Bachelorette Party #1 (Weekend Activities)

Saturday, June 16, 2012

This summer I have quite a few weddings and wedding related activities (bridal showers, bachelorette parties). I have helped with the planning of a few Bachelorette Parties over the past few years, and it's a tough task.  You want the night to be fun for the bride, to be her taste, and for all the attendees to bond and have a good time as well.  I figure a lot of other ladies out there might be looking for good ideas - and maybe turn to the google for a fun itinerary (I did). The first of Bachelorette party of the summer was a few weeks ago.  It was a great time had by all, so I'll share.  Here's what we did:

1. Red Door Spa - The Red Door Spa is a great day spa with a beautiful atmosphere.  When the bachelorette party arrived at the spa, we got to change into nice comfy robes and then started out with a delicious spa lunch (catered from Fig & Olive!mmm) .  We all got 3 services included in our package.  I started out with the 25-minute massage; one of the best massages I've ever had (not that I've had too many), I just wish it was much longer.  The second service was a manicure where all the girls got to site together and chat while we were having our nails done.  Since we had some extra time before our next activity we got to spend  plenty of time  making use of some of the relaxation areas and sipping lemon water or tea.  Finally, changed, did our hair and got ready for a night out before getting a "makeup refresher" which really was a full on makeup application.  Frankly a little more makeup than I ever wear or really want to, but fun for a night out.
What colorful nails!

Before and After makeup application
2. Wine Bar - Our second stop was a nearby wine bar (Vero) where for a set price, we arranged to have 2 hours of all-you-can drink wine and sangria along with a few platters of delicious hors d'oeuvres.  This was a great way for the bride and her friends to bond and get to know each other.

3. Drag Show - Per the bride's request, we did something most of the bridesmaids had never done before.  We went to a drag show dinner - Lips NYC.  Although it provided some entertainment and the bride enjoyed herself, it's probably not something I would do again.  Most of us felt that it was grossly overpriced and we were required to order a mediocre meal.  The Drag Queen's did a few numbers, some of which were better than others.  They also called everyone celebrating birthday's and weddings on stage to give the element of "embarrassment" that is always fun to get into a bachelorette party.

4. Local Bar - Our final stop of the night was a local bar where we had a chance to wind down, play some cards and just hang out with each other.

Overall, it was a great day/night and if you are looking to plan a bachelorette party itinerary this Shariously proved to be a good option for a night in the city.  Another tip - for this party we arranged for all the events to have set prices so that we could have everyone pre-pay (including all tips and tax) and therefore don't have to be figuring out the bill every step of the way.  Good luck and let me know if you have any other Bachelorette party planning or tips.


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