5 Fun Bachelorette Weekends for Every Type of Bride

Because Vegas isn’t for everyone, am I right?

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Photo by: Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Image courtesy of Heidi Geldhauser

Bachelorette weekends are considered by many to be a bride’s final rite of passage before marriage — the marked end of her singledom era. This three-day span has long been hallmarked by scantily-clad male dancers, baked goods that are #NSFW and a blushing, boozed-up bride-to-be.

Let there be no confusion, I can respect the traditional take on a bridal getaway weekend. I appreciate the nostalgia in partaking in the same obnoxious party games that so many veiled and sashed-up bride-to-be’s partook in before they, too, walked down the aisle. That said, I think we all can agree that it may not be for everyone.

If you’re a MOH in the market for bachelorette party ideas or a Type-A bride looking to send her MOH not-so-subtle planning tips, look no further. I’ve broken down five unique bach-bash weekend ideas to draw inspiration from.

The Flannel Fling Before the Ring

Flannel Bachelorette

Flannel Bachelorette

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iStock/Martin Dimitrov

The Flannel Fling takes place nestled in the mountains for a cozy cabin weekend. This is the perfect getaway to plan when your granola-girl bestie is preparing to hike down the aisle. So how does a girl properly celebrate her bestie 1,200-feet above sea level?

I’m envisioning the bridal party in coordinating flannel shirts and/or pajama bottoms, with the bride in a contrasting white or cream variation. If you’re feeling extra crazy you could even throw your respective monograms on a pocket somewhere.

Plan for an early-morning hike and take in some of nature’s most beautiful views. Go zip-lining or try your hand at kayaking, and above all else — be sure to book a cabin with a hot tub on the deck. This is vital; this is crucial; this is imperative. Color me dramatic, but I think even the most chill, low-key bride-to-be should have a hot tub on her bachelorette weekend.

Gifts for the National Park Lover

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Pendleton Kitchen Kit

Pendleton’s relationship with the National Park Service (NPS) began in 1910 when they were asked to create a one-of-a-kind blanket for Glacier National Park visitors. For the centennial celebration, the legendary Portland, Oregon company created an entire line of products. This cowboy kitchen set ($70 - $50) is complemented with a Badlands coffee mug ($19.50) and table linens ($29.50 - $19.50). See the entire collection at Pendleton

Ranger Doug Framed Prints

Back in the 1930s and ‘40s, the WPA's Federal Art Project printed more than 2 million posters in 35,000 different designs to spark wanderlust in the American people. Over the years, most of the posters were destroyed, but when Ranger Doug Leen found 13 original negatives in a drawer, he sought out to reproduce them. Framebridge is offering custom-framed prints ranging from $39 - $159. 

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Park Pride Pillows

Any park enthusiast is sure to love Pendleton’s park pillows ($168). Original copyrighted designs wax nostalgic on the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Acadia. A portion of proceeds from the National Park Collection will support restoration of the Grand Canyon Depot and the spiral staircase at the Many Glacier Hotel.

Dr. Squatch Shaving Kit

Dr. Squatch is a 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free men’s care line that was born out a love for nature (and a disdain for office life). Co-founder AJ Fountain was once a sea kayak guide in the San Juan Islands and hiked Olympic National Park where he encountered “a mecca of smells, olfactory bliss.” Those fresh, invigorating scents are packed into Squatch’s 5 oz. soap bars ($7) and mixed into organic colognes ($42). We love the shave kit ($78) and know your man friend will, too.

Park Shopper

Street artist turned fine artist Deedee Cheriel grew up enjoying our national parks with her “very non-materialistic” parents, which is what inspired her original tote ($30). Designed to be a daily reminder to curb our insatiable appetites, this tote features Cheriel’s artwork that has been seen all over the world and in feature films. “It is easy to get bogged down by stuff,” said Cheriel. “It’s so freeing to be in a tent on a mountain or lake just enjoying the view.” Ten percent of the sales will go to the NPS.

Dot & Bo Coaster Set

As a gift and in daily life, coasters are never a bad idea. These retro cuties from Dot & Bo ($20) remind us of blowing off steam in Yellowstone, dodging gators in the Everglades, drinking in majestic sunsets over the Grand Canyon and bear watching in Glacier National Park. Or that we need to set the glass down and get outside.

