Throw a bachelorette party in NYC: Alternative bachelorette ideas
Planning a bachelorette party without strippers and novelty hats? Try these noncheesy bachelorette ideas and activities for brides-to-be.
Mon Aug 20 2012
Photograph: Kelly Hussey-Smith
For the artist: Figure drawing class at the Artful Bachelorette
If you’re stuck somewhere between high tea and a strip club, be sure to try out the drawing classes offered by Australian artist Fleur Childs and entrepreneur Samara Hodgson. Even the hardest partying bachelorettes will be satisfied to learn that their subject is a nude male model. While you sketch, the instructors walk around and help perfect any budding artist’s masterpiece. Each session is two hours long and includes art materials, a glass of bubbly and a shirtless male waiter. • 646-470-1760, theartfulbachelorette.com. $85 per person, 12 person minimum; by appointment only.
- Various locations
For the style maven: Fascinator workshop at Artikal
We’ve spent the last year fawning over Kate Middleton’s sophisticated and glamorous style; from ivory lace to L.K. Bennett nude pumps, it seems the woman can do no sartorial wrong. Parrot the Duchess of Cambridge by creating your very own fascinator during a hands-on workshop with milliner Holly Slayton. Grab the girls and BYO cocktails to Slayton’s cozy East Village studio. (Or if you prefer, Slayton can travel to you at no additional charge.) All materials will be provided, but expect a bit of hand-sewing; Slayton will assist those who don’t know how to stitch. Three and a half hours later, each member of your party will walk out with a headpiece worthy of Prince William himself. • 212-260-0278, artikal.com. $60–$70 per person, five person minimum; by appointment only.
- 510 E 12th St between Aves A and B
For competitive brides: Battle of the Bites at My Cooking Party
If the bride-to-be prefers ganache to apple martinis, she’ll love the cutthroat cooking matches offered at this Garment District academy. Competitive bachelorettes face off in an Iron Chef–style contest, with the girls vying to make the best hors d’oeuvres. Judging criteria—such as taste, design and creativity—as well as the number of pieces to be made are settled upon prior to the challenge. Afterward, teams will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor—and, of course, bragging rights (and silly paper chef’s hats). At the end of the cooking portion, all the girls get to sit down to a three-course meal prepared by MCP’s own chefs. The pricey class does come with plenty of perks, such as MCP aprons to take home and unlimited complimentary red and white wine. Plus, the bride-to-be dines free. • 888-435-2433, mycookingparty.com. $165 per person plus 20 percent gratuity, 16 person minimum; by appointment only.
- 335 W 35th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, seventh floor
- Price band: 1/4
Whether your party is made up of limelight seekers or wallflowers, a two-hour workshop at the Peoples Improv Theater will give both a chance to shine. Led by PIT team members Chris Roberti and Bradford Jordan, activities can be as raunchy or as clean as you like. Games might include Pandora (in which one person sings a song and the next participant follows up with a new ditty based on the first) or pass-the-object (in which a participant mimes an item for the group to guess, and the next person has to use the same imaginary thing in a different way). Ladies, time to hone those acting skills. • 212-563-7488, thepit-nyc.com. $75 per person; by appointment only.
- 123 E 24th St, (between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave)