So perhaps you are one of the many couples who could not imagine having a “traditional” bachelor/bachelorette party. In other words, a night out drinking and partying with, well, unexpected guests, isn’t your cup of tea. The following ideas can be fun alternatives for your girls, his guys, or even the entire bridal party.
- Make your own chocolates class with wine pairing. All your guests get to take home truffles as their gift! Search for local chocolate shops to find a class.
- BYOB painting class – sign your group up for a general class or book one privately. You could have everyone sign your personal masterpiece as a keepsake.
- A visit to NC Wine Country, complete with a stay in a Bed & Breakfast…book an entire house (it’s cheaper than you think)and a guided tour option that includes transportation to the different wineries.
- Brewery tours. Microbrews are more popular than ever so why not tour the facility, and taste your local brewery’s finest.
- Paint ball – this is a great Guys vs. Girls outing. Just be sure you do this early enough that any bruises that may be inflicted have faded before the wedding. Those paint balls hurt!
- Food tours. Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham…most towns have one. This is a really cool way to get to know the restaurants and Chefs in your area while hanging out with your friends.
- Volunteer together! What a great way to give back – do Relay for Life, help play with animals at the shelter, build a home, feed the homeless, whatever cause you’d like to support can benefit from your group’s participation.
Hope these ideas get you thinking outside of the norm for your bachelorette or bachelor party!
We had the wonderful opportunity to team with Weddings Magazine
to plan and design the perfect red hot bachelorette party. Read on for our tips for how to plan your own.
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Choosing an exciting activity to center you party around is a great way to break the ice and encourage guests to mingle with one another. For our bachelorette party at The Red Room in Downtown Raleigh we chose their Thursday Salsa dancing night as the basis for this trendy bash.
The Red Room’s decor features blue, red and amber. We wanted to accentuate the venue’s decor, so we chose to use shades of coral, amber, and burgandy which are “all colors that are going to be very popular for 2011.” In addition cool, icy blues were used as accents throughout the venue decor in order to subtly contrast the warm tones without clashing.
Instead of traditional chiavari chairs, which are popular and widely used at weddings and events, we opted for a more unique chair option choosing the sleekly designed chameleon chair. Chameleon chairs are very similar to classic chiavari chairs, but offer a slightly more modern look for those desiring a contemporary feel for their event. Small burgandy tassles were fixed to the back of each chair to add an additional touch of luxury to each place at the table.
Sangria is one of The Red Room’s signature cocktails. In order to play off this idea along with our salsa theme, the centerpieces were made from beverage glasses and featured red stones, incorporating the warm decor themes, along with tall calla lillies tied with blue ribbon for the accent color. These centerpieces turned out great as they were large enough in scale to make a bold statement, yet at the same time did not hinder guests’ conversation or view when seated at the table.
Tapas are a chic choice for any celebration, especially bachelorette parties, and fortunately The Red Room specializes in a delicious tapas menu. The tapas menu even featured oyster, a red hot menu option at many contemporary events. In addition, cupcakes topped with red icing flowers were the dessert of choice offering a stylish finish to one very classy meal.