Before saying “I do,” toast to the bride-to-be with a bachelorette party. Think of it as a last hurrah as a single woman! Depending on guests’ schedules, you can plan it for about a couple months up until a couple weeks before the wedding. (We’d advise against planning it too close to the wedding day—that’s when last-minute wedding to-dos tend to pile up.)
Traditionally, bachelorettes are an all-female “hen” party, but really: your party, your rules. The guest list is up to the bride. Once there’s a rough idea of headcount, think about a rough agenda of activities. Maybe a night of cocktails and dancing is in order, or a sophisticated brunch with BFFs.
For an at-home party, or if the shenanigans are starting at homebase then bouncing around town later, set the scene with a theme. Take a cue from the bride’s favorite vacation spot, hobbies or personal style—for example, if she’s an adventurous soul with a habit of globe trotting, a safari or Mardi Gras theme would both compliment her personality.
For a more low-key bachelorette get-together, an elegant catered brunch or decadent dinner party are great options. Games can include answering trivia questions about the couple, ask a few close friends to make toasts and finish off the event with a decadent cake.
For a pop culture theme with a ton of sex appeal, consider a ‘50 Shades of Grey’ party. Plan this swanky gathering in a bar with a private room or a loft where you can bring in your own cocktail bartender. Decorations should be in every shade of gray you can find, of course. Serve a variety of decadent sweets with a dessert bar.
A boho-style bash inspired by the whimsical Shakespearean play is the perfect way to honor a bookworm bride-to-be. Host it in a courtyard or on a rooftop where the bride and her friends can enjoy alfresco dining and merriment. Decorate the space with lush flowers and string lights to keep the party glowing until the wee hours. Guests will sip dreamy cocktails and nibble macarons as they share their best stories about the bride.
Fat Tuesday only happens once a year, but you can recreate the revelry any time for a fun twist on a bachelorette party. Hire a jazz band to entertain the crowd. Serve typical NOLA fare like beignets and jambalaya. Essential bachelorette party supplies include beaded necklaces and masks—these are easy to fit in the budget! Hand them out to guests when they arrive, and let them double as festive bachelorette party favors.
For a more refined crowd, you might want to plan a daytime tea at a romantic garden. The ladies who brunch can dress to the nines and enjoy finger sandwiches and iced tea cocktails while enjoying acoustic music and lively conversation. Thrifted vintage teacups make charming and apropos favors that are also budget-friendly.
Can’t jet off to Vegas for a girls’ trip? Plan the next best thing: A casino-themed bachelorette party in an urban penthouse that will make guests feel like they’re at a swanky club. Have table games for gambling the night away, and go all-out with an appearance from a Vegas-style performer, such as an Elvis impersonator.
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