How to Plan a Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party (That's Still Super Fun)
You want to throw a fabulous bachelorette party, but the group is working within limited means. No problem—you don't have to drop a ton of cash to throw an epic event. (Remember, there's no rule that says bachelorette parties have to be an entire weekend or trip—it's completely fine to have one day or night of fun.) Here are our best bashing-on-a-budget ideas.
A Slumber Party
The ultimate ladies-only gathering—a slumber party—is a perfect way to get in touch with your roots (especially if you and the to-be-wed are childhood friends). Pick someone's home to crash for the night who has the most space, or rent an Airbnb or affordable hotel room.
Take this opportunity to not act your age. Watch horror movies that scared you senseless in high school, or classic wedding chick flicks. Bring along all the necessary supplies and give each other manis and pedis during the party. Order pizza and have plenty of junk food on hand, and pick a signature drink to make while playing games and telling funny stories about the to-be-wed.
A Bar or Winery Crawl
Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't enjoy a night on the town. Pick a few fun T-shirts or tiaras, and carrying personalized koozies. If everyone knows you're celebrating, your evening is bound to include a few free congratulatory rounds. And if you prefer the atmosphere of a winery as opposed to a bar, schedule tastings at vineyards in your area—even better if they have a food menu and some kind of entertainment, like live music.in the same area of town (bonus points if they're within walking distance). Even two bars will do the trick—and remember, the smaller the bar, the more attention your group will get. Set yourselves apart from the crowd by wearing
Don't underestimate the hilarity of a bachelorette scavenger hunt if you're doing a bar crawl. Create a checklist of tasks for the to-be-wed to complete, from the simple (get a guy to buy you a Sex on the Beach cocktail) to the creative and almost impossible (find a guy who has your first name tattooed on his body and take a photo). Don't forget to take photos along the way, and arrange for a designated driver or car service after a long night of barhopping or day drinking.
A Dinner Party
Play hostess and invite the group over for a gourmet dinner. Look for tasty recipes that fit a certain cuisine or theme the to-be-wed loves, then stock your kitchen and get cooking. You could even hire a private chef to cook for the night or a bartender to make sure everyone's glass is always full.
If there are enough of you, break into groups to cook each course—one group grills, another assembles the appetizers. And don't forget the wine! Set the table and enjoy the fruits of your labor. You could even invite your partner and their friends over for dessert—or better yet, include them in the cooking and make it a competition.
A DIY Gathering
No one's ever too old for some good old-fashioned arts-and-crafts. And try to steer away from wedding-related things—like DIYing escort cards or favors—in lieu of something more fun for your besties (that'll also help keep your mind off of planning stress). Because isn't that partly what your bachelorette party is for?
Think of activities like a flower-arranging session at a floral design studio (like New York–based ARANJ), an art class (like pottery or painting and sipping wine) or even a bra-making sesh for the lingerie lovers (yes, really!). See? These are grown-up crafts—not the ones you made in elementary school.