Hen Lesson 2: Party like a royal

Rumour has it that Pippa Middleton has Kate's hen party plans so tightly under wraps that she's booked four different venues just to keep us guessing! So, just how does one throw a right royal hen party? We ask the experts...

Pippa and Kate Middleton

Planning an important event is rarely straightforward and there’s no substitute for experience. Here are six top tips to guarantee a hen party fit for a queen:


1. Pick attractive surroundings to party in – let the atmosphere and surroundings be a big part of the unforgettable event. An easy and appealing environment makes for a relaxed and easily satisfied group. Remember, the wedding is likely to be stunningly presented, why should the hen weekend be any different?

2. Class is permanent – simple and stylish beats risky and risqué every time. In the case of a Royal hen do there certainly won’t be any room for error or “L” plates. You’ll want to look back fondly on a successful event, not cringe and wish you’d done things differently.

3. Keep it private – the last thing any hen party wants is an invasion of privacy, it’s one of the penultimate girls’ weekends before going to the other side. For Kate’s hen party she’ll be sure to want to avoid any careless leaks or overlooked planning, the wedding will be enough of a public display.

4. Enlist the help of others – while Kate is likely to be involved with the planning it’s usually the job of the Maid of Honour to prepare the details and delivery of the weekend. If you’re struggling, it doesn’t need to stop there and you could involve a couple of others as well in a hen planning committee. In this case, the role of organiser has been handed to Kate’s sister, Philippa.

5. Do something out of the ordinary – this is not a usual hen do, it should be special and one of a kind. Here are some potential activities that Kate may want to include:

Polo – a truly royal option, with the girls on horseback learning the basics of a unique sport, followed by a chukka or two.

Free Running – Kate’s very fit and while this urban skill is unlikely to be called upon at the Palace it is great fun, very modern and very energetic. This is sure to get the girls going and could be hilarious!

Film Screening – hire out a whole cinema screen to view your favourite film in the company of your nearest and dearest, why not go all out with champagne and canapés?

6. Finally, relax and enjoy. Not only is this a major event, it’s a chance to let off a little steam with friends before becoming the future Queen!

For further details or advice on how to create a hen do fit for a queen, visit GoHen.com

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