This past weekend I spent a little time in the Windy City celebrating my future sister-in-law's last few weeks of being a single lady. You'll see from the dynamite pics and lovely video footage that a good time was had by all. We certainly know how to cheers to a new family member ;)
|Bride to be glass|
|Wine glass charms|
|She is ready to be the bachelorette :)|
Bree, her matron of honor, scouted out a rental home on the Lake de Michigan across the tollway from the city. Think loft meets new-age designer. The views were spectacular from the 3rd floor common area, complete with a top deck for laying out and an old-school fire place for keeping warm.
|Ready for the Bride!|
|Open space kitchen & dining table|
|Living room space|
Friday night we enjoyed a Mexican themed dinner with a variety of cocktails to garnish our meal.
|Cheers to Champagne|
|Do I have to drink all of these?|
Let's see how she handled the taste testing shall we...
|Who could forget TP Bride?|
Saturday, we managed some outdoor activity despite the overcast weather. The neighborhood had the typical beach feel as we strolled through the streets up to the sand dunes, through the grassy hills, and onto the beachfront. We walked along the lake for an hour before heading back to the house to get ready for the evening. Late afternoon, all dolled up & yearning for the big city lights, we caught the train into the city. Dinner at Fiorintino's was beyond delicious. To-die-for bread topped with parm cheese. Seafood apps of calamari and crab cakes. Perfection in a mini-caesar salad. My all time fave of stuffed gnocchi with vodka sauce. Chilled bottle of Kendall-Jackson chard. Heaven on a plate.
|Mom, is this what your vision looked like already?|
Apres din-din, we cabbed it to Zebra Lounge on State & Division, a cozy piano bar fit for a group of 9 ladies lookin' for a good time. Our table sat just across from the live performer who we bombarded with song after song and he adored us for it. We traded buying rounds of drinks and fruity shots. Before we knew it, the place was hopping with a mixed crowd of party-goers. As the night wound down, we headed back to catch our train home.
|Amanda and another party-goer|
|Haha we faked this picture and sent it to my brother...he was not pleased|
|Play us a song piano man|
|Mom & Tay|
|Tay & I|
Sunday morning was time for a big pancake breakfast and many waters for hydration. No bachelorette party would be complete without a little lingerie to sexify the bride for her wedding night and honeymoon vaca. Her gifts were pretty PG-rated. The thought of getting my brother's future wife handcuffs just didn't quite sit well with me!
|Lots of fun panties for the honeymoon|
|Polka dot lingerie, so cute!|
|Just Married tank top|
Such a fabulous & fun girls' weekend!! Looking forward to my own bachelorette party in Vegas in t-minus 3 weeks :)