Planning a Bachelorette Party { Ideas }

Posted by The YesBabyDaily Team on 28 November 2014

Planning a Bachelorette Party

How to Plan an Awesome Bachelorette Party in Gauteng

From tips on planning a lovely event for the bride to be, to Bachelorette and Bridal Shower Venues in Johannesburg and Pretoria fun theme ideas and activities for bridal showers & bachelorettes, we’ve got the ultimate guide to Planning an awesome Bachelorette Party or Bridal Shower!

Planning a Bachelorette Party: First things First

So you’ve been chosen as to be a Bridesmaid! And you and the girls need to plan an amazing bachelorette or kitchen tea for the Bride to Be. Where do you start?

Begin with your friend in mind. Start by finding out what she wants. Have a girls lunch or dinner and ask the Bride what would be the perfect Bachelorette Party. She doesn’t have to give you specifics, but it helps to have her guidance on whether she’d like something traditional, maybe a weekend away - or just a small group of close friends for a sleepover. Don’t be shy to ask.

You’ll need to pick a date well in advance, and this is something you’ll definitely want to discuss with the Bride. Don’t schedule the party too far in front of the big day, but don’t wait until the last minute, either. The Bride may want to have it on the same day as the Bachelors, so chat to her about when would be the best time to throw the Bachelorette or Kitchen Tea.

It’s important to start narrowing down a date so you have an idea of what the weather will be like, and so that you can begin looking for venues and activities. Bachelorettes require a fair bit of planning so that you can let all the invited parties know, and send out an invitation.

For your invitations, we suggest emailing an invite to all the girls. You can browse our email Bachelorette Party Invitations in our store!
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Bridal Shower Venues & Bachelorette Venues in Gauteng

If you’re looking for a list of amazing venues for bridal showers & bachelorettes in Johannesburg & Pretoria - we can help! Whether you want to plan a lovely high tea bridal shower, or host a fun girls night out here’s our list of top venue picks in Gauteng!

Bridal Shower Lunch & High Tea Venues {Johannesburg & Pretoria}

Annica’s, Sandton

Annica’s Boutique Restaurant is an elegant venue for Bridal Showers in Sandton, It’s a great choice if you want to host a sophisticated High Tea or lunch. They cater from between 15 - 70 people, and have a private Prive Lounge you can hire out for your bachelorette.

Our trained staff from Waiters, barman’s and chefs will take care of your event to make it successful, memorable and special.  To complete your event, our team will take care of your menus, decor, invitations to flowers arrangements to suite your theme and occasion.

Annicas boutique venue JHB

Mon Petit Throbb, Fourways

Mon Petit Throbb is the perfect venue for a Bridal Shower breakfast or lunch. Situated centrally in Fourways, this lovely restaurant oozes charm & atmosphere. They also make delicious food and great cocktails! This is definitely an indoors venue as their outside area offers limited space.

mon petit throbb johannesburg

The Pudding Shop, Parktown

The Pudding Shop in Parktown North is the most amazing, intimate space with a garden feel and a relaxing ambience where you can get everything vegan, from food to desserts. Vegetarian and pescetarian meals are also on offer. (Note: Don’t expect a restaurant devoted to sweet puddings!)

Enquire about hiring the venue, and arranging lovely desserts. This is a great venue for Bridal Showers if you want a lovely outdoor setting!

The pudding shop bridal shower venue parktown

La Vie en Rose, Sandton

We love la vie en rose for outdoor Bridal Shower breakfasts, lunches or high teas! They make the most amazing desserts, treats & cake pops on request & can also arrange a beautiful cake for the Bride! The owner is friendly and helpful, and the staff are super organised & helpful!

Set in the heart of Sandton, this is an amazing venue for a Bridal Shower!

