How To Throw A Killer Bachelorette Party

It's the one built-in party that you throw for the express purpose of celebrating your female friendships, but because of that one unaccounted-for expense ("sorry guys, that'll be another $400 each"), that one designated driver who forgot halfway through the night, and that one never-to-be-spoken-of-again incident involving a male stripper and the bride's younger cousin...well, let's just say that bachelorette parties can be more of a strain on your friendships than a testament to it.
But, we've been to enough good ones to know that the difference between frivolities and freak-outs lies in good planning. To help make your upcoming shindig a success, we've rounded up a few tips to help you make your next bachelorette party a memorable one (and not just because the bride-to-be spent the whole time crying).
1 of 7
There Should Always Be A Surprise (And It Doesn't Have To Come In A Banana Thong) — Whether it's manicures by a pool, a cover band who shows up and plays all your favorite songs, or a mystery field trip to a surprise location that means a lot to her, a thoughtful surprise will make the party more memorable. Check out this pic from our senior photo editor Christy Kurtz' bachelorette party: Her friends surprised her with a 40-foot inflatable slip-'n'-slide. Yep. Those are some quality buds.

Photo: Courtesy of Nina Westervelt
2 of 7
Figure Out Your Transportation Because You Know Things Are Going To Get Messy — There's a (big) chance you'll be drinking, so unless public transportation is readily available and you're prepared to annoy all its patrons, consider a party mobile when making your plans. If you don't' want to hire a limo, you can also rent a passenger van and have a close guy friend, who owes you all a favor, dress up as a chauffeur drive you around all night.

Photo: Courtesy of Christy Kurtz
3 of 7
Think Outside Of The Penis-Shaped Party Favors — Your outlook on parties now isn't that different than it was when you were younger. Who doesn't love party favors? There are a lot of companies who will let you order personalized items in small batches that you can give out to everyone involved. Think plastic cups, T-shirts, or something kitschy that has meaning to your friend group.

Photo: Courtesy of Christy Kurtz
4 of 7
Decorate Like You Mean It — Everything's more festive when it looks like a party. Consider streamers, giant balloons, glow sticks, and even inflatables if you're around a pool. The more ridiculous, the better! Save the pretty things for the bridal shower.

Photo: Courtesy of Nina Westervelt
5 of 7
Brides, Don't Forget The Thank-Yous — This one's more for the special lady than the party-planning committee, but it's an important component to the bachelorette party, nonetheless! Your friends (hopefully) spent a lot of time and effort throwing you your party, so give them a fun thank-you. We love the idea of creating a T-shirt that relates to an inside joke you all started during your bachelorette party. The important thing is to be creative. Between this party and your wedding, they could probably use a reminder of how much you appreciate everything they're doing.

Photo: Courtesy of Katie Alexander
6 of 7
Make Google Docs Your Best Friend — It's always hard to get a group together with everyone's busy schedules, and if it's a destination party, it can make it even more of a pain. The secret? Organize the communications and planning. How? Google Docs. It's a great sharing tool to organize contact information, hotel and flight reservations, and keep a loose itinerary of what activities and fun events the weekend will entail. Be OCD about it: create tabs, a grid, and even keep a payment plan on the document and share with all parties involved to keep track. This helps everyone know what to expect financially but also helps in the brainstorm and planning of the weekend!

Photo: Courtesy of Charlene Chang
7 of 7
Keep Things Age Appropriate (If There'll Be Young-ins!) — More likely than not, the bride may have a younger sister or cousin that will be along for the celebration. To ensure they don't witness something beyond their experience, keep in mind age-appropriate activities. You can still find boozy activities that allow underage participation, and it can be fun for all — check out our East Coast editorial assistant, Seija Rankin, at her friend's party in Napa.

Photo: Courtesy of Charlene Rankin

More from Entertaining


R29 Original Series