What a fantastic trip to New Orleans! Friends from Miami, New York, North Carolina and Los Angeles traveled there on Friday to celebrate our dear friend Cynthia's Bachelorette Party. The bride's sister rented a beautiful mansion in the Garden District that fit all 11 girls and the party began!
It ended up being a weekend of eating and drinking, mostly eating..starting at Commodore's Palace for lunch upstairs in the most spectacular room. We feasted on delicious food and drank in the scene, the first of many meals of the weekend. It was great catching up with everone and then we headed back to the house to await the other girls.
Friday night, we had a fabulous local chef Chiqui come and teach us how to make chicken and sausage gumbo, crawfish etouffee and sausage jumbalaya.
For dessert, we made bananas foster, which was so delicious.
Saturday morning, we made our way into town and straight to Cafe du Monde, one of my favorite places. The beignets and hot chocoloate were beyond delicious.
Nicole and Lisa bought us all fabulous masks and we wore them for the rest of the day...an added bonus was that they kept our faces warm since it was super windy. We met up with our whole group for brunch at Brennan's. We made quite an impression with the masks!
The rest of the afternoon, we wandered through the French Quarter and shopped. Despite the chilly weather, there were plenty of people walking around. Saturday night, we headed to the Pelican Club for dinner and then off to Bourbon Street and the famous Pat O'Kelly's for Hurricanes.
We ended up at the karyoke bar down the street, Cynthia's favorite type of place. We hung out and waited for her name to be called. She sang...and was so great. Another singer in our group Sharon performed "Big Spender" a few songs later and really brought the house down. It was hilarious.
A couple of slices of pizza and then back to the house. I packed my stuff and got ready for my taxi pick-up a few hours later. He showed up and I made my 7:15 am flight to Atlanta. I was sad to leave the girls, but excited to get to the gift show and to see another one of my BFFs, Laura.
Atlanta Gift Show post tomorrow...Thanks Stephanie for planning the most fabulous weekend for us and Cynthia. I had so much fun..the wedding diet starts tomorrow!
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