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Bachelorette Party Idea – Scavenger Hunt & Wine Bar in Los Angeles

The best way to find a good time on your bachelorette party is with our  Scaventure! Once you’re done terrorizing the city of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade on your scavenger hunt, you can head over to one of our favorite wine bars and unwind.  Over a glass of wine or 3, you can trade crazy scavenger hunt antics and relive the fun. Our Scaventure is perfect for your next birthday party, bridal shower, or bachelorette party in the Los Angeles area.

Not having your bachelorette party in Los Angeles? No problem, let us know where you’d like to host the hunt and we’ll help you make it happen. We’ve hosted parties in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County, New Orleans and are adding more cities all the time.

What is a Scaventure?

Your Scaventure will be a series of challenges, findable objects, clues, trivia, and tasks that you will complete for big points. You’ll be racing the clock and the other teams to get 1st place. To win you’ll have to out think, outwit, out perform, and out create the other teams. It’s the perfect way to spend some time with the bride on her special weekend.

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What kind of challenges are there?

We’ve packed your Scaventure with more than just challenges. You’ll have list of photos to take, items to find, and some required group challenges.  One example of a photo challenge is convincing a cute guy to remove his shirt for a group photo! In our Found items section we might ask you to bring back “Something hot”. We leave the interpretation of “hot” to you. It could be a packet of hot sauce or a picture of J-Lo. The group challenges are at assigned times and you’ll be competing as a team for big bonus points.  There is something for everyone in this scavenger hunt. We customize it to the bride because she’s the reason you’re all running around the city. =)

How many people do we need for the scavenger hunt?

The more the merrier! We can do it with as little as 6 people(price may vary) and as many as 50 or more. This is a popular event with joint bachelor parties and bachelorette parties.

What do we get at the wine bar?

A sophisticated good time with great drinks and atmosphere. You’ll have a private area just for your group in our favorite wine bar. In addition to great vintages we’ll make sure you’re well stocked with munchies. You’ll have cheese & fruit plates, hummus, bruschetta, and artisan pizzas to keep you going.

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Check out our Scaventure/Wine Bar package along with tons of great bachelorette party options - http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/pack_details.php?pid=543

 

3 Great ideas for Bachelorette Party Cities

Love to travel?  Looking for great bachelorette party ideas? We’ve chosen  3  top cities to party in for your  bachelorette party.  We love these cities because they offer fun activities during the day time.  The nightlife is amazing and everything is in walking distance or a short cab ride.  There are plenty of quality restaurants, bars, lounges and nightclubs to choose from. Any of these places would make the perfect destination bachelorette party.

1. San Diego, CA - A sunny bachelorette getaway: The surf’’s up and there is plenty of outdoor activities to do in the sun.  For night time entertainment head to the Gaslamp District. Here your Bride will be spoilt for choice with about 150 restaurants, cool bars, lounges and clubs to dance the night away.  The excitement is never more than walking distance from party favorites like the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego.  We offer some amazing packages in San Diego for the bachelorette party. Find the perfect activity for you - http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/build_it.php?city=San+Diego

2. Denver, CO - Join the Mile High Club: Fancy some meat ladies? Denver is well known for its large selection of high end steak houses. Meat isn’t just for men. Innovative chefs are making their mark in the Rocky Mountains. Did you know that Denver brews more beer than any other city in the U.S.  There are plenty of brewpubs, martini lounges and exclusive nightclubs to visit on your bachelorette party. Afterall, where there’s beer, there’s boys.  Downtown is where you will find the more popular crowd-pleasing venues, while in lower downtown you will find trendier more stylish places.   Between the rock climbing, paintball and spas you’ll never lack for daytime entertainment.

3. Boston, MA - A wicked good time bra: If you love sport, history or academics and drinking, then this is a city for you.  Along with its great music scene, art galleries, coffee shops, hip clubs and Irish Bars you’ll have lots of stimulation.  Boston is a great bachelorette party city because it’s compact, walkable, culturally rich and lets not forget the pubs. It’s a town know for it’s crazy fun party buses and a loving a good time.

Find the perfect idea for your bachelorette party http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/build_it.php

Bachelorette Party Planning Questions

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Being the Maid-of-Honor is a huge responsibility for anyone. Not only do you help the bride plan her Big Day, you have to  make ALL the decisions for the bachelorette party. How do you do that while trying to please the Bride and all of her special friends or bridesmaids?! We’ll try and help you avoid a Real Houswives worthy clash.