Outlaw Soaps

Take your mountain man back to the park he loves every month with a subscription to Outlaw Soap’s National Park soap of the month club. Not only will he receive the crazy-good-smelling, 100% natural soap but also a Ranger Doug postcard and magnet. He’ll be teleported to Bryce Canyon one month and then back to Crater Lake the next, with the shower as his time machine. At $17, it’s a total steal and $1 of every soap club membership goes in the pocket of the NPS. Win/win. 

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Ornament Shop

Get a jump on Christmas shopping and grab one of these sparkling tree baubles from the Ornament Shop. There are three designs – Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite – and each ($23.95) are sure to please someone this holiday season.

Field Book

Parks Project is one of the grooviest online purveyors of apparel and accessories we’ve noticed in a while. Not only do they hock really cool wares, like this handcrafted leather field book ($48), but they also give a portion of their profits to our national parks. Even better, they help promote conservation and preservation through education and volunteer programs. 

Wood Carrier

Rejuvenation carries a lot of housewares that make fine gifts for your outdoorsy friends. This log tote ($129) is made by Massachusetts-based Steele Canvas, which has been crafting canvas carriers since 1921. It’s handsome enough to hang around the house and durable enough to carry campside.

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Pendleton Bath Towels

Respected for their blankets, Pendleton’s bath towels ($9.50 – $39.50) are equally comfy and cool. Treat your park-loving pal to a lush set that will remind them of that time they slipped in the cool Yellowstone mud and needed one.

NPS Park Pass

Say I love you to the parks and your pal. The yearly pass is $80 for average Joes and $10 for seniors, but fourth graders, those with permanent disabilities and active military enjoy the parks for free – always. Get yours.

Yellowstone Park Playing Cards

When you run out of ghost stories (or disposal funds for gifts), for less than $5 you can buy a deck of cards. Their faces pack different images of park scenes like cute bears along with fun factoids.

From Sun-Kissed to Wedded Bliss

Beach Bachelorette

Beach Bachelorette

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iStock/macniak

You know that friend that has been obsessed with all things mermaid since she was 12, loves any excuse to slip into her swim suit and has an affinity for brightly colored mixed drinks? This is the bride that is looking for a tropical escape with her besties, and now is not the time to disappoint. So what’s mermaid’s MOH to do? Tell her to pack a white bikini and I’ll help you take care of the rest.

Let this mermaid gal live out her wildest dreams with a three-day weekend in the sun, complete with an ocean view. I say go all out and really jazz up the rooms during your stay by adding some especially colorful, tropic-inspired decor. Think: flamingos, pineapple, palm leaves and some of those oversized pool floats that are all the rage these days. Whatever you do, just be sure to pack enough white tulle to fashion a proper bikini-bottom veil for the bachelorette.

So long as the aforementioned bb-veil is in tow, bride and besties can then spend their day simply basking the sun. Their tails planted firmly in the sand, freshly poured margaritas in hand and the entire beach serving as their figurative oyster for the weekend. Mermaid and pals can float around on an oversized pretzels and slices of pizza, take leisurely walks along the shore or even zoom around on a couple of rental jet skis.

Paradise Found: Chic Coastal Hotels

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Casa Marina Resort, Key West, Fla.

Opened in 1920, this historic hotel was planned by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler as a tropical destination for well-to-do passengers of his Overseas Railroad. Designed by famed architects Thomas Hastings and John M. Carrera (who also designed the Metropolitan Opera House and Public Library in New York), the hotel's classic Spanish revival exterior and lush grounds have earned it acceptance into the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel has hosted presidents and celebrities, such as Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Rita Hayworth, and has served as officers' quarters for the U.S. Navy during World War II, then later as home base for the Army's Sixth Missile Battalion during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Miami, Miami, Fla.

Designed by tastemaker Kelly Wearstler, the hotel's suites are certainly cosmopolitan, blending her signature Hollywood regency style with a watery color palette and a touch of Asian influence. Image courtesy of Viceroy Miami

Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica Calif.

Definitely a spot to see and be seen, the hotel's pool area is as renowned for celebrity sightings as it is for its timeless Old Hollywood look. Designer Kelly Wearstler oversaw every detail, filling the outdoor space with comfortable chaise longues for sun seekers and luxurious sheltered pavilions for guests desiring a bit of privacy. Image courtesy of Viceroy Santa Monica

Four Seasons Maui, Maui, Hawaii

Sitting oceanfront on calm Wailea beach, this impeccably landscaped 15-acre resort has become a favorite getaway for celebs and well-to-do families alike. The property's three saltwater pools, illuminated fountains and cascading water features are just some of the hotel's many draws. The property also houses an extensive contemporary Hawaiian art collection and an outpost of celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica Calif.

