Table with ice cream and sweet treats for hen party

Colourful 1960’s Mod Inspired Ice Cream Hen Party

I have some super sweet hen party inspiration for you today with this colourful 1960’s Mod inspired ice cream hen party shoot. These cool hen party ideas were dreamt up by stylist Kristin Rapisardi of Lustre Theory. The styling combines the most amazing bold and pastel colours, fabulous florals, ribbons, balloons, and a cute pup! The concept is inspired by the well-loved 60’s mod era, and combined with a love of ice cream and sweet things works so well. These ideas are perfect for a spring or summer hen party.

Everything about this shoot is fun and playful. I really adore the cute ice cream hen party stationery in pastel watercolours. Even the envelope has a pretty liner, and there’s also an ice cream cut-out RSVP (love this so much!).

Of course, the ice cream is the main attraction of the shoot, with fabulous cones filled with delicious ice creams, but other showstoppers include retro candy treats and ice cream filled macarons (oh how I long for one of these).

Kristin has really excelled herself with these whimsical hen party ideas that really will wow brides to be. Enjoy!

Table with ice cream and sweet treats for hen party

1960’s Mod Style

“This shoot combined amazing colours, macaron ice cream sandwiches and one of my favourite vintage style eras. Inspired by the 1960’s Mod style, the shoot took place in the downtown Norfolk Arts District, sometimes called the Neon District of Norfolk, Virginia.

“Rather than copy the well known Twiggy style we wanted to include hints so you could feel the influence when looking at the images.”

Colourful ice cream hen party stationery

Ice cream hen party invitation Ice cream hen party RSVP

Woman in 1960's style dress with French bulldog

Table of colourful sweets and ice cream for hen party

O-So Strawberry drinks Small tub of colourful sweets

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The Amsterdam Dungeon

Top Halloween Hen Party and Stag Do Ideas

The majority of stag and hen parties occur in the summer months, but if you’re fortunate enough to have yours over Halloween you’re in for a treat. Sarah of Last Night of Freedom has rounded up her top ways to celebrate a Halloween hen party or stag do, spooky style…

Edinburgh Ghost Tour

As far as scary activities go, prepare for the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end with an Edinburgh Ghost Tour.

Ghost Bus Tour in Edinburgh Halloween Hen Party or Stag Do Idea

The world-famous Edinburgh Ghost Tour takes you on a mysterious and frightening trail around the darker side of the Scottish capital. On board the 1960’s Routemaster bus you will have your very own creepy conductor, as you experience the scary corners and hidden alleyways of Edinburgh whilst learning about the witches, grave robbers and ghosts that plague this city.

Not only will you take a journey into the horrifying history of Edinburgh, you’ll also visit some of the city’s most iconic attractions. The route includes Edinburgh Castle, The New Town and the notorious bar-lined Grassmarket, ideal for for a spot of Dutch courage to get you through. Some spine-chilling surprises await as you step on board…

Amsterdam Dungeons

Another classic Halloween activity is the Amsterdam Dungeons; where better to head on All Hallows’ Eve than down into the bowels of the ancient city?

The Amsterdam Dungeon Halloween Hen Party or Stag Do Idea

The Amsterdam Dungeons are a must-see on your send-off in the Dutch capital, taking you on a trip through 500 years of the city’s sinister history. As you begin your journey you’ll descend in the medieval lift, then hear the spine-tingling footsteps of the torturer come ever closer as you enter the torture chamber.

This tour is bigger, better and bolder than any you’ll have seen. With 11 shows taking place over 80 minutes, there’ll be shocks at every turn.

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Save the Groom Hen Party Activity in Dublin

Top Hen Party Activities in Dublin

Dublin is full of gorgeous Irish men, exciting activities and great craic. So much so in fact, it sees thousands of hen parties annually descend upon its lively cobbled streets. With everything from wild and whacky Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon teas, to the honed and toned guys of the Pleasure Ladies Show, Dublin is the city to please. Sarah of Last Night of Freedom rounds up Dublin’s top hen party activities for a truly memorable weekend…

The Morgan Bar – Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea

Dive head-first down the rabbit hole into the wonderfully whacky world of the Mad Hatter and his friends.

