How To Host A Bachelorette Party At Home

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Throwing a bachelorette party is a great way to mark the transition to marriage and send a bride off to her happy new life in style. Why spend a fortune renting space in a restaurant or club? With a little planning and creativity, you can host an original, fun and memorable party at home.

Bachelorette Party Themes

Every bride is unique, and her taste and personality should be your first concern when planning her bachelorette party. Choose themes and entertainment that will be exciting for her, but not make her uncomfortable or embarrassed. If your bride is free spirited and adventurous, she'll revel in a racy event filled with luscious erotic baked goods and a stripper or two. A shyer bride might be more comfortable with a tamer send off, and you've still got lots of fun, creative options she'll really appreciate.

Themed Bachelorette Parties

Instead of just the expected snacks, drinks and erotic suggestion, take your bachelorette party up a notch by designing it around a specific theme. Basing this theme on the bride's interests insures that she'll feel special. Whether you're planning a wild or tame event, your bride might love one of these bachelorette party themes:

  • Film noir glamour: Have guests dress like femme fatales, or just provide some fedoras, deep red lipstick or possibly trench coats for all the girls. Use film-noir retro decorations, serve signature noir cocktails and watch an old black and white film together. A classic, romantic peignoir set would be a perfect bachelorette party gift for the bride.
  • 50s sock hop: Clear the floor and kick off your shoes! Play some 50s rock and roll and dance the night away. Guests can come in retro 50s skirts or just roll up their jeans. Decorate with old 45 records, guitars and vintage radio equipment.
  • Tropical beach luau: Transport the bride-to-be to a tropical paradise in your living room. Decorate with faux palm trees and pineapples, serve tropical cocktails and snacks, and play island music. If your theme is Hawaiian, include hula lessons. If it is more of a Caribbean flavor, use a broom for a limbo contest.
  • Medieval feast: If the bride is a big fan of medieval lore, why not throw a medieval bachelorette party? Guests can dress in period costume or you can provide hats, corsets, hair ornaments and fabric that they can drape over their clothes. Serve simple stew or chicken with tall steins of ale.
  • 60s hippie: Create a psychedelic send off with lava lamps and other colorful lighting, 60's music, flowers, tie dye and lots of patchouli or sandalwood incense. Provide some love beads and allow guests to let their hair down.
  • Sports: An athletic bride, or one who is an avid sports fan might enjoy a party themed around her favorite sport.
  • Victorian tea: For an elegant option, host a Victorian tea bachelorette party complete with white gloves, Victorian hats, lace tablecloths, finger sandwiches and an assortment of delicious tea.
  • Kitchen party: Have the party centered in your kitchen with the guests working together to cook or bake a special dish. This might be the time to create that sexy, erotic shaped cake.
  • Erotic: Decorate with colorful lingerie in pretty bowls or glass jars, provide erotic party hats and bring in legal entertainment.

Bachelorette Party Games

Mark this special occasion and keep guests entertained with sentimental, silly, thoughtful or sexy games and activities:

  • Word association challenge: Have suggestive words written on cards. The bride picks a card and shows it to guests. They write down their guesses for first word the bride will think of when she reads the card. The bride then reveals her answer and guests who were correct win a prize.
  • I never: Everyone thinks of things they have never done, for example, "I never went skinny dipping." If someone comes up with something they've never done that everyone else in the room has done, they win a prize.
  • Photo collage: Ask guests to bring favorite photos of the bride and groom from childhood to adulthood. During the party, guests work together to arrange photos on piece of poster board, a corkboard or in a large frame to create a special bridal memento.
  • Scavenger hunt: Send guests through your house, yard or neighborhood in search of the items on their lists. Lists can be wedding themed, specific party themed, random or erotic.
  • Disposable cameras: Give your guests disposable cameras to make a record of the party.
  • Bride trivia: Collect some fun (but not invasive) facts about the bride and have a trivia game to see who knows her best.

Bachelorette Party Entertainment

Strippers often come to mind when planning entertainers for a bachelorette party. For some brides, strippers add just the right amount of spice, but they're not your only option. Create a one-of-a-kind bachelorette party by bringing in unexpected entertainers including:

  • Dance instructors
  • Strip aerobics/pole dancing instructors
  • Musicians
  • Caricature artists
  • Spa professionals such as nail technicians or massage therapists
  • Make up artists
  • Hobby based instructors
  • Mediums or psychics.

Bachelorette Party Tips

Here are a few tips to help you host a safe and happy party:

  • The bridal party is usually responsible for organizing the bachelorette party.
  • Try not to have the party the night before the wedding so everyone will be well rested on the big day.
  • Have appealing non-alcoholic drinks available for non-drinkers and designated drivers.
  • Be considerate of the budgets of everyone helping to pay for the party.
  • To keep expenses under control, consider a potluck party dinner or light snacks and drinks instead of a full dinner.
  • Serve foods that fit with your party theme for added fun.

With a little planning and individuality, the bride-to-be will never forget the special night you arrange in her honor.

Last Updated: July 8, 2012
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About Roberta Pescow Roberta Pescow holds a bachelor's degree in communications from City University of New York, Queens College and is a freelance writer and editor in the NJ area. The author of "A Life In The Service" and "A Monster's Tears," she enjoys writing informative articles, personal essays, fiction and music.  Roberta is a proud mother of two. Her other interests include fitness, photography, sculpture and meditation. She is a voracious reader and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do. Roberta enjoys decorating her hectic, but happy home and garden in original and affordable ways.  

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