7 Crazy-Fun Co-Ed Bachelor/ Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Jessica Simpson and her friends aren’t the only ones planning joint bachelor and bachelorette parties these days. Many couples now prefer to celebrate the occasion by getting all of their friends together. Here are seven ways you can make your bash one for the books.

1. Plan a Competitive Scavenger Hunt
There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition! Plan a boys vs. girls scavenger hunt or bar crawl. The winning team gets free drinks for the night!

2. Check Out a Music Festival
If the bride and groom love catching concerts together, bring their friends together for a fun music festival. Jazz Fest in New Orleans, SXSW in Austin, and Coachella in Southern California are just a few of our favorites.

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3. Go Camping
Camping with the girls is awesome, but when it comes time to killing a massive spider or setting up your tent, it can be nice to have a few handy men around. Plus, there’s no better way to bond with the groom and his buddies than over s’mores by the campfire!

4. Belt Out Some Karaoke Tunes
Some songs just need a few male voices in the mix! Check out your local karaoke bar (or the ones recommended on The Bach) and get ready to perform. Many bars have private rooms, so your group can really cut loose.

5. Head To An Amusement Park
Relive your childhood by playing fun carnival games and riding roller coasters. Plus, it’s a great place for mingling if there are any single groomsmen and bridesmaids — they might just end up on a romantic Ferris wheel ride together!

6. Cheer On Your Favorite Team
If the bride and groom are sports fanatics, help them support their favorite team. You can easily make a day of it by organizing a tailgate party before the game gets started.

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7. Compete Top Chef-Style
Whether you take a cooking class or organize a competition in someone’s home, this is the perfect way to celebrate a foodie couple. Plan “quick-fire” challenges or have the bride and groom do blind taste tests of each team’s culinary creations. After your cook-off, everyone can enjoy an awesome meal together! 

—Joanne Barken

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Guest blogger: Joanne Barken
Joanne Barken is the CEO of The Bach, the first online platform for planning bachelorette parties. Joanne, who lives in New York City — one of the country's top choices for a special night out with the girls — has helped plan over a dozen bachelorette parties before launching The Bach.