February 13 is Galentine’s Day, dedicated to flying solo and hanging with your best girl friends. So, make time for your gal pals this month (not just your sweetie) at these events around the state.
Hit Montclair’s Eclectic Chic Boutique to get your craft on with the girls. You’ll make a rustic wreath and decorate with everything from jewels to wooden hearts to pearls. Go back on the 13th for a Galentines Day Jewelry Making Party where you can make anything from a necklace to earrings to a keychain. BYOB.
Head to The Local Line, a store in Red Bank that features the works and products of local makers and artists, to emboss your own card and mug or wine glass. Go on the 14th for a BYOB cookie decorating workshop.
February 7 and 14
With nine locations across North Jersey, you and the squad can feel pampered at Friday Ladies Nights. Get a blowout and makeup done with live music and lights for just $89.
Get your endorphins going by running a 5K. The annual tradition raises funds and awareness for Community Options, which provides residential and employment support to those with disabilities. There are races in Bridgewater, Glen Rock, Moorestown, Morristown, Princeton, Seaside Heights and West Orange.
You don’t have to wait for summer to hit the shore. Shop vendors, make your own bouquet at the flower bar, savor Valentine’s Jazz Brunch at The Anchor’s Bend, sip bubbly at the oyster bar, hang at the fireplace lounge, pose for a vintage photo strip and more.
Visit the Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton to learn about the history of Victorian flower pressing and the love language of flowers. Then, craft your own with pressed flowers from the historic garden.
Head down to Cape May’s Jessie Creek Winery to create your own painted wine glass with a birch tree and bird design. You’ll also get a glass of vino to drink while you work.
February 8-9, 15-16
Bring your sweet tooth to Terhune Orchards in Princeton to sample vino from NJ wineries with chocolates sources from Pierre’s Chocolates in New Hope, PA. Hang at the outdoor firepit while listening to live music, and sample some of the farm’s own in the wine barn.
Hit Flora’s Cottage in Ridgewood, a trendy spot beloved for its natural skincare products, to make your own lip balm. Choose your essential oils and colors and craft something perfect for your wintry chapped lips while savoring light refreshments with friends.
This holiday is all about treating yourself, and Sweet Dani B aims to do just that. Ice five friendship-themed cookies at West Elm in Red Bank with the guidance of Dani herself.
Head to Liberty Hall Museum in Union for some ladies-only fun. Grab the girls for snacks, wine, champagne and card crafting.
Green thumb? Show it off at Plant Nite by making a succulent slope bowl at Cuba Mia in Parsippany or a succulent terrarium with pink quartz and sea glass at Al Di La Italian Bistro in East Rutherford. Order drinks and food while you’re there.
This DIY paint night location in Morristown is hosting a $35 special for Galentine’s Day. Create your own rendition of Paris in the Rain. Bring a bottle and snacks to share with your squad.
Wine & Design
Head to Hammer & Stain in Haddon Township for crafts galore. Mingle with friends, work on projects ranging from succulents to wine bags and sip a free drink.
Make your way down the shore to Barefoot in Sea Girt for a class hosted by Brighter Days Co. candles. Pour your own soy candle, pick or make its scent, name it and hang back with drinks and snacks. BYOB.
This Galentine’s event at Scooch A Mi in Chatham includes a microdermabrasion for your lips and hands, a lesson in the benefits of floral steam and Gua Sha and more skin self-care. Refreshments and chocolate will be provided.
With the help of an expert from Flower Peach Floral, learn the basics of designing your own flower arrangement at The Asbury Hotel. Flowers and unique vases and vessels will be provided. Bring some singles for the cash bar.
Women Helping to Educate & Enhance Life (WHEEL) or hosting a talk, Confessions of an OB-GYN: What Every Woman Should KNow at Teak in Red Bank. This workshop for women’s empowerment will inspire you no matter your circumstances.
RVCC Planetarium Shows
On Valentine’s Day, kick back and see Romancing the Stars. This show spotlights stars, constellations, songs and more that center love. On both February 14 and 15, grab a seat for Laser Love, featuring love songs by Ed Sheeran, Cher and more.
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