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20 (Stripper-Free) Bachelor Party Ideas

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

If you’re over the age of 12, you know that the traditional bachelor party involves strippers, booze, and then more strippers. [Yawn.] That’s all fine. And we would never discourage lapdances and liquor.

But you can do better. You can get more creative. In addition to the ho-hum routine of pole-dancing and beer, consider mixing it up with the following:

1. Hunt. Especially for guys who don’t usually go hunting—it’s a wacky adventure. 10 guys. 10 guns. 10 cases of beer. What could go wrong?

2. Play poker. Perfect for a lean budget. Grill steaks, get beer from a cheap grocery store, and play Texas Hold ‘Em with a $20 buy-in.

3Camp. Swigging beers around the campfire—stars in the sky, clear air, no Blackberries—is just the right contrast to the madness of wedding planning.

4Golf. But only if the groom actually—you know—likes to golf. Otherwise it feels forced, rote, and awkward. If someone influential eagerly suggests, “Hey guys—let’s do golf!” others might feel obligated just out of peer pressure. Feel out the groom’s honest interest-level.

5. Taste whiskey. This ain’t cheap. But arranging your own private “tasting” at a posh whiskey bar—lets you class-up an ordinary bar experience.

6. Take a road trip. Ideally, to someplace fun and quirky, like Graceland, Atlantic City, or the Baseball Hall of Fame.

7. Herd cattle. Think: City Slickers. Yep, you can actually book this kind of “working vacation” where you live like cowboys. More info at sites like this.

8. Kill each other. Virtually. If your group is into video games, a weekend of HaloGrand Theft Auto, or Madden could be the perfect (if nerdy) way to relieve stress. If you do this, just lie to other friends and tell them you hit a strip-club.

9. Ski. The Plunge’s favorite bachelor parties are the ones that incorporate both rugged outdoors and drunken revelry. Skiing fits the bill: a few runs on the slopes, a few bourbons in the lodge. Bonus? Ski bunnies.

10. Rent a beach house. When enough guys chip in, renting a house is cheaper than hotels, gives you an Old School-type vibe, and increases the odds that the groom, at some point, will vomit. Which is the goal of every good bachelor party. (Unless, of course, the bachelor party is the night before the wedding. Which you would never schedule, right?

11. Play paintball. Only two rules: 1) You have to let the groom’s team win. 2) You can’t let the groom know that you’re letting him win.

12. Go white water rafting. Plenty of organizations now offer multi-day, pre-planned, guided rafting trips that require no knowledge, experience, or sobriety.

13. FishMaybe. Obviously, this depends on the personality of the groom. Some guys will find it boring—profoundly so—to stare, for hours and hours, at a tranquil sea of water. He’ll get enough of this tedium in marriage.

14. Taste cigars. Splurge on a swanky cigar lounge and smoke cigars that you would never, ever ordinarily justify buying. If not now, when?

15. Skydive. Most guys want to go skydiving…but never do because of the eye-popping cost. (Hundreds of dollars for only a few minutes fun—it’s a worse $/minute ratio than Eliot Spitzer’s hooker.) Like cigar tasting, you might as well live it up now.

16. Take in a game. If you can swing it, get box seats. If you can’t, just get really, really drunk. Either way, pony up the cash to get seats you would never usually afford.

17. Rent dirt bikes. Or dune buggies, ATVs, or anything else that provides at least a 13% chance of death.

18. Flee to Mexico. Not the obvious party-cities like Cancun or Cozumel, but the actual real Mexico-the real culture, cities, and grit. Less comfortable but more rewarding. Um…..yeeeeaaaah. Before you grab your ticket to Mexico, you might want to sure the jaws of hell haven’t opened.

19. Feast on steak. Maybe your group has tons of dough but can’t find a weekend to all get away. No problem: rent a limo and go for a steak dinner. Especially if this is not the kind of lifestyle your groom is used to, this will make him feel like royalty.

20. Anything but this. Learn from this real-life example. In your attempts to get more creative, don’t let the pendulum swing too far. Unless the groom is a recovering alcoholic or doesn’t drink for religious/personal reasons, you still want to incorporate booze and debauchery. Don’t turn into this exchange:

Question: Do you have ideas for a Clean, Christian Bachelor Party?

My husband is the best man and is clueless to what to do for his best friend. Needs to be clean (no strippers, no drinking)!

