Friday, August 15, 2014

Bachelorette Party Planning

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings
A friend of mine recently went to great lengths to plan the perfect bachelorette party for one of her dearest friends, but it was a challenge for the other bridesmaids to think beyond a night of bar-hopping in the bride's home town. If you're looking to plan something more than jello shots and "Future Mrs. So-and-So" tank tops, consider one of these fun options fit for any budget:

Bachelorette Bake-Off
For the Bride-to-Be with a sweet tooth, consider a baking class or a cooking class. It's a fun group activity that can be made naughty or nice. Choose a class with a theme (ex. French pastries) or a simple cake decorating class. You can turn any activity into a competition, and add some Bachelorette flair by testing everyone's abilities to make the most provocative pastries.

A cooking class with multiple courses may be a day-long activity, but if you're just going to bake some cupcakes, then consider convening at another location after class for some dinner, games and more girly bonding. This option can also be combined with one of the ideas below.

Future Mrs. Mixologist
Pink cocktails seem to be a go-to at Bachelorette parties. Why not learn how to mix your own? Most big cities offer mixology classes, and some will even come to your house. It's a great way to kick off the night, learn a little something fun, and bond.

I love the idea of combining this activity with something more saucy like a lingerie shower. Start the night in a private room at a swanky restaurant, fete the Bride-to-Be with everything she'll need for the honeymoon, then head off to a fun class and create your own concoctions. Although it's not SO different from bar-hopping, it will feel more special then waiting in line to get into bar that you visit on any regular weekend night.

Catch a Concert
Buy tickets to see the Bride-to-Be's favorite artist, or get a large group together to attend one of the many outdoor music festivals that pop up in the summer. I love the idea of buying lawn seats to a day-long even and staking out a great spot to enjoy the music, indulge in a yummy picnic/snacks, and engage in some girly chit chat.

Tailgate beforehand with tiny cans of Sophia sparkling wine and don't forget to take lots of pictures! This is a fun experience the Bride-to-Be won't want to forget!

Girly Getaway
There's no rule that the Bachelorette party has to happen in the Bride's city, and travel deals abound on the internet. Pick a fun city to try, plan a couple days of girly activities (maybe squeeze in the above options!) and enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Shop 'til you drop. Hit the streets of New York City for brunching, shopping, and maybe a celebrity sighting or two! Check out the Hotel East Houston- it feels luxurious but is very wallet friendly. Once you've checked in, pop over to Clinton Street Baking Company for brunch, then shop around SoHo. After you've found the perfect little dress, gather the girls for a mani/pedi and head back to the hotel to primp. Hail a cab to The Haven Rooftop to start the night off in style. On Sunday morning, recover with coffee and pastries outside as you stroll around the High Line and re-live the weekend's highlights!
  • Get beachy. All-inclusive beach resorts can be fun, but renting a house on Cape Cod can feel equally luxurious. Spend the day soaking up the sun, reading girl magazines, and drinking homemade cocktails by the water. In the evening, stock on games, cook something delicious on the grill, and enjoy a few laughs with the girls. Don't forget to do a little bit of shopping in the cute Cape Cod towns- send the Bride-to-Be home with some saltwater taffy or another small momento of the weekend.
  • Go glamping. I recently posted about the Resort at Paws Up in Montana, which takes camping to a whole new level. Book a cabin a the resort for your group or find a similar spot that will allow you to benefit from the outdoorsy-ness of camping while sill living in luxury.  I promise your girls won't miss out on any Bachelorette fun- Cowboys and ranch hands offer plenty of good eye candy!

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