HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT BACHELORETTE MENU
A perfect menu can be one of the most difficult tasks in a party girl’s life. There are so many options online! And searching for ideas can leave you hungry, overwhelmed and considering hiring a caterer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning your delicious dishes.
Making it a “Bachelorette Party” Menu
What makes it bachelorette food? Pink and phallic? Yes! Throw some edible glitter in there and you’re all set. Unfortunately having a spread of this kind will most likely leave you with just deserts and cocktails…. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but be prepared to branch out. Bachelorette Party Foods should both feed the guests and add to the party atmosphere. Think indulgent flavors and scintillating displays, foods that are fun to make and a pleasure to eat. Specific foods and recipes should be selected to work within your theme. Another fun way to be Bachelorette specific is to use creative language and come up with your own names for menu items. Serve up “Beefcake kabobs”, #Mancrushmonday Munchies, or simply make a “Ballsy” cocktail.
Food can easily set the stage for the type of occasion you want. A specific theme should be reinforced at every opportunity but especially when it comes to food. If your theme is more general or the opposite (highly abstract) then replace “theme” with “tone.” Example: Naughty parties do well with more spicy and exotic foods (Mexican, Brazilian, Sushi, Peruvian, etc) and embellish the daring with bold colors and unique mixtures.
We all know there’s a “wedding season” that means your most likely looking to serve up some summertime snacks, but whenever the event is, make sure you select seasonal ingredients. You’re far more likely to get better flavors from local ingredients grown in season.
Ask the Bride
Believe it or not, once you get caught up in pinning and planning the perfect menu, little things like whether or not your BFF recently started a new eating plan in preparation for her nuptials are suddenly forgotten. Cater to her favorites and build the rest of the dining plan around that.
Ask about Allergies and Preferences
In our world of Vegan Food Sharing and Gluten Free menus, the debate between dietary needs and wants has become a tense and unpleasant conversation and no fun for anyone. Opt to believe in your guests’ right to choose and find out ahead of time if there a specifications. Most people with food allergies are happy to list the foods that are easiest for them to digest or bring their own if needed. You don’t have to suddenly become a Paleo expert though, talk to your guests so they can help you hone in on what you want to serve and also let them know you’re doing the best you can to meet everyone’s needs but they should be prepared to help you do that.
As fellow foodies, we enjoy many varieties of chow regardless of the price point but you still want to get a general idea of what your party budget is.
Are you out on the town, in your home or someone else’s? Keep this in mind when you’re planning the menu. If you have to haul the dishes around than maybe pass on the shrimp cocktail?
Be ready to answer the inevitable “What can I bring?” with a specific request. The truth is, most people want to help. Let them. Give them two options to choose from and don’t shy away from specifics in order to ensure the food is what you want it to be. For example, “Yeah, Tiff, I’d love you to bring something! How about chocolate cupcakes or picking up some ice?” Your girl can take the easy (yet pivotal ice or beverage detail) or she can make like Cupcake Wars and bring the best GD cupcakes anyone’s ever had. Plan the work and work the plan- Feeding the masses, or a few wasted besties at a bachelorette party can take work. It’s not all fun and games and penis straws. The best way to keep your stress level down and spirits high is to look ahead and create a plan of action. Then do your damndest to follow that plan. Consider who you can rely on for help, what day to do the shopping, etc. Then chop and prep the day before and get as much done before the party day as you
possibly can. You don’t want to be sequestered to the kitchen “finishing up a few things” when the other partygoers are picking teams for the scavenger hunt.
Keep it Real
In all honesty there is a bevy of information on how to have and do the “perfect” party. And that’s great, but as party experts we can tell you that no one cares as much about the perfect cake as they do about laughing, having fun and sharing with their fierce girl group. Take a moment to remember this is a party. If you have to sacrifice perfection in order to get things done then don’t worry about it, turn up the music, pass around the glasses and cheers to having a great bachelorette party. It will be “perfect.”