Bachelorette Party Cost

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There’s a lengthy list of reasons people roll their eyes when you tell them you have to go to a bachelorette party. The average age of marriage for a woman is 27, according to a Pew study from 2011. Her friends can expect to pay somewhere around $1,500 to be in a wedding. They may also spend somewhere around the same amount of money to go on a weekend-long bender—sorry, bachelorette party. There are pages and pages of Google search results devoted to “bachelorette party cost,” most of which are about how not to shell out over $1,000 per party. At this age, not everyone is able to comfortably spend the money or take the time away from their jobs.

Sometimes this expenditure feels compulsory. It’s a lot. Ultimately, though, we do it because bachelorette parties are more than an organized excuse to act like idiots.

They are the cost of community, tradition, and meaning that, after school, is largely missing for those of us who aren’t religious.

Being a 20-something after college is the first time many young adults are left to their own devices when it comes to building communities and constructing social activities and traditions. Until then, school, extracurriculars, and parents provided markers of time and milestones.

Even if you don’t get married or have children, most people start to get their acts together and develop routines and traditions as they get older. It’s through young adulthood that most of us have no idea what we’re doing or how to structure our lives.

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Bachelorette Party Drinks

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Pink Panty Dropper

4 Ingredients – Makes about 1.5 quarts When I say bachelorette party, you say Pink Panty Dropper…They go hand in hand! You will need: 20 oz of quality Vodka 1 packet of pink lemonade Crystal Light (should make 1 quart per packet) 2- 12 oz cans of Diet Cherry 7 Up 1- 12 oz can of light beer Then: Combine Vodka and Crystal light and stir, mix in plenty of ice. Add beer and 7 Up and stir. Dispense cold and garnish with a lemon wedge if desired. Photographed by Cassie Schott via Southern Weddings. Recipe via Spook Fork Bacon.

 

Skinny Spiked Sparkling Lemonade 

3 Ingredients – Makes about 3 quarts A go-to summer time drink with a deliciously simple spin on it for your bachelorette party! You will need: 25 oz of Malibu Rum 4- 17 oz Sparkling ICE Lemonade 4 Limes halved Then: Fill pitcher or dispenser with ice, juice limes over ice and add rum. Stir in sparkling lemonade and serve cold (over ice if desired). Photographed by Ken Keinowfrom this Rustic Romance Wedding.

 

Adios Mother Fuckers

7 Ingredients – Makes about 3 quarts This one trick pony has more ingredients than most but will certainly do the job and ensure a night you won’t forget! You will need: 6 oz Vodka 6 oz Rum 6 oz Tequila 6 oz Gin 6 oz Blue Curacao Liqueur 24 oz Classic Sweet and Sour Mix 24 oz 7 Up Then: Mix desired brands of each spirit along with Sweet and Sour Mix over ice in large dispenser. Top with 7 Up, gently stir, and serve cold. Photographed by Cameron Ingalls from thisCentral Coast Summer Wedding. Recipe via Drinks Mixer.

 

Easy Sangria

5 Ingredients – Makes about 2 quarts You’ll never guess this amazingly easy sangria is from Rachael Ray. She clearly knows how to get a classy, summer time bachelorette party started. You will need: 1 seedless baby watermelon 6 plums 1 pint of blueberries 2 bottles of rose wine – we recommend New Age Rose 8 oz of elderflower liqueur – Rachael recommends St Germaine Then: 2-6 hours before your party slice melon in half and scoop melon balls into large dispenser. Add plum wedges and blueberries. If you have extra watermelon juice add that in as well. Gently stir in wine and liqueur and refrigerate until your party. Serve cold. Photographed by Chelsey Boatwright from this Lush Lavender Wedding.

 

Twisted Arnold Palmer

2 Ingredients – Makes about 2 quarts This isn’t your grandma’s Arnold Palmer. A vodka twist on our favorite, refreshing drink will make for a pleasant surprise and bring southern charm to your bach bash. You will need: 20 ozFirefly Sweet Tea Vodka 40 oz Lemonade Then: Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon if desired. Photographed by Mike Larson from this Vintage Vineyard Wedding. Recipe via Bridal Guide.

 

Planning a Bachelorette Slumber Party

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Planning a Bachelorette Slumber Party

Do you remember the best times you’ve spent with your long-time girlfriends? Were some of those times slumber parties in grade school and junior high? If you want to recapture the joy of spending time with the girls, a slumber party themed bachelorette party may be just the trick to bring together all the women in the bride-to-be’s life.

A successful “little girl slumber party” themed bachelorette party requires several bits of planning. First, all the girls attending the party should be on board with the plan. They need to know what to bring with them – sleeping bags, cute pajamas, pillows, snack food like we all ate in junior high, and girly movies to watch late at night.

