What girl out there doesn’t love a good girls’ night in? You’ve got your BFFs, you’ve got your snacks and you’ve got your entertainment organized and there’s not a guy in sight. Share all the gossip, have a laugh, bond, tell each other secrets, cut loose… The possibilities are endless, and this article is going to suggest a few activities you could do, so why to arrange to hold one or more of the activities below and get all the girls around.
A poker evening.
There’s nothing to say a girls’ night out has to be you all in your PJs. What better way to smash that cliché out the park than with a poker night? Don some sparkling jewelry, a chic outfit and pretend you’re all hitting the casino. There’ll be no one to poke fun if you don’t know the rules or don’t use the poker terms correctly. It’s just you and the girls having a damned good laugh together.
You can create some invites and let the girls know beforehand you’ll be playing poker, so they can have a practice if they want to, or you can all just sit down on the night, learn how to play and get on with the game. You’re all friends together, remember, so don’t feel the pressure to gamble big sums of money. It’s all about entertainment and enjoying yourself on the night.
A movie night
You can never go wrong with a movie night; let’s face it. It’s a classic girls’ night inactivity, so have a good scan through Netflix and decide what you’ll all be watching. Get some popcorn, chocolates and other goodies and you can all have a good sob over something mushy. Of course, it doesn’t have to be all chick flicks. In fact, there doesn’t have to be a chick flick insight. Why not go with something more left-field like ‘Kick-Ass,’ where we see the girl — Chloe Grace Moretz — kick some serious butt instead of swooning over some muscle-bound heartthrob and chasing them around the whole movie; or ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’, in which the protagonist, Lisbeth Salander, turns the tables on the social worker who has abused her. Basically, something where the women are more empowered.
Fondue — there’s an activity that doesn’t get the love and attention it deserves on a night in with friends. Not only that, you can really bond over the melting pot. You can go savory with cheese or throw caution to the wind, go with the more exciting chocolate fondue and to hell with the calories — you’re there to enjoy yourself, remember. You don’t need a fancy fondue set either to make it. Just buy some fruit and chocolate, grab a crockpot, jump on Pinterest and find a nice caramel or chocolate fondue recipe.
A retro night
As much as we hate to admit it, we all like a bit of nostalgia, whether it’s because we were living through a better time than we are just now or because of something else. Whenever we experience something that reminds us of our past, we’re transported back to our more youthful selves and events that shaped us positively into the people we are today. Hold a retro night and recall some of those fond memories of days gone by. Get the frizzy wigs, the fluorescent clothing or the double denim on and eat some party ring biscuits, swig some Um Bongo and laugh at TV programs that were so bad they became good.
A craft night
You never know what hidden talents your friends might have. Some might be good at knitting. Some might be good at scrapbooking. Some might be good at sewing. Why not choose one skill as the theme of your girls’ night, let the more experienced ones show everyone how it’s done and then guide the girls for whom the craft is something new? You can have a different theme each night so that the more experienced ones get to do some learning instead of teaching all the time.
Of course, you can introduce a competitive element into the proceedings, but remember, you’re all friends, so if you can’t keep your competitive side in check — or know someone in the group that won’t be able to — just stick to being creative. A falling out would be disastrous!
Don’t forget to have a camera at the ready or charge up your phones. Just because you’re staying in, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t document it. Whether it’s your closest girl buddy making a mess of the fondue or botching up a craft big style, or you’re just grabbing a shot of you all in your very finest retro gear, you’ll want to get a few pictures for the digital scrapbook. Then it won’t be long before someone says, “We should do that again sometime,” and you’re creating new happy memories all over again.