Epitomizing Southern California's indoor/outdoor lifestyle, the patio dining area at the hotel's award-winning restaurant, Whist, boasts upholstered wingback dining chairs and a feature wall covered in vintage English transferware. Image courtesy of Viceroy Santa Monica

The Setai, Miami, Fla.

This award-winning hotel blends Asian Zen principles with a decidedly modern aesthetic. Lead designer and architect Jean-Michel Gathy created this peaceful outdoor water garden where guests can sit quietly at one with nature or enjoy sophisticated nibbles in sunken dining areas. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

The Kahala Hotel and Resort, Oahu, Hawaii

Built in 1964 by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton in Kahala — a secluded and exclusive residential area 10 minutes away from touristy, bustling Waikiki — the property has hosted a who's-who of celebrities, royals and presidents since its opening. In fact, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton spent their first honeymoon here soon after the resort's opening. The guest rooms have since undergone a massive renovation to create one of the largest deluxe rooms in Hawaii, each with his-and-her bathroom vanities, walk-in closets and a traditional-meets-tropical aesthetic. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Miami, Miami, Fla.

Designer Kelly Wearstler fearlessly used a color palette of spicy orange, slate gray and chartreuse to create a dramatic backdrop for restaurant Eos's acclaimed Mediterranean menu of sophisticated health-conscious bites. Image courtesy of Viceroy Miami

W South Beach, Miami, Fla.

Unlike South Beach's glitzy art deco hotels, the design aesthetic at the W is thoroughly modern. Designer Anna Busta gave the lobby's "living room" an art-gallery-meets-hip-nightclub feel with soaring dark marble walls, deep Italian leather sofas and massive tufted benches. A nearby bar serves signature cocktails, or guests can grab a bite at Mr. Chow's outpost eatery. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica, Calif.

Mirrored panels behind the bed create a decorative architectural element that functions to make the room appear both larger and brighter. Sand-colored grass cloth on the walls and between the ceiling's coffers adds a warm tone that helps to break up the room's cool white, gray and black color scheme. Image courtesy of Viceroy Santa Monica

Viceroy Miami, Miami, Fla.

The hotel's bathrooms are a spare-no-expense spa-like experience with Sferra linens, Neil George toiletries and Kelly Wearstler's glamorous design touches. She combined sleek modern fixtures with black, green and white marble, wall-to-wall mirrors and Asian-inspired screens. Image courtesy of Viceroy Miami

Viceroy Miami, Miami, Fla.

Located on the hotel's fifteenth floor, this rooftop eatery offers spectacular views of Biscayne Bay and scores of scantily clad beautiful people sunning themselves around what many consider the best pool in Miami — a 300-foot-long infinity pool that's the largest in the state. Image courtesy of Viceroy Miami

W South Beach, Miami, Fla.

Large and luxurious, this bathroom feels spa-like with dual sinks, wall-to-wall stone surfaces, a walk-in shower with body jets and clear glass panels that let in lots of light. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Viceroy Santa Monica, Santa Monica Calif.

Guests of the hotel can enjoy a romantic dinner alfresco at one of the private cabanas located outside the hotel's restaurant, Whist. Cast-iron horsehead hitching posts stand sentinel while the cabana's black-and-white color scheme, massive shield mirror and Chinese Chippendale chairs evoke the glamour of Hollywood regency style. Image courtesy of Viceroy Santa Monica

W South Beach, Miami, Fla.

Truly a room with a view, each of the hotel's 312 rooms boasts an oceanfront balcony. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the room with sunlight and allow you to take in the view even while lounging indoors. W Hotels' renowned modern styling is evident in the sleek faux-bois ceramic tile floor, sculptural acrylic room divider and mirrored headboard. Two flat-screen TVs (one in the bedroom, another in the living room), 310-thread-count Egyptian linens and a stocked bar area make this suite a cut above the rest. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Sheraton Delfina, Santa Monica, Calif.

Just minutes from the Getty where art lovers can lose themselves in the museum's world-renowned collection, the hotel's soaring lobby features a display uniquely its own: vintage shell lithographs hung gallery style to create an attention-grabbing grouping. Image courtesy of Sheraton Delfina

W South Beach, Miami, Fla.

