Hen party bags can be a great way of getting the party started, you can go as wild as you like or keep it a touch more sane. Each goodie bag can be a complete hen party kit, or you can just add a few bits and pieces for some laughs at the start of the weekend.
Here are some great hen party bag ideas that are tried and tested with some of the 600,000+ pre-wedding guests GoHen have helped to organise incredible hen weekends for. If you'd like some help planning a hen do, you can contact us now for a hassle-free quote and find out for yourself why 96% of our users say they would book with GoHen again.
Hen Party Bag Ideas - The Shortlist
What to fill your hen party bags with...
- Cheeky Miniature - A little something to get the party started.
- Shot Glass - A useful hen party item and a great keepsake.
- Dare Card - A fun, hilarious icebreaker!
- Balloon - Well, what's a party without a few novelty balloons.
- Cheeky Charade - A cheeky twist on a classic party game.
- Never Have I Ever - Icebreaker 2.0! Realllyyy get to know the girls.
- Hen I.D. Badge - Handy if not everyone knows one another.
- Novelty Shaped Straw - This one needs no introduction!
Hen Party Bag Ideas - What to Put in Your Hen Party Bags
- Cheeky Miniature - A little bottle of something tasty is a great addition to any hen do goodie bag to give each hen cause for good cheers (a plastic cup might also be handy to go with it).
- Shot Glass - If plastic simply isn't good enough then personalised shot glasses are a great keepsake but remember these will add extra cost to your budget so check with the rest of the girls first.
- Badges - Who doesn't love a badge? You can arrange for personalised badges complete with each hen's position (mother of the bride, bridesmaid, etc) or their hen party nickname.
- Dare Card - Give each hen a dare that they have to complete at some point during the weekend. You can either write or print them onto small individual cards to go in each bag. Check our hen party dares for some great dare ideas.
- Forfeit - If each hen is going to face a dare then you could also include a suitable forfeit in each hen do bag for those that don't quite make the grade or fail their dare.
- Balloon - There are all kinds of novelty balloons you can find or have some personalised balloons made especially for the occasion.
- Streamers/Party Poppers - Add one to each bag but don't tell the guest of honour, then when the time is right you can give her a 21-gun party popper salute (just tell everyone to be careful where they aim).
- Charade - As an added game give each hen a small card with a song title, book or movie to act out. You can then award prizes and forfeits as you see fit.
- Cheeky Charade - If you want to be a bit cheekier rather than the usual charades give each hen the name of a sexual position they must mime for the rest of the girls to guess. Once again you can give out prizes or forfeits. You might also be surprised to find out who knows exactly what the positions are!?!
- Playdoh - Another good hen party bag filler, this can be used for one of our fantastic hen party games.
- Joke - Print out cards or slips of paper and then have each hen stand up and read out her joke for a few extra laughs.
- Song Lyric - Another quick and easy party game. Print out a line from a song onto slips of paper and then each hen can read out her lyric for the other hens to guess, whoever guesses the most correctly wins a small prize.
- Never Have I Ever - This is a great hen game. Print out a heap of suggestive "Never Have I Ever?" questions which each guest must answer honestly ("Never have I ever snogged an older man?"). You can then open up the question for the rest of the group to confess to.
- Hen I.D. Badge - It is possible that with the bride-to-be inviting guests from different areas of her life (old school friends, uni/college pals, work colleagues, family, etc) that not all the girls will have met before. Hen party I.D. badges can be a great icebreaker and a way for the girls to get to know each other. Using printable labels or blank laminated cards and a small marker pen you can quickly and easily create hen party I.D. badges. You can add titles such as: Name, I'll have a... (each guest can write the name of her favourite tipple), I'm the bride's... (friend, sister, colleague, etc).
- Chocolates - Fun size bars or miniatures. Surely everyone loves chocolate?!?
- Alkaseltzer - Provide a little pain relief for the morning after. Alternatively, you can give each hen party survival kit instead.
- Novelty Shaped Straw - Well, it is a hen party after all.
- Hen Party Bags - Lastly, the most integral part of a hen party goodie bag - the bag itself. You can pick up cheap bridal related ones online or you can purchase plain bags and customise them yourselves! Any excuse to crack out the glitter.
Hen party bags can be just as much fun to make as they are to receive so let your imagination run wild, you don't need to blow the budget as games, dares or challenges can be even more fun and more useful to help get the party going than other hen party bag fillers.
Eco-friendly ideas for what to fill your hen party bags with...
As eco-minded generations come together, our weddings have to conform to sustainable standards by updating traditions that can be damaging to our beautiful planet. It's cool to care, and making plastic-free changes will win over every guest.
A hen party gift bag is a sacred tradition that we're not willing to forfeit, so we've created an eco-friendly alternative that won't break the bank or Mother Nature. These small substitutes will see you soar to eco-warrior royalty and all make for a guilt-free hen party that offers style in spades. Goodbye single-use, we've deleted your number and are officially over you.
- The Bag Itself - It's beyond easy to find recycled paper bags, or, if you want a more hardwearing option, why not design your own canvas tote bags? That way you've got a gift that'll last way past single, second, third, fourth, fifth (you get the picture) use!
- Reusable Straw - Plastic penis straws are tempting, but the allure of a plastic-free gift bag is far more enticing.
- Terracotta Succulent Plant - Plant fever has hit the nation, and everyone needs a spongy succulent under the pretence of (our new favourite excuse for indulgence) 'self-care'. Make sure they're planted in ceramic or fibre pots.
- Biodegradable Glitter - Glitter is a hen party staple for sure, but the plastic option is a huge polluter. Top tip: the glitter tubs make great homemade lip balm containers!
- All The Deets - Itinerary, emergency contacts and taxi numbers. All written on beautifully rustic recycled paper, of course!
- Sprouting Pencil - Jot down hilarious quotes from the weekend with a pencil you can plant afterwards.
- Glass Miniature - Wine in a plastic bottle? You know how that might taste... Opt for glass and you'll have better quality and an adorable vase or candlestick for your mantelpiece. Add a compostable cup or encourage your group to bring their reusable alternative!
- Can of Water - Bring reusable bottles where possible, but for unexpected hydration needs, grab a metal can of water and say bye-bye to unnecessary plastic. GoHen tip: They make great plant pots for succulents to avoid single-use!
- Plantable Dare Cards - Write up your hen dares on plantable paper laced with seeds. After the weekend, plant your paper in a pot and herbs will grow! No waste needed.
- Fairtrade Chocolate - Ditch plastic packaging and opt for a paper alternative. Go even greener and support local chocolatiers. Go EVEN greener and make it vegan.
- Homemade Bath Bomb - Get creative and follow an easy bath bomb recipe. Wrap them in recycled parchment and share with your grateful girl-gang.
- Bamboo Toothbrush - 'Cus at least one of the hens is bound to forget their toothbrush!
- Wildflower Seed Bomb - Always trendy and always a great reminder of the weekend. Sprinkle in your garden and watch the flowers grow.
- Biodegradable Confetti - Sprinkle your hen party gift bags with biodegradable confetti for an extra flourish that Mother Nature will thank you for!
See? It really is impressively simple to avoid tacky plastic novelties in your hen party gift bags. Of course, our list is not all-encompassing, so get creative and come up with your own homemade goodies or reusable items. Eco initiatives are the way to go, and now you're fully in the loop there's no excuse for single-use!