Offbeat bachelorette party ideas: the second coming

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Inspired by a recent comment on the paintball hen's party adventure, I thought I'd showcase some more offbeat bachelorette party ideas. Because Kelsey's idea sounds like a shit-ton of fun:

Me and my boys play paintball all the time. This is such an awesome idea. We play on our own fields, but it would be awesome to do groom vs bride paintball day. Except the boys are in the gowns and the girls are in cheap tuxes!

Not down with shooting your bridal party, even if they're dressed in vintage-ugly drag? No worries, we got a lot bachelorette party ideas that don't involve plastic penises:

Throw a panty party

Photo by Jenny Jimenez
Over on Offbeat Home, Alissa wrote about her unconventional party idea that turned into an awesome annual “holiday” — for the ladies only. And we thought, hell, this sounds like this would make for a BAD ASS bachelorette party idea.

Take a plunge

Are you looking to celebrate by enjoying a good adrenaline rush with friends? Take a plunge before taking the plunge by going skydiving, ziplining, deep sea diving, or bungie jumping with your buds.

A day at the museum

Are you the type that wants less adrenaline rush and more brain stimulation? Have fun learning new things and playing with the exhibits at your local science museum. Or sign up to take a guided tour at your favorite art museum.

Beerlorette party

bride aleFrom the moment Offbeat Bride reader Eureka introduced us to the concept of the beerlorette party, I was in love. Beer tasting at your favorite brewery? Pub crawl through town? Brewing your own beer at home to enjoy at the wedding later? Beer and buddies = fun.

Fun in the sun

Just chill the fuck out at the beach, or at a park for the day. Pack tons of food, drinks, games, and sunblock, and have a blast.

Go retro

50s housewife bridal showerWe featured this '50s housewife-themed bridal shower, but you could totally use the same idea and turn it into a '50s-themed bachelorette party. Wear your favorite retro frocks, eat finger foods, and party the night away Mad Men-style.

Throw a children's party for grown-ups

Go karts, batting cages, mini golf, arcades, amusement parks: Kids know how to party, man. I remember going to the coolest places to celebrate my childhood friends' milestones. Why stop driving go karts just because you can legally drive a car? Buy balloons and a goofy pre-decorated sheet cake and celebrate your bachelorette party the way you would have celebrated your birthday back in the day.

Take in a burlesque show

In Whedonesque Burlesque, you get to see Saffron seduce Mal once more.
In Whedonesque Burlesque, you get to see Saffron seduce Mal once more.

Maybe you wanna go more “adult” with your entertainment. Who says that the girly strip teases should only be enjoyed by the boys? I know a whole lot of ladies who love a good burlesque show.

If you're in Seattle and you're into nerd culture you could check out WhedonesqueBurlesque. Perhaps you can track down a subculture-themed burlesque show in your town?

Take advantage of existing events

Does a local pub host a trivia night? Or a bowling alley that also has karaoke? What about a restaurant that also features a drag night, or other live entertainment? If you're not the planning type, take advantage of pre-planned activities at local establishments and let the entertainment come to you!

Stuff your faces

Keep it simple and host a nice, sit-down dinner, or a potluck. Let the food do all the entertaining. This option is perfect for foodie brides. Make reservations at her favorite restaurant, and at the end of the night, have everyone but the bride split the bill. Easy. No clean up. No money anxieties. No problem!

Roast the bride

Don't want to watch a performance? Is your crew the theatrical type that would rather BE the performance? Awesome. Host a bridal roast. Have everyone invited prepare to lovingly poke fun at the bride. I did this for a bachelor party where everyone in attendance were musicians, so everyone did a musical roast of the groom. Of course, setting your roasts to music is not necessary, as long as your subject isn't TOO sensitive and all your jests are coming from a place of love. Good times!

What are YOUR non-traditional, no plastic penis-involved bachelorette party ideas? I wanna hear MOAR!

Comments on Offbeat bachelorette party ideas: the second coming

  1. LOVE the idea of the bridal roast! My FH and I were planning on trying to incoporate a roast of sorts during our rehersal dinner, but I never thought of it for a bachelorette party! Great ideas!

