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Plan the Perfect Bachelorette Party

September 23, 2016
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(Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography) Tonight my littlest brother(in-law) marries the woman of his dreams.

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These two are perfect for each other and I could not be more excited to officially welcome her in to our family. Just an example of how perfect they are for each other, they were born on the same day, same year, at the exact same time. I couldn’t make this up if I tried.  Last weekend, we celebrated the bride to be with a Dallas Bohemian bachelorette party.  Today, I am sharing how to plan and execute the perfect bachelorette party (and even give you our Dallas picks).

Photos taken by me, unless otherwise noted.

Delegate

Although the maid of honor typically has the ultimate say in what goes down at a bachelorette party, it is a good idea to collaborate with bridesmaids and divide up duties between them.  Maybe you are fortunate enough to have someone that loves to make floral designs and has a great eye for decorating.  Even if you are someone who likes to have control and plan everything yourself, it is always a good idea to ask for help. Send someone to pick up the cupcakes, decor, make cookies, or plan the games. It will help you enjoy the party more.

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Start with a bridal brunch

Pancakes, egg casserole, fruit and bacon are all you need for the perfect bridal brunch.  This will give the bride a chance to feel loved and everyone an opportunity to get some food on their stomachs before an evening of drinking (or whatever fun adventures you have at night).  It also gives the mom of the bride and groom a chance to feel included in the festivities without joining the bachelorette night.

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

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Our bridal brunch was hosted by one of the bridesmaid’s mom, so it made the perfect start to the bachelorette party. Emily (the rockstar bridesmaid and photographer I will reference frequently in this post) and her mom made sure every little detail was vintage, floral, dainty and perfect- just like our bride.

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Get a hotel room

Having a hotel room for the night allows you to go out late and have a place to all be together the next morning.  It makes the bachelorette party feel more like a staycation.  Our group chose to get two rooms next to each other at The Belmont, a historic boutique hotel in Dallas.

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

One of the major benefits of this hotel was the pool.  Not only does it make for great photos, but it gave us an opportunity to relax and cool off in the Texas heat.

Photo credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Photo credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Include the lingerie shower

Instead of having a separate shower, combine it with the bachelorette party.  This will alleviate some of the time commitments bridesmaids have between the wedding, rehearsal, showers, and more.  We decided to have everyone bring a piece of unwrapped lingerie and have the bride guess who brought it.  It was fun to see it all displayed rather than waste bags and tissue paper.

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Choose a theme

Most bachelorette party groups the bride wears white and everyone else wears black.  Many women wear sashes, pins, or tanks that tell the public they are a group.

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Our theme was bohemian, and every girl was encouraged to find a floral or flowy dress with matching flower crowns.  (I rented my dress from Rent the Runway).  Emily, hand-made all of our beautiful crowns. Since we didn’t have anything that screamed bachelorette party (think themed necklaces, veils, etc), we had people asking us all night what we were just dressed up for.  Everyone’s dresses complimented one another so well.

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The girls (minus the bachelorette)

Decor

Flowers make a huge difference in every setting.  They made a beautiful centerpiece, gorgeous backdrop, and even brighten up food and water.  Seriously, fill a large ice cube tray with edible flowers and water to make the water pitcher this beautiful.

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

Photo Credit: Emily Bailey Photography

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Dinner

Make reservations at a great restaurant for your group.  We chose Smoke because it is right next door to the hotel. That allowed us time to get ready, take photos, and just walk over.  During dinner, we put all of our phones in the center of the table, so we had no distractions.  Everyone in our group went around the circle and shared their favorite funny memory and a sweet thing about the bride.  It was nice to live in the moment and enjoy one another.

Party games

A party isn’t complete without a few party games.  One of the games requires little prep and few supplies (just a few pieces of paper and pens).  The other will require a little bit of prep.

Game 1: Porn or polish- The Bert Show has this funny game on their site.  It is the perfect party game. One person reads out the titles and the participants have to guess whether they think it is a title of a polish or porn.  They can list it on their paper and the person with the most correct answers wins a nail polish.

Game 2: Bachelorette Jeopardy- Everyone loved this game!  It was such a big hit.

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Instructions:

  • Create Jeopardy board (you can use note cards and a foam board) using these categories/questions (or create your own)
  • One by one, each girl will go up to the board and remove the card the bride instructs her too.  She will read it out loud and the bride will answer the question.  If she answers the question correctly, the person who read it will take the drink.  If she answers incorrectly, the bride will take the drink.
  • Use your own point system to determine drinks.  (We did sip of drink, vodka gummy bears, 1/2 shot, full shot, “punishment of choice”)

Late night entertainment

Whether you choose to take your group to your favorite rooftop bar, club, dance, or piano bar, have a plan for late night entertainment.  We tried the new piano bar in Deep Ellum, Louie Louie’s and had a blast!  The musicians were extremely talented, all of them played more than just the piano.  We arrived around 9:30 and were able to get a seat.  By 10:30, the place was packed!  We stayed until around 1:30 because we had so much fun singing and dancing.  If you have never been to a piano bar before, it is a great time.  You can request songs, but don’t forget to tip!  Louie Louie’s did a great job of celebrating our bachelorette and even brought her on stage a few times.