Next, the decorations for the party need to match the theme. Try banners, streamers, and balloons in shades of pink. Create a cozy area near a TV for everyone to throw out sleeping bags and make sure you have lots of blankets and pillows on hand. Provide each girl attending the party with a goodie bag that can be used throughout the night. The bag should include some great slumber party basics, like nail polish for doing manicures and lip gloss. Give the girls a toothbrush that is purple or pink. Include little girl items like stickers, hair clips, and kid themed candy, like candy rings. You may also want to consider including things that are specific to your childhood era. For ladies in their mid to late 20s, many childhood icons are popular again, including Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, and Care Bears. You can find great party favors and stickers that are these childhood favorites, which will set the tone of your bachelorette party.

Next, make sure you have enough party food. Consider a slumber party classic, like ordering lots of pizzas, having cookies, or even raw cookie dough, and chips and dips. Now is not a time to worry about your diet, as you are trying to capture the joy of being a little girl and staying with your friends.

As for party activities, you should encourage sitting around and talking, like we all used to do with our friends. Topics should be light – boys, hair styles, and movies are all good things to keep the party on track. You can play classic slumber party games, like truth or dare, and really keep the feeling of childhood going. The bachelorette can be given special rights, like veto power during the game of truth or dare, or some other privilege. Also, when it starts to get late, a great option is to watch classic girly movies. Each guest can bring her favorite chick flick so that there are lots of options for viewing late into the night.

Another great activity at a slumber party bachelorette party is to give the bride-to-be a series of gifts. Lingerie, massage oils, or other naughty gifts are great for this type of party and also often spawn fun conversations between the girls attending the bachelorette party.

Bachelorette Party at a Winery

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Isn’t having a Bachelorette Party at a Winery just asking for trouble?

 

 

If you want to throw a non-traditional bachelorette party, there are many good ideas floating around the internet to choose from. One great option is a bachelorette party wine weekend. In many areas of the country there are wineries that offer a wide variety of activities.

From Virginia to California, nearly every state has some wine producing capabilities, and local wineries are a great spot for a different kind of bachelorette party fun. If the bride-to-be is looking to spend time with her girlfriends but isn’t interested in a night of wild drinking and stranger hooting and hollering about a tiara on her head, a wine weekend might be a great option for the bachelorette party.

bacheloretteBanner01Wineries often provide many benefits.

They are usually away from the city, in areas with lots of land and beautiful scenery. This is a great place for women to unwind, talk with each other, and just spend time bonding as is intended at a bachelorette party before one of the group goes from single to married life.

Wineries also have great wines to taste. You can take a winery tour, do a wine tasting, and buy bottles of the ones that you like.

You can give each girl a party favor of a spit of wine, often you even have options to personalize the labels to say something special about the winery bachelorette party event.

You can also buy wine stoppers and other wine paraphernalia as a great set of favors for the girls.

Wineries also often are connected to quaint, local restaurants. This gives you an option for dinner, a wine tasting, and then you can take back several bottles of wine to a hotel room or someone’s house to let the party continue!

In addition, if you do a daytime event for a bachelorette party, you can take a picnic of gourmet foods to the winery. Most wineries have outdoor areas to sit and enjoy the sunshine when the weather is nice.

Pack a complete meal, do a wine tasting, buy the wines the girls all like best, and drink them together over your picnic. It will make you feel close to all the girls at the party as you sip wine, talk about the view, and bond.

greatbacheloretteLots of wineries also have live entertainment on special days, so if you plan the party to coincide with another event, you can take in a local jazz band, for example.

The bachelorette party at a winery also doesn’t have to be limited to only one winery. Most areas have a series of wineries clumped together, as the land attracts many wine makers. If that is the case, plan your trip with multiple stops, and taste wine at a lot of locations along the way.

If you are opting for a “wine tour” bachelorette part, you should check ahead of time to map out where you are going. In addition, arrange for either a sober driver or a limo or van to drive you between wine tastings so that everyone can have a good time and still be safe.

 

 

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Tips for Simplifying Bachelorette Party Planning

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Tips for Simplifying Bachelorette Party Planning

 

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Are you struggling to plan a bachelorette party for one of your friends? With the regular demands of life – work, school, kids, spouses, keeping up you home – planning a party is usually the last thing on your mind. If you have committed to planning a bachelorette party but haven’t been able to get things together, you can still throw a wonderful bachelorette party with a few quick tips.

