Milwaukee Weddings - - Engaged -

FOR THOSE WHO WANT a bach­e­lor or bach­e­lorette party that’s a lit­tle avant garde, Brew City has much more to of­fer than a Water Street bar crawl. To­day’s friendly fêtes are more out-of-the-box than ever. This in­cludes tarot-card read­ing, as at Madeleine Hannes’ bach­e­lorette party ear­lier this year: “Each girl sat with the reader, and af­ter­wards we all chat­ted about our for­tunes. It was a great way to bond with ev­ery­one and en­joy some qui­eter mo­ments in the midst of a wild cel­e­bra­tion.” Dave Swan­son, chef-owner of Braise’s cook­ing school, loves to host pri­vate bach­e­lorette par­ties, not­ing that af­ter the class wraps, some women bar-hop at nearby es­tab­lish­ments. For the arts-minded, the Third Ward’s Splash Stu­dio of­fers three pri­vate pack­ages in­cor­po­rat­ing adult bev­er­ages and paint­ing, and a pri­vate Drink & Ink party at Bay View Print­ing Co. can be a fun co-ed ex­pe­ri­ence, bridg­ing let­ter­press in­struc­tion with BYO drinks. If your friends have strong stom­achs, take to the water. Lianna Bishop was sur­prised to board a sail­boat for a friend’s bach­e­lorette party in sum­mer 2016. “It was a unique way for us to spend time out­side, en­joy­ing drinks and snacks while soak­ing in the beau­ti­ful views,” she says. - KRIS­TINE HANSEN

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