For a fee, guests can enjoy a private poolside cabana complete with a mini-fridge and a deep, cushy sectional. And because pets are welcome at all W hotels, your best friend can curl up on the sofa with you while you enjoy one of the hotel's signature cocktails or just enjoy the scenery. Image courtesy of Oyster.com

Racing to the Altar

She’s on a fast track to the altar, so it only makes sense to celebrate accordingly. What better place to do that than at an actual race track? This weekend revolves entirely around sipping mint juleps at a horse race, i.e. this bachelorette weekend is about as classy as they come. It’s the perfect rendezvous for a bride that wants to include her younger sister or sweet mother, without completely terrifying them with the typical bachelorette weekend antics.

It’s important to keep in mind that derbies have a very distinct aesthetic. We’re talking wide-brimmed hats, pastel sundresses and a pearl on each ear. The bride should pack the most stand-out, extravagant white hat she can get her hands on and a pretty white dress to go along with it. Create an elegant “Bride-To-Be” sash to complete her ensemble and some bride-tribe pins for her favorite ladies to don while sipping on their mimosas.

Make a pre-derby brunch a priority, with flaky croissants and Bloody Mary’s aplenty. It also wouldn’t hurt for you to tap into your crafting skills and create a pastel, hand-written backdrop for the weekend’s many photoshoots. Some might view this as overboard but I mean, let’s be honest, this is an Instagram moment waiting to happen.

My tip to make the most out of your weekend at the races? Think outside of Churchill Downs and pick a derby based on the city that appeals to your group beyond the race itself. In the springtime there are horse races scattered throughout the most prominent cities in the South: Steeplechase in Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville, just to name a few. Each of these cities offer a unique, local culture, to-die-for food and a “happening” night life to get into.

Make a Derby-Inspired Party Centerpiece

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Kentucky Derby Party Centerpiece

This centerpiece will steal the show at your Kentucky Derby Party.

Photo By: Melissa Caughey

Gather Supplies

A quick trip to the local grocery store and craft store will get you started.

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Create the Base

Trim the floral foam with a knife to fit snugly inside the planter. If necessary, to keep it from floating up, wedge a few smaller pieces of foam into the sides or use some floral tape. Next add some water.

Add Some Greens

Trim and add the greens of your choice around the outside of the arrangement.

Work From the Outside

Trim the rose stems and closely arrange them, working from the outside of the arrangement to the center.

Blanket of Roses

Fill the entire arrangement with roses, trimming the stems as necessary.

Lasso the Horse

Cut approximately 12 inches of floral wire and wrap this around the mid-section of the horse. Twist it tightly a few times.

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Recycle a Rose Stem

Use a discarded rose stem to serve as a dowel. Wrap the wire around the stem tightly then place the horse in the center of the arrangement.

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Conceal the Wire and Add Mint

Trim a small piece of ribbon and hot glue it into place over the floral wire on the horse's back. Tuck in the sprigs of mint around the outside of the arrangement. Then add more water to the arrangement as needed.

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Your Derby Party is Ready

Perhaps add white, red and green linens and place settings for the finishing touch to your centerpiece.

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Bridal Boheme

Boho Bachelorette

Boho Bachelorette

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iStock/gpointstudio

Your favorite flower child is all grown up and getting ready to walk down the aisle. How do you celebrate? Festivals, flower crowns and metallic stick-on tattoos. These are the makings of the grooviest bachelorette weekend of them all. Throw this together for the music-lovin’, free-spirited bride who wants to let loose with her girls for those final days as a single lady. Bridal Boheme is a weekend of good vibes, dedicated to dancing and prancing at one of the many music festivals popping up across the U.S.

So what’s a gal to wear for the occasion? Flower crowns are long-time festival staples that are slowly but surely trickling into the world of bridal fashion. When you connect the dots here, it only makes sense for the future Mrs. and respective squad members to don floral headpieces while indulging in all that bridal-festival fun. The bride could opt for all-white blooms or an array of wildflowers to match her personality. Either way, a good MOH should add a healthy amount of white tulle to the back of the crown. Result? A funky, festival-style makeshift veil.

A festival weekend is the perfect opportunity for the bride and her tribe to get creative with trendy flash tattoos. Add some golden arm cuffs or order a personalized pack online that commemorate the event. Once you’ve decorated your body, it's time to turn your attention to the locale.

