I belong to a social group called the Sarcastic Girlfriends. Going out with these ladies is always a good time, but being on a limited budget I’m constantly on the lookout for low cost options for some of our activities.
The best is when someone will open up their home to host a girls night in. Just hanging out at someone’s house is nice, but when you put a little more effort into it, give it a theme or specific activity, it somehow becomes more memorable.
So here are 10 ideas for a Girls Night In. Unless otherwise instructed, have each person bring a snack or beverage to share with the group. This allows the hostess to enjoy the evening as much as everyone else since she won’t have as much to do.
Book Swap – Each person brings as many books as they want to exchange with others. Put some structure and fun to it by giving each person one ticket for each book they bring. They can only select a book once their number has been called. Want to really rile up some bookworms, allow participants to steal from those that have already chosen. Hostess may want to have some cute bookmarks as gifts. Everyone goes home with something new to read.
Clothing Swap – Same concept as above, but this time each person brings 1 to 5 clothing items to swap. Since people are all different sizes, it’s good to stick to tops, jackets, scarves and accessories. Hostess can set up a mock runway so each person can strut their stuff with their new items at the end of the night.
Each person bring a mask and a nail polish. Then take turns painting each others nails and sit around sipping wine in your masks. Hostess can supply some cute nail decals or have some nail/spa themed little gift bags.
Have each person bring some little sandwiches, cookies, bite-size cakes, etc. to share. Hostess supplies the tea. Have everyone talk in a British accent all evening. Don’t forget to hold that pinkie out.
Get a copy of a popular musical (Grease, High School Musical, Phantom of the Opera, whatever) and invite the girls over to have a sing along with the show.
Pick a category (cupcakes, desserts, side dishes, etc) and have each person bring a dish in that category to sample and share. Also have them bring along a copy of the recipe. Hostess can supply pens and paper for copying the recipe down. If you have a larger group, hostess can act as judge and pick a first place and runner up.
It can be Cards Against Humanity, a board game, charades, Pictionary, Heads Up, whatever the hostess wants. Our group has held a few of these type of events and my cheeks usually hurt from laughing so hard. Winning teams have bragging rights and can talk crap till the next get together.
Pinterest/YouTube Fail Night
Pick a craft pin off Pinterest or a tutorial off YouTube and gather your friends to try their hand at being creative or learning a new skill. It never looks like the picture!
Each person brings makeup, hair styling products and a fashion accessory (boa, glitzy sunglasses, bedazzled headband, etc. ) to conduct a glamour photoshoot. Everybody also gets to vie to be the best photographer of the night by taking pics with their phones. Leave with some great new pictures to share on social media or make your new profile shot.
Turn up the music and just have a dance party right there in someone’s living room. No need to get all dressed up and go out. Hold a dance off to find the best dancer and have a disco ball ready for the grand prize.
Theme can be a specific time period, around a movie or book, or a specific type of dress (i.e: 80’s, Great Gatsby, goth). Require attendees to dress according to theme and make sure decorations and food reflect it as well.
So send out some e-invites and get the girls over to your house.
Have any other suggestions for a fun night in? Leave it in the comments below. Also, if you have some great pictures of past Girls Nights head over to the Tea With Traci Facebook page and share them there.
Creating invites for my Redneck BBQ.