Since I’m in my 30s, I’ve been to several bachelorette parties over the years. Some were a blast while others were expensive let-downs. For my bachelorette party, I wanted to create a fun event that wouldn’t be a burden on my guests.
I briefly considered an out-of-town bash, but that’s not feasible for some of my friends. Not all of them can take vacation time or drop hundreds of dollars on a flight to Vegas. I decided on a one-day event in the Twin Cities so as many of my ladies could attend as possible.
Instead of asking my friends to attend both a shower and a bachelorette party for me, I combined them into one event I dubbed a “showerette.” My North Loop apartment building has a beautiful party room, which we used for the shower part of the evening. We mingled, ate dinner, and opened gifts.
My maid of honor, Nicole, really outdid herself with the planning. She knows I love the trashy teen show Gossip Girl, and she made it the theme of the event. When we were roommates in our 20s, we lived next door to Dino’s Gyros. Nicole had them cater the event, which was hilarious and delicious. My other bridesmaids pitched in by decorating the room, making a delicious cucumber gin punch, and designing me a custom (not tacky!) bride-to-be sash.
After the shower, it was onto the bachelorette part of the evening. I wanted my friends to enjoy a few cocktails without worrying about driving, so we opted for a party bus. We started at Norseman Distillery for cocktails, went to Honey for ’90s-night dancing, and ended the party with pizza and karaoke at Rival House. My favorite part of the night was the time we spent on the bus belting out boy band hits and Whitney Houston songs. I think my friends had just as much fun as I did.