A festive party atmosphere will encourage all your guests to let loose and get a little crazy. Whether you are planning or attending a bachelorette party this year, read our ideas on gifts, games and everything else!
Last Chance Bachelorette Bash
With the wedding dead ahead, the bride needs a chance to let loose, forget about all those lost wedding invitations, wrong-size bridesmaid shoes, and overpriced buffet bids. Give her a bachelorette party so she can relax, be silly, spend time with her girlfriends, and enjoy one last night of being single. Here are some tips to help make the blushing bride blush a little more – at her “Last-Chance Bachelorette Bash.”
Pick a Party Theme:
Bachelorette parties come in a variety of themes, from elegant wine-tasting evenings to raucous late-night rages. Ask the bride what type of party she prefers, then brainstorm ideas with her to create the perfect party. Here are some suggestions you might consider:
Single Girl’s Funeral
Celebrate the bride’s last night with a video marathon of romantic movies featuring her favorite sexy stars, such as:
For laughs, show videos that reveal the lighter side of marriage, such as:
how to be wild and crazy, without getting sleazy and cheesy
You just got another gushing voicemail. One more girlfriend down: she’s getting married. Which means you have another bachelorette party to plan. If the thought of penis pops and cheap veils is enough to make you vomit, even without the tequila shots that go with them, buck up party girl! Just ’cause it’s a bachelorette party doesn’t mean it has to… suck. Stay in, go out, take a trip-a night with the girls is the only requirement for a wildly successful party.
You still want to whoop it up with an unforgettable night on the town-just without the insulting paraphernalia and leering frat boys. Go for it, sister. Strip bars and dance clubs aren’t the only places where you can roast your girlfriend and get a little crazy.
Whether it’s the thought of crowds and logistics, or you simply want to bond at home, you can dress up the party so it’s like none other. Give it a bachelorette spin.
Whether you embark on the town or stay in for the night, you owe it to the girls to make it more uniquely glamorous. A customized party package will do the trick. Swizzlechick.com can import your favorite photos (think blackmail worthy) and personal memories (go sentimental or silly) onto party favors such as invitations and glasses. Best of all, they’ll collect them all and craft a memory book for the bride. So even if the main lady gets so blotto she doesn’t remember the bachelorette party, she’ll still have the book to remember all the fun.
It’s Ladies’ Night
Creative ideas for your girls-only get-together
No need to try to emulate the guys with a bar-crawl—and-stripper combo. Get creative and offer your gal pals a better bonding experience-anything from a night of beauty to a road trip. Read on! One of these alternatives should fit you and your maids perfectly.
Break out the marshmallows and sleeping bags and set your sights on the great outdoors, whether you’re barely roughing it in a fully-stocked cabin or getting out the old girl-scout tent and sitting around the campfire.
“My camping bachelorette party was so much fun,” says Sherry R. in San Francisco. “We had the best- looking campsite around-everyone brought tons of candles to make it festive and beautiful. We hiked, talked around the fire—and everyone offered to take on wedding tasks for me. I came home feeling so connected to my friends and with a great sense of relief that I didn’t have to do everything myself!”
If all-out pampering blisses you out, get the girls together and hit the local spa for all the seaweed wraps, facials and massages you can handle. There’ll be plenty of time to chat in the hot tub!
Hire a tarot card reader or psychic to give everyone a glimpse into their fabulous futures.
For your party, give everyone a chance to dig way, way back into their closets and finally rewear that fuchsia taffeta bridesmaid gown (or prom dress) with the bubble skirt and jumbo-sized bow in the back. (Serve plenty of cheese to complement the cheese factor of the party fashion statements.)
Your gals can come up with a list of daring feats for you to accomplish by the end of the evening, from kissing a bald man’s head to getting seven men’s phone numbers. The quickest way to throw this party together is with “Bachelor-Et-A-Kit,” which includes a scavenger-hunt list along with a bridal T-shirt, veil and garter for the guest of honor. Call 888/4-FUN-KIT for more info.
It wouldn’t be a bachelorette party without a little embarrassment for the guest of honor. Your bridesmaids can deck you out in a standout ensemble, whether it’s a hand-decorated T-shirt with pens for all the guests to sign their well-wishes, or a swath of tulle pinned to your head. Or maybe they’ll come up with a more interesting accessory. “At one bachelorette party, the bride paraded around with a life-size photo of her future hubby’s head on a stake,” says Lauren C. from Washington, D.C. “She had to introduce her ‘husband’ to the other bar patrons.” See below for more real-life “best and worst” bachelorette party memories.
Get a blast from the past when you dig out the old college and high-school yearbooks. Stop off at your hangouts of yore, and make a killer mix of those ’80s tunes you loved-though you might want to stop at recreating your big ’80s hairstyle.
Take to the road (or the air) for a weekend adventure to the beach, the mountains, or even Las Vegas-wherever the mood (and the budget) takes you.
Throw an old-fashioned sleepover. Hang out in your comfiest pajamas and munch on Oreos and Ben & Jerry’s while you give each other manicures, braid one another’s hair and giggle over boys.
If you and your friends thrive on adrenaline, get them together for your adventure of choice-learn to scuba dive or sail, or take the leap and try skydiving. Or just head out for an all-day hike followed by a picnic.
Create an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet, filled with everything from tortes to tarts (and don’t forget the chocolate fondue). Just one caveat-host this party at least a few weeks before the wedding, so no one splits a seam come wedding day.
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