After about five months of planning, I finally hosted my older sister’s bachelorette party this weekend. I wanted to do a Disney princess themed event, without ending up looking like we were throwing a birthday party for a little girl, and I think with the help of my mom and sisters, we pulled it off despite the challenges we faced.
- The bride, Ashley rarely drinks and is a super picky eater
- Only half of the party’s attendees were of legal drinking age
- Mom and the mother-in-law were both attending
- Scheduling difficulties, which I’m sure everyone has
Clearly this was not going to be your typical bachelorette party.
So we got to planning and fixed our budget and tried our best to fit every single element we wanted into the budget. We started coming up with ideas in early June, and the party wasn’t scheduled until late October. The hardest part was keeping everything a secret for that entire time. We were all just so excited.
Anyway, the final party started off on a Saturday afternoon with mani-pedi’s for everyone. Ideally we’d have taken a limo, but that stretched our budget just a little too far, so it was one of the few things to be eliminated. So we got our nails done and then headed to a nearby studio for a pole dance fitness party.
That’s where we surprised Ashley by bringing out all of our Disney princess costumes. Since the bachelorette party was to take place during Halloween weekend, it was appropriate timing, and considering we’d all grown up watching the princess movies a billion times, it seemed a good theme for us. We got dressed and started the pole class, which turned out to be a lot of fun. I’m actually considering going back for more pole classes. Another thing I want to add is that the class was pretty appropriate for all ages, so even the younger girls in the wedding party were completely okay joining in. After the class was over, we had some time to pose for pictures, and then it was off to dinner at a modern, upscale, casual restaurant.
We had a good time at dinner, but unfortunately regulations would not allow us to bring in our own cake. My mom is basically a non-commercial version of “The Cake Boss,” so buying dessert there wasn’t an option and not having anything at all wasn’t an option either. So we got a little creative and decided to break the rules a little more for our already non-cliche bachelorette party.
We got my future brother-in-law, Gilbert, to dress up as Prince Charming and had him bring the cake to one of the outdoor seating areas of the restaurant as we were leaving. The cake was shaped like a Cinderella slipper on a pillow, so that worked out perfectly. We all had cake, and the bride and groom danced, and then we separated again.
As I said earlier, very few of the attendees were legal to go into any of the late-night hangouts, so it was back to my mom’s house for cocktails and a lingerie shower. Ashley opened her gifts, and I mixed drinks for everyone. Then everyone went home except my mom, Ashley, myself, and our two younger sisters.
The next morning, we had breakfast, which Gilbert joined us for. He also brought us a suitcase he had packed for Ashley, because we were going to drive to California and spend a day at Disneyland.
Sunday was a travel day, and then Monday we spent the day roaming the Happiest Place on Earth. It so happened that there was an event at Disneyland that night, so everyone without event tickets would be kicked out of the park by six o’ clock. I’m not sure what the exact reasoning behind that was, but it worked in our favor because the park was virtually empty. The longest we waited in any line was about ten minutes, no kidding. And we were pretty much done by six anyway.
After a day at the park, we wanted an excuse to wear our costumes again, so we put them back on, and went to dinner at the Rainforest Cafe and walked around Downtown Disney. Then, Ashley and an old friend of hers went to one of the nearby bars for a little bit of cliche bachelorette party fun. We did a little shopping on Tuesday morning, and spent the afternoon driving home. Overall, I’m not sure I’d have changed anything about the party. It was fun and original, and it worked great under our unusual circumstances. 🙂
See my earlier post for the Disney Princess Theme Bachelorette Party Invitations at the link below:
What other fun ideas do you guys have for one-of-a-kind bachelorette parties?