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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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A Triple Knots Wedding Adventure

On September 27, 2014, fellow Triple Knots blogger, Kristi, said “I do.” Kristi, in honor of you tying the knot, we dedicate this entry to you. We wanted to capture some of our favorite moments with you and say a big ‘thank you!’ for inviting us to be your co-maids of honor in your incredible wedding adventure!
XOXO, Mere and Bri

Wedding Day, September 27, 2014

Kristi & Andy’s Spectacular Wedding Day, September 27, 2014

When Kristi asked both of us to be her co-maids of honor, we were over the moon! Not only did we know this would be an opportunity to flex our organizing muscles for various bridal events (Hello Google docs and Excel worksheets!), but also it would be a chance to honor one of our best friends. From the engagement party to the bridal shower, to the bachelorette weekend to “I do,” it’s been a very special experience! Below are a few select stories and pictures from the #KRANDIWEDDING adventure, and copies of our speeches from the bridal shower and wedding reception. Enjoy!

Our journey as co-maids of honor, began with the bridal shower. We chose a location that was near home – a restaurant with a garden setting and patio seating. We organized a late afternoon cocktail hour, with an assortment of tasty hors d’oeuvres and champagne. And for dessert, Kristi’s favorite…cupcakes! We planned for a small activity for the attendees: a date night jar!

Bridal Shower in Lafayette, June 7, 2014

Bridal Shower in Lafayette, June 7, 2014

Pin-spired Date Night Jar for the Bridal Shower, June 7, 2014

Pin-spired Date Night Jar for the Bridal Shower, June 7, 2014

Bridal Shower Toast – June 7, 2014
B: Thank you everyone for coming today to help us celebrate our dear friend Kristi. We are happy that family, old friends and new friends are able to gather together for such a wonderful occasion.
M: It’s a rarity to have friendships that last for as long as ours. Kristi, we’ve seen you grow into the strong, beautiful and confident woman you are today.
B: 15 years ago we were cheering you on at your basketball game court side… And in September, we’ll be cheering you on with the same amount of enthusiasm, but instead of Pom-Poms we’ll have bouquets as you walk down the aisle to Andy.
M: We’ve also been blessed over the past four years to watch your relationship with Andy grow from a friendship into husband and wife-to-be. We see the patience you have for one another, the adventurous spirit you bring out in each other and the love that binds you together.
B: Today is a celebration. We celebrate the love we have for you and the love you and Andy have for each other.
M: So let’s raise our glasses and say cheers to the future Mrs. Kristi Anderson Firmin. Cheers!

Then, came the Bachelorette Weekend – a weekend to remember! We wanted a getaway, but something relatively local, so we headed up to the wine country. We spent the weekend wine tasting, eating at the local restaurants, and showering Kristi with gifts for her honeymoon. It was a wonderful weekend filled with love and friendship for the bride-to-be.

Bachelorette Weekend in Healdsburg, August 23, 2014

Bachelorette Weekend in Healdsburg,
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Pin-spired Champagne Hour during the Bachelorette Weekend, August 23, 2014

Pin-spired Champagne Hour during the Bachelorette Weekend, August 23, 2014

Gold and pink gifts to celebrate the Bachelorette, August 23, 2014

Honeymoon gifts wrapped in gold and pink to celebrate the Bachelorette, August 23, 2014

On September 27, 2014, Kristi said goodbye to her life as a single girl and started her new adventure in marriage as the “Cavewoman” AKA Kristin Anderson Firmin. It has been incredible journey, and we feel so blessed to have been a part of it.

Wedding Day in Pismo Beach, September 27, 2014

Wedding Day in Pismo Beach,
September 27, 2014

Wedding Speech – September 27, 2014
B: Our journey together began at Piedmont High. It’s never easy to be the new kid in a town as small as Piedmont.
M: So when Kristi arrived at the high school and sat down in Orchestra class, we became instant friends. Not because we had grand plans to be in the San Francisco symphony, but because it ensured we’d have our first period Orchestra class together so we could ditch and go to Starbucks!
B: Our friendship blossomed through the years and over time we did learn something special about Kristi that we absolutely adore and we must share with you…
M: Yes! One of our favorite things about Kristi is that she often gives nicknames to people. We think she gets it from her father Steve, who refers to her as “Kikers,” and, as an example, he and Kristi have been calling Brianna “Toaster Tot” for more than a decade. And when Andy entered her life, she began talking about him to us, but she didn’t call him by his name. No, instead he was known as ‘The Hair.’ And when we met him, it made perfect sense. Not only does Andy have great hair; he has an amazing personality to complement it.
B: Andy is one of the lucky ones who has gotten close enough to Kristi to earn a second nickname. Today, she has retired the name ‘The Hair,’ and now fondly refers to him as ‘The Caveman,’ due to his Paleo diet. But we’re not here to talk about his love of eggs, steak and bacon. Andy, you are one of the most loyal, patient and genuine people we’ve ever come across. We think you are one of the easiest people to be around. This calm quality that permeates your soul is also one of the great qualities that we believe makes you an excellent pair to Kristi’s spicy and fiery fun personality.
M: Mary Anne and Steve – you have been second parents to us for the past 16 years, and you have raised an incredible daughter. She is a true friend to us both. And, dearest Kristi – you are an incredibly loyal friend. The type of friend who provides honest advice in the most unconditionally supportive way. You’re always striving to make other people’s lives better and happier. You give so much to others, and we are so happy that you have a found a partner in Andy who, in turn, gives you just as much love and support.
B: There are many words that describe Kristi and Andy’s relationship. One of the words that stands out to us is ‘adventure.’ Together, we know this pair can climb any mountain, literally and figuratively. As you may know, just this year, they ascended Mt Whitney and Lassen Peak. And, today, as husband and wife, they begin their next big adventure: marriage. Kristi and Andy are a true team – they have brought their worlds together and they even have their own joint nickname for Kristi and Andy, it’s Krandi.
M: When we met in Kristi in High School, Bri and I were cheerleaders who had silly traditions, which included excessive hairspray and sparkles, and spirit cards. For those of you who don’t what that is – a spirit card is a piece of cardstock decorated for sports players to help them get ready for their next big game.
B: Kris, we know how much you’ve always wanted a Spirit Card. And, well, we’ve been waiting to give you your own because we knew it needed to be for a very special occasion. Lucky for you, today’s the day. In honor of the new team you’ve built, we’ve made a spirit card for Team Krandi. Kris and Andy, we’re looking forward to cheering and toasting you both on in your future adventures. We couldn’t be happier for you. Please everyone raise a glass and cheers to Team Krandi! Cheers!

Team Krandi Spirit Card made by Brianna and Meredith, September 27, 2014

Team Krandi Spirit Card made by Bri and Mere, September 27, 2014

What an adventure Kristi We have enjoyed celebrating each moment with you on your path to saying “I do” and thank you for inviting us to be your co-maids of honor!