First, make sure you plan a party that suits her expectations without ruining the surprise.  A great tool to us  is to give the bride a mini questionnaire asking her likes and dis-likes. Continue reading →

Bachelorette Party & Bridal Shower Games

Here are some bachelorette party games to either break the ice, get to know the other guests, competitive team games or just to crack a smile. These games are great for bridal showers as well. In our experience, games that sound ridiculous on paper are a ton of fun. Make sure you give it a chance before blowing it off. A little alcohol can make any of these more fun as well.  Continue reading →

Fun and Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas

Honestly, I never wanted the screaming drunk mayhem that gets associated with bachelorette parties. I want it to be fun, adventurous, and different. I know I’m not alone out there so I am putting ideas up for those brides who want something to remember. I looked at our bachelorette party packages and picked some ideas that I think are off the beaten track. Send this list to your Maid of Honor and see what kind of memories you can make.

heavyEquipmentHeavy Equipment Theme Park – Denver, Colorado

Move over boys it’s time for some  the women to play with big toys in the dirt!  Have you ever thought it would be cool to operate an excavator, bulldozer or skid steer?   Then now is your opportunity to play in the dirt.  On your digging adventure you can doze and excavate dams and ponds. Move and remove sand, gravel, rock, and other materials from your own individual work area. Continue reading →

Bachelorette Party Idea: Pole Dancing Classes

Pole dancing lessons are a perfect match for your bachelorette party. You will feel a bit silly for about five minutes, and then you will have an unbelievably playful experience. Not only will you awaken your inner naughty kitten, you will feel more confident and beautiful. We love sending groups of girls pole dancing because they always come back with a smile on their face. They’ve pushed the boundaries of their normal experience and found they are capable of so much more. All that from a little ole pole! Not to mention the groom loves it when the bride pulls out her new moves on the honeymoon. =)

Not all pole dancing studios or the instructors teaching are created equal.  We work with a lot of vendors in California and Las Vegas. Through our experience here’s a list to keep in mind if you’re planning on taking a class:

  • Does your instructor do a warm-up and a cool-down? - Face it, we’re not all spring chickens. This is a very physical activity and should be approached with the proper respect
  • Do you go upside down your first class? – Not a great idea. There’s a progression that should be followed and rushing will hasten an injury.
  • How many poles does the studio have? – This is a good question but if they only have 3 don’t fret too much. More poles for larger groups means more time for each person. Less poles is still plenty of fun but if you have a chance, opt for more.

We make sure that all of our pole instructors provide a fun, safe environment for you to let loose in. You’ll find unique locations, crazy fun instructors, and a sense of empowerment with any of our pole dancing bachelorette packages.  Make sure your Maid of Honor checks these out when she plans your bachelorette party:

San Diego

Miss Behave - Pole Lesson and Pin-up photo shoot

San Francisco

Twirly Girlies – Pole Dancing Lesson & Boudoir photo shoot

Los Angeles

Chocolate Stilettos – Pole dancing and Chocolate Tasting

Orange County

Tasty Poles - cooking lesson and Pole Dancing Class

Cake Goodness – Bachelorette party cakes and more

What is your favorite trend for wedding cakes at the moment?
My favorite trend for wedding cakes this moment is tall and lean cakes with a different patterns and textures on each tier (such as damask, stripes, quilted look, etc). My other favorite thing is when the top tier is no bigger than about 4 inches and there is one big fat flower on the side of the top tier (instead of an entire bunch).
What is the most popular flavor for wedding cakes?
My most popular flavor would have to be “Brown Sugar Baby” which is Chocolate and Vanilla cake gently swirled together with a delicious chocolate fudge filling, finished of with a decadent not too sweet vanilla Buttercream Icing.
What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party? – http://www.fireflygroupevents.com/girls/index.php
If I had to relive my bachelorette party again I would definitely want the Vegas package from FireFly. That is where my girls took me for my bachelorette party last April, and I must say it was unforgettable!!! I’d would love to go again!!
Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?
Hmmm… this is a hard question: Three famous people. I would have to pass on this one. I really cannot think of 3 people other than my bridesmaids that I could have chosen that could have made that weekend more memorable and outrageous than it already was!! =)
What’s your most outrageous wedding cake you have made?
A few weeks ago I did a wedding cake for a couple that was decked out from top to bottom including zebra print, butterflies, rhinestones, “sweet words” written on a tier, and hanging crystals. At first I wanted to make sure the groom was ok with this… and I asked him… and believe it or not he was probably the most excited about it! He even text messaged me a few days before their big day to tell me how excited he was to see it! What a sweet guy! Anything to make his bride happy =). And it turned out to be one wild, outrageous, and absolutely fabulous cake!
Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
I would definitely be a forest wedding. This was part of the theme for my actual wedding day. My husband Chris loves spooky things, where as I being your typical girlie girl do not =). So I wanted our special day to be a union of our interests… hence our wedding theme: “Spooky Elegance”. Over our dance floor were black hanging branches with Swarovski crystals hanging from a few of the branches. The feel was to be as if you were dancing in the middle of a Spooky forest =)
If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?
WAIT TO GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON!!! You are so exhausted from all of the wedding madness it is hard to enjoy the next several days! Wait a week, or even a year so that you can look forward to its coming and be well rested!! And it keeps you motivated to not put back on the post wedding pounds if you have to be in a bikini =).

