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road trip party

For my thirtieth birthday my best friend planned a girls getaway. We jumped in the car and a group of us drove through wine country drinking, laughing and picnicking. I will never forget that weekend and how great it felt to drive and celebrate with my dearest friends. Whether you are planning a birthday, shower or bachelorette party- taking to the road is a fabulous way to celebrate together. And a great way to close out this top-down kind of summer we’ve had.

To host a great road trip party here are a few things to keep in mind. Have a starting plan and an ending destination, but don’t cling to the map or schedule too closely.

Some of the best experiences can be found as you stop and detour on the roads less traveled. Like stopping to make an impromptu wild flower bouquet or scouring a gorgeous small town vintage store that you’ve never heard of before.

Be sure to bring a large picnic blanket, snacks and drinks to share. Find a few restaurants along the route but don’t make reservations incase you find something more appealing on the way. Definitely bring a camera! Rent one if you don’t own a nice one and snap photos throughout the trip. Your guests will love the gorgeous light of the open road and the relaxed smiles you’ll capture as the day wears on.

Gorgeous lifestyle photography by Athena. Thanks to Karine France Matsumoto for styling, Laura and Jordann Aguon for hair and makeup, and the beautiful Sharon, Gayla and Natassja for posing it up along the road.


  • corrie anne
    August 15, 2012 at 7:07 am

    That would definitely be an amazing birthday celebration. My friends would just have a LOT of babies in tow. Hire a nanny for the weekend, I guess. :)

  • Amy Powell
    August 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

    oh so fun!! I haven’t been on a good road trip in forever. great ideas!

    and love the photography. so fun!

  • Liz
    August 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Love this! I want to plan this with my girlfriends pronto!

  • pigeon pie
    August 16, 2012 at 2:55 am

    That looks like it would have been so much fun to shoot. I love the colors in all the photos!

    You have such brilliant ideas, you must be a dream to work with!

  • Gloria
    August 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    What an amazing way to celebrate a milestone birthday! Love the photos!

  • Carrie // cue the confetti
    August 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I want to go on a ROAD TRIP so bad now!!!

  • Jess
    August 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I’m itching for another road trip party! Hopefully next time I can take one outside of Texas!

  • Renee
    August 21, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I love this! It made me realize that I really need to plan some girl time soon :)

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