This past weekend I hosted my best friend Alicia’s bachelorette party. As many of you read about or saw from the mood board post last week, I was determined to plan a non-traditional, cute and crafty party, void of mass-produced decorations and plastic male parts. The outcome was a very sweet and sincere party decor theme. And the party itself turned out well too. I was a bit disappointed attendance was low (ten people versus the 20 we were expecting) but it’s hard to miss strangers when your best friends and fellow bridesmaids were there in attendance. And… I got to see the bride’s mother do a Jell-o shot. Score! She was such a great sport. Also, please know that I had a huge amount of help from my other best friend, Andrea and my mother, who took the day off to get the party together with us.
Planning the decor for the party, I was sure to follow these rules:
- Be monochromatic – this one was hard, but I tried to stick to my “pink only” rule. When you’re planning a party in a complex, already-decorated space (in this case, the lake house) the only way to get true impact is if you introduce a single color to the space. I had to make some concessions as supplies allowed, but it was a very pink party. (I am totally crushing on the color pink now.)
- Invite your guests into the theme – all of the bridesmaids and the bride wore pink, which makes for awesome pictures. I love that Debbie (bride’s mother) and Marlene (Alicia’s future MIL) wore pink too.
- Try to DIY everything – I made as many elements myself as I could – the cupcake pennant flags, bride’s sash and banners. Paper poufs were assembled by Andrea and I, but came from a couple Martha Stewart kits. The centerpieces were DIY’ed by my mom (pictures in this post!).
- Avoid the “bachelorette party” section at the party store – by doing this, you are forced to become more creative and less cheesy. It also saves you from buying those mass-produced “go-to” party items like blinking buttons and tiaras. We incorporated “summer party” decorations like paper lanterns and flower confetti.
- Incorporate natural elements – We used burlap, dyed yarn gerber daisies and paper throughout the decor to make things look crafty and less-store bought.
- Pay attention to detail – This rule is my favorite. Even though it will drive your decorating partner nuts (ahem Andrea) take extra time to add in personality and creativity to every single item. For example, the party favors were wrapped in 1970’s pattern paper from women’s clothing patterns I found on eBay. We also did a custom cocktail, after the groom’s convenient last name. The “pay attention to detail” rule is also how I incorporated some male body part decorations. You’ll have to see if you notice any in the following pics. I took a very “under the radar” approach.
- Customize, customize, customize – it was very important to me to include elements that would be a part of only Alicia’s bachelorette party so she could have a unique experience. A good example of this is the “Honeymoon Tips” game. Because both her mother and future-MIL attended, I wanted to give her control over anything embarrassing so she would feel comfortable. The Honeymoon Tips game involved the party attendees offering up tips and advice for the upcoming honeymoon, which they then rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being something like “wear sunscreen” and 10 being “
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