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If your bridal party is low on funds, an in-town bachelorette party is an easy way to celebrate without a big price tag. And there's no need to feel like you're missing out on a trip to Vegas or a weekend tanning on a Caribbean beach. These party ideas will make your at-home bachelorette feel like the ultimate get away.
Make it a Theme Night
You may not have been able to make it to Mexico, but you can have that fiesta right at home. Plan the entire night— from pre-game margaritas to dinner and dancing&mdsah; around the bride's dream vacation. If Spain's on her mind, start with sangria and a dinner at a local tapas spot, then head to a salsa club to dance the night away. Wishing she was in Vegas? Tell her to wear her sparkliest dress and host a game night at your place (you can even hire a dealer!) with fake money featuring the bride and groom's faces.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Whether you DIY the points of interest or hire a company like Watson Adventures to do it for you, a grown up scavenger hunt is an amazing way to see your own city with fresh eyes— and a fun way to bond with your fellow bridesmaids. Tailor the search to fit the bride's interests— be it food, sports, or music— and you'll find places you've never been, along with the tourist spots you don't visit often enough. Incorporate some risqué bachelorette must-dos (get a guy to buy the bride a shot) into the hunt to make the night complete.
Take a Day Trip
Just because you're staying in town doesn't mean you have to stay in town. Look into what's nearby that you can hit for the day. If you're close to local vineyards, hire a party bus for a day of wine tasting and views. Live near the water? See if there are sunset booze cruises for the group. If you're within an hour of the beach, tell the bride to pack her bikini for a day in the sun. A new adventure is always thrilling, no matter how close to home. Nothing close by? Try getting reservations at that restaurant she's been dying to try, or take a tour of the town's local brewery.
Treat your bride like the princess she is with a day of total pampering. Invite all the bridesmaids over for a slumber party, and instead of matching bachelorette t-shirts, get everyone a matching pair of pajamas. Then throw in a spa day that includes manis, pedis, and massages right at home (try a company like Mobile Spa to book). To finish the night, hire a private chef to cook dinner with wine pairings. It may seem like a lot, but an at-home spa day won't cost as much as plane tickets and a hotel on the beach! And the bride will be relaxed for the big day.