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The bachelorette party: an excuse to wear a bandage dress, drink out of a penis straw, and go to a Meatpacking club you'd never consider on a normal night. While that's all well and good, consider swapping it out with some solid bonding time for you and your buds. Sign up for surfing lessons, tinker with figure drawing or cooking classes, or test out a super-sexy group workout.
Below, we've pulled together nine creative ideas for your bachelorette party—several of which still involve booze and at least one that includes shirtless men. Still rather go out in MePa? Why not do both—after all, this is your night, and no one says you can't make a full day out of it.
1. Vixen Workout: Sign up for a class with one of the twerktastic instructors of the Vixen Workout, a high-energy dance-cardio class that's set to a hip-hop soundtrack. It's like being at the club, except you don't have to get dressed up (you can if you want, though—the unofficial uniform is wedge sneakers with leggings) and you can practice your moves without being gawked at by dudes (the class is women-only).
2. Trapeze School New York: Make like Carrie Bradshaw and try your hand at Trapeze School New York (or, you can be Charlotte, Miranda, or Samantha and watch from the sidelines). Lessons are offered on Pier 40 at the South Street Seaport and Long Island City, and you can also book a large party.
Crown and boa optional. Image via The Artful Bachelorette
3. The Artful Bachelorette: Satisfy your predilection for figure drawing at The Artful Bachelorette, which offers a tasteful way to ogle (and draw) really cute male models. For $89 a person, the package includes a two-hour class with a trained teacher, materials, snacks, a complimentary glass of champagne, and a charming topless waiter.
4. Appetite for Seduction: Get a lesson in aphrodisiacs at Appetite for Seduction, which hosts bachelorette parties for ladies who want to learn more about what foods crank up the libido. It's not cheap, though: a private party of up to eight guests is $900 for four hours on the weekend (and $500 on the weekdays for four guests).
5. Baked in Brooklyn: It's never too late to find your inner Picasso! Why not try BYOB pottery painting at Baked in Brooklyn? Their open studio parties accommodate groups of up to 19 guests at $50 an hour on weekdays and $65 an hour on weekends. Additional pottery and paint fees apply. Fortunately though, they're a flat flee studio so there's no need to worry about how many colors you use or how long you take to make those finishing touches.
6. Surfing Lessons: Learn to surf at the Locals Surf School, where group lessons are $80 per person for two hours. Levels range from beginner to intermediate, and even though they don't formally do private parties, students can be placed in the same group as their friends upon request.
Image via Body by Brooklyn
7. Body by Brooklyn: Spa party packages at Body by Brooklyn range anywhere from Bath and Brunch for $88 a person to Spa Harmony Platinum (60-minute Swedish massage and 60-minute treatment of choice) for $353 a person. All packages include champagne upon arrival, a gourmet brunch/lunch, cocktails with the meal, and all-day access to the Hydrotherapy Wet Lounge.
8. Allure Day Spa: Packages here also vary in price and services. The Girlfriend's Celebration Package includes a 30-minute body massage, a peppermint sea salt pedicure, a manicure, champagne toast, and chocolates ($119 per person). The I Do! bridal package, on the other hand, includes a 45-minute aromatherapy massage, a mini facial, a coconut milk pedicure, a spa manicure, shampoo, blow dry, and up-do, makeup application, plus lunch and champagne.
9. Drybar: Group bookings for blowouts and styling at Drybar need to be made in advance, and a credit card is required to hold an appointment. You can also rent out the VIP room for $350/hour at the Murray Hill, Flatiron, and Tribeca salons, but note that it's a four person max. Got more friends than that? Book the entire space for $1000/hour Wednesdays through Sunday, or for $1200/hour Thursday through Saturday.
Additional reporting by Paula Ya-Jen Ho
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