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Bachelorette Party

Treat the girls to a blowout bachelorette party

Every bride deserves a bachelorette party before her big day so that she can cut loose with girlfriends one last time. With a bit of advance planning, the bachelorette party, also known as the stagette or hens' night, will be memorable for everyone involved.

Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas

A great way to start the bachelorette party planning is with the invitations. Fun ideas for bachelorette party invitations include cards with a cute saying, such as "Final Fling Before the Ring," or cards with photos of sexy men. Make sure to send the invitations out well in advance of the party date.

Hosting a bachelorette party at someone's home is an economical choice. Preparing drinks and shots at home can save quite a bit of money, but ordering takeout or catered food is an easy option so no one has to cook. Other venues for bachelorette parties include restaurants (especially those with a private room), a male revue or strip club or even a weekend getaway somewhere out of town, like Las Vegas or a beach resort.

Bachelorette party gifts are usually funny or gag gifts, and are often risqué. Bachelorette party favors can continue the racy theme.

Bachelorette Party Games to Play

Games are a big part of a successful bachelorette party. There are many great games the bachelorette and her entourage will enjoy; some examples are:

  • The Man-Beads Game, where everyone is given strings of cheap Mardi Gras–type beads called "Manly-Man Beads," and they lose a string if they cross their legs, complain about men, whine about their weight or talk about Brad Pitt. The one with the most beads at the end of the evening wins.
  • A candy necklace eating contest, where participants wrap a candy necklace around one wrist and race to eat the candies without touching the necklace.
  • Drinking games, such as Quarters, Thumper or Three Man.
  • "Pin the Macho on the Man," an adult version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
  • The Necklace Game, which is similar to the Man-Beads Game, but participants lose a necklace every time they say the first name of either the bride or the groom.

Bachelorette parties are best held at least a week before the wedding, and be sure to plan for safe transportation if there will be drinking (as there likely will). Set aside money for cabs, designate a driver or, if the budget allows, rent a limo for the evening. Putting safety first will help ensure that the evening is memorable for all the right reasons.

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