First, consider if you are pressed for time, consider buying a pre-packaged bachelorette party kit. While they may compromise creativity, a bachelorette party kit saves you tons of time by doing all the shopping with one quick purchase. Bachelorette party kits, depending on the kit and the price, can include things like utensils, paper plates, napkins, banners and other decorations, party favors, and items for the bride to wear like a tiara.

bacheloretteBanner01Next, try enlisting a network of helpers. Bachelorette parties are more informal than bridal showers, so you are free to ask for the help of other bridesmaids and party guests. If you are having trouble doing all the bachelorette party planning on your own, try a potluck party idea where each guest brings some refreshments, or a twist on potluck where each guest brings an article of clothing for the bride to wear during the night or each guest brings one decoration (after you have given them a clear theme or color scheme).

You can also ask other bridesmaids to chip in to help cover the cost of the party, or you can plan an event at a restaurant where each girl pays for her own meal and chips in to cover the bride. A party out at a restaurant also has the bonus of requiring little prep beyond confirming that the restaurant can handle your group.

Other time saving tips include sending invitations for the bachelorette party via email, such as through the evite website. You can enlist the help of other guests through email too, which will save the hassle of endless phone calls between the girls. You can simply start a series of emails that everyone can read and comment on.

Another time saver is to go straight to the source of the party – the bride. While you never want the bride to actually plan her own party, if you are stumped for ideas, you may simply want to do a little gentle questioning to get a sense of exactly what she expects so that the planning efforts you make are worth it. With some basic guidance you can get a sense of whether or not the bride wants to hit the bars or stay at home with popcorn and chick flicks with her girlfriends.

greatbacheloretteEven though planning a bachelorette party can be difficult at times, when you bring joy to one of your closest girlfriends it will all be worth it. Spread the planning duties among several friends, and the task will seem more manageable, and you might even be able to have fun at the party!

 

 

 

 

Spa and Makeover Bachelorette Parties

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Spa and Makeover Bachelorette Parties

 

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Are you looking for a new and fresh idea for bachelorette parties? A great new trend is the spa or makeover party. When you get together a group of girls, it makes sense to have a day or evening of beauty!

For a spa party, usually the party is during the day, or the spa part of the party is one event in a bachelorette party weekend. You should choose a local spa, and let the other girls attending the party have input about where to go so that the spa you choose is affordable and well liked.

Next, contact the spa itself. Many locations have discounts for large groups or special treatments that can be done as a group. For example, you may get a room to yourselves while everyone gets pedicures or manicures.

bacheloretteBanner01Next, have each girl sign up for which treatments she wants, and make sure that the spa can schedule you in an organized manner. If the spa is used to large groups and parties, it can likely schedule a block of employees and a block of time for your group. Be sure that you discuss both the price of services and expected tips for servicing a large group, so that all the girls attending your spa day are well prepared.

Spa parties are great on weekdays, when spas are often less expensive and have more time to accommodate a group.

If a spa bachelorette party becomes hard to plan or seems too expensive you might want to consider an at home spa party. This type of makeover party is great if the bride-to-be doesn’t want to go out to bars or clubs for her bachelorette party, but instead just wants to spend time with her girlfriends.

For a makeover party, you can do one of two things. You can purchase a large variety of at home spa treatments at a beauty supply store to service the entire group of girls. Otherwise, you can ask each girl attending the party to sign up in pot luck fashion to bring one spa treatment for each guest. For example, one girl can bring individually packaged face masks for everyone, while another girl brings mini nail polishes, and another girl brings lip glosses, etc. If everyone pitches in it becomes a very economical party and you get a large variety of treatments and beauty products to experiment with throughout your party.

greatbacheloretteIf you are having an at home spa party, you need to consider your bathroom space versus the number of guests. If you are running low on space for all the ladies to try their treatments, you may want to consider buying plastic basins to fill with water for soaking hands before manicures and other treatments. You also should be sure to have lots of towels on hand and encourage your guests to dress in comfortable clothes or pajamas for the party itself.

Either at home or in a professional spa, a makeover party can be a great bonding experience as a bachelorette party event. It is sure to make all your guests feel beautiful!

 

 

Planning a Great Bachelorette Party

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Planning a Great Bachelorette Party

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In the current era of women’s empowerment, bachelor parties are matched with fun and exciting bachelorette parties for the ladies. Some basic tips on how to plan a great bachelorette party can be followed by anyone, from a seasoned pro at hosting parties to a novice.

First, virtually anyone can offer to host a bachelorette party. Usually the maid of honor or bridesmaids take the lead in planning the party, but any friend or relative can plan the party. An important tip in bachelorette party planning is that if you need to make reservations for a show or other activity, you’ll want guests to formally RSVP. No matter who takes charge, all interested ladies should have some input in planning the bachelorette party, and the bride herself can be consulted to determine what she thinks would be a fun time.

