Unlike bachelor parties, whose origins date back to the 5th century BC, bachelorette parties have only been around since the 1960s, when women launched their own version of pre-wedding festivities. The bachelorette party gives the bride a night or day of fun with her girlfriends to celebrate before the big day. And what is more relaxing and enjoyable than the beach, palm trees and pineapple rings? Even if you can't get to the beach for the bachlorette party, you can re-create a tropical atmosphere that whisks the bride away to paradise in her last few hours as an un-married woman.
Choose a location that is near water. Rent a room at your local pool, or spend the day at a nice spa that has a pool. If the bachelorette party is in the summer or spring, look for a place outside near a lake, a river or an outdoor pool. Of course the ideal location would be a sandy beach, but you can also re-create the feeling of the tropics elsewhere.
When choosing or creating your invites, look for images of palm trees, sunshine, tropical fruit, sea shells and coconuts. Let the guests know that the party will be a tropical theme, to bring bathing suits and towels and to dress as tropically as they possibly can. When the other ladies attending know that this is a tropical bachelorette bash, they can get into the theme, dress accordingly and make the day that much more fun.
Food and Drink
Pineapples, coconuts, papayas and mangoes scream tropical party. Decorate tables with these scrumptious fruits and make fruit salad, smoothies and cocktails that feature them (and don't forget the tiny umbrellas). Serve Hawaiian pizza, roasted bananas, barbecue kabobs with fruits, veggies and chicken, or for a more classy dish, try various kinds of colorful sushi. Keep the food light, bright and with lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
A tropical party would not be a tropical party without limbo, so bust out the Hawaiian music and a thick rope and limbo, limbo, limbo. Have a hula contest by separating the guests into teams, giving them Hawaiian skirts and coconut bras and instructing each group to come up with a creative, sexy and entertaining hula dance and then have them present it to the whole party. Instead of bobbing for apples, bob for passion fruits or mangoes. And of course, the other typical (and slightly naughty) bachelorette party games should not be left off the list.
Music is a must, and there are plenty of varieties to perpetuate your tropical bachelorette party theme. A live ukulele band would be great fun, or just create a playlist or CD mix that includes Hawaiian, Caribbean and reggae songs.
Have plates, table cloths and napkins with a tropical theme or choose one or two bright colors for your table settings. Put tiki torches, palm trees, umbrellas and surf boards around the party area. Give out leis to all the guests (real or fake) to wear during the party and then to take home with them as a gift. Make a special lei for the bride-to-be and even a flowery, tropical headdress to wear which sets her apart from the rest of the group. For a sweet and tropical addition to flower arrangements, add some sliced pineapple to the bottom of clear flower vases filled with fragrant flowers such as hibiscus, lilies, orchids, gingers or heliconias.
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