Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bachelorette Party Projects

My best friend got married back in June and I got to plan her Bachelorette party.  And because I have a newfound infatuation with all things DIY (and she shares in this fascination), I decided to get pretty craft-tastic in my party planning.  Luckily, I have a talented and crafty mother that I could turn to for help on all the projects I had planned.

My mom and I began work on the Bachelorette sash a month prior to the Bachelorette party, while I was home in Wisconsin visiting for the bridal shower.  I’m glad we got a head-start, because making the actual sash itself, turned out to be much more difficult than anticipated.  It took a lot of trial and error getting the length and angle right.  But finally, we succeeded.

First Stages of Bachelorette Sash

I couldn’t have made the sash without my mom – the master sewer.  Her stash of scrap fabrics, rolls of ribbon up the whazoo, and buckets and bucket of buttons, didn’t hurt either.  She holds onto everything, just like me.  In fact, the sash itself was made from remnants of a wedding dress that she had altered awhile back.  Fitting right?  The black flowers were made from fabric remnants from the bride’s own sister’s bridesmaid dress alterations.  And the buttons affixed to the green flowers were pretty vintage ones that used to belong to my Grandmother’s stash of buttons.

Bachelorette Sash

Here are the flowers up-close.  I made them at home in California ahead of time, and brought them to Wisconsin with me.  What you can’t see in any of the photos though, is that I sewed some felt to the back to cover the stitches and added a pin so that each flower would be removable and reusable.

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The bride’s one special request was a lollipop bouquet.  And not because she wanted to sell the lollipops during our evening out…just because she thought they were cute.

In hindsight, I wish I would have taken some photos of the supplies or the process.  Oh well.  The completed product turned out really cute.  I dreaded the idea of constructing it…but in the end, it ended up being my very favorite project.

Bachelorette Lollipop Bouquet

For the party guests, I made Bachelorette “Survival Kit” gift bags.  I originally saw this idea on 100 Layer Cake and knew I had to replicate it.

Bachelorette Survival Kit Gift Bag Ingredients

My “survival kits” included candy jewelry, lip gloss, gum, hair ties, band-aids, antibacterial moist wipes, and tissues.

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Adapted from: Meredith’s Bachelorette Survival Kits via 100 Layer Cake

Oh, and the “survival kits” also included a copy of the “Bachelorette Oath of Secrecy” that I adapted from here and here.

Bachelorette Oath of Secrecy

Adapted from: bachelorettepartyfun.com and BachelorPartyTips.com

And finally, the last Bachelorette party DIY project was my gift for the bride.  I gave her these Panty Parfaits which I originally saw on Weddingbee.  Note for if you try to make these for yourself: The bigger the glass the better.

Panty Parfait

Adapted from: Mrs. Cheeseburger via Weddingbee

I think the bride liked all her goodies and she sure looks adorable in that sash!

The Bachelorette

Credit: All photos taken by me.

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3 comments:

  1. This is the cutest blog, Jillian. I already broke into the panty parfait. I felt a need the other day, with all of the "unpretty" feelings I have had lately, and donned the "You want me" electric orange boy shorts. You so know me. :)

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  2. Everything is cute in this bash. I loved the decorations. At the domestic Seattle venues my best friend will be hosting a fun party and I will definitely be sharing these ideas with her. I am sure she would love them.

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