17 New Spins on Bachelorette Party Themes
Here's the thing about bachelorette parties—they're never one-size-fits all. Different brides-to-be come with different tastes, and while some are all for the party-themed extravaganza in Las Vegas or Miami, others would feel more comfortable with a garden party in their backyard. The good news? There are so many bachelorette party themes out there that go beyond the obvious and accommodate all different comfort levels. And they're just as celebratory as what you so commonly see in the movies!
Just take the following bachelorette party themes, for example. In addition to taking you and your girl group by surprise, these ideas will also make for one of the most memorable parties of your life. Are you seeking a getaway, but don't want (or have the budget to) travel halfway across the world? Consider checking out the high-profile AirBnbs in your area and live like a celebrity for the weekend. More adventurous women of the hour would likely love a party that teaches them something new. See if a sailing school books private group classes so that you and all of your friends can get your sea legs (and skills!).
Into the idea of a class-based bachelorette party, but want to stay on dry ground? From makeup lessons and craft cocktail classes to flower arranging sessions and cooking programs, there are so many ways to turn this pre-wedding party into an opportunity to do something totally new. Ahead, new spins on bachelorette party themes that you and the rest of your squad will surely appreciate.
Throw a Garden Party
Plan a celebration in your lush backyard or at a local botanical gardens. Wherever you choose to party, know that you can't go wrong picnicking in the grass with your best friends and plenty of bottles of rosé.
Rent a Local (but Luxurious!) AirBnB
Do you need a six-bedroom manse with an infinity pool, jacuzzi, and wet bar, sans the airfare? (The correct answer, obviously, is yes.) Check out high-profile listings in your area that allow one- or two-night stays. You'll have the time of your life relatively close to home—but we guarantee you'll feel like you're 1,000 miles away.
Give the great outdoors a major upgrade by bunking in a fully outfitted yurt, treehouse, teepee, or trailer (complete with boho accessories, preferably). Some properties even provide you with your own butler to build the campfire and cook meals.
Embark on a Yoga Retreat
Break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at a yoga retreat. Even if a gal in your group isn't a yogi, she'll still find lots of ways to follow her bliss. Many getaways also feature spa services, which means a deep tissue massage and group facials are a must.
Host a Luau
Set up a backyard party filled with hibiscus flowers, leis, monstera leaves, and orchids and you'll feel like you've been transported to Hawaii. For a truly authentic experience, serve up traditional Hawaiian cuisine, like poke or kalua pig. Dress code? We're partial to floral dresses.
Take a Flower Arranging Class
The best part of this themed celebration? The favor is built into the event. Your friends will take home a picture-perfect arrangement as a memento, plus a whole new set of skills.
Have Your Cards Read
Believer or not, enlisting a psychic or card reader to predict your future—via palm or Tarot cards—is sure to make for a one-of-a-kind bachelorette party. Get into the theme by setting a constellation-inspired tablescape and creating an incense bar where guests can DIY their own favors.
If you've ventured to a destination surrounded by water, live on the coast, or call home a spot near a river or Great Lake, consider penciling in sailing lessons for your bachelorette party. If learning to navigate a boat isn't on your wishlist, simply host your party on a sailboat, instead. Be sure to pack plenty of wine, meats, and cheeses for your journey.
Take a Cocktail-Making Class
This is a whole new way to get your drink on! Many bartending schools all over the country offer private group mixology classes where you'll learn the basic skills necessary to craft your own signature sip. Not finding anything in your immediate locale? Check out the cool new bars in your area, instead.
Hang Ten at Surf School
On coasts from Costa Rica to California, surfing schools allow you to immerse yourself in the culture while learning to ride the waves—a skill you and your ladies will have for life.
Visit a Brewery
Most girl groups turn their attention to wineries, but they're not the only place to consider for a fun bachelorette party. If your crew is more pale ale than pinot, explore a local brewery (most larger U.S. cities have multiple, thanks to the rising popularity of craft beer!).
Plan a Beach Bonfire
A cozy fire on the beach, homemade s'mores, blankets, and best friends—that's a recipe for bachelorette party success. If you're planning a summer party, consider hosting the sandy celebration in the evening to beat the heat.
Take a Makeup Class
Give your girls the chance to practice their wedding-day beauty look. An artist (like Jennie Kay Beauty!) can teach your group those classic tricks (like creating the perfect cat-eye!) they've always wanted to perfect.
If you live near a major city, then you also live near some chic hotels with equally cool pool scenes (think DJs, drinks, and daybeds). Many resorts let nonguests pay a day fee to lounge poolside—and if there is a fee, this is a great time to brag about your bachelorette status since perks or freebies may be available. Looking for something a little calmer? Hang by your own pool and pack it with Instagram-friendly floats. Bonus points for women who don matching "bride tribe" swimsuits.
Host a Blind Wine Tasting
Don't just drink wine—up the stakes (and educate your palate) with a guess-the-varietal game. Each guest brings her favorite bottle, then mask the labels, number the wines, grab a glass, sniff, sip, and discuss. Merlot or malbec?
Or, Visit a Vineyard
And we don't just mean venture to Napa Valley. There are many impressive vineyards all over the U.S., so be sure to check out what your immediate surroundings hold before jumping straight to plane tickets.
Take a Cooking Class
Love chocolate? Cheese? Honey? Pasta? There's a class for that—and most any other food you and your best friends fancy. If there isn't a culinary school in your area, reach out to local restaurants and bakeries. They might make an exception!