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SFFYA Presents: A Bookish Burlesque Bachelorette

For the affianced nerd in your life, may we suggest throwing them the books-and-burlesque-themed party of their (and our) dreams?

SFFYA Presents: A Bookish Burlesque Bachelorette

Awhile back, SFFYA member Britt invited a few of us to her wedding -- and never to let an opportunity to party pass us by, we asked if she'd be interested in a relatively low-key book club bachelorette. She said yes -- and that she was up for anything -- at which point the planning began.

(Erica: "She said 'low-key,' so we should hire a Loki-themed male stripper." Genius, but perhaps a little too up-close-and-personal.)

Here's how you throw a books-and-burlesque bachelorette, #SFFYA style.

Step One: Pick an activity and the theme. (One besides drinking.) Don't tell the bachelorette anything.

Obviously, we chose burlesque and books, but more specifically, we tried to incorporate as many Harry Potter and Ravenclaw (Britt's chosen house) references as possible. We also told her to come dressed in "sexy Ravenclaw librarian" theme.

Step Two: Organize a craft night.

Favor bags are a must for any party (who doesn't want to come home with a joyous reminder of the shenanigans), but if you're us, they can't be just any favor bags. We made our own with book pages, using this tutorial. (Pro tip: 8.5x11" pages are perfect for these bags.) To the handles, we tied library cards with the name and date of the event plus each of our names.

To tie the books-and-burlesque theme together, naturally, we made book-page pasties, using book pages, card stock, sequins, glittery ribbon, and handmade tassels.

And of course, cupcakes deserve Ravenclaw/book-themed toppers.

Then came the labels for the mini bottles of booze, which were designed by our own Jena and included various Harry Potter potions -- including one containing unicorn hair.


Using posters from our Chippendales adventure, we also made beefcake bookmarks/YA-hero-trading cards.

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And just in case anyone got lost, our Token Boy drew up a San-Francisco-based Marauder's Map.

Erica was in charge of making a book-page bouquet -- from pages of a Harry Potter book that her students had destroyed.

And every bride needs a tiara -- in this case, the Ravenclaw diadem.

Step Three: Pick a pre-game bar where your bartender has a good sense of humor.

Russell hopes that you will make him a viral pasties-wearing sensation.

The YA-hero-trading cards are swoon-worthy.

Even our token boy thinks so. (He received Richard Gansey III.)

Step Four: Show up and shake it.

And that, my friends, is how you do it.

Jennie's photo About the Author: Jennie Kendrick lives in San Francisco and has an excessive fondness of historical fiction, spreadsheets, turquoise sparkly things, and bourbon. She is also a literary agent. When she's not reading, writing, or writing about reading, she cooks obsessively, and thrifts for vintage everything.