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Why did the chicken cross the road? (I)

Organising a hen night these days is a real challenge. It needs to be different, exciting and fun all at once.
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - February 1, 2008
By: Linda Lee
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Why did the chicken cross the road? (I)

Answer: Because somebody egged it on.

Before you cry “fowl” over the apparently lame joke, let me clarify that I was just pulling your leg. It really just wanted to get to the other side.

No, seriously. To address this question accurately, we must first ascertain whether the bird is a (henpecked) rooster or a (virginal) hen.

There’s no rocket science involved. The way I see it, the former merely wants to escape a foul-tempered fowl, while the latter is on its way to a no-cocks-allowed hen party.

Speaking of hen parties, did you know that they are a Western practice that has existed since the institution of marriage? Womenfolk traditionally got together at the bride's house in celebratory anticipation of her wedding. Some old wives also told – you’ve guessed it – old wives’ tales to prepare the soon-to-be-wife for marital life. I don’t know about you, but it all seems to me like a big excuse for a yak-fest, an escape from household chores.

Today, despite things being a tad different, they are fundamentally the same. Hen nights are more “egg-citing”, and often involve the 3Ps: partying (boozing and binging), pampering (luxurious spa retreats) and peeking (engaging male strippers) – or puking (if they overdo the alcohol and the strippers are ugly).

Instead of gallivanting across the street, the hen now struts across several junctions to reach a downtown destination. But it is still one big excuse for a yak-fest or escape from chores, if you ask me.

Anyway, if you happen to be a cool chick who’s been assigned to plan a hens’ night out, these pointers could come in handy:

Who

Ask the bride for a list of persons she wants to invite to the party. They can include her childhood pals, good friends or chummy colleagues. You can also surprise her by inviting a long-time buddy who lives far away and whom she hasn't the chance to meet up with in a while.

Where

Find out which locations tick the bride’s boxes. Would she prefer a comfortable stay-in soiree or a wild shindig? Does she want an accessible, city-centre venue or a private place? Depending on the budget, you can organise it at somebody's abode, a cosy restaurant, posh lounge or hip hotel. Give a programme outline to all parties so they can go prepared (eg for water-based stints that require a change of clothing). The day before the gathering, confirm their attendance and make sure they’ve got the time and address right.

When

If you have time to spare, have a hen weekend instead of only an evening. It means you can arrange a variety of day-and-night activities. Going for a short getaway is an option, too. Bear in mind that the bride probably has plenty of stuff to attend to before her big day, so try to do this some weeks before the wedding. You don’t want your friend to look exhausted on the aisle, do you?

What to do

A theme can help you plan activities. But ultimately, understand that you’re doing it for your friend, so respect her wishes and accommodate her views. If you are splitting the cost, give people a rough estimate of know how much they need to pay. Collect the funds in advance if possible.

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