This post is written by Jaclyn Dynia, a researcher at The Ohio State University.

back 1When my sister, Jessie, got engaged in December 2011, I knew her bachelorette party was going to have to be amazing.  We’ve lived in Columbus since college, and as her maid of honor, I knew that I had to be very creative to make it memorable.

back2We started off with drinks at Mouton.  Mouton serves vintage cocktails, wine, and craft beer.  I had personalized five drinks for the night, so we could sip on The Jessica (a champagne cocktail) or The Dynia (rum and sugar cane coke).  At Mouton we also had a lingerie party to make sure that Jessie was ready for the honeymoon in Puerto Rico!

back5Once we were finished opening presents, it was time to head to a restaurant for dinner.  All of the girls were wearing stilettos and dinner was several blocks away.   To save our feet, I had Columbus Pedicabs come pick us up and pedal everyone to the next stop.  Columbus Pedicabs also let me decorate the cabs earlier in the day for Jessie’s “last single ride.”

Dinner was at The Pearl.  My sister and I love trying new restaurants and The Pearl is one of the hottest new restaurants in The Short North.  I had favor bags waiting for each guest with lip gloss, eye shadows, and Godiva chocolates.  Several of us split the shellfish tower, which included different kinds of The Pearl’s signature oysters.

Next on the itinerary were more drinks at Bar 23.  I had decorated the bar with 100 balloons, we had a champagne toast to congratulate the bride, and we danced to a custom playlist of Jessie’s favorite songs.

The final stop was at Gaswerks.  Since this was the “after party,” it was a little more scandalous.  The bartenders were serving up “panty dropper” shots and I had a balloon drop set up to fall as we walked in the door.  The balloon drop had a twist – half of the balloons were clear and had panties inside of them!

The night ended with more dancing, it was definitely a memorable Columbus night!