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A Line of Duty themed hen party!!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Saturday, May 29, 2021, In : General 
So I read on Twitter recently that a woman in Belfast had a Line of Duty inspired hen party!! That is just genius and combines two of my favourite things! If you haven't heard of Line of Duty - it is focused around AC 12 (Anti corruption unit) that investigates bent coppers. DCI Kate Flemming and Steve Arnott work with Ted Hastings in trying to find out who the mysterious hen honcho "H" or the fourth man is. It's the best drama on TV I reckon. 

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Hen Party Help is back up and running!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Monday, May 24, 2021, In : General 

So what a year it's been! Hope you're all ok and staying safe. 

It's been so long since I updated my site - I thought it's about time I resurrected it. So.. if you're a bridesmaid looking for inspiration for the hen party or you'd like a poem for the bride to be then just drop me a line. 

It's good to be back!
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Hen Party TV series!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : General 
Are you going on a hen weekend in May or June 2013?

True North Productions are making a big new TV series for Channel 5 in which they will join hen parties taking place across the UK and abroad. 

If you're planning a brilliant last night of freedom for a group of hens then please get in touch! Email or phone 01133 945 488 for more info. 

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Hen party knicker making classes!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Saturday, March 30, 2013, In : Activities 
Still stuck for a unique hen party idea? Allow me to introduce Party Pants, a totally original bespoke knickers masterclass!

Party Pants
They run awesome classes where by all hens get to make their own pair of bespoke briefs! It's a mobile workshop, in that one of their "Chief Briefs" will come to you armed with everything you might need - from pink sewing machines to ribbons, lace and knicker shapes in a range of sizes. In the class, which lasts approximately two hours, t...

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Dance parties in London and the South

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, In : Brighton 
Lucy from London has been in touch about a hen party that she recently organised. The main activity on the Saturday was a dance class booked with Dance Connection

The choreographer was called Allan Jay and this is what Lucy had to say about him "he did such a fab job keeping 21 girls in control and making sure we learnt the whole routine in the allotted time. It was his suggestion to do Jai Ho and everyone loved it - it was absolutely perfect. We have recorded the ro...

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Celebrity hen parties

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : General 

So the fact that Jennifer Aniston is getting married got me thinking about celebrities and their hen parties. I wonder what our Jenni will get up to for hers? I'm not sure  - but I bet it will involve lots of "Friends."


So after making up terrible gags, I thought I'd do some research as to what celebrities got up to for their hen parties and I found this great article on


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Hen Party bookings - hotels and flights

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Thursday, February 14, 2013, In : General 

Looking to book the accommodation for your hen do but no idea where to start?  A couple of websites I could recommend for cheap hotel deals are Alpha Rooms and trivago. 

See if they do any group discounts as well as no doubt you will be travelling on masse!

Venturing abroad for your party but again bamboozled by all the different websites out there. How about trying Net Flights for cheap flights and hotel rooms. 

If you've found a great website for hen party bookings then do tell me about it - I...

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Manchester: The Perfect Hen Party Location

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, In : Manchester 

If you are searching for the ideal location for your hen party, then look no further than the urban metropolis of Manchester. Whether you are looking for a relaxed day and maybe taking in the sights and the shopping, or planning on hitting the wine and club scene as soon as possible, Manchester’s options provide the ideal venue for every bride-to-be to fully let her hair down before the big day.


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Hen parties in York - cupcake decorating classes

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Thursday, July 26, 2012, In : York 

Are you having your hen do in York? Then why not have a cupcake themed hen party? 

Swirly sweet is based in York and all of their cupcakes are freshly baked using the finest ingredients and decorated by hand. Swirly sweet specialises in tailor made cupcakes for any occasion - whether it's for your child's birthday party, a holiday gathering, corporate function, wedding or hen party.  

If you are visiting York for your hen do, then personalised Hen party cupcakes ca...

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Hen party accessories - discount code

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : General 
Are you wanting some fab hen night accessories to accompany your big night out? How about the obligatory willy straws? Or what about some L plates, hen party badges and sashes?

Then check out for all your hen night accessory needs. From balloons to tutus, wings to tiaras - they also offer free delivery on all orders over £20.

And what's more - if you use the discount code HELP5 you will receive a 5% discount on all your purchases. 

Happy shopping!! 


