Bach to the 90s: How to Throw a Memorable 90s Bachelorette Party

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Last Updated on August 27, 2023

Are you ready to celebrate the bride-to-be 90s style? If you’re the maid of honor or a close friend of the bride, no pressure… buuut, you have the important task of throwing her the perfect bachelorette party.

So, why not take a trip back in time and get grooving to the beats of the 90s? It was, after all, a decade of iconic music, fashion, and unrivalled fun.

In this article, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to plan an epic 90s-themed bachelorette bash. From invitations to decorations, games, and music, we’ve got you covered! Let the party begin with these 90s bachelorette party ideas!

Invitations

As you start planning the ultimate 90s hen party, let’s kick things off with the invitations! This is your opportunity to set the tone for the entire event and get everyone excited to celebrate the bride-to-be 90s style. You can also remind invitees to dress in a certain way or bring this or that item, so make the most of it!

Embrace the 90s Aesthetic: When it comes to designing the invitations, think bold and vibrant colors that scream “totally 90s!” Neon shades like hot pink, electric blue, and lime green are perfect choices. You can create your invitations using Canva or opt for a more hands-on approach and craft them by hand with colorful markers and stickers. While traditional snail mail invitations have a certain charm, digital invites are more eco-friendly and can save time and effort. Choose the option that best suits your party planning needs and the preferences of the bride and guests.

Use 90s Icons and Symbols: Incorporate popular 90s icons and symbols into the invitation design to give guests an immediate sense of nostalgia. Classic images like cassette tapes, floppy disks, mixtapes, Game Boys, or even Tamagotchis will evoke fond memories from the past.

Use Catchy Phrases and Slang: Have some fun with the wording on the invitations! Use catchy phrases and slang that were all the rage in the 90s. Phrases like “As If!” or “Let’s Party Like it’s 1999” will add a cheeky and playful touch to the invitation. You can also include popular 90s sayings like “Talk to the Hand,” “Booyah,” or “All That and a Bag of Chips.”

Personalize for the Bride: Make the invitation extra special by incorporating elements that are specific to the bride’s interests and personality. If she had a favorite 90s TV show or movie, feature its iconic characters or catchphrases (like Clueless’ As if!). Or if she was a die-hard fan of a particular 90s music band, use their album covers or song titles to customize the invitations (more inspo on that later!).

Interactive Elements: To make the invitations even more engaging, consider adding a QR code that leads to a personalized 90s playlist (you can make it on Spotify!). Curate a selection of the bride’s favorite 90s songs along with some all-time classics and maybe use it later to kick-start the fun at the party! This way, guests can start getting into the groove and reminiscing about the good old days even before the party begins and when they hear the song, they are ready for some epic chorus action!

RSVP Details and Dress Code: Don’t forget to include all the essential details for RSVPing and the event itself! Provide clear instructions on how guests can respond, whether it’s through an email address or a designated phone number. You can even set up an automatic confirmation pop up in Whatsapp! Also, let guests know about the dress code for the party—encourage them to come dressed in their best 90s attire for the ultimate nostalgic experience.

By putting effort and creativity into the invitations, you’re setting the stage for an unforgettable 90s bachelorette party. So, get ready to transport everyone back to the decade of boy bands, grunge, and the Spice Girls as you celebrate the bride-to-be in true 90s style!

Games and Activities

Here are some 90s bachelorette party games that you can use to entertain your guests.

90s Song Lyric Trivia Game: 90s Lyric Challenge will undoubtedly be the highlight of the party (especially if you did that Spotify warm-up playlist and included it in the invites), but don’t stop there! Create a 90s-themed scavenger hunt around the party venue or the city, with clues based on 90s pop culture references. Include stops at places significant to the bride, her favorite hangout spots, or spots where she had memorable moments.

“Guess the 90s Celebrity”: Create a slideshow of pictures featuring famous celebrities from the 90s and have guests guess their names. You’ll be amazed at how much they (and you!) remember from that decade!

For a more daring and hilarious game, try “90s Karaoke Roulette.”: Write down various 90s songs on slips of paper and place them in a hat. Each guest takes turns drawing a song and has to sing it karaoke-style, no matter how challenging or embarrassing it may be. This is a nice follow-up game after 90s music trivia game, 90s Lyric Challenge too!

Decorations

To really immerse everyone the 90s bachelorette party decorations are a must. To create a 90s atmosphere, set up a photo booth with props like oversized colorful sunglasses, cellphones, inflatable boomboxes/roller skaters, and foam fingers.

Decorate the backdrop with popular 90s slang and phrases like “As If,” “Talk to the Hand,” and “Wassup!” This will be the perfect spot for guests to take fun and take silly pictures to cherish forever! (And if your friends are like mine, upload to social media!). Don’t forget the 90s bachelorette balloons, nothing says bach to the 90s like a ton of balloons.

In addition to the decorations mentioned earlier, consider adding table décor, and maybe hanging posters of iconic 90s movies or fave music bands. Incorporate neon lights and disco balls to add a touch of disco fever to the ambiance. Add a shiny fringe or two for more of a party feel! If you want more details, here’s an in-depth guide to 90s Party Decorations to Make That Next Celebration POP.

Food and Drinks

Let the 90s theme extend to the food and drinks as well. Prepare a dessert table with treats that pay homage to classic 90s candies like Ring Pops, Pop Rocks, and Gushers. If you are a at a loss and want a quick reminder of what was trendy back in the day, food and candy wise, you can check these past articles: 30+ of the Absolute Best 90s Snacks + The Essential List of 90s Food. You can also create a DIY ice cream sundae station with an array of toppings, just like we used to love as kids.

