From zombies to nudie times: 15 unconventional bachelorette party ideas (great for bachelor parties, too!) #Parties & Showers#Wedding 101#bachelorette party January 28 2016 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits "Bawdy positive" burlesque classes from Delinquent Debutantes Related Post My paintball hen's party adventure I'm by no means a pro paintball player -- I just think it's hilarious fun! So for my hen's weekend [Editor's note: aka "bachelorette weekend"],... Read more We've covered some major ground in unconventional bachelorette party ideas in years past (no plastic penises required!), but there are definitely some party plans that we hadn't seen, including a few rad-as-hell ideas from readers. From zombies to "bawdy positive" burlesque to bonding nudie times, let's see what offbeat recreation we can get into today! Karaoke Photo by Wild About You Photography Opt for open-setting karaoke in front of a crowd, live band karaoke, private Japanese-style rooms, or snag a friend's karaoke machine and belt it out slumber party-style. Reader Julie said: 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. Knicker-making party Cat knickers from Object Apparel Related Post Throw a Panty Party for your bachelorette bash 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,... Read more Craftier groups might find making undies out of vintage patterns amusing and just a hint naughty. Well, probably not that naughty, but still fun! Reader Rachel said: We are doing a three-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. Hell yiss. Hire a psychic Tarot card readers, handwriting analysts, and other mediums often hire out for parties and can be a fun time even for skeptics. These are usually hyper local, so do a Google and see what mystical clairvoyants are in your area. Zombie survival challenge Photo by MDK Photography This experience may not be available in all areas, but it's worth a Google to see, just in case. Live-action zombie experiences are huge and can be a super scary and fun bonding experience, killer zombie-style. Reader Katherine said: 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! There are some in North Carolina, New Jersey, the UK, New Zealand, and probably somewhere near you with a little digging. Laser tag Take your crew to a local laser tag joint to throw down. Reader Leah said: My bachelorette party consisted of putting on matching Game of Thrones-themed t-shirts made by my maid of honor, playing two rounds of laser tag, dinner at a fancy steakhouse with great cocktails, heading to a vintage-styled cocktail bar for more cocktails, and rounding out the night at a local brewery. No penises necessary! Korean-style spas Jjimjilbangs are Korean-style spas with lots of options for gender-segregated relaxation. Reader H said: For my bachelorette party I am taking my best lady friends to a 24-hour Korean-inspired spa. If you don't know about these places, you should. Very relaxing, fairly affordable entry fee gets you 24-hour access to spa and sauna with a variety of different hot rooms. Most have a cafeteria with healthy food options, wifi, sleeping rooms, and even entertainment. What better way for the bridal party to get to know each other and relax before the big day?! These spas are usually child-friendly and coed friendly (but sleeping, showers, and pools are separated by gender). Reader Monk-Monk also added an optional nekkid option: Before a snowstorm hit and cancelled our plans, I asked for my bachelorette party to happen at a local nudie spa. It's a Korean day spa in Seattle that's filled with lots of different warming rooms and pools. I figured it'd be nice for our dreary Seattle winter to feel warm AND it'd bond us together, because who doesn't feel bonded after awkwardly being naked with your friends? Geeky game night Skewering weddings one card at a time. Related Post Offbeat bachelorette party ideas We get a lot of emails asking for bachelorette party advice and then recently I was asked by a soon-to-be married friend of mine for... Read more Board and tabletop games are more popular than ever, so it's likely that your pals would be down to throw-down game-style. Think Dungeons and Dragons and other role-playing games, Exploding Kittens, Fluxx, and of course, one of our fave Cards Against Humanity-style games, Cads About Matrimony. Reader Alex agrees: I'm DMing a D&D game for my party! Mixology classes We've talked about taking a group cooking class before, but a cocktail-making class may just up the ante, Tom Cruise-style. You can even ask them to throw in some mocktails for the teetotalers in your party. Burlesque classes Disney-themed bachelorette party fun times Delinquent Debutantes is a vendor offering "bawdy positive" burlesque classes for all ages, body types, and abilities, which is ideal for a large crew of varied types. Plus, get ready for a sexy confidence boost for all! The Atlanta School of Burlesque also offers epic dance class events and reception dance choreography in the Atlanta area. We've even seen readers do it up Disney-style! As another hyper-local event, give it a Google to find one near you. Music festivals Make a weekend of it at a local music/arts fest with your mates. FestivalFinder.com should guide you to