The Morgan Bar - Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea in Dublin

Full of ridiculous riddles, mysteries and delicious nibbles, the The Morgan Bar will transport you and your hens to a different world. There’s dainty sandwiches, delectable scones and devilish cakes, all to the magical backdrop of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece.

Guinness Factory Tour and Connoisseur Experience

When visiting Dublin you simply cannot miss Ireland’s number one tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse.

Guinness Factory Tour and Connoisseur Experience in Dublin

The building itself is designed in the shape of a huge pint glass, so huge it could hold 14.3 million pints. Your journey will take you through the brewing and fermenting processes, advertising through the ages, a Connoisseur tasting experience, and end in the ‘head’ of the pint glass, The Gravity Bar, for a well-deserved drink.

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Girls walking to picnic hen party

A Picnic Lunch Hen Party in South Carolina

I’m delighted to share our very first ‘Real Life Hen Party’ feature. And what a great hen party we’ve got to kick off the new feature – that of fashion blogger Jess, of Dressed by Jess.

Hen parties have evolved so much in recent years; from a small, intimate meal and drinks with friends, to full-on weekends away and styled events. I’m not saying you can’t go for a few drinks, but there are so many amazing things you can do for your hen party these days.

In the new feature we’ll be sharing some amazing hen parties and weekends of brides-to-be, to give you loads of inspiration for your own.

Girls walking to picnic hen party

Jess’s Hen Weekend

Jess didn’t fancy a traditional night out on the town, and instead chose an amazing hen weekend in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Her ideal getaway involved pampering, relaxing, and sunbathing with her friends, so that’s exactly what she did.

The location, under an oak tree, was truly stunning and the perfect place to have a beautiful laid-back picnic-style lunch. Gigi of Smells Like Peonies Events created the prettiest tablescape for the occasion, and the girls drank Champagne and enjoyed a magnificent oreo-filled cake.

Surprise Lunch

“Rather than checking into a hotel we decided to rent a big ol’ beach house for the weekend. It was steps away from the ocean and my sister and bridesmaids decked it out with flamingos and pineapples – the perfect beachy details. A dream getaway for me includes pampering, relaxing, and sunbathing.

Picnic blanket and table under oak tree

Picnic tablescape Floral picnic centrepiece

Foliage and succulents on picnic table

Plate with pink flower

Notebook Champagne with berries

Pastel flowers

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Ghost Bus Tour in Edinburgh Hen Activity Idea

Outdoor Activities for Your Hen Weekend

Forget cocktails in a dimly-lit bar and male strip shows (they’re for later…), and embrace the great outdoors on your hen weekend. The ‘typical’ hen party is no longer a drink, dance and pizza in the early hours. It’s a chance to take part in once-in-a-lifetime activities – guaranteed to provide you with plenty of likes for Instagram. Lauren of Last Night of Freedom has rounded up the best outdoor activities for the ultimate hen weekend.

British Airways i360 Champagne Flight, Brighton

Brighton’s British Airways i360 is the newest and most exciting building on the town’s skyline.

British Airways i360 in Brighton

This is the world’s first vertical cable car, conceived and created by the same architects who designed our beloved London Eye. For those in the hen group with a strong stomach for heights, this glass capsule – 10 times the size of a pod on the Eye – will take you 450ft into the air, for stunning and unparalleled 360° views of Brighton.

It glides very slowly up the pole and has room for 175 visitors, along with a bar in the centre of the pod, licensed to serve all day and during the evening. Wine and views… bliss.

Water Wipeout, Bournemouth

This hugely popular activity is as challenging as it is hilarious, particularly after the bride-to-be takes a dunking.

Water Wipeout Hen Weekend Activity in Bournemouth

Our Water Wipeout outdoor hen weekend activity is for the brave and strong… and those who don’t mind getting wet. Reminiscent of Takeshi’s Castle, but set entirely on water, you’ll spend a couple of hours conquering two different lakes.

The ‘Action Loop’, located on the Castle Lake overlooking Corfe Castle, consists of 70 metres of inflatable obstacles and difficult crossings over the water. Your second destination, Woodland Lake, features several similar and exhilarating games. Action Tower, Gladiator Rings and Commando Rope will see you soaring above the water on trampolines and the like, ready for a well-deserved cocktail afterwards.

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