You’re planning a hen party, and the bride has decided she wants to go glamping in Ireland. But where do you even start? Having a hen party itinerary can be a helpful starting point – as it gives structure to your planning. Of course, no two hen parties are the same, but here’s a rundown of a ‘typical’ hen party itinerary at Glamping Under The Stars. We hope you find it helpful…
Tip: Both our glampsites offer a beautiful backdrop to your hen party bash. You are welcome to decorate the communal kitchen/glamp house area with your own themed decorations & photos of the bride if you wish, (but please make sure all decorations are temporary and do not mark the walls or ceiling).
4.30pm onwards: Everyone arrives! Woo hoo!
Tip: There is usually a lot of whooping and excitement as guests arrive and check out the quirky accommodation & gorgeous setting. It’s going to be a great weekend!
5pm – 8pm: Welcome drinks happen. Everyone settles in & catches up. Cheers!
Tip: It’s BYO, so bring whatever you are having yourself! If the bride has a favourite drink, now’s a good time to welcome her, (and get the party started), with it. Prosecco is popular, (and delicious), but if you want to mix it up a bit, you could serve Pimms & lemonade or Mojitos as an arrival drink. *And do consider an alcohol free version for any non drinkers or pregnant guests.
8pm: First night welcome dinner. This is often a relaxed, self-catered affair at the glampsite.
Tip 1: Quick & handy options include: BBQ meats & salad with fresh bread, or a pot of curry or chilli with rice that can be served up quickly to everyone.
Tip 2: If you don’t want the hassle of cooking for a big group, we can give you plenty of tasty recommendations. Whether it’s takeaway delivered to your door, (pizzas & chinese are popular choices), a top class caterer, (everything from sizzling BBQ to gorgeous grazing boards), or a local restaurant (from relaxed pub food to Michelin-starred cuisine).
9pm: Light the campfire or cosy up inside the Glamp House for a few silly games, (a Mr & Mrs Quiz or some ice breaker games work well to get everyone laughing & chatting).
Tip 1: You might even book our ‘guy with a guitar’ to play a few tunes and start a singalong around the campfire.
Tip 2: If you can’t sing, maybe you can add some percussion & play the spoons?
10am: Breakfast – There might be a few sleepy heads after the Friday night hen party celebrations, so, unless you’re in a hurry to get on the road for an early morning activity, a leisurely mid-morning breakfast is usually the best plan.
Tip: Again, breakfast is self-catered, so you’ll need to decide whether to go for a continental approach (toast, croissants, cereal, fruit coffee, OJ, etc.), or for the full Irish fry up. Depending on your budget, you might do brekkie DIY, or we can help you choose a caterer to do it all for you.
11am: Morning Activity (Maybe) – For some hen groups, a chill out and a chat is all that’s needed. Others take the opportunity to go for a walk or go exploring, while some pack in as much activity and excitement as possible.
Tip 1: For a nice handy walk, try the forest behind the glampsite. Just take a left at the main entrance. There are woods and waterfalls aplenty up here, (though the water can slow to a trickle on hot summer days).
Or, if you’d like to see a little of Laois, we can recommend some lovely scenic walks, hikes and even wild swimming spots. For starters, try The Rock of Dunamase, The Abbeyleix ‘Boardwalk over the Bog’, Emo Court Lake Walk, or, for more enthusiastic hikers, it has to be the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Tip 2: Check out our activities list (which we’ll email out to you when you make an enquiry).
1pm: Lunch – If you’re doing an afternoon activity on site, it probably makes sense to eat here too. Again, you can self-cater, or book a lunch or afternoon tea to be enjoyed at the glampsite.
Otherwise, you might like to pop out to one of the quirky cafes nearby…
Tip 1: Our favourites include Bowes’ cafe in Durrow, The Pantry in Portlaoise, or try Bramley in Abbeyleix. (All of which are excellent, and have space for a large adult group).
Tip 2: Book ahead, rather than just turning up! The best cafes are also the busiest. Booking ahead gives them a chance to seat you together as a group – which is more fun for everyone.
2pm Afternoon Activity: Time for a fun activity!
By now, everyone has recovered from the night before, and any additional guests will have arrived to join in the fun.
Of course, fun means different things to different people. We can put you in touch with a wide range of tried & trusted local suppliers for activities – ranging from flower crown making to wine tasting, hiking, mountain biking, and wild swimming, horse riding to zip lining, cheeky art classes to quirky, themed team games, and much more besides). So, you’re sure to find something that’s right up your street, whether it’s challenging, crafty, decadent, or just plain crazy! (See our Hen Party Activities).
Tip 1: For a great Saturday afternoon activity, think carefully about what your bride is into, and who is in your group. If you have the mothers of the bride & groom in attendance, or a lot of expectant mums-to-be in the group, you might be better off picking something a little more chilled to make sure everyone can join in.
Tip 2: You are welcome to choose other hen party suppliers outside of our recommendations, but do make sure they have adequate insurance, etc.
7pm Night Out: Most hen party groups head into town for a night on the tiles on the Saturday night. (Though of course, you are welcome to stay on the glampsite and chill out here if you prefer).
Tip1: If you’re heading into Portlaoise town, we can recommend places to eat, drink & celebrate to help you make the most of your evening. We can also help you find friendly local bus companies & taxi drivers.
Tip 2: If you’re staying on site, we do have a limit on noise at night time. But you can book a super fun silent disco and dance the night away with your hen party crew!
10am: Check Out Time. We hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend, and that the memories (& photos!) will last forever. Love, hugs and goodbyes happen, and everyone goes their separate ways. Until the wedding!
Tip 1: Hen party groups often forget small items, such as phone chargers, ear rings, and airpods, so we advise you to add a double check for these items to your hen party itinerary!
Tip 2: While we do need to get into the bedrooms to start cleaning at 10am, we can usually give you up to an hour’s grace to finish your breakfast, (and drink that life saving extra cup of coffee!), in the Glamp House kitchen.
Thinking Of Booking A Glamping Hen Party?
If you’d like to book a hen party at Glamping Under The Stars, talk to Kyra, (our resident glamping guru & hen party enthusiast). She is always happy to help (and has plenty more top tips where these came from!).
Call Kyra on 0860651485 or email Kyra@glampingunderthestars.ie
Click here for more info on our hen party glamping weekends.