Jersey Shore Bachelorette Party

23 07 2012

My oh my, what a weekend! Look who I was hanging out with!

Yes friends, I got to see Chloe for her bachelorette party this weekend! Chloe and nine of her friends converged on Avalon, NJ for a weekend of sun, fun, and all things bachelorette! Unfortunately, the sun decided to hide behind some clouds for most of the weekend, but we still managed to have a total blast.

On Friday night, we kept it low key and hung out at the condo. The group was a mixture of Chloe’s childhood friends, college friends, and DC friends, so many of us had never met. It didn’t take much time for us to all feel like old friends 🙂

Chloe’s friend Livey is a bartender, and she mixed us some creative and delicious concoctions:

Spiked blackberry lemonade

And some drink I’m going to call Berry Basil Gold. I don’t know exactly what she put in it, but it reminded me of a sangria. The basil added such a great freshness to it!

Many laughs and stories later, we hit the sack. A few girls had long runs planned (yay triathlete/runner friends!) for Saturday morning, so we didn’t make it too late of a night.

Another reason I think we all bonded so well this weekend: we all love good food! A few of the girls who arrived early made some stops at various farmer’s markets to stock up on fresh veggies. YES PLEASE! Farmer’s market veggies > supermarket veggies!

Saturday’s lunch spread was pretty impressive:

My favorite was definitely the tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad. The basil was purple, which I thought was really cool. And I’m biased, but I don’t think anything beats Jersey tomatoes! The girls mixed it up a little with some avocado slices, and it was to die for! I could have probably eaten the whole plate (I didn’t).

We spent a lazy afternoon by the pool reading trashy magazines (why not?) before heading out to get our nails done.

So happy that neons are coming back in style 🙂

And no hang out with Chloe would be complete without Fro-Yo!

We stopped at a cute self-serve fro-yo place called Toppings.

I got cookies and cream, cake batter, and tart yogurt, topped with strawberries, mini caramel cups and wet nuts. I got a little too much, and didn’t end up finishing it because I knew we had a yummy dinner planned for later in the evening!

We went back to the room and got all gussied up for our big night out.

Chloe and her sister Jocelyn 🙂

(Side note: Yes, that is a boot on Chloe’s leg. She has a torn plantar fascia, and will be in the boot for a few months 😦 )

The decorations were set:

Let the party begin!

There were games.

And lots of smiles.

A little before 8, we walked over to the Windrift for dinner.

The Windrift was a little bit of a conundrum to me. Based on the website and the prices on the menu (entrees $30-40), I was expecting a classy seafood restaurant. We walked in through the bar, where there was a man playing typical sing along bar songs (think Piano man) on a keyboard/piano, basically ON the bar.  There was definitely a uh, different generation hanging out in the bar, singing along and dancing. Don’t get me wrong, it was fun to sing along too, just not what I was expecting.

At the other end of the bar, there was the sushi bar. I guess there is seafood in sushi, but again, I guess it just caught me off guard.

Anyhow, we were seated in the back of the dining room that was attached to the bar, and we promptly perused the menu.

We ordered a few appetizers: the Windrift bang bang (tempura shrimp), a Rainbow roll (sushi), baked brie, and Parmesan crusted dayboat scallops with lobster rissotto. The lighting was not so great so I didn’t get any pictures, but the scallops were OUTSTNADING.  The risotto was rich and creamy, with a perfect amount of lobster. The scallops were perfectly cooked, and melted in your mouth. Mmmm.

At least three of the girls ordered the entree size of the scallops, so I snagged a picture of it. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

When I learned we were ordering the scallops as an appetizer, I opted for the crab encrusted halibut for my entree. It was delicious, but I definitely thought the scallops were just incredible and the real winner in my book.

Dinner wrapped up and we headed to The Princeton to get our groove on.

Glow bracelets? Check.

Bachelorette paraphernalia? Check.

Bar with a band of cute boys playing pop hits? Check.

The band was Total Whiteout, and they played everything from “Call Me Maybe” to “Baby Got Back” and everything in between. Basically, it was perfect music to dance your face off to!

And lots of dancing we did! We danced for hours straight, and finally called it a night after the band’s last set.

The whole weekend was an absolute blast. It was SO GREAT to see Chloe and my other DC friends again, as well as to make a few new friends! I want to do it all again next weekend!

Happy Bachelorette Chloe! Less than 2 months to go!