7 Must Have's For A Bachelorette Weekend
Recently I had the pleasure of attending one of my great friend Kelly’s bachelorette weekend in Collingwood. As a bridesmaid, I was in on all the planning and scheming to make this weekend an absolute success. I have to say, the MOH(Becca) had the most amazing plan, and executed it down to the smallest of details, it was great! And the best part, it was all a surprise for the bride!
It started off with Becca’s idea to rent a cottage or house near a vineyard. It turned out that the most reasonable location price wise and distance wise, was the Blue Mountains near Collingwood. She found an amazing country home with the charm and character of a homestead, but the amenities of a new home. There were 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a beautiful harvest table, hot tub, sauna, and so much more. Not only was this home beautiful and perfectly equipped, it was also surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful views and set between Collingwood and Blue Mountain Ski Village. It was perfect!
The bride wanted something low-key and relaxing, and this weekend was exactly that. Friday night once everyone arrived, we had a variety of appetizers, played some bachelorette games, had a living room dance party, and finished the night off with a hot tub and sauna. On Saturday, we slowly surfaced from our bedrooms, made a large brunch and relaxed until it was time for our wine tour @Georgian Hills Vineyard.
Being from Northern Ontario, I was surprised that there was a vineyard in the Blue Mountains. I had always just assumed that you needed to be in Southern Ontario to find vineyards. However, this vineyard brought me all the feels of standing at vineyards in Niagara Region or Kelowna, with the proximity of a three hour drive. This beautiful location is picturesque, surrounded by the Blue mountains, hay fields and the vinelands themselves, there is a beautiful venue that has a small storefront as well as several rooms for indoor wine tasting. The patio speaks for itself with the phenomenal views and setting (see photo above). On the patio you can sip wine, cider or their dessert wine and taste delicious cheeses from Montreal and Ontario. We were fortunate enough to be taken past this building to just outside a beautiful old farm building, where they harvest the grapes and make the wine. We got to sit on a few picnic tables just outside of the building where the table was set, charcuterie board placed, and our wine tour took place. It was magnificent!
After the wine tour, we headed to a local beach to relax and swim in Georgian Bay. We then headed back to the house where we made dinner, lounged and played a few games. In the morning I packed up quite early and headed out as I was anxious to see my son. It was only the second time I had been away from him overnight and I was missing him.
Like I said previously, the MOH planned this event in detail, from food to decor, to outings. However, as someone attending the bachelorette and less on the planning side, there are still several things to think of when packing. So, I created a list of ‘Must-Have’ items to pack to make any bachelorette weekend or evening an ultimate success. So here it is:
7 Must-Have items for a Bachelorette Weekend
1. Multi-Wear Outfits
When you’re packing for a bachelorette weekend, it’s so hard to know what to wear and bring with you. You always need to be concerned about weather, multiple locations for activities and anything in between. So, I’ve put together a couple staple pieces that I think could rock any occasion, whether you need vineyard fashion, night out on the town, or walking around the town.
Similar to packing your clothing, shoes should also be top on your list. If you’re going out for a walk or heading out on the town, sore feet or blisters is not something you want to have to deal with (whether that day or for the next few days). Paired with the outfits above are some great options to pair with any look.
What finishes an outfit off better than fabulous accessories and lipstick? Nothing. They are like the ‘icing on the cake’. All you need is something to finish off your look. I found a few great shops on Etsy that really caught my attention. My favourite is ElleBlissJewelry, her beautiful bangles are a dainty handcrafted touch on your evening. Also, Bite Beauty is a fantastic Canadian cosmetic line sold at Sephora. They have a fantastic line, worth taking a look at! Hopefully the above collage is helpful for ideas.
5. A Signature Cocktail Recipe
This may rate on the list differently for some, but in my opinion, you can’t have a bachelorette without a fantastic signature cocktail. I like to make something that’s refreshing, but packs a good punch. This signature cocktail of mine is a go-to for large group activities as you make a large batch, perfect for sharing. Please be advised that this result of this recipe can be what the name suggests (you will be crawling up your porch, as you may not be walking so well on your feet)
Porch Crawler Recipe
- 1 can of limeade
- 1 375ml of Vodka (brand of your choice)
- 2 bottles of beer (of your choice)
- 3 cups of ice
- A large pitcher
Directions: Empty the can of limeade into pitcher, use empty can to measure vodka, fill empty can with vodka and pour into pitcher. Once you’ve got those two ingredients, stir until limeade melts down and you have a syrup like texture. Pour two cans of beer (making sure both beer bottle and pitcher are on an angle to avoid beer foam), and gently add ice and fill to the top. Enjoy!
6. A great playlist
For me, music sets the mood. For this weekend, I had to drive for 3 hours each way on my own, and without my playlists, I would have been so bored. Not only was music key for the drive, it was also essential in our dance party, and background music to keep the mood light and relaxing. Here are two sample playlists to help keep you entertained on a long drive to your destination, and to set the mood for a fun evening. (There are many phenominal pre-made playlists on google play, apple music, and spotlight, so if you don’t feel like downloading and compiling these on your own, some sample searches are: girls weekend, road trip, Y2K, dance party, night out, girls night, etc)
Let’s face it, a few cocktails may be involved at a bachelorette event, in which case, you need some pain relief. In this case, Tylenol or Advil may be required for a full recovery. So please enjoy responsibly and have a great time.
I had to add the video for its relevance! Let us know in the comments if you have any other 'must-have' ideas!