I feel like I was just expressing how happy I was to finally be back at home for an extended amount of time, without any crazy travel plans. That feeling came and went in the blink of an eye. August 1st marked another travel filled month for me. One of my best friend's bachelorette party, a college reunion - both of which I am in charge of planning (with the help of some friends) - and on top of that countless birthdays and a wedding in Napa over labor day to round off the summer. One of the questions I am constantly asked is HOW I juggle it all without getting stressed out. This is something I never really thought about before. For as long as I can remember I loved planning - parties, outfits, dinners... you name it, I have planned it.
This past weekend was pretty epic. My girlfriends and I threw our dear friend, Katie, her bachelorette party in Las Vegas. This is the second bachelorette party I have planned, but the first in Vegas. With a group of 10 girls we wanted to make sure this weekend was stress free and perfect for our bride to be. Katie had a few specifics she wanted to make sure were included in her weekend. With those guidelines and knowing that we wanted to make this weekend as affordable as possible, the planning began! Here's what I found worked best, and what I recommend to anyone planning a similar weekend away!
I found that doing one formal dinner (prefixed menus are ideal, when possible) with the second dinner catered in the hotel room was the way to go. This is the perfect balance as far as budget goes, and a prefixed dinner is perfect for saving time at the table with trying to split the bill countless ways.
Definitely hit up the grocery store and purchase everything from breakfast foods, snacks, alcohol, and water for each hotel room. Again, this is a huge money saver, we all know how expensive room service can get.
As far as gifts for the girls, we tried to think outside the box. Everyone does matching tank tops. Knowing we would be at the pool all day saturday, we chose to gift everyone attending sarongs. They were such a hit and definitely helped us stand apart from all the other bachelorette parties.
Spending friday morning through sunday afternoon in Vegas, we wanted to make sure we did not miss a beat. We estimated our total weekend budget (per girl) well before we touched down in Sin City, having each girl pay us their installment ahead of time. This made it super simple to arrange snacks, meals, entertainment, transportation, gifts... etc. If there is one thing to take away from this post is to DEFINITELY figure out your budget ahead of time and have everyone pay you in full, well before hand.
Special shout outs to the following companies - every detail helped make the weekend a hit!
Rad and Refined, for our custom glasses - they were the perfect addition to our sarongs.
Gold Tinsel, for these fun temporary tattoos and the personalized pouches (shown above.)
JJ's Embroidery, for the screen printing on our sarongs (shown above). The gold was the perfect color choice!
What are some of your tips for planning a bachelorette party? Let us know below in the comments!