Your best friend, sister or family member is getting married, how exciting! Now the fun part starts, planning her last night out with the ladies before she makes it official. But where to start? What to do? How to plan it? First you will need to sit down with the other bridesmaids and brainstorm. Really dig deep on your hen’s hobbies and the things she loves (extra bridesmaid brownie points if you plan a party doing something she ADORES). And if a boho picnic with friends happens to be that special ‘something’, follow the steps below.
STEP 1: THE DATE
Find a date in the calendar close to the wedding but not too close. Make sure your hen and her family are available.
STEP 2: THE LOCATION
Find a suitable location to picnic. This can be a house, hotel room, park, beach or garden. Make sure you have parking options, toilets close by and chairs for the elderly if Nan is coming.
Handy hint: Check with the local council that picnics are ok; the last thing you need is a ranger telling you to move on!
STEP 3: BACK UP PLAN
Find a wet weather option as a back up JUST IN CASE. A house or private venue that can be hired is perfect for this.
STEP 4: THE INVITATIONS
Plan the invites. We love online invitations - Etsy for printable/emailable downloads or Paperless Post are our go-to options.
Must haves on the invites include date, time, location, price, RSVP date, and your contact number/email address. If you’re having a theme (such as boho) or want your guests to dress in a particular way (e.g. all in white) make sure you include this information as well.
Handy hint: Book an after party. Have a venue in mind, a dinner reservation or a house with drinks waiting for the hens who want to continue.
STEP 5: FOOD & DRINKS
Plan the food and drink. Antipasto platters are our go-to food suggestions. They look the part, they fill hungry bellies and they are very social - no need for plates and cutlery. Getting a cake or a plate of sweets is also a must if the bride-to-be likes sweet stuff.
For drinks, we recommend bubbles or a punch, plus a few non alcoholic options. Any drinks that are easy to make onsite and can be offered via jugs or a drink dispenser are great. Boho cups or mason jars with reusable straws are also a must to compliment the overall theme.
STEP 6: THE SET-UP
First, decide if you’re matching the bride-to-be wedding theme, or creating your own unique style with a set colour scheme. Use Pinterest for Bohspiration here. Once you have your inspiration, it’s time to organize the items to bring it all together. To set up your gorgeous boho picnic you will need:
· Pallets or low boho tables to create the mood.
· Lots of rugs in different shades, styles and textures. Mixing rather than matching is key here to create those soft boho vibes.
· Blankets/throws and accessories.
· A selection of pillows and ottomans in different shades, styles and textures.
· Styling items for the table. Pretty and soft or boho and vintage.
· Flowers… lots of flowers. Flowers bring any event to life. Fresh if your budget allows, but fake can work just as well.
· A boho picnic is not complete without a mini drinks station for the thirsty hens.
· Lastly, add some lighting, a small teepee and even some baskets with plants or macramé to add extra value to the area.
· Oh and don’t forget cups for your bubbles, platters for your food, and ice for your drinks!
STEP 7: GET EXCITED!
The day has arrived and the bride-to-be can’t wait. Tell her where to go, what to wear and to get excited!!
STEP 8: PICNIC
Picnic time! Have fun, plan some games and make sure the bride-to-be gets waited on hand and foot all day.
STEP 9: PACK UP
Once the picnic is finished, make sure someone’s car is close by to start the pack down. Don’t forget your bin bags to dispose of all the rubbish/bottles!
AUTHOR BIO – LITTLE MISS PARTY PLANNER
INTIMATE BOHO PICNIC PACKAGES FOR BRIDAL SHOWERS, HEN PARTIES & MORE
Little Miss Party Planner makes it easy to plan an intimate boho hens/bridal shower with their gorgeous picnic packages. These picnics can be set up in almost any accessible location (think of the possibilities!) and can also be fully catered (although a DIY option is also available if you wish to bring your own food!). Boho tables, rugs, cushions, styling, set-up, pack down and the removal of rubbish is included in all packages.
Area/s this business is available: New South Wales
Thank you For Every Hen for having us as a guest blogger. www.foreveryhen.com.au