COVID-19 has put a damper on social events, from birthday parties to wedding ceremonies. What used to be normal, everyday get-togethers require more planning, and many people choose not to have them at all.
However, now that we know how to stay safe during the pandemic, we can again find ways to celebrate our special occasions. Here are some COVID bachelorette party ideas so that you can get back to living your life!
Plan Your Party Outdoors
COVID thrives in close contact with other people. That’s why most of the COVID bachelorette party ideas involve having your event outdoors. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate gathering of just a few of your closest friends or a larger family gathering, the CDC states that outdoors is the safer choice.
While that may not seem traditional, outdoor bachelorette parties can still be just as fun. They allow for interactive activities that can’t be as easily done indoors. You are also allowed to be a little more creative and come up with ways to celebrate your impending nuptials that feel more specific to you.
Throw a Whole Day Event
An excellent example of a fun COVID bachelorette party idea is to use the whole day instead of just a few hours in the evening. One of our favorite ways to do this is having a “field day” style event.
Start by dividing your bachelorette party guests into teams. If you have the time and budget and want to take your event up another notch, you can even get together and make shirts (or purchase them for your guests ahead of time as a party favor).
The types of games you have at your bachelorette party can be anything you’re interested in. After all, it’s your special day, and you should be having just as much fun as everyone else! Popular games include beer pong, flip cup, three-legged or potato sack races, and obstacle courses. Buy small prizes for the winners, but when you’re having fun with your closest friends.
You can even have a special cocktail to serve to your party guests. If you have your party in the summer, we strongly recommend making a seasonal Lemon Lavender spritz.
Sweat It Out
If you’re the type of person who likes to stay active, why not incorporate that into your COVID bachelorette party ideas!
For example, why not hire a yoga instructor to come to your house and host a class in your backyard? You can even involve partner poses so that you can physically bond with your close friends. Yoga mats, especially if you have them personalized, also make excellent bachelorette party favors.
However, if you’re going to be that close to people, you may want to have them get COVID tested a day or two ahead of time or request their vaccination status.
And, if you’re also an animal lover, there are even yoga classes that involve puppies or baby goats!
Have a Movie Marathon
If you have always envisioned a small, intimate party that feels more relaxed than out of control, we have one final COVID bachelorette party idea for you — an outdoor movie marathon!
All you need is a movie projector (which you can usually rent if you don’t already have one handy), a big white sheet, and a place to hang it. Have your guests come dressed in their most comfortable clothes, then throw down blankets and hit play. What you watch is entirely up to you, making it easily customizable. Serve snacks (popcorn is the obvious choice), order a pizza, and offer an apéritif like our Rose Rosé that won’t make them feel hungover on your wedding day.
You can also keep the party going and set up tents so that your wedding party can camp out with you. That way, you can all get up and get your wedding day rolling without anyone having to drive! This also keeps any guests who may be drinking from driving home, which can save lives.
Keep Your Party Small If You Head Indoors
If you’re looking for COVID bachelorette party ideas to use during the cooler months, or if you just don’t have a large enough space to host an outdoor event, it’s safest if you keep your guest list small. Ultimately, most bachelorette parties are about spending your last day of single life with your closest friends, so you won’t often have a lot of guests in the first place.
You may also want to check your local community COVID levels a few days before your party so that you can make any necessary adjustments.
Hire a Personal Chef
Bachelorette parties aren’t an everyday occurrence, so don’t treat them like they are! It’s ok to want to go all out for your party.
A great way to do that is by hiring a personal chef to cook a gourmet, multi-course meal in the privacy of your own home. Plan the menu around the foods you love the most or even meals that have special importance in your relationship with your partner (like the first meal you ever had together).
You can approach the dress code in two ways, as well. If you’re interested in having a quiet, relaxing night with your friends, consider asking everyone to come in their favorite pajamas! Or you can go in the other direction and have people come in their fanciest formal attire.
Serve your favorite apéritif with your meal, as these cocktails are meant to be sipped slowly during conversation. We like our smooth and spicy New Fashioned, which you can enjoy on the rocks or pair with tonic water or prosecco.
Host a Spa Day
Another way to have an in-home party with less risk than hosting a big bash is to invite your guests over for a spa day. You can do this in several ways.
If money is not a concern, you may want to consider hiring a masseuse or esthetician to come to your home and give massages, facials, and mani/pedis. If you're going to keep things to a smaller budget, you can just buy a variety of nail polishes and face masks and do a DIY party.
Either way, having an in-home spa bachelorette party is a great way to really bond with your closest friends and family. Plus, your skin will look extra beautiful for your big day!
Rent Out a Movie Theater
If the weather doesn’t look like it will be nice enough to have a backyard movie marathon, you don’t have to abandon your plan completely. Many movie theaters have the option for people to rent out individual screens, so you can still have your bachelorette party without worrying about making it less safe for your guests.
These parties usually include all of your snacks (including the popcorn), plus you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after the fact. It’s a great bonding experience, plus you can talk as much as you want during the movie without getting shushed!
Some theaters also serve alcohol or allow you to bring your own, so you don’t have to settle for a dry bachelorette party if that’s not what you want.
COVID bachelorette party ideas don’t have to be less fun or interactive. When you design an event to be exciting but safe, you can celebrate your special day without worrying about the repercussions. While that may mean you scale down your guest list slightly, it allows you to spend quality time with the people who mean the most to you.