Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekend Project: Bachelorette Scavenger Hunt

In addition to being mid-move, I do have some other exciting things going on—which included my best friend Virginia's bachelorette festivities this past weekend. All of her bridesmaids assembled and took her on a scavenger hunt of sorts, which essentially means that she got a chance to visit a handful of her favorite places in the city. Wearing one of these lovely t's that was designed by my friend Julie (and printed at cafepress.com) loosely based on the wedding invitations.

This scrapbook was the key to the hunt as she had to solve a riddle in order to figure out where she was meant to go. The best part of this was that it was all a big surprise and V is not a fan of being out of the loop. Below is the google map that showed our geographical plan for the day.

We went to one of our favorite gelato shops, Grom, where she had to get at least three kinds of chocolate in her cup, Purl Patchwork where she got to choose two yards of fabric that myself and her sister Caroline are going to turn into throw pillows for her, Otto for a prosecco toast, and a few more stops. You can see an example of a page from the scrapbook below- it was the one for Anthropologie, where she had to find a "V" and a "D" (her fiance's name is Dan) and have her photo taken with them. I didn't expect it to be quite as easy as it was—they had a whole display of large metal letters right in the front of the store—but the point was more to enjoy each other's company and be a little silly than anything else.

This was one of my better riddles and it took her a while to figure out. Any guesses?

It was Washington Square Park, which is near NYU where she went to college. (We goofed around and took pictures of each other posing near the arch.) The evening ended with more friends, barbecue and dancing to the Crevulators at Hill Country.

Each page in the book also had an envelope that held a note from either a bridesmaid or one of V's parents, so we all had a chance to tell her how much she means to us. I learned a little bit about memory keeping from my time as an employee at Hallmark and I figured it was the perfect time for us to think about the importance of our relationships as the countdown to the June wedding begins.

She's actually my cohort in my drive to Iowa that starts today, so it was an equally great send off from the city for me. I admit that I am very emotional about the big life changes swirling around me, but I'm so happy that the weekend was filled with happiness and so much laughter. And dancing!







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