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Wondering, what are good ideas for a bachelorette party? It's easy to have fun with your friends, but how do you make sure that your bride's bachelorette party goes as perfectly as she's always envisioned?

There are tons of ways to throw a memorable bachelorette party for her. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Activities

There are tons of activities you can do during a bachelorette party! After all, people have been throwing them for years.

"The term originated out of the male celebration for the groom known as the bachelor party," according to Bachelorette Party Fun. "Centuries ago, there was a traditional celebration in Europe for the groomsman (known as Bridegroom) where a dinner would be given in honor of his marriage to his wife. For ages there were many traditions around weddings, with none of them based on a party for the bride and her friends. As time passed a formal event for the bride emerged, having a luncheon with tea and traditional clothing, it was created to honor the bridesmaid known as the bridesmaid luncheon and was hosted by her closest friends and family."

Then, in the 60s, women started throwing more elaborate parties, which are what we know now as bachelorette parties.

"The beginnings of the bachelorette party stayed far more formal and sophisticated, having luncheon and tea parties, really until the late 1970s and 1980s," according to Bachelorette Party Fun. "During the last two to three decades, bachelorette parties have stepped up their pizzazz, rivaling those wild bachelor parties — now with weekend getaways, fancy bachelorette parties, co-ed bachelor and bachelorette parties and the addition of male strippers and the always favorite classy and crazy bachelorette party supplies. The term was coined as the 'Last Night Out' where the bachelorette and her friends could let loose one last time prior to the marriage, a behavior created by the male version, the bachelor party. Now, so far from its inception, it's very common to see women at the bachelorette party parading around with party favors and supplies to wear, racy decorations and outfits all while playing a host of mild to wild bachelorette party games."

With that all said, here are some ideas for activities you can do during the bachelorette party.

1. DIY Pin The Kiss on [Your Celebrity Crush] Game

Find out the bride-to-be's celebrity crush and print out a human- or jumbo-sized photo of them (you can do this at your local office supply store). Then pick up some smooch stickers, which you can buy off sites like Etsy (like these!). Blindfold each other and try to stick the smooches to the celebrity's face. Whoever gets the closest to the celebrity's lips wins the game, and everyone should buy that guest a shot (if they drink).

2. The Groom/Bride Quiz

Ask the groom or other bride to answer a series of questions about their relationship before you leave for the bachelorette party. Then, during the bachelorette party, ask the bride the same series of questions to test her knowledge. It'll be a good laugh for everyone whether she answers the same or doesn't know! Equally, it'll be funny to see how well the groom/other bride remembers those bits about their relationship.

3. The Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt

Go on a bachelorette party-themed scavenger hunt. You can download tons of scavenger hunt games for bachelorette parties, specifically, off the internet — like this one. Break the party up into groups, and send them off to check off items. These include items like buying the bride a shot, getting someone to do a keg stand, finding something blue and bringing it home, getting a condom from a random stranger, taking a selfie with another bachelorette party (or a bachelor party!), etc. Each item is assigned points. 

4. DIY Bachelorette Ring Toss

Decorate some champagne bottles with glitter and paint, and then buy some plastic or rubber rings. Set up the bottles in the yard or on the beach — wherever the bachelorette party is — and try to toss the rings so that they land on the bottle necks. Whoever rings the most bottles wins the game! That person deserves a drink (if they drink)!

5. How Well Do You Know the Bachelorette Game?

There are tons of downloadable card games to test the party members' knowledge of the bachelorette. This one here, for example, will ask questions from "When was her first kiss?" to "What's her shoe size?" This is a fun way to also all get to know each other, especially if not everyone in the bachelorette party knows each other super well. That's because it's a game that's sure to induce some serious story telling.

Decorations

Every bachelorette party needs decorations — the decorations are half the fun of the party, after all! Here are some ideas for decorations you can use to spice up the bachelorette party and make sure that your bride has a good time (and everyone around you — and on social media — knows it!).

6. Bride to Be Letter Balloons

These Bride to Be Balloons from Etsy are perfect for a bachelorette party. And you can find a ton of options just like them!

7. Engagement Ring Hanging Decorations

These paper, honeycomb engagement ring hanging decorations from Etsy will turn any space into the ideal atmosphere for a bachelorette party. Again, you can find tons of options like them.

8. Bride to Be Ballons

You can never have too many balloons at a bachelorette party. These regular, clear balloons from Etsy read Bride to Be in gold.

9. Bride & Co. Straws

Bring your own straw on your night out, so you can save the planet and have some fun. These straws from Etsy read Bride & Co. 

10. Kiss the Miss Goodbye Booth

Every bachelorette party needs a "kiss the miss goodbye" booth! This booth from Etsy is totally customizable so you can have one for your bride.

