August 22, 2016 8 minute read
There are only 5 DAYS until my best friend and sister-in-law says, “I do” so I thought it was finally time to blog Hanah’s bachelorette. Last month, on Canada Day weekend, we took the bride-to-be and hosted 16 of her closest friends in the gulf islands for her bachelorette party! So much hard work went into this weekend and there were so many beautiful details that I just had to share them here on the blog. For any maid of honors looking to throw a bachelorette party, or just anyone interested in learning a bit more about the weekend, here’s a closer look at Hanah’s Last Flamingle!
Micaela and I spent a solid few months planning Hanah’s tropical island themed bachelorette from the decorations right down to budgeting and planning the food for 16 girls. It was definitely more work for us hosts to plan, especially considering that we decided to travel to a remote island without restaurants for meals or clubs for entertainment, but the location is one of Hanahs favourite’s and is so incredibly beautiful.
We made it work by going over to the island 3 days early to set everything up and make sure the cabin we were staying at was in good shape. We also had Aaron come with us to help with some of the bigger tasks (like renovating the outhouse) and then stay on to drive the boat for pick-ups and drop offs. Then, when the guests arrived, we had his brother Derek join the team so that the boys could help with the bbq for meal prep so that Micaela and I could enjoy the weekend with the girls (the boys stayed on the other side of the island and only showed up when they were needed so it was perfect)!
A lot of the decorations were inspired by ideas we saw on Pinterest, like the #hansigetsleid banner, pineapple banner and floral strings. We made the first two out of plain white poster board. For the #hansigetsleid banner we cut out the triangles, painted our foliage designs, glued the letters on using plain white paper, and outlined them in gold glitter glue pens (yes, exactly like what you used back in elementary school!). For the pineapple banner we followed the same process, except after painting a base of green and yellow and applying a thin layer of glue we then sprinkled super-fine glitter on them. I swear I’m still sweeping the glitter up in my apartment but they are one of our favourite banners and are even being used in the wedding! We sprayed them with a mod podge seal to keep most of the glitter in place and that made a huge difference.
I think the hangover kit is a staple for any bachelorette party. In ours we put a few packs of Emergen-C, tums, pepto, tylenol, gravol, Saje Wellness Peppermint Halo, dry shampoo, spray deodorant, and gravol. I think the most used items were the saje roller and the spray deodorant!
We made pineapples out of donuts as one of the sweet treats for the weekend and they turned out so well! We just cut the pineapple tops out of white poster board, painted them green, and then glued them to toothpicks to stick in the top of the donuts.
Renita, Hanah’s cousin and fellow bridesmaid, planned all of the games to keep the girls entertained for the weekend. She did such an incredible job coming up with unique ways to celebrate Hanah in bachelorette style! One of the biggest hits was flip cup. It was a great way to kick things up in preparation for the slightly rowdy evenings!
PINEAPPLE SIPPY CUPS
Keeping with the pineapple trend, we found these awesome reusable pineapple sippy cups at a local dollar store that the girls used for drinks and then could take home as a souvenir.
I think Micaela and I had the most fun putting these together for the girls. We bought the bags from the dollar store, hand wrote the lettering onto them, and then glued the weekend’s signature emoji printouts right onto the bag.
Inside, the girls got scrunchies, a penis straw, welches (the best snack), flash tattoos, and tanks that we made for the weekend: Aloha, Bride for Hanah and Aloha, Beaches for all her “beaches”!
The tropical flash tattoos were so much fun to put on. The girls had all had a couple of drinks by this point so there were definitely some creative placements.
Baby boy was even included in the fun!
Micaela and I found the white tanks for the squad uniforms at Old Navy. Since we were buying 16 of these they needed to be affordable, and we actually managed to find 8 of them that were on sale for $1.50 each!!! The others were on sale for between 4-6 dollars in slightly different styles. Then we ordered t-shirt transfer papers, had Aaron re-create a Pinterest inspired pineapple print, and spent one evening ironing them all on! We followed the directions exactly as they were on the back of the transfer paper box and they turned out so great. The only downside is that if you’re printing with a regular printer the ink will bleed in water, or at least they did in saltwater after we all went swimming – take photos first!
What’s a bachelorette party without a few penis items, right? We definitely didn’t want to overdo it though so we stuck to cookies and the straws we put in the favor bags – I purchased both the cookie cutter and the straws on Amazon.
We knew we wanted floats that worked with the tropical island theme so that made our search when sourcing and purchasing them a whole lot easier – because there are so many cute floaties out there!
The flamingo, who was named Phillip the Flamingo, was the biggest hit and the mascot of “Hanah’s Last Flamingle”. We bought him on Amazon.com.
We also had a few other floats that just came from various dollar stores so that more than 4 girls could float at one time!
The whole weekend was incredible and beyond worth all of planning once we saw Hanah enjoying every minute of it. There’s something especially sweet about gathering all of your friends from all of the different corners of your world to celebrate one of the biggest upcoming events of your life! And there’s something even sweeter about getting to be the one to make it all happen for one of your nearest and dearest.
I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped put this together for Hanah. My sister Rebecca for coming the day before, blowing hundreds of balloons, and running around helping with all of the last minute things (and for bringing an extra suitcase full of all the things we forgot), Renita for planning all of the amazing games, getting everything we needed for them, and being available to talk through every single detail with Micaela and I, Aaron and Derek for keeping us sane and helping with anything and everything we needed (not having to worry about cooking the majority of meals was a lifesaver!), Mary and Jim for hosting Aaron and Derek on the other side of the island so that Hanah didn’t have to party with her brothers nearby, my mother-in-law, Netty, for making delicious pulled pork for one of the dinners, Courtney for bringing the crucial last minute French loaves for garlic bread, my mom, Amanda, for helping with so many of the decorations and food and errands, and of course to Micaela for co-hosting this crazy idea of ours and for devoting months of her already busy life to planning, shopping, crafting, gluing, glittering, and baking up a storm every step of the way with me. Another big thank you to all of the girls who took time out of their schedules to make the trip to the gulf islands for Hanah, and a big, big thank you to Hanah for a) being the greatest b) having the best group of friends and c) getting married!!!
Oh, and if you’re looking to kill 5 minutes and 31 seconds, I put together a little video from the weekend too. One of the many perks of being pregnant during this all and not drinking was that I had that much more time to take videos and photos! Here are the highlights from Hanah’s Last Flamingle: