A few weeks ago, my girlfriends and family hosted my bachelorette party down in Mexico. It was one of the most memorable weekends of my life! There are few instances where almost all the ladies you love most come together to celebrate love –- and to me, that’s the best part of the bachelorette tradition. When I received this Ask Jules email from Ami about throwing the perfect bachelorette party for her friend, I knew exactly who to turn to for advice: Lauren Bushnell. Lauren is another bride-to-be, and she also knows a thing or two about being a bachelorette (wink wink).
Read on for her awesome suggestions for hosting the ultimate LA-based bachelorette bash!
I am SO excited to be able to get your advice on how to throw the perfect bachelorette party for my bff! You seem to throw the best parties whether it be Bachelor viewing night, family gatherings at the lake or summer hangs by the pool!!
Carrie and I have been best friends since high school and she is the last of our group to get married and just a super special girl!!:) There will be 10 of us and we want to keep it flirty and fun with just a little bit of sexy to make her turn red! Can you give me some suggestions for the LA area in late April?
I LOVE bachelorette parties! Having all your girls in one place, celebrating love while also letting loose is the perfect equation for fun. Planning a wedding is a lot of work so bach parties are a much needed escape from the stresses of preparing for the big day.
I personally have always liked the more low-key getaways. Los Angeles is a great place for the ultimate girls trip. Don’t get me wrong — I love a good weekend in Vegas, but when it comes to Bachelorette parties that type of adventure is predictable and overdone.
When it comes to LA, Santa Monica is a great place to enjoy both the beach and the city. There are plenty of bars nearby, lots of good shopping, and great food. It’s the best place to both relax and celebrate at the same time!
When I lived in LA, I spent a lot of my time on the west side, soaking up the sun in Marina Del Rey and brunching in Santa Monica or Venice.
A great spot for you ladies to have an indulgent brunch is the Penthouse in Santa Monica. This glamorous spot at the Huntley Hotel has panoramic views of the pacific ocean, delicious food, and of course, bottomless mimosas. After brunch, continue the celebration by walking over to The Bungalow on Ocean Ave. It’s a great indoor and outdoor lounge with fantastic cocktails and a view of the ocean.
Wine tasting is a really fun way to celebrate as well. The Malibu Wine Safari at Saddlerock Ranch is an AMAZING place to spend a day with the girls! You might even get to meet their giraffe!!
For a day of relaxation with all your BFFs, I recommend Alchemie Spa in Santa Monica. It’s an organic spa and has been highly praised for its fun décor and state of the art services.
Have an incredible time with your girl friends! Let us know where you end up!
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