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Documentary film maker seeks hen party attendees

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Monday, July 23, 2012, In : General 
Are you aged between 18 and 25 and going on a hen party in either August or September of this year? If so, are you willing to help out a film maker for a documentary being made called "My Girls"? Mary Newnham from London is looking for young women who are getting ready to go on a hen do anywhere in the UK in Autumn 2012. This is an exciting opportunity to be filmed and would provide you with a record of your hen party. 

If you're interested, please contact Mary directly on

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A thank you poem

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Hen Party Poems 
Quite a few people are looking for "thank you for coming on my hen party" poems!!

This is a really nice idea. As the bride to be you could either read out a poem of thanks on the actual night itself (wouldn't it be funny if one of your hens has written a poem for you too...!) or you could send out a poem either to your bridesmaids to say thank you for organising a fab hen party or to everyone to say thank you for coming.

If you'd like help writing one then do drop me a line. My email address is...

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Poems for all occasions

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, In : Hen Party Poems 

I've written several hen party poems this week for people and have had some really lovely feedback. 

One girl wrote "Thank you so much Lisa, I love it."  
Another wrote "I think it's brilliant - thank you!"

Check out some example verses I've written on the poems page of this website. 
After sending her a poem, one girl wrote back to me and said (and I swear I'm not making this up...)

"Ah wow, that is super. I'm so overwhelmed, you're a very clever lady!!! It's fantastic....Do you only do Hen Part...

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Hen Party Games

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Sunday, July 1, 2012, In : Games 

A few people have asked me about good hen party games. I have some suggestions here - and also a link to a great website that is full of ideas of games for a hen do.

How about a Mr and Mrs quiz for the bride to be? Read my earlier blog post for some inspiration for questions.  

"Would you rather" is also quite amusing. I actually bought a box game of this quiz ages ago and it's billed as "The Game of diabolical dilemmas!" It's basically a set of ver...

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Hen party T-shirts

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Friday, June 29, 2012, In : General 
One good way of making sure you stand out in a crowd on a hen do (and also that you don't lose anyone!) is to have your own hen party t-shirts made. 

This can be a fun way to make everyone feel part of a special occasion. But how do you go about getting them? One firm I've heard good things about is They have a range of hen and stag designs which are fully customisable - they are able to do designs from scratch or you can choose from their range. All you need to...

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Hen party at the races

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, In : General 

A hen do watching horse racing can be great fun! Get yourself dolled up, grab yourself a member's ticket, drink some champagne and have a flutter or two. 

Here's a few tips for anyone who is planning a hen party at the races. 

When and where?
First of all either choose a date you want to go or a racecourse you'd like to visit. Then check if there is a meeting on the day you want to go. Good websites to check out the fixture list for racing are and http://www.brit...

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Hen party in London

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, In : London 

Kate (originally from Norfolk but now living in London and Abu Dhabi!) helped organise the hen party for her friend Caroline, and this is what they got up to....

"Thanks to Hen Party Help, I managed to arrange a fabulous weekend hen do in London for my best friend from University. We have known each other for years so it was easy to know what she would and wouldn't like, but organising 20 people was slightly more difficult!

Many of us were London based so we decided to reduce costs and stay clo...

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Posted by Lisa Shaw on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Tips 
I'm just back from a lovely wedding near Cambridge (congratulations Mr and Mrs Coney!) and chatting to one of the guests about this site she told me what she did for her hen party and it sounded great. 

They went to Vinopolis in central London (the nearest tube is London Bridge) where they enjoyed some wine tasting and also some pampering. Apparently, after enjoying some fizz, there was a room they went into where they all had a manicure.

On researching this, I came across something very exciti...

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What to write in a hen party book

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, In : Hen Party Poems 

Quite a few people are asking about hen party books and what messages they should write in them. This is quite a toughie as I guess you want the message to be fairly short and quite sweet (without being too sickly!) but also personal to the bride to be. 

I would suggest thinking about one or two key moments that you and the hen have shared and definitely write about them. Is there one particular memory that always come to mind when you think of her? Dancing around the living room and playing S...

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Mums and hen dos

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Sunday, May 27, 2012, In : Tips 
Someone asked me the other day whether I thought Mums should go on hen dos.  

