This past month I had the honor of helping a very dear friend of mine plan her Bachelorette party. We had the unique circumstance of having a very short timeframe to plan this get-together (due to scheduling conflicts with a number of other friends with Fall weddings) and boy was it a crash-course lesson on how to plan something fabulous….on a very quick schedule!
Throughout the experience, I realized that while an extra few weeks might have a helped a bit, it’s actually quite easy to simplify your party plan (with a little help from friends!) and still make it a special event. Here were the steps I took to make it a success:
- Lock in the Date/Time. As soon as I got the news that we had a weekend confirmed, priority number one was to email the invited guests and get the date on the calendar. It was true I had no idea what the party was going to involve, but it was super important to me that we got the word out and were able to get as many girls there as possible. While my gut reaction was to send out a Paperless Post, I wanted to map out the various time slots on the weekend to get a good sense on who could attend specific activities, so instead I put together a simple chart on Google Docs and asked the attendees to mark their availability. As soon as I had responses, it really helped me understand critical mass and fine-tune the points throughout the weekend that would maximize attendance.
- Reserve Activities. TripleKnots bestie Meredith graciously jumped on board to help me with some bachelorette party brainstorming. Within a 12-hour period, she had some fantastic Bay Area ideas mapped out and from that list I settled on the primary activity of the weekend—a fabulous day spa trip. Within the next few days, I had the spa activities planned, a table at a cute local restaurant reserved for lunch, and a chocolate and wine tasting lined up. Voila!
- Get the Goodies. Now it was time to move on to all the details…which meant a few hours dedicated to some major Etsy research, something that I knew I needed to get ordered if I wanted my items to come in time. After some consideration, I narrowed my Etsy shopping list to: a customized sash (because no bride-to-be’s outfit is complete without a bachelorette sash), personalized hair ties (because I received these at Mere’s bachelorette weekend and LOVED them), and some monogrammed sunhats (because I had been drooling over them on Instagram).
I also made a quick stop at my local Target and scored a major steal when I found these incredibly cute (and large, I may add) reversible beach totes in the clearance section. I knew these would be the perfect accessory to carry our necessities around in at the spa.
I also found a number of goodies to add to my party favors—which were a slightly modified rendition of a “Hangover Kit” but instead of Advil and Band-Aids, I focused on a cuddle-up theme including tea, a snack bar, lip balm and a spot of chocolate.
The final component that I focused on was a few simple touches to add to our dinner table. Meredith (the friend who has good handwriting) joined my planning effort by locating and scripting some adorable place cards, which I added to a simple dinner menu that I developed with the restaurant chef.
Despite it being an incredibly busy 10 days, I was nearly ready for the big weekend. And the weekend came before I knew it!
We had a lovely time at a local spa, where we enjoyed massages and some girl talk by their pool.
We had a delicious dinner at a new and up-and-coming restaurant, who showered us with fabulous service and free shots, I must add!
I think one of the best things that I took away from these very busy two weeks was: “do not perfect be the enemy of good.” There was no way I was going to be able to pull off details that were worthy of Pinterest or a fabulous three-day trip down to Cabo. Rather, I pulled in my expectations and really focused on maximizing the experience for my dear friend and all our guests.
The outcome? We had a fabulous time!