Your 10 steps to planning a hen party
How to plan a hen party
Here at Bistro Live I have 100's of hen parties come to us every year and trust us with their 'last night of freedom'. Organising a wedding is STRESSFUL, never mind the hen party as well! We've been doing it for over 17 years, since we opened our doors way back in 2001.
Well, let me take one thing off your mind by helping you organise your last night of freedom. We have something to suit everyone’s budget; from disco party nights ranging from £27 to a live band night with arrival cocktails, a personal waiter, hotel stay over and spa treatment for £127.
Whichever night you come, Bistro Live guarantees:
- A tasty 3 course meal, cooked to order fresh on the night
- Entertainment with dancing until late with an unforgettable party atmosphere
- Award winning customer service, with Full table service
If you are looking to plan a hen party yourself and not go through an agency here's my concise 10 step list to organising your hen party, whether it's with me here at Bistro Live or somewhere else!
Hen Party Check List
- Choose who will organise your hen party
Often the maid of honour, hen’s mother or even the hen herself – Even better, let us do it for you! Request your copy of our hen brochure and I'll pop it in the post first class!
- Choose who to invite
Our average hen party size is 15 people, but we can book you in for 6 or 60! Take away the risk of ending up with empty seats by starting with the minimum and adding people on as they confirm. Don't forget to invite the mother-in-law!
- Figure out the parties budget
Whether your budget is for a cheap hen night at £27 or you want to make a weekend of it for £127 we will make sure your last evening of freedom is a roaring night to remember and not a wash out when the date comes around.
- Pick your venue
Well, if you want a safe bet and not a venue that cancels your party at the last minute (we get those calling us up too!), you have my contact details and know how to get in touch! We have venues in Leicester, Nottingham and Milton Keynes.
- Choose a theme
Think about coordinating colours, fancy dress or just dressing up! Take a look at our hen packages for more details about our party decorations and hen bags, or bring your own decorations!
- Find a date that works for everyone
This is the trickiest bit! Most of our hen parties tend to book in 4 to 6 months before giving everyone plenty of time and getting it ticked off the list! But, I have to warn you many of our spring and summer weekends sell fast. Take a look at our entertainment line-up on our What's On guides
- Secure your hen party
No need to collect deposits from everyone with our sharable payment link. Paying made easy with our bespoke booking system – everyone pays their own £10 deposit. We’ll tick each deposit off and email you each time someone makes a payment.
- 2 weeks to go! Make your payment
Don’t worry about having to pay straight away! The final balance isn’t due on your Bistro Live hen party until 2 weeks before. Remember to pre-order some drinks so they’re ready for when you arrive – strongly recommended! Will it be cocktails or bubbles?
- Put your heels on – It’s hen party time!
This is where all the planning and picking the right venue pays off! Not much else to do apart from relax and turn up on time for your last night of freedom (...there’s always that one late friend!) You choose your meal on the night, as it's cooked fresh to order. So there's no running around collecting everyone's food order and forgetting what you chose on the night! Take a look at our upcoming menus.
- Leave your feedback
We always welcome your feedback and have tonnes of great 5 STAR reviews from hen parties that have been in 2018 alone!
If you would like to make an enquiry or have any questions please feel free to ring me on our head office number: 0116 262 12 12 or just fill out our simple form to get in touch.
Chief Hen Party Planner