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Here's Everything That Went Down Behind the Scenes at the RHONJ Season 11 Reunion

From the New Jersey Housewives' next-level jewelry to the spectacular set filled with surprises, see every jaw-dropping detail of the Season 11 sit-down. 

By Chantel Morel

The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunions range from fantastically dramatic to unforgettably explosive. But have you ever wondered what happens backstage before the ladies and Andy Cohen take their seats on the couches? From the hectic glam sessions to the over-the-top fashion to the intricate set design, there is a lot that goes into putting together an epic reunion — and Bravo Insider is letting you in on it all. 

In the exclusive photos below, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at everything that went down at the RHONJ Season 11 reunion. (Spoiler alert: The crew really took it to another level this season.) We always knew that Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Jennifer Aydin, Jackie Goldschneider, Margaret Josephs, and Dolores Catania go above and beyond perfecting their camera-ready looks, but this peek inside the dressing room shows the whole process in a new light. Plus, we've zoomed in on all of the dazzling jewelry details so you can truly examine every single carat. And just wait until you explore the elaborate set, which was inspired by one of the most iconic locations in The Real Housewives of New Jersey history. 

Scroll down to get an inside look at the RHONJ Season 11 reunion. 

The two-part Season 11 reunion kicks off on Wednesday, May 19 at 9/8c. The reunion concludes with Part 2 on Wednesday, May 26 at 9/8c. 

All About the Glow

The New Jersey 'Wives don't mess around when it comes to their beauty looks and neither do their glam squads. Before the ladies hit the stage, top makeup artists and hairstylists — including Jamal Tadros, George MiguelPriscilla DiStasioMarti Petritsis, Julius MichaelKarlene DamallieLucia CasazzaJudi GabbayLewis DeCicco, Marissa StissiAshley Raibick, and Alaha Karimi — worked their magic on the ladies. Also spotted: Dolores doing a quick mirror check and Margaret touching up her lip gloss while wearing hot pink hair rollers.

Dripping in Jewels

Statement-making baubles reigned supreme at this year's sit-down. The ladies elevated their angelic gowns and neutral makeup looks with eye-catching jewels, which you can see in the close-up snaps below.

Back at the Shore

While last year's Season 10 reunion set was a nod to the iconic Season 1 reunion set, this year's stage took the cast back to the Jersey Shore. With scenic backdrops of the boardwalk and ocean, patio furniture in summery hues, and an actual skeeball machine, the set truly captured the essence of the famous New Jersey location. 

A Tropical Treat

For the past several seasons, Andy and the 'Wives have ended RHONJ reunions with champagne toasts. However, this year, they decided to switch things up in honor of Teresa's newfound love of pineapples. The cast was given delicious-looking cocktails served in pineapples for the send-off toast. We're sure Teresa loved, loved, loved this fruity delight.