How to celebrate a mum's night (or day) out!

Posted on 21 June 2016

When you're a mum (particularly a new one), you'll appreciate the rare and wonderful phenomenon that is a Mum's Night Out. While it may sound like an awful movie, time with your friends is a necessity to survive and thrive as a mother. 

The temptation may be to head straight to the local Thai with a bottle or four of wine, and while these dates are never unappreciated - there are certainly some ways to get a little more creative. Here are our top tips for a night (or day) out! (Now we're off to schedule this in!)

High Tea
Sometimes it's lovely to get a little dressed up, and to indulge in a ladylike activity, with no one tugging at your top or smearing Vegemite on your jeans. That's why High Tea is such a perfect solution. Cafes and restaurants abound with High Tea offerings, but since this is a special occasion - we suggest opting for the fanciest option your budget will allow. Our pick in Sydney is The Langham - gorgeous and with gluten free options if you're so inclined. Champagne is obviously a must.

Beauty Day
If you can squeeze out more than a few hours after bedtime, head straight to your nearest day spa or beauty destination. There is nothing like indulging in a manicure with friends, enjoying a blow dry and then taking out your fresh looks for a nice lunch to follow or an afternoon glass of wine. Whether it's your local nail salon or a completely indulgent session at Gillian Adams, it will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to head back to your little loves.

Fitness Class
While it might not sound uber relaxing, a fitness class at your favourite studio, followed by a meal, is a beautiful way to move your body and connect with friends. And we guarantee you'll leave feeling better than when you began. In Sydney, we can't go past Egg of the Universe as a one-stop-shop for a challenging yoga class and a meal in their incredible whole foods cafe. 

Try Something New
Sometimes we all need to step outside of our comfort zones. So take the opportunity with your closest friends (who won't judge) to try something new. Cocktail making course? Life drawing? Pole dancing lesson? Bring it on. Bobbi's Gold does private group pole dancing lessons, and we can vouch for a very fun night with friends. 

Indulge in Something Cultural
If your culture metre is reaching its heights at The Wiggles concert, it may be time to think about indulging in a cultural activity. The Australian Ballet or your city's local theatre company is a great place to start to begin feeling refreshed and inspired. 

Get Cooking (Not Pureeing) 
We're the first to admit that cooking can definitely become a chore when there are children involved. So reignite a spark for cooking by taking on a hands-on cooking class. You'll have fun with friends, will learn a new recipe, and will likely be able to enjoy your creations (with a glass of wine) after the class. We love Sydney Seafood School, which is worth checking out if you are in the area. 

Grab a Cocktail
Skip dinner and opt for a delicious cocktail and indulgent bar snacks at a great cocktail bar. It will definitely help to make you feel like a functioning adult, and will get the conversation flowing between friends. Try to limit conversation about baby bowel movements and feeding schedules - just enjoy your well deserved time with friends. 

What have we missed? And what do you love to do for a mum's night out? Tell us in the comments below!

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