Organizing a bachelorette party can be a daunting task, but it can also be a rewarding experience once you step back and see all the aspects of it come together like clockwork. Planning a party for the bride should consider the fact that this can be an unforgettable experience for her (well, apart from the wedding, the reception, the anniversary, the honeymoon?), and that this experience will require some careful planning, but not too much so that everything seems micromanaged. It is best to leave some room for spontaneity.
The maid of honor is usually the person who takes charge in arranging the party, and the bridesmaids? task is to help in the planning, coordinating and financing the event. For a more thoroughly figured out occasion, the party should be conceptualized as early as possible, at least six months before the wedding. Probably the first few things to think about are the date, the venue, the guest list, and the theme of the party.
The date of the event should be set at a convenient time; the bride and her attendants should have enough time for rest after the party, since it can take its toll on much needed energy which is reserved for the wedding day ceremonies and reception.
The venue should be chosen in accordance with the selected theme. There are a lot of theme ideas out online, and the organizer has the task of picking out the most suitable theme as a complement to the personalities of the couple, and to the over-all mood of the party.
Some suggested themes include: Around the house theme which requires guests to bring a gift for a certain room of the house, such as dishes for the kitchen or pillows for the bedroom; Around the clock theme, where each guest brings in a gift for a certain time of the day, such as a toaster for 6 A.M., or crockery for 6 P.M.; Holiday-inspired theme which requires the guests to restrict their gifts to ones connected with the holiday which coincides with the party, such as candy canes for Christmas, or cooked yams for thanksgiving.
Depending on the theme, the venue may include a park, a private residence, an apartment rooftop, a boat, or a restaurant. The venue should be spacious enough to comfortably accommodate all invited guests, but not too roomy as to make casual conversation a challenge.
It is also a good idea to keep certain things handy for a stress-free party, such as stationery, scissors, trash bags, carrying bags for souvenirs, aspirin, a guest list complete with contact details, and an easy to read reference map towards the venue.
In order to liven up the party, the organizer should have an arsenal of games at her disposal. These nifty party savers keep the event going and acts as intermission gaps or ice breakers. If the organizer is ingenuous enough, she may improvise on time worn games such musical chairs, or untying the knots, by adding a little twist which involves something connected with the bride or the couple, or she may invent a new game altogether. As long as it keeps the ball rolling and gets a lot of laughs and snickers, the game is big hit.