Invite your gal pals together for a drunken last hoorah before the bride-to-be ties the knot. While you might be tempted to whip out some party favours (read: penis straws), an all-girl gathering calls for more ladylike entertainment like food, drinks and giggles. But what kind of celebration is it without catering? Here are 10 party ideas for food at your hens’ night.
- Finger Food
You don’t have to sacrifice a traditional party menu just because it’s a hens night. Keep things simple and serve up a platter of nibbles that everyone can enjoy while getting down on the dance floor. Finger foods are also easy to eat when you have one hand occupied with your latest dance creation or holding onto your drink for dear life! Try mini quiches, fresh spring rolls, chips and dip, chicken wings, mini pizzas and sushi rolls.
- Themed Cuisine
If you want to get creative with your menu, hold an international cuisines theme night. Serve the food family style and let everyone help themselves:
– Italian: Mini pizzas with different toppings, garlic bread, pasta salad.
– Spanish: tortilla chips and dip, chorizo, mini empanadas.
– Greek: mini lamb souvlaki, tzatziki sauce, pita bread.
– French: croissants with ham and cheese, pain au chocolat , mini quiches.
- Tapas Night
Tapas are great if you’re not interested in hosting a full sit down dinner but still want to provide an intimate menu for your guests. Try serving up individual portions of patatas bravas (fried potatoes served in spicy tomato sauce), grilled octopus, gazpacho (cold tomato soup), manchego cheese with membrillo (quince paste) and croquetas (fried rolled up balls of mashed potato and ham).
- Breakfast For Dinner
Who says dinner has to be after 8 pm? Have breakfast for a dinner party and serve some all-day breakfast faves: pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict, sausages and bacon. Don’t forget the maple syrup since we can never get enough of it! Finish off the night with some late night dessert: ice cream sundaes.
- Themed Buffet
If you want everyone to get involved in the cooking process, host a themed buffet where guests bring along dishes that fit into an assigned category. You could choose anything from Mexican to Italian to Mediterranean cuisines just make sure you assign a themed menu to the assigned category!
- Casino Night In
If you want an excuse to let your hair down and have a few drinks, why not host a casino night in? Set up a bar station where your guests can serve themselves and provide bite-sized snacks for them to munch on as they play their favourite table games: blackjack, poker, roulette, craps. If you’re feeling generous, break out the good stuff for this party – everyone will be grateful come payday.
- Cocktail Party
Forget about hosting a dinner party – cocktails are where it’s at when entertaining hens! Instead of serving up wine or beer, whip out the bubbly and mix up some pink cocktails for the night. Try serving individual watermelon daiquiris, apple martinis, schnapps and lemonade, Pimms cups, cherry berry mojitos and strawberry vodka Jell-O shooters.
- Slumber Party
Instead of holding a pre-wedding brunch or having a catch-up session over lunch, host an indoor slumber party to celebrate your newly engaged BFF! You can break out all those board games you used to play as kids (or maybe some that were never meant for children) and order up pizzas together at the end of the night. If you’re feeling fancy, invite the bride-to-be over beforehand so she can help prepare everything for her hen’s party.
- Food Truck Fiesta
If you’re the kind of gal who always dreams about what it would be like to live in NYC, why not throw a food truck fiesta? Don’t have space indoors for your party? Book out an outdoor space and book some of your favourite food trucks to come around to serve up their greasy goodness! Serve everything from grilled cheese sammies to gourmet corn dogs. Take advantage of summer weather while it lasts!
- Cook-Your-Own BBQ
Cook-your-own bbq is the perfect option if you want somewhere relaxed where everyone can watch sporting events or mingle with one another at the same time. Get some friends together and place an order for a few buckets of chicken, some schnitzels, beef ribs and sausages. Provide buns, salad and all the trimmings to make it an authentic Aussie cook-your-own bbq!
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