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Bachelorette Party OriginsMost definitions of the term bachelorette party include the description of a celebration for a woman and her friends who is about to be married. Another one said, it is a pre-marriage party, celebrating and recognizing the end of single-hood so for one last time to celebrate with the Bride to Be and her friends before the marriage nuptials. While in Europe, this celebration is called Hen's Night, in Canada it is known as Stagette, and in Australia its know as a both. In earlier times the bachelorette parties were much more simple and covered by the Maid of Honor, but as time has gone on and the parties becoming much more elaborate, it is much more common for the bachelorette party to be thrown by the Maid of Honor with help from the other bridesmaids and other attendees. Customarily it is more of a group decision to plan the party and all of it's destinations and supplies with all the girls chipping in to help in costs of the bachelorette party festivities. The term originated out of the male celebration for the groom known as the Bachelor Party with more of the history and its origins located below.

Centuries ago, there was a traditional celebration in Europe for the groomsman (known as Bridegroom) where a dinner would be given in honor of his marriage to his wife. For ages there were many traditions around weddings, with none of them based on a party for the bride and her friends. As time passed a formal event for the bride emerged, having a luncheon with tea and traditional clothing, it was created to honor the bridesmaid known as the bridesmaid luncheon and was hosted by her closest friends and family.

Not until the sixties, did women begin to throw more elaborate gatherings, what are now coined as a Bachelorette Party. The beginnings of the Bachelorette Party stayed far more formal and sophisticated, having luncheon and tea parties, really until the late 1970's & 1980's, were there seemed to be a much stronger gender equality and launch of what is more known today as a traditional Bachelorette Party. During the last two to three decades, bachelorette parties have stepped up their pizzazz, rivaling those wild Bachelor Parties.  Now, with weekend getaways, fancy bachelorette parties, co-ed bachelor & bachelorette parties, and the addition of male strippers and the always favorite classy & crazy bachelorette party supplies. The term was coined as the Last Night Out where the bachelorette and her friends could let loose one last time prior to the marriage, a behavior created by the male version - bachelor party. Now, so far from it's inception, is very common to see women at the Bachelorette Party parading around with party favors & supplies to wear, racy decorations and outfits all while playing a host of mild to wild bachelorette party games.

The Bachelorette - By the definition is - an unmarried young woman (virgin?). This is, of course, the bride-to-be who is known as the bachelorette. She is the one who should be the focus of the last night out / girls night out which is important since many girls in planning the party for the guest of honor, may want to throw the party their way instead of what is best or most suited for the soon to be bride.

Bachelorettes (Hens or Stagettes) - The female guests invited to attend the party for the unmarried woman. Bachelorettes can be anyone invited to the Last Night Out by the bride-to-be or the host(s). It usually includes only those invited to the wedding, but in recent years has changed with the excessive costs associated with the wedding, has come to include friends that may or may not have been invited due to limit of wedding guests. The Maid of Honor and Bachelorettes usually put in charge to help plan the bachelorette party and help cover the cost of the festivities, many times including the cost for the Bride to Be.

Bachelorette Party - This definition in Wikipedia states - A party given for a woman who is about to get married. The bachelorette party, as described above, is the pre-wedding party or pre-marriage party that is thrown in today's culture and also known as The Last Night Out or Girls Night Out to symbolize her last night of freedom. It is usually paid for by the girls going to the party who all chip in, however in recent times due to the economy and extravagance of the celebration, the bachelorette sometimes will also help pay for some of the event.

Bachelorette Party DefinitionsTrends
Although the 'new' stereotype of a bachelorette party is for the bride and her bridesmaids to take a trip, lose themselves in liquor and hire a male stripper or dancer or hit up a male review show, there have been a significant amount of bachelorette party planners in recent year who are changing the trend to more creative and unique parties. Having a manicure and pedicure day with martinis, learning how to pole dance & exotic dance lessons with an instructor or going to a spa are all new trends that seen and shared by customers. It is even more common now for the bride and groom to have a joint bachelor(ette) party which is called names in other countries outside of the US including "stag and doe", "Jack and Jill," and "stag and hen".

The bachelorette party is usually thrown a few weeks in advance of the wedding and planned a few months in advance if possible. This is for the reasons of making sure that party participants can attend, gathering up all the bachelorette party supplies, favors, games, and decorations and geting reservations for the venue, entertainment and transportation booked. Although it is customary for the maid and matron of honor to plan the party, it is important that the event mirror the personality of the bachelorette so there is a comfort level and relaxation without embarrassment and fear. The ultimate goal of the festivities is for some good friend bonding while enjoying the time all together with some memories built that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Party Supplies
Ulike the years past, where finding bachelorette party supplies, favors, decorations, games and gifts were few and far between, it is now so easy to find themed bachelorette party games, pre-printed invitations, bachelorette favors & supplies, and other novelties to help dress up the party. The Bachelorette party supplies can be from mild to wild with the focus on the bachelorette as to what should be brought. Many items are very similar to normal party supplies and include streamers, balloons, tableware, centerpieces & other items to help decorate.  Then there are other bachelorette party favors having a different role, such as candy, novelty gift, dress her up items, and lots of items that the girls at the bachelorette party can bring with them while out on the town or at a home party, and also make cute party favors. We have tried to help find some of the best in discount bachelorette party favors & supplies, which can be found on our Shopping Catagory Section Links at the top left of this page.

The Venue
The location of the bachelorette party was typically, in days of old at a home of a relative or friend.  Later that expanded to include an afternoon out at a restaurant or club but over the past few decades has dramatically changed to include away trips to Las Vegas and other exotic destinations,  Spa weekend getaways, or just a night out in a local big city to hit up good restaurants and clubs have become a mainstay for many gatherings, with many of the attendees traveling great distances for the girls weekend out.,  What originally started as a one afternoon lunchen or tea has now become quite the weekend or night affair, with some extending for days to a full week of girl time..

Games & Activities
One of the most popular and traditional bachelorette parties was the games, more simple in older times, consisting of more of that at a bridal shower, the now more extensive ones can be quite detailed like scavenger hunts and dare games to the very detailed bachelorette party supplies and games, many revolving around the new favorite drinking games. These items come from timid to crazy and can be everything from drinking games to blow up doll games. Bachelorette party games should be centered around the personality of the bachelorette as well as if there are any bachelorette party themes. Many of the bachelorette party games can be created by the girls or for those looking for easy and time savings, it is so easy to purchase them at reasonable and economical prices.  We have done our best to keep finding the best in discount bachelorette party games for the enjoyment of all at the party!