Budget hen do advice and ideas that won’t cost the earth

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun with your best girls! Money expert Kate Pattinson shares her top tips for throwing a hen do on a budget

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Have it at home

You may feel like because it’s a big celebration that you have to go out for a big night on the town, plan an expensive afternoon tea, or go abroad for the weekend. The truth is, you can have loads of fun from the comfort of your own home!

Why not create your own afternoon tea by baking up a storm with your ladies? It’s sure to be hilarious seeing everyone’s quirky creations, and you could even challenge each other to Bake Off-style competitions as well.

Alternatively, if you’re wanting a boozier hen party,  why not have a cocktail-making evening in? You could try and recreate your favourites or mix up your own concoction. It’ll be loads of fun designing them, and you could even name them after the groom-to-be or funny events you’ve shared together as friends.

Pinterest is a bride’s best friend

 We’re sure that Pinterest has fast become your new saviour when planning your wedding, but did you know it’s also awesome for ideas for the last fling before the ring too?

Whether you’re having your party at home or at a venue, who says you have to spend a fortune on decorations to make your location hen-ready? Instead, spend a quiet afternoon creating everything, from homemade bunting to photo props.

In need of some entertainment for your girls night too? There are cute printable games on Pinterest, including bridal-themed charades, drinking games, and scavenger hunts. You’re sure to have a laugh and you won’t have spent a penny (print everything off at work, obviously!).

Seek out budget-friendly shops

If you’re no good when it comes to crafting, or just don’t have the time, you’ll definitely want to check out your local discount shops and supermarkets.

They have everything from pretty sashes to the tackiest of hen party favours for mega affordable prices. Let’s face it, you don’t want to spend big money on sashes and paper cups that are likely going to get ripped, covered in wine and thrown away.

If you’re looking for themed hen clothing and accessories, swing by Primark and TK Maxx. You can have your whole bride tribe looking the part for the price of a takeaway. Plus, you can save up to 7% at TK Maxx, and up to 4% at Primark with the Reward Me Now app. Download the app, and you’ll never have to pay full price for your party essentials again.

Get your guests to contribute

You wouldn’t go to a normal party without bringing some sort of offering, so why should your hen do be any different? Why not ask your friends if they can bring along some alcohol or help you with the food?

Your hen party is definitely a group effort, and getting your girls involved in the prep will allow you to spend some extra quality time together. Why not get them over to help with some party crafting over a bottle or two of fizz? It’ll feel much less stressful prepping with their support and will cost you less too thanks to their contribution.

This article was written by Kate Pattinson, money expert at the UK’s biggest shopping influencer site Ashleigh Money Saver

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