Best Answer –

Have an advice and blessing party. The friends get together at someones house and help him fill a book of marriage and child rearing advice – personal and scriptural advice. Things that could be covered are:

To encourage them to pray together daily and share scripture.

That he should respect and treasure her as his wife and hold her above all other women.

Never stop dating – no matter what always make time for each other.

Have all the men at the party write these down a a page from a 3×5 scrapbook and then when they have all contributed and placed the book together they all raise up a prayer of blessing for his future that he be a good,faithful and generous husband and a father his children can be proud of.

Hope this helps!

…and that was voted as the “Best” answer.

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How To: Pretend You Can Dance

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Dancing For Dummies

You go to your corporate party, and the DJ breaks into the latest dance tunes. Your date is pulling you onto the dance floor, but you’re still traumatized from the incident at your prom, after the spotlight was on you because you had just won “The Biggest Spaz on the Dance Floor” Award.

Well, not this time. You refuse to be mocked for your dancing again, but on the other hand, you don’t want to be the bore of the party and be reduced to talking to the hors d’oeuvres waiters all night long, while your colleague moves in on your hot date.

You don’t have to be the life of the party, but you at least want to join in on the festivities. So learn how to at least pretend that you can dance, and look normal on the dance floor — without having to depend on alcohol to let loose.

Faking It

Move with the music
Let the music be your guide, and just move your body along with the rhythm and beats. You don’t have to do impressive steps — just let the music take you away.

Snap your fingers or clap your hands
If you’re really at a loss on how to move, then just look like you’re having fun by snapping your fingers while swaying your body from side to side. Just don’t clap too much — you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself.

Go to the YMCA
In order to start small on the dance floor, join in during a dance that has traditional steps and gestures, such as “YMCA” by the Village People, “Staying Alive”, by the Bee Gees, “The Time Warp”, or a line dance such as Kool & the Gang’s “Celebrate” or even “Macarena” (that is, if that song is still played). This way, not only will you know the moves required, but these are also songs that allow you to go crazy and look foolish — that’s part of the fun.

Grab a partner
If you’re at a party with someone you feel close to or comfortable with, then let them guide you on the dance floor, by imitating their steps to a degree. It’ll also be easier for you to let loose and get accustomed to the moves if you hold your partner’s hands while dancing.

You don’t need to be doing fancy dances like salsa or swing, just take your partner’s hands and move with her. Remember, there’s a reason why it takes two to tango.

Talk to your partner
You don’t need to actually hold your partner’s hands, but talking to her while you’re moving your body will at least distract you from the task at hand, so you’ll be able to move minimally while randomly talking to your partner.

Obviously, this is not the time for deep conversation, just random chitchat.

Sing along
By the same token, if the music is too loud or you find it difficult to actually talk to your partner while dancing, at least sing along to the music, which will help you move to the rhythm, and distract you from trying to dance perfectly.

Do less than more
If you feel very awkward or uncomfortable on the dance floor, try to do less rather than trying to show off. Just avoid drawing attention to yourself, and stick to basic moves such as swaying, moving from side to side, and moving your body more than your feet.

Avoid these things at all costs, unless you want to be the joke of the party.

Losing It

Flailing your arms
Again, if you don’t feel comfortable on the dance floor, then don’t make motions that practically beg the crowd to look in your direction — unless you have moves that would make Michael Jackson turn white (okay, wrong choice of words).

Jumping up and down
This is something you would do if you were at a frat party or rock concert; leave it for those occasions.

Staring down at the floor
Avoid keeping your eyes glued to the floor, or you’ll look too intense and as if you’re concentrating too much on your moves. Instead, try to focus on the band, DJ, or the people around you — but don’t stare at the woman in the skimpy dress or your boss’ wife for too long, for obvious reasons.

Getting drunk
It’s perfectly okay to drink a little bit to loosen up on the dance floor, in fact, it’s recommended if you feel that alcohol will help you open up, but you may want to refrain from getting on the dance floor if you feel the urge to get up on the speaker, do the funky chicken while doing the limbo, or worse yet — dance like Seinfeld ‘s Elaine Benes.

Screaming “Woooo!” while moving
This is probably what will happen if you dance when you’re extremely drunk. Don’t draw attention to yourself, unless of course, you want to.

Dancing with clenched fists
If your body’s stiff and your fists are in the punching position while you dance, you’ll look stressed and extremely tense, which will make you look insecure.

Remember, the whole point of dancing is to have fun and enjoy yourself. Nobody expects you to break into the moonwalk, start leading the conga line, or pull a Fred Astaire. Don’t think about it too much, and just let your body move to the rhythm.

After a while, you’ll be more accustomed to letting yourself open up, and you’ll see that you can move your body in more ways than you thought possible. And if this isn’t reason enough to at least try to dance, it is believed that a person’s dance moves are similar to his bedroom moves. So if this means anything, then practice your moves wherever you like


Safe Driving Tips

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Chooses Innovative Way To Slow Down Their Drivers

An omnibus company in China has launched a new “drive safely” campaign, by hanging big bowls of water next to their drivers.  The Longxiang Public Bus Company in Changsha, Hunan province, says drivers must drive gently to avoid spilling any water.  Bus drivers are expected to ensure the bowls are still full when they finish their shift Trav and Party Pam have discovered.

The company warns drivers that CCTV footage will be studied to make sure they do not top up the bowls with water.

We have learned that, ‘Passengers often complain that sudden braking and bad driving makes them really uncomfortable on the buses,’ from a spokesman of the company.  ‘So by hanging bowls of water in the driver’s cab will discourage them from making any jolting starts, sudden braking or bad turns.’

The staff at Seattle Party Bus Rentals would like to this implemented in the USA


Spring Party Themes

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Spring parties can celebrate any number of occasions, including birthdays, holidays,graduations, spring break, the end of a school term, and more. Before choosing a specific theme for the party, however, party planners should carefully consider a number of factors, such as:

  • Guest Age: Simple themes work best for young guests, while more active or sophisticated themes are better for teens and adults.
  • Location: While it can be tempting to breathe in the warm spring air at an outdoor party, if the party is held too early in the season the weather could be wet or chilly instead of sunny and balmy. Also be aware of muddy ground or cooler temperatures that may delay floral blooms.
  • Allergies: Many people suffer through spring allergies, and considerate hosts will be aware of potential problems and will provide solutions for their guests by choosing themes or locations everyone can enjoy.

With the weather, landscape, gardens, and wildlife changing nearly every day as the calendar embraces spring, there are many party themes to choose from.

Spring into fun with a children’s Easter party.
  • Spring Holidays: Holiday-oriented parties are the most popular type of spring celebration. Options include:
    • St. Patrick’s Day: Green food, decorations, and more will bring the luck o’ the Irish to this celebration.
    • Easter: Children especially love the egg hunts, bunny visits, and sweet treats of Easter Parties.
    • Earth Day: Planting, recycling, and other Earth-friendly activities can be fun options for an Earth Day party.
    • April Fool’s Day: Practical jokes and craziness are key to a good time on April first.
    • Cinco de Mayo: Enjoy cultural flair when celebrating this popular Hispanic holiday.
    • Mother’s Day: Mother-daughter pampering days or makeovers can be fun party activities in May.
  • Gardening Party: Whether held indoors or outdoors, planting seeds and seedlings can be a fun theme for a gardening party, and new shoots make long-lasting party favors
  • Spring Fever: Revel in spring fever with this hot theme by choosing a party menu of spicy foods and using feisty games to heat up the action.
  • Butterfly Party: Butterflies are delicate spring visitors, and children will enjoy a butterfly-themed event complete with making wearable butterfly or fairy wings. Alternatively, the party could focus on dragonflies, ladybugs, or other fun spring visitors.
  • Flower Power Party: This floral celebration could focus on a single spring bloom such as lilacs, tulips, daffodils, or daisies, or it could feature brilliant bouquets with a rainbow of spring flowers.
  • Baby Animal Adventures: Children love the cuddly, fuzzy baby animals of spring, and a visit to a farm to meet ducklings, calves, lambs, and other spring babies can make the event even more memorable.
  • Spring Break Party: Even if students can’t get away for spring break, a tropically-themed luau or pool party can be a fun way to celebrate at home.
  • Picnic Party: Celebrate the beginning of outdoor activities by hosting the first picnic of the year with this spring theme. Spring foods such as fresh berries and new vegetables are perfect for a refreshing picnic menu, and the party could be held at a local park or flower garden to emphasize the outdoor beauty of the season.
  • Tax Break Party: This theme is the perfect stress reliever for mid-April doldrums. Creative party decorations focusing on money, receipts, and incomprehensible forms add joviality and uniqueness to this theme.