  2. My best friend is throwing me a “CrafTEA Bachelorette.” We’re going to a local tea room for tea and scones and mimosas and we’re going to get our craft on and make shit. Pretty psyched!

    • This is totally what I want to do and my retirement age mother called me a Nana! Haha. Stuff ’em!

  3. We’re doing a ‘Hen’na party – probably heading to the local Moroccan restaurant for dinner (and maybe belly dancers?) and then heading to one of the lady’s houses for wine and henna fun. It remains to be decided how close to the wedding it’ll be (for the purposes of still having henna on us or not) It’s also been bandied about to ask a trusted male friend to act as our cabana boy for the night… because waving fans and feeding us stuffed grape leaves? awesome shtick.

    • I had the same idea for a Henna party! Are you guys buying the kits or does someone know how to do it already? That’s my current dilemma.

      • we have some experience in the world of henna already so we may well do it ourselves. If it’s going to be close enough to the wedding date that the henna will still be on my skin then we may look into having someone come in to do the designs (it’s a little hobby of mine as an artist, so I can draw on other people but can only do my left hand/arm comfortably)

        mixing your own henna is very easy or you can buy pre-made cones, just be sure to get natural body art quality henna (black henna can be sketchy stuff with painful consequences) I’d recommend checking out and/or

  4. Yay to these! Mine is next month. We are doing a 3 hour knicker-making workshop, where we make cute knickers out of vintage patterns with the aid of a professional seamstress, and get to have tea and cake. After that, cocktails and a sleepover! For me, the hen party is about having time to bond with my female friends and celebrate our friendship, so I really didn’t want anything that was all penis-and-strippers. More power to the ladies who do want that, but for me, I really would rather leave guys out of the equation altogether and make this very much a day that would pass the Bechdel test. 😉

    • “3 hour knicker-making workshop” is now one of my favorite phrases ever.

  5. I’m going to the Atlantic City Food and Wine festival on July 27 and then meeting up with the guys at night to all have a party together. I’m very excited!

  6. 1) I just got really excited seeing a photo from a show I was in on here! (I was Kaylee in that production Whedonesque Burlesque :D)

    2) I produced my husband’s & my bachelor/ette party. It was a burlesque show in which I both performed and hosted the second set. But we also each had a separate evening outing, and mine was at a tiny sing along showtunes bar where I got to belt Sondheim and dance the Charleston while we sang All That Jazz!

  7. I don’t drink, so a typical bachelorette party isn’t in the stars for me. I requested of my girls that we do a party at a karaoke joint in the city. There is one where you get private rooms. If I had ladies who were more adventurous, I would have done either flying trapeze, lazr tag (I went to one of those before and it was AMAZING), or rollerskating. A backup plan is to do a hayride & bonfire.

    • I don’t drink either, which made ideas a bit harder for my bridesmaids. They did excellently though, starting with a bollywood dance lesson at one of their houses and then dinner on a train before more dancing in a converted shed.

  8. I actually exclaimed “yay!” out loud when I saw this post go up. I love fun bachelorette ideas! I’m DMing a D&D game for mine!

    • Would it be a wedding theme game too? Bunch of warriors have to go out and rescue a bride groom from a troll? Please say it was that.

  9. My sister actually wants to throw me a retro pin-up bachelorette party with the wedding photographer I hired. Basically myself, 2-5 of my closest friends, drinking wine and each getting 3 looks. The bride, however, gets 5. Holy crap I can’t wait for that one.

  10. For my bachelorette party, my bridesmaids and I have been thinking about making it Harry Potter-themed, open to both my male AND female friends, and going to either Spookers (a haunted house attraction) and/or doing a Zombie Survival Challenge. So excited!!

    • I live in Auckland and want to come to your bachelorette SO BAD. I’ve wanted to do that Zombie Survival Challenge for ages!!!

      • I’m in Auckland too! I’ve been wanting to go to it since I saw a TreatMe or GrabOne voucher for it – I swear I think our bachelor and bachelorette parties are going to end up being combined because when I told the FI’s friends about it, they were like, “Dude, we may have to switch sides and go to her party” lol. I can’t believe more people don’t know about it!

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