11 New Bachelorette Party Ideas

Plan a party that really reflects the bride's interests. Here are a few ideas to get the party planning started.
Toasting at bachelorette party
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A bachelorette party can be so much more than a night out with the girls. But before getting into planning mode, first thing's first: consider the budget. Chat with other guests and see what people are comfortable spending and that will help to narrow down the options. Also, it's okay to consult the bride if you're totally stuck. Throw out a few activities and ask her to pick her top favorites and take it from there. 

Make sure to consult our bachelorette party checklist too, that way you can rest easy that everything will go off without a hitch.

  1. 1. For the Nature Lover: Glamping

    New bachelorette party ideas, Glamping
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    Get the girls together for a luxe weekend escape. We're talking about a decked-out cabin in the woods or a chic chalet in the mountains. Throw in some fun bachelorette party games, a day trip to a nearby spa or small town, and, of course, some cocktails. And just because you're out of the city doesn't mean you can't eat like you're at a five-star restaurant: Whip up a batch of prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and your other favorites—finish the night with gourmet ice cream sandwiches.

  2. 2. For the Explorer: A Destination Adventure

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    There will always be Vegas, but with up-and-coming hot spots like Oregon, Cuba, and even Montana or Wyoming, now is the time to try something new. Portland's West End is gaining popularity; while you're there check out eateries like Clyde Common, which dishes out locally sourced fare, or Gruner, where their chef serves up Alpine comfort food (think: mustard spaetzle with guinea-hen ragu). Plan a mini vacation to the outdoors in Montana or Wyoming—book a stay at a hot spring then explore one of the many hiking trails or guided tours. Finish the day with an upscale dinner.

  3. 3. For the Wine Lover: A Vineyard Trip

    Vineyard bachelorette party idea
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    Instead of hitting up a stuffy, crowded bar or club, take your party on the road. From Long Island, NY, to the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan and even Napa Valley's vintages, introduce your friends to an upscale version of the traditional bachelorette. Rent a limo, plot your stops and arrange to end with a late dinner at a vineyard (complete with pairings, of course). Mix it up and get a little dirty: Some wineries like Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, CA, allow you to kick off your shoes and actually stomp the grapes!

  4. 4. For the Crafter: Lingerie Making

    Lingerie shower idea for a bachelorette party
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    If she's more of a hands-on girl, this is her kind of party. Go a step further than just a lingerie party; have everyone bring lingerie (we're thinking the cheap, on-sale stuff) along with embellishments like sequins and beads. Everyone can decorate their set and there can even be a prize for the winner. Keep in mind, this is just for fun, not to actully wear to the honeymoon.

  5. 5. For the Bridechilla: A Spa Day

    Fun bachelorette idea, a relaxing spa getaway
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    Not every bachelorette party has to be a rowdy night on the town—especially if it's closer to the wedding day. But instead of just trudging out to a spa for some relaxation and prewedding pampering, have them come to you! Companies like Mobile Spa create customized spa days in the comfort of your home . Don't let the traveling aspect fool you, though; they still offer massages, facials and body treatments to boot. Have a caterer come in to create a gourmet meal complete with cucumber-infused cocktails. Or schedule a beauty session with Beautini and have them pamper you with professional makeup and hair services before hitting the town.

  6. 6. For the Thrill-Seeker: Zip-lining and More

    Fun zip-line adventure for an off-beat bachelorette party idea
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    Always wanted to go zip-lining, parasailing or maybe even bungee jumping? Think of the bachelorette party as an opportunity to try something new. Don't want to risk it so close to the wedding? Try a unique class instead, like trapeze, poll dancing or rock climbing.

  7. 7. For the Budget-Conscious: A Slumber Party

    Slumber party idea with fun robes for a bachelorette party
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    We know you're not in middle school anymore, but an old-fashioned night filled with some man-candy movies, junk food (bust out the Cheetos, Pringles, Skittles and Reese's) and adult-only drinking games sounds like a good time to us at any age. Truth or Dare, Never Have I Ever and some quality Ouija board will bring you back to simpler times.

  8. 8. For the Fitness Yogi: A Wellness Retreat

    A yoga retreat idea for a fun bachelorette
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    Hotels across the country offer active wellness options for bachelorette parties like Vita Vie Retreat's Bella Boot Camp that involve fun workouts, spa treatments, beach time and gourmet meals. A closer-to-home option: Sign up your girlfriends for a fun local 5K. Anything from a Color Run to a Warrior Dash will get the endorphins pumping and have everyone bonding in no time. 

  9. 9. For the Flower Child: Music Festival

    Music festival bachelorette party idea
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    Get everyone together and get tickets for a music festival. Anything from Coachella on the west coast to Lollapalooza in the midwest will offer a variety of artists so everyone can hear something they like. Make a weekend out of with with a house rental that's stocked with plenty of snacks and libations for a few days of fun.

  10. 10. For the Seafaring Bride: A Day on the Water

    Beach getaway idea for a fun bachelorette
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    Rent a small yacht or speedboat, or plan a river-rafting trip and take your friends out for the day. Not only will it give the bride a chance to get a bit of a natural glow started before the honeymoon, but you'll also have plenty of time to bond out on the water. Coordinate cocktails accordingly, an ocean breeze is an pairs perfectly with tropical juices and rum drinks.

  11. 11. For the Involved Community Member: Giving Back

    A volunteer activity for a unique bachelorette celebration

    There are countless ways to get involved with on-going volunteer opportunities in your area. Think about causes that really mean something to the bride-to-be and spend an afternoon putting some good vibes into the universe. (And who's to say that can't be followed up with a happy hour!)

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