Calling all Dancing Queens! ABBA are back and in a big way! If you're a massive fan of the Swedish supergroup, then why not combine your last weekend of freedom with the fun of their music, dancing and fashion? If that’s got you singing Gimme Gimme Gimme, you’ll be happy to hear that we’ve got loads of ABBA hen party ideas for you!
Why Have an ABBA Hen Party?
We know what you're thinking; how can I celebrate my upcoming wedding in a way that incorporates the music I love? With ABBA, of course! The Swedish pop group and Eurovision winners are still one of the most beloved bands in history. They formed in Sweden in 1972 and are widely known for their catchy pop songs and flamboyant costumes. What could be more fun than dressing up and dancing and singing along to all their hits including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, SOS, The Winner Takes It All, Waterloo and more?
We've put together some of our best ABBA hen party ideas and tips for you here. It doesn't matter if you're planning on having a full-on ABBA themed hen party or just fancy doing one ABBA inspired activity to celebrate your last days as a single lady, we've got some great ways to make the night one to remember from activity ideas to decorations.
The Most Popular ABBA Hen Party Ideas
ABBA may have only been together for a short time, but their legacy has lasted for decades. If you're thinking about throwing your own ABBA themed hen party, we're here to help! Here are some of the most popular ideas to get the ball rolling.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Minimum number: 8
Price: From £26 per person
Who hasn’t rocked a dancefloor with their moves to Dancing Queen or Mamma Mia? But we think it’s time to learn how to really dance like ABBA! A professional dance instructor will teach you how to perform the band’s signature moves like Agnetha’s walk and Frida’s leg pose as well as iconic moves from the 1970s, the era that saw disco take over the world. Point to the sky, shake those hips and flip that hair as you learn a choreographed dance routine to some of ABBA’s greatest hits.
The routine will be broken down into small chunks and taught to you step by step so that everyone can keep up and enjoy themselves. Have a blast as you dance like your favourite ABBA star. It’s like stepping into one of their music videos, making it a guaranteed laugh! You could even show off your new-found skills with a performance at the wedding reception!
Duration: 1.5 hours
Minimum number: 2
Price: From £24.95 per person
What’s better than a bottomless brunch? An ABBA themed bottomless brunch, of course! Enjoy ABBA hits, tasty grub and totally bottomless drinks; that’s as many alcoholic beverages or soft drinks as you’d like! Come hungry or just thirsty because they’ll be serving up all kinds of delicious treats from mouth-watering breakfast dishes to unlimited cocktails.
What’s more, you’ll enjoy ABBA themed entertainment with a DJ getting everyone on their feet and live musicians getting you singing along to the Swedish pop group’s biggest hits. Get your 70s themed glad rags on to fully embrace this fun theme and don’t forget to take loads of selfies and group photos.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Minimum number: 2
Price: From £45 per person
Put a really fun twist on an ABBA bottomless brunch by adding a talented drag duo who’ll have everyone in hysterics with their antics. They’ll put on hilarious live performances for you, busting out some of ABBA’s greatest hits as well as leading singalongs that get all of you involved.
On top of that, you’ll also tuck into your choice of brunch dish with a range of meaty, veggie and vegan options so no one has to miss out. You’ll also get completely unlimited cocktails for a set time to help you celebrate your ABBA hen do in style. Without a doubt, a bottomless brunch has to be the most fun way to day drink!
4. ABBA Karaoke
Duration: 2 hours
Minimum number: 4
Price: From £12 per person
ABBA, the Swedish pop group that gave us some of the greatest songs of all time, were loved by millions and with hits such as Lay All Your Love on Me, Take a Chance On Me, Fernando, Thank You for the Music and sooo many more, it’s so easy to see why! So, are you ready to belt out their timeless tunes? Will you be able to pull off some Agnetha and Anni-Frid style harmonies?
Don’t worry if not; it doesn't matter if you're tone deaf (we won't tell anyone if you are!), just get out there and sing your heart out to the classic hits from this iconic band! Pick your favourite ABBA tracks and singalong while the other friends watch or join in.
Duration: 2 hours & 35mins
Minimum number: 1
Price: From £32.50 per person
Get the hens together and head to London’s West End to see Mamma Mia! The Musical. This musical is so good that it’s even been turned into two mega popular movies – Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. It’s basically a party on stage as a story unfolds involving a mother, her daughter and three possible dads with a Greek island backdrop and a soundtrack of classic ABBA tracks.
