COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone’s daily life, and special occasions are no exception. If your friend planned her wedding a long time ago, she probably didn’t foresee a pandemic derailing all of her plans. And if amidst all of this craziness the wedding hasn’t been postponed, why should you cancel your gang’s bachelorette party? You can still celebrate ―you just have to do it safely.
Should I Have an In-Person Bachelorette Party?
Well, this depends on your area regulations and the number of attendees, provided that you’ve all done your tests. If the bride-to-be and the rest of your friend group live close to each other, a small party could be ideal. However, keep in mind that some people may decline the invitation; not everyone is comfortable with gathering together in this climate, and that’s okay.
In general, it’s best to keep it outdoors; you can always book a VIP bachelorette experience in the Hamptons, or one of your friends is likely to have a backyard to offer!
If you’ve never done it, it’s time to try! Get a few tents, make a fire pit in your backyard, roast s’mores and prepare for some fireside confessional and/or drinking games, within the comfort of your own home! Of course, sleep in individual tents, avoid being too close to each other, don’t share food or drinks, and if necessary, wear your masks.
Have a Picnic
If camping sounds too much like a commitment to the outdoors and you’re uncomfortable with sleeping in a tent, you can just have a picnic in someone’s backyard. Prepare sweet and savoury treats, bring some drinks, blankets, and of course, keep your distance!
Host a Backyard Screening
Who said movie nights are no match for a bachelorette party? Get a projector, get creative with sheets to set up a screen, and bring the appropriate snacks! We suggest some bachelorette classics, like Wedding Crashers or 27 Dresses, ―but any sort of marathon of your choice would be ideal.
If meeting your friends is impossible, due to distance, restrictions or someone being uncomfortable, having an online party is the way to go. Of course, at this point you are probably fed up with Skype meetings, but a virtual party is better than no party.
Send decorations and share a carefully curated playlist: even your friends who are quarantining far away are bound to feel like you’re all together. Plus, just because you’re staying in doesn’t mean you can’t dress up!
Of course, if you’re more of the homey feeling, an interesting idea would be to make a fancy meal together, by sharing a professional cooking class ―or follow the lead of your friend with the best cooking abilities. You could even share a cocktail class together, to make for the best happy hour! Make sure everyone has all the necessary equipment and materials beforehand, by sending a kit with gear and ingredients in time for the party.
Do it when the time is right
If you don’t want to compromise with a small gathering or a virtual meeting, don’t settle for anything less than the bachelorette party of your dreams; you’ll just have to wait. Having your bachelorette party after the wedding might even make it more exciting, and an interesting way to travel back in time!
Native New Yorker. Travel addict. Hardcore thinker. Analyst. Pop culture fanatic. I live in Queens with my wife Linda and our dog Clemenza.