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Melinda from Cake Goodness is a cake designing genius, in fact I think her company should be re-named Cake Goddess.   Not only do her cakes look fabulous, they also taste amazing(James is addicted to her cake pops).  If you ever need a cake, cookies or cake pops in Southern California, Melinda is the woman to go to.  That includes having a gorgeous cake designed for your bachelorette party or bridal shower. She is beautiful on the inside and out and will custom design any cake you have in mind.  The pictures speak for themselves, thank you Melinda for sharing.

What is your favorite trend for wedding cakes at the moment?

My favorite trend for wedding cakes this moment is tall and lean cakes with a different patterns and textures on each tier (such as damask, stripes, quilted look, etc). My other favorite thing is when the top tier is no bigger than about 4 inches and there is one big fat flower on the side of the top tier (instead of an entire bunch).

What is the most popular flavor for wedding cakes?

My most popular flavor would have to be “Brown Sugar Baby” which is Chocolate and Vanilla cake gently swirled together with a delicious chocolate fudge filling, finished of with a decadent not too sweet vanilla Buttercream Icing.

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What FireFly Bachelorette package would you pick for your bachelorette party?

If I had to relive my bachelorette party again I would definitely want the Vegas package from FireFly. That is where my girls took me for my bachelorette party last April, and I must say it was unforgettable!!! I’d would love to go again!!

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Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party? Why?

Hmmm… this is a hard question: Three famous people. I would have to pass on this one. I really cannot think of 3 people other than my bridesmaids that I could have chosen that could have made that weekend more memorable and outrageous than it already was!! =)

What’s your most outrageous wedding cake you have made?

A few weeks ago I did a wedding cake for a couple that was decked out from top to bottom including zebra print, butterflies, rhinestones, “sweet words” written on a tier, and hanging crystals. At first I wanted to make sure the groom was ok with this… and I asked him… and believe it or not he was probably the most excited about it! He even text messaged me a few days before their big day to tell me how excited he was to see it! What a sweet guy! Anything to make his bride happy =). And it turned out to be one wild, outrageous, and absolutely fabulous cake!

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Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?

I would definitely be a forest wedding. This was part of the theme for my actual wedding day. My husband Chris loves spooky things, where as I being your typical girlie girl do not =). So I wanted our special day to be a union of our interests… hence our wedding theme: “Spooky Elegance”. Over our dance floor were black hanging branches with Swarovski crystals hanging from a few of the branches. The feel was to be as if you were dancing in the middle of a Spooky forest =)

If you could give one piece of wedding advice to a couple, what would that be………..?

WAIT TO GO ON YOUR HONEYMOON!!! You are so exhausted from all of the wedding madness it is hard to enjoy the next several days! Wait a week, or even a year so that you can look forward to its coming and be well rested!! And it keeps you motivated to not put back on the post wedding pounds if you have to be in a bikini =).

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If you’re in California and would like a cake designed for you bachelorette party, bridal shower, or other celebration look for Cake Goodness. You can find them at http://www.cakegoodness.com/

DIY: Eco Funky Fused Plastic Table Numbers

Recycled Table NumbersEco is chic. We asked James from Plasctic Rapt(yes, he’s the same as James from FireFly) to teach us how to make recycled table numbers from fused plastic bags. These are great for an eco friendly bridal shower, bachelorette party, or even your wedding. It’s time to dig out those bags sitting in that drawer in your kitchen!

We’ll be fusing the plastic bags together then cutting out the numbers. Half the fun of this project is finding some funky plastic to decorate them with. You can use almost any type of plastic bags for this project. I chose a regular grocery bag for my base and then prettied it up with a target bag. There are sooooo many possibilities with fused plastic. Especially, since you can sew the fused plastic sheets as though they’re fabric! Now keep in mind that “used” bags are more in the spirit of “econess”. So don’t go to the store and grab a few extra bags ’cause that kinda defeats the “eco” part of all this. =]

To prepare for this project you’ll need to find the materials below and spend a moment on the computer. Make a print out of the numbers you’re constructing that you can use as a template. I like to print them out in grey to save some ink. There’s also no reason (unless you’re not artistically inclined) that you couldn’t draw the numbers out by hand.

IMPORTANT: Do this in a well ventilated area

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Ingredients:

  • Tape (scotch or masking)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Parchment paper
  • Number template
  • Wedding Magazine (or any other kind, heavier the better)
  • Spiffy blue Vespa key chain(optional)
  • Can Do Spirit (not optional)

Step 1: Take the grocery bag and flatten it out in front of you. Fold the bag in half so the handles overlap.Take your scissors and gather both handles together and cut them off. This is to square the bag up and helps keep it symmetrical.

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Cut the bottom of the bag off as well. This gets rid of the extra gathers and folds in the bag.

Step 2: Fold the bag in halves until you’ve gotten to a size just large enough to lay your number template on top of it. The size should be slightly larger than the number you plan to cut out since the plastic shrinks a little bit.

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Step 3: Tear off 2 sheets of parchment paper that are larger than the folded bag. Place the folded up plastic bag between the two sheets of parchment paper.

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Step 4: Set your iron on a mid-level heat setting. I use the Rayon setting on mine. Anything hotter at this stage will be too hot. If the iron is too hot, holes can appear in the plastic or it can shrink and distort. Using a steady back and forth motion, run the iron over plastic (which should be between 2 pieces of parchment) with a firm pressure. Do this a few times then turn the parchment/plastic over and repeat on the other side.

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Once you’ve done both sides turn up the heat on your iron a couple of clicks. Again run the iron over the plastic a few times. After you’ve ironed for a few minutes, take a magazine and place it on top of the parchment. This is to help the plastic lay flat as it cools. Cooling only takes a few moments.

Step 5: Check the plastic for adhesion. Are the different layers beginning to fuse together? If not, keep ironing and gradually raise the temperature. I wouldn’t go past the cotton setting at any point though.

Step 6: If your layers have fused together, grab the decorative plastic. In this tutorial we’re using a target bag. Those little targets are a great visual pattern. Place this on top of your fused plastic sheet. Cover them with the parchment and again, starting at Rayon, iron the plastic sheets. After the first few passes raise the heat and iron for a few more. Once fused, trim off the excess material.

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Step 7: If your sheets are now fused, grab your number template and tape it to the plastic sheet. Using the scissors cut the number out of the plastic sheet. Once the cutting is complete, peel your number template off.

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Step 8: Look at your new masterpiece with a heightened sense of self worth and accomplishment. Smile! Now calculate how many more you have to do and get to work.

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The numbers aren’t incredibly stiff, but would look pretty cool if you hung them from a tree branch or used a bamboo skewer to hold them up. Get creative!

Recycled Table Numbers

Extra Notes: White plastic bags as a base make the colors you put on top of it more vibrant.  A great source of some colored bags are the pooper scooper bags the city puts in parks. I have found that the plastic in Target bags is very easy to work with.

Heres another number I did from the scraps on this project. I just covered it with a thin yellow bag I had in my bag stash.

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Vendor Love – Love at First Invite

Cathy - Love at first InviteWe chatted to Cathy Olson at Love at First Invite about her wonderful invitations.   Cathy is/was a professional graphic designer, one day a friend changed her life – asking her to design her wedding invitations.  Soon after that Love at First Invite was born – Thank goodness!

Cathy specializes in gathering the ideas you have in your mind and focusing them into a workable piece of art. She will take inspiration from each element of your vision and create something completely unique and completely you.

Cathy believes in keeping her stunning work fully accessible by remaining cost-effective and utilizing eco-friendly processes and materials.

Her work is adorable and we couldn’t wait to share with you. Every party needs an invite,  set the tone for your  bachelorette party or bridal shower with a custom creation from Love at First Invite.  Here’s a little more insight into the mind behind the art.

What’s your favorite product on your site?
Our custom invitations! We love getting inspiration from wedding day details and coming up with something completely unique!

What about your job still makes you smile?
Meeting with couples deep in love, and the smell of freshly printed or pressed paper.

What FireFly package would you pick for your bachelorette party? Model Pin up Photo shoot, love the empowerment of a beautiful Boudoir sesh!