You’ll be singing along and dancing in the aisles by the end of Mamma Mia! There’s plenty of bars and restaurants in this area of London so you can explore more and party until the early hours for your ABBA hen night. Does your mother know that you’re out?
What to Wear for an ABBA Hen Party
One of the best things about an ABBA hen party is that there are so many different ways for you to dress up for it! You can choose from all kinds of styles and looks from the 1970s, from historically accurate costumes (if you want) to modern versions that look just as good but are more fun. If you want everyone at your ABBA hen do to truly embrace their inner ABBA fan, then why not encourage them all to dress up as their favorite member?
There’s so many looks to choose from, from Björn and Benny onesies right through to Agnetha's iconic headscarves, so whether you choose a disco diva look or something more casual like classic peasant tops and pencil skirts, there’s so many options to look glam. You can go as a pair of ABBA girls, or you can go as one of the famous ABBA boys. You can even get your friends together and all go as Bjorn, Agnetha, Benny, Frida or Anni-Frid if you’re having an ABBA sten do. Or maybe you want to be creative and come up with your own ABBA characters? Just make sure everyone knows who they're supposed to be before they arrive!
Decorations for an ABBA Hen Party
Decorating for a themed party is loads of fun. You can make ABBA themed hen party decorations as classy or tacky as you want! Simple things like flowers, balloons and streamers are a good place to start, making use of 1970s colours and styles.
You could also hang up posters of ABBA or even buy cardboard cut outs of them, so it feels like they’re really at your party! A fancy dress box is another great idea so that everyone can embrace the theme and get into the ABBA spirit for one unforgettably fun night.
Playlist for an ABBA Hen Party
Of course, no ABBA themed hen do would be complete without the music! ABBA has had so many amazing hits that you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to making a playlist for your ABBA themed hen party. Creating the perfect playlist is key to a memorable celebration. Whether you're a Dancing Queen or a Super Trouper, here are some essential tracks that will make your party a hit!
Mamma Mia: Start the festivities with this iconic ABBA anthem. Its catchy beats and irresistible chorus will set the mood for a fantastic night of fun.
Waterloo: No ABBA playlist is complete without this Eurovision-winning hit. Encourage your friends to channel their inner Agnetha and Frida as they sing along to this timeless classic.
Take a Chance on Me: This upbeat track will get everyone on their feet and ready to dance. It's the perfect opportunity to showcase your best disco moves and create some unforgettable memories.
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight): This disco-infused gem will transport you straight to the dancefloor. Embrace the disco ball vibes and let loose with your fellow hens.
Voulez-Vous: The infectious rhythm of this song will keep the party going strong. It's impossible to resist the urge to groove to its catchy chorus.
Super Trouper: Unleash your inner diva and sing your heart out to this uplifting anthem. Encourage your hens to shine like a "Super Trouper" on the dancefloor.
Dancing Queen: The ultimate ABBA party anthem! No playlist is complete without this timeless hit. It's guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing, feeling like true queens.
The Winner Takes It All: This emotional ballad will bring out the heartfelt moments at your party. Let your hens belt out the lyrics and embrace the bittersweet beauty of this ABBA classic.
Money, Money, Money: This catchy track will add a touch of financial fantasy to your celebration. Get everyone singing about their dreams of wealth and luxury while enjoying the lively beats.
Honey, Honey: This charming song is perfect for a ABBA hen party. It captures the excitement and sweetness of new love. So grab your closest pals, sway to the rhythm, and reminisce about romantic adventures.
Knowing Me, Knowing You: Let your hens channel their inner drama queens with this emotional breakup anthem. It's a chance for heartfelt renditions and group bonding as you navigate the ups and downs of relationships together.
Chiquitita: Spread the love and support among your hens with this empowering and uplifting track. It's all about friendship and offering a helping hand, making it a perfect addition to your ABBA playlist.
Remember, it's all about creating a fun atmosphere. Include loads of ABBA hits and if you fancy changing it up now and again, you could add other songs from the 1970s or just some of the bride-to-be’s favourite songs that get everyone in the party mood.
The Best ABBA Hen Party Games
Calling all dancing queens! It's time to bring the ABBA spirit to your hen party with some fun and fabulous ABBA hen do games. These activities will keep the energy high and the laughter flowing.