Don’t forget party favors

Party favors are fun and a great way to show appreciation for your guests.  Our matron of honor, Natalie, went above and beyond to create this cute “Hangover bag” for all of us full of great party favor ideas.

Some favor ideas:

  • dry shampoo
  • mints/gum
  • fun hair accessory
  • chapstick

 

A great team can accomplish a lot.  Our bride-to-be loved her bachelorette, and yours will too!

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What is your favorite idea for a bachelorette party? Leave me a comment below!

  • Ginger Marie September 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Girl, this doesn’t even look like it was done in Dallas! Its so beautiful! I loved all the pictures and tips. The Bacchelorette games sounded really fun(ny) too!

  • Ginger Marie September 23, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Oh! I’m now obsessed with the Belmont hotel too so thanks for that! haha

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Haha. It is such a cool hotel!! Thanks for your sweet comments, gorgeous friend. 🙂

  • Danielle September 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Wow this looks so great!! Of course I need a boyfriend before I even start planning but I still have my Pinterest boards. I love how everything was set up!

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    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      haha. Oh, Pinterest is great for that! Thanks so much, Danielle. It helps to have super creative friends.

  • Rochelle Valle September 23, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    The decor was amazing! Everything looked lovely!

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks so much Rochelle!

  • Lauren | Talk of the Trains Blog September 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This is gorgeous!!! Last year, my sis got married and we had so much fun planning it all! Missing the planning days, but love reliving it all through this post! Congrats to the bride and groom and cant wait for the wedding post! Lots of pics, please!! <3

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much! Everything was gorgeous. Such a beautiful wedding. 🙂 I am like you though, I miss the build up and planning parts. 🙂

  • Nellwyn September 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I can’t wait to start planning bachelorette parties for my friends — none of them are engaged yet!

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Haha. It will happen before you know it! The bachelorette parties are a blast!

  • Neely (@Neelykins) September 23, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    These are great tips. I’ve never had to plan one myself but I have planned showers and delegating is key!

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks, Neely! I love planning showers. I was so happy to be a part of this one. The matron of honor did a fantastic job!

  • Morgan September 23, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Great tips! Nothing like a great bachelorette getaway!

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    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      You are so right!

  • KP September 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    This is such a great post! I have a friend who’s getting married shortly and these details for throwing the perfect bachelorette party will help so much!!
    I love the games you mentioned. They sound fun without being too cheesy. Getting a hotel for a night is a must for sure! It’s so fun when you can be with your group of girls until the wee hours of the night and then wake up together too 🙂

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      Yes! Exactly! Thank you so much!

  • Chelsea September 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Oh my goodness. All you ladies are so fashionable!!! This makes me hope that my sister plans a kickass bachelorette party for me. haha.

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Haha. You are too sweet! I am sure she will!! 🙂 It was so much fun. 🙂

  • Rebecca Hicks September 23, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    This looked like SUCH a fun bachelorette party. Where were you when I was planning my friend’s?! haha

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      It was a blast!! I kinda hate that it’s over now. 🙁

  • Jenny September 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    This bachelorette looks like so much fun! You all did an awesome job collaborating on all of the details.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  • Agnes September 24, 2016 at 8:39 am

    These are great tips! Everything looks good especially the food

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      The food was wonderful. 🙂

  • Rachel Lynn September 25, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Honestly, this post is going to be a lifesaver for me! My older sister is getting married next year and I have so much planning to do as far as the Bachelorette party. It has to be PERFECT! Thanks for the tips 🙂 This looks like it was a lot of fun!

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Yay! I am sure you will do a fantastic job. 🙂

  • Ruthie September 25, 2016 at 11:05 am

    This looks like the best bachelorette ever!! Love all the details!!!

    • Jessica September 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Thanks! It was really fun. Everyone did such a great job!

  • Jessica September 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Such a fun weekend! It looks like everyone had a great time!

    • Jessica September 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      It really was!! 🙂

  • Helen March 27, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Bridal brunch is great idea especially when you invite your mama, grandma or children and after that you can ren a hotel room or go clubbing. And everyone is satisfied and happy

    • Jessica March 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks, girl! That was our exact thinking. 🙂 The perfect way to incorporate everyone.