Did someone say party?

Round up your mates (and mums) for one of these fun and fab pre-wedding celebrations.

Round up your mates (and mums) for one of these fun and fab pre-wedding celebrations.

French fancy

Bring a little bit of Paris to Oz with a high tea fit for a French princess. In Melbourne, head to Where a Girl Goes ( for a Sweet High Tea including mini cupcakes, macarons and teas, from $35 per person. Sydney hens, check out The Loft (, where high tea starts at $40 a head, or try a Sparkle Cupcakery T Party, from $30 per hen ( Brissie brides should check out Stamford Plaza's Chocolate High Tea Buffet for $45 per person (; if you're in Perth, try the Peninsula Tea Gardens (, from $19 per person; Hobart hens, check out Hadleys ( from $24 each; while the Stamford Grand Adelaide ( offers high tea, from $24.50 a head.

Alfresco affair

Picnics are back. But gone are the days of packing your own and keeping it PG - today's picnics have been given a glam makeover. If you're in Sydney, head to Gazebo ( or The Winery ( for a Girls Picnic, which includes bubbles, cheese, salads, desserts and more, from $40 each. More inclined to take the traditional route? Ask the pros to put together a box of gourmet treats based around your budget. Try The Sydney Picnic Co (, Robert Duval Foods ( in Perth, Maggie Beer's Farmshop ( in South Australia's Barossa region, 3seeds ( in Canberra, or Holistic Hospitality ( in Brisbane.

Destination: hen's party

Want to get away for a couple of days or even a week? Check out My Holiday Centre ( for trip ideas. Head north to the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa ( for a weekend of relaxation, shopping, partying and dining. Set yourselves up in a River Superior Room, and kick off the weekend with bubbles and a cheese plate. Start each day with a healthy breakfast before heading off for a relaxing session in the Sheraton's AQUA Day Spa. Then enjoy high tea in Cato's Restaurant and indulge in traditional faves like scones and petit pastries. Package prices start from $1349 per person twin share including transfers, seven nights' accommodation and a $500 wine, dine and spa credit.

Naughty by nature

A hen's party wouldn't be a hen's party without a certain level of debauchery. Leave your inhibitions at home (to a certain extent) and book a room for you and your crew at one of Crowne Plaza's locations including Terrigal, Coogee Beach, Darwin, Surfers Paradise or Perth ( Invite Butlers in the Buff in Vic, Qld or NSW ( to serve you food and drinks all day or night, from $220, then get the music pumping by hiring a jukebox from national suppliers Jukebox Hire Co (, starting from $199. Try a life drawing class at Sydney's Kit & Kaboodle (, $99 per person, or one of Art4Play's ( numerous locations, from $72 per head. Or for home-body hens, bring the celebrations to you with a PASH party ( available nationally, where guests can play games, shop for sensual gifts or take part in a burlesque demo. Packages start from $300.

Chill-out time

If pampering is your middle name, get yourself and your girlie gang beautified with a difference. Forget sitting at the local nail bar, soaking your toes. Head to the Melbourne Crown Metropol's day spa ISIKA ( and indulge in the new Taste of 28 package. Your session will include a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure plus a tasting platter and matching wines for $139 per person. Stay in one of the 12 residential ISIKA Luxe accommodation rooms located on level 26, from $520 per night. If you're in Byron Bay or The Whitsundays and feeling a bit stressed by all your wedding plans, unwind with a Yoga for Brides party ( Try a calming aromatherapy treatment, a power yoga class or a meditation session, from $35 per head for groups of four or more.

There are plenty more hens ideas where these came from - see the new Autumn 2012 issue of Cosmo Bride, on sale now.