Nontraditional bachelorette parties
You don't have to go to the Awesome '80s Prom.
Wed Nov 25 2009
Flying trapeze class
You don't really know your bridesmaids until you've seen them flying upside-down, 23 feet above the earth. Test their mettle at Trapeze School New York; if you nail the knee hang, the instructors will let you jump from one trapeze to another. W 30th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (917-797-1872, newyork.trapezeschool.com). Private groups $47--$57 per person on weekdays, $65 per person on weekends. Ten-person minimum, 20 people max.
Romance-themed tour at the Met
Kiss your single life goodbye by taking a private, customized tour of the Met's romance and marriage-themed works. If the Duchess of Windsor's wedding ensemble from 1937 doesn't make you want to get married, we don't know what will. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St (212-570-3711, metmuseum.org). Private tours $360--$575, depending on number of people. Tours are held during museum hours.
Trail ride in Prospect Park
Gather the ladies and mount up at Prospect Park's Kensington Stables, where you can book a one-hour private equine adventure for up to ten people. After the trip, sidle over to the adorable Le P'tit Paris, a new neighborhood bistro, where you can indulge in Pistachio-Encrusted Salmon ($16) while flirting with the French waiters. Kensington Stables: Prospect Park, 51 Caton Place at E 8th St, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (718-972-4588, kensingtonstables.com). One-hour trail ride $37 per person, available 10am--dusk.
Le P'tit Paris, 256 Prospect Park West at Prospect Ave, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn; 718-369-3590.
Cooking and tasting courses
Nervous about fulfilling your domestic duties? Fill in your knowledge gaps with a two-hour private class (eight-person minimum) in Brooklyn Kitchen's new space, where you can brush up on your knife skills ($50 per person) or perfect your sausage-making technique ($75 per person). Or learn how to sniff, swirl and sip like a pro during a private wine tasting at Bottlerocket ($40 per person, 15-person minimum). The Brooklyn Kitchen: 616 Lorimer St at Skillman Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-389-2982, thebrooklynkitchen.com).
Bottlerocket, 5 W 19th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-929-2323, bottlerocketwine.com).
Nothing like a little tea to get the party started. Try the five-course high tea ($35 per person) at Lady Mendl's elegant Victorian salon, which includes cucumber tea sandwiches and scones with clotted cream. Mix things up with a Japanese tea ceremony at Cha-An, where you can munch on sandwiches, Japanese sweets, scones and green tea while lounging in the traditional bamboo- and tatami-adorned space ($25 per person, $625 minimum). Or get classy in the opulent gallery of the Carlyle Hotel, where the time-tested English spread includes tea sandwiches, Payard pastries and a variety of exotic teas ($35 per person, 3--5:30pm daily). Lady Mendl's 56 Irving Pl between 17th and 18th Sts (212-533-4600, innatirving.com)
Cha-An, 230 E 9th St between Second and Third Aves, second floor (212-228-8030, chaanteahouse.com) The Carlyle, 35 E 76th St at Madison Ave (212-744-1600, thecarlyle.com)
In some cultures, your ability to snag a mate is directly correlated to how well you can put flowers in a bowl. Learn how during a Wednesday night intro class at Studio Sweet Pea ($125 per person, space limited to ten people). If price is no object, you can schedule a private, customized class in the studio or your own home (starting at $250 per person). 1140 Broadway between 26th and 27th Sts (212-366-0891, studiosweetpea.com)