I don’t watch much TV, aside from an hour of news to go along with my morning latte. Yet, there’s something about this cheesy reality dating show that makes me scramble to the television set. Though I hate to admit it, I eagerly awaited the premiere of this season’s “Bachelorette” as America’s favorite past contestant and single mom, Emily Maynard, took the stage in her quest for love.
Though Emily weeded out some of the weirdos in the first episode — check out Huffington Post’s hilarious analysis of this year’s contestants — there’s still plenty of drama, tears, exotic destinations and heartfelt goodbyes to enjoy. So whether you’re looking to gossip with some gal pals over your favorite eligible bachelor or you simply have nothing better to do on Monday nights, consider hosting a Bachelorette-viewing party with these tips for making it memorable and fun.
1. Create an Entrance
What’s a “Bachelorette” party without any roses? To set the mood, hand out red roses to each guest upon arrival. Depending on the number of friends attending, you may consider red carnations as an inexpensive alternative. Otherwise, pick up some faux flowers from the dollar store or craft supplier.
2. Dress to the Nines
Request Rose Ceremony-appropriate attire. Ladies should come dressed in fancy gowns and men should sport a suit or coat with a tie.
3. Be Refreshing
The Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants are always sipping on a cocktail, glass of wine or toasting with champagne, so you decide on what drink to serve. Ask guests to chip in with their favorite beverage to keep costs under control, and pick up inexpensive plastic flute glasses from the dollar store.
4. Serve Exotic Food
In addition to festive cocktails, you may also consider offering ethnic finger foods based on the show’s upcoming destination. Check out Pinterest for recipe ideas and load up your supermarket loyalty card with mobile coupons from CouponSherpa.com to score savings.
5. Drink Up
Reality TV drinking games are a fun way to get friends into the show, especially those who could care less about which bachelor is sent home. Identify a common word or phrase that gets overused by a specific character and ask everyone take a sip of their drink each time it is repeated.
6. Vote On It
Ask guests to vote on which bachelor they think will be picked for the one-on-one date and which guy will be sent home during the Rose Ceremony. Make sure that anyone who read a spoiler blog keeps their lips sealed!
7. Try Trivia
During commercials, quiz your guests on their Bachelor/Bachelorette IQ. Grab details about past episodes and contestants at TV.com and create a trivia game using index cards.
8. Offer Goody Bags
You can’t play games without handing out prizes to the winners. Keep it cheap with inexpensive treats like candy and candles for the goody bags.