Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting my baby sister Grace’s bachelorette party right here in Columbia and can honestly say it rivaled anything we could have planned in Nashville. Our town has the southern hospitality Grace was looking for along with shopping, food and group events every bridesmaid could enjoy. Here’s a little recap along with some tips to help plan your next staycation with friends!
To create a getaway atmosphere at home small vases of flowers were scattered about along with a few sweet treats to start the weekend off right. Special weekends like these are the perfect time to pull out fun and fancy entertaining pieces like this beautiful cake stand from Ye Peddler and vintage vase.
The next day started off with a leisurely breakfast on the porch complete with orange juice and mini bottles of bubbly from the Oasis to toast the bride to be. The bride and bridesmaids enjoyed their morning beverages in monogram Go Vino glasses from Ye Peddler and then it was time to prepare for a fun day ahead!
Two of the bridesmaids, Tiffany and Kelly, have their own monogram shops and gifted each of us with these adorable Bride and Bridesmaid tops to wear around town. The tanks are designed with gold lettering on Comfort Color Tees and can be ordered online from the Teal Room Boutique Facebook page HERE.
We had a full day of events planned so we struck out early. Our first stop was Pickers Creek Winery to do a little tasting and enjoy a picnic lunch. We were greeted at the door by Bella, who led us into the tasting room to get things started.
After sampling nine wines we chose a few bottles of our favorites and set up lunch on the sprawling outdoor patio. While music played overhead we were able to take in the scenery and enjoy our spread of chicken salad sandwiches from Square Market Café along with selected cheeses from the winery.
Our next stop was the local antique extravaganza Swanky Plank Vintage. Held on the grand lawn of Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, TN Swanky Plank Vintage is an annual antique fair full of unique treasures from furniture to jewelry, clothes, boots, home items, art and more.
Vendors come from all over and we had a ball perusing their booths. Once we settled on our absolute must have items we headed home to get ready for a night on the Square.
Lucille’s was the place to be on Saturday with the door wide open and the grill on high. We settled in to order a round of Lucille’s burgers and fries when the band noticed a bride had walked through the door. They inquired where the bride, Grace, was from and learning she was from Memphis promptly broke out into a feisty rendition of “Memphis, Tennessee” by Chuck Berry.” We danced the night away with friends, both new and old, before calling it a night.
The next morning before loading up and leaving town we gathered for brunch, and I took the opportunity to break out my vintage dining set scored at Swanky Plank the day before. Our brunch options were fruit, breakfast casserole, chicken and waffle and of course Muletown Coffee. I failed to mention earlier the girls were so in love with Muletown Coffee we had to make a stop by on Saturday to grab a few bags to take home!
All in all it was a wonderful weekend celebrating Grace and a true pleasure to be able to show off our town. The opportunities to entertain are endless and with the recent growth of new stores and restaurants lately I can’t wait to bring the girls back!