photo: Jen Rodriguez
Ain’t no party like the bachelorette party! An important part of the inauguration from Miss to Mrs, that ever-important celebration of the bride-to-be. She’s most likely put in a lot of work at this point and is more than ready to kick up her feet and hang with the girls. But how do you plan an event that’s as special as the bride herself?
Our #1 rule: make it personal to the bride! You know your BFF, so tailor all the details to create a celebration custom made for her. As for rule #2? Throw out your traditional bachelorette party ideas and get creative — a bachelorette party can be anything you want it to be! And to help, we’re sharing our favorite alternative ideas for a hen party she’ll never forget. Whether she’s a food connoisseur, an aspiring yogi, or just needs to get away, this list will help guide you there.
Grab the girls and let’s go!
Go on a Foodie Tour
If the bride is hungry for something a little different, try tasting the local best! You can find a foodie tour in almost every major city, so book one close to your or road trip to the next city over for a quick—and delicious—excursion.
Book a Private In-Home Cooking Class
Bring the chef to you and learn how to make a delicious meal together! Search for at-home cooking classes in your area and get to chopping.
Roll up to a Pasta Class
The only thing better than eating carbs with your BFFs is making carbs with your BFFs! If you’re near New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Vegas, or Los Angeles, Eataly offers pasta + pizza making classes which we totally recommend. Because if you can’t go to Italy, may as well eat like you’re there!
Rent a House Where the Sun Always Shines
We’re partial to a girls’ getaway in Palm Springs, but maybe you’re closer to a lake or a pool house! Grab your suits, pack the floaties, and soak up the sun with your gals.
Tour a Flower Farm
Book a visit to a local flower farm to learn about seasonal varieties, sustainability in florals, build your own bouquets or crowns, and–oh yeah–take a TON of adorable photos with the girls! Perhaps the farm has a cute café on site, or work with the farmers to set up a sweet little table for drinks and bites after! So. Many. Photo ops!
Glamp it Up
When camping and spas meet in the middle you’ve got glamping: a relaxing retreat outdoors where you sleep in an actual bed—praise hands! We love El Cosmico in West Texas and AutoCamp across California, but do a quick search to find options near you!
Go on a Yoga or Wellness Retreat
Do all the downward dogs, eat all the kale salads, drink all the ashwagandha smoothies — and feel like a new woman by the end of it all. Here are 10 wellness vacation destinations to get you started!
Try a Sound Bath or Meditative Group Class
image via Five Senses
Sound baths are just the latest trend in holistic wellness and we hear the results are AMAZING. A time to relax, reflect and think about all the good things to come surrounded by your best girls. Sounds healing already. (We’ve got our eye on Five Senses in Malibu if you want to learn more!)
Rejuvenate with a Spa Day
No one will ever complain about spending a day at the spa and chances are HIGH that your bride-to-be BFF needs it more than you know. Or, make it a bit more personal and plan a spa day at home (here are some great ideas to pull it together)!
Visit a Winery
It’s like bar hopping but with way more photo ops and way less unwanted advances! Because you are classy modern women, after all, and you aren’t afraid to get your day drinking on.
Take a Group Art Class
photo: Tim Robison
Drawing, painting, ceramics, watercolor, jewelry, floral arrangements — the list goes on! See if the instructor will allow a few bottles of wine and let the creativity flow.
A Different Kind of Night Out
Explore your city from a different point of view! Start with cocktails at the hotel before dining at the bride’s favorite spot. Hit up a comedy show, or a concert, or a play! Finish up at a rooftop bar before crashing at a boutique hotel that most certainly will bring you lots of bacon and coffee in the morning.
And Don’t Forget to Pick Up: