Lose the Penis Straws
Joanne Barken, founder of party-planning service the Bach, offers classy upgrades to played-out paraphernalia.
Instead of a Carrie Bradshaw–circa-2002 oversized martini glass … furnish the bride with an elegant flask for the evening (from $24 at izola.com; engraving available).
Instead of a chintzy tiara … treat the bride to a classy yet festive Pinctada headband ($32 at anthropologie.com).
Instead of taste-questionable penis straws … sip drinks from these playful striped alternatives
($10 for 75 at weddingstar.com).
Instead of decking the walls with campy streamers …
string up a custom piñata (from $50 at llavesDesigns.com).
Instead of playing the tired old “Never Have I Ever” … get to know the bride’s dark side during a rollicking round of provocative word-association game
Cards Against Humanity ($25 at cardsagainsthumanity.com).
From the Summer 2014 New York Wedding Guide