The start of the new year brings many new beginnings. Perhaps one of the most entertaining is the premiere of the latest Bachelor’s journey for love. As Chris Harrison entices us, viewers, by telling us yet again this will be one of the most “shocking seasons yet.” The commercials featuring twin sisters (as a twin, I’m cringing) vying for Ben Higgins rose, affirming that those tuning in Monday night will not be disappointed. In order to make the show even better here are a few suggestions to accompany the twists and drama that is The Bachelor:
I honestly don’t believe anyone who says they “hate” The Bachelor; it’s America’s guilty pleasure. Of all my friends that I have forced to watch introduced to the show, every one of them has become hooked. Whether you’re watching for the fairy tale romance or the bizarre stunts the contestants pull as they exit the limo in an attempt for the first impression rose, there is something for everyone. Personally I’m a sucker for the dates. Watching two people who barely know the other’s first name conquer their crippling fear of heights while bungee jumping, or actually have a fake wedding to each other is just glorious. Also two words: group dates. The jealousy and awkwardness is just too painful and awkward not to watch. Most importantly, reality shows are always better with a group. You need someone to laugh with when one of the contestants tells the bachelor she loves them within the first 45 minutes.
How to: Send a group chat with the details telling your friends when the premiere is, what time, and your address. Then end the message with “Will you accept this invite?”
Play Bachelor Bingo
As entertaining and different as every season is, there are a few key phrases and behaviors that never cease to appear on every single episode of The Bachelor, including a contestant accusing another contestant for not being on the show for the “right reasons,” a former contestant reoccurring, a steamy hot tub encounter, or someone getting sloppy drunk. With all these repetitions present, why not create a game?
How to: As your bachelor blogger in chief or BBIC, I’ve created 3 games you can play to take your Bachelor watching game to the next level!) Below are 3 boards I created for the latest season and a link with 70 more basic versions I made, if you’re having a large party.
*Click here for the PDF for 70 versions of BENGO
Incorporate Roses At Every Chance
We all know the symbol of the rose is life or death in the bachelor, so I suggest adding them into your party at every opportunity! Roses indicate who’s staying and who’s leaving on the show. They are the source of every contestant’s greatest anxiety and the bachelor or bachelorette’s stress during the Rose Ceremony. That being said, adding roses where you see fit aligns your home with the show’s key dynamic.
How to: Review the below options
1. You can embellish food with roses, like my sister and I did a few years ago during one of the Bachelorette’s season finale
2. Or make cupcakes in the shape of roses
3. Bachelor décor! (This one is really above and beyond and so cute!)
Tammy Mitchell of Pink Peppermint Prints
4. Roses, as drink accessories! Use the template below, all you have to do is cute around the rose, make two little slits and poke your straw through and you will feel just like you’re at the cocktail party before the Rose Ceremony (without the possibility of being rejected on national television.)
A Contestant Bracket
See how good you are at guessing the rounds or at least the Top 5, at the end of the season you can see which of your friends is the most successful. It’s amazing how accurate some people can be.This can be tricky because sometimes new contestants can appear out of nowhere like Nick Viall last season when Kaitlin was the Bachelorette. Nobody could have predicted that final two…except maybe Chris Harrison.
How to: Print the one I created below for each of your guests during the premiere. Good luck.
Do. Not. Cheat.
If you’re going to spoil it on Reality Steve, what’s the point of mulling through the almost 2 hour show? Save yourself the excitement.
Hope you add a few new traditions to your Bachelor night, and enjoy the only show that can make a person look forward to a Monday.