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Fabulous Bachelorette Party – Planned in 14 days

This past month I had the honor of helping a very dear friend of mine plan her Bachelorette party. We had the unique circumstance of having a very short timeframe to plan this get-together (due to scheduling conflicts with a number of other friends with Fall weddings) and boy was it a crash-course lesson on how to plan something fabulous….on a very quick schedule!

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Throughout the experience, I realized that while an extra few weeks might have a helped a bit, it’s actually quite easy to simplify your party plan (with a little help from friends!) and still make it a special event. Here were the steps I took to make it a success:

  1. Lock in the Date/Time. As soon as I got the news that we had a weekend confirmed, priority number one was to email the invited guests and get the date on the calendar. It was true I had no idea what the party was going to involve, but it was super important to me that we got the word out and were able to get as many girls there as possible. While my gut reaction was to send out a Paperless Post, I wanted to map out the various time slots on the weekend to get a good sense on who could attend specific activities, so instead I put together a simple chart on Google Docs and asked the attendees to mark their availability. As soon as I had responses, it really helped me understand critical mass and fine-tune the points throughout the weekend that would maximize attendance.
  1. Reserve Activities. TripleKnots bestie Meredith graciously jumped on board to help me with some bachelorette party brainstorming. Within a 12-hour period, she had some fantastic Bay Area ideas mapped out and from that list I settled on the primary activity of the weekend—a fabulous day spa trip. Within the next few days, I had the spa activities planned, a table at a cute local restaurant reserved for lunch, and a chocolate and wine tasting lined up. Voila!
  1. Get the Goodies. Now it was time to move on to all the details…which meant a few hours dedicated to some major Etsy research, something that I knew I needed to get ordered if I wanted my items to come in time. After some consideration, I narrowed my Etsy shopping list to: a customized sash (because no bride-to-be’s outfit is complete without a bachelorette sash), personalized hair ties (because I received these at Mere’s bachelorette weekend and LOVED them), and some monogrammed sunhats (because I had been drooling over them on Instagram).

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I also made a quick stop at my local Target and scored a major steal when I found these incredibly cute (and large, I may add) reversible beach totes in the clearance section. I knew these would be the perfect accessory to carry our necessities around in at the spa.

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I also found a number of goodies to add to my party favors—which were a slightly modified rendition of a “Hangover Kit” but instead of Advil and Band-Aids, I focused on a cuddle-up theme including tea, a snack bar, lip balm and a spot of chocolate.

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The final component that I focused on was a few simple touches to add to our dinner table. Meredith (the friend who has good handwriting) joined my planning effort by locating and scripting some adorable place cards, which I added to a simple dinner menu that I developed with the restaurant chef.

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Despite it being an incredibly busy 10 days, I was nearly ready for the big weekend.  And the weekend came before I knew it!

We had a lovely time at a local spa, where we enjoyed massages and some girl talk by their pool.

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We had a delicious dinner at a new and up-and-coming restaurant, who showered us with fabulous service and free shots, I must add!

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I think one of the best things that I took away from these very busy two weeks was: “do not perfect be the enemy of good.” There was no way I was going to be able to pull off details that were worthy of Pinterest or a fabulous three-day trip down to Cabo. Rather, I pulled in my expectations and really focused on maximizing the experience for my dear friend and all our guests.

The outcome? We had a fabulous time!

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Cheers to our Bachelorette: Celebrating in the Desert!

This past weekend Bri and Kris traveled down to Palm Springs to celebrate Meredith’s second-to-last weekend as a single woman! With the beautiful backdrop of Palm Springs, we couldn’t have been more excited to celebrate our friend in style at the lovely Villa Carmelita!

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The weekend began with pool time and champs, courtesy of the beautiful Bubbly Bar.

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Meredith’s fabulous MOH Whitney pulled together thoughtful and creative party favor gifts, including adorable personalized water bottles (perfect for hydrating in the Palm Springs sun), custom hair ties titled “To Have and To Hold…Your Hair Back!” (and yes, they were the fabulous ones that do not crinkle your hair!), and a very practical Emergency Kit filled with bachelorette weekend essentials (Shout Wipes, Chapstick, Advil, etc.).

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An aside: that beautiful flower arrangement on the table was courtesy of our bride-to-be’s thoughtful fiancé, Denison!

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A Triple Knotter’s bachelorette party would not be complete without a whole lot of gold—including gold balloons! (via Etsy)

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Customized cocktail napkins, foil straws and candy finished off the festive look.

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Friday night started with homemade Pasta Puttanesca (courtesy of the multi-talented MOH Whit!)

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…and continued with merriment – and a cocktail or three- into the wee hours. Late-night partiers were  treated to this lovely evening view of the courtyard.

