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How to throw a virtual bachelorette party

Here's how to have the best night ever — virtually.

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Look, 2020 is difficult—we all know that. But between the hard parts of living through a global pandemic, there are still bright spots that keep us smiling, laughing, and celebrating the people we love. One of those bright spots is celebrating an engagement, and the really fun part, the bachelorette party.

Due to the coronavirus, travel right now is complicated. While a group of girlfriends might usually meet up in Nashville or Vegas to celebrate a bride-to-be, many people are forced to stay home because of restrictions, or are simply choosing to stay safe in their homes to prevent exposure to the virus. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a wild night with your crew—virtually.

In some ways, a virtual bachelorette party might even be better. You can celebrate with friends and family from all of the world, you don’t have to spend a fortune on a trip, and when it’s time to call it a night you can pass out in your very own bed. I had the pleasure of attending a virtual bachelorette party this summer and let me tell you, it wasn't quite the same as an in-person party, but it's a night I'll never forget.

Whatever your core group is like or what your original plans were, here are some great ideas and tips for hosting a virtual bachelorette party.

Send out party kits to the bride and crew

Bride Party Back
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This kit has everything the bride needs.

If you can’t party together in person, you can definitely make sure the group still has all of the essential supplies you need to celebrate on a Zoom or Google Hangouts call. Start by sending the bride this bachelorette party pack. At $25.99, it has everything the bride could need to decorate her space for the call, including banners, regular balloons, and special wedding ring and champagne balloons. It also has a signature sash (is it even a bachelorette party if the bride doesn’t wear a sash) and tiara.

Next, whoever is planning the party can also make special kits for everyone attending to be sent in the mail. It might sound like a task, but these hot pink mailers will make it fun! Start with sashes that say “dancing diva” and “hot mama” to divvy out. Add in little bonus items like LED light-up wedding rings, some bachelorette-themed cups to drink out of, gold foil tattoos, and maybe even a little homemade hangover kit you can put in these adorable boxes. Fill out with some confetti and some candy and you’re all set.

Have your food + drinks ready

Though eating and drinking over a video call is definitely different than drinking together at a bar, it doesn’t have to be that strange—especially if everyone is eating and drinking the same thing. One tried and true option is pizza, with everyone just ordering their favorite beforehand. Or, as part of the party, why not do a virtual cooking class together? Right now there are tons of online cooking classes you can book as private experiences, including ones from around the world on Airbnb.

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For alcohol, send the bride a bottle of bubbly using a delivery service like Drizly. Or, set everyone up with fancy cocktail kits delivered around the country from Cocktail Courier. There are plenty of online delivery options for wine, beer, and other liquors, and we’ve rounded up the best to make this part easier for you.

And then party!

Chippendales at Home
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Bring the Chippendales into your own home — virtually.

Then, of course, there’s the actual party part of the bachelorette party. And though we can all agree 2020 is awful, at least this is happening during the digital age. Bach, a company created to make organizing bachelorette parties easier, has created an entire series of digital experiences you can do online. Sign up to schedule a virtual sip and paint, have caricature pictures drawn live during the party, or even have an MTV star host a digital version of flip cup.

If you want to turn up the heat, the world famous Chippendales have launched an online experience, Chippendales at Home, that will bring the hunky men into your home—live from theirs. During the half hour Zoom call, which starts at $150 for up to eight people, a Chippendale stud will host drinking games like “Never Have I Ever,” have you guessing what’s stuffed down their pants, and even give a virtual lap dance or two. It’s probably the best way to have a normal bachelorette experience during these wild times.

Hosting a virtual karaoke night is a breeze, and we’ve already tested the best way to do it so you can sing Carrie Underwood at the top of your lungs like you actually are in Nashville. If you want to have some fun online games to play, Jackbox Games has some seriously fun and interactive multiplayer games that have guests interacting with each other using their phones. Or you can just play some classic drinking games like Kings and Ride the Bus on the handy website Drink Virtually. If you want to get a little naughty, All Bad Cards is a site that’s basically a digital version of Cards Against Humanity that you can play with your gang online. And just a simple search on Youtube for “power hour” will show you hundreds of playlists—from country to Disney songs and everything in between—that will have your party taking a sip every minute for an hour.

Whatever you decide to do for your virtual bachelorette party, remember to be safe and have fun. Plug in your laptop—and don’t take it to the bathroom with you.

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