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Bachelorettes Do the Big D

Events     |    August 14th, 2015

In celebration of the one week mark (seven days!) until Miss Chelsea Mae’s wedding, I wanted to share some of the…shareable…moments from the Fourth of July weekend/bachelorette party extravaganza I hosted in Dallas.

The welcome wagon came out in full force

The welcome wagon came out in full force

Five of the bride’s closest friends and bridesmaids flew out from California for a weekend of smokey BBQ, cold drinks, ‘Merica and celebrating the bride-to-be.

5 lbs of brisket, pork & sausage later...nothing but smiles and loosened belts

Two jugs of beer, four sides & 5 lbs of brisket, pork & sausage later we were nothing but smiles and loosened belts

We kicked off the weekend on Thursday with dinner at Lockhart Smokehouse in Bishop Arts. After polishing off something like five pounds of meat, a feat which prompted one patron to actually applaud us, we headed out to Lower Greenville for some bar hopping.

When the bride demands meat, she gets it.

When the bride demands meat, she gets it.

No meal in Bishop Arts is complete without a slice from Emporium Pies

No meal in Bishop Arts is complete without an after-dinner slice from Emporium Pies

At Truckyard we sipped our frozen Trashcan punch drinks while “practicing” our wedding speeches and making one another cry. Next we headed to Single Wide for shots and people watching. We finished the night at the Libertine with cinnamon whiskey shooters and the promise of tomorrow morning’s hangover.

100% on our best behavior

100% on our best behavior

On Friday, after a greasy breakfast and ample coffee cured our pounding heads, we headed out for some classic Dallas sightseeing. At Dealey Plaza the girls surveyed the grassy knoll and Chelsea paid tribute to her favorite President and historical crush John F. Kennedy.

Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower

After wandering through the West End Historic District and ogling the bejeweled cowboy boots, I introduced these California girls to the magic of Whataburger. The jury is still out on whether it beats In-N-Out, but satisfaction shone on everyone’s faces just like the accompanying grease.

"Whataburger" shot by Callista Polhemus

“Whataburger” shot by Callista Polhemus

That evening, we all donned our most patriotic of getups to watch fireworks and celebrate America’s birthday.

These patriotic packs from Tipsy Elves were named "the SUV of fanny packs" for a good reason

These patriotic packs from Tipsy Elves were named “the SUV of fanny packs” for a good reason

Choosing to hold Chelsea’s bachelorette party in Texas over Independence Day was not unintentional. As a total American history buff and all around patriotic lady, the Fourth of July is Chelsea’s favorite holiday. And while California will always be her number one, Texas is this girl’s home away from home with family outside of Fort Worth and her love for all things country. Clearly combining those two factors and adding five ready-to-party bachelorettes was a recipe for success.

I created Chelsea's "Bride" sash by hand stitching felt letters on a reassembled American flag.

I created Chelsea’s “Bride” sash by hand stitching felt letters on a reassembled American flag.

Friday evening’s plans to watch the fireworks at Kaboom Town in Addison ended in near disaster thanks to crowds, traffic and a grumpy hipster who wouldn’t move his car to let us leave. Thankfully, with the patience granted by an ice cold margarita and an ample dose of sweetly applied southern charm, we freed our car and headed back to Dallas for drinks in Deep Ellum.

Patriotism never looked so good

Patriotism never looked so good

Saturday proved to be my favorite of all the days we spent together. Before checking into our room at the Nylo Hotel, we enjoyed a brunch of freshly pressed green juice and brisket Eggs Benedict from Sundown at the Granada.

Brisket Eggs Benedict: I could eat this every morning, forever

Brisket Eggs Benedict: I could eat this every morning, forever

That afternoon we settled into our amazing room in the Lifestyle Suite and hit the roof for poolside cocktails and a dip in the Nylo’s incredible infinity edge pool.

Looking downtown from the edge of the city, cocktails in hand of course.

Looking downtown from the edge of the city, cocktails in hand of course.

Located in Dallas’s southside, the Nylo’s pool offers a sweeping view of the downtown skyline. Next time I want to go at night!

Pool perfection

Pool perfection

Saturday night’s dinner was at renowned chef John Tesar’s Knife. Though the ambiance proved to be a bit stuffier than our group’s mood, the food was absolutely incredible. We left ready to get our club on at Gatsby Nightclub, a 1920s themed club in the heart of downtown.

Red, White, blue and ready for an epic night!

Red, White, blue and ready for an epic night!

After a somewhat terrifying Uber ride with a driver who looked like Pitbull and played us his “rap album” on the drive, we were welcomed into the club and whisked straight to our booth. Though smaller than I anticipated, Gatsby was gorgeous inside. The glittering chandelier over our booth sparkled off the gold banquettes and baroquely papered walls.

"Let me drink this champagne real quick while I try to remember how to 'club' correctly."

“Let me drink this champagne real quick while I try to remember how to ‘club’ correctly.”

The hostesses for our booth were so much fun and really helped us get into full celebration mode. Since we went on the Fourth of July, the club never became overly crowded which was perfect for these infrequent club goers. We danced, we drank, we danced some more, I lost an earring and the entire night was one to remember.

Cheers!

Cheers!

The end of the weekend seemed to come just as quickly as it had begun. While I was sad to see these ladies return to California, we were all looking forward to getting together again in just over a month. Now we have just seven days until Chelsea and Ted officially become Ched and I get to stand beside my friend while she says “I do.”

It's hard to say goodbye to your favorite babes, especially when they're this babely.

Even exhausted these ladies are still total babes

See you soon California! Check back for post-wedding recaps within the next few weeks!

 


2 Comments on Bachelorettes Do the Big D

  • On August 16, 2015 Anonymous said:

    That’s one gorgeous bunch of girls!

  • On August 26, 2015 Roseann said:

    Lol at the brisket benedict you could eat every morning forever. So so good. You will be very glad you kept such a detailed account of these festivities ten years from now when everyone’s lives look completely different. Chelsea is very lucky to have you (and so am I).

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