If you are hosting a bachelorette party, you have probably already realised that you will have to feed all of those people something. If you are heading out to a brunch, lunch, or dinner, people can pick their food and decide what they will eat. However, suppose you are starting the party at your place before hitting the bars or hosting some shindig type where the food duties are on you. In that case, you will want to put together an easy, affordable, delicious bachelorette party menu. This is a lot easier than it sounds, so do not worry that you will be spending all of your time handling food duties. Instead, you can throw together a high-quality menu with relatively little effort, making sure that your girls have something in.
When it comes to a party, the number one thing people like to complain about is the food. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so while one person might think the sandwiches were the best thing they’ve ever had, the next person is likely to have a different opinion. Check out a range of Magic Men’s hens party ideas to help in your upcoming party.
So, how can you avoid this food planning nightmare? We’ve put together some tips and tricks that you can use to make sure that your food becomes a hit! Whether you’re a master chef or a kitchen disaster, we’ve got food inspiration options for all types.
What Type of Menu Do You Want?
Before you can start planning your menu, it is essential to think about the menu you want. Are you serving a sit-down dinner? Do you have a theme that can be continued with an in-theme menu? Are you looking for appetisers and other finger foods? Are you serving brunch, lunch, or dinner? Before you can start planning your menu, you need to have a good idea of what kind of food you want to serve. You need to consider whether or not the bride of any of the guests has any special dietary needs? Are there any food allergies, food sensitivities, or religious food requirements? Does anyone eat a special menu, like vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, or keto? While you are certainly not required to create an entire menu that focuses on anyone special dietary needs, you need to make sure that you have food that all of your guests can eat and enjoy.
Remember Dietary Restrictions
First things first, when planning for food, you need to be aware of any dietary restrictions that anyone in your group might have. Whether its allergies, gluten intolerance, or you have some vegan connoisseurs in your group, you want to make sure you have food options that everyone can enjoy.
Some key ways you can make sure you’re covering everyone’s food needs is first to ask what everyone would prefer for food. Keep in mind, if the bride doesn’t like it, then it’s probably not the right choice.
Second, let everyone know the food or restaurants you’re thinking about. This puts the responsibility a bit more on the guest’s shoulders. If they have an issue, they need to tell you and prepare accordingly.
Follow Your Theme with Bachelorette Party Food
Is there a theme for the bachelorette party? Some pieces naturally lend themselves to certain types of food. Are you doing a fiesta party? Then, your menu is going to lean towards Mexican and Tex-Mex favourites and having brunch? Will you want to pick some breakfast favourites for your guests. A Mermaid party? You will probably have plenty of seafood on the menu. So, keep your theme in mind when planning the menu. Also, remember that many things can be tweaked and designed to mesh with your music. For example, anything that is artificially coloured can be coloured to go with whatever theme you choose.
Once you know everyone’s food palate preferences and dietary needs, next, it’s time to start narrowing down your options. At this point in the food planning stage, it’s essential to keep the theme in mind.
If your theme is a high-class black dress, the last thing you should do is serve cardboard pizza. Instead, try elegant hors d’oeuvres like cream shrimp scampi or smoked ham paired with crackers.
Party Planning Tip
Consider the weather. Is it cold, hot, or the sweet spot in between? Think of foods that you typically eat during certain seasons. Don’t plan a barbeque in the middle of winter. You’ll end up frozen on the porch flipping burgers.
DIY Food Ideas
If you’re looking for some bachelorette party food and recipe ideas, we’ve got some that will make the food the highlight of the party!
- Penis Cake: It’s easy to make and fun!
- Bite, Suck, Blow Candy: Separate your chocolate, suckers/lollipops, and gum into jars labelled accordingly.
- Shrimp Cock Ring: Create a ring of shrimp with some delicious dip in the middle. Pair it with a nice note letting everyone know what it is, and you have an instant hit.
- Meaty Balls: Meatballs are always an easy food to make, and the innuendo is in the name!
- Not Much of a Cook? Cater in or Try Potluck Style
Probably every kitchen hater’s favourite thing to hear is ‘let’s order in.’ Does this sound like you? Consider having food catered for your party. Bonus, since most catering companies include handy menus, you can easily send that out to your crew ahead of time. This way, there are no surprises when the food arrives at the table.
Or, are you considering trying to save some money on the food part of the bachelorette party? Consider going potluck style for your party festivities. A word of advice, have people sign up ahead of time for what they are going to bring. This way, you won’t end up with twelve plates of cookies.
