Monthly Archives: May 2011

My Best Friend’s Wedding: Baseball Game Bachelorette Party

This past weekend was my best friend B’s bachelorette party.  We went to a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game and had a great time!  Planning a bachelorette party for a baseball game—or another alternative event—is a lot easier than you might think.  Here’s some tips based on what I learned during the planning process!

1. Plan a party based on your bride and decide WHO you’d like to include. For B, we knew right off the bat that a baseball game would be perfect for her.  She is a lifelong Brewers fan & is a pretty low-key gal, so something fun like tailgating at Miller Park (where the Brewers play) was perfect for her.  We also wanted to make sure the event would be fun for her mother & mother-in-law, and her little sisters (both of whom are not 21 yet).  Doing an “alternative” bachelorette party like this allowed all of them to participate!

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2. Decide WHAT you want the party to include. We knew we’d be tailgating & attending the baseball game, so we decided that we would make the party cost be one flat rate that all guests could pay that would include “everything.”  For the baseball game, the cost per guest was $40.  This included a game ticket (we went with the $15 variety), a bachelorette party t-shirt, and the tailgate food & condiments.  Everyone was to bring their own beverage & anything they wanted to eat or drink INSIDE the stadium was at their own expense.  This worked perfectly for our group.  We had everyone bring cash or make checks payable to me, and I took care of purchasing the food, tickets, & t-shirts.  Everyone brought chairs & such to the tailgate, but all food, condiments & supplies were provided.

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The bachelorette party t-shirts (left is the front, right is the back). 
I’ll be posting more about these in my next post!

3. KISS:  Keep It Simple, Stupid.  We met at one location, caravanned to the park, and everyone paid me ahead of time.  ONE person bought the tickets, the food, etc. so that we weren’t doling money out to several of us.  We kept the food simple too—hot dogs &  brats (so we didn’t have to buy more than one type of bun), simple condiments of ketchup, mustard & relish, chips, veggies, fruit, & cookies.  It was an easy and inexpensive menu to plan and execute.

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4. Have fun with it!  If you’re a regular reader, you know that I LOVE to plan fun surprises and do crafty DIY stuff.  I made each guest a favor—a bachelorette party goodie bag—filled with baseball-themed stuff.  I hit up the Dollar Store & the Party Store for most of the fun supplies.  More on this in my next post.

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All in all I would say our baseball game bachelorette was a rousing success.  More to come on the party packs & the actual event!  Stay tuned.

What kind of fun bachelorette parties have you planned or attended?

See all of the posts in the My Best Friend’s Wedding series here:

My Best Friend’s Wedding:  Beezus
Shower Theme & Invitations
Shower Décor & Favors
The Bridal Shower: A Big Success!

My Best Friend’s Wedding:  KDoc
Dress Shopping



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My [Other] Best Friend’s Wedding

I think I forgot to mention this previously, but guess what?!  My other BFF, Kristin (also known as KDoc), just got engaged and is getting married in December!  [Yes, I am one of those people with multiple BFFs.  Deal with it, please.]  She also asked me to be a bridesmaid, so I’ll be covering her wedding here as well—hooray!  Tons more wedding fun for you guys to ogle.

We started out the wedding festivities last night by going with Kristin to try on bridesmaid dresses and see her top three choices for a wedding gown.  This is going to be a picture heavy post, so grab a cup ‘o joe and pull up a seat.  Here we go!

We arrived at David’s Bridal and got right to work.  I snapped KDoc & her maid of honor (her sister), Lauren, heading into the dressing room to try on gowns.

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And then we saw Kristin’s four top choices for gowns.

Choice 1:

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This gown was definitely more my style than Kristin’s.  We all loved the lacey, sparkly overlay on the top of the dress, but it didn’t really scream “KDoc” to us.

Choice 2:

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This gown was definitely more my friend Hayley’s style than Kristin.  This dress shopping experience was very much a tale of the three bears—er, three dresses.  One was my style, one was Hayley’s style, and one was definitely JUST the right one for Kristin!

Choice 3:

Kristin's Dress Appointment 019   Kristin's Dress Appointment 020 This gown was gorgeous but it was definitely the most expensive one.  We all loved it, but felt it was a little too poofy on the bottom.  Regardless though, this was another great option!

Choice 4:

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This dress was absolutely lovely—the best of the bunch.  Just what I would picture her in!

In between KDoc’s dress changes, I got my Royal Wedding on:

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Kristin's Dress Appointment 018LOVED all those crazy hats at the Royal Wedding!  I definitely want an excuse to buy and wear one!

And then she picked and accessorized the winning dress!  Obviously, it was Choice 4:

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…which she paired with a hair flower, a dainty veil, and some gorgeous jewelry that the three of us bridesmaids decided to gift her with (she wouldn’t have purchased it for herself otherwise, and we thought it was so gorgeous and beautiful and PERFECT for her).

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Close up of the veil

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Close up of the necklace!  It had drop earrings to match.

We took a moment to wax poetic about her side bustle:

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(She’s going with the second photo)

…and then it was time to try on the bridesmaid dress we were 99% sure we were going with!  Awesomely enough, David’s Bridal had the dresses available for all of us to try on in our exact sizes and the exact color.  So we got to see what it will really look like instead of picturing it with swatches!

Kristin's Dress Appointment 024LOVE the pockets.

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The three bridesmaids, goofing around.  Left to right:  me, Hayley, Lauren

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And us with the lovely bride! (Please excuse my waving hand, I was about to stick it in my pocket.)

KDoc also decided that since it’s a winter wedding, she wanted to accessorize with a bolero or wrap.  She decided on a white fur wrap to go with her dress, and we all decided that the bridesmaids would get brown wraps (their wedding colors are this clover green and cocoa).  Here’s what the wraps look like, but in white (picture them in a nice brown fur color):

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And then we ordered everything up and headed outta there!  It was a really fun night and I am so excited to bring you more about this wedding in the future.  In the meantime, I’ll be back early next week to post about the goodie bags & favors for Beezus’s wedding!

You can read all of the My Best Friend’s Wedding Series here:
My Best Friend’s Wedding:  Beezus

Shower Theme & Invitations
Shower Décor & Favors
The Bridal Shower: A Big Success!

I’ll be dividing future posts in this series by the bride’s name!

And in the meantime, have you checked out my new blog?


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