If you missed part one, you can read about it here. After the invitations were mailed, it was time to plan, plan and plan some more. I create an Excel spreadsheet to help me keep track of everything and stay organized. I’m probably a bit psycho when it comes to organizing for an event, but I’d rather be over-prepared than feel like I’m a scattered mess (which I felt like at times).
The hardest thing about planning an event out of town is that you really don’t know what all there is to do or see, and in some places, it’s really hard to find information as was the case with Galveston. I knew there were lots of things to do there, but it was hard finding stuff appropriate for a bachelorette party.
I started out with a list of to dos, and then just tried to mark them off the list as I finished each task. My list consisted of food, games, decor, DIY stuff, activities, and restaurants.
Food: I wanted to keep this fairly simple. Chips and dip, pretzels, nuts, chocolate, fruit, veggies, and for breakfast I wanted to serve donuts and mimosas because who doesn’t love donuts!?
I never got a picture of the table once the food was on it. Whoops!
Kari made some yummy sugar cookies for the party, and they were excellent as usual!
I made a lot decorations, signs and photo booth props for the event, which luckily for me is part of my business, so it’s something I really enjoy designing. You can see some of the stuff I made in this photo, and some of it didn’t even get used.
Guest Book page: I created a little sign-in sheet for the event, so Connie could keep it and remember who attended her bachelorette party.
Games: I designed a few games for the event, which I think were a hit and most everyone seemed to enjoy playing. We played a version of the “Newlywed Game” with Connie and Yung both participating. Before the bachelorette party, I sent Yung a list of 20 questions that I wanted him to answer on video. He sent the video back to me, and I was able to play it on my computer at the party. I printed out the list of questions for Connie to answer in advance, and then we watched the video and compared their answers. They got quite a few right, and I was pretty impressed! When Jacob and I played this game, we totally did not match very often. We did quite terrible actually! Yung had a few funny answers, and it was great to see Connie blush! 😉
The second game we played was similar to The Ellen Show’s Never Have I Ever… game. I created some little signs that said “I have” and “I have never” along with a list of about 20 questions. Basically, I read out the question, and then everyone in the room held up their sign answering with “I have” or “I have never.” Of course, you didn’t have to be honest, but it made it pretty fun if you were truthful. Some “I have” answers needed explanations. 😉
The final game we played was similar to Pin the Macho on the Man, except we used mustaches instead. So it was Pin the Mustache on the Man… which was Yung’s face that I had blown up. Each girl was blindfolded, turned in a few circles, and then we had to place the mustache on his face where we thought it should go. Let’s just say, I did the worst out of the group. HA! I barely made it on the poster. Yikes! I don’t have photographic evidence of this, but just take my word for it… it was bad!
Overall, I think the games were pretty fun and not too, too cheesy, which was my goal. We played one other game that another attendee brought (Feven) which was wedding Taboo. I’m super competitive and love playing games, but our team totally stunk at this one. It was still fun though, and I’m so glad she brought it!
Photo booth: I really wanted to create a little photo booth area for us to take some photos to help remember the event. I made some props, bought some props (like extra large glasses and a boa) and made some fun little signs.
I had two backgrounds: just a regular navy and gold background and a “mugshots” backdrop to go along with the little mugshot signs I made, which are totally fun!
Here’s a slideshow of some of the photos from the photo booth:
Favor bags: One of the most important things on my to do list was favor bags. I really wanted to create something that was meaningful to the event, but also practical for all of us to use at the party and later. I stumbled upon these super cute, large tote bags at Target, and I thought they would be perfect for when we hit the beach. I included a cute animal print cup and beach towel in the tote. I also made some smaller navy favor bags that included tissues (for your tears of joy), mints, chocolate, crackers, temporary tattoos because they’re fun, hand sanitizer, hair bands, and a mini bottle of pink moscato with a straw of course. I think the favor bags were a hit!
Check back tomorrow for all the details on where we ate and what all went wrong because there was A LOT that did not go as planned.