Getting Hitched: My Bachelorette Parties

Instead of a wild crazy bachelorette party with a party bus, booze, or anything penis related, I decided to celebrate my final weeks of being a single lady in a way that was more me. If a debaucherous bachelorette is your thing, go for it! It’s just not me though and I wanted to do something I’d always remember and be happy about. I had thought about it for a long time; I wanted to do something unique, fun, and classy. I found a bunch of great suggestions but narrowed it down to the following two weekends of awesomeness with my best friends:

Bachelorette Party Round One: Afternoon Tea at Upstairs on the Square in Harvard Square

Upstairs on the Square is always classy and has a great afternoon tea. Plus they were great in accommodating us in the lovely Zebra Room. I invited 20 of my closest lady friends to put on their most fabulous tea time outfits and join me for petit fours and tea sipping, pinkies raised style. It was a blast!


Amazing and super thoughtful handmade gift from my friend Nicole:


All of my lovely friends! How lucky am I?


Me with most of my wedding party (Rachel and Tim, but minus my sister):


Bachelorette Party Round Two: Private Card Making Class at Paper Source

I read about private parties at Paper Source online and immediately wanted to have one. (They do a ton of public workshops and classes too.) They set us up with a private instructor and the card/stationary making class. Our teacher, Callen, was awesome. We learned so many different techniques! They also let us bring in food and drinks (I made peanut butter blondies, Bethany brought champagne) and cranked the tunes in the store so we could jam and craft.


The instructor set my station up with all the wedding and Thank You stamps they had:


We learned so many amazing techniques!

Embossing with embossing powder:


How to line our own envelopes and then emboss the envelopes:


How to make our own envelopes and use punches to create texture on our cards (I totally bought this punch before we left):


And how to use masking techniques when stamping and embossing:


Both parties were so great and such a fun way to celebrate with my best friends. Just 19 more days until the wedding!!

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

8 thoughts

  1. when i saw your tweet about the paper source party i was hoping you’d make a full on post about it! this looks amazing. was working with the embossing powder difficult? i never thought about really doing it myself, but i want to get back into more hands on crafty things. (i still have a whole big box of paper source goodies from college when i took a lot of bookbinding courses.)

    1. No, it was SO easy and comes out gorgeous. I want to emboss everything now!! It’s definitely the type of thing that seems scary until you get some clear instructions on how to do it and then it makes a lot more sense.

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