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The Sweetest Cat-chelorette

Updated: Dec 30, 2019

Have you ever done something that just turned out so much cuter than you were expecting?! Every time you attempt some DIY project, it just seems to turn out...well...a little off. But this turned out to be a total exception!


So recently I was put in charge of a bachelorette party for my sister- the tamest, most conservative person I know. I've never been a fan of the male paraphernalia at those types of events- so despite all the assumptions that I had to include some dirty things, I decided to keep it classy and cute by centering the theme around two things she loves: cats and donuts. Enter the #sweetestcatchelorette idea. Pink, her favorite color, was a given. But to make it more chic than childish, I opted to mute the other colors instead of play on the rainbow sprinkles.



Oftentimes when we recreate something it looks so different from what we imagined that looking at the inspiration and the real deal side-by-side is humiliating- but I was so proud of this one that I decided you needed to see my inspiration right next to the final product- just so you could see how I was able to bring together my favorite parts of each of my inspiration photos. Check it out:


Milk & Bubbly Bar

No millennial event would be complete without a mimosa bar, but this one was tailored to a different audience. Marci wanted little or no alcohol involved in the party- which was fine by me! Prosecco was an option, but so was Soda- so that everyone could have fun experimenting with different flavor combinations including cherry, blackberry, and peach. Then with a thousand donuts and other desserts present, milk just seemed like the right thing to have- plus, let's not forget cats are supposed to love it- so regular and strawberry milk were offered.


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Cat Cookies

It's worth noting that the ones created for the party were actually based on the Bride-to-Be' s cat and modeled to look just like her. The cookies were so cute that nobody could bring themselves to eat one during the party, so they made adorable add-ons to everyone's party favor bags. The chef (is that called a chef? artist?) was Theresa Rountree- she is unreal and I highly recommend her!


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Favors (Kits)

Originally, I had put all of the kits together already, so it was just a "grab-and-go" situation. But then I decided that it would be fun and more personal for everyone to put their own together, choosing their own lipstick colors, etc. And yes, a donut is missing. It was a deliberate photography choice. And a delicious one.


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Donut Soaps

This one was not only fun, but adorable and functional too! They looked seriously good enough to eat- I had to formally disclose to everyone that these were, in fact, soaps, and would NOT taste as good as they smell (vanilla-scented). Also shocking: they weren't all that hard to make!


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Banners

I'm sure this is going to come as a shock but people charge so much for cute little banners like these! But their decorative value and aesthetic are just too cute to pass up- so rather than spending $25+ on buying some from Etsy, I decided to flex my creative muscles and DIY it. Honestly, even I was impressed.


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Wall Sprinkles

So- even more fun than the originals (and way easier and cheaper), I chose four different styles of scrapbook paper in both plain colors and sparkles, and cut them into long, skinny rectangles. They were (a) way cheaper than any alternative, (b) able to match my color scheme perfectly, and (c) also able to be created in "minis", which were used as table confetti!


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The Dessert Bar

We live in the era of: "If you hosted an event and didn't have a dessert bar, did you even have an event?" But aside from that social commentary (another time, Monica, another time), no donut-themed party could live up to the hype without a selection of treats that would make any kid drool. Not pictured: the soft sugar cookies that were put out later.


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"Kiss the Miss Goodbye"

So- this was an idea straight from Pinterest: a cute keepsake that could also serve as the frame for a picture of the party at a later date. Not only does the frame contribute to the list of activities guests can take part in, but it also adds a piece of super cute decor to whatever theme you're going with. It served as the perfect accessory to all of the little gifts available for each game winner to choose.


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The Space Itself

As I was preparing for this entire thing, I realized that nobody ever showed the before and after of the actual space they were using. It's really easy to make a space that was created for entertaining become event-worthy. But what about when you don't want to go through the hassle and cost of renting a space? Can you make it look just as cute at home? Take a peek.


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So- there you have it. Obviously, as with any event, I wasn't able to get done everything that I wanted to- but it came pretty darn close to my vision. I also didn't include pictures of every single little thing, so feel free to browse and find other little pieces to recreate. Want to know how I made it happen? Leave a comment or shoot me an email and I'll write up an entire post on whichever part you're interested in recreating- with steps and directions.


​© Monica Montanari