Roaring ’20s-Style Bachelorette Weekend in Palm Springs

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The first time I met my friend V’s fiancé KJ, he joined us and another friend for hiking yoga.

I knew KJ was smitten with V when I sensed how important it seemed to him that her friends like him. I took to him immediately: he’s genuine, kind, quirky funny and treats her so well. He fit in with us like an old friend.

V and KJ graduated from the same university and are even in photos together, but didn’t really know each other in college. They re-entered each others’ lives five years later when they met at a run club in Los Angeles. Few who know them were surprised when, four years after their reconnection, V and KJ announced their engagement.

To celebrate her upcoming nuptials, I joined V and nine of her college friends (she and I met at work) who drove or flew in from Los Angeles, Hawaii and Virginia for a three and a half day “roaring ’20s”-themed bachelorette party in Palm Springs.

The bridal party booked a four-bedroom mid-century home, including a heated pool and hot tub, just a few minutes from downtown Palm Springs.

Though my flight from San Francisco was only a little over an hour to Palm Springs, turbulence plagued the last 15 minutes. As I gripped both arm rests, wondering if this might be where it all ends, I scolded myself for not having made friends with the guy next to me. He might be the last person I see. I should at least know his name. I silently protested: “I’m not ready to go yet. It’s not time!” I heard a small child cry: “Mooom, I don’t like this!” Kid, we are on the same page.

Thankfully we landed without incident, other than my heart palpitations and someone’s potentially traumatized child.

The bride also flew down from San Francisco, but on a later flight. Unfortunately, after two rocky attempts to land in Palm Springs, her flight was diverted to Ontario Airport, about an hour northwest of Palm Springs. Understandably shaken, V and 12 others passengers exited the plane, opting to find their own way to their destination. Happily, she arrived that night after catching a ride with a friend – her former roommate – driving in from Los Angeles. Bachelorette party nightmare averted.

We welcomed her by hiding in the dark, pretending not to be home when she arrived.

The festivities officially kicked off the following morning with a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating aerial tram. In just over 10 minutes, the massive pod ascended more than 8500 feet above the canyon.

From poolside underneath palm trees in the bright California sun, to fine dining at an award-winning restaurant, to a snowy nature to walk: Inside a fun-filled "roaring 20s" themed bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs.

The aerial tram
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We exited the tram to find the temperature dramatically lower at  25 °F, low visibility and the ground covered in fresh snow.

Both V and I showed up inappropriately dressed for the climate – who expects winter in the California desert in May? – so we purchased snazzy new lounge pants from the gift shop to cover our legs.

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We speed-walked, lunged and jumped our way through a 1.5 mile nature walk, trying to generate heat with each movement. High in Chino Canyon we found giant pine cones fallen from towering, fragrant pine trees, lush fir trees, the homes of crayon-colored birds and chittering creatures, as our footsteps left imprints on drying powder.

After an outdoor barbecue lunch (burgers, pasta salad, grilled corn, summer salad and fresh fruit), it was pool time for some, while others napped to power up for our evening of dinner and dancing.

That evening, each of us dressed to the gills in our best approximation of 20’s style garb for a night on the town sure to be the bee’s knees.

Following an appetizing meal at The Tropicale, our group headed next door to the Miami-themed Copa Lounge, where we danced our way to sore feet.

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This is only ONE of the photos a very drunk woman took for us outside of The Tropicale. As she slurred her words and showered us with compliments and overtures of of friendship, she directed our poses: “look happy,” “Ok, now be crazy silly, fun, fun!!, until we finally cut her off.

We started the next day strong with an in-home modified Barre class led by one of the bridesmaids J, who teaches at a studio in Texas. Though we’re a pretty fit group and everyone has their preferred workout of choice (cross-fit, hot yoga, Pilates, SoulCycle, etc.) the class challenged us. We giggled through our pain. J gives good Barre.

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“Embrace the shakes & quakes!” J encouraged us as our muscles burned.

Post Barre class and breakfast, the tenth member of the group, a 7-months pregnant TO, joined us just in time for a photo session by the pool.

Later that evening we regrouped for a three-course dinner at The Workshop Kitchen + Bar, recent winner of the James Beard award for best restaurant design.

