For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been the self-proclaimed “planner” for my groups of friends. Of course, the types of things I’ve planned have changed dramatically (prom, sorority mixers, and college dance marathons laid a nice foundation), but the essence is still the same: finding a unique way for my friends and I to have as much fun as possible. Also: food.
As the season has now officially changed and we’re all looking for an excuse to get out of the freakin house and see our buddies, it’s my time to jump straight into group activity planning mode. There are so many fun things happening again this spring that I’ve been trying to do forever, and luckily, they’re all appropriate for groups of pals ready to hit the warm weather town together! Here are some of my favorite ideas you can impress your buds with by planning this season.
1. Supper at Talula’s Daily (208 West Washington Square)
Since the moment I finished dinner at last spring’s Talula’s Supper, I couldn’t wait to do it again. This event is a 5-course dinner in the prettiest room with the prettiest dishes (a collaboration with Anthro) and the yummiest food. Check the monthly menu and book up the large table that seats up to 12, Tuesday through Sunday, for group outing sure to please. $55/person + $35/person beverage pairing
2. After Hours at Di Bruno Bros. (930 South 9th Street or 9th and Sansom Streets)
So in case you have yet to hear of this phenomena, let this sink in for a second: a closed Di Bruno Bros. Your best buds and your favorite bottles of wine, in that Di Bruno Bros. Cheese mongers available to give you “the ultimate cheese experience.” Two hours of fun. Hey friends getting married soon – this sounds like a good spot for a bachelorette party, don’t you think? $60-70/person + BYOB
3. Pie Making Class at Magpie (1622 South Street)
Pretty much the cutest idea for a little ladies night out – making a pastry you’d literally have no idea how to make on your own (wait – just me?)! Magpie is such a great little shop, nestled right on South Street West, and they offer you the chance to learn from the best (and have a slice of pie, of course) on Thursday evenings twice a month. $75/person
4. Boku Supper Club (Held at a private residence)
For a super unique group dining experience, Boku is the way to go. Working with local chefs, ingredients, and (duh) guests, you RSVP for a big, communal dinner in a super casual setting. The dinners are small, so they book up quickly. Get on the email list for first dibs (and let me know if you go, cause this is one I haven’t been able to get to!). $65/person
5. Market Tours at Reading Terminal Market (12th & Filbert Streets)
For the friend group that worships RTM but needs to up their knowledge, work one of these quick tours into your next stop. It’s led by a food writer who gives you the story behind some of Philly’s fav foods as you’re gliding from stand to stand. There’s two tours a week (Wednesday + Saturday), both starting at 10am. By the time you finish, you’ll be just in time for lunch. $16/person
6. Mystery Theatre at Bistro Romano (120 Lombard Street)
Ya know guys, any dinner theatre that starts its description with “How did a poor girl from South Philly manage to get engaged to one of the most eligible Princes of European royalty?” is literally A-OK in my book. Now through September, stop by on Friday or Saturday night for a 4-course dinner and a little entertainment. $49/person
If you have any group outings you’re looking forward to, please share with the community in the comments below! xx