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Bachelorette Parties: 7 Must-Have Party Props

Don't head out for the bachelorette bash without packing a proper bag of tricks. Here's what to bring.

Photo: Dani Weiss Photography

Wondering what to bring to the bachelorette bash? At your average bawdy bride's send-off, you're likely to find a bevy of beads, boas, phallic references, and bad behavior. As you gear up for the hoopla, you can pull out all the stops or cut a few corners. Here's the final word on what to put into your bachelorette bag of tricks:

The Headpiece

You want everyone you encounter -- the limo driver, the mini-mart clerk, bartenders, and cute guys at bars -- to know what's coming when they see your hooting entourage. Mini-veils are the most popular ways to make the bride stand out, but you can also have her wear a glitzy tiara, a bride hat, or better yet, a hilarious wig.

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To be extra-prepared, reconfirm your designated driver, and bring:

  • a cell phone
  • extra cash
  • a train schedule
  • the phone number for a car or taxi service
  • a street map
  • a list of the bars you'll be visiting, with addresses and phone numbers

The Dare-to-Do List

Create and bring a list of missions for the bride to fulfill throughout the evening. A scavenger-hunt version requires the bride to score such items as a condom, five men's business cards, a pair of boxer shorts, and other loot. The dares list might include goofy -- but not completely humiliating -- acts such as serenading an unsuspecting stranger, dancing on a table, or crank-calling an ex-boyfriend.

Suck-For-a-Buck Accessory

Pack a candy necklace for the bride to wear. This classic bachelorette party stunt requires enlisting random willing males to remove the candies from the bride's neck...with their teeth. The charge: $1 per bite. Can't find a necklace? Just glue wrapped candies to a T-shirt and make the bride wear that instead.

A Bit of Burlesque

Add a hint of hooker to the bachelorette's outfit to make her feel dangerous, daring, and fabulously embarrassed. A feather boa is perfect. Encourage all guests to bring a naughty accessory or article of clothing for the bachelorette to wear at some point during the evening.

Blow-up Doll

He's the only male guest allowed at the party. The best part? He's naked. Make the bachelorette carry him around all night -- some groups choose to handcuff him to her wrist (don't lose the key). The blow-up doll is also great way to liven up at-home soirees, where drunken men won't be available for harassment.

X-Rated Essentials

Fearing that trip to the sex shop? Scaling a jungle full of penis paraphernalia can quickly become overwhelming. Our advice: Make a beeline for the penis sipper (a.k.a. "dickie sippie") and straws. Since the bachelorette is likely to be boozing it up all night, these two items make the most sense, provide a constant laugh, and allow everyone to get in on the phallic fun (there are six straws per pack).

Disposable Cameras

When the party's over, the energy and excitement of the night will be reduced to a few fuzzy memories. So don't let a single minute of the evening's debauchery go undocumented. Bring at least two cameras so that no explicit scenes get censored. The maid of honor should be in charge of retrieving the cameras at the end of the night to guard them from any blackmail-prone situations.

-- Amy Elliott

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