Name 3 famous people you’d invite on your bachelorette party?
Not super into famous people, so I’d still have to say my Besties are all I’d want!

Which wedding are you: Beach, Mountain, Forest, or Countryside?
Our wedding was already beach, but if I could “do-over” it would be Countryside with all of it’s charm!

Finish this sentence: If I could give one piece of wedding advice it would be…
Resist the urge to send out your Wedding invitations too early. Giving your guests a later RSVP deadline gives your guests more time to decide. For the couple getting married, 4-5 months out may seem just around the corner – but to your guests, it may seem lightyears away, and consequently they may not know their schedules yet. Aim to send out your invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding, with the RSVP deadline 3-4 weeks before the big day. Your guests’ answers will be more accurate and they will love you for it!

What’s your most outrageous wedding memory?
Designing custom invitations for a bride in England. It was so fun to learn all about their country and culture. And our phone conversations were a blast!

Thanks Cathy

DIY – In Case of Emergency – Don’t pull hair

Wedding Emergency Kit

We know as MOH you have a lot of responsibilities, so we thought we’d ease your burden by listing out a great emergency kit that you can put together for the bride – she will love you for it.  These are hings that she might not have thought of or forgotten to bring on the day of the wedding like a sewing kit, mints, or fabric spot cleaner.  You can buy most of these “just in case”  items at the drug store, Target or Walmart.

If you pick a cute basket to hold everything the bride can reuse it once the wedding is past.  Here’s our starter list, we’re sure you’ll have some fun items to add to the list:

  • Headache pills
  • Mints/pocket listerine
  • Clear Nail Polish / File
  • Dental Floss
  • Hairspray
  • Deodorant
  • Needle and Thread
  • Kleenex, for the emotional tears
  • Lint remover
  • Q Tips
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Shout Pen/Wipes / Chalk
  • Hand Sanitzer
  • Tampon
  • Glue/ Double Sided Tape
  • Granola Bar
  • Visine
  • Tums
  • Imodium
  • Hair Elastics / Hairspray / Hair Pins
  • Baby Powder
  • Lotion
  • Instant Hem & Cuff Fabric Tape

I found a lot of great boxes at the Container Store, click on the pictures below for more ideas.

For the Bachelorette Party, it’s a sweet gesture to put together a token gift for all the girls for the day or night out.  It’s a little something extra from the bridal shower gifts.  You can get a little more creative and artsy when putting together this emergency kit.  You can package them up in cute gift bags or boxes that match the colors of the wedding.  You can add a little message to each item, something funny or personal.   These are just suggestions to help you as you select items for you your kit.

  • Lip Gloss
  • Mints/Gum/Strips
  • Headache pills
  • FireFly Event Trip Sheet (Maps, itinerary, phone numbers)
  • Condoms (safety first) – for all those single girls
  • Candy necklace
  • Tissues
  • Emory Board / Clear nail polish
  • Band Aid
  • Hair Ties
  • Shot Glass and small bottle of alcohol

I found a few cute bags on Etsy that are reasonably priced to put all your goodies in. It’s a lovely gift which is also a nice keepsake for the girls.

Click on the bags below to find out which Etsy Store they belong to.

If you would prefer to buy a kit already made, we have found this great site Classy Girl Gift Co. They also have kits for the bride on

100 Layer Cake held a DIY competition, one of the finalists was Meredith’s Bachelorette Survival Kit – which we think is adorable.

Bachelorette Party Props

There are a few things that you might want to bring along to the bachelorette party, to let the world know that your best friend is getting married.

  • A Headpiece – Either a veil, tiara, bride hat or a hilarious wig.
  • Burlesque – A feather boa
  • The Dare to List – Get all the girls to write down some dares for the bride to do while on her bachelorette party (we will include one at a later date)
  • Design a T-Shirt – All the bachelorette guests can design their own t-shirt, or one for the bride – something funny (a picture from the past or a funny one of the groom) or a cute one
  • Blow-up Doll – A blow up doll that the bride has to carry or handcuff to herself, dressed in a funny outfit.
  • Disposable Cameras – About 2 of them, this means the cameras can be passed around during the bachelorette party, you want to make sure you get a record of this once in a lifetime event. You can even hire a photographer – we have some great packages on our site.  They will be able to document the event professionally.  What an amazing memory.
  • X-Rated paraphernalia – need we say anymore – there are lots of bachelorette party sites or adult stores that you can purchase naughty gifts.