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How to Choose the Right Cigar for the Bachelor Party

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Selecting a stoagie, choosing a cigar, or picking a puffer carries some weight in man circles. Grabbing a cheapie roll of tobacco can dent that carefully crafted mojo you’re trying to establish. We’ll help you avoid the old shoe smelling mistakes and guide you toward the good stuff.

To start Everyone thinks Cuban’s are the ultimate in cigars. For one they are illegal(could add mojo), overrated and I am sure one of your friends would not recognize a true Havana cigar even if Castro himself showed up. And yes, Castro has showed up on a couple of our bachelor parties. Here’s some knowledge to help you avoid newbie mistakes:

Where they make good cigar: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Honduras.

Mild or Strong – This is the flavor and aroma of the smoke,  a powerful, heavy cigar’s taste can disappear quicker than you’d expect.

Size – there are several sizes, for the occasion choose something substantial like a Robusto or Corona, Churchills look cool, but they are huge!

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Great Bachelor Party Pranks & Mischief

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Waking up stranded on the roof  Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the morning after your bachelor party, is what we consider epic. Yes, we know that The Hangover is a just a movie, but a part of us treats like it’s an almost reality. It gives the rest of us pranksters and miscreants something to shoot for. Now stealing a tiger, angering naked asian dudes, and abandoned infants are beyond the scope of this article. We will however cover some pranks and some mischief that can add to the craziness at any bachelor party. What we’re listing for you will either fall under “prank” or “mischief”. If we label it mischief it will most likely involve explosions, substances, or running & hiding. If you do them well enough or really poorly it could involve them all. As best man or groomsmen it is your responsibility to cause some ruckus.

A few items that should be standard when heading out on a bachelor party. By definition a bachelor party is a gathering of men. All man gatherings should find reason to use most of these items. So this list should be a no brainer

  • Roll of Duct tape
  • Fishing Line
  • Multi-plier
  • flashlight
  • Superglue

We’ll start you off with two of our favorite bachelor party pranks and mayhem. Keep an eye on the blog for future ideas from us.

Idea #1: Mischief : The Ping Pong Canon

It is incredibly easy to create a potato launcher in it’s simplest form. All you need a cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels, a ping pong ball, hair spray, and a lighter(preferably the long skinny kind). Follow these steps:

  1. Insert the tip of the lighter about an inch into one end the card board tube. Use your duct tape to seal that end off and keep the lighter secure.
  2. Take the hair spray and do a quick spritz down the open end of the tube. Make sure you’re using an aerosol type spray.
  3. Insert ping pong ball into tube ( don’t go further than half )
  4. Spark the lighter. The lighter will ignite the air/propellant mix and fire the ping pong ball out of the tube.

A common mistake is spraying too much hairspray into the tube. In order for combustion there needs to be a mix of hairspray and oxygen. Experiment with variable amounts of hairspray and also try different distances down the tube  for the ping pong ball. If you don’t have a paper towel roll, try taping two toilet paper rolls together. Continue reading →

The Groom Says – Bachelor Party Adventure

One of favorite man bloggers, a rare breed in the wedding world, just posted his bachelor party adventures.  The Groom Says had a multi-day adventure that spanned state lines. We’re jealous. The bastard. They bypassed our expertise on this and went rogue BUT in our professional opinion his friends knocked it out of the park. It’s always nice to see guys thinking outside the box and getting away from the typical definition of a bachelor party.

To set the tone his friend sent him this message:

We’re going to pick you up. At your house. At 11am. On Thursday.

Bring nice clothes. Bring swimming trunks. Bring desert clothes. Bring suntan lotion. Bring blankets. Or a sleeping bag. Or blankets. Bring $20 in pennies. And bring your good wit. And good will.

That’s it.

In our minds, only grand things of legendary status can follow a message like that. Check out The Groom Says blog to read the rest: http://thegroomsays.blogspot.com/2010/09/bachelor-party-wrap-up.html

Well played men, well played.

Writing a Best Man Speech – The hilarious approach

The wedding toast/speech is a huge part of a Best Man’s duties. Will you be hilarious, sentimental, or crash and burn? Luckily for you, we’ve got the computer machine working so that you can combine all three outcomes. Our scientists deep inside our underground hidden terrorist proof bomb shelter thingy, have created an artificial intelligence whose sole purpose is to write kick awesome speeches for guys like you. Sound too good to be true? Believe it. The future is here We say.  Click here to attain epic – http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/best_man_speech_generator.php

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Bachelor Party Tip of the Day – #1 – The Guest List

The secret of a good event is to plan ahead. We know that planning is kryptonite to most guys, so FireFly is here to help you and ensure there are no hiccups along the way!  Look out for different tips and tricks to help you plan a smooth event.

The Guest List: Take the time to sit down with the Groom and hash out the guest list. You can’t blindly invite the world to the bachelor party. In the end, this party is for him and he knows who should make the list.  It’s also important to consider the activity you’ve chosen when deciding who to invite.  Whitewater rafting might not be good for Uncle Joe who lost both arms in a wood chipper, while beer tasting would be a bad idea for Cousin Sal (everyone remembers the last time you gave Him alcohol).  In fact,  Cousin Sal should probably not get invited to the wedding. Sorry Cousin Sal. It’s a balancing act, whoever you invite, between who’s going and what’s going on. We’ve seen guys who’ve had multiple parties to deal with different groups. Be aware but don’t take it too seriously.

Anyone out there  ever had to deal with a bachelor party guest gone wrong?

Sarthak’s Last Stand – San Diego Bachelor Party

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We received an email from Sarthak’s Best Man Josh a few weeks ago. He was looking for some “fun stuff outdoors” in San Diego as he sat freezing in his apartment in Chicago. Fun? Outdoors? Welcome to our world Josh! A few emails later we had packaged our kick awesome ropes course with a trip on the Pacific in kayaks for Sarthak’s bachelor party. Sarthak and crew were cool enough to let us send a camera along. We got to see first hand what a funny, adventurous, tight knit group of friends he has. Thanks guys!

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Sarthak picked the nickname on everyone’s name tag… names like Dinglebarry, Akon, Rapey, and Big Wang were par for the course. It’s his party he can call you whatever he wants.

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Our group had a blast on the ropes course! Ryan, [the facilitator], not only showed us what to do, but also brought us together for some heartfelt moments. — Govind

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Sarthak must have some SERIOUS mojo because despite the ominous clouds, no rain fell on this group.

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Sarthak was the first man up and set the tone for the rest of the group….

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The zip line was ridiculous! – Jason

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Here’s Josh sporting Best Man Chic for a leisurely stroll down to the ocean.

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The Plunge – A wedding resource for men

In their relentless pursuit of other men’s attention the Plunge has also put together a great section on bachelor parties. You can read all about it here:  http://theplunge.com/bachelorparty

What is ThePlunge.com?
It’s a website for guys. Specifically, it’s a site for guys getting married, or guys thinking of getting married, or maybe guys who are terrified of marriage. Mostly, though, it’s a site for guys who are kinda skeptical and turned off by the idea of “wedding planning.” We give survival tips.  We cover the whole gamut: buying the ring, the bachelor party, tuxes, dealing with obnoxious parents, cold feet, and negotiating the ethics of lapdances.

plunge_01Describe the ideal reader for the plunge?
A billionaire who is so charmed by us he says, “Yes. Yes. I need to make these guys filthy rich.” Second-best reader? An average guy who’s either: 1) getting married; 2) thinking of getting married; or 3) recently married.

There’s a key phrase there: “average guy.” No, we don’t insist that our readers get Cs in high school or wallow in mediocrity, but we like to distinguish the Average Guy from the “Super Grooms” out there. We’re not really into the whole Super-Groom thing—those guys who freak out over stationary, read more wedding magazines than the bride, and talk about things like “table decorations.’ Weird, right?

At The Plunge, we’re not trying to make every guy the best groom he can be. We’re trying to help them survive the process.

How has The Plunge been received by the bridal industry and brides in general?
The death threats have slowed to a trickle. We’re starting to get less hate mail. Actually, we’re not joking. (Well okay we’re joking about the death threats.) When the site first launched, we did get a few emails from Bridezillas along the lines of, “HOW DARE YOU!??!”

Then… something weird happen. Brides started telling their grooms about the site. Brides started reading the site. Hell, brides even started writing into our Ask the Expert column, seeking our perspective. We realized something: we struck a chord.

Plenty of people—brides and grooms alike—want advice that’s not loaded down with the puffy, overly-serous, self-important dogma you see elsewhere. We have an article “How Wedding-Porn is Brainwashing Your Fiancée,” and both men and women seem to get it… because it’s not just funny, it’s also sort of true.

As for the bridal industry? A mixed bag. On the one hand, we take plenty of cheap shots at other wedding publications. It’s who we are. So there’s probably some resentment. On the other hand… we don’t like to publicize this, as it sort of flies in the face of our whole shtick… but somehow, shockingly, a lot of the bridal sites seem to like us. At least, they claim to, as we’re now syndicating our content to several different wedding publications.  (Let the backlash and cries of “sell-outs!” begin!)

