After Dianna and Keith were engaged, it seemed like almost immediately we were discussing what to do for her bachelorette celebrations. She decided fairly quickly that she wanted a weekend trip to New York City with her ladies.
Now of course we wanted to really live it up, it was Dianna’s one and only Bachelorette party after all! There would be about nine of us ladies planned to be staying overnight. The rest of Dianna’s college friends already live downstate. We settled on the Marriott Marquis for our accommodations. It is located in the heart of Time Square and a perfect central location for all of our planned activities. This hotel also evokes nostalgia for Dianna and her family.
Di and her family went down Friday night to have some family bonding and relaxation. Myself and the remainder of the Girl’s Night crew headed down Saturday morning. Once we arrived and dropped our bags at the hotel, we headed straight for Central Park. We were renting bicycles for the afternoon! It turned out to be a glorious day. Everyone, locals and tourists alike seemed to be in the Park that day.; whether relaxing on a blanket or riding their bikes. Spring had finally arrived! We actually completed the entire perimeter of the park in three hours. It was great and we all went home with wonderful t-shirt “tan” lines.
I had made dinner reservations for the whole gang of 16 people! I found a cute little Italian (Di’s favorite) restaurant not far from our hotel. Ceci’s did an amazing job. They set us up in a private room downstairs in this cute little wine cellar. Our waiter was on point and the food was delicious, not to mention the pitchers of Sangria! The best part of all was that it was very reasonably priced, especially considering we were in the heart of NYC. Everyone seemed very pleased.
Dianna’s brother Billy and my sister Melissa (who happen to be roommates) met up with us at this point. Billy is Dianna’s MOH so it was only appropriate that he be there. After a quick change and freshening up, we were off to our next activity of the night.
Dianna’s friend Amanda from college lives in the city. She helped with planning the night life portion of the weekend. Amanda reserved a table with bottle service at club Hilo in the Meatpacking District. This allowed everyone to be able to serve themselves from the drinks provided or order directly from our waitress. It was fabulous!
Tay, Dianna’s future sister-in-law, also lives in NYC. She finished off the evening by getting us into another club (free of charge, thanks Girl!) in Hell’s Kitchen where we danced the remainder of the night away.
After strolling back to our hotel around 5:00 in the morning, I am pretty confident that we killed it in NYC. Dianna was extremely happy with the way our weekend unfolded and we all concluded that we participated in a true New York experience.