The toughest Mondays are always the ones that follow really really good weekends, don’t you think? This weekend was one of the very best, and this Monday was no exception.
The last three days were spent celebrating Allison’s long-awaited bachelorette party with the most perfect poolside paradise weekend. When you’ve been a twosome since high school (#old) and your best friend gets engaged, 50% of your brain is like, “YAY LOVE MARRIAGE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!” and the other 50% is like “YAY BACHELORETTE PARTAYYYYYYY!”
So. It’s a very special time.
When I asked Allison what her ideal bachelorette weekend looked like, she didn’t mention a day at the spa, fancy restaurants, or hopping from bar to bar. Instead she said, “Honestly? I just want to hang out with my friends by the pool.”
And hang by the pool we did.
I searched high and low for the perfect house for our weekend getaway. Even though I’d assumed we’d end up somewhere in Dallas, or even Austin, the perfect Airbnb listing for our group actually wound up being in teeny tiny Salado, Texas.
Salado is a small town (about the size of your thumbnail) between Waco and Austin, and the house was tucked away in the middle of nowhere, making it, quite literally, picture perfect for our poolside weekend.
(OH, and one tiny disclaimer. If you’re scrolling through this post scratching your head thinking, “Natalie…why on earth would you bring your baby to a bachelorette party?” you’re probably not alone. And lucky for you I’m more than happy to answer that question! Reasons for bringing my baby to a bachelorette party: 1) She hates the bottle, 2) I hate the pump, 3) She’s awesome and I really really really really like her. Now that we’ve gotten that awkward part out of the way, let’s move on.)
Friday afternoon we arrived at the house and took our time exploring the property, settling in, and setting up a few decorations. By evening time, most of the girls had arrived, so we threw on our little black dresses and headed to dinner. But first, a group photo!
The one tiny problem with staying in a middle of nowhere town for the weekend was that it made finding a good restaurant for dinner a little tricky. Luckily I did some serious googling and found a small Thai restaurant in Belton (about 15 minutes from where we were staying) called Narunya’s. And it was DELICIOUS.
We tried dumplings and fried crab roll for appetizers, and for dinner I ordered the eggplant tower. And holy cow – it was ALL so good. I’m completely and totally heartbroken over the fact that I’ll have to drive all the way back to Belton to have it again.
After an amazing dinner, we headed back to the house for drinks, dessert, a bridal shower, and a late night swim.
The next morning was slow and relaxing. And after breakfast and mimosas, we all headed out to the pool.
Zo and I decided to rock our matching kimonos poolside, and as usual, she outshone me.
Ugh, there is nothing better than seeing my baby with my best-friend. No one has known me longer or made Zo laugh harder (including me or her dad) than Allison. These two are the sweetest.
Poolside life is the best kind of life. We spent the whole day sunbathing, sipping champagne, and sharing laughs, and it could not have been more perfect.
And this girl partied just as hard as everyone else. She’s such a social butterfly, and LOVED being surrounded by so many sweet adoring ladies.
She also did SO well with her first time being out of town. She’s not a fan of long carseat trips (and really who can blame her) but once we arrived she couldn’t have been happier. Girlfriend slept great, napped great, nursed great, and didn’t cry once. And she was all about that topless pool life.
Plus, the free entertainment that comes with bringing your baby to a bachelorette party? It’s pretty great too.
Saturday evening some of the girls cooked up an incredible taco dinner, and we spent the rest of the night playing Cards Against Humanity and laughing together into the wee hours of the morning.
Sunday morning was bittersweet, so after we packed up, some of the remaining girls decided to grab breakfast at a local restaurant called Lively Coffehouse and Bistro before heading back home.
Oh, this weekend. It was a sweet one. If you’d asked me ten years ago what I imagined Allison’s bachelorette weekend to look like, it probably wouldn’t have included a baby on my hip. But that’s the thing about real life, sometimes it’s even better than what you can imagine.
Allison, I LOVE YOU. I couldn’t be more excited for you and Johnny and the life you’re building together. You’re, without a doubt, my favorite bachelorette, and I have a strong feeling you’ll be my favorite bride.