Cocktail Hen’s Party – Tutorial

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Alicia Parsons (Akimbo)

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Have we got any bridesmaids lurking on Polka Dot Bride? I thought so. This one’s for you.

Today’s post is a step-by-step guide to throwing a gorgeous cocktail-themed hen’s night for your bestie. This is a hen’s party with class though, no male genital shaped straws here.

The invitations

It’s a special occasion so forget the Facebook invitation and go for a proper announcement. I designed this glam foiled invitation with just this kind of celebration in mind.

The veil

Pink & black veil

Every hen needs something special to identify her as the guest of honour. Try this bold birdcage veil for a twist on the traditional.

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil materials

You will need:

  • Coloured netting
  • Hair slide comb
  • Scissors
  • Nylon thread
  • Needle
  • Embellishments such as beads and feathers

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil tutorial 1

1. Bunch up one side of the netting and sew onto the comb.

2. Sew on the feathers.

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil tutorial 2

3 & 4. Sew on the beads or other embellishments of your choice.

The decorations

Dress up the room with these cheap-but-effective garlands.

How to make pink metallic garland: Take a packet of metallic crepe paper (available from newsagents) and cut along the folds into wide strips. Take a strip and cut 3/4 of the way through the side; turn around and do the same on the other side. Repeat for the full length of the strip. Pull one end out to untwist into a zig-zagged garland. Blu-tack onto ceiling.

How to make silver circle garland: Take a sheet of silver metallic cardboard (available from Officeworks and some newsagents) and trace circles onto the back using round household objects such as cups or lids. Cut out circles. Punch a small hole at the top and bottom of each circle. Tie circles together using thread; repeat until you have garlands of desired length. Hang from curtain rod.

The game

What hen’s party is complete without an icebreaker game or two? Think of a dozen classic cocktails and find out their ingredients ahead of time. At the party, hand out answer sheets and pens to guests and have the girls identify each cocktail based on the ingredients that you read out.

Download the free game sheets Akimbo Martini cocktail game.

The favours

Martini rim sugar label

Cocktail rimming sugar is the perfect favour or prize for a cocktail hen’s party.

Make your own by mixing sugar with your choice of colouring and flavouring. Put it in round CD tins topped with this free label.


Ms Gingham says: We are big fans of cocktails here at Polka Dot Bride. Some very nice ideas to celebrate a hen’s night or to get the night started! Just one question … if we name the cocktail correctly do we get to drink it as a reward? Yum!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Visit Alicia’s blog where she writes about all things creative and cute ATypical Type A

  • tara says:
    May 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

    LOVE IT!! Ill definately be passing this along to my bridesmaids for an idea!!

  • Friday Roundup | Polka Dot Bride says:
    May 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

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  • Polka Dot Bride says:
    June 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Alicia this is AMAZING what a great idea to come up with and your free printables (rim sugar? yum!) are so fantastic!

  • Alicia Parsons | Akimbo says:
    June 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks Ms Polka, I sure had fun doing the “research” for this one 😉

  • A Surprise Hens « bride in white says:
    September 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

    […] out these fabulous ideas and a pink birdcage tutorial over at Polka Dot […]

  • Belinda says:
    May 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous work. This is truly inspiring!



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