La Vie en Rose takes it personally. We are our own café: owner-run, superbly serviced, quality-committed. With a strong team that combines 20 years of restaurant expertise, we undertake an inimitable, treasured eating experience. At La Vie en Rose, in short, your greatest pleasure is our greatest privilege.

la vie en rose function venue sandton

Moemas Patisserie, Parktown North

Moemas is a lovely, smaller venue for Bridal Showers & Bachelorettes. They make incredible treats & lunches - and offer a cafe-style venue for your bachelorette. They also do amazing catering!

Based in Parktown North, we offer an exquisite range of foods, cakes, pastries, sweet and savoury tarts, steaming pies and delicious fresh salads, all made daily on the premises with only the best quality ingredients. Come and sit down for a delicious lunch or let us provide your event with some of our amazing foods. Whatever you need, we want to share our love of food with you.

moemas venue for bridal shower lunches

Jam and Daisies, Pretoria

Jam and Daisies is a sweet, garden dining Bridal Shower / Hen Party Venue in Pretoria. Owned by two sisters, the food is amazing and it’s the perfect spot for a High Tea, breakfast or lunch.

Jam & Daisies is about cherishing the simple joys in life. From a young age, twin sisters Megan & Elaine have had a keen appreciation for home-style, comfort food. “We have special memories of relishing Mom’s apricot jam on toast for Sunday breakfast & helping to bake cookies before we could even reach the countertop! Traditional Danish Risengroëd (rice porridge), Gran’s legendary coffee & Mom’s Apple Pie & Christmas turkey roast remain firm family favourites!

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Rosemary Hill, Pretoria

Rosemary Hill is an incredible venue for a Bridal Shower or Hen Party! They do wonderful High Teas: Rosemary Hill is one of the very few establishments in South Africa that offer an authentic Morning or Afternoon Tea (or High Tea) experience. Rather than providing a buffet and expecting guests to help themselves, our teatime treats are freshly prepared for your enjoyment and presented on elevated tiers with beautiful freshly picked herbs and flowers from our gardens. Each individual treat is made and served with special attention. Our fine selection of blended loose leaf teas are brought to the table in special glass tubes so that guests can experience the beautiful aromas before making a choice.

We specialise in tea parties – from Bridal Tea Parties, Stork Tea Parties, little girl themed Tea Parties and Christenings to more intimate tea for two or even ‘Me-time-Tea-time’ where you can bring your book, and spend the afternoon sitting under the tree, reading, eating and drinking tea …

rosemary hill high tea bridal shower

Contessa, Rivonia

Contessa offers a wonderful function venue for Kitchen Teas & Bridal Showers in Rivonia. As it’s a small venue, this isn’t the place for large Bachelorettes!

Something we love about this venue is their Tea Tasting offering - which makes for a wonderful idea for Kitchen Teas!

With our specially designesd Tea Tasting platform, you are able to sample on of each of the different tea categories being, Classic Black tea, Flavoured Black tea, Oolong, Green, White and finally Tisane or herbal infusions. On ordering the “Tea Tasting”, the client is presented with a placemat which holds the relevant information.

Contessa Kitchen Tea Venue Rivonia

Le Chatelat Residence, Sandhurst

Le Chatelat is the ultimate luxury Bridal Shower or Bachelorette Venue! Based in Sandhurst, it offers lots of incredible areas you can use for your event! Le Châtelat is the perfect venue for your special occasion. The luxury and magic of our service and residence will ensure your moment is truly special. We have a number of different packages which cater for your special occasion!

le chatelat venue for bridal showers

Night-Out Bachelorette Venues, Bars & Lounges

The Residence Sky Bar, Houghton

The Residence is an amazing venue for a private Bachelorette!. It offers the most incredible accommodation for the girls, and has a stylish Sky Lounge as a venue for your event!

The Sky Lounge is situated on their rooftop, and has a fire pit and lounge & dining space: The Sky lounge on the top floor offers spectacular views over the surrounding suburbs and Johannesburg’s renowned urban forest towards the city skyline beyond. What better place to enjoy sundowners while taking in the spectacular African sunsets, or sipping stylish pre-dinner cocktails.

