Your best friend is on her way to the alter and now you find yourself in the position of planning the best bachelorette party ever the only down side is that your limited to a budget. Not to fear a little creativity and lots of cooperation from the wedding party will have you on your way to winning the best friend award for years to come. To start you don’t want the stress of the actual wedding to rub off on you so take a few steps back from the bride to give yourself the necessary room you need to plan for the pre-wedding event.
The best place to start with any party planning is the guest list. Gather the girls together to compile a list of all of the bride’s female family and friends. The guest list is the most crucial part of the bachelorette party because it give you an idea of the space you will need, the party favors and how much food and drink should be ordered. Once the list is completed getting the news out will be next. I would recommend using your social networks to your advantage. Sites like Facebook, twitter and MySpace are good for spreading the news but make sure you are clear that RSVP is still necessary. The first step is done and you’re still standing.
Pick a theme. Remember that you’re having a party and it isn’t like a regular meet and greet but a celebration of your friends huge milestone. Be creative and keep things fun. A cool recommendation is a picture story from then to now. Collect old pictures of the bride when she was a preteen with her first boyfriend or first love and pictures of her husband to be when he was a boy. Kinko’s offer great deals on photo enlargements. Use the enlarged photos as wallpaper using the most recent photo of the couple together as the main focal point of the room. She can see how far she’s come in her quest for love it’s also a good ice breaker. Not to mention a great way to get her mom involved. For party favors you can go to the best wedding site on the web theknot.com. They have everything you and the bride will need to make her day awesome.
Next on the list is location. Depending on the wedding date finding a place to throw a bachelorette party can be difficult especially in spring and summer months. Most facilities are booked months in advance. Though a nightclub is a great place for dancing it should be avoided for this type of event because it’s impersonal. Night clubs make their money from private bookings however if the size of your party is not big enough they will open the doors to the general public this can be a bit uncomfortable especially if it gets overcrowded. If a rich relative with a spare mansion is not an option the next best thing is your home. Though it can be overwhelming having lots of people in your house you’ll save a great deal of money. You’ll also have a place to hang all of those cool enlarged photos. If you have a sofa table you can place it by the door as a gift table. Speaking of tables on to food and drinks.
Food and drink can make or break any party so thinking ahead will be what sets your party apart from others. If you have a big guest list you may want to opt for dazzling finger foods like delicious eggplant pockets stuffed with herbed ricotta cheese. It serves 12 and the recipe is easily accessible by going onto www.passionateaboutfood.net. Another creative finger food option is bacon, spinach quiche this is a show stopper and it feeds up to 16 people happily. Combining your finger food with a variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages keep the party fun, light and engaging. You can go to a local wine and spirit shop to ask if deals are made to customers who buy larger quantities. Remember everyone doesn’t drink so have bottled water and fruit juices with a twist. I like to mix a strong ginger ale with a fruit juice because it offers the same feeling of drinking a wine cooler without the buzz. If the guest list is smaller in size and more intimate you may want to offer a light meal.
Picking music for everyone to enjoy can be tricky. If the bride has a fun, upbeat personality make a list of all of her favorite songs and let her choose her top favorites. Mix tapes will be your best friend. You can offer every member a variety of music without the hassle of changing the CD. Mix tapes are built in variety. If there will be older women at the party be sure to have a few songs for their generation playing occasionally on the CD as well. Nothing like a song from the temptation to make grandma get up and dance.
When picking entertainment for the evening you can go traditional which is the ever appreciated but not always tasteful stripper. Always a fan favorite unless the bride is marrying a pastor and or her daddy is the deacon on the deacon’s board. In that case there are plenty of other ways to keep entertained. My favorite bachelorette party game is who knows you best. It’s always fascinating to see how little your family and friends actually know you, either way they’ll have a ton of fun trying to guess if you really wore your favorite red socks on every date until you found “the one”
So now you’re ready for the party and everything is in order try to relax and have fun. Believe it or not the bride is feeling 10x’s more stressed than you.