29 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

5 Things Every Bachelorette Party Should Have

Congratulations! If you’re here, chances are you have a very special day to plan! Are you a Maid of Honor or bridesmaid looking for advice on how to throw your bestie a bachelorette party to remember? We’re here to help. Rest assured, you are way ahead of the game.

Check out our recommendations for five things every bachelorette party should have!

1. A Fabulous and Fun Theme

A theme for a bachelorette party can be as simple or as elaborate as the bride would like. From a theme as straightforward as her favorite colors, like this “Pink and Black” party page, to a more creative and immersive experience based on her favorite era like our “Mad Men” party idea – a theme will give the party a structure upon which to build your attire and activities. While themes do serve as a great starting point for planning a bachelorette party, always make sure ensure the bachelorette’s personality and style shine through by involving her in the early stages party-planning process.

2. Fantastic Food

Fantastic Food

Whether you plan to host the party at home, or head out on the town, food is necessary to any successful bachelorette party. Referencing the theme will often give you guidance when choosing foods or if your bachelorette is a foodie, you may even choose to build your theme around the food itself! Many larger cities offer tasting tours, where your party can restaurant hop all over town, enjoying progresssive courses at each restaurant. Meet for drinks at the first venue and proceed through appetizers, a main course, and finish with dessert, each specially prepared at a different restaurant.

Google the city of your choice for tastings and tours, and you’re sure to find a culinary adventure fit for any foodie bachelorette. One happy party hostess commented, “I was looking for an alternative to the bar scene for a bachelorette party that I was hosting. I came across the Milwaukee Food Tours website on a whim, and it ended up being the best thing that we did that night. We learned about this awesome city that we live in and went to restaurants that we had never been to before. We left with a full stomach and a want for more… we for sure will be booking another tour!”

3. Faithful Friends

Faithful Friends

Bachelorette parties are a great time for the bride’s old friends and new friends to bond before the wedding! It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to experience something together and interact in a relaxed, comfortable environment -whether it be a new, highly recommended restaurant, a culinary adventure all over the city, or a wine and cheese tour. Jasmine Moir at Self.com writes “Make everyone feel welcome and connected by having the bride introduce each friend to the others and share a funny story or sweet memory from their friendship.”

4. Fanciful Favors

Bachelorette Party Shirts

The back of the custom party shirts featured names and numbers. The numbers combined reflect the bride's wedding date! Too cute!

Favors are not only a tangible token of the time spent with the bachelorette’s friends, it’s also an appropriate way to thank each guest for contributing her time and money to the occasion. The gift need not be costly. Homemade coasters are an inexpensive and attractive gift. If you’ve chosen a mani/pedi or other pampering theme, you may wish to make DIY sugar scrubs for the guests. Custom bachelorette party t-shirts can be created online and worn during the party, or wrapped in a cute theme-appropriate bow or box and taken home as a memento. Custom wine glasses, pint glases or tumblers are also fun and inexpensive favors that can be created to match any theme.

5. Festive Photos

Bachelorette Party Photo

You could hire the bachelorette’s wedding photographer to spend a couple of hours committing the party to digital memories, or you can enlist the entire party to contribute to the photo bonanza. You can even add props to your photo shoot – referring back to your theme to choose suitable props to enhance your photographs.  These easy DIY chalkboard comment bubbles  go with nearly any theme, make photos more fun and serve double duty as a party favor!

Whether the bachelorette is ready to kick back or throw down, these five essentials will help you plan a customized bachelorette party. If we expanded this list to 10 things – what five things would you add? Let us know in the comments!

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08 July 2013 ~ 2 Comments

Not Your Average Birthday Party Ideas

A few months ago, my youngest nephew turned 6 years old. One of his absolute favorite things right now is the popular smartphone game, Angry Birds. He’s constantly playing it on his mom’s iPhone. He loves to draw impressive illustrations of all the different bird characters. Heck, even the comforter set on his bed is Angry Birds themed.

Angry Birds Birthday Party

When it came time to celebrate his 6th birthday, it was an obvious decision to base his party around his current obsession. He had an Angry Birds cake, Angry Birds plates, and, of course, he wore his Angry Birds t-shirt. The coolest thing, however, had to be the human-sized slingshot built by my brother-in-law. My sister painted different-colored rubber balls to look like the different birds and everyone took turns launching them at a tall stack of cardboard boxes. It was just like the game, but in real life! The kids had an absolute blast, but all the adults eventually found themselves wanting to try it, too!

I found myself asking, “Why do kids get to have all the fun?” As grown-ups, we all have things we enjoy, just like my nephew. Sure, it may be silly for an adult to have an “Angry Birds” party, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun themed birthday parties of our own. Here are a handful of cool ideas for themed birthday parties, created especially for the “big kids.”

1. Mad Men Party

Mad Not Your Average Birthday Party Ideas - Men Themed Party

Mad Men is one of the hippest shows on television. A winner of four Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding drama series, Mad Men is an authentic interpretation of 1960s America. Not only is the visual style and art direction spot-on, it also provides an accurate look at social issues of the time. Mad Men is already one of those shows that naturally draws people together to watch as a group, and with the distinct look of the 1960s, it’s the perfect inspiration for a themed party.

Anna Moseley, from AskAnna, has a great, photo-heavy post detailing the Mad Men birthday party that she put together. She started with some classy martini-themed invitations in the mandatory red, black, and white Mad Men color palette and requested guests attend in appropriate attire for the show’s 1960s time period, of course. Next, she made sure to have plenty of 1960s-era props and furniture, including some vintage print advertisements reminiscent of Don Draper’s best campaigns. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Mad Men party without some adult beverages that would fit right in among Roger Sterling’s minibar. Check out her full post for a more thorough break-down of her party, including lots of great photos!

2. 80s Party

Not Your Average Birthday Party Ideas - 80s Party

Regardless of whether you were actually around to experience them or not, the 1980s have come to be known for their apparent excess. Fashion was full of bright, neon colors, crazy animal patterns, and spandex. Hairstyles were defined by large bangs and lots of hairspray. Video games, both at the arcade and at home, became mainstream. All of these things and more make the 1980s prime themed-party material.

Jennifer Sbranti, editor-in-chief of the Hostess with the Mostess Blog, has a great write-up on a bodacious 80s party planned by Alanna Andes Events + Parties + Design. The party invitations alone, which are made to look like a game cartridge for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, bring to mind a great sense of nostalgia. Decoration ideas include old audio cassettes, VHS tapes, animal-print banners, and classic 80s toys like Slinky and Jenga. Finally, the photo booth with its totally radical props–including a denim vest, neon Wayfarers, and paper speech bubbles–will entertain your guests indefinitely.

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