Weddings

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 (cristinare.com) for a Sweet High Tea including mini cupcakes, macarons and teas, from $35 per person. Sydney hens, check out The Loft (theloftsydney.com), where high tea starts at $40 a head, or try a Sparkle Cupcakery T Party, from $30 per hen (sparklecupcakery.com.au). Brissie brides should check out Stamford Plaza's Chocolate High Tea Buffet for $45 per person (stamford.com.au); if you're in Perth, try the Peninsula Tea Gardens (peninsulateagardens.com), from $19 per person; Hobart hens, check out Hadleys (grandmercurehadleyshotel.com.au) from $24 each; while the Stamford Grand Adelaide (stamford.com.au) 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 (gazebowinegarden.com.au) or The Winery (thewinerysurryhills.com.au) 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 (sydneypicnic.com.au), Robert Duval Foods (robertduvalfoods.com.au) in Perth, Maggie Beer's Farmshop (maggiebeer.com.au) in South Australia's Barossa region, 3seeds (3seeds.com.au) in Canberra, or Holistic Hospitality (holistichospitality.com.au) in Brisbane.

Destination: hen's party

Want to get away for a couple of days or even a week? Check out My Holiday Centre (myholidaycentre.com.au) for trip ideas. Head north to the Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa (sheraton.com/noosa) 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 (crowneplaza.com). Invite Butlers in the Buff in Vic, Qld or NSW (butlersinthebuff.com.au) 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 (jukeboxhireco.com.au), starting from $199. Try a life drawing class at Sydney's Kit & Kaboodle (kitkaboodle.com.au), $99 per person, or one of Art4Play's (art4play.com.au) numerous locations, from $72 per head. Or for home-body hens, bring the celebrations to you with a PASH party (pashparties.com.au) 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 (isika.com.au) 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 (yogaforbrides.com.au). 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.