Let me paint you a little picture here.
You start planning your bestie’s bachelorette party. Pink, gold, drinks, and a girl’s weekend away to a luxe hotel start swirling through that pretty brain of yours.
But then, you start to hear from guests that they are worried about the dinero in their bank accounts.
One thing that is a constant source of worry is how to manage the question of cash. Cash is always king (of concerns) and when organizing a bachelorette party you’re juggling so many different people and budgets, it’s something to bear in mind. There’s definitely a shift to have bachelorette parties that are most cost-effective and staying home is a super popular choice.
Today, I want to share 7 fabulous bachelorette party ideas at home to show you that no matter where you are, an at home bachelorette party can be just as fun and fab as a trip to Vegas!
So. How can you have an at home bachelorette party? Let’s chat.
First, let’s get a few things straight.
From the start of planning any bachelorette party there are some key elements to remember and if you keep these 3 rules in mind you can’t go wrong:
- Know your bride and what she would enjoy.
- The main objective is to get all the bride’s girlfriends together and celebrate the bride
- Make it fun!
While planning the bride’s soiree you’ll definitely want to keep you bride in mind. I know you are…. right? Remembering that this night/weekend is all about the bride-to-be is the absolute, most important rule of etiquette when it comes to bachelorette parties. When it comes to the actual night, don’t surprise the bride with any rude or tasteless memorabilia unless she’s told you she’s up for it. And please for goodness sake, when it comes to party games keep the tone light and limit the embarrassing questions, especially if moms are present! Bridesmaids and guests can’t lose sight of this and make the festivities about them and what they want to do. Trust me when I say, you want to have a happy bride-to-be and keep the night/weekend about her. Need some classy bachelorette supplies ideas? Go ahead and click here for some pretty inspiration.
1. Go Old School- A Sleepover
I don’t know about you but some of my favorite memories from my childhood were from those super fun sleepovers. What better way to celebrate the bride than with a good ol’ sleepover. It’s easy on the bank account, easy to plan, and a great way to let loose and have some fun.
- Choose someone’s house or even rent a hotel room
- Supply the goodies, sweets treats and all that yummy stuff
- Buy lots of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
- Plan some must-have sleepover games like Twister, Truth-Or-Dare, or my old favorite Candy Land!
- Rent some girly movies – Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Clueless all the faves!
- Buy the bride some new PJ’s and slippers
- Ask the guests to bring their own PJ’s (choose a color or theme so you’re all matching) and of course their sleeping bag/pillow.
Just keep everything simple when planning a sleepover for a bachelorette. The fun for the bride is having all of her girlfriends together, add some sweets and drinks plus silliness and you’ll be up all night!
2. Cocktail Making Night (at home)
It’s almost a given that every girl loves a cocktail. A cocktail making class would absolutely be a fun way to celebrate a bachelorette yet without heading to an actual class, it’s pretty easy to save your money and do it at home.
Choose recipes that you’re comfortable making and teaching others to make and make sure you have plenty of ingredients. Most cocktails are mostly juice or lemonades so it won’t cost as much as you think.
For the supplies, you will need chopping boards and knives, cocktail glasses, measuring jugs, shot glasses, cocktail shakers, decorations (little umbrellas, straws etc) and cleaning materials.
After the “class” have everyone make their own drink, give it a name, and have everyone vote for their favorite!
3. Wine and Cheese Night
I almost can’t imagine a bachelorette without some wine so I think a great wine and cheese night would be great! This one is simple and depending on the number of gals you have it should be reasonably inexpensive. Purchase good quality products from your local farmer’s market, some grapes and just have some great girl talk. It’s a quiet type of bachelorette party but if older members of the family are attending or if you’re looking for something that’s a bit more tame this might be what you’re looking for.
4. Pot Luck Dinner
I LOVE to entertain and have dinner parties but cooking for a large group of people can be a lot of work. Having a pot luck dinner is a great idea for a bachelorette party. Keep it simple: everyone brings something to contribute to the dinner. Decide on a theme like Mexican or Italian if you wish and divide up the meal. Some people bring starters, some bring mains and others bring desserts.
If you’re anything like me, then you’re counting down the minutes until the warm weather arrives and those backyard BBQ invites start rolling in. A BBQ is a simple and great way to get people together in a relaxed environment with some good food and drinks. Plan a low-key afternoon with the gals and catch up over some delicious food.
6. Camping or Glamping
For those brides who are a bit more adventurous why not throw a camping themed bachelorette party? There are so many fantastic spots in The Maritimes to set up camp but you could even do this in someone’s backyard.
This type of bachelorette requires a bit more planning. Make sure to tell guests what supplies (clothing, sleeping bags, etc.) to bring and make sure to bring plenty of food and drinks.
7. Murder Mystery Night
Looking for something a bit more creative? What could be more fun than a Murder Mystery Night? Andrew and I hosted one of these for a New Year’s Eve party a couple of years ago, and it was a BLAST! No one else had done one before so none of us really knew what we were getting ourselves into and I can’t tell you how much fun we all had! For details on how to plan a murder mystery party, pop over to Night of Mystery. They’ll show you how it’s done and you can purchase your game online. A group of 10-14 is ideal for a dinner style Murder Mystery and make sure to choose a good theme or era. So much fun I promise!
The most important thing to remember is to have fun. All the bride really wants is to hang out with her favorite gals so just make it happens! Best of luck with the planning ladies and make sure to check out our previous bachelorette party posts for more ideas on how to throw the perfect party: Beginners Guide- How To Plan The Perfect Bachelorette Party and 10 Steps To Plan The Best Bachelorette Party.
As always, leave a comment if you have a question! And if you’ve got an at home bachelorette party idea of your own, I’d love to hear about it.
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