The comfortable relaxation areas invite you to lounge away a few hours, interspersed with socialising in the Jacuzzi or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the swimming pools.

sky lounge and bar venue for bachelorettes

Movida, Rivonia

Movida is a tried & trusted venue for Bachelorettes & Hen Parties. The bride-to-be can enjoy a classy girls night out in a safe and secure venue. All brides-to-be are treated with VIP care, after all Movida is a spot all about the ladies!

movida hen night venu in johannesburg

Buddha Ta, Fourways

Buddha Ta is a restaurant & lounge, with a nightclub above, in Design Quarter. So if you’re looking for a Bachelorette Venue where you can all have dinner together, as well as dance - this is the perfect spot. There is also an upstairs area you can hire out for functions.

buddha ta hen night venue johannesburg

Beefcakes, Illovo

Beefcakes is an awesome venue for a fun Hen Night or Bachelorette party! They’ve got “The Best Buns in town and the Burgers aren’t bad either…”

“Beefcakes is a restaurant cum extravaganza with flamingo pink walls and decor inspired by South Beach Miami in the 1950s where staff cheekily judge the fashion sense of passersby. All the servers are ‘‘beefcakes”- well- built men who begin the night in tank tops and end it topless on a table, with customers paying for the pleasure of using them like tequila glasses.

On any given evening there are various forms of entertainment, ranging from drag shows to Bitchy Bingo. I went on bingo night. A drag queen with razor sharp wit and her topless male assistant hosted the evening’s festivities.” - from the Times Live Review

beefcakes illovo johannesburg gauteng

Katys Palace Bar

One step through the door into Katy’s Palace instantly transports you from the heart of Sandton to a faraway and exotic place. Years of collecting fine art and artifacts from across the globe come together in a truly unique
venue where every turn is a discovery. From the carved wooden arches to the cozy fireplace from India, every inch is considered and put together with passion.

Katy’s Palace provides a beautiful open space for big-impression cocktail parties or more intimate sit-down affairs, all against the breathtaking backdrop of the Jo’burg skyline.

Keep in mind this is a very big venue, so unless you want to hire it out & have LOTS of guests -visit their facebook page to find out when they’re open to the public!

Katys Palace bachelorette or hen night venue

Living Room Eco-Cafe, Maboneng Precinct

A fresh rooftop venue offering Urban-Eco Café Cuisine & an amazing Bachelorette Venue! The venue is a multifunctional visual treat – the perfect spot for Thursday eve sundowners, and a Sunday Soiree!

Apart from their famous Sunday, they specialise in Corporate and Private Events - offering turnkey events solutions from catering, décor & photography. Set in the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, in the East of Jozi City, their incredible panoramic city views are juxtaposed by our growing décor.

living room venue for bachelorettes

San Deck & Bar, Sandton

The San Deck offers guests breathtaking views over Sandton and its surrounds. With three large fire pits and a number of luxurious couches, this amazing terrace offers the best of Johannesburg’s beautiful sunsets in the heart of the CBD. This venue is open daily from 06h30 until 23h00 and makes for an amazing venue for a Bachelorette Cocktail Party!

San Deck Bachelorette Cocktail Party Venue

Planning a Bachelorette Party: Picking a Theme

Once you’ve got an idea of the date, you can start looking at options for the general ‘theme’ of the day. If your friend is crazy about something specific (other than her fiance of course) like a movie, or a hobby - or even a colour then this will be a lot easier.

You could also be up front and ask her for ideas and pictures around things she’d like. If she’s a tomboy she may want an adventure-packed weekend, if she’s more laid back and traditional you might want to avoid penis-straws and bare-bummed waiters. Asking for her input can help you create the perfect last fling before the ring!

