Earlier this year I was honoured to be a bridesmaid for one of my all time besties & so naturally the Bachelorette Party ideas machine in my head immediately went into overdrive. She was the girl who quickly became our official pool party host growing up & was always the life of the party. So we knew that we needed to go all out & throw one hell of a party. After a quick perusal on Pinterest (and a frantic pinning session on my newly created Bachelorette Party board), I knew exactly what our theme should be. She loved pools, bikinis, cocktails, summer & a weekend getaway. So the invitations were sent out, titled Palm Springs Before The Rings! Without a doubt the final product was even more outrageous than we could have ever imagined. And so future bridesmaids, pool party lovers & fellow flamingo enthusiasts, this Palm Springs Bachelorette Party guide is just for you…
(Private Party bridal party swimsuits, Kmart letter balloons, Quay hexagonal sunglasses, Funboy pool inflatables, MIH striped shirt, vintage palm leaf shirt, Sunnylife flamingo/pineapple straws, Atmos&Here star dress, Sunnylife inflatable drink holder, Kmart watermelon napkins, HiPetal flower posies, Kmart decorations)
Select your Bachelorette Party location
It might seem like an obvious one (it’s a Palm Springs theme duh!) but when you live on the other side of the Pacific, you need to get creative with this angle. If Palm Springs isn’t a doable option for your ladies then you need to search for the next best thing. Pre-requisites are: warmth, sunshine, pool & room for a dance floor. We were lucky enough to be hosting our party in the midst of an Aussie summer so warmth & sunshine was a non-issue. We found a great, open-plan place on Airbnb that met all of our desert house needs perfectly.
Personalise your swimsuits
This little detail absolutely MADE our Mrs-to-be’s day. Adding a personalised touch is a great way to distinguish your Bachelorette in a completely unique way (no bride-to-be sashes here!). Doing it on a swimsuit for our Palm Springs Before The Rings party was a no-brainer. But why stop there? Why not get the whole bridal party involved? We nabbed all our swimsuits online through Private Party, who are my go-to’s for fun swimwear. Party time!
Get ready to flamingle
In case you weren’t aware, Palm Springs is home to many a flamboyance of flamingoes so naturally there ain’t no Palm Springs party without a flamingo or four. Think flamingo cakes, flamingo straws, flamingo lights, flamingo ornaments, flamingo pool inflatables…. the list goes on. The hero was definitely our “Let’s Flamingle” sign from Oh Shiny Paper Co. So I’m sure you get the gist, snap up anything you can find flamingo-esque.
Have a Palm Springs themed GIF booth
Ain’t no party without a photo booth am I right? We hired ours at Social Playground, added a Palm Springs Before The Rings logo to the images & set it up in front of a flamingo (what else) background. Throw in some props & you have yourself a Bachelorette Party hot-spot. Everyone loves a photo booth (including topless waiters)!
Iced drinks all round
Pick your poison, but our girl was a frozen daiquiri lover so that’s what we delivered. Skip the mess/fuss/slicing/stirring/blending & get yourself a cocktail machine. It makes SUCH a difference on the day. All you have to do is add the alcohol, how much is up to you (wink wink). We made ours with Vodka 6100. And of course no celebration is complete without popping some champagne. Our faves at Moet & Chandon were top of the guest list & our bride’s bubbles of choice.
Pineapple posies please
Get creative with your floral arrangements & try using scooped out pineapples as vases! This takes a fair bit of preparation so be sure to prepare all the vessels a day or two before the event. We got our gorgeous posies from the amazingly talented team at Hi Petal who even added mini pineapples to the bouquets. So cute!
Games that girls will love
We played pin the you-know-what on the topless Palm Springs pool boy (aka the groom), poolside pictionary (where answers were themed towards our bride-to-be), flamingo croquet & (of course) inflatable flamingo races! We also played the memory game which involved each attendant bringing a gift or token that related directly to a memory with our Bachelorette. She then had to guess who each gift was from & tell the story behind it. Plenty of laughs here.
Decorate decorate decorate
Here is where you can go all out. Anything that fits in with the Palm Springs theme is a goer. We got deck chairs, pool inflatables, watermelon plates, pineapple straws, a mini golf set, flamingo sunglasses, palm tree table cloths… the list goes on. We stocked up on all our goodies at K-mart! Yep, three trolley-loads later & we were sorted for the best Bachelorette Party ever.
Have you thrown your bff a Bachelorette to remember? Would love to hear what fun themes you came up with! Drop us a comment below… xx