When in Doubt, Head Out to a Restaurant
If the bride-to-be has a favourite restaurant or a place that she’s been dying to try, then a restaurant might be the best way to go. Out of all the options, this one requires the least amount of effort on your part. Remember the future bride shouldn’t pay on her special night! Searching for the best Melbourne hens party? Give Magic Men a call.
Don’t forget to call ahead or book a reservation! The last thing you want to do is show up at the restaurant and have to wait two hours to get seated. The key to a successful bachelorette celebration is that everything is organised and flows smoothly from one thing to the next. So get your phone out and make sure that when your group arrives, you’re ready to get right to the grub.
For more specifics on what bachelorette party food would be best for certain eating times and occasions, check out these lists, we put together to make your planning easy and delicious!
Breakfast Foods Suggestions
- Bread (for Toast)
- Hash Browns
Snacks & Appetizers
- Candies (M & M’s, Hersey Kisses, etc.)
- Cheese & Crackers (Cheddar, Brie, etc.)
- Chips & Dip
- Cold Cut/ Meats Platter
- Nachos & Salsa
- Nuts (Almonds, Peanuts, etc.)
- Protein Bars/ Granola Bars
- Salads (Cesar Salad, Pasta Salad, etc.)
- Veggies & Dip
Main Meal Options (Lunch / Dinner)
- Chicken Breasts
- Chicken Wings
- Italian Sausages or Meatballs
- Chinese Food
- Hot Dogs
- Cheese Fondue
- Fajitas or Tacos
- Mac N Cheese (Homemade)
- Potatoes (French Fries, Mashed, Baked, etc.)
- Seafood Platter
- Signature Cocktail
- The Hard-Stuff/Mixers
- Bottled Water
- Sports Energy Drinks
- Candies (Licorice, Skittles, etc.)
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Little Debbie Cakes
Ideas & Recipes For A Classy Bachelorette
Bachelorette parties are usually a massive highlight of your summer if you have a few friends getting married. It’s the perfect reason for a girls weekend filled with all the things you crave regularly. If you’re planning a bachelorette, things can get a little complicated when it comes to planning. From champagne flutes to cocktails, we have found everything you need to throw the classiest bachelorette that skips the tacky decorations and dives into pools of champagne and sunshine.
Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktails
Champagne is a prominent drink of choice for a bachelorette, but taking it to the next level may be required when you want to keep things classy. Create a cotton candy champagne cocktail that looks as beautiful as the bride herself! Guess what the garnish is…cotton candy!
Bride Tribe Wine Glasses
One pretty little trend that isn’t going anywhere soon is the personalised bachelorette accessories! They look fantastic on the table and also are an excellent small gift for everyone to take home. You can use these glasses like wine glasses and create parfaits or cocktails depending on the time of day and the theme of your party.
Sweet and Salty Charcuterie Board
If there’s one thing we know about a crowd of ladies celebrating a bride, it is that they want ALL the food RIGHT NOW. Because, why not? This sweet and salty charcuterie board is an ideal snack to set out midday for people to snack on if you’ve had a big brunch and are waiting to go out for supper.
Rose Gold Disposable Plates
No bachelorette is complete without some fun disposable tableware! No one wants to clean up after a fun weekend, so make it easy on yourselves with classy disposable plates that look as fabulous as the bride herself. Set your table as you would with regular plates but use them to hold all the amazing appetisers and treats you and your girls have brought to the party.
Cupcakes are a super Instagram-able food that you want to have at the next bachelorette. Align it with the bachelorette theme by making the cupcake flavour Sangria! Chop up some lovely, colourful fruits to add to the top of the cupcake, and you can be sure your bride-to-be will not be disappointed!
Pink Lemonade Jell-O Shots
Jell-O shots are often served up in tacky plastic shot glasses and traced back to high school and college days, where esthetics were not the priority. This summer, though, create a Jell-O shot that is so pretty you’ll want to Instagram it before eating. Not only does it look classy, but you’ll look classy eating it.
Brie, Apple and Honey Crostini
Need a little appetiser to whet your palate before supper? The classiest appetisers are often the easiest ones to make because the pairing of flavours is flawless. Crostinis are no different. While they only have a few simple ingredients, you’ll realise how decadent and gourmet they are when you bite into one.
Mimosas are simply essential for a bachelorette! Make it easy on yourself if you’re hosting and fun for the guests by setting up a mimosa bar where new flavours and creations can be made. The best part is, you can customise the mimosa bar to the bride’s favourite fruits and champagnes, making her feel oh so special!
