What Are Hen and Stag Parties - When did they first begin..................?
A stag party, stag night or stag do, is a party held for a man shortly before he enters marriage, to celebrate his "last night of freedom" or merely to spend time with his male friends, who are often at his wedding party afterwards. A bachelor party is usually planned by the best man or other friends of the groom, occasionally, with the assistance of a bachelor party planning company.
A Stag party may involve activities beyond the usual party and social gathering ingredients (often drinking alcohol and gambling), such as going to a strip club or hiring a stripper, and, in some traditions, more hazing-like tests and pranks at the groom's expense, performed as a rite of passage from bachelorhood to the "more responsible" marital life.
The task of organizing a bachelor party is often traditionally assigned to a male sibling of the bachelor or to the best man.Otherwise any male friend will organize it. The planned activities of a bachelor party are traditionally kept secret from the groom.
Although the practice of giving a party to honour the bride-to-be goes back for centuries, in its modern form, the Hen Party may have begun during the sexual revolution of the 1960s. It was uncommon until at least the mid-1980s, and the first book on planning Hen parties wasn't published until 1998
Many different kinds of entertainment are selected, depending on what the organizers think will best please their guest of honor
When held in a private venue, such as the hostess's home, the party may take any form that pleases the hostesses and honors the bride-to-be. Dinners and cocktail parties, which provide comfortable opportunities for participants to talk or to give intimate advice to the bride-to-be, are common.
Other hostesses choose a themed party, such as a "pamper party," with guests indulging in spa treatments, or a cooking class. While proposing a toast to the bride-to-be is common at most Hen parties, some center on drinking games.