Looking to plan something a bit different for the hen party? If the idea of strippers makes you shudder and you want to give the bride more than a night out wearing a sash and questionable headwear, then why not grab the girls for a vintage hen party!

Vintage weddings are such a popular theme nowadays, so it’s no surprise that retro style hen dos are gaining momentum too! From fascinator making to classic car experiences, we’ve rounded up the best vintage hen party ideas and also spoke to gohen.com to get you suitably inspired in your planning. 

For more amazing hen party ideas, head to our stag and hen section on Hitched!


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A Vintage Makeover Experience

A fabulous makeover experience in Brighton is the perfect treat for vintage loving brides! ‘Brighton is one of the UK’ s most stylish cities,’ says Andy from gohen.com who offer the experience. ‘Pick the era you like and a team of stylists will transform your whole party before a professional photoshoot.’ Fashion conscious hens will also want to hit the iconic Lanes – the best place in Brighton to pick up a genuine vintage bargain!


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Record Your Own Version of Classic Hits 

Take karaoke with the girls to the next level by recording your own versions of classic tracks in a professional studio! With gohen.com you can record your tunes with the help of a party host and then receive your own vinyl style CD to keep! ‘Back in the day we all loved a bit of ‘Girl Power’ and used hairbrushes for microphones,’ says Andy. ‘But now you can inject some real X-factor into the hen weekend at a proper recording studio, and get your tunes mixed by expert technicians!’

Have a Vintage Baking Afternoon

Find a retro recipe book or look online for vintage baking ideas! Plus you get to eat the treats that you make, what’s not to love? Glam it up by having a glass of champagne while you work.


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Visit Well Known Hotspots of Literary Greats

Does the bride love getting stuck into a good book? For a great vintage hen do idea, why not organise a trip to one of the favourite haunts of UK literary legends? Explore the homes of romantic poet William Wordsworth in Cumbria or retrace Jane Austen’s footsteps in Bath, the city that inspired her.

Afternoon Tea Bus Around London

Here’s a spin on the traditional afternoon tea – you and the bridal party could enjoy macarons, cupcakes and scones whilst taking a tour round the capital in a vintage red bus! Climb aboard (remember, troublemakers at the back and swots at the front!) for a tour of London’s landmarks whilst sipping on a cup of earl grey! ‘The sights include Buckingham Palace, Notting Hill and Trafalgar Square – this is a delightfully refined way to see the best of London!’ says Andy. If you love this then we also have a further 25 fun ideas for a hen do in London.



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Lingerie Making

Attend a lingerie making masterclass where you can all make your own Moulin Rouge style smalls or a high waisted pair of knickers fit for the 1950s!


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Go Clay Pigeon Shooting in the Countryside

Plan a vintage hen party with an outdoorsy twist by partaking in this popular sport that dates back to the 1920s. If you want to make a weekend of it, book everyone into a country B&B or hotel where you can relax after! 

DIY Vintage Tea Party 

Throw the bride a DIY tea party with lots of vintage decorations and treats! We love these classy hen do accessories from Party Pieces that would all be perfect for pulling off a retro hen party. Think cute illustrated teapots as cakestands and stripy pink and white bags for everyone to take away any leftover goodies!


Vintage teapot cakestands from Party Pieces!


Teapot from Party Pieces


Pink and white party bags from Party Pieces

Accessories for a DIY vintage tea party from Party Pieces

Vintage tea party accessories from Party Pieces

Chick Flicks and Cocktails 

What could be better than classic films and cocktails with the girls? With gohen.com you can choose from a huge list of iconic films, from 90s rom-coms to Grease and Dirty Dancing, and have them played in your own private screen whilst you enjoy nibbles and cocktails. Surprise the bride by picking her favourite film and don’t tell her until it plays!

Back to the 80s 

Bust out your best moves in an 80s dance class with gohen.com! Get grooving to 80s classics such as ‘Fame’ and ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ with the rest of the hen party while your professional instructor shows you how to perfect all the dances! There’s even a dance off at the end and a prize for the winners! Better dig out those neon legwarmers…


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Grease Inspired Dancing 

Who doesn’t love Grease? This amazing gohen.com experience will transform you and the other hens into pink ladies while the bride-to-be unleashes her inner Sandra Dee! An expert will show you the moves from the iconic film, culminating in an ultimate sing-along for the finale!  


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Visit an Exhibition

Go and see one of the many historical exhibitions across the UK. Art loving brides will appreciate seeing the works of legendary artists, whilst fashionistas will love the V&A in London and its amazing exhibitions– their textiles and fashion collection spans over 3000 years.

Take a Charleston Class 

Does the bride love all things ‘Great Gatsby’? Grab the hens and channel flapper girls by taking a class in the Charleston! This fun and energetic dance will get everyone in the party spirit, ensuring a vintage hen party fit for the roaring 20s!


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Get glamping (that’s glamour combined with camping!) for a vintage hen party with a difference! Create your own 70s Woodstock style mini festival dedicated to the bride with lots of music and food. Deck your tent out with cute vintage pieces like fairy lights, bunting and lanterns.


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Get Crafty

Fancy something hands on for the vintage hen party? Make your own fascinators inspired by fashion eras gone by with gohen.com. This experience will let you unleash your creativity and the best part is you all get to keep what you make – you could even wear your fascinator on the bride’s big day! 


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Go to Pin Up Academy

You and the hens can learn the art of being a pin up with professional Sugabilly models! This unique workshop experience from chillisauce.co.uk will get you all posing like a pro! Get ready for your close up…


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Go to the Theatre

If you think the bride will want to sit back and relax, then why not organise a trip to the theatre to enjoy a classic such as The Phantom of the Opera or Mamma Mia?

Make Vintage Cocktails 

Make your own retro cocktails! The bride will love mixing up her own martinis and manhattans – plus drinking what you make is the best part! At gohen.com you can book cocktail mixing parties that include dinner afterwards. Want to spice it up even more? Check out our list of hen party cocktail games!


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Dress up in Vintage Gear

There’s so much fun to be had with this one. Whatever era the bride loves, whether it’s the groovy 70s or the fabulous 50s, get everyone to dress head to toe in retro fancy dress and hit the town! Want to take things up a notch? Try our ulitmate list of hen party dares for some cringey but laugh out loud moments! Alternatively, have a girly sleepover and try out loads of different looks on each other. A fashion show after a glass of champagne or two would make for some amazing photo moments.


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Stay in a Historic Location

Stay in a fancy hotel or venue that has a rich history! Check out our venues page on Hitched for more ideas.

Traditional Afternoon Tea

We couldn’t end this article without including this much loved vintage pastime! If you don’t fancy DIY’ing it then Chilli Sauce offer vintage afternoon tea hen packages, where you and the bridal party can enjoy finger food, scones with cream and jam and of course, tea!


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Classic Car Experiences

If the bride is a classic car fanatic, then she’ll love you forever if you organise a driving experience in a vintage Aston Martin or Jaguar!  

Murder Mystery

‘Plan a dinner with a deadly and often hilarious twist,’ says Andy. ‘With this gohen.com experience, scenes take place in between courses as the hens turn sleuths to figure out the prime suspect.’ Everyone is guaranteed to get right into this fantastic role play game and you can add to your character by dressing up in vintage costume! Will you figure out whodunit?


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Love all these vintage hen party activities? Head over to our stag and hen section on Hitched for more planning inspiration! If the bride is planning a vintage wedding, make sure she checks out our 50 vintage wedding ideas!