Last year I hosted a bachelorette party for one of my dear friends, Stephanie. I was given three stipulations: she wanted to drink margaritas, she wanted to eat Tex-Mex, and she wanted to dance the night away at The Bell House’s monthly 90s party in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
My aim was to make it an affordable affair for all those who attended: no overnight expenses required, no gifts, and no more than a typical night out in the city.
From All That to Zach Morris, there is a lot to cover in the 90s. I asked the bride-to-be a series of questions to get inspiration and direction for the party. I had no idea how the theme would take shape when I started planning, even though I know Stephanie very well - and that’s okay! To give her a unique bachelorette, I let her 90s favorites (along with my research across media platforms and online shopping bags) guide me to the final theme.
We left Stephanie in the dark as to the real theme - she assumed it was simply 90s-themed but, once inspiration struck, I took it one step further and surprised her with a “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” themed bachelorette party! Stephanie not only loves the 90s but, like many of us who were 90s tweens, was a loyal fan of the show.
We also really left her in the dark as to what the party entailed. Stephanie knew where to show up and at what time. When she arrived in the lobby of The William Vale hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, she was told to head upstairs by reception - much to her surprise! Once she knocked on the suite door, the rest was history. We worked closely with the hotel staff to orchestrate the surprise (and everything in between). I think it’s safe to say that we surprised this bride-to-be!
I wasn’t able to execute every idea (surprise), but an easy way to make your party unique is simple customization. I had a vision for the cake and although I didn’t have the time to make it from scratch, I did have all the supplies to customize a cake I bought from one of my favorite bakeries on the Upper East Side. Plus, I handed off the duty of cake decorating to another bridesmaid and she did a fantastic job of bringing my idea to life! Which brings me to my next point...
While it can get overwhelming with too many cooks in the kitchen, delegating duties is an important part of the event process, especially on the day of your event. I was fortunate enough to have help, including one friend who continued to selflessly blow up dozens and dozens of balloons after the air pump broke. (Note to self: always bring extra air pumps.)
Delegating duties also applies to catering. We originally planned to head out to a restaurant for dinner but, in the end, that only complicated things. Instead, I had dinner catered by a local restaurant that I knew the bride-to-be loved. We were able to have a special mixed drink delivered too...on top of what we had already been mixing all afternoon! Not only was this option more cost effective, it was also more fun.
Everyone at the party was fortunate enough to have a camera phone so documenting the party was a cinch - see the gallery below for some of my favorites! Establishing a hashtag pre-party then referencing it on the invitations, and one of the polaroid photo booths, made it easy to look at all the pictures in one place. We had fun scrolling through them the next morning while we rehashed the shenanigans of the day before over brunch (while also nursing hangovers, maybe).