How do you go about organizing a bachelorette party for someone who has already seen the world? Show her around her own backyard. Throw in a few animals, cute costumes, a scavenger hunt, fun games, as well as family and friends, and you have a party.
This past weekend, I helped organize Savannah Grace’s bachelorette party. I was honored to be a part of the celebration as she enjoys her last days of singlehood. Savannah is originally from Vancouver, Canada, but has been living in the Netherlands for the past 7.5 years. Combined with the fact she’s already been to 108 countries, we decided to put together a different type of bachelorette party: a road trip (Sensing a pattern? You may remember the trip we did for her birthday this year – five countries in one day).
Over the course of the weekend, we covered 1120 kilometers (696 miles) and visited all 12 Dutch provinces. It was truly a trip of a lifetime! Seven women from five different countries (Canada, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, and United States of America) piled into one van. Our goal was to travel around the country and experience typical Dutch things, as well as complete a scavenger hunt and play games together. We encountered sly glances, hearty laughs, and big smiles as we traipsed around the country in our colorful animal onesies (I’m in the penguin constume). It was almost like a bunch of animals escaped from a zoo and were running wild!
The two days were completely action packed. Here’s a recap of what we did:
- Start Point: Alkmaar
- Afsluitdijk, where we met a couple from Michigan who has been married for 47 years! They told us the key to a happy marriage is, “A happy wife is a happy life”
- Marum, where we came across a private farm with CAMELS (!!), zebras, donkeys, horses, parrots, dogs, cats, and more!
- Savannah made a few cow friends…
- Pieterburen. We had lunch in front of a windmill, took a few photos, and visited a seal sanctuary
- Diever, where we saw a 5000-year-old prehistoric megalithic burial chamber in the province of Drente. We also crossed off one of the dares – find a creative ring in a hardware store (that was about to close in five minutes, but they let us run through quickly; guess they couldn’t resist us in our animal onesies) – and even ran into a bachelor party!
- Flevoland, where we had dinner at a picnic table overlooking farmland and played pick-up sticks
- Utrecht, where we took Savannah to a “chapel” a.k.a. Belgian beer café Olivier, which is housed in an old church. We ran into our second bachelor party of the trip here, too!
- Slumber party in Twente
- Klarenbeek, near Apeldoorn, where we stopped at a wallaby farm
- A McDonalds in Gelderland (bathroom break), where we found a Dutch man over 2 meters tall
- Venlo, where we found the perfect stone for the ring of Kees, her fiancé
- Baarle-Nassau, where we stood in two countries at once. Baarle is a city divided between Belgium (Baarle-Hertog) and the Netherlands (Baarle-Nassau). Lines throughout the city indicate the border. We also enjoyed fries with mayonnaise
- Bruinisse in Zeeland, where we watched the wind and kite surfers and took a few photos
- Scheveningen, where we tossed the bouquet, ate herring by the tail (Rotterdam style), and watched the sunset over the water from the bungy tower
- End Point: Alkmaar, where Savannah got down on one knee and proposed to Kees
All in all, a trip we will remember forever. We shared so many laughs and our faces hurt from smiling by the end of the trip. We were completely exhausted, but loved every single minute. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this incredible trip. Congratulations, Savannah! Wishing you and Kees a lifetime of happiness together.
Next time you are organizing a bachelorette party, dare to be different! Think outside the box, or in this case, outside a bar, café, or strip club.
What’s the best bachelor or bachelorette party you’ve been to? Share it in the comments below!