11. Team Bride Sunglasses

These Team Bride shades are a fun way to let everyone know that you're out and about to celebrate your bride! Wear them with pride.

12. Champagne Labels

These champagne labels can be totally customized. Add the wedding, the date, the wedding hashtag, etc. to the labels to make them truly her's.

13. Last Fiesta Banner

This banner is customizable so it can read your bride's name. Celebrate her "last fiesta!"

14. Bride-to-Be Tiara

Every bride needs a tiara... at her bachelorette party anyway. This one says Bride to Be.

15. Cheers to Love Wall Sticker

This wall sticker says cheers to love. Help your bride celebrate love by putting it all over the walls!

16. Gettin' Hitched Balloons

More balloons! These slick black balloons read "Gettin' Hitched!' so you can celebrate your bride's big day.

17. She Said Yes Banner

This She Said Yes Banner is perfect for a bachelorette party. You can also use it for the bridal shower!

18. She Said Okurr Banner

This She Said Okurr Banner is also perfect for a bachelorette party or bridal shower! It's for the wittier bride.

19. Team Bride Banner

This Team Bride Banner can hang on the wall of your pre-party space for the bachelorette party! Take photos in front of it before heading out for the big night out.

20. Penis Tiaras

Of course, no hetero-bachelorette party is complete without penis decorations. These phallic-shaped tiaras are a funny addition.

Favors

Here are some ideas for favors you can give out after the bachelorette party.

21. Engraved Wine Tumblers

These engraved wine tumblers are the perfect favor for any bachelorette party. After all, there's likely to be a lot of wine consumption. Plus, each guest can bring their's home with them and use it again on road trips, camping trips, river rafting trips and all sorts of outdoor adventures.

22. Exotic Male Dancer Drinking Buddies

These exotic male dancer drinking buddies will hang on the edge of your wine glasses. They're a funny gag gift that'll have the whole party laughing — and you'll have even more drinking buddies with whom to celebrate the bride to be. Some of them even come with personal names! It'll also help you to remember whose drink belongs to whom.

23. Bride & Co. Sunglasses

More fun sunglasses! These bachelorette party sunglasses are for everyone in the crew. Keep your eyes safe from the sunny skies wherever you are (hopefully some kind of paradise, whatever that looks like for you all!), and let everyone know why you're there. That is, to celebrate the bride to be. 

24. To Have and To Hold (Your Hair Back) Ties

These hairbands that read, "to have and to hold your hair back" are an easy, fun favor to gift the guests who attend the bachelorette party. They're not only hilariously witty, but they'll also certainly come in handy, so you don't have to hold back each other's hair. Or, you know, if you just get hot from all that dancing and frolicking around.

25. Bachelorette-Themed Can Coolers

These can coolers will keep your canned drinks cool during the bachelorette party — whether you're at the beach, river rafting, at a festival or relaxing in a park. And they'll let everyone around know that you're celebrating the bride to be.

FAQs

Who pays for what at a bachelorette party?

Traditionally speaking, the single only person who doesn't pay for anything at the bachelorette party is the soon-to-be bride. That means that the bridesmaids and other guests who join along for the bachelorette party should chip in to cover the bride's share of the party, as well as to cover the cost of their own festivities.

What do you do at a low key bachelorette party?

If the bride wanted to have a low-key bachelorette party, go ahead and do it her way! This is her day, not yours. So make the most of it by catching up with friends and enjoying the company of perhaps even some new friends. After all, a low-key bachelorette party can offer you some much-needed relaxation, too.

How can I have a cheap bachelorette party?

A bachelorette party doesn't have to be expensive. Of course, if you decide to go away for the weekend or even a week, the cost of your bachelorette party can add up. In fact, a more elaborate bachelorette party can cost $150 to $300 per person, according to Weddings Cost Helper.

That said, you can choose to just have a fun night out with your friends, and select an affordable place to have dinner, for example. You can also choose to have a beach day, where you can bring your own drinks and snacks. Or throw a barbeque at the house, and have everyone chip in by bringing some food. There are tons of ways to throw a bachelorette party that's less expensive than the norm and, yet, still just as fun. 

What does the bride do for the bachelorette party?

The bride isn't expected to cover any of the costs of her bachelorette party. Rather, her guests should cover their costs and hers. Her only job during the bachelorette party should be to have fun and enjoy her time with her friends before she gets married.

Your bride's bachelorette party should be a time that she enjoys with her friends before she gets married! The truth is that the fewer expectations you all have for it, the more fun you'll certainly have. That said, toss these ideas around with your crew, and you'll be sure to have a memorable time!

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AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.

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