Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Beach Blanket Babylon Bachelorette Party

Try saying that title five times fast!

Hello internet! I am now a married woman :)

I know I made my hatred of wedding planning no secret - but it ended up being the best day ever. I guess I would say it was all worth it ;) I can't wait to tell and show you everything; but I'm still waiting to get the photos back so we'll have to save that story for another day! In the meantime I wanted to share some photos from my bachelorette party!

My three bridesmaids planned a night out for me in San Francisco! A few months before they asked if there was anything specific I wanted to do, and I had absolutely no idea. A lot of people kept telling me to look into Beach Blanket Babylon - "the world's longest-running musical revue." It looked like a lot of fun, so I told the girls we should go see it! Everything else they planned on their own.

In the afternoon I rode into the city with Maria and Alyssa, so we could meet Katie. Katie lives in Seattle, and was flying into San Francisco just to see us! The girls said they had planned one surprise, then we would get dinner, and finally we would see the show. I just followed behind the girls, until I realized we had walked into a psychic's studio!!?? I was both confused and amused, hahah. Disclaimer - psychics and that sort of stuff is not something I personally believe in. BUT I have to admit I was impressed. She went around the room talking to each of us, and a lot of what she had to say was pretty spot on (for some of us more than others). It was a really fun and crazy experience! I didn't take any pictures inside because I wasn't sure if that would be disrespectful D:

After our enlightening affair, we started walking towards our dinner destination. On the way was City Lights Bookstore, so obviously I had to step in there for a minute. One of the girls didn't know where we were right away, and this guy in the store peers down from his magazine to tell her, "You're ONLY in the most famous bookstore in the WORLD..." Thanks dude, hahah.

We ate dinner at a restaurant called Tacolicious. Because everyone loves tacos and margaritas! Our timing was perfect - happy hour was starting! I'd never seen so many tacos on one menu. I'm not normally very adventurous with my food, but the deal lets you pick 4 tacos so I decided to have fun with it. I loved all but one; and even then the flavor was good, but it was too spicy for me to handle! While we sipped our margaritas I gave the girls their bridesmaid gifts. I had picked out silver chrysanthemum pendent necklaces that I hoped they would love...and they did!! They even wore them to the wedding. Thank you, Etsy!

Katie is in the bottom corner of all the pictures because she took all of them!! Hahah.

After dinner we walked a block to Club Fugazi, the home of Beach Blanket Babylon! Beach Blanket Babylon is a constantly changing musical, but the main storyline stays the same. It follows Snow White, who lives in San Francisco and is looking for her Prince Charming. Glinda the Good Witch convinces her that her Prince Charming may not be in San Francisco, so Snow White goes on a journey all over the world. Along the way she encounters a large group of figures you'll probably recognize, who each have their own satirical song. Figures on the chopping block include politicians, film and TV stars, singers and athletes, and pretty much anyone you've seen on the news lately. I said "constantly changing" before because they often update the characters/references to coincide with current events. What really sets this show apart are their costumes. Their "thing" is for all their characters to have really, really huge and ridiculous hats. Some of them were so big that the actors can't even walk while they're wearing them!! Check out this pic to see what I mean. The woman in the middle with the huge SF cityscape hat stands on a moving panel that slides her forward, so she doesn't have to walk!

By the time the show got out, we had to head back to BART to get a ride home before the trains stopped running for the night. But before that we stepped inside the candy store across the street. I bought a package of Beanboozled that I planned on putting to good use later 😈

When we got back to town it was late and we were starving. So we went to the only place you go when it's late and you're starving - Denny's. I remember seeing one of those Tumblr meme things that said, "You don't go to Denny's, you end up at Denny's." It's true!! While we waited for our food and milkshakes I convinced the girls to play Beanboozled with me. I would probably categorize it in "things I'll never do again," yet we did it up until our food came so I guess it was that magical time of night where literally everything is fun and hilarious.

Finally, we ended our evening. I went home and had the best sleep I'd had in a long time. I'm so thankful to have amazing friends like these :)

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