When planning my best friend’s bachelorette party, I wanted everything to be absolutely perfect… which isn’t easy to do considering I was planning it from across the country! I found that the key to pulling off a successful party was planning ahead, staying organized and recruiting a few of her friends to help out. I couldn’t have done it without them!
Hilary loves being active, spending time outdoors and going to her in-laws cabin in the White Mountains, so when they graciously offered us their cabin for a night, it was an obvious yes! The event-planner in me immediately started brainstorming activities, favors, invitations, etc. for a camping/adventure theme. I called Hil so that I could get a feel for what she envisioned and to find out what was most important to her. We threw around some ideas and she gave me the green light to surprise her.
I ordered the invitations from Willow and Sass and couldn’t wait to send out them out as soon as they arrived. Susan was absolutely wonderful to work with through the design process. I paired them with a metallic gold envelope and sent them on their way.
For the party favors, I thought sunglasses would be a fun, practical gift that we would all enjoy at the party. I used a sharpie to customize them for a little personalized touch. I also found these adorable enamel mugs from Urban Outfitters (psst they’re currently on sale!). Printed on the mug is the phrase “The Adventure Begins,” which was perfect to symbolize the start of Hil and Dan’s marriage.
When the day of the party finally arrived, we started with a 4 hour kayak trip down the Saco River. The weather was perfect- the sun was out, but not quite intense enough for sunburns… a definite concern with the wedding just 2 days away. The scenery was stunning, and we even got a workout in, especially when we got stuck in the shallow areas! We worked up an appetite and stopped to have a picnic lunch to eat along the river.
After arriving safely at the boat launch, we made our way back to the cabin for dinner, games and gifts. For dinner we had a BBQ Mexican salad that was prepared the day before, and dessert was homemade cupcakes made by one of the bridesmaids. If you are trying to keep costs down for a bachelorette party, plan ahead and make your own food! We were all happy to stay in and eat dinner, knowing we’d be going out later for drinks and dancing.
We played a few games including Porn or Polish (free template here), Name the Lingerie, and Bachelorette Jeopardy. Jeopardy was a HIT!
We all changed into black dresses (except Hil who wore white) and left for a night out of dancing. The town only had one club so deciding where to go was easy! We made new friends, new memories and had a great time celebrating Hil’s last days of being single!
From the bride’s perspective:
Next to our wedding, my bachelorette party was the second best day of my life! To have all of my friends from all different parts of my life come together and become friends with each other made me so incredibly happy. My cheeks literally hurt from laughing so much that night! None of this would have been possible without my beautiful Matron of Honor, Paula Dubovoy. From throwing Dan and I a surprise engagement party with every single one of our friends (FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY), to making us adorable ‘Sweating For the Wedding’ T-Shirts to wear for our Mud Race, to being my voice of reason and giving me constant words of advice and encouragement, Paula helped form this special time and day into something beautiful and memorable. Dan and I are both so grateful to have such an amazing friend in our lives who gave us her full heart during our engagement and special day despite being in five weddings of her own this summer! 🙂
I had just as much fun planning this party as I did on the actual day! Thanks to everyone who helped pull it off!