Before I left for New Zealand last month I decided to organize a small ‘Girls’ Night In’ party at my house so that I could catch up with my girlfriends before my holiday. As I hosted the event two days before I left, I took a very ‘minimal effort’ approach to the whole evening – choosing to outsource most of the food and using one of my ready-to-go party boxes for the decor. It ended up being a super fun night filled with bubbly, laughter, and of course – cupcakes!
If you’d like to host a ‘girls’ night in’ for your friends but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few of my personal tips:
People are super busy these days so it’s always a good idea to give your friends at least 2-3 weeks notice when organizing a party. However, if you’re more of a last-minute party kind of gal, consider hosting the party during the week rather than on a weekend night. Midweek parties can also be great fun!
Once you’ve decided on a date, simply mail/email/or message an invitation to your friends. It could be as simple as a quick note with the time/date and party details or it could be something more elaborate like a pretty DIY invitation. I like to use Canva to create digital invites but there are tons of other great options out there. Make sure to also send your friends a quick reminder a few days before the party.
The Food & Drinks
Sure you could prepare a beautiful three-course meal but if you’re anything like me then I’m sure you’d rather spend as much time as possible discussing
The Bachelor important events with your girlfriends rather than slave away in the kitchen.
I usually go for simple appetizers and bite-sized food for Girls Night Ins (especially things that can either be made ahead of time or store-bought). Platters are another great option – whether it’s a Mezze platter, a cheese platter or any kind of platter you like!I ordered a big sushi platter from a local restaurant for my party and it was a hit! Also, make sure you ask your girlfriends about dietary needs/ restrictions before the party so that everyone is fed and happy by the end of the night. One of my friends is vegetarian so I made ‘veggies and dips’ and picked a selection of vegetarian sushi.
And of course, you can’t forget about dessert ;) Cupcakes are always a popular choice (the red velvet ones I got from the bakery went down a treat) or you could opt for ice-cream, mini cheesecakes, brownies, the list goes on!
For drinks, I served sparkling wine which in my experience is always a winner. You could also serve a signature cocktail as a welcome drink or keep things super simple with a small selection of wines. Don’t forget to serve non-alcoholic drinks as well!
For the decor, I used our brand new Black and Gold party box which was released on the PM store last month. It already contains decorations, tableware, and cute confetti so all I did was add a bunch of flowers to the food table, light some candles around the room, and I was done! Of course you don’t need to go all out on the decor for your party if you don’t want to – a bunch of flowers, some string lights or a few candles will also do!
I always have music playing in the background at my parties and thanks to my music-loving husband I have access to both records and many ready-made playlists. If you don’t have much music of your own then check out Spotify (or any other music streaming program you like) for cool ready-to-go playlists.
Now this is totally optional – but I personally love to do an activity with my girlfriends when they come over. Sometimes it’s something super easy like watching a fun movie (Mean girls or Clueless are always a safe bet), playing cards against humanity, or treating ourselves to a DIY pampering session, and sometimes it’s something a bit more outside the box like pulling tarot cards! It’s always a lot of fun!
I hope you find these tips useful. I’d also love to know – do you often have girls night ins with your girlfriends? What are some of the things you like to do together?