ABBA Karaoke Showdown: Set up a karaoke station with a selection of ABBA songs and let your hens compete for the title of Karaoke Superstar. Provide props like wigs, costumes and microphones to enhance the experience. The bride-to-be can judge the performances and the winner gets a prize of your choosing.
Dancing Queen Dance Off: Divide your hens into teams and challenge them to create their own choreography for an ABBA song. Provide some dance tutorials and let the creative juices flow. The teams can perform their routines with a judge picking a winner. Will it be your team?
ABBA Quiz: Test your hens' knowledge of all things ABBA with a trivia quiz. Prepare a list of ABBA-related questions and split the group into teams. Ask questions about the band's history, discography and even some lesser-known facts. The team with the most correct answers wins.
Name That ABBA Tune: Create a playlist of various ABBA songs and play short snippets for your hens to guess. The first person or team to correctly identify the song gets a point. This fast-paced game will have everyone singing along and reminiscing about their favourite ABBA hits.
ABBA Costume Contest: Encourage your hens to dress up as their favourite ABBA member or create their own ABBA-inspired outfits. Have a fashion show where each participant can showcase their look and the bride-to-be can award prizes for the best costume, most creative interpretation or the most outrageous ABBA-inspired ensemble. Keep things homemade to make it even more fun!
These ABBA games will add a dash of nostalgia, entertainment and friendly competition to your ABBA hen party so put on your dancing shoes, grab your feather boas, and let the ABBA-themed games begin!
Food and Drink for an ABBA Hen Party
If you’re having an ABBA hen party at home, you could prepare a few treats to fit your theme. Meatballs have been a staple of Swedish food since the 18th century and are still really popular today. They're also easy to make yourself, so if you're on a budget or want to do something fun with your friends then try making them with your hens at home! Swedish meatballs can be served as part of a buffet or alongside other traditional Swedish dishes like pickled herring and potatoes with gravy. Make sure you have plenty of bread available so people can soak up any extra juices! Is your mouth watering yet?
You can also make Swedish pancakes at home. They're very similar to American pancakes, but they have more filling in them, so they look like little fried pockets. They taste amazing with jam, whipped cream, and powdered sugar on top. There's also kanelbulle which is basically cinnamon bun cake that has been baked inside out so it looks like a croissant instead of having a bun shape like normal cinnamon buns have. It's seriously good! Drinks wise, a nice vodka-based cocktail always goes down well. You could even mix up your own and have fun by naming it with a good ABBA pun!
ABBA Hen Party Bags for Dancing Queens
We've got the inside scoop on what to include in those party bags to ensure your guests have the best possible send-off:
Disco Diva Accessories: No ABBA-themed party is complete without some shiny and sparkly accessories! Add a touch of glam with disco ball keychains, glittery hair clips, or metallic wristbands. Let your guests shine bright like ABBA's sequin outfits!
Dancing Queen Shades: Encourage your guests to channel their inner Frida or Agnetha with a pair of stylish sunglasses. Opt for colourful, oversized frames or go for classic retro designs. They'll be ready to strut their stuff on the dance floor while looking effortlessly cool!
ABBA Lyric Magnets: Give your guests a dose of nostalgia by including a set of ABBA lyric magnets. Let them relive the catchy tunes by arranging their favourite song lyrics on their fridge or any magnetic surface. It's a sure fire way to keep the ABBA spirit alive even after the party ends!
70s Themed Mini Photo Frames: Capture the memories of your unforgettable ABBA hen party with retro-inspired photo frames. Choose frames with a funky '70s design or opt for ones that resemble vinyl records. Encourage your guests to fill them with their favourite group shots from the night.
Mamma Mia Sweets: Sweet treats are a must for any party bag! Create a Mamma Mia-themed candy assortment featuring colourful jellybeans, gummy bears or liquorice twists. For an extra special touch, add a personalised label with an ABBA twist to each candy bag.
ABBA Trivia Game Cards: Keep the party going with a dose of ABBA trivia! Design fun game cards featuring questions about the band, their songs, and the era. Your guests can challenge each other to a friendly competition and see who truly knows their ABBA facts!
Mini Disco Ball Keyrings: Let your guests bring the party wherever they go with mini disco ball keyrings. These sparkly little delights will remind them of the electrifying disco atmosphere long after the party has ended. They're the perfect accessory to keep the ABBA vibes alive!
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We hope you now know everything you’ve ever wanted to know about having an ABBA hen party. If you need more inspiration, please check out our hen party ideas now and see what tickles your fancy.