Hen Planning : Survival Kits, DIY T-Shirts & Decorations

19th June 2013
You’re probably more than aware that I spent last weekend on a Hen at Butlin’s – as if I haven’t gone on about it enough! As I’m Bridesmaid I had a lot to do with the planning. Ten of us went including the Bride, I collected £20 off each of the girls (not including the Bride) so that I could buy some pretty items and t-shirts. I decided to keep the cost as low as possible so that we had enough money left over to buy some alcohol for the kitty. I managed to spend roughly £130 on 10 personalised t-shirts, 10 survival kits and all of the necessary tacky items. Quite the bargain.
We bought 10 t-shirts from Primark and planned to get them all printed at a printers. Nine white t-shirts and one black for the Bride came to roughly £30. The price per t-shirt for printing was £13.75, this would have eaten the majority of our budget so I decided to go DIY. I bought this iron on transfer paper from photo paper direct, it cost around £20 for twenty sheets. As the Bride’s t-shirt was a darker colour I couldn’t use this particular transfer paper on her’s so had that one printed. As I wanted them to match up I designed the logo for the front using two iPad apps, A Beautiful Mess and Curved Text. It took me a while to figure it out but I got there in the end. For the back of the t-shirts I downloaded a font called Elizabethan initials and used that to make the word ‘Cross’ stand out. I emailed the Bride’s over to the printers who messed it up slightly, I wanted a small logo on the front but he put a huge logo on the front, it ended up being a great mistake as it really made her stand out next to us.
As for the iron on paper it was super easy to use. The main thing is to make sure you flip the text before printing and make sure you have an old t-shirt and spare paper to do a few practice runs. You simply cut as close to the text/image as you can and iron on, we found that the transfer started to move when it was ready. We left the iron on a bit too long on the first couple of t-shirts which left a brown-y tinge around the text. After being washed and put out on the line to dry this faded.
Doing the t-shirts this way saved around £100 – I will definitely go down this route in the future.
I had a packet of dare cards left over from my hen which I took along, I personally found them a bit too full on and didn’t do any on my hen. Most of them involve snogging men which really isn’t appropriate when getting married! I took to google and found some relatively tame dares to type up for Sarah. These were all super fun and we had a great laugh watching her doing them, especially when it came to gargling the Wedding march!
I found a drink if… game on Pinterest and tailored it slightly to suit us, again this didn’t embarrass anyone but gave us a good giggle before heading out.
My sister and I decided to put together a ‘survival kit’ for all of the girls. We included a bottle of coke with their names on, they don’t do Sadie but I managed to make this using Sarah and Friends, a Mug Shot, dicky straw, shot glass necklace, tissues (forgot these in the photo!), a lighter, chewing gums, personalised hen badges, paracetomol, plasters, willy whistles and a little army man. The bags went down so well with everyone, they really loved the amount of effort that went into them.
You may be wondering about the army men and whistles, this was a game that we kept up the entire weekend, including during the day time. We all had a different army character (the Bride’s was on the floor), each time someone blew their whistle we had to get into that position, no matter where you were! We had quite a few disturbing looks in the middle of Burger King and when watching the tribute bands!
Most of the items for the hen and decorations came from Hen Night HQ, the items on there are very reasonably priced and the P&P is free. The items arrived relatively quickly and we had a free bag of marshmallows for spending over £10.
Obviously the t-shirt names and survival bags were personal to us for many various reasons, but I hope that this gives you a good idea of where to start if you have a hen to plan.
Item links/where to buy :
Shot glass necklace – 2 for £1, Poundland
Garter – Hen Night HQ
Inflatable Willy – Hen Night HQ
Veil & Tiara – Hen Night HQ
L Plates – Hen Night HQ
Dicky Straws x 10- Hen Night HQ
I think that pretty much covers it all! If you want to know more about anything that we did/bought or how to use the t-shirt paper send me an email and I’ll try my best to help you.
Have you ever planned a Hen? If so did you go DIY?
PS. Apologies for the wonky pictures, for some reason Blogger decided to rotate them! 


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  • Reply TheOtherSideofCool 20th June 2013 at 9:11 am

    This was such a great post, gives some great inspiration and ideas. Your packs were just incredible, so lovely to have put so much thought and effort and kept a reasonable budget! well done! xx

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    • Reply Leanne 28th June 2013 at 11:30 am

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the post.
      We did put a lot of work in but it was worth it as the Bride loved it all 🙂 x

  • Reply Helen Woodward 20th June 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Fun times! Love the survival bags and army man game 🙂 I organised a hen party last year and the whole thing was DIY, very very stressful and time-consuming to organise, especially as i was also doing a lot if DIY stuff for the actual wedding too, but lots of fun and very worth it. Hx

    • Reply Leanne 28th June 2013 at 11:31 am

      It was a lot of fun, the army game was very funny but also very embarrassing!
      It is very time consuming, I also worried a lot that people wouldn't like it!
      It was worth it in the end. x

  • Reply Liz 20th June 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Wow, you went to so much effort! That all looks amazing… I want to play I Have Never now! xx

    • Reply Leanne 28th June 2013 at 11:32 am

      I have to say my lovely girl getting married is worth the effort 🙂
      I have never was fun 🙂 x

  • Reply Aimie Victoria 23rd June 2013 at 8:44 pm

    This is so good.
    My best friend is getting married next year and I'm in charge of planning and sorting the hen. Really good ideas there.
    I'm now following! Got your link from South wales bloggers fb!
    Love Aimie xxx

    • Reply Leanne 28th June 2013 at 11:34 am

      Thanks for following Aimie 🙂
      I hope I've given you some tips, especially on the money saving front as hen stuff is so expensive!
      Good luck with it all and I will be keeping an eye on your blog to see what you come up with ! xx

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