The New Bachelorette Party

With an increasing amount of women now getting married in their 30s, it makes me wonder something. Do we still want to do the same old, face-down drunk, stripper-filled, sloppy Vegas weekend getaway? Isn’t this what we’ve spent our late 20s trying to get away from? If you prefer the “last chance” craziness of a traditional Bachelorette Party, I say go for it. As a single woman, I love being invited to these wild public displays of drunken girl time. It just never seems like that much fun for the bride.

Frankly, I think the Bachelorette Party deserves better. So I came up with a few ideas that can be boozy and fun without being regretful. Look at these as great options for a sophisticated “later in life” (or even second!) wedding pre-funk.

1. Vacation Rental/Cabin at any nearby beautiful nature get away in your area:

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A beautiful retreat in nature may be just what you and your girls are craving in the stressful days before your wedding. Cannon Beach has beautiful sunsets and recreational activities with the added bonus of being close enough to town to enjoy the shops and restaurants. Pile everyone into a vacation home or two and entertain yourselves with long dinners, late night beach walks and lots of bottles of wine.

2. Spa Day:

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This is another activity aimed at getting everyone to relax, relax, relax. Some spas have communal hot tubs where you can all hang out together before enjoying your individual treatments. It’s also doing a little bit of multi-tasking since everyone probably needs their nails done anyway! Perfect for the bride-to-be who wants a total pampering experience – hangover free.

3. Dinner Celebration:

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This idea is perfect for the bride who doesn’t mind having another party to plan. This is definitely not for the faint of heart! While your maid of honor should be responsible for most (if not all) of the Bachelorette Party festivities, a lot of this could end up falling into your lap. Especially if the dinner is held in your home. So proceed with caution!

When done right, the dinner celebration can be a fun and intimate gathering complete with personalized touches. This is also good if you love your girls but you don’t necessarily want to spend an entire weekend with them.

Whatever you decide, the most important elements are relaxation and fun. Which you’re sure to get a both of if you’re surrounded by good friends.

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Healthy Cooking Party

I’m going to be honest, I’m a food judger. It’s not that I  care if people are over weight or not. Everyone is going at their own pace. I’m more for concerned for their taste buds and energy levels. Think of all the variety people are missing out on… there is literally a rainbow of fresh fruit and produce to be enjoying!

When lined up at Safeway with my cart full of veggies, whole grains and a little junk food (Cheez-Its are my weakness!), I’m always checking out what other people are going to eat. Last week, a woman in front of me was buying 30+ Banquet TV dinners. While fighting the urge to gag, I thought, “Does she just not know how many delicious healthy foods there are?” and, “Am I the one who’s crazy?” The verdict is still out on my sanity. In the meantime, let’s throw a Healthy Cooking Party!

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Most people I know either don’t know there are yummy healthy choices or don’t know how to cook. Either way, this is the best opportunity to show them. Focus on your closest family and friends. This should be an intimate gathering of 5-6. Don’t forget cocktails. Cocktails are not technically a “super food” but, in moderation, they can make you feel super.

The party’s main focus should be on choosing healthy foods for a feel-good lifestyle and never on weight in pounds. It’s all about bringing people together to do something interactive that makes you feel great too.

I’ve compiled a sample menu of things pretty much anyone can make:

Course 1 – Appetizer

Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Herbs & Cheese: Delicious, low-cal, fun, and hands on! Perfect for your guests to help assemble while catching up. These are also great for kids.

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Course 2 – Entree

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti: Practically everyone loves spaghetti so you can’t really go wrong here. Trade in pasta carbs for tasty and nutritious Spaghetti Squash!

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Course 3 – Dessert

STRAWMBLE! Oh strawmble! My personal favorite dessert is fruit salad. However, you don’t want your people to roll their eyes in disappointment when you don’t provide a “real” dessert. Strawmble is the answer! This is a delicious comfort food type dessert that everyone is sure to love.

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Cooking together creates lasting memories. Healthy habits increase length of life. Combining the two can make for an intimate gathering everyone will love.

Super food photo via fashionspassion.com