Festivals are renowned for camping off tailgates… not exactly glamorous. This is a bach-bash so I think we should take it up a notch. Bridal Boheme weekend is the opportune time to try your hand at constructing a bohemian-inspired tent, complete with all the decorative bells and whistles. Demand attention of fellow festival-goers by draping colorful streamers, golden garland and paper flowers from the base of your tent. To ensure a soft landing at the end of the night, don’t forget an array of technicolor quilts and pillows to stick inside. Tip: Hang bold tapestries and flowers against the side of your tent as a picture-perfect backdrop for any IG-worthy moment.

More inspo for your weekend? Any and all things agate, matching bride + tribe tie-dye tanks, many gallons of water and this pineapple hibiscus punch.

How to Make a Flower Crown

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Make a Flower Crown

Making a flower crown with elements from your garden couldn't be easier. The sweet simplicity of this craft reflects a love of natural surroundings whether you are celebrating your event indoors or out.

Flower Crown Supplies

For this craft you will need: assorted real or silk flowers/copper wire/florist tape/garden shears/ribbon.

Make the Crown Base

Unwrap your wire and determine size by wrapping wire around your head (or the head of the person who will be wearing it) and then cut the wire, leaving a little bit extra on each end in order to secure by twisting the ends together.

Create the Flower Cluster

Clip flowers and cluster them together, making sure that each stem is long enough to be wrapped and then attached to wire.

Preparing the Flower Cluster

Wrap the ends of the flower cluster tightly with florist tape. Leave a tab of several inches of tape, which will be used to secure the flowers to the wire crown form.

Attach Flowers to Crown

Starting at what will be the back of the crown, attach flowers to wire using the extra tab of florist tape. Wrap tape tightly to secure.

Building the Crown

Continue adding flower clusters to the crown, tucking each new one underneath the previous cluster to disguise the tape.

Securing the Flower Clusters

If you are using flowers with thick stems, you may need the added security of florist wire to attach to the crown form.

Finishing Touches

Repeat the process of adding ribbon onto the other side, wrapping until it meets the other strand in the middle and cut so that both ends dangle down from the back of the crown,

Crowning Glory

Wearing a flower crown is the perfect way to show others how much you appreciate the simple beauty found in nature.

Pre-Wedding Wig-Out

Wig Out Bachelorette

Wig Out Bachelorette

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iStock/patronestaff

They say pre-wedding jitters are completely normal, so go ahead and let your bride-bestie have her wig-out moment. I mean if you’re asking me, a truly supportive friend should have that wig out right along with her.

Pre-Wedding Wig-Out weekend takes place in the city of your choice and is the perfect three-day escape for a goofy bride that has no problem being the center of attention. She’d rather have all eyes on her and wig it up with an in-your-face hairstyle instead of wasting a second wigging out over her big day.

To pull off a truly head-turning weekend, the bride and her friends should pull out their favorite little black dresses. Not only are they universally flattering, the LBD serves as the perfect backdrop to the gals’ new theatrical dos, as well as the ever-important bridal sash. Have the bride leave her real (i.e. valuable) engagement ring at home for safekeeping and replace it with a sweet, candy ring alternative. No risks, all rewards.

Once the base of the ensembles are determined, the fun really begins. Allow the bride first pick of the wigs so she can have most flattering cut and color possible. (Because no bride wants their bachelorette moment to be documented in an unflattering haircut, am I right?) From there, the rest of the crew can select their favorite funky do’ to rock alongside the bride-to-be.

The name of the game with this Wig-Weekend is color, and lots of it. Let the spectrum of wigs be your guide in creating a truly saturated stay for the bride and all of her besties. Incorporate eclectic touches such as cocktail napkins printed with cheeky phrases and some nearly-tacky dishware. Don’t be afraid of using a heavy hand with tinsel and spray paint to create that crucial photo backdrop. Pair all of that with a colorful variety of cupcakes and jello-shots, and you have a wig-worthy weekend that will not soon be forgotten.

Try these fun candy-inspired cocktails:

20 Fresh, Fabulous Bachelor + Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Poolside Party

If your city offers warm weather, or you can gather your girls for a weekend vacation, plan a poolside party. You can make the day ultra-laidback or opt for something posh and elaborate depending on the bride’s personality. Some precious time in a lounge chair, a little vitamin D and a lot of girl talk will have the bride feeling relaxed for her big day.

