My best friend in the world is getting hitched, and this past weekend her sister (and MOH, Mackenzie) threw her bachelorette party – or should I say, bachelorette weekend. It’s no secret that Dannye and I love our classy evenings in, but I think it’s high time for a shout-out to those beer-drinking/pop-music-blasting/bar-food-eating-at-3AM types of parties; because we all know the memories (albeit foggy ones) made at those gatherings can be just as meaningful as ones made over wine and cheese at home. So, here are a few notes about the things I liked that you can apply to your next rager, no matter where you live or where you’re going.
Tailor your activities to your destination: Our trip was to Milwaukee, WI – not a city you immediately think of when planning a girls’ vacation – but the MOH took full advantage of the city’s attractions. We did a tour of Lakefront Brewery (where you get to sample A LOT of beer, for 7 bucks), went to a Brewer game (where unlike LA, we got to tailgate!), and hit the beach along Lake Michigan. We also sampled a lot of local restaurants, like Real Chili and Sobelman’s (hello fried cheese), and the bars we visited ranged from dimly lit wine bars to a German beer hall.
With a big group, take a party bus. This was crucial to keeping the 20+ bachelorette party together, and stress levels low. Plus, we got to dance, sing, and drink en route to the next stop, which meant our energy remained high all night long. The weirdo bus driver and horribly executed Jamaican-themed paint job only enhanced the experience.
Details can make a huge party feel very personal. The MOH ordered each girl a custom neon pink tank top to wear to the baseball game. We could all easily find each other in the crowd and was a great ice breaker. We also turned a lingerie shower into a game, where each girl gives an item that she would choose for herself. It was fun to see all the different personalities in the group!
Remember who the party is for, and plan accordingly. The bride loves to party as much as much as the next girl, but wasn’t too comfortable with the raunchy stuff. To make sure she stayed relaxed, the MOH opted to start the night off with a private cocktail party and a few risqué games, but toned down the sexy stuff when we hit the road.
Overall, the entire weekend was planned so perfectly that it felt both organized and spontaneous. Awesome job, Mackenzie, on a weekend full of personal touches, creative activities and thoughtful planning!