Some Girls’ Nights Out (GNOs) nearly qualify as continuing education. Like this one we ran across recently in Rockville, Maryland:

Mud & Merlot
Jun 18, 12 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm
Learn handbuilding techniques and make a clay project that you decorate and glaze to create your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece! We fire your work and you return two weeks later to pick it up. We will be serving merlot, white wine and soda.

Another awesome idea is from a friend who sells Stella & Dot jewelry — a direct sales company:

Style Makes Me Happy Hour
Who: Ideal for people on their way home from work.
When: Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 PM.
Enjoy: Wine, sparkling water, almonds, cranberries and dark chocolates while trying on items from Stella & Dot’s newest line of baubles. Orders will be taken during and for three weeks following the party. had this one to add. While it doesn’t explicitly involve alcoholic beverages, we’re thinking they can only help:

Wig out
Whether you often take liberties with your locks or you’re stuck in a hair rut, a night spent in with the gals can provide a carefree platform to experiment and try new ‘dos. The simplest way to sample different styles is with a wig, and as the party host, you can order an assortment of inexpensive options or ask the girls to bring/wear a style completely different from their own. A fun and commitment-free way to get inspired, this may help you to see what your friends think of a new you.

Your turn. What’s your idea of a great GNO? Share with a comment.