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Take the trash out of your bachelorette bash!
It’s wedding season again! And with it comes its seedy, tacky cousin: bachelorette season. But wait. Did you know it’s possible to throw a classy bachelorette affair that doesn’t sacrifice fun? And that it’s possible to end up with pictures of the night that a bride would be proud to share with her parents? GASP!
If you’re the lucky one in charge of planning, your first step is to choose a theme. I love the theme of engagement rings. (So much classier than the cliché male-anatomy theme). We’ll discuss how to incorporate this later.
The perfect bachelorette party can start out at home. Invite the girls over for an evening for light food, boozy imbibing, and a fun game!
Here Comes the Bride
The bride should wear a little something to make her stand out. Since you’re probably one of her closest friends, you decide what suits her best. Maybe a veil? A feather boa? Add a tiara? I also suggest, for fun’s sake, a Bachelorette party mega carat ring.
I like to play off the wedding when deciding on a color scheme. Choose a main wedding color and pair it with black for this evening affair. And then throw in a little gold or silver for good measure. For example, a sophisticated mint and eggplant wedding color palette leads to a sexy deep-purple-and-black-with-touches-of-silver bachelorette palette. Perfection!
Deck out your pad with the chosen colors and other sparkly touches. Left over Christmas garland makes a great decoration when draped over black tablecloths. Sparkly metallic confetti from a party store is a must. Or plastic rings from a party store sprinkled like confetti are fun too. A couple yards of black lace from the fabric store can go also along way when draped on a food table or bar.
Our goal is to keep it classy, while still embarrassing the bachelorette just a little bit. I love to have each guest bring a new pair of undies for the bride that signify something about the giver. A cupcake-adorned pair from the pal who loves to bake. A pair with a university logo from the college roommate. You get the idea. The bride has to guess who each pair is from. Any wrong guess leads to the bride taking a sip of her drink.
Hang all the “gifts” on a “clothesline” across the room. This sexy, sassy display will add to the décor.
Fun cocktails can be the stars of the show at this bash. Set up a bar area with framed signs naming the drinks. (Get creative! Incorporate the bride’s and groom’s names, or the wedding or honeymoon locations.) Line up flutes or other pretty glasses. Splurge on some sanding sugars in your color scheme. Plastic rings in different colors tied to glass stems make cute wine charms.
Here are some fun drink recipes to get you started:
Blow Pop Martini Cocktails
Blueberry Hard Lemonade
Kiwi Lime Rum Slush
And don't forget to put a little fun in your presentation! These popsicle molds are too perfect for this party!
Try this cranberry orange popsicle recipe for a boozy treat the girls with love!
This is not the party for heavy foods. Keep it light and simple with apps. Here are some of my favorites:
Tomato Pesto Appetizers
Fig and Blue Cheese Appetizer Tarts
Grilled Veggie Platter with Ginger Mustard Dip
Sticking with our ring theme: Give out ring pops!
After the home-based party, you may want to call it a night. Or you may want to head out on the town.
And if you head out, maybe leave the cameras at home. ;)