Wedding season is around the corner and you likely have several to attend this year. If you are in charge of plotting out the perfect send-off for your friend, sister, cousin, or co-worker who’s getting hitched, then you know how important it is to make it a fun and memorable one. We’ve rounded up some local bachelorette party ideas that are perfect for large groups and great ways to celebrate your favorite bride-to-be.
La Belle Vie Salon & Spa | 1405 Broad Street, Bloomfield
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Treat the bride-to-be and her crew to an ultimate girl’s day at La Belle Vie Salon & Spa. With the option to rent the entire spa for your special day, your group can relax, unwind, and be pampered by La Belle Vie’s team of expert stylists, estheticians, and masseuses. The full-service spa located on the second floor offers an array of beauty services like facials, massages, brows, lashes, and a relaxing steam room. Slip into one of the plush robes in the private locker room and enjoy champagne in the lounge space prior to your services. The team can set up catering with light bites and champagne, or you are welcome to bring it yourselves. If a facial or massage isn’t your thing, head downstairs to the salon for a wash and blowout to prep for your night out.
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Candle Making Class at Alchemy Scent Bar | 30 Church Street, Montclair
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Hit the bar, the scent bar, that is. Alchemy Scent Bar is a one-of-a-kind retail experience specializing in candles, perfume, and other body products. Your bachelorette party will love bellying up to Alchemy’s sleek fragrance bar where the experienced team will help you customize fragrances using essential oils, create names and labels for your scent, and each guest will leave with an item that is truly personal. Best of all, it’s BYO (and located next door to Amanti Vino) so you can enjoy cocktails while you create your signature scent.
Cooking Class at Montclair Culinary Academy | 550 Valley Road, Montclair
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Heat things up and put your cooking skills to the test at The Montclair Culinary Academy. If your group doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, MCA offers creative cooking classes for beginners to seasoned home chefs in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Customize your bachelorette experience based on the interests and tastes of the group and the team will offer up suggested wine pairings (BYO) to enhance your special menu.
Dancing at Just Jakes | 30 Park Street, Montclair
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If your friends are looking to party, head over to Just Jake’s to get the night started. You’ll typically find a fun crowd and a live band there every Friday and Saturday night, making it the perfect spot for the bride-to-be who loves to dance. This neighborhood bar has a nice selection of beers, cocktails, and bar food so grab a high-top and enjoy.
The Wellmont Theater | 5 Seymour Street, Montclair
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No need to head to the city for fun, live performances when The Wellmont Theater is right in town. This theater and concert venue offers up some of the world’s best musical and comedy acts each month, you’ll find something for everyone. You can grab dinner beforehand at one of the many delicious restaurants within walking distance.
Pot + Paint Class at Mind Your Beads + Seeds | 147 D Valley Road, Montclair
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Put your green thumb to the test at Mind Your Beads and Seeds, a plant and jewelry gift garden in the heart of Montclair. This boutique offers potted plants and succulents, gift items like crystals and soaps, and handmade beaded treasures. When you book a private party, each guest will have the chance to paint and plant as they customize their own terracotta pot complete with a tropical house plant. The space is BYOB and BYOC so feel free to bring your favorite alcoholic beverages and cannabis to enjoy. The team can also help with local restaurant and catering suggestions so that your group is well fed while creating their masterpieces. The gift garden is open for private events Monday & Tuesday from 5PM-10PM and Wednesday-Sunday from 7PM-10PM.
Tea Party at Reeves-Reed Arboretum | 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit
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Break out your prettiest dresses, gorgeous oversized hats and channel your inner Alice in Wonderland with a sophisticated high-tea party at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. This non-profit arboretum and garden has partnered with ‘The Secret Tea Room’ to offer a charming tea room experience. Your bride tribe can enjoy a relaxed afternoon with a tea service served with scones and finger sandwiches overlooking the beautiful gardens. It’s the perfect way to include the mothers of the bride and groom in the bachelorette festivities. Head to the website for full details on the next pop-up event.
CBD Party with The Canna Boss Lady | 9 Highland Place, Maplewood
If you’re looking to impress the bride-to-be with a fun, personalized, and truly memorable experience, then you need to make a date with The Canna Boss Lady. Founder Jill Cohen specializes in luxury, full-spectrum CBD, and Delta 8 products for women focused on their beauty, health, and wellness. The Canna Boss Lady creates custom party experiences to take your group on a cannabis and CBD journey while educating you on the history and benefits of this plant. Parties can be hosted in her Maplewood Village shop or in the comfort of your own home. Jill is passionate about tailoring the experience for each member of the party and determining the form of CBD that will work best for them, their mood, and their wellness goals. Best of all, each guest will go home with a goodie bag of CBD samples. Head to her website to learn more about her products and how to reserve a private event.
Sunday Brunch at Halcyon Brasserie | 114 Walnut Street, Montclair
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After a night of drinking and dancing, you may be in need of some major refueling the next morning. Head to Halcyon Brasserie for the Sunday Brunch from 11:30AM-3PM to load up on the decadent offerings like Croissant French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Steak and Eggs, and full raw bar menu. Toast the bride-to-be with a morning Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Passionfruit Bellini.
Dinner at Faubourg | 544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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Finding a restaurant that can accommodate a large group can be difficult but Faubourg is the perfect option. This modern French brasserie and lounge offers private dining rooms that can accommodate 10-60 people. The gorgeous private space called Saint Honore seats up to 16 people and overlooks the dining room and into the wine cellar. Plus, it has its own dedicated speaker system so you can play your group’s favorite tunes. The three and four-course menu options make party planning seamless.
Alto Rooftop at the MC Hotel | 690 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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Round up your girl gang and head up to the rooftop of the MC Hotel for a night of cocktails and light bites at Alto. This sleek, sexy 3,000 square foot space located on the 22nd floor of the MC Hotel offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Your group can cozy up on the outdoor couches, sip on handcrafted cocktails, and warm up near the fire pits on chilly nights. There are frequently live DJs on weekends so check the website for more information.
Sleepover at The George | 37 N. Mountain Avenue, Montclair
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Host the ultimate girls-night-in at The George, Montclair’s boutique hotel founded by beauty legend, Bobbi Brown. This modern, 31-room hotel in the heart of Downtown Montclair is the perfect location for you and your gal pals to relax and unwind. Reserve a suite, order take-out from one of the many local restaurants and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine offered to hotel guests each evening in the Library.