Ah, The Bachelorette Party.
A time for women to bond over bottomless cocktails, bodycon dresses, X-rated symbolism, and a few rounds of Never Have I Ever all in honor of the upcoming nuptials of a close friend. A period of reflection for the bride-to-be on her final days as a (not-so) single woman and preparation for what the future will bring as she enters into the wondrous world of being a wife. And most importantly, a time for all inhibitions to fly out the window as the bride and her maids deem themselves invincible to the powers of wine and chocolate.
I will say though that spending the weekend at a vineyard obviously included more wine than anything else commonly found at a bachelorette party even though we definitely played rounds upon rounds of Never Have I Ever.
10 girls, 1 Tuscan-style villa, appetizers and snacks galore, bottomless mimosas, and more bottles of wine than you can count on two hands. We also had dinner reservations at the winery’s local restaurant on Friday night and a tour and tasting scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The plan for Saturday evening was to play a couple wedding games and open shower gifts. We were all asked to prepare an appetizer for the group since we were not planning to cook an actual dinner. The situation was begging for indulgence and bad decisions, and while I made my fair share, I managed to implement some helpful tricks to keep the unhealthy alcohol-induced decisions at bay.
Tips for Surviving a Bachelorette Weekend
Tip #1: Bring healthy snacks
The best thing you can do in situations like these is prepare some easy and quick snacks to keep your cravings under control. Knowing that we were responsible for our own breakfasts, lunch and appetizers made this especially easy for me. Below is a glimpse into my stash:
I made my own oatmeal packs with quick oats, cinnamon, Splenda, and a dash of salt. Add some water and microwave for about 1 minute – what’s easier than that? I mixed in about 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and enjoyed a delicious breakfast that left me satisfied for hours. Snacks:
I stocked up on plenty of snacks to make sure I always had a healthy option to grab when I was hungry. I attempted to have a good range of foods that offered me a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
- Natural peanut butter
- Individual cottage cheese cups
- Gala apples
- Light string cheese
- Homemade Quest Bars (recipe to come!)
Tip #2: Hang out away from the kitchen
It’s natural for people to gather in the kitchen during parties and this weekend was no exception. It didn’t help that the villa had a gorgeous open floor plan that integrated living, dining, and cooking all in one showroom-worthy space. Who would ever want that?
If you are anything like me, it is practically impossible to be within 5 feet of party fare without wanting to munch on the tasty (and usually not-so-healthy) treats. I find that my inclinations subside greatly when I remove myself from the kitchen and enjoy the party from afar. This weekend, I found myself chatting on the couch in the living room or starting an impromptu dance party on the patio. Regardless, moving my location allowed me to enjoy the company around me rather than focusing on the food offerings.
Tip #3: Drink smarter
It should come as no surprise that alcohol can destroy your diet. Drinking in excess not only tacks on hundreds of additional calories, but for me it leads to poor decision making in the form of chips and cookies. I made a few choices during this trip regarding my drink choices that helped me not only save some calories but also avoid over-eating.
- Crystal Light packs were my friend! Instead of calorie-laden juices, I opted for individual Crystal Light packs mixed with water for a calorie-free option that I mixed with vodka and ice.
- Speaking of ice….extra ice please! I find that loading my glass up with ice prior to pouring my spirits forces me to pour a little less than I usually would, thus saving me some calories. I also sip my drink until all the ice has melted before making a new one. A little hydration never hurt anyone!
- Say no to beer. Just do it. Some bottled beer can be upwards of 300 calories a pop and honestly it’s just not worth it. Feel free to follow my lead by bringing a case of 55 calorie beer to parties, but I can guarantee you will be made fun of. I don’t mind being made fun of when I know I can drink socially while not ruining all my hard work, but I’ll leave that to you to decide.
- It’s called ‘wine tasting’ for a reason, and I did my best to avoid it becoming ‘wine drinking.’ I sipped and swirled all the local wines but never finished any of my glasses. Even though I wanted to finish them all, I decided that I would rather consume those calories in the form of food.
Tip #4: Taste everything
This might seem strange to some, but I have learned that tasting everything leaves nothing to the imagination and allows me to make better choices. Often times, food looks more amazing than it actually tastes and the only way to know is by taking a bite. Is it mouth-wateringly delicious? If so, go ahead – eat the whole thing. If not, toss it out. But don’t make yourself crazy staring at a pastry that leaves little to be desired.
Tip #5: Sugar-Free Jell-o
If you’re going to make Jell-o shots (which is obviously a bachelorette party staple), at least use the sugar-free version.
Overall, I had a blast at this bachelorette weekend! I hope these tips will help you maintain your healthy lifestyle the next time you find yourself in a Tuscan villa with 10 of your best friends and a fully-stocked kitchen and bar.