If you’re like me, sometimes the best girl’s night out… is actually a girl’s night in. I’m talking face masks, wine, and Sex and the City marathons.
Sure, getting dressed up and going out can be fun! But sometimes you’re just drained, and you can’t imagine being forced to speak to another living soul except your UberEats delivery driver.
Especially with the winter months coming up, no one really wants to bundle up to hit the bars. I mean, why wait in line for drinks when you can mix up the perfect cocktail from the comfort of your own home?
So as somewhat of an expert introvert, I’ve rounded up my favorite tips for hosting the *coziest* Girl’s Night In!
SET THE VIBE
Setting the scene is key! Gather up all your throw pillows and fuzzy blankets and create a cozy nook on your couch, or anywhere else with ample seating. (If you don’t have a ton of seating options, throw pillows on the floor are your best friend!)
You’ll also want to create some ambiance with mood lighting. I’m talking aaall the fall candles! You’ll create a low key vibe, with the added bonus of making your entire home smell like a pumpkin. And if you’re not such a big fan of flames, twinkle lights strung around your space can have the same effect!
Last, make sure everyone get the casual dress code! Think leggings, with flannels and sweaters. You’ll want to make sure everyone can relax and have fun, and there’s nothing worse than trying to chill in jeans.
LET THEM EAT CAKE… AND WINE AND CHEESE
The way to a girl’s heart? Food. More specifically – cheese. So you’re going to want to make sure your snack selection is top-knotch!
Put together a bougie cheese board with a simple trip to Trader Joes. If you’re not sure what to grab, you’re always safe when you follow the “one hard, one soft, one blue” rule. Next, add some proteins and carbs – nuts, prosciutto, crackers, baguette chips – the possibilities are endless! Lay it all out on a pretty platter, and voila! Instagram material for everyone.
For the main course, go with something simple like pizza or Chinese takeout. This way, no one gets stuck in the kitchen cooking!
If you want to make it a boozy girl’s night, make sure the drink cart is stocked and ready. You really can’t go wrong with a mix of red and white wines, but you might have fun crafting some seasonal cocktails! May I suggest this Caramel Apple Sangria?
SO MUCH ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES
While there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned gossip session, you might want to have a few activities ready in case the small talk starts to get awkward.
Of course, no girl’s night is complete without face masks. DIY your own, or pick up a few beforehand! (I highly recommend the Summer Friday’s new Overtime Mask. It smells like you’re rubbing an actual pumpkin pie on your face… in the best way.)
Netflix marathons are also a great staple activity, or you can simply invite everyone over to watch the fall premiere of your favorite TV show. Planning your night around a specific show or movie can be a great way to put together a theme, too!
If you’re getting together a group of friends who don’t know each other that well, it can help to break the tension if you give them an activity to do with their hands! Plan some kind of craft project that you can all do together as a group, so there’s something for everyone to focus on other than *just* trying to make friends, and you’ll have built-in conversation starters. Plus, everyone gets to take something home!
(*Hint hint*: Creative Tribe offers private craft workshops!)
Everyone Loves A Good Theme
It’s optional, but adding a theme to your party is a great way to take you GNI up a notch. Themes can help you plan decorations and food, and add an extra special touch for your guests!
Crafts and Cocktails – Take wine night to the next level by creating signature cocktails for your friends, and pairing them with a craft project! Mimosas and Macram? Palomas and Painting? Plenty of opportunities there! 😉
Starry Night – Grab your crystals and a deck of tarot cards and hit the couch. Spend the night reading your cards and the stars! Celestial-themed snacks are a must, like star shaped desserts and a “moon cheese” board. Pull those cookie cutters out!
It’s Fall Y’all – Seasonally-themed parties are an easy go-to. They’re a great excuse to break out your fall decor, and make planning your sips and snacks super simple! (Pumpkin flavored everything, obviously.) Don’t forget Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown.
Spa Party – Spend the evening making DIY beauty products like face masks and hair treatments, and serving up cool glasses of cucumber & mint water.
Netflix and Chill – When in doubt, a movie marathon is a good way to go. Pick a classic favorite or something new for everyone, and you can create a themed menu to go along with the feature film! Not sure where to start? Pick a movie set in an exotic destination and go for regional cuisine.
So the next time your friends suggest a night out and you just can’t anymore, suggest a cozy Girl’s Night In instead!