One of the moms in our playgroup is eagerly counting down the days until her nuptials this summer. It has been a joy listening to her wedding plans and even getting the opportunity to share a memorable night of helping her make her wedding invitation sleeves. She is crafty; she made gorgeous, classy, black, pink, and green sleeves, for each of her wedding invitations to slip into. And then she trusted me and another playgroup mom to help her assemble them, we kept the wine to a one glass minimum that night, lol!
Her story is bitter-sweet because she moved here from Oregon with her fiancé and toddler not even a year ago, actually I think it has only been 7 months now that she has lived here, in Toledo. So, she went across the country to live in a town named Toledo that contained no family or friends. That to me is so brave and I have told her time and again that I don’t think I could have made such a leap of faith. To be home with a toddler while your fiancé goes to work and not know anyone would be scary. But she, being the brave woman she is joined our playgroup, got up enough courage to meet stranger in an unfamiliar location (it was the library…nothing creepy, just unfamiliar), and has made quite an impression on our group and has become one of my close friends.
While sitting there that evening helping her make the sleeves for her wedding invitations and listening to the exciting story of how her and her fiancé met it occurred to me that she is missing out on some of the fun wedding planning extravaganzas that most brides enjoy. She has flown back home and has corresponded back and forth regarding the plans but she is missing out on that fun time with her bridesmaids and friends. So it got me thinking, what could we do to really give her a future bride experience? One thing came to mind right away…..Bachelorette Party!!
Now, mind you, we are not a group of young twenty-year-olds wanting to hit the town till the wee hours and drink till we puke (that personally never sounded like fun even when I was younger….why drink till you puke? No thank you.). And we each have our motherly obligations and duties so this Bachelorette Party would have to be catered to motherhood. Meaning that, each of us would have to get up early with young children and be the main caregiver for the entire day. Also, since almost all of us are married in the group it also meant that we wanted a location that would not compromise our morals or values. So we did our research and came across a great destination, In2Art Studio.
In2Art Studio is located in Perrysburg Ohio, just minutes away from Toledo. It is a studio that offers a welcoming and relaxing environment for you to let your imagination and creativity collide while producing a pottery masterpiece. There are a variety of pottery pieces to select from as well as colors and techniques that Dawn, the owner, can share.
We ended up having 6 wonderful moms at the Bachelorette party and it was a blast! We all decide on a serving platter to make for the bride and groom. Per the owner’s suggestion we had the bride and grooms names, the date of their wedding, a bride and groom image in the center, and each of us contributed a word to the platter that is relevant in marriage (dream, faith, love, laughter, trust, etc).
It was so much fun that we decided that we will definitely be going back and we might even bring our children next time. In2Art Studio has a variety of smaller pieces that children can paint such as a dragon, fish, heart, etc. We might even do a theme day with the kiddos and include a story and small snack that coincides with the item they will be painting, talk about fun!!
Thank you Dawn for a wonderful evening. We enjoyed our time just sitting, kibitzing, and painting without any distractions; it was so peaceful and pleasant.
After In2Art Studios we headed for some guilty bar food at Swigs in Perrysburg. It was so funny, each of us ordered a drink and then wavered on what to order…dare we order greasy food with lots of sauces like….blue cheese….ranch…mayo…etc. It was a night to let loose and indulge and so we did, we had our drink and our sauces/dips too!!
It was so much fun and a wonderful reason to celebrate!!
Good luck to Joseph and Allie as they complete their marriage preparations and may you grow closer with each passing year!
Have you been to, thrown, or had a memorable bachelorette party? Spill!!