Bachelorette parties come in all shapes and forms. Some brides-to-be prefer pub crawls, casino nights, and adventurous itineraries. Others may want a relaxed weekend with their closest friends, sipping wine while watching one rom-com after another.
There are endless ways you can have an unforgettable and fun party at home. Wearing matching outfits, singing karaoke, and having a game night are some of them. Listed below are 13 bachelorette slumber party ideas worth considering for a great time.
Fun Bachelorette Party Sleepover Ideas
1. Wear Matching or Coordinating Outfits
Guests of bachelorette parties are known to have matching attire, especially when they visit places and do activities together. You can incorporate this fun tradition even if you plan on staying home.
There are plenty of matching sets available in various retailers, such as Amazon, Etsy, and other local stores. Everyone can wear the same thing, but the bride’s outfit will have a unique feature to set her apart.
This idea is flexible; you can include it in any bachelorette party regardless of its theme and the season. For instance, for a winter-themed party, you can purchase matching flannel pajamas and fluffy slippers for everyone.
Moreover, your outfits do not have to match completely. You can set a general theme, such as “80s attire,” “white and denim,” or “onesies.”
2. Make the Party a Potluck
Since you and your guests will stay home for the bachelorette party, you must have enough food to last the entire night. You can buy ingredients and prepare the food yourself, but where is the fun in that?
An easy but lovely way to get everyone involved is by adding a potluck element to the party. When you invite guests, make sure to inform them that they must bring something to share with the entire group.
What they bring is up to you — or whoever is planning the party. You can tell your guests to bring finger food, dessert, appetizers, dinners, and whatnot. Alternatively, you can give them a general theme, such as “comfort food,” “cheat day meals,” and so on.
Similarly, ask your guests to contribute extra booze. They can share their favorite drink or bring the ingredients for their favorite cocktail. The more, the merrier.
3. Book a Fancy Airbnb
Who says you need to host your bachelorette slumber party at your home? One benefit of a sleepover bachelorette party is you save money from additional costs, such as transportation, making reservations, buying tickets for activities, and more.
If you have the budget, consider scouring Airbnb for an upscale weekend rental. Find a house, condo unit, or apartment with an irresistible amenity.
Do you want a hot tub where you and your guests can hang out, drink wine, and tell stories? Do you want a place with a home movie theater so you can have a Disney-themed marathon? Think about what you would like to have and search around for rentals.
4. Play a Variety of Drinking Games
Drinking games are a staple of any party. You have infinite options for what — and how many — games you will play.
If you want a game with little to no prep work necessary, consider the game Bottoms Up. It has similar game mechanics to Never Have I Ever, in that you have to drink if the statement applies to you.
If you want a more entertaining and scandalous game, try playing something like Truth or Drink. You can ask each other any burning question you have, and the player has to answer if they do not want to take a shot.
Some drinking games, such as board games and card games, need to be purchased. In some cases, you can DIY them with things you already own. However, you do not need to spend money on games to have fun.
You can even incorporate drinking games into other parts of your itinerary. For example, if you plan on having a movie marathon, you can make up rules or prompts that everyone needs to remember while watching the film.
5. Play Guess the Panties
Most people think of bachelorette (and bachelor) parties as wild, expensive events where partners cheat on each other because it is their “last night of freedom.” While these stereotypes are often not true, you can play into them in various, unique, and entertaining ways.
One of the best ways to do this is by playing “Guess the Panties.” The guests have to buy new lingerie as a gift for the bride-to-be. They have to purchase a pair that expresses their personalities, then bring it to the party unwrapped.
Before the game starts, the guests will lay out their purchases in no specific order. The bride-to-be has to guess which person bought which panties based on how well she knows her guests.
While traditionally not a drinking game, you can easily add that twist to make it more fun. The gifter has to take a shot every time the bride-to-be gives the correct answer. Oppositely, if the bride gets it wrong, she needs to drink.
6. Sing Karaoke All Night
If you want to guarantee a hilarious and unforgettable time at your bachelorette party, one of the best ways to do so is to have a karaoke night. You do not have to go to a club or a karaoke bar; this idea perfectly fits slumber parties.
You can purchase some microphones from Amazon or other retailers. Some people might have, or want to rent, a karaoke machine. However, you can also search for instrumental or singalong versions of your favorite songs on YouTube.
The benefit of an at-home karaoke night is you can drink as much as you want — responsibly — without worrying about designated drivers and your safety.
Make sure to take as many pictures and videos as you want; too much alcohol in your system might make you forget how beautifully you sang that Mariah Carey or Ariana Grande song.
