If you follow me on Twitter then surely you know by now that I LOVE The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. Is it overly dramatic, ridiculous, and likely all staged? Yes. That doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining to watch and an easy way to bond with your girlfriends! Surprisingly, being in love (or not at all) with the same men can really bring a group of women together.
This is, at least, the observation amongst my friends and I. As a result, it felt only natural for me to host a Bachelorette finale “party” Monday night. This way we could all wallow in Jojo’s horrible taste in men together (I’m talking about you Jordan…).
Luckily (or not), I don’t have a full-time job at the moment so I had ample time to prepare for the “party”. However, having no job also means having no funds. Still, I really wanted to make this gathering different from just any other day. I hounded the internet, mostly Pinterest, for ways I could surprise my friends without spending a lot of money. As it turns out, if you have scissors and a self-deprecating sense of humor (because what you’re about to do is going to be super corny) you can make a little go a long way.
How does one plan a Bachelorette party? Well for starters, you watch the show. I’ve watched the show for years now so I had a pretty good idea of what elements would be considered “essential”. First on the list of essentials? Food. A room full of hungry women is not pretty.
Bachelorette Party Food – Eating Well Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
I decided on some crowd favorites: Guacamole and Chips, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Fruit Salad, and Cookies. These are all relatively easy to make and, depending on how you make it, inexpensive. Here is how I saved money on food:
- I used coupons/ searched for deals at my grocery store so that I got two packs of cookie dough for the price of one, and got tortilla chips on sale.
- I bought Avocados, Tomatoes, Onions, Fruit and Chicken in bulk. These are items I normally eat so it made sense for me to just buy extra, lowering the cost of each item down.
- I didn’t buy brand name products. Some people might have an issue with this but, personally, cheese is cheese, buffalo sauce is buffalo sauce. I picked the cheapest one. (It still tasted great, FYI)
Bachelorette Party, the Name Alone Beckons Alcohol
Next, since I’m still adjusting from college life to adulthood (or are they not that different? blog post on that later.), we had to have drinks. After all, it was only suiting that we follow in the footsteps of the Bachelorette cast (if you don’t watch the show, they drink a lot). I bought cheap wine and baby prosecco bottles. This was perfect for my group of friends because, as I mentioned, we are all still “adjusting” to adulthood. In other words, my friend’s and I still have an immature wine palate (and empty wallets).
Bachelorette Party Decorations, How to Really Stretch Your Budget
With food and drinks ready, I had the necessities. But still, there was no differentiation between tonight and any other night. So, I searched for ways to take it a step further. Seeing as this “party” was taking place in my basement (lol post-grad problems), there wasn’t much more I could do other than make the place look nice. So in true Bachelorette style, I did just that.
I tried to make my basement resemble The Bachelorette as much as possible. So, obviously, I bought roses. For $5 I bought six roses, which was more than enough for my needs. I got mine from my local grocery store because it’s almost always significantly cheaper than going to a florist. Some grocers will sell you flowers that are not as “fresh” for a discount if you ask.
I also went to the dollar store and bought cute paper plates, napkins, plastic drink glasses, and straws. I would highly recommend checking out your local dollar store before hitting the bigger chain party stores. The packages of paper straws I got were around $5 at the dollar store and $12 at Party City.
Lastly, I found decorative square images online that I used to create “date cards” – I used these date cards to label everything I was serving. To print them out was, essentially, free. Here’s how it turned out:
In true Bachelorette style, we had our own version of the infamous cocktail party, complete with Champagne glasses and rose petals for decoration
No Bachelorette party would be complete without food (just ask Chad). I used the date cards to be funny with “Fantasy Suites” (get it suites, or, sweets ;] ) and a short riddle, in true Bachelorette style, inviting my friends to eat. Again, using rose petals for decoration.
What’s a Bachelorette Party Without Games??
Food, Alcohol, and Jojo are all you need right? Nope, not if you’re corny AF like me! After I saw what some other ladies had done in the past for their Bachelorette screenings, I felt obligated to incorporate some Bachelorette bingo. Using an automated Bingo board maker online, I used common phrases & actions heard/seen on the tv series as bingo spaces. I even gave a free space and called it the “Group Rose”. I still haven’t decided if I hate or love myself for it.
Lastly, because no Bachelorette party would be complete without Chris Harrison, my friends we’re greeted by this warm smile as they walked in!
I still laugh every time I look at it!
My Bachelorette Pary on a Budget Takeaway
Overall, the party was a hit! My friends thought I was slightly ridiculous but what else is new. I was pleasantly surprised and happy with my broke-girl party planning skills. The whole party cost me probably around $50 which, in my eyes, is a success. It just goes to show that with careful planning you can easily stretch that babysitting money into a small party (that’s even good enough to put on your blog! ;]). It was a good thing I did because we needed all the smiles and comfort food we could get once it was clear that RoJo was a no go.
You win some, you lose some.