Um, I can’t believe I still haven’t recapped Slesh’s bachelorette party that was two months ago. I suppose I should now since her WEDDING is this weekend! Ahh!
Slesh’s bachelorette weekend was in NYC, so I took that Friday off to hit the gym and do some last-minute things in the morning. Bridget picked me up in the rental car (don’t ask), and we loaded it up to the max.
Whenever Bridget, Erica, and I are involved in party planning, you can pretty much guarantee an excessive amount of snacks and party props. Check out the bachelorette survival bags I put together!
The ride to New York was pretty awful. There was SO much traffic because it was a big graduation weekend, and it was raining. By the time we arrived, we were definitely ready for a drink!
We got ready and enjoyed some adult bevvies in the room (we stayed at The Andaz Wall Street where Erica’s wedding is in September) before heading out to our first stop of the night, Beauty & Essex.
Beauty & Essex was probably the coolest restaurant I’ve ever been to in my life. It looks like nothing from the outside, and it looks like a pawn shop when you first walk in (where we are standing in the picture above). But once you walk through the next door, boom. Fancy shmancy, loud music, fun vibe. The best part about Beauty & Essex though? Free champagne in the bathroom.
As you can imagine, we had to pee a LOT throughout our meal. 😉
When we weren’t in the bathroom, we were enjoying the small plates we ordered to share among the table. I love doing this so everyone can try many different items on the menu. My favorite were these lobster tacos!
My least favorite? The lemon drop shots.
After dinner, we headed to our next stop, The Delancey. We had a table reservation for 12:30am after dinner, and we also got table service.
I’m pretty sure that our group literally jumped around and danced all over the place right next to this table for the rest of our night out.
We took some HILARIOUS pictures afterwards in the hotel room with our “party prop,” but Slesh probably won’t appreciate me sharing those in the blogosphere, so I’ll just leave it to this.
On Saturday, we somehow managed to wake up bright and early for our next bachelorette activity: wine tour! Our limo picked us up at 9am, and we headed out for the drive to three different vineyards on Long Island: Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Puglise Vineyards, and Vineyard 48.
We thought these three vineyards made the perfect lineup for the bride to be because the first had animals, the second had pretty scenery and lunch, and the third had a DJ with dancing potential if we wanted it! We kicked off our limo ride with some classy mimosas, enjoyed straight out of the cute cups Ashley put together for everyone. Bachelorette straws were a must!
Since we had two hours to kill before arriving at the first vineyard, we played a fun game. Everyone brought Slesh some type of underwear, lingerie, or pajamas, and she had to guess who gave her each item. This was pretty funny, especially when we got to the granny panties!
Note the shirts that Bridget had made for us to wear. They said “Keep Calm and Marry Will.” They were a hit throughout the day!
Here are some more pictures from winery #1:
And winery #3, where we ran into another bachelorette party from the same hometown as Slesh! What are the odds?
If you are planning a bachelorette party, I would highly recommend something like a limo wine tour for an outdoor spring activity. We had perfect weather, and it was a great time! Our ride home definitely wasn’t as eventful or full of as many activities as the ride there was though. We were tired!
After we got back from the wine tour, the festivities continued. We only had about an hour of downtime before dinner, so we took a quick power nap and got ready for the second night. Our dinner reservation at La Palapa, a Mexican restaurant. Lots of tacos and margaritas were consumed!
After dinner, we spent the rest of the night bar hopping between three different places.
Each bar was much lower key than Friday night was, but that didn’t mean our night was any less fun or crazy! All in all, I would say Slesh’s bachelorette weekend went off without a hitch, and our almost bride to be had a great weekend… clearly! 😉
The ride back to Boston on Sunday was probably one of the longest and worst car rides of my life (so much traffic, we were all SO tired and cranky, headaches all around, etc.), but it was totally worth it for my friend’s celebration. I also think it took me until the following weekend to recover from how little sleep I got! I guess that’s a late twenties kind of thing. There’s no quick recovery anymore.
I am so excited to celebrate Slesh and Will at their big day this weekend!
I want to hear more about the bachelorette parties you’ve been to. Anyone done any similar types of wine tours, etc.? Who else takes a week to recover from a fun weekend now? What would you put in a bachelorette survival kit?
After Slesh’s wedding weekend, it’s time for Erica’s bachelorette! So many ACTIVITIES to be excited for. 🙂
I’ve stayed at that hotel before for a work trip- I LOVED it!! The weekend sounds like it took so much planning- nice work! I love the idea of a winery tour- I want one of those (obvi) 🙂 I’m going to Nantucket for a bachelorette party this weekend, and while I think it will be more low-key in that we won’t be “clubbing”, it will still be a crazy time and I anticipate it taking a while to feel back to normal. I just don’t bounce back like I used to 😉
I think the limo wine tour is an awesome idea. Everyone can have a blast and not have to worry about much. I haven’t been to many awesome bachelorette parties. Love the pictures