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The Ultimate Staycation - Planning a "Homemade" Bachelorette Party

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They say staying in is the new going out. (And if they don't, they really should). But does that logic still apply when you're planning your bestie's bachelorette? We think so!

Planning a stay at home bachelorette party can be just as fun as one with an exotic destination, but without the hefty travel fees. And with a few basic rules to keep in mind, you'll have the whole bridal party talking about that weekend long after the wedding. And who knows! You just might gain a new appreciation for the place you call home. 

The Stay at Home Bachelorette Party - A How to Guide

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Book a "Home Base"

Now, the key to a successful staycation is that you really capture that feeling of a holiday break. And that's a lot easier to do if you actually pack a bag and "go" somewhere. So use those extra travel savings on an AirBnB or boutique hotel suite for the bridal party to share. Or if one of the girls has a connection to a great condo or just has a really dreamy backyard, take advantage of her offer! 

The most important part is that you make sure to build in a "slumber party" for at least one of the nights. It doesn't matter if it's across town or across the street. You just need your favorite girls all together. 

Decorate! 

This step is particularly important for a home thrown bachelorette party. Show up before the bride and decorate the party space. Go big with balloons, banners, and flowers. A fabric tablecloth or curtains against a blank wall become an instant DIY photo booth (don't forget the silly props and Polaroid camera!)

Have a Plan 

Don't let the location fool you, just because you're staying close to home doesn't mean you can abandon the planning. A full weekend long agenda of activities is still going to be expected. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time to plan and organize. 

Give Plenty of Notice 

A good rule of thumb when planning any bachelorette party is to give the rest of the bridal party ample notice to request time off work, arrange childcare, and save up some fun money for the weekend. You don't want people running back home or to go pick someone up from soccer practice. This is a lot easier to avoid when they have the date weeks if not a few months in advance. 

Try NEW Things

Your old standby cocktail bar or brewery is great, for any other weekend. Treat yourselves to museum time, a fancy night out, a concert, private cooking classes, whatever. As long as it's not part of your normal routine it's fair game. So get creative and do your research! Is the bride's favorite comedian doing a stop in your city? Get tickets! 

Limit Screen Time

When you're staying home it can be harder to unplug from those daily to-do's so make an extra effort to stay present. So have an agreed upon rule with the rest of the bridal party before the festivities begin. Limit phone time to keep pesky things like chores or meeting reminders on the back burner until Monday. Consider going full analog and take all of your weekend selfies on an actual camera instead of your iPhone. You'll be amazed at how much more time you have when Instagram is taken off the table completely. 

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Like any good bachelorette party, the key is good planning and always keeping the bride in mind. And it doesn't matter if you're on a tropical island or across town, as long as you're all together to celebrate you're sure to have an incredible weekend.

Happy planning!

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