Ladies, we all know you love your food – however I can tell you from experience that food isn’t as big of a deal as you would expect. I don’t mean to state that having great food isn’t fantastic, i’m just stating that having personally been to over 300 Hens Nights In Australia and the majority of food goes to waste during drinking events.
What is the reason behind this? Well cocktails of course! Let’s be honest ladies when you are at a Hens night Gold Coast there is nothing more you would want than to be getting intoxicated, as fast as possible – it’s the simple nature of Hens Nights! That means that although there might be a few nibbles around you are definitely not going to want a big buffet or anything too filling.
Stick with the nibbles ladies, the basics will do just fine and won’t take anything away from your event, a few bowls of chips, finger food (spring rolls, sausage rolls, pies, mini hot dogs), a nice cheese board and a few sweets.
Now I know for a fact that my words of warning will not go through, and you will want to do extravagant food anyway to make your hens night pretty. I would recommend a big cheese board (always a hit), a candy bar (girls love candy) and some nice pizzas (not dominos).
Honestly I promise you there is no need to go overboard with food, it should be the least priority of your budget when organizing a hens night – If you want to organize food I would suggest having a group dinner at a restaurant before heading to your hens night destination (still keep it light though). If you have a huge budget then by all means hire a private caterer to come in and prepare gourmet canapes, but you will probably be getting all of this during the wedding so it’s just extra hassle.
Accommodation is always a tricky one in Hens night packages Gold Coast, it’s impossible to organize accommodation for everyone invited out to the night – unless it is circumstantial and you are all at a interstate/international location – but the typical hens night usually goes down as follows; The bridesmaids stick together with maybe the absence of a few and then everybody else is on their own. It is perfectly normal to organize accommodation for you and the hen + a select few others and expect everybody to organize their own way, especially when you are heading out to a night on the town.
A fantastic trend that I have seen a lot is the use of Air BnB. This service is a bridesmaids best friend for organising a great hens nights in a private venue close to wherever you desire with included accommodation. Ideally you would be looking for an apartment/townhouse in close proximity to wherever you’re heading out to, which has room to host 20 people or so (4 bedrooms or so) . This will allow you to have a cocktail hens night event with cheeky topless waiters, unlimited alcohol and perhaps a sneaky male strip show, all within the comfort of your own place. It’s private, it’s cosy and it is a great way to spend an evening (or a great thing to do before heading out on the town). These are often easy to find and you can book them whenever – however obviously if you have a date secured for the hens it’s better look sooner than later so you have the best options.
Things to note when booking and Air BnB;
- Do they allow events/parties
- Do they allow loud music
- Is there late/after hours access if in a residential/apartment complex
- What are their clean-up policies (it may get messy)
- What equipment is supplied that could aid in catering (oven trays, glasses, plates)
I have noticed a trend of Air BnB’s stating “No Events” on a lot of their profiles, what I would say to this is if you have less than 20 people you would be fine for something like this – however anything over 25 people are you would be pushing your luck. There isn’t always going to be somebody keeping an eye on how many people you have, if you are in a townhouse (not an apartment complex) then honestly you could easily have 20+ people and as long as you clean up properly they would never notice. Any sort of residential apartment complexes get a bit dangerous though as the next door neighbours on the floor are usually aware the owner uses it for Air-BnB and tend to complain to apartment reception/the owner.