A bachelorette party in your 30s is a different animal than that of a twenty-something. Instead of a second night out, we opted to play games (Dirty Minds, Catchphrase) and each made a commemorative scrapbook of our weekend using Instax pics we’d taken that weekend.

From poolside underneath palm trees in the bright California sun, to fine dining at an award-winning restaurant, to a snowy nature to walk: Inside a fun-filled "roaring 20s" themed bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs - read more on The Girl Next Door is Black

The night culminated with s’mores around the outdoor fire pit.

From poolside underneath palm trees in the bright California sun, to fine dining at an award-winning restaurant, to a snowy nature to walk: Inside a fun-filled "roaring 20s" themed bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs - read more on The Girl Next Door is Black

On our last morning together, we enjoyed a breakfast of waffles at the house and made friendship bracelets. It felt like being back at summer camp. The perfect bookend to a fun-packed extended weekend in Palm Springs.

Of course, we couldn’t leave the house without taking one last photo.

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Congratulations V and KJ!

 

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23 Comments
  • debbie
    July 19, 2015

    wow it looks like you had an amazing time Enjoy

  • Linda Manns Linneman
    July 9, 2015

    Sorry you had such a rough airplane ride. It looks like after you got there you had a great time. Looks like fun. The pictures you shared are beautiful. Thank you for sharing

  • Mai Tran
    June 27, 2015

    Gotta love the cable cars!

  • Starla B
    June 24, 2015

    Oh my goodness, looks like so much fun! So pretty also! Glad you had a great time!

  • Melissa S
    June 24, 2015

    That looks like so much more fun than any bachelorette party I have ever attended.

  • Alina Conn
    June 24, 2015

    Looks like you had a blast. Love the photos from the 20’s style themed party. GORGEOUS!

  • Sara Theissen
    June 24, 2015

    Looked like a ton of fun!!

  • Candice
    June 19, 2015

    This looks like a lot of fun! What great memories you all have created. I’m sure you all will be talking about this experience for years to come.

  • Lori Hil (@lorihil)
    June 19, 2015

    That looks like so much fun and memories for a lifetime!

  • Teri
    June 19, 2015

    What a bachelorette weekend and great way for the bridal party to get to know one another! The fun you all had sounds like the perfect formula to create lasting relationships and sisterhood. Thanks for allowing me to experience it with you (I felt I was there)!

  • mypixieblog
    May 26, 2015

    Oh, my goodness–i love these pictures so much! Looks like you all had a great time! I love roaring 20s look too–what a great theme for a night out on the town 🙂 Sorry to hear the flight over was so traumatizing but at least the rest of the weekend made up for it, right? XOXO

  • Lizzie Lau
    May 24, 2015

    How fun! That really looks like the best bachelorette party ever.
    I live in the PS area and I know how awful the landings and takeoffs from PSP can often be. My kid thinks it’s like an amusement park ride. We were on a super turbulent approach to Miami where people were literally crying and praying out loud and my daughter was grinning and saying, “Weeeeeeeee!”
    #SITSBlogging

    • The Girl Next Door is Black
      May 24, 2015

      The other times I’d been to Palm Springs, I drove in from L.A. I remember the winds being scary on the road; you could feel the car moving!

      I wonder if your daughter is a budding daredevil. I like her attitude!

  • Madeline
    May 23, 2015

    Looks like such a fun weekend! I love the idea of making scrapbooks too, such a lovely memento to take home! x

    • The Girl Next Door is Black
      May 24, 2015

      Yeah the scrapbooks are a nice memento. It was also just nice to do “arts and crafts” since I don’t get to do that very often. 🙂

  • Ray F (@BritishMumUSA)
    May 21, 2015

    Oh my goodness I am in love with this whole weekend….. How awesome, my daughter will probably do something like this as she is in LOVE with Gatsby!!!!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate your friendships and send off your girlfriend. Just beautiful!!!!

    xoxoxo

    • The Girl Next Door is Black
      May 24, 2015

      The look of the 1920s is so distinctive, it makes for a great party theme. I’ve been to a few 20s-themed events; the style makes everyone look so dapper and darling. (I love using throwback terms, if you can’t tell.)

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