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Tips, tricks and thrusts

23 Apr

The Watermelon

As you know, I went to NYC over the weekend for my good friend’s bachelorette party. I am one of her bridesmaids and thrilled to be a part of her big day. I told you all about her shower and the bridesmaid who gave a Yankee Candle as a gift. This particular girl and another bridesmaid were late to the shower so for the bachelorette, the maid of honor and I told them to be there an hour before the other attendees, assuming they’d be there when everyone else showed up. Shame on us! They outsmarted us and showed up an hour AFTER everyone else arrived. While these girls won’t be winning any bridesmaid of the year awards, my friend was still happy with the night and that’s all that really matters. Right? Right!

After everyone graced us with their presence at the apartment, we sipped on drinks while the bride played one bachelorette party game I actually didn’t get second-hand embarrassment over. Each guest had gifted a pair of panties (hate this word!) and the bride had to guess who brought each one. It was good for some laughs and to break the ice for people who didn’t really know one another yet. The bachelorette looked absolutely amazing and her smile was so genuine it was contagious. Seriously, there are some times when I am just so thankful to have people like her in my life, but this was one of those times I felt lucky she allows me in hers!

We then headed to dinner at the Hurricane Club, which ended up being bachelorette party central. Everyone indulged on drinks in watermelons and coconuts while we waited for our table. Once we sat down, the service and kitchen seemed to be on the same timetable as the errant bridesmaids, because it could not have been worse. The restaurant ended up comping the entire meal, all the drinks and gave us three rounds of shots- for a table of 13 girls headed to a wedding in St. John next month, the common consensus was we’d take waiting around for food all night anytime if it resulted in a zero balance.

Our final stop of the night was a club called The Box. I am pretty much a prude when it comes to some things- like people dressed as vaginas and tongues on stage, transgender couples sticking turkey basters in one another while singing about pregnancy, a man thrusting while he “seductively” swallowed a sword and a woman simulating sex with a monkey. No, I am not kidding and no, there are no words at this point I can use to describe the madness. Once I get over my shock, I might write a more in-depth post of the scenes that will be giving me nightmares for weeks. Luckily, the DJ was decent so we could occupy ourselves at our table dancing the night away into the morning. And laughing. A lot. It was actually a blast.

We did experience one scandal that night. I hadn’t had a lot to drink, because I tend to go into “mom mode” in big groups and become ultra responsible and cautious. Someone’s gotta do it! We received the check for our table and found out the waitress had overcharged us significantly. Giving her the benefit of the doubt, I asked her about the bill and she redid it. Again, it had several hundred extra dollars on it. Finally, I told her despite it being 4am, I was sober, had worked in the service industry for years and knew how her computer worked. She handed over the correct bill without a word. Tip included. Nice.

Tips for having a bachelorette party in NYC:

  • Double check your checks, then check them again.
  • Make sure all your bridesmaids have working watches.
  • If your service is bad, speak up!
  • Bring blinders if you want to avoid your eyes being scarred by stripping monkeys.
  • Drinks in watermelons make everyone happy.
  • Just keep that bachelorette smiling!

I am still catching up on my sleep. And I can’t get the song “I want to get pregnant- what’s in your cooler- a turkey baster” out of my head. Argh! One thing is for sure- I am excited to get to St. John to see her walk down the aisle! Jaws will be dropping and the look on her groom’s face will be a must-see.

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Shower me with cupcakes and make my day complete

27 Mar

Over the last few weeks, I have attended and helped plan a couple of wedding showers- a traditional bridal shower and a Stock the Bar party. Both were a lot of fun, but obviously very different.

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The Stock the Bar was for both the bride and groom and hosted at a close friend’s home here in Boston. Since they couple is from down south, they already had showers there as well. I had never attended a shower where men were present, but I have to admit, it definitely made things a lot more interesting- and I laughed far more than you would expect at a wedding shower. While the gifts were not the cliche registry gifts (they revolved around… wellllll, stocking a bar), the guys still managed to keep a running commentary as gifts were opened. The host did an amazing job with little details- I never knew she was so crafty and talented! It was also fun to see the bride-and-groom-to-be interact throughout the night- sharing stories, just loving each other.

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The traditional bridal shower was typical down to a T. But the maid of honor (one who actually did her job well) had everything done in such a classy way (with a little help from moi)- from the flowers to the favors it was all perfect. I can honestly say I have never seen the bride with such a big smile on her face. It was such a good feeling knowing I was part of making that smile appear.

A couple of things to note:

  • I grin like a fool when I am taking pictures. Yes, when I am behind the camera I still cheese with the best of them.
  • A Yankee Candle is not an acceptable gift to bring to a wedding shower- be a little more thoughtful- PLEASE!
  • Etsy has the BEST gift ideas for wedding showers. I swear, this is now my go-to spot for off the registry gifts (I usually try to give one registry and one thoughtful gift).
  • Champagne is a must for any shower- traditional or non-traditional. Who doesn’t love some bubbles?!
  • Whatever you do, make sure the bride is happy. If you notice her getting stressed out because her mom is driving her crazy, for goodness sake, step in!
  • Serve the cake while the gifts are being opened. It gives the guests something to do besides ooohhh and aaahhh.

That’s all I’ve got today. What are some great showers you’ve attended? Any tips?

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