Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Atlantic City Bachelorette Weekend Recap!

As you know, this past weekend was my dear friend Christina's bachelorette party in Atlantic City!

I picked up my friend, Abby, in Astoria on Saturday morning literally allotting myself just enough time to get to the pole dancing class in Philly. I tried so hard to leave early so I wouldn't have to rush, but I inevitably always cut things down to the wire, allowing no room for error and honestly, 9 times out of 10...it works out for me. However, this was not one of those times. We hit a TON of traffic in New Jersey and it added about 40 minutes onto our trip, and were late to the pole dancing class! I didn't think it would be a huge deal...I figured we'd go in, learn the steps we missed..badda bing badda boom we're pole dancers! Unfortunately, this was not the case. We get there, learn one move and then the teacher says "Ok..let's do the whole routine". The entire class then proceeds to launch into an entire routine with forward spins, back spins, climbing...you name it, they did it. Abby and I looked at each other like "OMG!! How did we miss all of this in just half an hour??" After that, it was free time to practice the moves.
The Bride shows us her moves!
Christina showed us some moves, and I tried to watch the other girls and pick up on things, but I have to say....POLE DANCING IS HARD!!! I like to think of myself as up for anything, and I usually go into things with a great attitude, but I was sort of discouraged. Also, I couldn't stop watching the teacher do her moves....DAMN could she move! The other girls were pretty good, too..and BRIDE Christina did the whole routine for us and was fantastic! Finally, the teacher said she could also teach us a chair dance, which we were all game for and it was MUCH simpler and fun for weak little me!
Abby, Bride Christina, and me!
The Girls
After the class, we got back in our cars and took the hour drive to Atlantic City. Christina had booked us two really great rooms at Bally's which was right on the boardwalk! We also had a great view from our windows!
Our View

Then we had 2 hours to get ourselves glammed up for our dinner at Carmine's followed by a night of dancing. We had a fun time catching up, getting to know each other, talking, drinking champagne, and getting ready.
Emily and Elizabeth getting all pretty!
Abby and Me..together, we'd make purple!
Then, it was time for Christina to open her gifts! She got some great lingerie and undergarments. 

Kenny calls her Gorgeous!
Then we headed out to dinner at Carmine's where we ordered salads, penne alla vodka, spaghetti bolognese and shrimp fra diavolo. Everything was DE-lish! We really wanted to try that ice bar, called Red Square, that sounded so neat. It was right outside the restaurant, so we walked over there after dinner...let me tell you, Biggest. Rip-off. Ever!!
We went into the place expecting this:
Instead, we got literally a small ice "locker" that probably fit about 2 people at a time. You can wear coats in it, take as many pictures as you want, but it's bottle service only, and the bottles start at $250.00 each!! That 600 foot bar made of ice? It was just a bar, with wood panels that apparently had ice on the top. I was wondering why I couldn't find a SINGLE picture online of this ice-bar! So we promptly left, and took some pictures around the Tropicana before we headed upstairs to a club called Providence.
Emily, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Christina
It was early when we arrived at Providence, so it was pretty empty and we were the only large crowd there. However, it very quickly became way more packed and crowded. Of course, Christina drew attention everywhere she went because a) she's gorgeous, and wearing a pretty yellow dress and b) She was wearing her bachelorette sash!
Too much fun!
I ADORE this picture
Me and the BRIDE!
Providence had these cool screens where you could text a message to them and they'll show up throughout the night. So Abby and I sent a message for Christina:

We then had to go back to our rooms because most of us couldn't walk anymore in our shoes, and desperately wanted to put on flip flops and flats. So, we took cabs back to Bally's and freshened up for a few in our rooms. 
Back at Bally's
All the girls in the elevator. How cool is this??
We then made our way out to the beach bar right outside our hotel. It was a GORGEOUS night out and it was really nice to be outside and along the water.
A lot of us were starting to get tired by this point, and our biggest mistake was actually sitting down, because sleep hit us like a ton of bricks. Some of the girls went to bed and some of us stayed out longer. We hung out for a little bit more, then rounded the night out at good old Johnny Rockets.
Allison, BRIDE Christina, and Amy
Me and my carpool buddy Abby
All she wanted was a hot-dog...she finally got it!
We were finally ready to call it a night, (and a successful one at that), and headed up to our rooms to go to bed. I remember looking at my phone at 4:03am before passing out. We got up at 11:00 the next morning, and the first thing all 4 of us in our room did was wince and howl in pain. We were SO SORE from our class the day before. Actually, Abby and I were probably the least sore out of the whole bunch because we missed so much of the class. We were quite the site for sore eyes...walking around wincing in pain like we were 100 years old. I think a few "I'm getting too old for this" phrases were muttered here and there. Christina had her hair and makeup trial back at home that afternoon, so we got dressed and all went our separate ways. Of course, we hit a ton of traffic heading home again. It was to be expected, and it was totally worth it to be able to celebrate Christina's Bachelorette Weekend with her. 3 weeks and counting!!!


Mom said...

Party animals! Sounds like a great time was had by all. And Christina really did look gorgeous. I missed out on all of this fun when I got married. I think I'll have to have a night out with my girls and called it an old ladies' party as oppossed to a bachelorette party! Lol.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Momma Woodruff!! We really did have such an awesome time, mostly because it was such a wonderful group of girls. LOVE, and 3 week panic <3