It’s time for the girls to party like there is no tomorrow, as there is a soon-to-be bride to be treated to the time of her life. But, what are good, original ideas for bachelorette party activities?
Sure, you could go with the predictable options of a stripper, a lingerie party, or just plain drunken debauchery at the local bar. But this is the prospective bride’s last taste of freedom. Unique bachelorette party ideas can come from all sorts of inspiration, and you’ll want to create a kicking experience everyone will talk about for years.
10. No limits
As with many things in life, know your audience, and always remember that the party is for the Bachelorette, so whatever she wants she gets – but only if it’s worth doing. No box set marathon of Colombo, a tea party and definitely not an early night! Some will say ignore all that ‘last hurrah’ business and act like civilized adults, but the night still needs to be memorable and push the limits. Don’t be afraid to trawl around gay bars and end up blinking like an owl when you emerge from a club into the sunrise.
The main thing is to put some structure and maybe a theme (not necessarily male genitals, it’s been done to death) so it all comes together. If the bride to be is a sucker for Footloose, find an 80s night, big up your hair, and get the fluorescent boob tubes out. Also remember, it does not have to be a one night event. A weekend gives you all time to pack loads of different activities in. Be creative!
9. Beat him at his own game
You just know his Bachelor party will be hairy chested testosterone town. Hey, why not do something like that yourself? A fishing trip and a case of beer is a good way to start the day (keep dry clothes on shore!.. You don’t actually have to fish or catch anything, just shoot the breeze on the water or on the shore with girlfriends to loosen up and prepare for the festivities. Follow it up with a game of hoops, a gut-buster meal at the seediest all-you-can-eat diner (food fight optional) then hit the tap rooms around town, keeping to the most traditional manly places where you’re all looked at like aliens when you walk in.
A good rule of thumb in these places is that the most complicated mixed drink will be a boilermaker. The adventurous bridal party may want to top off the evening with a trip to a strip club. See how the other half lives, and drop oblique clues to your partner for months after about what went on!
8. Getting away from it all
Firstly, you always need to bear in mind budgetary constraints of the whole party, and ensure the bride pays for nothing. But with the rise of budget airlines, it is getting cheaper and cheaper to slip away for a weekend. Depending on where you are in the US, think about anywhere close you could have a weekend blow out. Mexico, Vegas, even Disneyworld (if you must, but it’s a little tame.) You will all have the freedom of being away from home to moderately misbehave and can pack in lots of activities into 48 hours.
7. Do not pass GO!
If you are staying closer to home, in case you forget exactly where you live, a cool idea is a Monopoly bar crawl. Most cities have their own versions now, so you don’t need to go all the way to Baltic Avenue to have a drink in every bar on every street on the board. Even if you don’t have a local version, design one! Okay, it does sound like an excuse for bar hopping. That’s because it is.
6. Plan ahead
Have a look at what’s going on in your locality. There may be an awesome music festival, a carnival, state fair, etc. where you can all let your hair down, act like goofy kids and eat junk food whilst spinning around on dubiously maintained rides. With the big day coming up, it’s a perfect way to de-stress and regress to childhood a little. It has the added bonus of putting you off funnel cake and cotton candy for a few years, too.
5. Road trip!
Hey, why not? It’s cheap and much more fun if you don’t plan it like a military maneuver. Think Thelma and Louise en masse. Don’t be afraid to spin the car around a turn that’s in an unknown direction, see new places, gossip in the car, and stop wherever you damn well like. Cars are not just for work and back, or getting groceries.
Find out what the bride loves to eat, and make sure (wedding dress permitting) that she gets tons of it. There are loads of dairies that do ice cream tastings, chocolate factories that do gourmet chocolatier courses (how swank is that?., wine tastings, even cat fish frys. It’s her party, and as the organizer it is your goal, nay, duty to make sure she indulges herself at every opportunity.
3. Competitive Challenges
There is no reason the boys should get to do the fun things whilst you girls are supposed to be having a needlepoint party. A vigorous go-kart race, paintball session, or sporting event are a great way to blow off steam and have a happy, tiring, dirty time whilst spending time with the gals. Don’t worry about breaking nails, focus on breaking skulls.
2. I’m a pretty princess
Okay, it had to come up at some point. Every girl loves to be pampered so it’s easy to consider a spa treatment. Try to be more original with it though. Rather than just your average massage and sauna, go for something more exotic like Reiki or acupuncture. The harder it is to pronounce the better, and if you understand what they will do to your group, you don’t want it. Make sure it’s at least an all-day thing too; it’s not very special if it’s like rushing in to get your nails done.
1. I Spy
Ah, the eternal chestnut, the scavenger hunt. To do it right, it takes some research and preparation, but it doesn’t have either be scrubbing around in the dirt, or a bar crawl. With a modicum of forethought, you can devise devilish questions and queues that leads the teams around the city/town, taking in restaurants, bars, clubs, local attractions, etc.
Done well, it can occupy a whole day. It is a great chance for members of the party who may not be as close as some of the others to interact, and at the end there can be silly little prizes and a venue booked somewhere with vittles’ to placate the weary scavengers. Who will suddenly not be quite so weary when the disco/karaoke kicks in.