Last weekend we celebrated my best friend’s bachelorette party.
I have been planning it as far back as December, which was when I asked her for a guest list and contact information.
This is my first go at being a maid of honor and planning a bachelorette party, so I definitely learned a lot throughout the process.
I’m not saying that I am perfect, far from it! But I love party planning and I just thought I’d share some things I did or things I learned.
For starters before getting on the phone and booking things, I sat and had a chat with the bride to be, about what she wanted to do and how she wanted her night to be celebrated.
Once you have that information you can bounce around ideas with her bridesmaids and come up with some cool spots.
I suggest getting both email and phone contact information, because I found e-mail isn’t always most efficient. It’s going out of style.
I definitely think once you know your date, sending a save the date text, (or you can use evite like I did) just to put the word out there and let them know what’s being planned. Invites and Itineraries can be sent out closer to the date.
When I had a plan in mind, I began my research of locations that would compile all the aspects of what my friend wanted. She wanted to do a little pampering, dinner, drinks, and dancing.
We had a few underage girls, so what we decided to do was include some day time and night time activities, in order to include everyone.
We started the day at a local spa for some Mani/Pedi’s, and then had brunch at a nearby place. (literally a few doors away from each other…super convenient.)
Choice of mimosa, water, or tea
Pedicures with the bride to be…these neck pillows were lovely. Warm and smelt of Eucalyptus.
Cheers! 2 Peach Bellini’s and 2 Pomegranate Sangrias!
I got the Paradise Salad!
We then separated, some went to get their hair done, some got ready at home.
We met up at my friend’s house later to do a little Bachelorette Party stuff and have some drinks and snacks, before heading to the city for dinner and dancing.
Ignore the date, it’s wrong, lol.
I thought these drink markers were super cute!
The place we chose was this Mexican restaurant and dance lounge and was really such a steal. Ladies entered for free! The food was delicious, we got a free bottle of champagne, and they gave out glow necklaces. What more could you ask for?
^ I ordered the Crispy Boneless Chicken with a glass of Peach Sangria and the Fudge Brownie Sundae for dessert. They had a mariachi band walking around playing music too! Haha. So good!
Once done with dinner you could go either upstairs or downstairs to dance, one level was Latin music, the other mixed with the usual radio hits. And it was such a fun, all inclusive place. You know us girls in heels were grateful for that.
Also it was super convenient that they had a coat check too, because it’s still chilly at night and I knew we’d need our coats so I called ahead to be sure we’d have somewhere to put them.
Tips I picked up on:
*Carry less cash on you and your credit card.
*Use a cross body purse. #HandsFree
*If you are drinking- do NOT mix!
*Someone should always be the responsible one, I kind of played the mom role, I made sure everyone was always accounted for and safe. We are all pretty responsible any way.
*Do not go to the bathroom alone if it’s far from your group.
*Do not leave your drink unattended or take drinks from strangers.
*CHARGE YOUR PHONE- make sure it’s full battery before you leave for a long night. Luckily my friend also carries her portable charger too.
*Do not travel alone- pay the extra cash and carpool it home. (make plans with a travel buddy beforehand.) I have at least 2 car service numbers in my phone and you can usually catch a taxi in the city-but one of the girls actually had Lyft which was super convenient they came within 3 minutes.
*If you HAVE to travel home alone, drink responsibly and check in with that friend at night, make sure they got home safe.
BUY THE ACCESSORIES!
Even if your bride tells you not too, do it anyway! The pictures will thank you! My friend was all about her tiara, she left it on all night!
Items were bought online through party city & amazon.
Although planning these types of things can become stressful, remember who you are doing it for, and why. While I was planning this, a friend told me- “You can’t please everybody.” And it’s so true. So don’t try to.
We all had a great, safe, healthy, fun time! I think it’ll be a night we’ll never forget! ❤
*All images are my own.*