It’s a marriage ritual that no bride can ever miss—her Despedida de Soltera (“farewell to singlehood.”) However this is one farewell party that comes with much joy and fanfare as the bride-to-be looks forward to the next chapter of married life. While restaurants and function rooms are typical venues for the Despedida de Soltera owing to the ease of logistics (location? check! food? check!), hosting one in your own home allows you to save money and show off your creativity without being limited by venue rules and closing hours. Follow these steps in planning an at-home Despedida de Soltera.
Set the Scene
Determine the part of your place that is most conducive for a party. This is usually the living and dining area or an outdoor patio. You can even decorate an empty garage. Living in your current bachelorette pad? Why not? A small studio or one-bedroom unit makes for a cozy get-together with your closest and dearest. Once you’ve nailed down the venue, create a fun atmosphere with decorative pieces. DIY your own banderitas; bring out those Christmas lights and hang them along a stretch of wall, and add color and personality with potted plants, flowers, and framed pictures of you and your friends.
Create a Beautiful Buffet Spread
No party is complete without food. Whether you decide to cook, take out, or pre-order food trays, place all hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, and desserts in festive serving platters with complementary dinnerware. Pour punch into a beverage dispenser beside a tumbler of printed straws and place forks and spoons in clear mason jars tied with ribbon or twine for a quirky touch. Don’t forget to have coffee ready as the night moves along. Keep the brew hot in a stainless coffee urn.
Prepare a Program your girls will enjoy
The Despedida De Soltera is well known for bridal games that are either naughty or nice. Whatever your bridal personality is, feel free to plan games and activities that you and your friends will enjoy. Aside from games, explore a more relaxing spa session including free manicures and hand massages. Other ideas: gather written messages and read them before making a toast with flutes of champagne. Keep everybody comfortable with plush pillows scattered across the seating area.
Send Guests Away with Thank-you Tokens
Finally, show your girlfriends some love with a gift. Some neat ideas they’ll love: small storage boxes containing a scented candle or a bottle of nail polish or a coffee mug wrapped in clear plastic and ribbon and filled to the brim with sweet treats.
It’s easy to plan your own Despedida de Soltera and enjoy the last few days of bachelorette life in the comforts of your home.
Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.
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