Bachelorette Parties can get pricey but don't worry. Chippendales has done the research for you and here are some great DIY ideas that look expensive without breaking the bank!
Okay, we know you ladies are classy women but this night is not all about class. Its about wild fun too! Here is a great way to incorporate a traditional Bachelorette theme without embarrassing anyone!
Make these fun cookies and then quickly eat the evidence! Here is a great cookie recipe!
- 1 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl combine butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract; beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
- In another bowl combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
- Set oven to 400°F.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (do not grease cookie sheets use parchment paper only).
- On a very lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about 1/4-inch thickness.
- Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
- Place cookies 2-inches apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake 4-6 minutes.
- Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing.
- Use the cookie recipe from above. Icing tips below!
- Get a heart shaped cookie cutter.
- Royal Icing is the best type to use for decorations. It only takes 10 minutes to make and here is how!
- 3 egg whites, at room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- food coloring (optional)
- In a clean, dry bowl of a stand mixer, place the egg whites, powdered sugar, and cream of tartar. Using the whisk attachment, beat all together on low speed until combined. You can use a hand mixer if you desire, but it will likely take longer for the icing to reach the right consistency.
- Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Restart the mixer and beat the mixture on medium speed until very thick, shiny, stiff and white. This should take about 7-10 minutes.
- If you want to dye your icing just one color, you can add a few drops of food coloring into the bowl and mix it for a few seconds until the coloring is evenly distributed. If you want to make several different colors, divide the icing into several different bowls and stir in the food coloring by hand.
- Royal icing dries to a very hard consistency, and it will begin setting as soon as it is made. To prevent the icing from getting hard before you use it, thoroughly wet a paper towel and place it over the top of the icing in the bowl. It is very important to keep the icing covered! Likewise, if you are using a pastry bag and piping tips with the icing, twist the back end of the bag tightly, and wrap a wet paper towel around the tip when not in use so the icing will not dry in the tip.
- A good trick to see if the icing is ready is the 10 second trick. Run a butter knife through the icing and count how long it will take for the surface to be smooth again. If it is between 5-10 seconds you are good!
Lets get icing!
- Make an outline of the design you wish to draw.
- Fill in the outline giving the cookie a gentle shake at the end to even out the icing.
- If you notice any small air bubbles, pop them with a toothpick or pin right away.
- You can use heart sprinkles or sugar pearls to decorate different cookies!
- Get Creative and have fun with it!
- Any cake recipe will work!
- Pick up one of these fun shaped pans.
- You can use store bought icing to decorate a beautiful bra or keep it au-naturale if you dare!
- Now if you're a little lazy like some of us, there are great bakeries that will make this cake for you! Search your local listings for exotic baking.
If you don't want to have a big formal dinner, you can have some hors d'oeuvres to keep it simple and tasty! Here are some ideas for easy and delicious bite sized snacks.
Cucumber Cups With Salmon Tartare
- 1 long cucumber, ends trimmed
- 150g skinless salmon fillet, finely chopped
- 65g (1/4 cup) sour cream
- 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp wasabi paste
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- Fresh dill sprigs, to serve
- Lime wedges, to serve
- Cut the cucumber into slices about 1/2 inch wide.
- Use a melon baller or small teaspoon to scoop out most of the seeds and a little of the flesh, being careful not to go all the way through.
- Combine the salmon, sour cream, onion, wasabi and lime juice in a large bowl.
- Spoon the salmon mixture among the cucumber cups.
- Top with dill and season with pepper. Serve with lime wedges.
- 1/4 cup fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon grated grapefruit zest
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound cooked medium shrimp
- Chop the mint. Combine it in a medium bowl with the grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, ginger, olive oil, and salt. Stir in the shrimp and marinate for 10 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.
If you are pregaming before the night out or having your party at home, drinks are an intregal part of the party! Check out these great ideas!
Jello Shots - Nothing says party like a few trays of these bad boys!
- 6 ounces Jello (large package)
- 16 ounces Water (boiling)
- 6 ounces Water (cold)
- 10 ounces Vodka
- Mix the jello packets with the boiling water until the powder is fully dissolved.
- Add the cold water and alcohol.
- Pour the cooling mixture into paper cups. (Fast Food Ketch-up cups are great for this, but you didn't hear it here!)
- You can even get creative and make some jello shot pecker molds!
*You can use any liquor to make these but you must adjust the water proportions to make sure the Jello sets. Here is a guide based on the Alcohol Proof: