While figuring out girls' weekend or bachelorette party food can seem intimidating, I'm here to break it all down for you. As long as you think a little ahead and follow my tips, you'll be set up for success!
These meals are all perfect when staying at a rental house with a kitchen. For this weekend, I flew into the location (Catalina Island!) and did not have the capacity to bring food with me, which was perfectly fine. I have also cooked for girls' weekends before when we drove to the location. For these more local events, I was able to prepare lots of food at home the week before and brought the meals in a chilled cooler.
What I cooked for a bachelorette party
- Breakfast: Avocado Toast Bar
- Lunch: Chicken pitas with Easy Marinated Grilled Chicken, hummus, and tzatziki
- I marinated the chicken on Thursday and served it with warmed pita bread, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, lettuce, hummus, and tzatziki. Some served it as pitas, others made a Greek salad.
- I chopped the vegetables the morning of and covered them in damp paper towels and kept them on a platter in the refrigerator.
- My homemade hummus and tzatziki sauces are so good with this-- but also don't stress if storebought is more realistic for you.
- Appetizer: Charcuterie board with meats, cheeses, honey, and crackers
- Dinner: Summer Steak Grain Bowls
- I cooked and seasoned the farro and corn the morning of and cooled it on a sheet pan. Once cooled, I kept it in the refrigerator covered. When it was time to serve I reheated both the corn and farro while stirring them both frequently in a pan. A few of my friends and I pre-plated the meals for an extra special touch.
- Dessert: Homemade chocolate mousse was on the menu but the grocery store didn't have what we needed so I pivoted to boxed brownies. Don't forget it's okay to go with the flow and just have fun 🙂
- Breakfast burritos
- I had friends help me cook bacon, scramble eggs, and warm tortillas. I served it as a breakfast burrito bar but you could also pre-make the burritos ahead, wrap them in foil, keep them in the refrigerator, and reheat them in the oven. If you have the time to prep ahead, be sure to serve with my homemade roasted tomato salsa.
- Lunch: dining out
- Dinner: Take-out tacos to eat at the house
- Breakfast: Leftovers
Tips for menu planning and things to consider
- Can you bring things with you ahead? If you are driving to the destination or hosting at your place, you can prep throughout the week leading up, as opposed to flying. This can affect the number of homemade meals you decide to make.
- What dietary restrictions are there? A buffet with items that can easily be selected or passed is a great way to go.
- Am I going to be the only one cooking? The goal is no! Maybe yes, if you really love to cook. But even as someone who loves to cook, I like picking the majority of recipes that I know will be easy for any willing friends to jump in.
More girls' weekend menu ideas
- Cheesy French Onion Dip
- Caesar Salad (would be great served with tortillas for lunch to turn into wraps if desired! Or you could serve with my easy marinated grilled chicken).
- Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas (assuming everyone eats shrimp)
- Grilled Brie with Strawberries
- Black bean and corn enchiladas (great vegetarian option and you could make them the day before and bring in a cooler for the first night, if you are driving)
- Sausage and Leek Breakfast Turnovers (could be made weeks in advance, frozen, and brought in a cooler if you are driving)
Entertaining tips for a bachelorette party
- Create a signature drink sign
- This is an easy touch but was a HUGE hit of the weekend! I created a simple sign in a frame and put it next to a pitcher of the drink. We ended up making the drink every night! It was so nice that no one had to be a bartender. We kept it easy with tequila and strawberry lemonade (labeled as "pink lemonade" on the sign to give us flexibility on what the grocery store had in stock). Other great drink options would be:
- Print out menus for a fancy dinner-night-in
- Such an easy but special touch! I created menus for our Friday night dinner and printed one out for each place setting. It didn't take me long but it gave the night an extra special touch.
- Create a few special meals (or maybe more or less depending on where you are)
- Don't be shy to keep some meals easy: leftovers, take-out, and eating out are all so special! (Pst.... eating leftover tacos for breakfast while discussing the night before in your pjs can be just as special as a homecooked breakfast!)
- Create a meal plan that feels good to you! If one homemade meal for the weekend is right for you-- go with that! If you're a cooking machine and want to make everything from scratch-- you do you!
If you try any of my tips or recipes for what to cook for a bachelorette party, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below! And if there are any questions or tips that you are curious about regarding how to cook for a bachelorette party, feel free to ask below.
*I do not own the photos in the signature drink sign