I have to say I'm of the school of thought that says that mothers should be invited to at least one of their daughter's hen dos. I've been to quite a few celebrations where mothers and even mother-in-laws have been invited and it's been a really nice touch. There's always the option that the mothers peel off home before the night gets too raucous!
If you're close to your Mum then it probably won't be such a hard deci...

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TV series about hen and stag dos

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Thursday, May 24, 2012, In : General 

Want to be on TV? Then do read on. 

A TV company called RDF Television are making a documentary called 'Stags & Hens'. It's a fun, light-hearted documentary series for Channel 4, which is looking to examine the world of brides and grooms on their pre-wedding celebrations. They are currently seeking Brides and Grooms who are up for a laugh and would be happy for RDF to follow their Stag and Hen weekends in June and July. 

If you're interested, please contact Roisin Bourke on 020 7013 4302 or by ...

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Hen party email invitation

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Saturday, May 19, 2012, In : Tips 

Are you a bridesmaid just about ready to send out that first hen party email? Wondering what to put in it and what tone it should take? 

I would keep the initial email fairly brief but friendly, make sure you put a relevant subject title, introduce who you are, say why you are emailing them, state the proposed dates for the hen do, as well as the location and may be a very rough outline of what you are going to be getting up to. Ask people to respond to you as soon as possible. And remember to...

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Cheap hen party ideas

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Tips 

Nowadays, hen parties can be extremely expensive affairs, with many brides to be opting to have multiple hen dos away from home. The money involved is one of the hardest things to manage - and those arranging the hen do need to make sure that all the activities are within everyone's budget and also that everybody pays up on time. 

So what about some cheap hen party ideas? What about people who may not want to drink? You may have some pregnant friends who can't drink. And what about those skint...

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Poem - a thank you

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, In : Hen Party Poems 

I've just written a poem for a girl (I won't reveal her name just in case her friend is reading this!) and she's got back to me and said 

"It's perfect! I really didn't think you'd be back to me so soon. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much, I'm sure she'll love it!"

For more details about the hen party poems that I write, check out the poems page of this site.  

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Hen Party Rhymes

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Monday, May 14, 2012, In : Hen Party Poems 

I've just had an email from a girl called Kerri. 

It says "I have loved having a little peek around your website!!! I just wondered if you charge for the poem service, I can't find anything which says whether you do or not."

For more details about the hen party poems that I write check out the poems page of this site. 

And just to let you know that I charge a small fee for writing a personal poem. 

To enquire about this service, just drop me an email  or fill in the form o...

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Hen Party Poems!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Sunday, May 13, 2012, In : Hen Party Poems 

I've just written a poem for someone and their feedback has been great. 

She said "That is fantastic lisa!!! Thank you so much! :-) I will definitely use your services again." 

Check out some sample hen night verses here and do be in touch if you would like help writing a poem for your friend!

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London - Ellie's hen do

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : London 

Cassie from London went on Ellie’s hen party last weekend and this is what they got up to…..

Where did you have the hen party? London (Islington)

When? Saturday 5th May 2012, 11am til late

What did you know in advance? Everything, except what we were actually making in the craft session and the little, pretty surprises that the bridesmaids had in store i.e. name tags and place mats with the bride-to-be’s face on them!

How many were in your party? 14

Where did you stay? We didn’t ...

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Mr and Mrs

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Monday, May 7, 2012, In : Games 
Mr and Mrs can make a great game for any hen party. All you need to do is ask the groom some questions, note down his answers and then see if the bride says the same answers! Simple. For every one she gets wrong, you could make her do a forfeit and for every one she gets right she could get a little present. 

Example questions are 

About the groom.....
What is your shirt collar size? 
What's your favourite band? 
If the bride to be could get rid of one item in your wardrobe what would it be?
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Chester - the bridesmaid's tips

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Saturday, May 5, 2012, In : Chester 

Super bridesmaid Liz organised the hen weekend in Chester for Anna and these are her top tips....

“Be cheeky! The spa gave a complementary treatment for the bride when asked to.

Take a megaphone, whistle etc if you have a particularly rowdy group of 16.

The cocktail bar, BarLounge, was brilliant particularly the cocktail which came with bread and cheese and the chilli ones. Allow plenty of time for cocktail drinking so everyone can enjoy at least two!

The staff at the restaurant, Conviv...

