Hello brides, hens and wedding obsessives, a very warm welcome to Clucking Hens, Red Star Fancy Dress's monthly selection of blogs and online goodness about all things hen party and matrimonial! Each month we scour the web for our favourite doses of inspiration and a healthy dollop of hen party fun to help you ensure you create a fabulous send off into married life, and get even more excited about the big day to come!

This October, get inspired by some great ideas for a craft-based hen do, find out which characteristics make for a fabulous hen, plus discover what the city of Bath has to offer hens & brides  to be.

Get Crafty: Being Handy with your Hens

parasol375_1024x1024If getting incredibly inebriated and carrying an inflatable phallus around a British city centre isn't the hen party you have in mind (although we've got plenty of great costume ideas if that is right up your street!), you may be planning a slightly more restrained hen do. If you don't fancy an alcohol-heavy hen, there are plenty of options which won't wind up in the worst hangover of all time.

Getting crafty with your hens is a really nice way to spend some quality time with the ladies before the big day. Sitting together and working on something pretty and practical gives you plenty of opportunity to bond, giggle and even make something useful for the wedding day itself. Swan So Sweet have put together a nice little blog with a few craft ideas for hen parties which is a great starting point for planning a special event with your special ladies.

How to Be a Fabulous Hen

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Are you the woman your best friend in the whole wide world has chosen to be her number one bridesmaid? Being a maid of honour may well be a – well – honour, but it's not all sambuca shots and choosing shoes. In fact, being a brilliant hen can be bloomin' hard work. From emotional support to organisational mastermind, you'll need to take on lots of responsibilities  and wear dozens of different hats (usually metaphorical ones, sorry!).

By the same token, being a bride to be surrounded by your hens can be challenging. How do you tell your closest friends what to do? How can you trust them to get your hen do right? The situation is a minefield! Fortunately, this great blog from Brides Magazines has a few handy answers. Full of tips which will help you be an incredible hen, this picture guide should be essential reading!

Beautiful Bath: A Charming Spot for Hen Dos


Are you taking a “staycation” with your lady friends for your hen do? Which corner of the UK do you have in mind? If you haven't chosen a destination yet, Bath could be the perfect option.

UK Girl Thing have put together a great blog with six great reasons which this picturesque little city in the South West is a wonderful spot for a hard-earned hen do. From history and pampering, to culture and clubs – have a read to discover whether this could be your dream hen night city.

Which is your ideal hen night city in the UK? Have your say and tell us why in the comments section below.