Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bachelorette Festivities

I realize there has been a bit of time since my last post, but I have been very busy with my BACHELORETTE PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The lovely decor in our cottage.
Our destination for the trip was Key West. We stayed for a long weekend (Thursday night-Sunday), and returning to reality Monday morning was quite the downer. I'm also feeling sad because I miss my friends. Everyone is scattered about the United States, so I don't get to see them as often as I would like. However, I was quite happy to be reunited with my fiance Sunday night--so I really experienced a raging, internal conflict of emotions.

The trip got off to a good start when our rental company upgraded our minivan to a suburban. You know how I feel about all things baller, so I was pleased as punch to be riding around in a black suburban with black leather and tinted windows.
Parking Big Bertha was no easy feat.

We didn't arrive to Key West until about 2am, after quite the ride which consisted of topless women, toddlers walking on top of parked cars, and a body lying in the back of a pickup truck (still undetermined if the person was napping or permanently sleeping...maybe we should have memorized that license plate number?). We also encountered a slight hiccup once we arrived, when we accidentally locked ourselves out of the cottage. I tried to pick the lock with my bobby pin to no avail--Sam and Dean Winchester make it look so easy! Good thing there was a master key in the lockbox, otherwise we would have been sleeping poolside. 

Friday was spent relaxing by the beach and the pool. Did I mention the tiny little pool that was in our courtyard? It was just the right size. Also, no pool hours were posted...better believe we used that sucker any time of day! 

Chillin out maxin, relaxin all cool
Friday evening, the other ladies arrived, and that's when the party began! It was time for games, shots, and all other kinds of shenanigans. 

Ready for my debut on Duvall!

Wearing a sparkly crown was a must.
We started out with a game at the cottage, and I like to call it "Know Ya Boo" (copyright Tom Haverford). Apparently, I don't know my boo, according to my bridesmaid Alison, who was in charge of the game. According to her, I lost. However, I maintain that I won, on the basis that most of the questions I got wrong were questions Alison made up.

Next, we hit up Duvall Street, which is basically the Bourboun Street of Key West. It was very vibrant (really the only way to describe it), and the perfect setting for the next game, which was a bachelorette scavenger hunt. I had two options: I could do everything on the list, win, and get a prize, or I could not do everything on the list, lose, and everyone would stop being my friend. Good thing I won! Some of the items on the list included: dancing on a bar, making a veil out of toilet paper, throwing a bridal tantrum on the dance floor, and pretending to fall asleep on the floor of a bar. Things not included on the list that also happened include: getting dollar bills thrown at me while singing karaoke (paid for the pedi-cab ride home!), singing a verse of "call me maybe" with a band that was performing that night, and making all the other bachelorette parties jealous. I currently don't have any appropriate photos I can post, but I will share them if any come available. 

Despite going to bed at 4am, we managed to drag ourselves out of bed the following morning and go snorkeling. This was my first time snorkeling (unless you count Disney World, which no one does), and it was very enjoyable. It was a little rough at times, considering the level of my  hangover amd the choppiness of the water, but all in all we had a lovely time. I saw lots of shiny fish, and I even saw a shark! Someone else on our boat saw a sea turtle, so I'm insanely jealous I missed out on that sighting. 
A slew of Scuba Steves.
After snorkeling, we had lunch, and several of us tried conch for the first time. Can't say that I'm overly fond of it, but it may have been the spices the restaurant used. Later that afternoon a few of us visited Ernest Hemingway's house. I'm not a fan of Hemingway's writing style, or his philandering ways, but he did have quite the lovely house when he lived in Key West. Also, Hemingway was apparently a cat lady. When he left, there were around 55 cats living on the property, and that number remains about the same (and most of them have six toes, just like the original). 
A six toed cat lounges by Hemingway's pool. 

Hemingway House

We ended the night with a delicious dinner and wandered around Duvall Street. I was wearing a sequined dress, so I felt the need to be seen. However, I would not recommend sequined dresses--they are actually quite painful to wear. I sustained several injuries throughout the night in that dress. We ended up at one bar, Zombie Bar, that seemed like a reenactment of Magic Mike. There were men dancing on bars EVERYWHERE. Some wore only underwear, some wore chaps, some wore nothing at all, and one guy was dressed as a vampire magician. It was quite the spectacle. 

My bachelorette party was absolutely amazing and awesome and wonderful. I can't thank my bridesmaids enough for throwing me such a fantastic party. I can't wait for our next sleepover...almost one month away!!!

p.s. There were many, many photos taken during this trip, but not by me since I no longer have a working camera. Once those pictures are available, I will post them, especially one of me in my sparkly dress, because I looked REALLY good.


  1. What a fun weekend! So glad you got to get out with your friends for one last party (as a single lady, of course). Can't wait to see more pictures!

    Thanks so much for linking up today my dear!


  2. That looks so FUN!! Can't wait to see more pictures!


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