However, you must also be mindful of the amount of noise you make. Some places have strict policies about sound and time; for instance, your neighborhood or complex might prohibit loud noise, such as karaoke, after 10 p.m.
7. Have a Movie Marathon
Movie marathons are a mainstay at any slumber party. Films are a great way to bond with others, reminisce about memories, and learn new things about your friends.
The bride-to-be can choose what films she wants to watch. She can take suggestions from her guests or browse online lists, but she ultimately makes the decisions.
Likewise, the bride-to-be can choose a theme or genre for the entire night. For example, at a lesbian bachelorette party, watching LGBTQ+ media can be an exciting and heartwarming activity for everyone.
8. Practice Some Self-Care
Some brides-to-be are not fans of partying, playing drinking games, or singing karaoke. In some cases, these activities — or the others in this list — might not be feasible given their circumstances.
Staying at home with your best friends and just talking with each other is already an excellent idea. However, given the stress from planning a wedding and everyday life, take this opportunity to practice some self-care.
You can buy a spa kit with essential items for a DIY experience. You can do the same with skincare. You can use this time to do some parallel play: Christian bachelorettes can share devotionals, bookworms can read, other guests can catch up on rest, and whatnot.
9. Go Glamping
Glamping stands for glamorous camping, which is a more comfortable and luxurious camping experience. You have access to running water and electricity, and you do not need to worry about where to sleep once nighttime comes. The tents are usually set up already with furniture.
If you have access to a yard, consider making your own glamping site. There are many ways you can glamorously camp, but here are some essentials you must have:
- Mosquito repellant
However, you might know a glamping site in your area that you want to try. In this case, do not forget to bring the following:
- Extra clothes
- Forms of entertainment (books, laptops, games, speakers, etc.)
- Food and beverages
- Site-appropriate attire and gear (e.g., hiking boots, thermal gear, etc.)
The beauty of glamping is that it will allow you to incorporate other bachelorette slumber party ideas into your itinerary. Whatever activity you choose to include, remember to pack the necessary materials and double-check if you have everything.
10. Take a Group Fitness Class
If you want to get some movement in your bachelorette slumber party, why not exercise together? However, this idea requires a lot of space; you might have to move around some furniture if you want the entire group to be comfortable.
There are plenty of online resources if you want to work out. You can do yoga, cardio, bodyweight exercises, or other types of workouts. Make sure to find a follow-along video appropriate for all levels — active gymgoers and first-timers should both be able to do it.
If you have the budget, consider hiring a fitness trainer who will guide you through a specific workout. They might have a nearby studio or accept house calls.
11. Organize a Game Night
Playing the right games will make your bachelorette party more memorable and fun. You may not be fond of drinking, or you may have asked your guests not to bring any gifts. These facts will make the abovementioned games unplayable.
However, do not worry; you have endless options for games and entertainment.
If you have handheld consoles at home, such as a Playstation or a Nintendo Switch, you can play games on those devices. Go the extra mile and organize round-robins or tournaments. The most competitive players can make any game, like Mario Kart and Smash, hilarious and fun.
You can play card games or board games that do not require drinking, such as Monopoly, Jenga, Connect Four, and more. You can also use a deck of cards for Poker, Blackjack, and so on.
Even traditional party games, such as musical chairs, dance freeze, and scavenger hunts will be fun additions to your itinerary.
12. Have a Cook or Bake Off
If the bride-to-be is fond of baking or cooking, and her guests are highly competitive, get the best of both worlds and host a competition.
There are numerous ways you can execute this idea. Firstly, you can prepare a pantry where the competitors will grab what they need for their recipe. You can also inform them in advance that your bachelorette party will have a culinary competition. This way, they can buy what they need beforehand.
The bride-to-be typically hosts and judges the competition. She will pick the recipe everyone will make, or she can give a general theme like “foreign food,” “comfort food,” or “phallic food.”
You can purchase a set of aprons for everyone, which will be a lovely keepsake for the event. Furthermore, you can award a prize to the best or most creative recipe. Ultimately, everyone gets to eat the food they made.
13. Give Each Other Makeovers
A common trope in romantic comedies and young adult films is the “makeover.” The protagonist receives a new wardrobe, makeup, and hairstyle, thus reinventing or introducing an “improved” version of herself.
For your bachelorette slumber party, ask your guests to bring their makeup bags, styling kits, and some outfits. You can do this activity in pairs or have everyone focus on one guest at a time.
Set up a photo shoot area in your house, complete with backdrops, props, and proper lighting. Take lots of pictures or film before-and-after videos that look like they came straight out of a rom-com.