Say goodbye to the single life with a memorable night out with girlfriends in Greater Des Moines! The metro has everything you need to cheers the bride-to-be and send her off to marital bliss with a last fling before the ring. Read on for ideas for an unforgettable celebration with the girls.
Day time activities
Introducing the bride’s family and friends for the first time? Break the ice with these fun and interactive activities.
AR Workshop – Create a fun memento or gift for the bride at AR Workshop, which offers instructor-led crafting class for home décor items such as chunky knit blankets, hand-painted signs, centerpiece boxes, and canvas pillows. Pick out your projects in advance, and AR Workshop will have all the supplies ready for your group when you arrive.
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- Sweets and Snacks – Shower the bride with your love and sweet treats! Talented bakers and confectionaries can create custom desserts to commemorate the occasion. Find vendors specializing in cupcakes, chocolates, popcorn, and cookies from our list of Sweets & Snacks.
Sip and Paint – Host your party at Bottle and Bottega, or they can bring the party to you! Sip wine while an instructor leads your group to create your personal masterpieces.
Wine Tasting – A picturesque winery located just south of downtown, Jasper Winery offers several tasting packages perfect for your bachelorette party. Nosh on cheese plates, taste chocolates and learn about locally made Iowa wines in the beautiful tasting room.
- Smash Park – Reserve your own indoor or outdoor hangout space at Smash Park and have food and drinks (and jello shots!) delivered right to your group! Order a social bowl or two and celebrate friendship while playing lawn games and enjoying live music.
These restaurants offer private or semi-private dining space for your group, so if you get a little rowdy, no one will mind!
Malo – Listen to sounds of the city from the lively patio at Malo while you share laughs and pass plates of delicious appetizers such as seafood nachos, calamari, and fried brussels sprouts. Capture photos from the evening with the perfect backdrop of the downtown skyline and twinkling lights overhead.
Eatery A – Boasting one of the city’s best happy hours, Eatery A has a beautiful patio overlooking the hustle and bustle of “The Avenues” district on Ingersoll. Your group will enjoy sampling the extensive pizza menu and inspired Mediterranean tapas.
Alba – This East Village favorite claims one of Greater Des Moines’ several James Beard-nominated chefs. Share memories of the bride over dinner in the private dining room, seating up to 20 guests.
Vino209 - Located in Historic Valley Junction, Vino209 is a wine bar and bistro featuring a casual vibe and creative dishes. On warm evenings, enjoy the breeze and sounds of shoppers through the large doors open to the sidewalk.
Fresko – The newest addition to the downtown dining scene, Fresko serves up fresh, seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a meal that won’t weigh you down so you can dance all night long!
Late night drinks and bites
Refuel with carbs, cheese, and more booze.
Rita’s Cantina – Nothing screams debauchery, quite like tequila. Rita’s Cantina has you covered with margarita flights AND queso flights!
- Bellhop Tiki – Make believe you’ve flown the party all the way to Palm Springs at Bellhop Tiki. With its insta-worth tropical motif and drink names like Passion Bird, Cougar-Rita, and the High Dive, you know you’re in for a good time.
Johnny’s Hall of Fame – One of the most popular bars on Court Avenue, Johnny’s has everything a bachelorette party needs: pitchers of beer, proximity to other bars, and plenty of revelers ready to pay for candy sold from a styrofoam bouquet.
Americana - Open for late-night dining, American is the perfect place to grab a bite along with your cosmo. And with several private dining spaces, feel free to bring all your bachelorette paraphernalia and party favors.
Pro-tip for the party planners: Be worry-free without a DD! Go all out and book a limo from Luxxor Limousines or Majestic Limousine and Coach.