Dear ESB: How do I plan the most awesomest bachelorette party?

Categories   Bachelorette + Shower

East Side Bride is back. Yay! We’ve missed her.

Doesn’t it seem like bachelorette party planning is something that gets sorely neglected on the blogs? Clearly ESB has some fun ideas on how to do it right. The pink eye makeup is a must.

Dear ESB,

My best girl is getting married in December and I want to throw her a bachelorette like none other. I’ve only ever been to one bachelorette so I don’t have much to go on from first-hand experience, but I want it to feel just as fun and original as she is. I feel like you’re into the gist of what I’m going for – I liked the sound of your gold heels, pink ‘buy me a shot’ tee, and yeah, we’re definitely skipping the peen paraphernalia. My friend is a wild child, big fan of Lady Gaga, and an intelligent little feminista. I want to have some surprises and fun activities worked into the night and I would l o v e to hear any ideas that pop into your stylish, bold, & badass head.


1. Invite all the bridesmaids, obv, and anyone else the bride wants to add to the list. Don’t be afraid to include a rogue friend-of-a-friend who is known to be fun and a little bit crazy.

2. Reserve a hotel suite somewhere cheap(ish) but cool like The Standard or The Ace.

3. Gaga it up with a record player and some scented candles while you hang out and do each other’s makeup. For the bride: pink eyeshadow + fake lashes. A lightning bolt if she’s feeling it. (Here’s a how-to.)

4. Have an early drink somewhere scene-y to get in the mood. Practice flirting with the bartenders.

5. Eat dinner. We don’t want the bride barfing later when she does too many shots on an empty stomach.

6. Suit er up with a pink feather boa and a gigantic flashing diamond ring.

7. Outside the next bar, arrange for a couple of adorable young actor/musicians with a guitar and a ukelele to serenade the bride. Perhaps with an acoustic version of a Lady Gaga song? Followed by a romantic old favorite that may or may not make her melt into a puddle on the sidewalk.

8. Have some drinks. Pecker Party Straws are FUNNY! but optional. (These Bachelorette Party Truth or Dare Cards are pretty funny too.)

9. Hit another bar. Are you picking up on the theme here? I’m certainly not endorsing wild, out-of-control, binge drinking, but I do think it’s important for this wild child to have a last hurrah. If she struts around a bar in a pink boa, men will buy her drinks. And she’ll remember that there are other men in the world. And then she’ll realize (all over again) that her man is the man she wants to be with.

10. Hide some good snacks in your luggage. You’ll thank yourself at the end of the night.

Lady Gaga portrait by Kane Skennar; studded leather platform sandals by Camilla Skovgard. You can see all of ESB’s posts on 100LC here.

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Hot Chocolates on Mar 22, 2011

Loving point number 4... just make sure that's all it is!! lol x :)

bridal girl on Mar 22, 2011

Nice post. Thanks for sharing all the information about hosting a bachelorette party!

Maddie on Mar 22, 2011

I want to go to this bachelorette party now. But seriously, yes, the answer is all about no pressure, silly fun. Your bachelorette party doesn't have to be "cool", but it does have to be AWESOME, know what I mean?* *Clearly ESB is the definitive voice of awesome.

lauren on Mar 22, 2011

per ESB's request, my twitter-barrage on the subject (apparently i have strong feelings about gaga-themed bachelorette parties): @eastsidebride at the risk of nitpicking, a gaga b'ette party should almost certainly involve a drag show and/or a trip to the butcher. @eastsidebride and the bride-to-be should have a special bra. probably covered with police tape. @eastsidebride piano bar! rock candy scepter! i'm going to be quiet now. point is, this is the perfect sort of bachelorette for a little DIY. seriously, make your gal a ridiculous bra and hook her up with a good wig; it's more interesting than peen accessories, and more in keeping with your theme. think camp sexuality to play up the gaga element; find yourself a weird little piano bar or drag show. for a bride-to-be who'd have fun being wild without being ho-hum girls gone wild, staginess is your friend.

Luke Stanton on Mar 22, 2011

at first I thought this was for a bachelor party. I was getting worried. not so bad now I know it's a bacelorette party haha!

giovanna on Mar 22, 2011

um, i think you just described parts of my bachelorette party. knowing i was not the pink feather boa, flashing diamond ring and penis straw type, my friends got me a pink feather boa, flashing diamond ring and distributed penis straws and played lady gaga in a trolley they rented in new york, no less. it was hilarious and so much fun. i'm with lauren though...piano bar! if it's in nyc, rose's off christopher would totally work.

celia on Mar 22, 2011

for the record, i totally endorse wild, out-of-control, binge drinking. good job, esb, as always.

Kimberly on Mar 22, 2011

DRAG SHOW! Genius.

Rachel (heart of light) on Mar 22, 2011

Oh, I needed this two weeks ago! Luckily, we pulled together something similar. Other nice tip - if you order in a ton of food to eat while getting ready in the hotel suite, then you're likely to have leftovers for drunk eating when you get back from your bar crawl. Also, hire a car. I never thought I would consent to be driven around in a hummer limo, but having someone pick you up and drop you off directly in front of wherever you want to be makes you much more likely to last till 2 am. If you have enough attendees, it's pretty cheap.

100layercake on Mar 22, 2011

Lauren, Butcher shop, drag show, and police tape bra? hilarrrious! and spot on for a wild Lady Gaga night. ha!

Jamie @ See You There! on Mar 22, 2011

this post is bringing my back to my bach party... oh the memories... it was one of the most FUN weekends of my life! My girls planned the best party ever! We got a suite at the Brown Hotel in Louisville KY, where the bars are open til 4am and needless to say we closed them down. they were kicking us out at the end of the night! we were walking distance to everywhere we wanted to go so no worries about cabs or needing a DD. they did get me fun penis stuff and i gotta say, i don't think it would feel like a bach party without it! they got a giant 4 ft blow up penis (it was a ring toss game LOL) that i carried around all night and we had every boy we met sign it. even a priest!! NO JOKE! he did it in exchange for a purchase of a rose for charity. it was pretty funny how about 90% of the guys we met would dance with it, sign it of course, etc but about 10% wouldn't touch it LOL. they also surprised me with a stripper before we went out which really i should have seen coming. he was dressed as a cop and when he walked into the room i thought "did someone call the cops on us?? oh wait... why does he have a boombox???" you should have seen the look of evil on my friends faces at my impending embarrassment! i got them back tho, i set him on each and every one of them LOL!!

Koru Kate on Mar 22, 2011

LOVE this! My flashing diamond ring was my favorite accessory for my bachelorette party :-)

nikki on Mar 22, 2011

This sounds like a fantastic party! The girls should totally rock blonde hair bows.

Elizabeth on Mar 22, 2011

This list is perfect!!

kiki on Mar 22, 2011

LOVE the 'snacks in the suitcase' idea. so so true!!

holly ditsler on Mar 22, 2011

i love #10!!! BAHAHAHA

eceee on Apr 4, 2011

seriously? wear a pink boa and a flashing diamond ring some where scene-y? worst advice ever. try that in the meat packing and I am sure it'll work like a charm but try that any where that's actually "scene-y" you'll just end up shivering outside while the door guy roll their eyes.

Brandon Carson on Jul 27, 2012

Atlanta bachelorette party This is indeed a great post, I would surely love to know more about it. I will look forward to see more

Jenn on Oct 11, 2012

This was my bachelorette party, and my MOH was the one to post. It was truly the best party of my life (wedding only beating it- but not by much). Thank you for all of you who posted comments. Especially to my soul sister, who put together the most classy, inappropriate, loving, and drunk weekends of my life.

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