My sister, Megan, got engaged at Christmas (yeah!) and asked me to be Maid of Honor (yahoo!) but really, since I’m married, the official title was Matron of Honor (boo!). The job came with lots of fun, but one of the best was planning her Bachelorette Party. Megan loves a good party, but isn’t exactly a “party girl”. I asked if she wanted the weekend in Vegas, complete with strippers, drinking games and bail postings…but she declined. Instead, we wanted to celebrate HER with friends, good food, and lots of laughter. So this is what I came up with for a clean and classy (ok, just clean) bachelorette party.
For the Menu:
Although technically a Chef by trade, Megan loves designing and making her own clothes. So I thought what better way to celebrate her than by having a ‘Project Runway’ style party.
Have you heard of an “Ugly Dress Party” where you wear your ugliest dress, most likely some 1980′s prom dress with puffed sleeves? I liked the idea, but wanted it more “wedding-y”. I decided instead to supply the ugly dresses (old wedding dresses from the thrift store) and let the guests reinvent them for prizes.
I picked five categories:
- Most Creative
- Most Sexy
- Most White Trash
- Most Romantic
- Most Vegas
Then provided all kinds of supplies to help make the alterations. Things like beads, fringe, feather boas, glittery stickers, iron on rhinestones and jewels, sticky letters, lace, ribbon and more. The tools were things like scissors, an iron, hot glue guns and safety pins – afterall we only had about 90 minutes to redesign!
We ended up splitting into 4 teams, leaving the tiniest thigh-high dress as-is and designating it the sexiest! Then we went to work…cutting off sleeves, raising hemlines, and adding bling.
While we designed, we played a couple clean games that I’d found on Pinterest and modified to fit Megan. The first was a He Said/She Said game. I designed the below in Photoshop and handed them out at the beginning of the night. After everyone made their guesses, I gave the answers and whoever had the most correct got a door prize.
The second game was Bachelorette Jeapordy (original idea found here). There were 5 categories
- Ric’s Early Years
- Know Your In-Laws
- By the Numbers
- Tainted Love
- His Favorite Things
with 5 questions in each category. I emailed Ric ahead of time to get his answers and then wrote each question on a card and put it in an envelope. The night of the party, I divided the 25 envelopes among the guests. Megan would call out a question… “Know Your In-Laws for 300″ …and the person holding that envelope would read the question. If Megan got it right, she picked a door prize; but if she got it wrong, the reader picked a door prize. Ric, I promised Megan that I’d tell you she knew them all! ;)
Here’s the list of questions I used…
The Early Years
1. What was his first car?
2. What was his high school mascot?
3. At what age did he get chicken pox?
4. What was his first word?
5. Where was his first job?
Know Your In-Laws
1. What is your future mother-in-law’s maiden name?
2. When is his sister’s birthday?
3. Does his family have any nicknames for him?
4. How did his parent’s meet?
5. Your new last name is from what ethnic origin?
By the Numbers
1. What is his zip code?
2. What are the last four digits of his social security number?
3. How many broken bones has he had?
4. What is his dress shirt size?
5. What year does his driver’s license expire?
1. What is the name of his first girlfriend?
2. At what age was his first kiss?
3. Who is his celebrity crush?
4. What was the date (month and day) that you met?
5. Who was his craziest girlfriend?
His Favorite Things
1. What is his dream car?
2. Where in the world does he MOST want to visit?
3. What is his favorite type of food?
4. What is his favorite band/musical artist?
5. What is his favorite thing about the bride?
After the games and second helpings on food, it was time for the fashion show. We had Megan wear the dresses and then each team presented the dress and described their inspiration and process.
This one had a back story…destination wedding gone wrong, it somehow included a fight with bird.
Most White Trash
This was nicknamed the Mullet Dress, because it was all business in the front….
…and PARTY in the back.
They turned this cap-sleeved dress into an asymmetric sweat heart neckline and decorated the original cape, too.
When you add beaded fringe, glitter pasties and the groom’s name on your butt; you’ve got to be ready for Vegas!
The overall winner was the Most Romantic and Megan wore that dress during the rehearsal. I’m sure the grandparents were a little confused when they saw it, but Megan was a great sport about it!
After the fashion show, we enjoyed more food, opened gifts, and passed out favors (mini sewing kits). It was a great night celebrating a beautiful bride. So much creativity, so many laughs and other than a few compromising photos…totally clean!
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
3/4 pound diced or shredded cooked chicken (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons curry powder
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup slivered almonds or roasted, unsalted pistachios
8 slices whole wheat bread or 4 8-inch round pita breads
4 large lettuce leaves, torn in half or shredded
Mix together chicken, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, curry powder, raisins, and nuts. Make four sandwiches, dividing chicken mixture evenly among them and topping each with lettuce.