12 of the best hen party games, perfect for brides-to-be

Dusty Baxter-Wright
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From Cosmopolitan

In between the best house party games and the best drinking games, there are so many ways to make your bride's weekend extra special. But if you're looking for hen party games in particular, we've also got you covered.

And no, we don't mean 'pin the penis', but rather hilarious opportunities to share ridiculous anecdotes about the bride, and games that will encourage the whole hen party to get to know each other a little better. Whether that's 'True or False', 'Hen Party Head's Up' or even drunk jenga, these 1are 2 of the best hen party games, to help you have a weekend to remember.

True or false

Everybody in the bridal party writes down one true story about the bride, and one that's made up, and puts them all into a pot in the middle. A bit like Would I Lie To You?, the bride then pulls the stories out one at a time, and must convince the room that they're true - revealing hilarious stories about her, and whether she's any good at keeping a straight face - at the same time.

Who am I?

Each member of the bridal party writes down five facts about themselves (anything from 'I have a freckle on the bottom of my foot' to 'We once got trapped in a portaloo at Glasto together'), and puts them in a pot. The bride must go through each one and figure out who it's about, meaning the bridal party can make this as hard or easy as they like. How well does the bride really knows her hen party?

Fun drunk jenga

At the beginning of the game, divide the jenga pieces amongst the party and ask everyone to write a rule on each piece of wood. This can be anything from 'Tell us a funny story about you and the bride' to 'If you use anybody's first name for the length of the game, you have to drink'. Build the jenga tower and get going.


Hen party pictionary

We all know about Pictionary, but make it hen party. That means getting hold of a pack of themed cards (or making your own!) that are as hilarious and hard (oi oi) as your mind can conjure up. Because what is there not to like about someone attempting to draw the quietest sex toy from Ann Summers?

Prosecco or gin pong

We've all heard of beer pong, but why not take things one step further with Prosecco or gin pong? You can either buy dedicated party kits, which involve incredible plastic coupe glasses or themed shot glasses, or just use any available cups. Split into teams at either end of a table, and organise eight Prosecco / gin filled glasses in a triangle position. Take it in turns to try and throw a ping pong ball into the other team's glass - if it goes in, they have to drink. Keep playing until one team erases all the other team's glasses.

Mystery word

At the beginning of the party, put everyone's name into one pot, and then ask each member of the party to choose a hen-related word to put in another pot. This could be anything to do with the bride, or the typical hen stuff (winky wink). Each member of the party then takes out one name, and one random item, and must try to create a conversation about that item with the person they pulled out. This is great if people don't know each other - before you know it, Sally will be discussing her 'favourite anal beads' with 'Anna' (and trying not to get caught out).

How well do you know your S/O?

Before you head on the hen do, send a bunch of questions to the bride's future S/O about them and the bride. This can be anything from 'What's your favourite crisp?' to 'Who said I love you first?' Then sit your bride down in the hot seat, and ask her the same questions, to see if their answers match up. Word of warning: questions that are too hard could end up with upset bride and an awkward situation on your hands.

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Challenge the S/O

A bit like 'How well do you know your S/O', but with video challenges. When retrieving the answers from your bride's partner, challenge them to do various hilarious things (think downing a pint as quick as they can, thinking of as many swear words as possible in a minute or as many star jumps in 45 seconds). Get it all on video. During the hen do, reveal what the challenges were to the bride, who will then pick a member of the party to do the same challenge and try to beat her S/O's score, before playing the video on a big screen. Amazing.

Most embarrassing memory

Every member of the bridal party writes down an embarrassing story about the bride in less than six words, and puts it into a hat. The bride must then read out each six word stories and try to work out who wrote what, while also explaining what actually happened.

Hen do dares

If you're heading out out on a hen do, compile a list of dares that everyone in the party must try and partake in. Either get your hands on pre-made dares from the internet, or compile a list unique to your weekend. If hens aren't willing to complete their dares, you can even come up with a list of forfeits that they have to do instead (and you can make them even worse).

The After Eight challenge

An oldie but a goodie. Each member of the bridal party has to put an After Eight chocolate mint on their forehead, and attempt to get it into their mouths using only their facial movements. Yep, no hands! The winner is the person who does it the quickest (or actually, anyone who doesn't smear chocolate all over their faces while dropping the After Eight, tbh.)

Hen party Head's Up

If you're after no fuss fun, the Head's Up app will definitely do the trick. But if you want to put a hen party spin on it, create your own options. Every person in the group puts 10-15 things relating to the bride and her S/O into a pot. Each person in the group then has 45 seconds to pull as many pieces of paper out of the pot to put on their heads (without looking at it) while the rest of the group must act it out / explain it without saying what it actually is.

Consider your hen party games, sorted. All you need now is a house to go to.

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