Bachelorette Party Reflections

Sometimes the fresh ingredients make the salad.

So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

Sometimes it’s the dressing that makes all the difference in the world.

Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame

Today’s salad was fresh and tasty, and while the veggies were perfectly crisp, the dressing stole the show.

Ryan and I both adore Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame salad dressing and have to turn a blind eye to the inclusion of high fructose corn syrup in the ingredient list because it really is that good.

My salad today included:

The Goods

All Together

I often find that when I eat salads, I enjoy certain bites more than others. Typically the bites with the good stuff like feta cheese or somethin’ with a little extra flavor reign supreme.

Well, the good thing about using this salad dressing on my salad today is that I enjoyed every bite equally because this dressing is so dang good. My friend Caitlin brought this dressing to a girls’ night potluck dinner a couple of years ago and I’ve been a sucker for it ever since.

Bachelorette Party Reflections

Now that both of my amazing bachelorette parties are behind me, I wanted to type up a little post about my post-party thoughts.

I felt so, so loved and blessed during both wonderful parties and have received some emails from readers asking me to detail what I loved the most, as it seems many of you guys are planning parties of your own!

While I absolutely loved everything my friends did for me, here are some of the stand-outs that I think would make nearly any bride-to-be happy:

  • Planning: I was absolutely floored by all the planning and preparation my friends put into both of my bachelorette parties. They all took the time to plan out the weekends’ activities so we were never left awkwardly wondering, “Okay, what now?”

Ready to Hit the Town!

  • Decorations: I didn’t anticipate any decorations, but arriving at a party completely decorated in bachelorette party-wear made me feel special and like my friends were genuinely excited to celebrate my upcoming wedding. I also appreciated how my friends stuck to a pink theme rather than a phallic theme. 🙂

Pretty Glasses

Gorgeous Table Spread


  • Homemade Touch: Both groups of friends put a lot of time into creating crafty goodies for the festivities. I received homemade itineraries, a scrapbook, cards, decorated drink glasses, pins, customized tank tops and more. The time and effort my friends put into making these things themselves meant the world.

Homemade Scrapbook

  • Get Into It: I felt like every single one of my friends really wanted to party it up and have a great time. Everyone was all about sportin’ fun accessories like jumbo-sized rings, pins declaring that they were bridesmaids, etc. Their energy was contagious and we had a great time wherever we went.

Woop, Woop!

My Girl Likes to Party All the Time!

Dance Party

Let's Get Crazy!!!

  • Thoughtfulness: The thoughtfulness of my friends was truly astounding. They planned activities, meals and nights out that they knew I would enjoy. We went to bars rather than clubs, ate sushi and homemade meals prepared by their families and played games to get the party started… all things I absolutely love.

Sushi Night

  • Unique Games: Though games might not be fore everyone, I had the best time playing bachelorette-themed games. The Q&A/Jello shot game was so entertaining and the paper ring dare game was a riot!

Of course none of these things are necessary for a wonderful bachelorette party, but I must say that I felt like I had two of the best bachelorette parties in the entire world thanks to the time, effort and love of my friends.

They made me feel so special and I cannot thank them enough for two of the best weekends of my life!

Question of the Afternoon

  • What is one thing you think is an important component of a good bachelorette party?

Guy’s Guy

I love a guy’s guy. A basketball-shorts wearin’, hamburger eatin’, football watchin’ man. 😀 Fortunately that’s just what Ryan is.

Ryan is not one to fuss over his hair or try on numerous outfits before we go out. In fact he’s so laid back about his hair that he lets me cut it.

This evening our backyard became a mini-barbershop as I trimmed and cut his hair.

Backyard Barbershop

In less than 10 minutes Ryan was rockin’ his short and easy ‘do.

Freshly Cut

I think he’s so handsome. 😉


For dinner this evening, I made us Asian salads because it was H-O-T outside and we wanted something cold.

Our salads contained:

  • Spinach
  • Chopped cabbage
  • Zucchini
  • Water chestnuts
  • Shrimp
  • Asian sesame dressing

My favorite part of the salads were the water chestnuts.

Water Chestnuts

What are water chestnuts? A vegetable? A weed? I dunno, but they’re delicious!


With Asian Sesame Dressing

My Bowl

This cold dinner was perfect after sweatin’ a bit while taking Sadie on a 2.5 mile walk. Sadie actually got another one-mile walk after dinner, putting her total mileage today at 8.5 miles (including our morning 5-mile run). She is currently bringing us toy after toy to play with because apparently 8.5 miles is child’s play to her. 😀

I’m off watch the second half of So You Think You Can Dance on DVR with Ryan! Love this show. I wish I could dance…

Question of the Evening

  • Do you prefer a guy’s guy or a metrosexual guy?