I have been dying to write this post but I had to wait until after I threw the Bachelorette party because it was a surprise. Now that the weekend is over and our party was a huge success, I’m going to share with you my secrets to planning a classy Bachelorette party.
These days there seems to be a lot of women out there dressed in too little clothing, too much make up and not enough class, and this problem becomes even worse when at a bachelorette party! I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a bachelorette party weekend for someone very close to me. We planned this party over the course of about 4 months, but it could be done in less time if need be. So here are 5 easy steps to hosting a successful, classy bachelorette party without breaking the bank!
1. PICK A THEME
Now for me this was an easy task. My bride is a gemologist, so Tiffany & Co. was the perfect choice. Take the time to consider your bride’s personality, her favorite things or colors. Also take into account the groom. For example, if your bride is marrying a fireman, you could focus the theme on that. If you don’t necessarily want a theme, its a good idea to pick a color scheme so your party looks unified.
Now is also when you should decide what kind of party it is. Are you going to have one great night or make it a weekend event? When making this decision, talk to everyone involved to see what kind of budget and time everyone has for the party.
2. DO A LITTLE RESEARCH
Now that you have chosen your theme, do some research. For my theme I researched things like the color Tiffany Blue and how to tie a Tiffany & Co. bow. (Yes there is a certain way to tie a Tiffany bow.) Start your research by going to Google, or the search engine of your choice, and simply typing in your theme. See what pops up and go from there. Another great place is http://www.pinterest.com. Of course to use Pinterest you need a current User to send you an invite, which shouldn’t be difficult. I can almost guarantee that someone you know is on Pinterest. Also, if you haven’t yet picked a theme, you could search for that here as well.
Also take the time to research things like what restaurants and bars you want to go to. Look at hotels and their rates and discounts if you’re doing a weekend party. Once you know where you’re going, it will be easier to plan for the next step.
3. DECOR AND GOODIES
When it comes to a bachelorette party, there is a plethora of generic things you could find online, most of which are usually a combination of hot pink and some sort of animal print. If that’s your theme then you are in luck, but if not then you need to get a little creative!
Some things you need to tackle are room decor, whether it be a hotel room, a restaurant, bar, or someone’s home, your room needs to clearly echo your theme. This doesn’t have to be an expensive task, just a thoughtful one.
Our party was a weekend away with a total of 6 women, so my goal was to deck out our hotel room. Now, it can be hard to get your theme across in a hotel room because they are already professionally decorated with their own color scheme. I brought along light blue tulle, extra white satin ribbon, both clear and light blue diamond table scatter, and blue decorative picture frames.
Below are a few pictures of the decorations I made.
There are some simple crafts you can do to enhance the look of your party. For example, the door hanger pictured above only cost me about $1.25 to make. I bought a blank wooden door hanger from Michael’s for less than a dollar, then covered it with loose stock craft paper that matched my theme, printed the wording, taped it on and bedazzled it with a few rhinestone that can be found in the scrapbooking section. The other signs on the door are simply printed off a nice printer and layered with different papers, add a few sparkles and you’re all set. People were taking pictures of our door all weekend!
It’s also a good idea to put together a small favor for each of your party goers. The favors that I put together were a box filled with a miniature bottle of champagne, an engraved champagne flute, a blue sleeping mask, a bottle of water, matching tank tops that I made by ironing on the Bride & Co. sign, and a personalized pen and keychain.
Of course, the favor for the bride needs to be a little different. I put together a Bride tote bag and it was filled with all of the above in addition to some awesome things my co-host found online including sandals that leave an imprint of “just married” in the sand, a door hanger for the honeymoon hotel room and a book of pictures we had made from her bridal shower.
4. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
There is nothing worse than having a group of women all trying to figure out where to go or what to do next. This can make for a stressful situation, and ultimately take away attention on the bride. The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead. Take into account the places you found in your research and make the decisions of where to go ahead of time. When making decisions, take into account any special diets and allergies of your party guests.
After deciding which places you want to visit, make reservations. When making your reservations, let the people at the bar or restaurant, etc. know that you are bringing in a bachelorette party. It’s a great idea to have a list of all your reservations and places you are going, with their address and phone number, with you at all times in case there is a change of plans. Also take the time to communicate with your guests about the budget and expenses for the party to there are no surprises.
Finally, make an itinerary and share it with the rest of the group. Make sure to schedule time to get ready and also time to relax!
5. PERSONALIZE IT!!!
This is the most important step! It doesn’t have to be expensive or take too much time, just think ahead and give yourself enough time to get things done. Most of the personalized items we had were either made on our computer, like our door signs, or ordered online. I personally LOVE http://www.vistaprint.com. They are even featured on http://www.groupon.com. I bought a groupon for $17 which gave me $70 to spend on personalized items, which is where I got our pens and keychains. The engraved champagne flutes, I found at the thrift store and engraved each one by hand with my Dremel. They only cost me $1 each and my time.
For the tank tops, I bought shirts at Forever 21 for less than $5 each and printed on iron on paper. Once I figured out how to mirror the image to print it on the transfer paper, it was simple! We all wore matching tank tops out to breakfast. It’s nice to do something like this because when you are out it gives the bride the much deserved attention at her bachelorette party! I made sure to set her apart by putting the word Bride on the back of her shirt!
Follow these 5 steps and you are on your way to planning a wonderfully classy bachelorette party!
Now just because you throwing a classy party doesn’t mean you can’t have a little adult fun. We included a few of the traditional bachelorette decorations like penis straws, sparkly penis rings etc. You can have an adult sense of humor and keep your class in tact at the same time… so get to planning your awesome bachelorette party!!!