Bachelorette parties usually include all the bridesmaids and closets female friends of the bride, which may include a few relatives, neighbors, or coworkers. A bachelorette party is usually a relatively small group, and definitely under 20 people. Around 10 or fewer girls is usually ideal, so that planning and going out aren’t difficult.

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As for the date of a bachelorette party, don’t plan it for the night before the wedding, the last thing the bride needs to be thinking about is a possible hangover or going home early from her own party. One good option is to have the bachelorette party the same weekend as the bachelor party, so you may want to coordinate with the groom to get the date set.

Planning is very individual to the group giving the party. One girl can take the lead, or a group can plan together, such as all the bridesmaids or a clique from college. Some bachelorette hosts ask for donations from each guest, but the bride shouldn’t be expected to contribute to the fund. Bachelorette parties, especially those hosted in someone’s home, don’t have to be expensive, and can even be potluck events. Bachelorette parties are usually very informal and free form.

greatbacheloretteBachelorette parties are more laid-back and less structured than traditional bridal showers, and there is no “typical” bash. What usually comes to mind, though, is a group of giggling girls and a bride dressed up in a funny shirt or veil. You can paint the town red if that suits the bride, but you can also have other celebrations. You can opt for a nice dinner out, a concert, or a party at someone’s house, including a possible slumber party, especially if some of the guests are from out of town. If you do go out, make sure that all the guests know how to dress – do you have a theme color or is everyone going to wear a feather boa? Are you all bringing items for the bride to wear, like a novelty tee-shirt and a veil?

The bachelorette party is not a gift party in the same way a shower is, but presents are usually given that are silly or a bit naughty. Encourage guests to buy inexpensive gag gifts, sexy gifts, or lingerie for the wedding night.

 

Timeline for Bachelorette Party Planning

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To make sure you are a wonderful bachelorette party planner, you should follow some tips on what to plan and when.

 

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Three months before the bachelorette party, ask the bride what she wants, or doesn’t want. Will it be a night out on the town with drinking, dancing, and debauchery? Or does she prefer a quiet weekend with the girls, or just a nice dinner out? Does she want a living room bash, or just pizza and pool at her favorite college bar?

Establish the comfort level of the bride with various bachelorette party options. Does she want naughty, or nice? Get her to define exactly what she has in mind and outline her boundaries. After all, the bachelorette party is for her, so you don’t want her to feel uncomfortable. Several months in advance of the actual bachelorette party, set the date. Shoot for a weekend night at least several weeks before the wedding. Check the date not only with the bride, but also with other bridesmaids to make sure it works for as many girls as possible. At this point, also pin down the guest list for the bachelorette party.

bacheloretteBanner01Two months before the party, send a casual save the date email, and double check to make sure there aren’t major conflicts among the party guests. If it is a destination bachelorette party, send specific information about the details to the guests.

Brainstorm possible game plans and party stunts with the bridesmaids, leaving these details a surprise for the bride. If the party will be at a hot spot or out of town (the only Chippendale’s club in town, a popular tapas bar, a cabaret theater, South Beach, a rock concert, someone’s beach house), make reservations, order tickets, and deal with lodging and transportation details. Start planning at this point for transportation, especially if the girls will be drinking. Either get a volunteer to be the designated driver for the night, or research rending a limo or find a reliable taxi service.

Now is also the time to book any exotic dancer or other entertainment if you are hiring someone for the evening.

One month before the bachelorette party, send invitations. Emailing or calling is OK if the event is informal; make sure your invitations inform guests of any monetary contributions you are expecting.

If you’re going with the standard pub crawl, devise the itinerary. Start out with dinner at a rowdy restaurant where it is OK for the bride to wear her tiara and the shirt you make for her. Map out the establishments you want to visit, and let the girls know the list in case anyone has to arrive late. Make sure you ask about drink specials and bachelorette freebies at the bars you plan to visit. If you’re partying at home, help the hostess plan refreshments and activities. Make a shopping list and divide up bachelorette party prep among bridesmaids.

greatbacheloretteOne week before the party, buy last minute decorations, party favors, etc. Make a list of the games you want to play at the bachelorette party, with rules and how-tos.

Confirm all the RSVPs, transportation arrangements, and bachelorette party entertainment.

The day before the party remind guests of the meeting place and time, reiterating the address. Now, just get plenty of sleep so you can enjoy the bachelorette party!
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Party Games to Kick Off Your Bachelorette Party

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Party Games to Kick Off Your Bachelorette Party

 

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There are so few times when girls get together and can play silly games with abandon. A bachelorette party is an amazing opportunity to have a purely fun night out with your girlfriends and play lots of great party games!

