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Throwbach: For the Millennial Bride

I’m a millennial girl through and through, so it was no question when it was time to plan my bachelorette party what the theme would be. I wanted a throwbach with complete Y2K vibes filled with nods to my favorite iconic characters and pop culture moments.

My friends were all in and ready to make my 2000s vision come to life. Being obsessed with party planning, I still wanted to curate the look and design of our setup.


THE VIBE:

Two of my most favorite movies/shows from my teenage years were without a doubt Lizzie McGuire and Mean Girls, so that was the center focus for our design. We found the most amazing Lizzie McGuire garland on Etsy, which we paired with a heart Spritz garland from Target on top of an iridescent fringe backdrop - layering is always so great for creating a good photo op.


Our center backdrop was this perfect customizable “Get in Loser” garland that we featured alongside a hot pink balloon arch with disco ball and Lizzie-esque daisy balloons. My girls pulled through and DIYed a CD curtain wall by hot gluing CDs to fishing like and then using command hooks to hang on top another iridescent fringe backdrop.

Then it came down to the details - I had so much fun making a few signs with Canva that really leaned into the Y2K vibes. I found the Mean Girls font on Etsy, but otherwise used clip art and images from online. I think the Gossip Girl one is my favorite, but everyone loved the drink menu and AIM away message too.


I’m a big gift giver and even though we had lots of little goodies already planned for everyone (who doesn’t need a caboodle?!) - I just had to throw together an additional gift bag for my favorite girls. I found these cute iridescent jelly bags on Amazon and picked up Touchland hand sanitizer, lip gloss, MakeUp Erasers, Clueless Lip Liner, butterfly clips, highlighters, and scrunchies of course. We also had a bunch of temporary tattoos and classic chokers that really went with the vibe. I had to throw in my favorite Liquid IV flavors too to keep us hydrated all weekend.

The look wouldn’t have been complete without the custom sugar cookies that featured the iconic Burn Book and Victoria Secret PINK dog that CookieMomster.HTX made. We also got a replica Burn Book customized to say Bach Book that we filled with Polaroid pictures and each girl wrote sweet and funny notes in for me!


THE 411:

Friday night was total sleepover vibes - we decorated our AirBNB, drank High Noon, and listened to our carefully curated Throwbach Spotify playlist. Leaning into the theme, we each ordered velour tracksuits from Amazon - which were actually so comfy! This was the perfect fit for a sleepover night a la 2000s, while we had The Hills on in the background.


We had the lovely ladies from JuneMaeCo come for a permanent jewelry party moment, which was so fun! We all got cute bracelets or anklets and they had beaded bracelets for sale too. They were so sweet and fun, definitely recommend booking them if you have an event or bach in Austin!

Saturday we leisurely woke up and went shopping on South Congress - lots of cool finds from the Makers Market including Love Succs and CandleDales. We ended up grabbing apps and lunch at Moonshine Grill Downtown - definitely recommend the Roasted Garlic Bulbs, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, and Street Corn Queso appetizers plus the Cornflake Fried Chicken Salad (DELISH!)


Of course I had to make a stop at the flagship Kendra Scott store and actually picked out my wedding band, which is so on brand for this Texas bride. It worked out too since I got my birthday discount!


Saturday night was all about the icons - so each girl dressed up as one of the great vibes of the times. I'll share our looks in my next post! My girls surprised (also terrified me lol) by getting an Extragrams ATX Britney Spears Drag queen who was just so so fun and really got the party going before we headed out to Rainey Street.


It was such a fun weekend of millennial throwbacks, that I couldn't have dreamed of anything better! Stay tuned for a run down of our costumes...


TTYL xoxoxo

Samantha


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