Planning a bachelorette party in Houston can be a blast, especially with so many fabulous venues and vendors to make any gathering of a bride and her girls a night to remember. Here is my step-by-step guide to help you with the plans.
First, decide on the theme. Are you the All-Out Partiers, the Hip and Coolsters, Subdued Yet Sassy or a mix of something in between?
Getting ready for a sexy, wild night on the town has to start with some cool party favors like sashes, pink flasks and of course tiaras from Arnie’s Warehouse or Party City. I can just see it now, all the girls in a Pretty Pink Limousine, some hanging out the moon roof — definitely the perfect mode of transportation.
Champagne needs to be flowing but for tasty snacks why not get a delicious, fun shaped cake from Nookys Bakery — yes the name says it all. So now you are ready, of course you could hit La Bare or hire a stripper, but that is so passé don’t you think??
Why not try one of my favorite new activities and take a Pole Dancing or Strip Tease class from Polelateaz. Bear in mind you have to save the drinking for after the class but it will definitely get you in the sexy mood.
Afterwards you could hit any number of bars on Washington for a fabulous time but here are my favorites — Pearl Bar and Hughes Hangar. And since you have your limo, you wont have to worry about parking, just partying the night away.
The Hip and Coolsters
For these girls, and you know you who are, I recommend starting the evening at RA Sushi Bar for their “Fling Before the Ring Dinner Party," which includes a prix fixe menu, drink specials and a great goodie bag. Then it is off to Glitter Karaoke for a sensational night of serenading the bride-to-be.
Or if you prefer to not be the ones in front of the microphone there is "A Night to Remember (At Least Parts of It)" at Howl at the Moon. They have several packages including the “X-Rated." You just have to ask about this one but I am sure you get the drift.
End the evening Cru Wine Bar in West Ave, laughing while recalling the fun times you had. I can just hear the refrain, “I can’t believe I did that."
Subdued Yet Sassy
I know there are plenty of ladies who are not quite up for a wild night on the town but definitely want to do something memorable. For you, there are so many amazing options. I am getting relaxed and inspired just thinking about the first one — of course I am talking about a nice spa get away.
Fiori Spa is a wonderful spa retreat. After you have had one of their nice indulging treatments, you and your gals can move to the Fiori Garden, which is available to rent for a private wine tasting and sophisticated dinner. The mainstay in spa retreats definitely is Trellis, The Spa at the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.
This place, although in the heart of the Galleria area, will make you feel as though you were a thousand miles away on a lush Mediterranean island.
A Little Artsy
If a spa is not quite your style, how about an evening sipping wine and painting at Pinot's Pallete where, well you pretty much get the idea, you drink wine and paint your own masterpiece.
One of my new favorite activities is making your own dichroic glass necklace at Harmony Stained Glass. For something neat that the bride can use at the reception, go for custom-made table signs with stained glass.
So many options, so much amazing, memorable fun to be had.
Of course, after you decide on what you will do, go shopping ‘cause you going to need a fabulous outfit to strut around in. I recommend a number of darling stores on 19th Street in The Heights or Rice Village.
P.S. Any of these ideas could easily translate into a great birthday bash, divorcee party or, if you are one of those people who don’t need a reason to celebrate other than you love to hang out with the girls, just a fun night.
CultureMap contributor Deborah Elias is the founder and president of Elias Events.