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Posted by Cayla Capri
e xoticiscm meets arthouse, thanks to a henna bridal shower, shimmering with gold chimes, undulating spices, and South Asian exquisiteness. Henna, also known as or Mehndi or Sangeet, is a dazzling song and dance shindig that incorporates the activity of adorning the bride’s hands and feet with aromatic dyes, alongside some serious best gal-pal bonding. Over recent years, intricacy-laden henna tattoos have resurfaced as an undeniably hot trend, honoring a thousand year old tradition, and percolating an already pretty sweet treat as the miss-soon-to-be-missus send-off.
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h uddled together in a sea of pashminas and paisley quilts, you and your truest-blue besties watch the mystic fog roll off the crystallized glass surface of a tranquil lake, while mossy cobblestone paths and whisk-broom swept terraces, apple pie rolls and hooked penny rugs graciously await you back in the heart of good old cottage country. Move the party on over to the whims-iest vintage-iest breakfast nook you can find, and indulge in a deluge of ultra-goldi-luxe - alongside a few terra cotta dishes of rhubarb custard trifle, decanters of freshly churned cream, and a gabfest to remember.
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Posted by Cayla Capri
i gnore the call of the cosmo bar and get back to your girlish roots with a bridal tea party. The modern day version is primly proper on the outside (think Kentucky Derby accessories), yet totally unpretentious on the inside (nix the raised pinkies). Tea parties have been filtered of their elitist connotations and infused with playhouse whimsy - sans dolls and mommy-drag, though you can keep the bad British accents. Any remaining self-seriousness can be solved with a platter of spicy wings, guaranteed.
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i f hectic wedding planning has wreaked havoc on your bright and shiny chi, work out some of that pent-up energy with a calorie-free unbride-ling in the form of a great outdoors extravaganza with your very best besties. The trick to pulling off a feel-the-burn, back-to-the land bachelorette shindig is to prepare your guests for just-in-case scenarios and gently advise them to pack oh-so appropo. In the end, you and your gal pals get to choose to either kick-back and relax, or kick into high-gear, spirit-raising altitudes with the help of some char-broiled eats, Parent Trap antics, and berry bunches of
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a vineyard bachelorette is a pleasurably suave way to celebrate your fast-approaching nuptials. With glasses in hand, let the effervescent scents of fine viticulture waft all around you, while attentive connoisseurs offer up the fruits of their knowledge. No doubt about it, this bachelorette is one class act indeed. There is plenty of wine country out there to explore, from California to New England, to Virginia to Nova Scotia. Avoid the
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Posted by Cayla Capri
t hermal baths are all about the royal hydrotherapy treatment. Initially these douse-ful doozies were intended to take place where the water source was uber-potent in health-amplifying properties. Yet today’s thermal baths bubble all over over – think dazzling destination spas or exquisite found-poetry pools in Mother Nature’s garden – whether or not you opt for pre-nup pampering à la rocky mountain hot springs or soho swanky eau-de-oh-yes – thermal baths are bound to deliver molecular soothiness like no other. paging dr. water
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i f the buttery essence of the perfect pie crust or the exact digits for chocolate-defrosting zap-time still remain at large, then perhaps a cooking lesson bachelorette is just what the goddesses of domesticity ordered. A trip to the chapel doesn’t automatically mean fifties-kitchen entrapment, but no doubt that a fine sleight of hand in the art of contemporary cuisine is certainly seductive in its own right. Gather up your head-turning entourage of closest lady friends, call on the whipped and dipped magic of a professional chef, and expect to wow your darling come hotel-cuisinette time with the wholesomely
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y our average bachelor or bachelorette celebration is dubbed as “that one last night of freedom” for the soon-to-be shackled man or woman. But who says this will be his last night burning through beers with the boys or your last night guzzling grasshoppers with the girls? If terms like “ol’ ball and chain” turn your stomach and ridicule your vision of a life of marital bliss, chances are “that one last night of humiliation,” complete with a faux ball-and-chain attached to your ankles (and your camera-happy best friend!) is not your idea of a perfect night. These days, you can follow in the footsteps of cele
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