Monday, March 29, 2010

Girls Weekend

My bridal shower/bachelorette party this past weekend went really well. It was great seeing everyone and spending some quality time with some of my favorite girls.

My bridesmaid Colleen and I rode down to Raleigh together and arrived Friday night. We stayed with my MOH Krista and after going to dinner with her, her husband Todd and their friend Mike we promptly fell asleep. It had been a long day.

Saturday we went for a quick breakfast at Panera and then while the girls were setting up I went for a manicure. The girls had setup some tasty little finger foods along with some beer and wine. It was a small group of some of my college friends but I prefer smaller groups, makes thing much easier.

The 'theme' of the shower was "Around the House" apparently everyone was assigned a room of the house and they had to buy a present that would go in that room. I have to say the funniest gift that we got based on the theme was from my friend Emily who gave us Mini video camcorder we registered for to go with her assigned room which was the Bedroom! I love how that girl's mind works!

In addition to the theme everyone was sent a card with the invitation to write a memory they have of me so the shower turned into somewhat of a roast with me reading a bunch of embarassing moments that my friends so kindly decided to remind me of!

We got a lot of great gifts and when I got home and showed Kristian everything he really geeked out over all the kitchen stuff since he's the resident cook in our household. I was even surprised with a gift from my friend Spanky's parents which I thought was super sweet.

After the shower we all just sat around and laughed, gossiped and caught up for the next 2 hours until it was finally time to get ready to go out.

Even though I told them NO Penis paraphenalia they did buy me a Bachelorette sash and tiara to wear. I left the tiara at home but did wear the sash...I figured it might help us get some free drinks...and it did!

We went to dinner at The Rockford in downtown Raleigh then off to a bar called The Patio (I think) for drinks. A very enthusiastic WVU fan came over and bought us all drinks and shots since he was celebrating WVU's win that night (side note- I have them set to win on my bracket). Our bartendar was great and after finding out two of the girls are pregnant he continued to bring them juice and water free of charge. When I tried to buy myself a beer he refused to charge me. Gotta love the sash!

Everyone seemed to have a great time and despite us being a bit older now and not able to party like we use to the night was a success. I can't thank my friends enough for helping me celebrate!

(The food setup)


(My ribbon bouquet)

(With 3 of my 4 bridesmaids...the girls on each end are the ones that are pregnant!)

(My friend Emily)

(My bachelorette gear...the tiara stayed at home!)

(dinner at The Rockford)

(there's Spanky doing a pretty standard pose)

(The mom's to be and our DD's for the night!)

(The WVU boy was a big fan of Jager Bombs)

(My good hair picture)

(Not sure why I look so terrified in this picture)

(Halpert helping us unpack the gifts when I got home)


Summer Athena said...

i love the pics, Shannon! SOOOOOOO fun! you look gorgeous.

Jenni said...

how fun!!! It looks like you had a blast, and you looked so lovely!!! I can't wait for my own bridal shower and baccherlorette party! HOW FUN!

Marian said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend filled with love and better way to spend a bridal weekend!!!

Spanky said...

The random bar guys are always a plus at a bachelorette event! Glad you had a good time.

bananas. said...

Where's the strippers? Half nekked men?! The pulled tooth and accidental marriage...oh wait, i'm thinking the hangover. Not as wild, i'm guessing ;)

Glad you had fun! You made out well in gifts thats for sure!

Jen said...

Yay! I'm glad you had fun, and I think you looked beautiful in your sash. You're right, it's good for free drinks and some fun attention!

I really like the "around the house" shower theme! What a great idea.

Unknown said...

SOOO glad you had a good time! I wish I was there to help celebrate :)

Chocolate Lover said...

Love the pics! Looks like a great time!

Salt said...

It looks like you guys had such a fantastic time!
I was very specific about the NO PENISES thing also, and thankfully my maid-of-honor listened. I had a tie and tiara though. It was kind of fun to wear it as much as I thought it wouldn't be!

Heather said...

It sounds amazing! Love the ribbon bouquet. My friends are going to make mine for the rehearsal. :) I’ll share pictures from my shower soon!

Mrs T said...

Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Love that last one of your cat!

Ela said...

Love the pics, hon. Look at your super shiny hair!
Glad you had an amazing time. You certainly deserve it!