No matter what the theme, there are lovely paper decor items you can use to add colour to your bachelorette party! We’ve featured some of our favourites below!

bachelorette straw flags
pom poms for a bridal shower

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Fun Bachelorette Theme Ideas

To help give your creativity a boost we’ve put together a few fun bachelorette themes. Themed parties help you tie the decor together, even if you simply pick a colour palette as your theme, it’s always better to have an idea of the direction you’re going in so that everyone can start brainstorming ideas and sourcing decor and catering to suit the bachelorette theme.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Bachelorette:We have Audrey Hepburn to thank for the obsession with the Little Black Dress. And if you’re hosting a bachelorette for a friend who’s elegant and timeless, then this could be the perfect theme for her bachelorette! Think pretty blue invitations, pearls, black sunglasses and beautiful cafe-style bites!

Parisian Bachelorette: Is your friend a hopeless romantic? Does she love the allure of everything Parisian? Give her a day of Parisian glamour, from Eiffel Tower backdrops to pastel macaroons and delicious baguettes. You can play beautiful French music and add lovely touches that will remind her of the City of Love!

A High Tea: Tea parties have become a massive favourite for bachelorette parties. Not only do they give you so many options for delicate decor and lovely vintage touches, but they’re a feminine and elegant alternative to a crazy night out for more conservative Brides. We love the idea of using teapots as vases, creating interesting chandeliers with tea cups and serving yummy high tea cupcakes!

Contemporary & Colourful Bachelorette: Not all Brides to be want a pastel-coloured, vintage affair. For something different and contemporary why not go for a colourful Bachelorette filled with glitter and feathers? Think brightly coloured cocktails, fun photo props and a colourful dress code!

Bachelorette Party Theme Inspiration

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bachelorette theme colourful

Bachelorette Party Games & Activities

There are lots of fun ways you can keep the girls entertained at a Bachelorette Party, and if you want to create something really special, it’s important to plan in advance. Below we’ve listed a few of our favourite ideas for games and activities at a Bachelorette to help you plan yours!

Build a Scrapbook or Recipe Book: To give your friend something meaningful at her Bachelorette, ask all the girls to bring either a recipe or photograph on the day. Not only is it a way to keep the girls busy while you wait for the Bride to arrive, but it makes for a beautiful gift that the Bride can keep forever! If you have time (and are crafty) then go all out with a beautiful scrapbook! Create the pages before the day and set up a room with scissors, glue and a few extra scrap-booking touches so that all the guests can help you create a lovely keepsake scrapbook for the Bride.

Play the Question Game: Before the day, think of a list of questions to send to the groom about his Bride. They can range from fun and innocent - such as “what is your favourite holiday memory with *bride*” to a little more risque, like “what is your favourite pair of *Bride’s* underwear”. Remember to keep it PG if Gran’s and other family will be there. On the day ask the Bride the questions so that she can guess his answers. For every one she gets wrong, ask her to have a shot or a sip of her champagne.

Name that Lingerie:Ask guests to bring lingerie as a gift, and have the bride guess who gave her what as she unwraps them.

Scavenger Hunt:For an awesome night out, build a custom “bucket list” or scavenger hunt for the day/night. Have the bride complete each task, and remember to take photos! If you want to get all the girls involved, you can create a list with dares for everyone to complete. The first girl finished wins a prize!

How well do you know your Groom? Another surprisingly difficult and fun bachelorette game is to have the Bride guess which body parts belong to her Groom. You’ll need to email the groom requesting close-up shots of a few of his bits (keep it clean) like his nose, eye, knee, elbow, belly button etc. Then mix them with photo’s of other mens bits and get the Bride to try and guess which ones belong to her Groom and stick them on a pin-up outline of a man. Penalties for each one she gets wrong!

Learn Something New: There are so many fun ways to entertain the girls at a Bachelorette Party. Why not try a yoga class, arrange a cupcake decorating class or even Pole Dancing lessons for the day! Get creative and use the hobbies you know your friend loves for fun entertainment ideas for the Bachelorette Party!

bachelorette party games

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