It’s taken me over 2 months to write this post, mostly because I’m still in denial that my perfect bachelorette party has come and gone!
Not to sound like a hipster or anything..but let me start by saying that I liked unicorns before they were cool. My sisters and I have had this random inside joke about unicorns since I was in middle school. So for the past 10 or so years, we’ve found/bought/made the most ridiculous unicorn-themed gifts for each other. Everything from homemade unicorn poop cookies to huuuge, 5 foot tall unicorn stuffed animals, to framed unicorn art prints. Literally anything and everything unicorn or rainbow — we’ve gifted it to each other. I’m not sure how this inside joke started, but it did, and it’ll never die lol.
When it came time to think about my bachelorette party, I wanted a fun, unique theme. One look at all the funny knick-knacks in the uni-corner of my room and I knew what theme I wanted: LOVE IS MAGICAL, SHE FOUND HER UNICORN!
I have to give major props to my sister Madalyn (Madalyn Marie Creative) who planned and coordinated every detail of this bachelorette weekend. She could plan a bachelorette party in her sleep! Once I chose the theme and designed the invitations, printed items and t-shirts, I left everything else in her very capable hands!
LOCATION • I’m not really a big city girl and I’m definitely not a Vegas girl. Those bachelorettes always look super fun, but if I’m being honest with myself, my ideal Saturday night is watching TV in my sweat pants with Blake. So for my bachelorette, I wanted to go somewhere with nightlife options, but also somewhere mellow enough to relax. I decided on Palm Springs because its close enough to Orange County to be convenient, yet far enough to still feel like a destination. Other fun locations in California I’ve been to for bachelorette parties are: Santa Barbara, Huntington Beach, and San Diego.
We rented a house close to downtown for the weekend and it was PERFECT! It had a pool, fire pit, open living/dining area, and the interior was very on theme as well — light, bright, and colorful! It slept all 10 of us perfectly between the 4 bedrooms and 2 couches. We found it on Home Away (homeaway.com) which is why its always a good idea to check AirBnb, Vacation Rentals By Owner (vrbo.com), and Home Away when looking for a house for the weekend. Usually you can find cheaper options when you check other sites besides Air BnB. We went in mid February and it was beautiful weather! A little overcast, but mostly sunny the whole weekend.
INVITATIONS • Once the theme and location were all set to go, my head started spinning with ideas for the invitations. I landed on a bright pastel rainbow color palette (heavy on the pink of course) paired with plenty of white space and my favorite part….HOLOGRAPHIC FOIL. Yep, it exists and I had to use it. Foil on any invitation is to die for, but this holographic/iridescent foil was beyond my wildest dreams. Everyone’s invite was mailed in a different color envelope, so I hope I brought a little joy to an unsuspecting postal worker. And of course, no bachelorette suite is complete without a details card outlining all the fun and games! Check out the photos below for some close ups of the invites I designed!
DETAILS • The small details are my favorite part of any celebration!! A few of the details we incorporated into my bachelorette were: a welcome cocktail, fun games to play, unicorn cookies, and goodie bags for everyone. Games we played included: ex-boyfriend bingo (lol), porn or polish, and a weekend-long scavenger hunt card. Ex-boyfriend bingo was like normal bingo except the squares were full of all my ex-boyfriends, why we broke up, etc. Bonus points to any gal pals that could tell a funny story about any of those fellas!
ACTIVITIES • We spent part of the time out on the town, and part of the time relaxing at the house (playing games, lounging by the pool, watching Bridesmaids). There are tons of fun clubs and bars in Palm Springs, but we spent most of the night at Zelda’s for our big GNO. At every other bachelorette party I’ve been to, during the night out the bride wears white and the friends wear black. For my bachelorette, I wore white and all my girls chose one color to wear head-to-toe! We created our own rainbow! I guess we were more focused on cocktails than group pics so I really only have this subpar photo lol. But take my word for it, it was really cute ;)
The next day, we took it easy in the morning and then went to a Social Cycle in the afternoon. The Social Cycle was definitely a highlight of the weekend for me. I had never done one of these before, but basically you get on this trolley with bike pedals at each seat and you peddle around and stop at different bars. Depending on what city you’re in, you might be able to drink WHILE you’re on the trolley (you aren’t allowed to drink while you peddle in Palm Springs, only when you stop and get off the trolley at the bars). Lou was our “captain” and he was so sweet, funny, and knowledgable about PS. The bars we stopped at weren't necessarily trendy or cute, BUT they had really yummy cocktails and we got happy hour pricing on all our drinks because they knew we were part of the Social Cycle ride. Highly recommend this for a fun activity during a bachelorette! We lucked out with the weather during our ride - it was a little cooler and overcast - so that’s something to take into account especially when you’re somewhere like the desert. Also be warned, it’s actually quite the workout lol; this isn’t a leisurely bike ride by any means but you usually only bike for 5 minutes tops in between bar stops. I designed and printed these shirts for all of us to wear on our bike ride! I never miss an opportunity to match :) My shirt was white and said “BRIDE” in rainbow and my girls’ shirts said “Bride’s Babes” or “Bride’s Best Babe” for my Maid of Honor.
FOOD • We ate a few of our meals at the house to cut down on cost for the weekend, but I had to touch on my favorite meal of the trip at El Jefe, one of the restaurants inside The Saguaro. Seating is first come, first serve and its not a very big restaurant. We lucked out and somehow walked right into an open table for 10. First things first, their margaritas are dank. My favorite is the prickly pear margarita. Definitely split plates with friends so that you can try different items — it’ll be hard to choose just one thing to eat! YOU. MUST. HAVE. THE. NACHOS. If there is one thing you take away from this blog post, let it be the inside scoop on these nachos. I split shrimp tacos and nachos with my friend and I dream about that meal daily, While you’re waiting for your food, you can take pics around the very colorful hotel — perfect for a unicorn bride like myself!
SWEETS • Aside from the sugar high we all got from the welcome cocktails…my dear friend Nicci of Confectious Pastry Shop set up the CUTEST (and tastiest) make your own pizookie bar at the house! She made special ‘unicorn’ cookie dough for the base and brought along lots of yummy toppings. After our strenuous bike ride, we earned every bite of those pizookies! ;) Nicci is the best when it comes to themed desserts — well, really any dessert, any time. She also made her famous Almond Sugar Cookies in the shape of a penis but then decorated them to perfectly look like a unicorn head. If that’s not creativity at its finest, I don’t know what is.
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even found some inspiration for your own bachelorette! Let me know what your Bach theme is / was in the comments! :)
For more photos from the weekend, check out my Pinterest board!