I am so happy with how far Bachelors and Bachelorette parties have come over the last few years.
Gone are the days of women drinking tea while sharing recipes and anecdotes on keeping their husbands happy while their soon-to-be other halves are sitting at bars smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and enjoying a lap dance.
It has become something of a tradition for these celebrations to last the whole day and to encompass a fun activity, some embarrassment, a get together for everyone with party games and then a ‘real’ party for the ‘last fling before the ring’. Generally the boys camp has a little more debauchery, while the ladies camp can get a little more crass than one would expect.
Now, I have never experienced a bachelors party so that is about as far as I can go with speaking about that but when it comes to a bachelorette, I have done a fair amount of research and have gotten some first hand experience!
The really fun part of the whole thing is that practically anything goes. Things you would not usually discuss with your mother (or even your grandmother), are suddenly fair game. This kind of playful ‘awkwardness’ creates a great environment for all kinds of fun and ice breaking activities.
Obviously there is a plethora of websites with all kinds of games, themes and ideas for everyone (just Google some key phrases, such as ‘Hen Party Ideas’, and you’ll see what I mean) but there was one thing that I really thought was worth sharing from my most recent experience.
You know how parties are just 10 times better with a piñata?
Well a nice project for you and the other bridesmaids (if you are planning a Bachelorette) would be to make a DIY Penis Piñata.
There are so many laughs in this project, I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had while making it and not because it’s all arts and crafts, but purely because of the words I got to say and the reactions they invoked.
The boyfriend: “What are you up to tonight?”
Me: “I need to paint my penis.”
The boyfriend: “…”
And hysterics ensue. There were numerous occasions for this as I went through the process, especially as the whole thing started coming together.
So if you want to surprise your guests and other bridal party members, embarrass your bride-to-be and have a lot of laughs, you should really consider this.
All you need to make the actual pinata are some balloons (long and round ones), duct tape, newspaper, water, flour, paint and tissue paper.
First you will blow up two normal round balloons and then some of the long balloons. You then need to duct tape the long balloons together to make a ‘shaft’. You can then duct tap the two round balloons on opposite ends to the bottom of the shaft.
All you need then is one more round balloon to tape to the top.
You can decide on size.
Once the shape is correct, you will then start the paper mache process. First you will need to tear up some strips of newspaper. The glue is then made by mixing 1 part flour with 1 part water (TIP: Add a little cinnamon to the mixture to counteract the floury smell and some salt to prevent mold) and stirring. You can then paint the glue onto the strips and place them onto the balloon structure, covering the entire surface.
Each layer will need about 1 or 2 days to dry. Make sure it is completely dry before starting the next layer. I would suggest around 3 layers but make sure you are happy with how hard it is (see how the word play can be entertaining?) before you pop the balloons using a pin!
Once you have done all the layers it should look something like this:
You can then add a layer or two of paint: (this is where it looks the funniest… you could probably leave it like this but I wanted more of a piñata feel)
Once that is dry, you can cut a hole somewhere to add the contents later and you can add the tissue paper (this take a little while and a lot of patience… but it’s worth it):
Once that’s done, all you need to do is fill it up (think naughty – g strings, plastic alcohol shots and sweets), close the hole and hang it up.
You can then give the bride a stick and put on a blind fold. You can imagine how funny that can be to watch
Happy piñata making