Floral Donuts with Blood Orange and Lemon-Ginger Glaze
Did you know that some flowers are edible? You don’t have just to garnish your foods with flowers and then pick them off; they can taste amazing too! Make your doughnuts a fun activity for your classy bachelorette weekend, and don’t be afraid to get creative! Top off your doughnuts with flowers, sprinkles, chocolates, and candy.
Watermelons and rosé are two things that define summer in two simple words. When combined, they create the most refreshing summer drink you can imagine. Use the emptied watermelons to be the display for this slushie beverage and martini glasses for individual servings. Garnish with some mint and a slice of watermelon. Want to have the best Melbourne hens party? Magic Men has you covered.
Fruit Spring Rolls with Chocolate Sauce
You’re going to need to pull out your cookie cutters for this sweet treat! If you want to serve up a great morning snack, try these fruit spring rolls! Cut the fruit up using cookie cutters for fun shapes that you can see through the rice paper. To add an even healthier twist, make the chocolate sauce dark chocolate so you and your girls can reap the benefits of those fantastic antioxidants.
Make-Ahead Finger Food Ideas for a Bachelorette Party
Delicious Finger Foods for Bridal Shower Parties
- Make it light: Party guests don’t want a heavy meal unless you want to serve a formal, sit-down affair for lunch or dinner. Since bridal showers are intimate parties, most formalities are typically unnecessary. You can even use paper plates and plastic cups.
- What’s popular: You don’t have to overthink what’s to serve. Surprisingly, the most common spreads consist mainly of crowd-pleasers such as “cookies, french fries, cupcakes (they are the most popular!), vegetable dips, pretzels, chips, finger sandwiches, cheese sticks, scones, croissants, nuts, and salads.” That doesn’t mean you can’t include creative concoctions by chefs.
Tasty Finger Food for Bridal Shower Brunch
- Mix them up: If it is a brunch, offer the guests a mix of breakfast and lunch favourites.
- A coffee bar: What’s a brunch without coffee? It will be a good idea to set up a coffee bar that can serve several types of brews and coffee concoctions.
Finger Food for Bridal Shower Luncheon
- Midday Bridal Shower: For bridal showers scheduled at midday, you could try cold salads, fresh vegetables, potatoes, chicken or fish. Don’t forget to put in vegetarian dishes or, better yet, assume that you have a vegetarian guest, so you have to provide an option for vegetarians as well.
Bridal Shower Menu for Themed Bridal Showers
- Match the finger foods: Many themes can be used for a highly organised bridal shower. You can still use finger foods, but you have to creatively pick ones that will suit the theme: Hawaiian-inspired Luau, Asian-themed, Western/Ranch theme, Naughty, etc.
Don’t Forget the Sweet Conclusion.
- Completing the party: Like any party, a bachelorette party or bridal shower can’t be complete without the sweets. You can even have a party of sweets and pastries, such as in a Tea Party theme.
- Canapes: “The perfect finger food…” There are many recipes out there. Pick the one that will suit the theme or time of day.
- Fondue: “Fondue is a special treat …” and it’s so easy to do. “… cook up a pot of cheese or chocolate, buy some metal spears, and cut up some fruits, bread, and vegetables for a great, crowd-pleasing dip.
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries: With strawberries to dip in the fondue, strawberries are perfect for a romantic event.
- Spinach and Feta Mushrooms: Stuff the mushrooms with feta; it is a crowd-pleaser. Find a recipe that will suit your skill and taste.
- Nachos: “Nachos are a crowd pleaser in any situation.” Again, there are several recipes you can use depending on your preference.
- Burgers: These are filling foods you use instead of canapés. Their many possibilities from the meat, relish veggies and sauces. Pick the one that will be easy for you to do, or get them from a popular take out restaurant, which you can order in advance.
- Strawberry Fruit Desserts: Strawberries also make great desserts if you want to depart from the simple chocolate-covered recipe.
- Pizza Bianca: With many pizzerias all over, it will not be too hard for you to get this included in the spread.
- Spinach Artichoke Dip: If there are vegetarian guests, this finger food will not go unappreciated. With crusty bread or sliced up vegetable stick, this dip can indeed make a good impression.
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cupcakes: This easy-to-make (easy-to-buy or order too) desserts can give your party the sweet conclusion you want.
You may be completely stressed out about bachelorette party food, but you do not have to be. Whether you are expected to provide a full meal, some snacks, or just some fabulous desserts, we have you covered