Rustic Retreat

A cabin getaway in the mountains is fitting for the nature-loving bride. The cabin’s exterior may be rough and rustic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress the interior to the nines. Plan activities to make the weekend feel like an extended slumber party.

Lipstick Pinata

Consider a lipstick pinata for the bride who regularly rocks red lips. It’s fabulous, inexpensive and sure to liven up your party. Fill it with candy, lipstick or bubble-wrapped airplane bottles — whichever favor best fits your plans for the night.

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Spa Day

What bride doesn’t want to be pampered in the days leading up to her wedding? Instead of a night on the town, plan a relaxing spa day. This idea is perfect for the bridal party that includes a junior bridesmaid or two. Ladies of all ages can appreciate a long foot soak.

Photo By: Stacey Hart Photography; Featured on Anders Ruff; Event Design by Xiomara Roman

DIY Nail Polish Bar

Crafty brides will adore this DIY nail polish bar. Combine this idea with a spa day, or make it into a nail-centric day of its own. The fun, feminine day will allow plenty of time to chat and dream about the days to come.

Muscleman Cookies

Whip up a batch of these muscleman cookies for the bride with a sense of humor. The funny and (dare we say) sexy cookies will be the highlight of the party.

Photo By: Jessie Jardon

Champagne Flute Cookies

If you want your cookies to ooze subtle sophistication, bake these champagne flute-shaped treats for your bachelorette soiree. The whimsical cardboard tags might even help get the party started.

Photo By: The Kitchen Prep; Featured on Palm Beach Lately

Champagne Gelatin Shots

These sparkly gelatin shots require an actual bottle of champagne. They’re cute and classy but just wild enough to serve before a night on the town. Pair these sweet treats with light snacks or appetizers.

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Mimosa Bar

Consider hosting a brunch with a colorful mimosa bar in lieu of a traditional bachelorette party. This idea is fun, adorable and affordable — ideal for the easygoing bride wanting some quality time with her gals.

Photo By: Katie Pritchard; Event Design by Green Wedding Shoes

Organized Exercise Class

The fitness fanatic bride may enjoy an organized exercise class. Quiz the bride on her workout routine to find which activity she enjoys most, and plan accordingly. Contact local companies to schedule the event beforehand.

Photo By: Cyn Kain Photography; Event Design by Fit for a Bride

Cooking Class

Is the bride a major foodie? Book a cooking class, and make a day (or night) of it. Make sure the menu complements the bride’s palate and/or her wedding diet.

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Personalized Balloons

Nothing says party like a bunch of buoyant balloons. Balloons are perfect for any bachelorette bash. Have guests write notes to the bride on the balloons as an activity, and blow them up for her to see before the night ends.

Photo By: Mary Costa Photography; Project created by Studio DIY on behalf of Balloon Time

Bachelor Party Invites

These DIY bachelor party invitations are sure to get the guys excited for the party. Shaped like pizza boxes and filled with funny figurines and appropriate gifts, the invitations will probably trigger some laughter too.

Crawfish Boil

Host a crawfish boil for the laidback groom who likes to eat. Rent equipment, and buy plenty of corn, potatoes and crawfish. This backyard bash is best served with the groom’s favorite beer.

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Bar in a Jar

This gift is ideal for the traditional bachelor party. Give guests a jar filled with an assortment of alcohol at the beginning of the night — that way they can drink whatever they’d like at their own pace. The best part? Party goers should have plenty of alcohol left to take home the next day.

Whiskey-Tasting Bar

If the groom is a whiskey enthusiast, why not set up a whiskey-tasting bar for his bachelor party? If the weather allows, set it up outside along with a snack table or two.

Tuxedo-Inspired Snacks

Masculine but oh-so-adorable, these cheese-and-cracker snacks will add a touch of sophistication to any bachelor party. The recipe is easy and only requires three ingredients. You got this, groomsmen.

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Cigar Bar

Instead of a traditional bar, create a cigar bar with a variety of options. This idea will work well for an evening affair. Use a rustic bar cart to make the display feel ultra-masculine.

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Yard Games

Yard games are perfect for the groom who loves a low-key shindig. Have the handiest groomsman make a set of these giant wood dice for a fun game of yard Yahtzee.

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Golf Brunch

If the groom wants a day on the links for his bachelor party, consider throwing a celebratory brunch beforehand. Use golf balls as place cards, and serve an assortment of food that will keep the guys going for 18 holes.

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