I’m super excited to introduce KP who has written this lovely guest post for you! KP and I met as little kids but lost touch shortly after, and somehow, with no social media or smartphones, we were reunited at 16 and remain close to this day. She lives in Canberra with her husband and cat, spends her days dreaming about dinner and her nights dreaming about home décor. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and nurturing her love of lists by browsing Pinterest late into the night.
So please welcome KP and read on for her ideas for a Girls’ Night In!
As the purse strings get a little tighter at certain times of the year, I still want to see my friends and do something that involves more than sitting alone on the couch with a family-sized block of chocolate watching old Disney movies on Netflix (or is that just me?). So I find myself thinking about girls’ nights in. Here are a few options for groups of around 3-6 ladies, which are big on fun and creativity without breaking the bank.
1. A cooking party
This is essentially a dinner party, but with less pressure on the host. Put someone in charge of entrées, someone on mains, someone on desserts, and one or two people on drinks. People can make their dish in advance, or bring a recipe and ingredients and prepare everything together, which is great fun (and a lot of laughs if you have as many kitchen fails as I do).
Some food options for this type of night in are pasta dishes, cheese and antipasto platters, cakes, curries, puddings, mousse, dips and bread, salads… it doesn’t need to be fancy. You could even do desserts only, or finger food only, or have a theme such as Italian or French. Or try making some drinks! Be adventurous and hunt down some simple cocktail or mocktail recipes.
If you want to make the night feel a bit more special, set the table and take out the nice glasses, use napkins and put on some music. A few minutes of extra prep can make a huge difference!
2. A pamper afternoon
This is something that my friends and I do frequently. It serves lots of purposes because by the end, you’ll be manicured and pedicured, and you’ll have given yourself a mini facial – plus you get to catch up with your peeps! It’s also super easy to organise.
Ask everyone to bring along their nail polishes, face masks, cleansers, moisturisers – anything they are happy to share. In your lounge room, set up a mirror, face and hand towels, tweezers, nail files, cotton balls and a bucket for foot baths. If you want to get a little creative, maybe find a few examples of hairstyles or simple nail art you can try on each other!
A pamper session is perfect for gloomy weather and calls for hot drinks, baked goods and fruit. Let people do their thing once they arrive – some might be in need of a manicure, others might want to do a mask, others might just want a cup of peppermint tea and to put their feet up. It’s a great way to de-stress and it feels quite indulgent!
3. DIY pizzas and a movie
This works for any meals that people like to personalise – pizzas are an obvious choice, but you could try tacos, burgers, and even ice cream (think of the toppings). (It’s also a great option if you’re entertaining kids – aren’t we all just big kids sometimes?) It’s best to choose a movie that you’ve seen before, and one that isn’t necessarily a cinematic masterpiece because – let’s be honest – you probably won’t end up actually watching a whole lot of the movie. You’ll be too busy chatting! Romantic comedies work best. Think Pitch Perfect, Love Actually, Mean Girls, Sleepless in Seattle…
All you need to do is select a movie and buy a few simple ingredients – remember to have options for any vegetarians or people with allergies – then set everything out and let people do their thing. Have your friends bring along something like a bottle of wine, a carton of berries, or a couple of packets of lollies (I’m quite partial towards Sour Patch Kids at the moment, thanks for asking) and you’re all set.
And if all else fails and you really can’t be bothered, just invite the girls over to share a block of Dairy Milk while you watch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for the twelfth time. No judgement!
I’d love to hear your ideas for girls’ nights in!
All images are sourced from Pinterest.