if you’re going to go through the trouble of showering and finding an outfit that’s flattering and halfway on trend, assembling dinner for the kiddos early (or at least ordering in for them) and hiring a sitter, your Girls Night Out in NJ better be worth it. We’ve got your GNO plan that will make you want to keep your bra on past 7:00 pm.
Be a Bad Mom. You may or may not have laughed so hard at the first Bad Moms movie that you snorted really loud and then had to glare at your girlfriend so everyone would think it was her. And now they’re back. Bad Moms Christmas is playing in theaters now, just in time for our own families to descend on us for the holidays. We suggest you grab your partners in crime and head to the new AMC theater for dinner and a movie. Because you deserve it! 390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, 201.397.1994
Sign up for this. You and your crafty crew love painting pottery and canvases but you’re ready for the next big thing. Check out the new Board & Brush Creative Studio and make your own DIY, on-trend farmhouse classic distressed wood sign. Farmhouse not your style? They also offer materials like glass, slate and chalkboard for you to create your masterpiece. Projects rotate so you’ll always have something new to choose. 119 E. Main Street, Ramsey, 201.466.7222, email@example.com
Get Cookin’. Listen, we all have to eat. And if you and your team are of the three meals a day plus snacks variety, you’ll love a Girls Night Out at HealthBarn USA. Started by nutritionist and food lover, Stacey Antine, HeathBarn USA offers either Chef Table Workshops: you sit, well-known chefs cook, you eat or Culinary Gatherings: you cook with your group, you eat, but then, wait for it… they clean up! 1057 Hillcrest Road, Ridgewood 201.444.2955 firstname.lastname@example.org
Earn your dessert. Rally your sporty sisters for a private workout class then after you’ve worked up a sweat, reward yourselves with cocktails, appetizers and oh yeah, dessert. Try FLOW Yoga, now with locations in Ho-Ho-Kus and Mahwah, for a class tailored to your group’s unique needs and abilities. Or head to Pilates Fusion in Hawthorne for circuit training, Pilates mat or Boogie Box. Their talented instructors will come up with exactly the class you need to make you feel better about that brownie that’s calling your name. FLOW HoHoKus, 22 Hollywood Ave, Suite 4, FLOW Mahwah, 370 Franklin Turnpike, email@example.com, Pilates Fusion, 170 5th Avenue, Hawthorne, 973-304-4884
Get a little dirty. We all know the elements for a good Girls Night Out are friends, booze, fun and soil. Wait, what? Yup, soil. PlantNite is a new concept popping up in bars and restaurants all over the US. Sign up with your green thumb gang, head out to your local watering hole and create a tabletop garden while you raise a glass (or two). Want to make things a little more private? PlantNite will help you with all the arrangements including finding the perfect venue.
Put your best face forward. You’ve gotten really good at the “five minute face” otherwise known as slapping on some mascara and hoping your blush isn’t too lopsided. But for those times when you need to up your game, grab your glam squad and head to Ladies Night In at Muah Makeup and Lash Bar. Instructors use a makeup model to teach techniques in highlighting and contouring, or smokey eyes and brows and then you can practice on yourself, all while sipping complementary champagne and having a little nosh. 347 Broadway, Westwood, 201.448.9800
Be curious. Grab your best troupe of daring divas and get a little pole curious. Exotic dance Workshops can be offered in their studio, or you can host a party in the privacy of your home. They’ll bring the pole, props, lighting and goody bags. You supply the friends, food and fun. 17 Bloomfield Ave, Pine Brook, 973.886.6171
Chalk it up. Chalk paint is decorative paint that doesn’t require priming or sanding. Grab your home improvement posse and learn how to use chalk paint to transform furniture, built-ins or rooms at one of Jude & Co.’s chalk paint 101 classes. Or, register to learn techniques to create seasonal or timeless décor for your home. 38 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, 201.389.3588
Take a taste. Round up your foodie friends for a walking tour of Jersey City, Rutherford or other towns with Jersey Girls Food Tours. Tours showcase local restaurant owners and chefs and the yummy, innovative food they’re serving. Or, try the Booze & Bites tour, a visit to four local establishments offering some of the best mixology programs and spirits in town. Join a group or make it a private party. firstname.lastname@example.org, 551.233.9553