One game that can be a real laugh is to see who can sculpt the best penis. This is great for stay at home bachelorette parties, and all you need is some clay. Give each girl some clay, and let her sculpt away. After ten minutes, have the girls present their masterpiece to the group, and let everyone rate the creations in several categories – realism, humor, creativity, etc. Give the girls who win fun gifts that you have bought for game winners.

Another game that can get a bachelorette party started is called “I know what it is.” Place a bachelorette party favor in a bag, anything from nail polish to a naughty toy to a bead necklace. Then, have each girl reach into the bag without looking for only three seconds. Each girl then describes in detail what she thinks is in the bag. Make sure they are descriptive! The girl who is closest to what is actually in the bag gets to keep the contents.

 

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Classic card games, and card drinking games, are always a bachelorette party staple. But, to pump up the humor and bawdiness of your bachelorette party, play the games with nude male playing cards, which you can buy at novelty stores or online.

Drinking games can also get an extra bachelorette party twist when you make girls take shots from penis shot glasses, or drink through penis straws, all of which are available on the internet or at party supply stores.

It seems a classic bachelorette party gag to have as many penis related items as possible, including penis racers, which you can line up like toy wind up cars and race. There are also penis items such as forks, plates, and muffin tins to make even your munchies a little bit naughty for the bachelorette party.

If you are having a poolside bachelorette party, one fun game is to play “private dick” where the girls are all given water guns and are armed with a characteristic about a man. Things like the same name as the bachelor, a red goatee, or wearing a certain style of sunglasses, work well, but you can choose any characteristic you like. Then, search the pool area until you find your man, and squirt him with water to claim victory. If you play this game at a pool or at the beach, most men will play along with no hard feelings.

 

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A low key bachelorette party game is to create the funniest bachelorette story. All the girls at the party sit in a circle, pass around a toy, and tell the funniest stories they have experienced with the bachelorette. This is a great warm up game to get your party started and works really well if all the party attendees don’t know each other well. You learn not only about the bride-to-be, but also about the friends that you may not know well.

 

 

At Home Bachelorette Parties

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At Home Bachelorette Parties

 

What makes a great bachelorette party? Some girls say it is going out to bars, flirting with guys, and drinking shots all night long. Other girls, especially slightly older brides, find that they aren’t looking for a situation that will only make them feel uncomfortable.

If you are planning a bachelorette party for a more reserved friend, or a girl who doesn’t drink, how do you still make sure she has a fun event? Are there rules for planning a bachelorette party?

 

No Set Rules!

First, there are no set rules for bachelorette party planning. There are, however, several key elements that make a bachelorette party a success. The first step is to determine the expectations of the bride. Does she want to stay in? Does she want to invite twenty girls, or only six? Does she have a restaurant she wants to visit, a concert she’d like to go to, or would she prefer an at home gathering?

 

Wishes of the Bride-to-Be

Knowing the wishes of the bride is a key step to begin your planning. If you have determined that the bride wants a less wild, simpler bachelorette party, you have many options to make sure it is still memorable. First, be sure to include the right guests – girls that the bride feels closest to. Next, think about a theme for your party. Does the bachelorette love chocolate? Maybe you can have a chocolate party with chocolate fountains and goodies, and gift bags for all the guests that are a rich, brown color, filled with chocolate gifts. Or, try a theme centered on the groom, such as a “girly” football party for a girl who is marrying a huge football fan. This party can include all the guests wearing football gear like jerseys and the food being a tailgate style. No matter what theme you choose, make sure that it fits the bride, and your bachelorette party will be more successful.

 

No Men Allowed!

Another key to an at-home party is making sure there are no men allowed! Send your boyfriend or husband out for the night to make sure you have the house to yourself. Or, ideally, plan the bachelorette party for the same night as the bachelor party when the guys are busy themselves. Next, plan great food. A bachelorette party should feel indulgent, so make sure you are providing good snacks, or to keep costs down, make it a potluck party. Have each girl bring a favorite dish and you can all get together, snack, and play bachelorette party games!

 

Focus on The Bride-to-Be

Finally, remember to focus entirely on the bride. Have the girls each share a special story about a funny moment with the bride, or to write down their favorite memory of her. Then, take turns reading the memories and have the bride guess who wrote what. It is a good bonding experience and reminds everyone why they love the bride and lets guests who don’t know each other well get to know each other better before the wedding.

Whatever you do for your bachelorette party, remember that the key to a great party is the love you put into it and the friends you have gathered.