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Manchester hen parties

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Thursday, May 3, 2012, In : Manchester 

I've had my hair done today (highlighted and cut for anyone who's interested!) and my hairdresser said she's just been on a hen do in Manchester. They rented an apartment for the weekend in the Northern Quarter. On the Friday night they stayed in - and just had some wine and pizza while everyone got to know each other. 

On the Saturday they had lunch and then had hired a minibus to take them to the evening's racing at Haydock. After the races, they headed back to the Northern Quarter and went...

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Private dining rooms

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, In : General 

I'm on the lookout for good private dining rooms for hen parties in any of the locations we mention on this site. 

For private dining rooms in the capital, check out the London page of this site 

Have you had a fab hen do? What did you do for it? Email me suggestions to or use the Contact Us form. 

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Chester - Anna's hen do!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Chester 

So what did we get up to in Chester? Well let me tell you.... 

Afternoon activity - The Spa
The bridesmaids had booked us in for the spa at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Chester (formerly known as Hoole Hall). It cost us £6 to get there in a taxi from the train station. There we got changed into our swim suits and bikinis and headed for the spa area (robes, towels and slippers were all provided). The spa had a couple of pools including a fun outdoor jacuzzi and waterfall area, as well as ...

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Hen party cupcakes

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

How about having cupcakes made for everyone? Try for London based hen parties. 

For Manchester based hen dos, check out They do a special cocktail range for hen parties which are delivered to the event free of charge. The towers can make a great centre piece in a booth i.e. at Tiger Tiger, or can be delivered to your hotel for a spa night or for when the hen and her girlies are getting dolled up to hit the tiles. Jack Daniels and Coke/Pina Col...

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More hen party ideas!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

·         How about making name badges for everyone coming? Might be worth having these professionally made. 

·         Create a CD with all the songs that remind you of the bride to be. 

·         Collect photos of the hen - from baby to babe - for a comedy album.

·         Games and quizzes such as Mr and Mrs or How Well Do You Know Your Bridesmaids always go down well. I have suggestions for these!

·         What about a little prop for everyone to wear at night - may be a tiara o...

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Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Oxford 
Helen from Nuneaton had the following to say about her hen do "My bridesmaids organised a wonderful hen do in which I relived my younger days. We returned to my university town and did a mixture of student activities (cheap drinking and cheesey dancing) and more classy activities such as pampering that we couldn't afford as students. 

It was a great idea as it felt very personal to me and best of all, my mum was able to join us in the day but then leave when things got a bit racier in the even...
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Dance routines!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

Laura from Swindon says "It depends on the crowd. We had a nice weekend in a house in the Cotswolds and got a dance instructor to come and teach us the routine to "all the single ladies" to perform at the wedding - v funny :)

For more ideas, check out my hen party blog or read the tips page of this website. 

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Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Brighton 

I had the pleasure of being invited to Anna's hen do in Brighton in April 2012. We stayed at a house that sleeps up to 20 people and is right in the centre near the sea front and the pier. It's also walking distance from the train station. Some of the hens travelled down on the Friday evening and enjoyed a chilled night in with some wine and pizza. The other hens all arrived on Saturday and embarked on a treasure hunt around the town centre (the quiz was found through a Google search). After ...

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Bridesmaid tips

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Tips 

Super hen Ella has been a bridesmaid three times and lists below the best lessons she's learned from organising different hen parties:
  • book as much in advance as you possibly can and get as much paid for in advance as you can.
  • a spreadsheet of who's paid what, who's chosen what on the menu etc is invaluable and don't forget to print it out and take it with you!
  • if your credit card can take it, pay for meals etc on one card and charge people afterwards - saves all that horrible bill splitting on...

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Your stories!

Posted by Lisa Shaw on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Contact us 

Please share your hen party ideas, stories, photos and tips (generally - anything hen party related!) with others who are looking for hen do inspiration. Let me know if you had a fantastic hen do - what did you do for it? 

  • Tell me which places you want reviewing.
  • Or if you've had a great hen party - what did you do for it? 
  • Are you a bride to be who had a fantastic hen do?
  • Please email me story suggestions!

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About Me

After endless trawling on the internet looking for hen party inspiration, I decided to set up my own site offering help and advice for anyone organising a hen do. I have now been asked to be a bridesmaid seven times and I love playing a special part in the run up to the big day as well as during the wedding itself. I hope you find the site useful. Do drop me a line to with any questions or comments you have! Thanks for reading! Lisa


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