The Showerette: Part I

by agirlandhermutt on October 7, 2014

There is no Week of Workouts happening this week. Instead, we are just doing a good ol’ fashioned recap of my weekend. This might even end up being two parts. I want to remember every second of the weekend because there will only be one of these for me in my lifetime…


Yep, showerette. My wonderful friend, Karen, suggested a good ol’ fashioned girls weekend for my bachelorette weekend. I’m not doing a traditional shower but Karen wanted to include some traditional elements from a shower.

As the weekend was approaching, I started to get nervous. For some reason it is hard for me to grasp/wrap my head around the fact that there are people out there who want to celebrate my upcoming wedding and marriage. I mean, what does it matter to them? I was worried people would be annoyed that they gave up their weekend or wouldn’t have fun. Just silly stuff that I tend to worry about.

But then the weekend came and it was just perfect. Every single minute of the weekend was wonderful! My friends had a blast (I think!), everyone got along and I was just in heaven.

I should note before I get started that there are a lot of exclamation points and words like “perfect” and “lovely”. It is hard for me to articulate accurately how much I felt loved by my friends and how much I appreciated them spending the weekend with me. So exclamation points and limited vocabulary will have to suffice. 😉


Saturday morning a group of us loaded up into the car to head down to Rhode Island to start our weekend. We met up at Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, RI.

It was a little overcast and misty outside, but they had a nice covered area that they set up our group of 8 for some tastings. The folks telling us about the wine could not have been nicer. They dealt with our goofing off, chatting and offered suggestions for places to visit once we were in Newport.

After the wine tasting, we picked a bottle (or two!) of wine to drink and then set up a proper picnic. My friends have a history of epic picnicking, but this time they really outdid themselves.

A note about my bachelorette group…I have friends from all parts of my life. Work, Boston, Florida and a few in between spots too. Throughout the weekend the group changed a bit according to the activities, but it was wonderful to have so many of my friends in one spot!

A few of my friends even FLEW in for the weekend! One of those folks was my high school buddy, Lina. She came up from Pensacola, FL!

After the wine tasting, we packed up and headed over to our next stop…Newport Storm!

The fiancé was adequately jealous of this part of our trip! The beers were tasty and they gave HUGE sample pours.

My work/Mom buddies, Niki and Jess! I’ve been friends with these ladies since I started my job here in Boston 9 years ago. Long time readers might recognize these nuts. Niki (in the middle) from the baby shower I co-hosted for her or that time we ate sushi together for Thanksgiving. I’ve talked about Jess before but most of the pics I have of the two of us just aren’t the most appropriate for the blog. 😉

Fun Fact: The baby shower post is my most pinned/popular post of all time.

After the tasting we were all ready for a bit of a break from boozing so we said our good-byes to Niki (she has a cutie patutie baby at home) and headed to Newport to find our bed & breakfast for the night.

I have to note one story, because if I don’t I KNOW my friends will call me out on it. On the way to the hotel my buddy, Megan, missed a turn. Being the helpful friend I am I “volunteered” (forced her to give me the phone) to help with navigation. Then I proceeded to navigate us over a bridge that had a $4 toll. Both ways. It was an $8 detour. Oh, did I forget to mention that we had people following us too? Yep.

I think I’ve lost my navigation privileges for a bit.

Back to the weekend…

We stayed at the Inns on Bellevue in Newport. Karen arranged for two suites for the night for all of us to bunk in. They were both on the top floor of the house so we had the whole floor to ourselves. It was the ideal situation for us. And if we are being honest, it was probably best for the other hotel guests too. 😉

The B&B had a very classic Newport feel. The best part was the enormous bedrooms and bathrooms, complete with a jacuzzi tub and steamroom shower.

After we got settled in we busted out some of picnic leftovers, some wine and relaxed before dinner. I ate my weight in hummus and cheese over the course of two days.

Then it was time to get ready to go out! But first, we had a little fun! They gave me the traditional Bride-to-Be sash & veil and I received some lovely and fun gifts.

Fun Wedding Fact: No veil for me! I look exactly like I did on my first communion when I wear one and that isn’t quite the look I am going for at the ripe age of 34. Plus, I have a giant head and those things hurt me.

Then it was time for a game. I should never have been concerned with Karen at the head of this pack. There is NOTHING that Karen does with no creativity and this game was no different. Karen passed out the Erin Bingo Cards.

Seriously. Erin Bingo cards! Each card was a little different but they all included things I have been known to do. Quite often it seems! This was game was so creative and THE BEST I have ever seen. I’m totally stealing this idea in the future.

I didn’t know what was on the cards when they were passed out. I suddenly got very nervous talking because everyone would just stare at me and then suddenly while I was talking would whip out the cards and start starring their cards. Ha!

Oh, and just in case creating this game wasn’t enough, Karen went out of her way to find the font that I use to sign my name at the end of each of my posts on this blog. Are you serious?! That little teary-eyed square got filled out pretty quickly (and often!) on this trip.

Our hotel was right in the middle of town so we just walked down to our dinner spot, The Fifth Element. We were also joined by another friend, Claudia, for the night! I mention this because I don’t have a photo of us all from dinner. Boooo. Photo fail on my part! Claudia was my very first friend in Boston and I’m so glad that she was able to join us for the night. *Hugs Claudia!*

The space had a really cool Asian vibe, great service and excellent food.

Pan roasted cod with littleneck clams over a fennel, potatoes and tomatoes

Almost everyone else got the special pizza of the night. And say hello to my Ultimate New Yorker friend, Meg, who drove up to join us too!

After dinner we headed out for another drink at 41 North. I loved the interior with its cool beachy decorations. It seems like it would be a really funky and fun hotel to stay at.

There weren’t many pictures there because although the spot was quite nice, the vibe was so strange! There were multiple brides hanging out in the lobby area of the bar and they all looked hammered. It made for some good people watching!

After a drink or two Karen asked me what I wanted to do next. I had the option to do ANYTHING I WANTED! I thought about it for two seconds and then sheepishly said that I wanted to just go back to the hotel, get into pjs and eat cupcakes while sipping champagne. I’ve never seen a group seem so thrilled. Everyone was on board with that idea!<—THIS is why we are all friends!


The cupcakes, brought by Jess and made by one of her friends, were fantastic! They were red velvet and spice, both with cream cheese frosting. I’m not ashamed to say I had one of each that night. Once I get the friend’s info I will let you locals know. These suckers were on point.

They were shaped to look like my dress. Eeeeeek! Love, love, love.

After a sufficient sugar rush, a bit more champagne and lots of laughs, it was time to get to bed. We had an early morning workout on the schedule!

Thanks for reading. I’ll pick up with Part II tomorrow!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan October 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm

For anyone I know reading this, I would just like to point out there were two Megans that weekend. I am the not the Megan who drove over the bridge. I am the Megan that didn’t die driving from NYC. 🙂


agirlandhermutt October 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

Always the high achiever. 😉


Jen October 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Three cheers for $8 detours! It was a beautiful drive over to Jamestown and back 😉


agirlandhermutt October 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

Ugh. I’m the worst sometimes. 😉 Glad you enjoyed.


Noelle Reese October 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

That looks like the best weekend ever! 🙂 There is NOTHING better than amazing girlfriends 🙂


agirlandhermutt October 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

You got that right Noelle!


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