Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Mine was pretty low key – very similar to last year actually. I worked in the morning, went for a bike ride in the afternoon (relaxing but the heat slowed me down; I did 18.5 miles in about an hour and 15 minutes), and my parents grilled up some chicken burgers for dinner.
We enjoyed our burgers with corn on the cob and fruit salad and dined al fresco out on the patio. It was delicious!
No fireworks for me this year, but it’s no big deal because next week is Cherry Festival week and the fireworks at the end of that are always better than the ones on the 4th. You can bet I’ll be there!
Alright, it’s time for Part 2 of Melissa’s bridal weekend – the bachelorette party! (In case you missed it, be sure the check out her bridal shower post).
As soon as her shower ended late on Saturday afternoon, I bolted straight up to Grand Rapids to check into the hotel that I had made a reservation at for the night. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in downtown Grand Rapids, so it was just a short walk away from all of the bars and restaurants. I’m SO glad I booked a hotel room – I was on the fence about it because of the money, but it was more than worth it to not only have a “hang out place,” but to be able to walk everywhere and not have to pay for a cab.
I got right to work setting up for the party.
The plan was for all of the girls to meet at the hotel where we would do a little pre-gaming while Melissa opened presents. After that we had plans for dinner and then hitting the town for a fun girls night out. It wasn’t long after I got checked in and started setting up that her friends began to arrive.
I made sure to grab everyone a drink as they chatted away, and of course I made Melissa drink out of her special "BRIDE” mug that I got for her .
Unfortunately, two of her four bridesmaids were not able to make it, but she still had a great group of girls!
Some of coworkers:
Her cousin, Gina:
And of course, ME!
The six of us hung out in the hotel room and got to know each other a little (Gina and I didn’t know any of her work friends), and then we cut the cake and Melissa opened her presents. I won’t share what she got, but I'm sure you can imagine – they were typical bachelorette party gifts .
When she was done opening presents we made sure to get her all decked out in her bachelorette accessories before heading out for the night!
Such a cute bachelorette .
I made dinner reservations at 25 Kitchen and Bar, which is a nice place I’ve been to once before. We were surprised to see that it wasn’t very busy, but that was fine by us because we were quickly seated and service was fantastic.
Melissa and I both ordered pizzas with the intention to share them, but we each ended up liking our own so much that the splitting thing didn’t really happen. I should have known – pesto chicken has always been such a favorite of mine!
After dinner we said our goodbyes to Gina (she isn’t 21 yet so she wasn’t able to get into any of the bars) and made our way over to Mojo's, a dueling piano bar and restaurant. We were surprised to see that there were already three other bachelorette parties there – apparently Mojo’s is a popular place for those! We grabbed a table and took turns buying rounds for everyone in between making song requests and singing our hearts our to familiar tunes.
We also made sure to get up and bust a move. I got some lovely action shots of my girl shakin’ her booty .
After Mojo’s we walked over to The B.O.B., which is always a favorite place of mine. We spent the rest of the evening dancing away at Crush and Eve, the two dance clubs inside. We wrapped things up at about 1:00 am and walked back to the hotel for the night. Everyone had such a great time and it was so much fun celebrating with Melissa.
The only thing left is the wedding itself! I, for one, am more than excited .