Soon to be Mrs. Ritter
I did it again with success! I planned a surprise bachelorette party for my best friend Dayna from Michigan. The girls were visiting Vegas for the Redken hair show and when I found out in August, I knew what I had to do. Here is the planning breakdown of this amazing party
Since I am a wedding planner, of course I tend to plan far in advance. In August, I immediately made a timeline for the events and made invitations for the girls. Invites do not necessarily need to be sent for Bachelorette parties but it does get everyone more pumped for the event. The original plan was this:
5pm lingerie shower in suite
The 2 bedroom 1,000 square foot suite at Mandalay Bay was perfect for a party of 11 girls. The view was gorgeous. The room was determined at check in the day of so a mass text would go out to those attendees. The execution of the event is similar. You will see the information below for the few changes:
6:00-7:30pm lingerie shower and food in suite at Mandalay Bay
8:30pm Chippendales at Rio
10:30pm Lily lounge at Bellagio
Invitations made through zazzle.com
We decided on Little Black Dress. Basically everyone just could be comfortable in anything black. It’s tricky of course to get the bride to wear white or red in this case but I had the plan down. A week prior, I called Dayna and we were talking about them coming and she brought up what she should pack. Perfect opportunity for myself, I went over the general stuff then said actually I need a favor. I told her I am working on a blog and I needed a photo of her either in a red or white dress since she is wearing both colors at her wedding. I told her a photographer was going to meet us to take a photo (which later I said they were doing a shoot that day at Mandalay and we had to meet them in the suite). It was the best of both her bringing the outfit and getting her to the big surprise. The only problem was when she put on the white dress she started freaking out because the zipper broke so she wore a super cute white top instead. I may have stretched the truth a bit but in order to keep surprises don’t we all?! We walked to the suite and knocked on the door to be greeted with our amazing friends. Dayna was truly surprised even through all the slip ups that weekend she had no idea.
Food and beverage:
Instead of going to a restaurant since we were short on time, we decided to cater in the room. We ordered food from BJ’s Brewery. The catering package included Mediterranean Pizza, Vegetarian Pizza, Caesar salad, BJ’s Cobb salad, ribs, buffalo wings, fries, and steamed vegetables. We also offered for cupcakery mini cupcakes for dessert. For the drinks, we wanted a variety but we didn’t want everyone to have too much fun before we left the room. We had vodka with different mixers, Cabernet Sauvignon, and of course a Rose of sparkling (bubbles is my new term).
Dayna loves leopard and with her wedding colors being black,red, and white this was perfect theme for bachelorette. I chose leopard and red as the main focus. We like to stay away from all the Penis type bachelorette party items. They can be fun if that’s your thing but this group of girls prefers to keep the plastic penis out. All of the decorations were made my me and can be purchased on my etsy. We hung a leopard bachelorette banner, streamers (bra and panty, heart), place cards for food, do not disturb and welcome door hangers, a bar sign, and a poster made out of pictures of the bride growing up from samsclub.com.
For the bride I made a mini tulle leopard bow to go along with leopard Bride to Be sash. For everyone I made stickers that says either “bride to be! mother of the bride, or bride’s crew”. I also did leopard water bottles with red straws (everyone needs to stay hydrated), ring pops, and I made cute little drink tutus out of leopard and red tulle that we brought with us for our drinks but actually became bracelets.
There are plenty of cheesy, fun bachelorette party games out there. Again this group isn’t into the whole cheesy bachelorette so I thought if we just played one game it would be fun. I made up a Bachelorette categories game (similar to the categories in the “kings” drinking game) but each category was wedding themed. I printed out 20 different categories I came up with then cut them into pieces and put them into a basket. The game works like this, everyone sits in a circle, pulled a category and then went around the circle until someone couldn’t think of the topic. The girl would drink and then pull the next category. It’s a fun innocent game that helps get the party started without forcing the bachelorette to do uncomfortable things. We actually ended up not having time to play it but it is definitely a great alternative to the traditional bachelorette games.
My gift to the bride was a Victoria’s Secret bride tank top, leopard nail wraps, no hang over drink, and the popular panty poem. The panty poem is great especially because lingerie isn’t worn by everyone but everyone (well almost everyone) wears panties. The poem cards can be purchased on my etsy and comes with a list of what types of panties to buy or your option to buy them with the panties. She also received tons of Victoria’s Secret gift cards, lingerie, nighties, and adorable bracelet from her mother.
What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas right?! Well I will keep the Chippendale show and club under that category. It was a fun and awesome surprise for Dayna especially since (spoiler alert) she was called on stage at Chippendales. It was the perfect end to a “work weekend” and great surprise for the bride to be who was also celebrating her birthday weekend.
I will say planning a bachelorette party with a group of girls is never easy, so if you want it be worry free then feel free to hire a professional like myself. This way I do all the planning and everyone’s opinions are just that. Not everyone agrees on what to do so leaving it to a pro gets the stress of trying to make everyone happy off you. It’s supposed to be all about the bride remember. Keep her happy and the event will always be a success. If you need help planning a stress free Las Vegas bachelorette party please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.