I can't believe that in just a few weeks, I'm going to be a bridesmaid in my friend Alyssa's wedding - time flies! Back in June, we celebrated a sparkly bridal shower for Alyssa, and we recently held her bachelorette party in NYC. The plan for the night was pretty straightforward - a delicious dinner, followed by drinks and dancing at a fun venue. We decided to kick off the festivities with some pre-dinner cocktails, held at my patio.
Since we would only be there for about an hour, I wanted to keep things simple while still pretty and girly. I started by shoving my patio furniture off to the side, to make room for all of the guests.
What a difference some twinkle lights make! I decorated with assorted shapes/sizes of candles and flowers. I kept loosely within the wedding's purple color palette, though I expanded it to include a variety of shades. Of course, there were also tons of gems, both decorative (scattered on the table, carefully stuck onto the purple cups), and functional (a pile of gems makes a great outdoor paperweight for napkins).
Since we were about to head out to a pretty decadent dinner (which I was VERY excited about), I served just a few simple bar snacks (pretzels, salted peanuts, and spiced nuts) alongside my Pineapple Lime Summer Sangria.
Of course, we had to squeeze in some time for presents! Alyssa received a bunch of new bride gear, including this Bride tank top and a sparkly Bride to-go cup.
(NOTE: The next part of the post contains some bachelorette images that may be deemed NSFW.)
What's a bachelorette party without some shots? I mixed up some shots to welcome the ladies to my apartment that were made of cherry juice, lemonade, and raspberry vodka. Since I knew there was a chance that we may have a few rounds, I found some purple block letter stickers and attached everyone's initials to a shot glass so that they didn't get mixed up - cute and functional! To make hers a little more special, the bride's shot glass featured a purple "love" heart. Instead of a traditional placemat, I layered purple patterned scrapbook paper under a strip of silver glitter paper to create a base that both fit the theme and protected my furniture.
M designed some custom printables for the lollipop tags, which I then re-used by cutting them down into tiny confetti circles that I scattered throughout my apartment.
And if you're wondering what kind of lollipops we made for the party...let's just say, they were a classic bachelorette shape!
After hanging out at my apartment, we went to The Chester at Gansevoort Meatpacking and totally indulged in a swanky dinner. I was too busy eating to take many food shots, but this kale Caesar salad was incredible!
Of course, we had to keep the bachelorette theme going and add some of our own accessories to our champagne flutes.
After dinner, we went out dancing and had a blast! Here is a little peek at just a couple of our evening pics:
What's your favorite way to do a bachelorette party?