Author: The Knot
If the thought of going away for a weekend won’t work for your group because of size or budget reasons, don’t give up hope on having a great bachelorette party. It doesn’t have to be far from home to be fun and memorable. Here are 12 of our favorite themes and ideas.
1. Spa Bachelorette Party
Have a spa day at a local that offers everything from massages and mud wraps to facials and manicures. Everyone—especially the bride—will appreciate the stress-buster, and you can end the day with low-key dinner and drinks at a restaurant.
2. Club Bachelorette Party
Whether it’s a drag show, a swanky nightclub, a disco bar or something else entirely, find a club with the perfect vibe for the bride. Reserve a table for your group and dress up in themed attire or just your most dance-worthy outfit.
3. Country Bar Bachelorette Party
If she’s a country girl at heart, take the bride to a good old-fashioned country Western bar for line dancing, mechanical bull rides and pitchers of beer. Don’t forget to wear your cowboy boots and hats!
4. Karaoke Bachelorette Party
Go to a karaoke bar to sing your hearts out, or rent a private room at a karaoke bar so everyone can, um, dazzle the group. Go to dinner beforehand and then once you’re at the bar, make sure the drinks are flowing. Some people may need liquid courage, after all.
5. Casino Bachelorette Party
If you love to gamble, hold the bachelorette party at a casino, whether it’s local or in Las Vegas. Most have a nice restaurant, and you might also want to see a show or book rooms overnight. The great thing about gambling parties (other than the free drinks) is that some may walk away with winnings! Just remember the odds are against you, so if betting is your thing, put down only what you can afford to lose.
6. Astrology Bachelorette Party
If the bride knows her Sun and Moon signs, plus her partner’s rising sign, we can predict with almost perfect accuracy that she’ll love an astrology-themed party. Hire a tarot card reader and an astrologer to do everyone’s chart. This idea could be a big hit, and not just with the bride. Who doesn’t want to know what the future holds?
7. High Tea Bachelorette Party
If your friend wants an elegant affair, consider a high tea party, complete with lace doilies, finger sandwiches, petit fours, scones, clotted cream and a variety of tea. You can easily host a tea in someone’s home, or if you want to splurge, make reservations at a fancy local tearoom.
8. Comedy Club Bachelorette Party
Your group is guaranteed to get attention at a comedy club—when the stand-ups know you’re there with a bride-to-be, expect plenty of R-rated jokes. Call the club in advance, tell them what you’re celebrating and reserve a front-row table. Ask about a group discount if there’s a cover charge, and order plenty of drinks for the table.
9. Outdoor Bachelorette Party
Does the bride love the great outdoors? Consider a nature-filled bachelorette party. Go camping in tents or glamping in a cabin in a local state park. Hiking, canoeing, swimming, fishing and horseback riding are fun activity options. Just make sure all guests know what clothes and necessities to pack.
10. Beach Bachelorette Party
If you do want to get away for a night or two, take off for the nearest beach and have a mellow seaside party. Who doesn’t love lounging on the sand with a margarita? Depending on the time of year, you can get great off-season package deals on hotels. Check with a travel agent about availability and special group rates.
11. Cooking Class Bachelorette Party
Ask the bride what her favorite cuisine is, and then attend a cooking class based on her preference—Mexican and Italian are always big hits. You could also hire a private chef to come cook for the group and have a dinner party at someone’s home instead.
12. Wine Tasting Bachelorette Party
Go to a local winery or restaurant and have a wine tasting—even better if you can pair each round with delicious cheese, fruit and charcuterie boards. You can also hire a sommelier to come to someone’s home and do a private tasting so nobody has to worry about driving home.