As a bride-to-be, your bachelorette party is a good chance for the women in your life to get together and celebrate your step into the world of married life. When you hear the words bachelorette party, the first thoughts that pop into many people’s heads is a rowdy, wild night out; but if you have many young cousins, nieces or family friends you may want a quieter, more family friendly celebration. There are many ways you can celebrate your bachelorette party so that it is fun for all ages. Keep reading for some great family friendly bachelorette party ideas and get inspired to throw your own fun day out with the girls! So send out those custom made invitations, the fun is about to begin!
Plan Pottery Painting Outing
If you are looking to get in some girl talk time and show off your artistic side, then painting pottery may be a great idea for your bachelorette party. There are many stores across the United States that allow groups to come in, select pieces of pottery they like and then paint them. Most stores offer everything from plates, to statues, to mugs, vases, almost anything you can imagine. You can often rent out a private room where you and your guests can bring gifts, eat and drink and listen to music while you paint. Guests of all ages and artistic skill levels will enjoy this fun day out and you will all have great keepsakes to remind you of that day for years to come.
Have a Spa Day
Indulge in some pampering before your big day! Invite friends and family to join you for a spa day. Every bride wants to be glowing, and what better way to get great looking skin than to enjoy a mud bath or facial with your best friends? Many spas will offer package deals when a large groups are coming to the spa, and they can make special arrangements so you and your guests are able to enjoy some of the treatments together. Ask the spa if you are allowed to bring champagne along for an extra splash of luxury. For underage guests you can also bring sparkling cider. Add a cherry to your drinks for the ultimate girly treat. If you would like you and your friends can get matching manicures and pedicures to stand out at the wedding. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at a nearby nice restaurant or cafe.
Throw a Pajama Party
We all remember the days when we were young and so excited to attend a pajama party at our best friend’s house. Recreate some of that fun and invite friends and family over for an adult sleepover. Ask guests to wear their pajamas and plan out a menu filled with fun snacks you used to enjoy when you were younger or if you are feeling daring order in pizza. You can have your friends and family bring over their favorite board games, or you can also create your own games. Look online for great ideas for your own bachelorette themed games. You can also select a couple of chick-flicks to watch. Have a few friends come over prior to the event to help you decorate your house. Spread out pillows and sleeping bags on the floor and make sure there is plenty of popcorn on hand.
Jewelry Making for the Big Day
Give guests another reason to look forward to your wedding, create jewelry that you can wear on the big day. Jewelry making is fun for both children and adults, and with a little bit of assistance you can make stunning pieces of jewelry. Create a bracelet, necklace or earrings that will match both the bridesmaids’ dresses and your wedding gown. You can personalize the jewelry even more by allowing party guests to add their own initials to their jewelry or incorporate a charm that represents something special to you and your groom.
Progressive Dinner Party
Turn a delicious dinner into an all-night affair by having a progressive dinner party. Progressive dinners are meals where each course is eaten at a different location. If you live nearby some of your guests, you can move between your houses and sample different foods at each house. Ask guests to bring different appetizers, entrees or desserts and lay out the food at each person’s house. Spend about an hour at each house and then move onto the next. If you like you can even work in different themes. Give each house a food genre to stick to, such as Italian or American; or have each house make meals from their favorite celebrity chef.
If you would like to get out on the town, take your progressive dinner to a restaurant. Ask guests what restaurants they have always wanted to try and move between three or four restaurants, sampling a different course at each stop. Call ahead and make reservations to ensure your party is not kept waiting as you move from one establishment to another.
Inspire some friendly competition among your guests by taking everyone out bowling. Rent out several lanes and bring food, gifts and plenty of decorations to your nearest bowling alley. Most bowling alleys will let you bring in your own food if you negotiate this ahead of time, and many up-scale bowling alleys even offer food and drink packages for large groups. Get everyone to sign a bowling pin you can bring home to remember your fun day out.
Having a bachelorette party does not mean it has to be a wild occasion. There are many fun, family-friendly alternatives to the traditional bachelorette party that guests of all ages can enjoy.
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Love the bowling idea
Such sweet ideas! My son is getting married end of April…I will pass these on to his fiancee.
Sarah BB @ East9thStreet
We did a spa day for my party instead of the traditional night out. It was much more my pace and there were no regrets the next day!
We went to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game during the day so everyone could go and then we had a party later!
Those are all great ideas!!! Fun!
I’m all for family friendly bachelorette parties. These are some great ideas. I like the idea of going bowling.