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A bachelorette party is known as a Hen Party. This event usually takes place a few weeks before the wedding. The party is normally organized by the chief bridesmaid or maid of honour. While the format varies widely the event usually involves alcohol. Many Hen parties include some daytime event or activity like paint-balling, makeovers, bowling or other fun pursuits. There is nearly always a meal in a restaurant followed by a night of drinking and dancing.

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The typical Irish Party includes the mother of the bride and the future mother-in-law. Irish parties vary in size but are usually made up of between 12 and 30 girls often wearing outlandish outfits. The peak time for Hen Parties in Ireland is between April and September. You will often see large Hen Party groups roaming the streets in the popular Hen Party towns of Kilkenny, Kenmare, Galway, Limerick and Carrick-on-Shannon.

An overnight stay in a Hotel is the norm although some Hens take place in the home town of the Bride to Be. Pink Hats and printed “T” shirts are a pretty common sight on any Irish street on a Saturday night. Most parties involve some form of fancy dress or wild costumes.

Strippograms and Kissograms are sometimes used to add extra entertainment to the evening where allowed. Most Irish pubs are easy going about girly Parties but some will not allow Large groups of women intent on having fun. All in all the Hen Party is part of the wedding tradition in Ireland and it is very unusual for a future bride not to have some form of Hen Party to celebrate her last bit of freedom. Most Hens Nights are planned by the girls themselves but there are Event planning companies that specialise in organizing the whole process.

Of course while a Hens Party is an important event in Ireland it is an event that takes place in some form in nearly all cultures.

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As if organising a hen party isn't difficult enough without having to organise games too! Games are a great idea if you're organising a hen night and not everybody knows each other or you're worried about people getting separated and want something to keep everybody entertained.

Hen party games come in so many types - with or without alcohol, tame or highly embarrassing, expensive or cheap - so it can be difficult to choose the game that will suit you best.

This can be a lot of pressure - coming up with a game that everybody will want play is tricky because every hen party is different. Some groups may be up for anything but a lot of hen do's have a spread of ages and tastes so finding the right game can take time.

Here's some suggestions on hen party games that can help make your event incredibly memorable:

Amazing Hen Party Games

Wedding Pictionary

We all know and love Pictionary from our childhoods and this game is exactly the same but all the words your hen party has to draw are wedding related in some way - vicar, garter, flowers, groom etc.

Rude Pictionary

Similar to Wedding Pictionary but a whole lot ruder. This isn't an appropriate place to put some suggestions but it doesn't take much internet research to find some suitably filthy ideas!

Hen Party Dares

This is one of the all time classic hen do games, known the world over. Each person/team is given a list of dares that can earn them points. The more embarrassing or risky the dare the more points it's worth - which team will get the most points?

Guess the Baby

Each hen brings a photo of themselves to the party, with all the pictures being pinned up with a number beside it. Each hen has to guess the name of each person in the photo and the person with the most points wins.

Toilet Roll Wedding Dress

Can your hens create a high fashion piece from loo roll? Split your party in to teams and each team gets a limited amount of time and toilet rolls to create a wedding dress. The bride to be then judges their efforts, awarding prizes along the way.

Pin the Junk on the Hunk

A very adult version of pin the tail on the donkey. This game can be bought as a kit from Amazon or Ann Summers.

Wine Tasting Challenge

Quite possibly the most sophisticated hen party game ever! Buy a selection of wines - red, white, fruity, sweet - and get your hens to blind taste each one while you read out the description and they have write which wine they think it is.

Never Have I Ever

This is a great drinking game and ice breaker. Starting with the bride each hen has to say something they have ever done - had sex outdoors for example - and each hen who has done it has to take a drink.

Two truth's one lie

This game is a great ice breaker if your hens don't know each other very well. Each hen has to tell the group tow truth's about themselves and one lie. The rest of the group have to try and guess which one was the lie.

Mr and Mrs Questions

This is probably one of the most popular hen party games around at the moment. Do a quick Google search to get some questions then ask the groom to tell you his answers before the hen night. Then when you are on the hen night ask the bride to be the same questions and compare answers for hilarious results.

Funny Mr and Mrs Questions

Very similar to the above but with a focus on questions that will have your bride laughing and cringing at the same time.

Rude Mr and Mrs Questions

A very naughty version of the above with questions of a highly adult nature!

It's hard having a penis

Is it really that difficult being a man? This hen party game lets you find out! All you need to do for this game is put a ball in a long sock and fasten it to your waist. The idea is then to knock over empty bottles by using pelvic thrusts as quickly as possible. The fastest person/team wins.

Pass the balloon

A really simple game, in which your hen party is split in to teams and they have to pass a balloon down a line of people without using their hands.

Shake the balls loose

This is a great booty shaking game. Fill an empty tissue box with balls and fasten it around a hen's waist. Then turn up the music and watch them try to shake the balls loose with their very best moves.

Shot Glass Roulette

A drinking game pure and simple! Each hen gets a shot and somebody spins a bottle. Whoever the bottle points at drinks their drink and then spins the bottle. That's it!

Pass the parcel with a twist

This is a game for hen parties who are up for a laugh. Each hen buys a fancy dress costume or some funny jewellery or accessories, which you then wrap in individual sheets of wrapping paper. You then play pass the parcel (whoever the music stops on unwraps a layer) and whatever is in the layer they have to wear.

Blindfold Penis Making

Give each hen party member a lump of clay and a blindfold and get them to sculpt a penis within a set amount of time. The bride to be can judge the best and worst attempts!

Grown up hungry hippos

This is a massive craze at the moment and great fun. You need plenty of room, some skateboards, laundry baskets, and ball pool balls. Put he balls in the middle of the room and split your hen party in to teams. One hen (you can take it in turns) lies on the skateboard with the laundry basket and is pushed by the group in to the balls where they have to try and catch as many as they can. The team with the most balls wins!

We hope this selection of hen party games helps you make the perfect party!

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