something local around the dates you're planning. Pop culture/fandom conventions Photo by York Street Creative Share an interest with your friends or just want to check out some celebrities and merchandise? Pop culture and fandom conventions are fun in general. Grab your crew and set off for a day of geek madness. Don't forget the evening activities that are often the best part. Geek City Guides offers a search to find conventions near you. Even Wikipedia offers huge lists of them, too. "Surprise musical roast" A musical roast! Related Post A girls' guide to throwing a "surprise musical roast" bachelor party When you're a girl and your best friend is a guy, and that guy gets engaged, it just may fall on you to throw the... Read more Editor Megan threw a surprise bachelor party for her dude best friend: At first glance I wanted this bachelor party to seem like the typical — alcohol, greasy food, cigars, and sexy ladies shaking it. But a groomsman and I had the idea that as the evening wore on, it would evolve into something wholly different — a surprise musical roast. See how she did it here. Photo shoots We've mentioned boudoir photo shoots before, but it's worth repeating. We've partnered with a couple of rad photographers who do amazing boudoir sessions: Jezebel VonZephyr Boudoir and Red Velvet Boudoir, but a quick Google should pull up lots of options. Alternately, booking an hour in a regular ol' photo studio + a bunch of funny costumes = hilarity galore. Whether scantily-clad or rocking the cosplay, you'll end up with some kick-ass photos at the end of it. Coed parties Photo by Victor Trejo Don't discount bringing along the rest of the wedding party for a good, coed time. There's no reason not to buck that tradition if you want. Your party, your rules. Marissa threw a coed party at a baseball game and it looked super fun. Reader Abby also said: I'm going to the Atlantic City Food and Wine festival and then meeting up with the guys at night to all have a party together. I'm very excited. Volunteer If you're more of the philanthropic persuasion, use this bonding time as an exercise in giving back. Take your posse to a homeless or animal shelter, do some Habitat for Humanity, or find a cause that speaks to you. Put in some hard labor, feel awesome, and then go celebrate with some drinks and dinner after. Need more ideas? Offbeat bachelorette party ideas: the second coming Inspired by a recent comment on the paintball hen's party adventure, I thought I'd showcase some more offbeat bachelorette party ideas. From over-the-top, to easy-to-plan, these bachelorette ideas are super-fun… Read More This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Delinquent Debutantes Jezebel VonZephyr Boudoir Red Velvet Boudoir The Atlanta School of Burlesque Cads About Matrimony MDK Photography Wild About You Photography Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS This sleek braided mohawk is giving us happy chills NEXT Lord of the Rings wedding: Not idly do these Leaves of Lórien wedding details fall Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] We will be combining our bachelorette and bachelor party (his idea, not mine – i originally was not going to have one). To start it off, we are having a coed Pure Romance party (for those who don't know what that is.. think "Pampered Chef" or "Mary Kay" but with adult, uhm, toys). It won't be the usual type of Pure Romance get together though. Instead it will just be games, battle of the sexes style. And then we are going to start drinking and dancing and playing games as the night goes on. I am super excited. 🙂 Reply My closest girl & guy friends took me to the local Ren Fest for my bachelorette party. It was so much fun! They even made a Must Have Photo List, with all these things that I had to do (like find a unicorn, drink a tankard of mead and arm wrestle a barbarian). I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different. Reply We're not doing bridesmaids or groomsmen, so I didn't really have anyone to plan anything. And I am SO not the get-wasted-and-strippers-or-plastic-dildoes kind of girl. But I can be insecure about my female friendships, and I really liked the idea of just getting all of the local ladies I love in a room together. It's just pizza and wine with my ladies. but I called it "Galentine's in April." The feminist in me really wanted light movies focusing on female friendships so we're watching "A League of Their Own" and "Josie and the Pussycats." Some may consider it super boring, but it's really all that I want. As Offbeat Bride has shown us, you're not beholden to any tradition that doesn't suit you! 🙂 Reply Heck yes. I love articles like this because I get very tired of lists that don't really tell me anything new. After reading this I have 2 or 3 genuine ideas I think I could actually want to explore Reply I absolutely love the zombie themed party! Unfortunately I don't think my sister would be too into it, haha. I've been looking into an alternative to the "traditional" stuff for my sisters wedding and the "burlesque dancing lessons" look like the right way to go. Thanks for the article & awesome ideas!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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