When you think of a traditional bachelorette party, you probably picture a night of epic debauchery filled with hijinx, girl talk, and lots of boozy drinks (the airplane scene in Bridesmaids comes to mind). But alcohol doesn’t have to be a given at a bachelorette party. In fact, there’s no reason at all why you can’t have an alcohol-free celebration with your best girlfriends. All it takes is a little imagination and creativity, and you and your squad can have a memorable night that’s less tequila-fueled and more teetotaler. If you need a little help to get started, here’s some ideas on how to have a sober bachelorette party.
1. Head to a Concert
There’s nothing like rocking out to your favorite musician with your best friends. Whether it’s in a small venue or a stadium, dancing and singing along to some good music is always a good time.
2. Visit an Amusement Park
Feel like a kid again and visit the local amusement park or splurge on something even more grandiose, like Disney World or Universal Studios. Hit the rides and treat yourself to the best junk food, and chase that adrenaline rush on the roller coaster.
3. Make it a Spa Day
Whether it’s for a weekend or just a few hours to let off some steam (literally), visiting a spa might just be what the doctor ordered for you and your girls. Relax and indulge yourselves with everything luxe from mani-pedis and massages to facials and the sauna.
4. Throw a Slumber Party
Go old-school and throw a slumber party just like the ones you used to have growing up. Pop some popcorn, watch cheesy rom-coms, and play embarrassing-but-fun games like “Truth or Dare” and “Never Have I Ever.”
5. Get Active
What’s better than a sweat session? A sweat session with your girlfriends. Hit the gym and take one of your favorite fitness classes together like pilates, barre, hot yoga or Zumba. Afterwards, visit the local juice and smoothie bar and treat yourself to something healthy and nutritious.
6. Visit a Psychic
Everyone is curious about their future, so take your squad to a psychic and/or tarot card reader (or have them visit someone’s house). Afterwards, treat yourself to your favorite dinner and discuss your readings in awe.
7. Make it a Game Night
Bust out your favorite board games of all time, from Monopoly to Uno to Trivial Pursuit, and make it a game night complete with a trophy for the winners and tons of delicious snacks. For even more hilarity, divide your crew into teams and play Charades and/or Pictionary.
8. Enjoy a High Tea Afternoon
Speaking of tea, make a reservation at a fancy hotel or restaurant that offers high tea. Wear your most exquisite frocks and have yourself a Downtown Abbey-esque party complete with tiny sandwiches and scones.
9. Get Artsy
From pottery to painting, there are a number of art classes available that you can try as a group. While you might not be Picasso, at least you’ll have fun creating something that you can keep forever.
10. Host a Dinner Party
Whether it’s a potluck, catered, or cooked by the bridal party, a dinner party is a classic and easy choice that will leave your tummies full—and save a lot on your wallet. Make it even more exciting and give the evening a theme like “Breakfast for Dinner” or a “Desserts Only” menu.
11. Host a Murder Mystery Party
If you love the board game “Clue” and playing dress-up, then you’ll love the idea of hosting a murder mystery party. There’s a number of games to choose from online that can help facilitate this plan. With themes ranging from Italian mafia to art deco speakeasies, this is a great idea to come together, play a role, and solve a “murder” together.
12. Go Camping
Unleash your adventurous side, and camp out underneath the stars with your besties. From canoeing and a leisurely hike to roasting marshmallows around the campfire, there’s a lot of fun to be had in the great outdoors.
As you can see, there are a ton of fun and creative activities that you can enjoy with your bridal party that don’t necessarily have to include alcohol. Who says sober is boring? As this list indicates, that’s clearly not the case. So cheers to your cocktail-free celebration!