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But I can’t afford to go on the Bachelor/Bachelorette Party? Have no fear, your Grandview helper is here.

With today’s rising costs of, well let’s say everything, it is becoming harder and harder to plan those expensive weekend excursions to Vegas or Atlantic City. Face the facts: the average bridesmaid will spend over $1000.00 on the wedding day between hair, makeup, dress, undergarments, shoes, presents… the list can go on and on. The average groomsman is looking at around $800.00, when all is said and done, as well.
One great solution is to have a combo party weekend. A backyard BBQ with a glamping (“glamour camping”) theme is just the answer to your budget conscience bridal party.

Everyone bring a tent! Set up lanterns all around the outside space. Make a fire pit. This can be done with some cinder blocks and seating. Your fire can pull double duty as a make your own smore’s station later in the evening.

Have games! Lawn games serve two glorious purposes by creating an effortless icebreaker for a group of people who may not already be acquainted, and are also just plain fun. Games such as cornhole, horseshoes, ping pong and washers are all basic enough that no matter a guest’s skill level, everyone is bound to have a great time. Want to kick it up a notch? Create a tournament. You can divide up teams by family, friends of the bridal couple, or random draw.

Set up an outdoor photo booth. In this age of selfies, photo booths create a fun, and often hilarious, activity that also serves as a memento after the party is over. There’s no need to fork over tons of cash to rent a photo booth. Create your own using a simple bed sheet as a backdrop and adding a card table with props. Enlist one of the hosts to take the pictures. Easy as one, two, CHEESE!

Arrange a Summer spirits station. Create a rustic, outdoor drink station stocked with a menu of spiked lemonade, sweet martinis and minty mojitos. Serve your cocktails in personalized party cups (checkout Oriental Trading) for each guest to keep after the party as a favor. Easy, cheap, and oh-so practical, they kill two birds with one stone, and do it on a friendly budget.