Bachelorette Party Gift Idea

I talked a little bit about Bachelorette parties earlier this week — thanks for the positive feedback on Facebook about not wanting to go to parties that were too crazy.  The one thing that is fun about bachelorette parties, though, is the appropriate sex talk.  Not like “birds and bees,” but “are you excited for intimacy?”  Some of us have questions, and others advice to share — bachelorette parties are a great time to have this girly chit chat.  Jessica from Happy Together has a wonderful bachelorette gift that encourages intimacy for newlyweds — and it is a great way to start those sometimes awkward conversations.  I talked to her about the set, and she let me know that the inspiration came from a book Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage.  And yes, this is the gift basket that I talked about last year!

Red = Romance

The gift is actually a kit of creative things to encourage intimacy.  I have made this for a few friends and they loved it!  I added a few things (and left some off) to what Jess started with; and of course I included lingerie (in a heart shaped box).  Important to keep in mind, Valentines’s Day sales (or the dollar store around V-Day) is a perfect time to buy these cute bags covered in red hearts.  I also added fake rose petals to each bag to make it super girly and fancy.  Here is a list of what each bag contained and the note that went with it (the first six are from Jess):

1. A cookbook and an apron. (I found a really cute vintage one at Ross for her, but if you have the time, make one yourself or buy one from Etsy.) “A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and, errrrr, something else. Take care of both by cooking him a good meal while wearing only this apron.”

2. Markers and drawing pad. “Be an artist. Have one person draw and the other model with nothing on, then switch. Make sure to accentuate certain parts.”

3. Body spray. “A Game: Spray a little bit of body spray somewhere (preferably a hidden place) on your body. Your spouse then has to find where you sprayed it with only his nose.”

4. Candle and bubble bath (I always use Sensual from Bath & Body Works). Attached Explanation: “Light the fire with a nice bubble bath and candles all around. Remember, WEAR HIGH HEELS!”

5. A plastic tarp (I used a shower curtain from the dollar store) and baby oil. “Have some fun and enjoy some laughs while slathering each other with baby oil and sliding around on the plastic.”

6.  Red Lipstick. “Start your husband’s day off right. Leave a message on the mirror with this lipstick that he will see when he first turns on the light.”

7. Chocolate sauce and whipped cream. “Practice your dessert making skills by turning each other into the ice cream sundae.  Optional: putting a cherry on top!”

8.  Shot Glasses. “Drinking Game:  When you get bored one night add tequila and a lime and take body shots.”

Now it’s time for you to share your best bachelorette party activities and gifts!

Bachelorette Party Tips

Bacherlorette Parties.  Two words that can convey so much.  If you see movies (or pictures on Facebook), you are probably visualizing a wild and crazy party in Vegas with booze and boys.  That is not what happened for my bachelorette party (or any that I have thrown or gone to).  The problem is that many people see the bachelorette party as a last time to sow wild oats and get crazy, an excuse to sleep around and get drunk.  My friends are not like that, and we just wanted to have a fun girls day and night out.  Planning the bachelorette party is an important task for the maid (or matron) of honor and I have shared some tips after these pictures.

Emily planned such a wonderful day for me and the rest of my bridal party.  Since half of my bridal party traveled in from out of town, they were available for most of they days leading up to the wedding (they arrived Wednesday night for the Saturday wedding).  We spent Thursday at the spa, before heading out to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

At the day spa, on our way to the pools

A couple of the bridesmaids pitched in for a massage for me.  It was wonderful, and the perfect way to relax before the big day!

Getting all muddy (it's detoxifying).

With all of the girls (and my beautiful mom!)

The next evening, the bridal party (plus a few friends who came to town for the wedding) took me out to dinner and then had a low key drinks and lingerie shower at my apartment.  I was definitely spoiled, and felt loved!

Out to eat with a bunch of my girl friends!

Outside the restaurant, on our way back to my apartment

We had the same issue (well, I was coming in from out of town) for Emily’s bachelorette party.  We wanted to go to a day spa, but there were not any good ones near her.  So instead we went out for drinks and dancing, then got manicures and pedicures the next day.

Out to drink at Emily’s bachelorette party, before going to the fancy restaurant next door.  The ring shot glasses were so much fun!

I have compiled a list of tips for planning the perfect bachelorette party:

  • Timing.  You want it to be at the best possible time for the bride and the bridal party, other people are extras.  It is best if it is a week or so before the wedding, but that is not always possible.  Just be cognizant of other important times (we needed to have enough time to get home and shower before the rehearsal dinner, after our spa day) and places to be.
  • Activities.  Do what the bride wants.   I really wanted time at the spa.  Emily really wanted to go to a nice restaurant (and play frisbee, which we did with all the family and friend the day before the wedding).
  • Pampering.  This is when the bride gets fully loved on by her friends.  Manicures and pedicures are often included, but I LOVED the massage.  (Thanks again, Emily)
  • Decor & Attire.  Most bachelorette parties move from place to place, so portability is key.  The “decor” for Emily’s bachelorette party was bead necklaces and shotglass rings, which we wore for the rest of the night.  I also put a little fun confetti on the table at our first stop.
  • Flexibility.  Sometimes plans change, and it is good to go with the flow.  For my friends Lindsey’s bachelorette party we had a day at the pool followed by dinner and drinks down town.  The guys ended up downtown at the same time as us so we met up.  It was fun, but not in the original plan.
  • Fun.  You want to have fun, and be safe (geez, I sound like a Mom!).  Plan to have a great time.  If you will drink, make sure you either have the number of a cab company or a designated driver.

Have you planned a bachelorette party?  Do you have any tips to share?  Later this week I will talk to you about my favorite bridal shower gift to give!


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