Top Ten Bachelorette Party Ideas in Des Moines

Bachelorette parties don’t have to be relegated to dark bars or even involve alcohol (though they are more fun with it). The following are some ideas on how to celebrate an impending marriage without having to leave the Des Moines area.

  1. Have a Spa night at Salon Spa W- located at 400 East Locust Street, Salon Spa W offers several bachelorette party packages that range from $75 per person that includes a mani/pedi up to $200 per person that includes a body treatment/facial/mani/pedi. They provide a private area so you don’t have to worry about disturbing others if you get a little rowdy plus they serve treats and drinks. This is a great way to pamper yourself while in a fun environment. Their website is
  2. Have a private Sip and Paint class-the class gives everyone the chance to learn from local artists who will guide you on how to paint a featured painting. A private party does require a $200 deposit. It’s bring your own wine and food if you’re wanting to drink/eat while you learn so be sure to bring plenty for everyone in your party. To request a private party, go to
  3. Rent Kayaks –for those who want to be more active with their party, you can rent kayaks at Gray’s lake for $5 per half hour or $10 per hour. If you’re wanting somewhere to kayak that’s a little more secluded, you can rent kayaks at Raccoon River Retreats for $24 with complimentary shuttle services- you can pick how long you want to go out based on which route you choose. Both locations will provide all of the equipment you’ll need so you don’t have to worry about bringing anything but plenty of sunscreen. For more information about Gray’s lake Kayak rental, go to and for Raccoon River Retreats go to
  4. Go Paintballing in your worst bridesmaid dress/old prom dress- this is the best opportunity for the everyone to get a second usage out of that bridesmaid dress you were forced to buy for another wedding and a chance to get out any aggression you’re all feeling with the stress that weddings bring to all involved. The pictures of the before and after will be a fun addition to your wedding reception pictures. There’s a few places to go for paintballing, you can go to Archery Field and Sports or for indoor paintball, go to ICU Paintball Inc. at
  5. Go on a Cupcake crawl- who says crawls have to only involve alcohol? Make a route that hits all of your favorite cupcake spots or whatever treat you’re wanting to indulge in. Renting a limo to drive you around makes it more luxurious and solves the problem of who’s driving and what cars to go in. Some cupcake places to try are Crème Cupcake at, Scratch Cupcakery at or see my post about top ten Ice cream spots for suggestions at Top Ten Ice Cream spots in Des Moines. To rent a limo, try Majestic Limo at or DM Limos at
  6. Have a Casino night at Prairie Meadows- you can still get the Vegas feeling without the hassle and expense of traveling there. Prairie Meadows recently added a hotel to the casino so you can extend the party if you need to especially if you’re having a winning streak at the slots or while betting on the horses.  Their website is
  7. Visit a Pyschic/fortune teller- even if you don’t believe in them, it’s still fun to see what they say your future will hold especially for the bride and what her future will look like. Des Moines has a few choices with Visions Psychics at and Voices From Heaven at
  8. Hold a Romantic Movie marathon at home- hopefully you’ll already know what the brides favorite movies are but if you don’t, go with classics like When Harry Met Sally and Princess Bride or Casablanca. This would be a good idea for a winter bachelorette party to avoid going out in the cold. Make fun cocktails to drink or gourmet hot chocolate and order in a pizza. Make it a night of relaxation and seeing people falling in love.
  9. Volunteer- go to and find a program that needs volunteer workers near you that works with everyone’s schedules or you can work with Hope Ministries and serve food with their meals for hope program at Keep Iowa Beautiful is another local group who is always looking for volunteer help- their website is
  10. Go “Glamping”- aka glamourous camping- you can spend just one night or make it a long weekend. You’ll get out of town though not too far and be able to spend the night in a non-hotel location where you can play the traditional “hen party” games or having an at home spa day. Country Cabins Motel in Cambridge offers 2-3 bedroom suites and even 2 log cabins for rent for larger parties. Their website is  Timberline Campground is just a few miles west of West Des Moines and offers rental cabins for &70 per night for groups up to 4 people. Their website is
Bridal Party Kit @ $9.73




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