Bachelorette Parties: The Possibilities are Endless
There's generally a pretty simple recipe for planning a bachelorette party: cocktails, dinner and some sort of all-night activity. Of course with so many options, the planning can get daunting. Things get even more difficult when you take into account how different each brides-to-be is. Since the night is really about showing her a good time, it's a good idea to know if she'll be the type who revels in anatomically-correct accoutrements or if she'll shy away from the spotlight.
To help out, we've concocted a party recipe based on five different types of brides. Of course no two women are the same (or fit so conveniently into my cookie cutter designations), so do a little mixing and matching to get the final product just right.
Go-to neighborhood for the night:
Wild Child: Adams Morgan
Aspiring Lady Who Lunches: Downtown
Hipster: U Street
"If You Put a Tiara on Me, You'll Regret It" Girl: Chinatown
Classy Oenophile: All over town
Wild Child: White T-shirts that can be defaced during the requisite scavenger hunt, candy necklaces, miniskirts
Aspiring Lady Who Lunches: Break out the Diane von Furstenberg and Louis Vuitton
Hipster: Skinny jeans and off-the-wall combos of stripes, plaids and polka dots
"If You Put a Tiara on Me, You'll Regret It" Girl: Anything goes
Classy Oenophile: Snappy casual
Pre-Dinner Locale for Drinks:
Wild Child: Do-it-yourself drinks at Dan's Cafe
Aspiring Lady Who Lunches: High-end cocktails at Rasika
Hipster: Hit up the photo booth and grab a beer at Bar Pilar
"If You Put a Tiara on Me, You'll Regret It" Girl: RFD for a wide selection of beer
Classy Oenophile: Head down to Capitol Hill for some California reds at Sonoma
Wild Child: Lauriol Plaza, because a long wait affords more time for margarita consumption or group-friendly Buca di Beppo for some much-needed carbs to supplement the giant bottles of cheap wine
Aspiring Lady Who Lunches: Brasserie Beck for a little Belgian flavor or Oceanaire for arguably the best seafood in the city.
Hipster: Fried green tomato BLTs at Saint-Ex or dinner with a side of art at U-topia
"If You Put a Tiara on Me, You'll Regret It" Girl: Pizza and mini burgers at Matchbox or tapas at Jaleo
Classy Oenophile: Great food with even better wine at Vinoteca
Wild Child: Dancing at Heaven and Hell or Tom Tom followed by karaoke at Peyote Café and a trip to Town for the drag show
Aspiring Lady Who Lunches: Spa day at Mandarin Oriental followed by bottle service at a reserved table at Josephine
Hipster: Black Cat if there's a decent concert, then drinks at Marvin
"If You Put a Tiara on Me, You'll Regret It" Girl: Shuffleboard at Rocket Bar, bowling at Lucky Strike or just hanging out at Fado
Classy Oenophile: Wine tasting at Best Cellars and then weathering an early-evening hangover by drinking more wine at Cork
Wild Child: Make a stop at Pleasure Place before the big night to pick up some inappropriate party favors. You could also host a pleasure party or pay for private striptease instruction.
Aspiring Lady Who Lunches: Tea and scones at the Ritz
Hipster: Off-beat plays, art exhibitions and concerts
"If You Put a Tiara on Me, You'll Regret It" Girl: Salsa lessons at Habana Village
Classy Oenophile: A day trip to Virginia wineries like Veritas Vineyards in Afton, Prince Michel in Leon and Misty Mountain in Madison.
Of course, as I mentioned, there are many different types of brides. What to do about the hippie or the bachelorette who hates bars? Or, worse, the control freak bridezilla? Well in that case, I might just let her plan her own.
Any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments.
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