Bachelorette parties have earned a bad rap as raucous, R-rated affairs. But most brides we know opt for itineraries that (while fun and memorable) are considerably tamer than last-fling lore. We’ve rounded up some bachelorette party ideas for you and your besties that won’t lead to any next-day misgivings.
As much as we love a spa day, retreating to private treatment rooms could kill the communal vibe of your Dallas bachelorette party. Not at Face Haus. The LA original made its way to Texas this spring, and now you and your ’maids can get affordable, spa-grade facials in the open and cheery group treatment room that’s outfitted with eight chairs. Want to take the party up a notch? The staff can coordinate catered food, a DJ, or a bartender.
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If nothing makes you happier than the unsullied promise of a new candle, get thee to Deep Ellum’s The Candle Bar, where you and your friends can make your own Anthropologie-worthy wonders. Once you’ve picked a vessel (there are nearly 50 options), a scent (upward of 40 to choose from), and a refreshment (it’s BYOB), your instructor will guide you through the creation process. Candles must be left to cure, but out-of-town bridesmaids needn’t worry: They’ll ship yours for a nominal fee.
Finding the right lipstick is a lifelong and often fruitless quest. No more, thanks to Myx Blend Bar in the West Village, where customization is the name of the game. A trained Myxologist will help you and up to 18 friends create the lip shade you’ve long hunted for. (Bonus: The bride-to-be will “myx” for free!) Choose lipsticks or glosses in a range of finishes, add-ins to give your lips a boost, shimmers, fragrances, and more. Rather have an at-home experience? Myx has a mobile blend bar that can come to you instead.
Fact: Working out is more fun with best friends. If getting in a good sweat is your idea of a good time, Session Pilates will happily host private events for up to 15 people at any of their three Dallas studios. New to Pilates? No problem! The boutique fitness studios have friendly and knowledgeable teachers to guide you and your pals through a 50-minute class that can be tailored based on fitness and experience level.
While a cooking class makes for a fun group outing or brunch alternative, sometimes you’d rather do more eating and less work. Enter Scardello. The artisan cheese shop hosts regular tasting classes (often paired with wine, natch). Enjoy a fromage free-for-all, learning about and sampling from their selection of more than 150 flavors. If you have at least 14 people in your party, they’ll set up a private class on the subject of your choosing.
Verbena Parlor + Social House is not your average nail salon. Part café, part nail bar, this Uptown hang is the perfect place for a girly afternoon of pampering. Come for a mani-pedi—they offer organic, nontoxic services—and stay for a beverage (caffeinated or alcoholic). Rent the in-house event space if you want to bring in food and decor, but Verbena’s straight-from-Pinterest vibe leaves little need for zhuzh-ing.
Get your hands dirty at Deep Ellum’s Jade and Clover, where you can reserve the plant bar to build your own terrarium with at least four of your closest pals. There are a range of planters, succulents, and accessories to select from, then comes the fun part: putting it all together. If you’re lacking a green thumb, instructors can assemble it for you. You’ll leave with your creation and a care kit to ensure it stays looking its best.