Post # 1
I am wondering if anyone had or is planning a simple, low key (low cost) bachelorette party? I feel like everyone is already spending so much on the wedding, I don’t want the bachelorette party to be one more thing. Plus my Maid/Matron of Honor is my younger sister who is still in college, willing to plan a big party but doesn’t have the checkbook to back it up.
Any suggestions for a great party for 15 local girls and no huge bill at the end? (Tacky veils and men from the Thunder Down Under need not be included). I am up for any thoughts, thanks hive!
Post # 3
How about just dinner out and then back to someone’s house for manicure/pedicures and chick-flicks? I think that’s what we are going to do.
Post # 4
I love sea otter’s suggestion, other than that, could someone host it at their house? You could order in your fave food (sushi/Chinese/BBQ/Italian or whatever), pick out some chick-flicks, serve fun cocktails (or mocktails), there are a lot of fun activities you could do, rent a karaoke machine for the evening, mani/pedis, a funny "wedding" make up do (where girls do one another’s makeup), a scavenger hunt in the neighborhood.
Post # 5
I like the idea of manicures/pedicures followed by drinks and food at someone’s house for the evening.
Or how about a "camping" inspired bach party? Or a day at the beach followed by dinner?
What do you like to do for fun??
Post # 6
For my bachelorette party we had originally planned on going ice skating and then out to dinner and a few drinks. but after our rehearsal and dinner, we were so tired we ended up just staying at my place and played Rock Band and watched movies and had a few drinks while in our jammies 🙂 Anything simple would be fun, as long as you’re with your best girl friends.
If you’re looking for a low cost night out on the town: why not have dinner at a restaurant and then have like a scavenger hunt. Have someone create a list of things to find that are related to bachelorette parties or brides or weddings, then split your group into two teams. Find your items and take photos with them (so you don’t have to buy or borrow anything), and then reassemble for some drinks and go over the photos to see which team found the most items or was the most creative in finding the items needed. Photo scavenger hunts are always super fun and they’re free! So all you’ll be paying for is dinner and drinks or dessert. Low cost and somewhat low key but a great time and great photos for you to keep afterward!
Post # 7
In my hometown you can book a lane at a bowling alley for about $30. There’s a bar there, and it’s a great time. We always book the lane for 2 or 3 hours so we can get in more than 1 or 2 games. That would be cheap and low key for a bacelorette party.
Post # 8
Here are some ideas off the top of my head:
– scavenger hunt
– outdoorsy stuff – depending on what’s available in your area, maybe a hike, picnic, bike ride, beach party, etc.
– potluck dinner
Post # 9
My gals and I are all going on a little camping trip!
Post # 10
I’m with you on a low-key soiree… I’m planning to get my girls together and go up to a lake cabin in Minnesota, do a little hanging out on the dock/boat/lake, cook some great food, and hang out around a campfire. Might do some fun drinks or something else. Think about what you enjoy and who you know, too… know anyone who would let you borrow their cabin or beach house for a night with your friends? Good luck!
Post # 11
If you and your friends are drinkers, why not have a wine tasting at home – everyone could bring a bottle (or two) or their favorite wine.
Go for dinner (or have a pot-luck) and then do something low-cost like bowling or mini-golf.
I also love the chick-flick and at-home spa idea!
And your Maid/Matron of Honor shouldn’t feel like she has to shoulder all the cost herself! When I recently threw a shower we provided apps and a belly dancing lesson, plus paid for the bride’s dinner & bowling, but the guests all paid for their own dinner & bowling.
Post # 12
For my bachelorette, we went burlesque dancing (my sister knew someone who was willing to teach us), had dinner at a Greek restaurant (I love greek food!) and then went to someone’s house for a movie. Do you know anyone who does something exotic or interesting who would be willing to exchange their services for dinner? That’s one way to cut down costs!
Post # 13
Another idea is one of my friends took a cooking class – it was under 100 and we got to eat the food and wine was included. It was a great time!
Post # 14
How about a girls weekend somewhere cheap? It can be local about a hour or two’s drive. Rent a cabin or something. Late night bonfires, get dressed up for dinner somewhere you haven’t been. Could be fun!
Where are you located? maybe some local girls can suggest some fun things nearby?
Post # 15
how about going somewhere like dave and buster’s? its a restaurant/bar/arcade. i wanted a low key bachelorette party so we are going out to a nice dinner and then to a bar for drinks. just a good time with good friends.
Post # 16
Thank you for all of the great suggestions! Now I know I can do something low key that won’t cost too much and will still be wonderful. One of you asked where I live and the answer is Seattle, not the most inexpensive city to go out and enjoy. So for now the plan is to cosider either a camping trip, beach BBQ and bonfire or a girl’s night in with mani/pedis and movies. Thank you all of the inspiration!