Bachelorette Bash

When you tell anyone that you’re throwing a bachelorette party, their mind immediately goes to penis straws and veils with condoms. While you simply can’t go wrong with the traditional night on the town, some girls may prefer a more PG-13 affair.

Toning down the genitalia-themed décor doesn’t mean toning down the fun. There are tons of ways to play up the last-hurrah-as-a-single-woman theme without making your mom embarrassed to see your photos.

From left: Jac's sister-in-law Katie, Jac's sister Michelle, our main be-otch Desiree', Jac and Leah
Each of us had the pleasure of coordinating a lakehouse bachelorette weekend this year, and here’s what we did. (Don’t forget to download our Party Menu for some of our recipes and a complete grocery list!) 

Food - The fun started with a girlie lunch before heading out in the sun. We packed:
  • Mini sandwiches – this worked for lunch and for snacks later in the day. We brought sliced turkey and ham and some chicken salad for variety.
  • Pasta salad & green bean salad - Download the party menu for our full ingredient list
  • Fruit salad
  • Veggies with hummus 
  • Plenty of chips and queso!
(It's a bachelorette party - we weren't quite as concerned with presentation)
For dinner, you can easily throw some burgers on the grill or maybe just opt for a pizza delivery. There is no shame in takeout after all the work you’ve put in (not to mention a full day of Summer Beer – recipe to follow).

For the following morning, you’ll want to pack some items that are easy to transport and will help nurse a hangover. Some of our favorites:
  • Blueberry muffins 
  • Breakfast Bake from Kraft Foods - we've also substituted sausage. YUM.
  • Paula Deen’s hash brown quiche 
  • A variety of breakfast tacos – believe it or not, these can be prepared ahead of time and wrapped in foil. Then each girl can grab the flavor they want and pop it in the microwave (sans foil, of course) for a quick DIY breakfast.
Desserts – Here are some of the sweets we’ve made for various bachelorette festivities that are also available for purchase:
  • Decorated sugar cookies – we’ve done monogram cookies, diamond rings and even margarita glasses. 
  • Cake balls drizzled with white chocolate and pink sprinkles. 
  • Pink lemonade mini cakes in this great pan from Crate and Barrel.
  • Lingerie cookies – our personal favorite and always a crowd-pleaser  

Email us to place an order for these fun treats.  We can customize!

(Ok fine, we admit it – we may have also had a penis cake, but we swear we didn’t get carried away.)

Drinks – Clearly the booze is a must for any bachelorette party. Here are some ideas beyond the typical beer and wine.

  • Summer beer! A true classic among our circle of friends. The recipe calls for one frozen limeade, partially defrosted. Then fill the empty limeade container with vodka and add it to your pitcher. Then add 4 beers. Sounds like a crazy combo, but we promise it’s both delicious and potent. These go fast - plan for several pitchers!  
  • Mimosas and bellinis. If you’re making a weekend of it, you’ll need to keep the drinks flowing all day long. (We love this Bellini mix from World Market and the pink is perfect for a bachelorette party.)
  • Sangria. This is a fun twist on sangria from Kraft Foods, but beware – the sweetness can make for a serious hangover. 
Summer Beer - portable enough for a high speed pontoon

Favors – While favors aren’t a must, they have a way of making the bride feel really special. They can be homemade or purchased.
  • For Jac's bachelorette party, we had custom t-shirts made (pictured at the top of this post).  The front depicted the classic cartoon bride and groom with the words "Game Over," and the back was personalized for Jac's big day.  
  • For Leah’s bachelorette party, our friend Desiree’ ordered custom drink koozies, complete with one of our favorite quotes from Mean Girls. She even bedazzled them!
  • Desiree’ also made her signature “pimp cups” for each of the bridesmaids.
  • For our friend Emily’s bachelorette party we also bedazzled some purple cups (her wedding color) and personalized them with each girl’s name. 

We also busted out these pretty amazing wedding cake pops, inspired by Bakerella.

Your bride will FREAK OUT.  Contact us to get your own!
Décor – We are firm believers that you should spend the bulk of your budget on food and sweets rather than décor, but a few touches are always important.
  • Even if your bride doesn’t want to wear a bunch of bachelorette paraphernalia, a few items can go a long way. Investing in a sash and tiara in your early 20s will certainly pay for itself in the years to come.
  • Colorful paper goods. The lakehouses we stayed in had plenty of dishes and cutlery, but it’s always fun to add a pop of color with plates, napkins and utensils.
  • Boas. There is really nothing in this world that we hate wearing more than a boa, but they happen to look really cute strewn across a table. 
See, Emily?  That's not embarrassing at all.

This list may seem pretty daunting when it comes to budget, but we think it’s perfectly fair to ask all girls attending to chip in. Think of it this way – if you were going out for a night on the town, each girl would expect to pay for her own meal and drinks. So just because you’re bringing all the food doesn’t mean you have to foot the entire bill, especially for a full weekend. You can estimate about $25 per girl for a menu similar to ours.

For a full list of groceries needed and all the recipes we described in our post, download our Party Menu here. 

So tell us - what are your favorite bachelorette party themes?

Happy Planning,

Sweet and Sour Showers