Post # 1
Ladies – I need some help. I’m planning a girls’ night in bachelorette party for my cousin as some of her siblings are 17/underage and can’t really go out to bars yet. I need ideas that won’t cost me an arm and a leg to make it a fun party.
I’ve been looking at mobile spas but they do get quite pricey – I might offer this as long as everyone pays for themselves.
What other great ideas do you fabulous people have?
I’ll have cocktails and mocktails, lots of hors d’oeuvres/cheese platters/etc.
There will be a wide variety of ages – aunts/cousins/siblings older and younger/etc.
Post # 3
That’s what we did for mine, for the same reasons. We did home facials, pedicures, and that kind of thing for most of the evening. They also had a lingerie shower for me, so we did that, played some fun games, and watched a movie. It was super low key, but I needed that by that point in wedding planning, so that’s what I asked for. 🙂
I think sometimes belly dancing instructors would come to a home for lessons. Maybe look into something like that? That could be really fun without being too risque for any aunts or younger girls present.
Post # 4
If there’s a school of massage near you, they might be able to put you in touch with students who can bring tables and charge a more reasonable rate? Or bring someone in to give a makeup lesson (nicer for the younger crowd)?
What about maybe watching a wedding-related movie with some sort of scavenger hunt/bingo game for kitchy wedding things in the movie? (ie, ugly Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, etc). Or have everyone bring an article of clothing to make up a “day after” outfit for the bride. Or do some of the activities normally at showers – TP wedding dresses, things like that. Or you could do a wine tasting, and have some juice/mocktail carafes special for that, for the underage kids?
Post # 5
I just found an email from a bach I went to a few years ago – it asked all the guests to find the gaudiest (sp?) undergarments they could for the bride to send them off on their honeymoon journey with a laugh…totally a gag gift but I think it would be hilarious since she has a fantastic sense of humour, and she won’t be expecting it at all.
Keep the ideas coming, I love all the different thoughts, now to figure out which ones work to keep everyone entertained for the evening!!
Post # 6
Google the left/right game to get an understanding of what story to tell. But the format is to have two gifts or prizes. Sit everyone in a circle or as near as you can get – put the two gifts at opposite sides and begin to tell the story.
Everytime the word ‘left’ is said the gifts move one person to the left and each time the word ‘right’ the gifts move to the right. So you begin your story for example –
Bride’s Name went out for a walk, she walked right to the end of the street and turned right, and began walking right into the town centre when she realised that she had left her mobile phone at home ……….. she right away decided that because she left it that it was right that she continue on her walk ………
You can use a story from the internet or make up one to suit the bride and her life story – keeo throwing the left and right words and watch people get in a tizzy over hearing the story and sending the gift in the left direction or the right – whoever is holding the gifts at the end of the story wins them.
You could also add in extra words such as over which means the gifts are passed over to the person sitting opposite or if a number is said in front of the words left or right then they are passed in that direction the said number of times eg she took two left turns crossed over the road and then took the fourth turn on the right (two passes to the left pass the gift over to opposite person and then pass four times to the right – get the idea?)
Post # 7
Maybe you could do a photo shoot w/ your girls.
I am having a travel-themed photo shoot for my girls and me at a local airport. I hired a photographer and we are having a make-up artist / hair stylist do our hair and make-up and then we will be photographed in fun, vintage styled dresses and props. I figure a photo shoot will be a great way to produce memorable images and each of my friends will have individual, professional portraits of herself to keep as well.
Post # 8
You could easily make your own spa materials for hair/face/nails, etc. and it isn’t very expensive.
Post # 9
I’m kind of nerdy, so this may not be for everyone, but…. BOARD GAMES!
One of my friends didn’t have a real bachelorette party but a few of us got together at her hotel suite after her rehearsal dinner and played board games and drank champagne while the boys hung out in the bar downstairs.
Post # 10
@iheartnerds: I love the idea of board games!
Post # 11
I always loved the idea of baking cupcakes and going crazy decorating them. Also watching some fun bridal movies and playing lots of games! Board games can be fun. I think maybe all getting dressed up and haveing a photoshoot would be awesome.
Post # 12
I love the idea of board games. There are some fun options for parties, like apples to apples, ticket to ride, scattergories (you even make your own themed bridal categories), etc. You could also go old school and play girl talk, mall madness, dream date, etc. There may be some that are adult in nature also.
Post # 13
@marlew: Nobody in my group of friends really drinks… So last year, I went to 4 “bachelorette parties in” 🙂
1: We went out to dinner at the bride’s favorite restaurant… Then we went back to one ofthe girl’s apt. We had desserts, chocolate fondue, coffee, etc… We sat around and talked for a while and then all have her lingerie gifts.
2-4: these 3 parties were all very similar, thrown by the the same group of people for the 3 of us girls who were getting married from our church last year… One party in April, mine in August, and one in September. We played various games
- Mad Libs about the bride and groom
- Pass the panties (specific words can’t be said, if someone says them, they have to wear granny panties… Pass them on to whoever says the words next)
- We played a game where I had to answer several questions that a Bridesmaid or Best Man asked me – as I answered the questions, the Bridesmaid or Best Man was holding up the “real” questions behind my head – really funny!
- A friend made up a game where people got into teams of 2- one person was the bride and one was the groom- the groom had to do typical household chores, like signing a fake check and folding a towel, while blindfolded and the bride had to direct them
- A Bridesmaid or Best Man keeps track of phrases that the bride says at various times through the night (could be all night or just during gift time… The bride shouldn’t know that she’s doing this)…. Then reads the whole list of phrases, explaining that they are things the bride will say on her wedding night 🙂
I think chick flicks are a great idea… Another game I’ve heard of is pin the hand on the privates… We decided that was too risqué for our group, but it may not be for yours 🙂
For those 3 parties for girls from my church, when guests were invited – they were asked to bring desserts or dips or snacks etc… Maybe 3 for desserts, 2 for fruit, etc… They were also told the bride’s bra and panties size – and if she had any preference in lingerie… For example, I preferred nighties with padded cups…
Hope all this info helps you! I know my Bridesmaid or Best Man who planned games for my party looked up a lot of games online
Another thing I just remembered – 2 of my BMs went in together on a great gift for me! It was a “sex kit” or “sex basket” …basically, a basket with a couple different kinds of lube, wash cloths to clean up messes ;), a nighty, chocolates, lotion/massage oil, water bottles… anything you think would be nice for them to have in that regard 🙂
Post # 14
@kerensa: I love the idea of playing old school girly games!
Post # 15
We did this for my cousin’s shower, but I still love the idea. We made scrapbook pages – everyone made one. People brought their own pictures of her and the groom. You’d obviously have to buy paper and glue and stuff, but you can see if someone has the punches and scissors and things to borrow. If she was going to try to put one together herself, anyone without a page/photo can do one for her – so first date, venues they checked out, invitation, etc.