One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my girlfriends. Seeing a Girls’ Night Out on my calendar is something that I look forward to for days (or weeks!)
Many times, it’s just meeting for dinner and chatting for hours (or at least until we know the dads have the kids in bed!), but there are lots of options in and around Birmingham to do cool things like paint on canvas or make a pretty hanger for your front door, take a yoga class that offers wine, or even try a cooking class.
Here’s a list I’ve compiled of eight fun options. Some of these I’ve already done; others, people have told me about — but I intend to try them all!
1. Bath Bomb Party at Buff City Soap
Bath bombs are hugely popular now, and at this cute shop behind the Krispy Kreme on Highway 280, you can have a bath bomb making party with your girlfriends. The staff will set everything up for you, let you pick your colors and fragrance (they customize, too!), and then you get to make them and take them home and enjoy in your bath. Check them out at buffcitysoap.com.
2. Paint Night at Painting with a Twist
I’ve done this several times (including once with some of my BMB gals!) and it makes for such a fun night! You can just grab some friends and go anytime, or if you have a group of 10 or more, you can schedule a private party. The studio, located in the Lee Branch shopping center near Greystone, provides all the art supplies and you can bring snacks and drinks of your choice. You can select a painting from their collection of over 7,000 options, paint it with instruction from an artist, and take it home with you!
Check them out at paintingwithatwist.com.
3. Yoga or Shopping at Cat-n-Bird Winery
Only open for a year, Cat-n-Bird Winery in Chelsea is a great spot for a moms’ night out. They host Wine’d Down Yoga the second (Vinyasa) and fourth (Ashtanga) Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. If yoga isn’t your thing, they have a Girls’ Night Out Sip-n-Shop the third Thursday of each month. From 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., you can enjoy wine and snacks while shopping from local vendors that will be set up with their products. Check them out at www.cat-n-bird.com.
4. Party Art — Home Decorations Studio
Head to this studio in Pelham and create a door hanger or project for your home (shiplap boards, farmhouse signs, and more). The studio provides all the supplies and they say you’ll leave with a masterpiece — no craftiness required. You can bring your own appetizers and beverages. They also host open paint nights on their Facebook page, if you want to go without planning a private event. Check them out at partyartstudio.net.
5. Sips & Toss — Pizza Making Party at Vecchia
Located in the Preserve in Hoover, this Italian restaurant lets guests create their own pizzas. Get on your apron and the staff will bring out dough to throw, along with fresh ingredients for you to make your own pizza while enjoying some of their options to sip on. After your creation is baked in the wood fire oven, you get to enjoy the deliciousness you made without having to clean up!
Check them out at www.vecchiabirmingham.com or call for reservations at 205-520-6058.
6. Wine Blending Experience at the Grand Bohemian
You can reserve an hour and a half experience at this gorgeous hotel located in Mountain Brook. Guests can learn about the history of wine making, have a blending session, and create a customized label for their personal bottle. You and your girlfriends can taste, learn, create, and blend in this class led by a sommelier. Classes are offered Tuesday through Saturday starting at 6:00 p.m. Check them out at grandbohemianmountainbrook.com or make a reservation on opentable.com.
7. Cakes & Cocktails at Dreamcakes Bakery
For the sweets lovers, meet at this Homewood bakery and decorate a cake with friends. You can BYOB and spend two hours of your evening (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) and go home with a cake you decorated yourself. Class size is limited to 12 people. Classes are posted on their Facebook page, or call 205-871-9377 to reserve a spot. Check them out at dreamcakes-bakery.com.
8. Cooking Classes at Sur La Table
Located at the Summit near Saks Fifth Avenue, Sur La Table offers cooking classes every night of the week. Options range from pasta, seafood, comfort cooking, vegetarian, and more. At each class, guests make an appetizer, main dish, sides, and dessert. Evening classes are from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. To register for a class, visit their website or call 800-243-0852. Check them out at surlatable.com.
Hope you find something you like and have an amazingly fun Moms’ Night Out in Birmingham!