For drinks, serve colorful cocktails and mocktails that represent popular 90s colors. Think “Purple Haze” for lavender-hued drinks, “Electric Blue” for blue concoctions, and “Pretty in Pink” for delightful pink refreshments. Or, click here for the Ultimate List of 35+ 90s Drinks We Sipped Up as Kids.

Party Favors

As the party winds down, it’s time to show your appreciation to the guests for making the bride-to-be’s 90s bachelorette party extra special! Party favors are a delightful way to say “thank you” and ensure that the memories of the throwback bash linger long after the event. Let’s dive into some fantastic 90s-inspired party favor ideas that will leave everyone feeling nostalgic and loved! (And might add to your legend as a bash-thrower, just saying!)

Custom-Made 90s-Themed T-Shirts: Give the guests a wearable keepsake with custom-made 90s-themed t-shirts, scrunchies or other clothing item. These shirts can feature catchy phrases like “Bach to the 90s” or “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!” in bold and colorful fonts. You can also add playful graphics of popular 90s icons like cassette tapes, smiley faces, or platform shoes. These shirts will be a fun reminder of the unforgettable night they spent celebrating with the bride.

Personalized Mix CDs: Take the party favors to the next level by creating personalized mix CDs for each guest. Include the bride’s favorite 90s songs along with some iconic hits from the era. Add a touch of creativity by designing custom CD covers with a collage of 90s pop culture references or pictures of the bride and her friends having a blast during the party.

90s Beauty Goodies: Pamper guests with 90s-inspired beauty goodies. Include lip glosses in retro packaging, scrunchies in neon colors, and nail polish shades reminiscent of the 90s fashion scene. You can also add mini bottles of body glitter or roll-on glitter gels for a touch of sparkle. Check out this awesome article of 90s makeup ideas.

DIY Friendship Bracelet Kits: Bring back the nostalgic art of making friendship bracelets with DIY kits. Include embroidery floss in vibrant 90s hues and easy-to-follow instructions for creating beautiful bracelets. This favor is not only a fun throwback to our childhood crafting days but also symbolizes the lasting friendships formed at the bachelorette party.

Personalized 90s Photo Frames: Capture the fun moments of the party with your instant camera and hand out personalized 90s-themed photo frames. For added nostalgia, you can invest in an Instant Camera if that’s within your budget. I mean, didn’t we all love polaroids? Decorate the frames with stickers of 90s symbols, such as smiley faces, peace signs, or boomboxes. Guests can insert their polaroid pictures from the party into the frames as a cherished memento.

Vintage Pins and Buttons: Add a touch of flair to the party favors with vintage pins and buttons featuring popular 90s catchphrases, band logos, or TV show references. These quirky accessories will add a pop of nostalgia to any outfit and become a conversation starter for future encounters.

Remember, the party favors are an opportunity to show love and appreciation to the guests and everyone will leave the bachelorette bash with a heart full of nostalgia and wonderful memories of celebrating the bride-to-be 90s style!

Costumes and Themes

What party is complete without costumes? Here are some ideas for a 90s bachelorette party outfits:

  • Spice Girls
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • The Nanny
  • Friends

If you’re aiming for a more specific theme, consider “Fresh Prince and Fresh Princess” where guests dress up in colorful streetwear like the characters from the TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” (need some extra inspo? Check out these Will Smith outfit ideas) Or go for 90s bachelorette party shirts or Hawaiian shirts like we used to wear. Alternatively, opt for a “90s Prom” theme, encouraging guests to wear their best 90s prom-inspired attire, complete with big hair and corsages!

Playlist

The 90s playlist is the heartbeat of the party. Here are some absolute must-have 90s bachelorette party songs:

  • “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  • “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
  • “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
  • “I Want it That Way” by Backstreet Boys
  • “Waterfalls” by TLC
  • “No Scrubs” by TLC
  • “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
  • “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
  • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys
  • “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

And here a playlist where you can get some more inspiration: Spotify.

And there you have it, a full-fledged guide to throwing a truly memorable 90s bachelorette party! From invitations that set the tone to games that bring back nostalgic memories, decorations that transport everyone to the 90s, and a playlist that keeps the party going, this bachelorette bash is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience for the bride and all her friends.

So, gather your scrunchies, pop in some 90s CDs, and get ready to dance the night away (get practicing your 90s dance moves). Celebrate the bride-to-be 90s style and make this pre-wedding event an absolute blast! Remember, the 90s were all about having fun, and that’s precisely what this party should be all about. Cheers to celebrating love and friendship, 90s style!

Need extra inspo? Check out: All That and a Bag of Chips: How to Throw a 1990s Party

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Lorena Lombardo
Lorena Lombardo is a fashion designer specialized in trend forecasting and fashion journalism. She studied at the UAL (University of London), ORT (Universidad ORT Uruguay), and taken various courses about traditional craftsmanship while living in Tokyo. Some of her favorite memories during the 90s include wearing bucket hats and trying to copy Rachel’s hairstyle. Her absolute favorite show was Buffy: the Vampire Slayer but she was also a huge fan of Clueless because of its amazing fashion choices. Her top track of the decade is currently disputed between How soon is Now? by the Smiths and Here with me by Dido. Both also happen to be the opening songs for two great 90s shows: Charmed and Roswell. Coincidence? I think not!