This past weekend I traveled to Dallas, Texas with several of my close college friends for a bachelorette party! No it wasn’t this crazy weekend that no one remembers except for male strippers everywhere, it was… tastefully done! (I appreciated this greatly!) The bride, Kate is not so into the craziness of what a typical bachelorette party tends to be, so we did it her way. I will be the first to tell you she was a TROOPER though! She did wear a sash and a veil and a flashing button that said, “I am the Bride,” which was plenty of flashiness for her! Kate’s MOH, Molly Brown is an AMAZING weekend planner! She lives in New York, but her parents were gracious enough to lend us their house for the weekend so that all the girls didn’t have to foot the bill for hotel rooms and such. We were VERY thankful of this! It gave us time to visit with each other and get to know some of the other people in the wedding. (Kate has bridesmaids from both high school and college.)
The Bride, Kate!
Just an FYI, I promised Kate that I would not upload any embarrassing pictures from the weekend, so per re request, I have shared the ones I think she would approve of J.
There were 4 of us that drove over from Mississippi/Tennessee (Oxford, Nashville, Jackson). This was a LONG drive but SO worth it! When your funds are limited, you do what you have to do celebrate with friends J The rest of the crew flew/live in Dallas, but I’m proud to say we were only missing 1 bridesmaid. Pretty impressive if you ask me! (We missed you Bry!!!)
Some of the Bridesmaids with Kate
L to R Kate A, Leah, Kate R, Elizabeth, Caroline, Laura Kate
So what did we do to entertain ourselves on this weekend? Glad you asked! Friday we got all showered up and spent some time just lounging around this GORGEOUS house! I felt like I was in a Southern Living Magazine, the details throughout the home were incredible! Kate’s mom dropped by with a couple of her friends early in the evening to say hey and have a few drinks with us and then left us to entertain ourselves for the evening. Molly’s parents provided supper for us from Mi Cocina, a local Texas Mexican restaurant. They even had corn tortillas that my roommate, Kate and I could eat!! (you can recall that Lent is still going on, so I am still not eating bread) Yay! So proud we made it all the way through the weekend without bread J !!! Okay back to the fun… We played a question game that got me thinking. Here is how it went:
L to R, Holli, Leah, Elizabeth, Kate A.
One of the girls, Caroline, emailed Eli, Kate’s fiancé, a list of questions about the two as individuals and as a couple. It was Kate’s job to try and answer the same as she thought Eli would answer. Let me tell you, this marriage is going to work!! She got some answers right that absolutely amazed me! There were even some that Eli answered, she is probably going to say this and then change her mind… and SHE DID!! Scary right! Well, not really scary, they just know each other really well. I won’t share the questions with you as they were for the bachelorette party only, but the fact that she knew all of the little things about Eli reminded me just how important communication with your significant other is. You should always feel open and free enough to say/do whatever without wondering what your other half will say. That is a real relationship. I was talking to my friend Rebekah not too long ago and she was saying how much she looks forward to road trips with her boyfriend because it gives them time to just hangout and talk without any distractions. (no TV or internet blah blah you know what I am talking about) But it’s so true! If we can just take a little time to talk to each other, you can learn some pretty awesome things about one another. It doesn’t have to be a car ride, but say a spring evening on the back porch or cooking with each other with the TV off and maybe a little music on. It is just so nice to forget about distractions of the world today and talk with each other. In my opinion, talking to each other can only bring you closer and make your relationship stronger. Okay sorry, back to the weekend.
The next morning we went to brunch at a local place called, Bread Winners. It was quite tasty! I got a yummy “scrambler.” Scrambled eggs with basically anything you wanted in them. It was a great way to start the day. The café was located in a shopping center where the next activity was to be held. Manicures and Pedicures! Whoohoo! I love these but NEVER make time to go treat myself to one. We rented out the place (which is of course Kate’s favorite) but we finished up brunch earlier than expected so we had some time to kill. Okay there are 15 girls with nothing to do for an hour, what do you think we did. SHOPPING!! There was a Neiman Marcus Last Call in the shopping center as well, so that’s where we headed. Okay if you have never been in one of these before, they can potentially be dangerous. It is a majority of the brands that are in the regular Neiman Marcus, but they are either last season, or over bought inventory that they need to get rid of and they have GREAT prices! Perfect for us folks with champagne taste and a beer wallet. Oh and they were having a buy 3 items and get 30% off sale.. SCORE! The Oxford ladies went crazy when we walked in… Keep in mind there is not a Neiman Marcus in the STATE of Mississippi J
Elizabeth, Leah, Kate R, Kate A, Me
This picture is just so typical
We all got some great deals and then headed down the way to be pampered. Okay, remember how I told you Molly is a great planner, well she struck again at the nail shop. Mimosas with raspberries! It was the most relaxed I have been in a long time!
Mags and I were put in charge of mimosas
The Bride being pampered
Afterwards we headed back to the house and showered up before we got to one of my favorite parts of the weekend!! Showering Kate with lingerie for her honeymoon!! I wont give details, but it was so much fun! She would kill me if I told you anything about this part, so my lips are sealed (well I guess its really my fingers are stagnant on this issue).
Mollie cut out pictures of Kate's face and posted them all over the room :)
Things to embarrass Kate
She's so cute!
Forget to mention there was a quick shotgun for Bry because she couldn't be there
The bride and myself
Holli, Kate, Laura Kate
Kate A, Caroline, Carley, Kate R, Leah
We then headed out to supper at a local pizza place called Eno’s Pizza. It was in an area of Dallas called Oak Cliff, which is sort of the art district of Dallas so that should give you an idea of what the place was like. LOVE IT!! After dinner we had a little surprise for Kate, PARTY BUS!! All of the girls walked out before her and then Molly brought down Kate a few seconds after and we were all standing outside the party bus ready to hit the town!!
Surprise! Party Bus!
We drove around for a good while singing and laughing and just over all having a great time! We decided we wanted to go to the bar, so we headed to Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza where we may or may not have fibbed a little to get in. Thanks J Hat! It was like no place I had ever been before. There were people there that had flown in from Vegas for the night, several ladies from the Bachelorette show (which a few of us have a guilty pleasure of watching), and then us, haha!!! Your typical southern ladies in awe of everything around us, but enjoying ourselves thoroughly.
Some of the ladies in the back of the bus
Kate A, Leah, Kate R, Elizabeth, Carley, Soder
Maggie, Me, Leah, Elizabeth, Kate R, Laura Kate
We realized it was close to closing time so back to the house we went, of course taking the LONG way as to fully enjoy the party bus atmosphere. Once again we had time to just hang out with everyone, eating a little late night guacamole of course. I won’t tell you what was discussed throughout the weekend or all ofd the juicy details, but rest assured it was a wonderful weekend! It is so nice to get away with friends and just have a good time with no worries! Okay that is all for now. Just wanted to share with you my wonderful weekend! It was a great reminder of how important friends are!! Keep them and cherish them! You will be glad later down the road that you have them to turn to when you truly need them.
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