the form of a face mask. Boots or Superdrug has a selection of great single-usage sachets– choose from Refreshing Moisture Mask, Pampering Honey Mask and Active Purifying Mask, Rejuvenating Mask or buy an assortment so guests can match their mask to their skin needs.
Have everyone bring along their favourite cosmetics. A communal make-up session is also a great way to learn new tricks and techniques.
Devote a corner to hair styling. A mirror, a hairspray, tongs and a straightening iron equal instant salon. Again, by doing each other’s hair, you can get new ideas and try out new looks.
Depending on your budget, you may want to book a professional to add a special extra something to the day. Speak to a freelance massage therapist to see if he or she is able to offer mini massages. If you’re holding your party on a Sunday, you may be able to hire your favourite therapist from your local salon to give various treatments – manicures and brow shaping are two that are best left to professionals. If you’re planning on going out afterwards, you could also consider booking a professional makeup artist or hair stylist to come along at the end and add the finishing glossy touch.