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Saturday morning continued with more pool time (who wouldn’t at this gorgeous property) and more cocktails, including these beyond fabulous bloody mary’s, which were adorned with a bacon garnish.

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We all got a fantastic throwback to our 20s when the keg cups and ping-pong balls came out. Girls paired up for a game of beer pong, but wait! We have to disinfect the table first! (This is something we never would have thought about in college!)

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Turns out while we’re a bit more conscientious about cleanliness, we aren’t quite as good at the game anymore. It took a bit longer than we expected to wrap up the first match, so we moved on to Flip Cup!

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After flip cup, Whit got the BBQ going and we noshed on a delicious grilled lunch and continued to lounge by the pool.

Saturday evening started with a fabulous toast to our soon-to-be Mrs. Hatch. (Sip, Sip – Hooray!)

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Cocktail hour continued with a “How Well Do You Know Each Other” Q&A game, which included quizzing Meredith on answers provided by her fiancé Denison. They did amazing—it’s a hatch-match made in heaven!

We also each brought along a lingerie gift for Meredith and got to share lots of smiles and laughs as she guessed which piece came from which friend.

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A bachelorette weekend always includes about 900+ photos and we had no shame in indulging!

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But before we knew it, time was flying by and we were being whisked away to downtown Palm Springs for private dinner at Workshop Kitchen + Bar.

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After dinner we grabbed a quick cocktail at the ever-delicious Bootlegger Tiki and finished the night with hours of dancing and drinks at Bar.

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This weekend was quarterbacked by Meredith’s fabulous MOH Whit, and we can’t thank her enough for making the trip so special.

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The weekend also included lots of support/help from Meredith’s family and besties, including: Kendra, Colleen, Jill, Kristen, Lauren, Nida, Rachel and Sevana!

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Bri and Kris were so excited to have been able to share such a special weekend Meredith…

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…and cannot wait to watch her walk down the aisle as Mrs. Hatch.

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Budget Friendly Gift from Rent the Runway

Recently a very good friend of mine got engaged and I couldn’t be happier for her and her amazing fiancé!  We got together to go over all the details, including her engagement story, preliminary plans and of course, her beautiful ring! Being a newlywed that had just been down the wedding-planning road, I had tons of tidbits that I was eager to share with her. That being said, I know it can be overwhelming to get advice when you haven’t even started to think through your wedding, so I wanted to save the bulk of my tips for the right time.

I did however, share with her the amazing experience that I had with Rent the Runway. As an engaged lady, this dress rental service saved my bacon when it came to finding the perfect dress, at a reasonable cost, for the many social events that accompany today’s weddings. Even more so, I saved bundles of money after signing up for Rent the Runway’s Pro Membership service. I have never been a fan of signing up for membership or subscription services, because I never feel like I truly take advantage of the terms to make it valid. This has not been the case for Rent the Runway.

The cost is $29.95 for an annual subscription and the things that are included are:

  • Free Shipping & Free Insurance for all your Rent the Runway purchases ($15 value)
  • Free Dress rental on your birthday ($50 value)

In short, if you plan to rent two dresses a year, you break even—if you rent three or more, you save money! For me, I rented tons of dresses throughout my engagement and wedding months, so this was a great deal for me. Even more so, I saved time (something you’ll always need more of when you’re planning a wedding) by not having to go to countless shopping centers and trying on plenty of dresses that “just weren’t quite right”.

After reflecting on how much Rent the Runway helped me, I wanted to encourage my friend to consider it, so I hopped onto the Rent the Runway website and was excited to find that they sell gift cards! The website offers gift cards in $25 increments, so I added a card to my cart in the hopes that my friend will be able to purchase PRO membership for her special year.

There are two options for your gift card—sending it directly via email to the recipient, or having an actual card sent to your recipient, or you, via U.S. mail. Given I was scheduled to see my friend soon and wanted to personalize by gift by presenting it to her I person, I opted to have the card mailed to me.

Rent the Runway never disappoints me—the checkout process was seamless, and my PRO membership even qualified me for free shipping. The card arrived promptly in a beautiful pink-toned and gold-embossed envelope. Perfect packaging if you’re going to send the card directly to its recipient.

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The gift card itself comes on a floral card insert, on high-quality stationary with a cute feminine touch.

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The back of the floral card includes the basic details on how Rent the Runway works, which is helpful for recipients that are not familiar with the company and how it works.

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In my opinion the packaging that Rent the Runway sends the gift card in, speaks for itself and no additional touches are required, but since I was seeing my friend in person, I went ahead and wrapped the envelope in some decorative paper to add a personal touch.

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In the end, my friend not only loved the care that I put into the packaging, but is looking forward to using her treat for a fabulous dress of her choice. Do you a good gift idea for your girlfriends? Would love to hear more ideas.

NOTE: TripleKnots is not a paid spokesperson for any company mentioned in this post.