Any big plans for 2010?
Bachelor party in New Orleans. Trip to Vegas. Consumption of a staggering amount of bourbon. And for the site—yep. Lots of stuff in the pipeline. But as much as I hate to sound like an NFL coach being coy about the game-plan (“We’re just looking forward to Sunday’s game…”) contractually, I’m not allowed to say much. But I’ll put it to you this way—there’s a good chance you’ll see a whole swath of new content on The Plunge that’s not, necessarily, about grooms…

Which 3 famous people (alive or dead) would you invite to a bachelor party?
1. Frank Sinatra circa 1964
2. Vince Vaughn circa 1998
3. Jesus circa 32, so that he can instantly absolve any sins.

What FireFly Group Events package would you pick for your bachelor party?
We’d have to go with root-beer making. That sounds awesome. (Seriously, we have to ask… Do people really choose that? You guys have some badass stuff, some really great stuff. And then… root-beer.)

If the root-beer making class was all filled up, we’d do a combo of:

1. White-water rafting – Raging Rivers (although we’re tempted to choose your package called “The Plunge”)
2. Vegas Hangover.

Our favorite bachelor parties are the ones that combine the 1-2 punch of outdoor activity and drunken stupidity. White-water rafting and Vegas would seem to do the trick. This would be a long weekend, obviously, but we’d rally.
What’s your most outrageous wedding or bachelor party memory?
Bachelor Party Rule #12: never confess outrageous memories, especially in a public interview.

But. Let’s say I have a “friend” who, in a Vegas strip club, accidentally went to the upstairs room… which was filled with the male dancers. You’d think this friend would immediately run downstairs, right? But wait. Consider.  The same qualities that make normal strip clubs a terrible place to meet women—few female customers, dancers who aren’t interested in anything but $$$, drunken dude douchebags—make the male-strip clubs a great place to meet women. The girls are all drinking heavily, laughing, flirting, with zero other straight-dudes in the room. So my friend was able to meet, flirt, and, ah, get friendly with all the non-stripper girls he wanted, as he had zero competition.  But don’t tell everyone or you ruin the secret.

It’s the morning after the bachelor party, there is a tiger in your room, you can’t find the groom, what do you do?!!
Shoot the groom, eat the tiger, call the bride. No, that’s not right—shoot the tiger, feed the bride, eat the baby. [In other words, I’m still drunk.]

Thanks for the answer’s Jeff, the check’s in the mail!

Orange County Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Destination

theocOrange County is known for sun, surf, and for birthing Lauren Conrad’s career on everybody’s favorite train wreck  Laguna Hills.  When you strip away the sun baked deb-mutants Orange County reveals some of Southern California’s famed “California Dreaming”. It’s got the shopping, the beaches, and plenty of places to feast.  In a single day you could take a boat around the harbor, make candles, decorate cupcakes, fly an F16(virtually), pole dance, deep sea fish, zipline, paintball, and so much more. We don’t advise doing all of that in one day but it’s theoretically possible. Theoretically.

Our Orange County locations satisfy our bachelor party criteria easily:

  • Transportation - is it easy to get around?
  • Proximity – Is everything ie. bars, clubs, hotels, etc close to each other? Are there some cool daytime excursions close to the area for the bachelorette party?
  • Saturation - Does the area have a strong selection of clubs, restaurants, bars, etc?
  • Safety – Would a group feel comfortable wandering around the streets at 2 in the morning?
  • Lodging – What’s the hotel or vacation rental situation?

In Orange County a Bachelor Party can range from fishing to cooking like a man or take advantage of the great surfing.  For the Bachelorette Party you can take great boudoir shots, take a bike ride or go kayaking.  We have lots of great packages to suit all your needs.

Orange County Bachelor Party Packages:

  • Maximum Overdrive – If  you are an adrenaline junky then this package is for you, take your chance in a Fighter Jet Simulator, then burn some rubber on a race track.
  • Tarzan – 60ft above the ground, test your puzzle solving skills and zip back down to earth on our high ropes course
  • Fish & Fare – Perfect location to catch dinner for the evening.

Orange County Bachelorette Party Packages:

  • Wicks & Wine – Design and Make your own candle, then sample a few wines
  • Cruising Temptations – Cook a scrumptious meal from your choice of menus, then take out an electric boat round the harbor and crack open the champagne
  • Cheers – Join your favorite friends for a mimosa cruise round the harbor – bliss