5 Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas
Save yourself some time and money when planning a bachelorette bash with these savvy tips from Financial Expert, Nicole Lapin.
Every season is wedding season these days– which means bridal showers and bachelorette parties are also being planned! A weekend away with the gals can be fun but also pricey. To help save you some money on your bach festivities, check out these tips for budget-friendly bachelorette parties from NYC-based financial expert and TV personality Nicole Lapin.
5 Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas
We all know how OTT (over the top) bachelorette parties are getting, but you don’t have to break the bank to have a fab bachelorette bash! These low-cost mini vacays or one-night wonders are a treat for any bachelorette!
1. Camping trip
Do your gal pals have a taste for adventure? Pack up your camping gear and hit the road! Nothing says togetherness like piling into a tent for ghost stories or spreading out your sleeping bag under the stars. Load up on fun snacks (s’mores, anyone?), playing cards, and a cooler full of your favorite beverages (this isn’t Jamboree — if there’s a beer or White Claw in there, we won’t judge!)
Camping sites are much cheaper than hotel rooms (typically around $30 per night, although some state and national parks offer sites for free.) Because they’re often on protected land, campgrounds have some pretty primetime real estate — take advantage of the amazing views and terrain with sailing and hiking. And don’t forget your camera!
2. Slumber party
Take it back old-school style with a festive slumber party. This is an especially fun option if your ‘maids are childhood friends. Kick off the festivities with fun invitations made in the style of folded hallway notes (remember those?). Then queue up on the classic movies on Netflix like Sixteen Candles, The Notebook, and Bridesmaids.
Satisfy your junk food cravings (without totally derailing your pre-wedding diet) by setting out all the fixings for make-your-own pizza. We’re talking whole wheat crust, skim-milk mozzarella, basil, and fresh veggies. And, okay, homemade margaritas or sangria can’t hurt either. Then crank the tunes and dance the night way!
3. Game night
For the gal who loves sports and stadium food, it really doesn’t get any better than a bachelorette party at the big game. Browse StubHub or Ticketmaster, which are great for finding group tickets. Many stadiums offer discounts for groups of 10 or more, so call ahead. Have t-shirts made with your fav team on the front and each girl’s name on the back as party favors (bonus: it will make it even easier for the JumboTron to find you!)
Some stadiums will let you purchase beer or soda in a bucket for deeper discounts…and you’ll be thirsty after all of those soft pretzels. Just make sure to have a safe ride home. Split a few Ubers for the group to get everyone home safely, or splurge on a party bus and make sure it comes with a killer sound system for the after-party.
4. Dinner party
Keep it classy with a lady-like (but fun!) dinner party. Set the table with cloth napkins and decorate with tea lights, potted flowers, and confetti. Use a Cricut to personalize a glass for each girl, which they can keep the glass when the night is over. Plus, no more “lipstick test” for figuring out whose glass is whose!
Save on the food by serving family-style: instead of plating dishes individually, whip up large servings of yummy pasta, salad, and French bread with olive oil and let the ladies share in the goodness. Serve the bride’s favorite treat as dessert, and then retire to the parlor (okay, fine, your living room) with dessert wine and dark chocolate.
5. Pub crawl
Relive your college days with a pub crawl through her hometown or the city where she now lives. This is another great place for team uniforms (free drinks, anyone??) or save a little dough by having fun baseball caps printed instead. Call ahead at your fav pubs and bars to see if they have any drink specials and what time they run from, and then plan accordingly.
Make up funny rules for each stop along the way. For example, at one bar, everyone has to order their least popular drink; at another, you have to con the waitress into giving the bride a glass of cherries; and at another, you all have to trade an article of clothing (in the privacy of the bathroom, of course!)
Are you thinking outside the box when it comes to your bachelorette festivities? Share your bach party plans in the community!
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