Spending time with your girlfriends helps you cope with stress, gives you access to an unlimited amount of free advice and is a great way to celebrate life’s momentous occasions. And what better way to unwind after a stressful week than by hosting a girl’s night in. Follow these tips for planning a girls night in that your friends will be talking about for weeks afterward.Choose a themeChoosing a theme is not necessary but it can be a fun way to incorporate extracurricular activities into your night. The theme can be anything from spa night to wine tasting to a swap meet (everyone cleans out their closets and brings whatever they no longer want to the party to swap). The number of different theme possibilities is endless and limited only by your imagination.
Once you’ve decided on a theme, you can prepare activities around that theme (i.e. for spa night, bring masks and nail polish for manicures and pedicures). You can even center your food and drink selection around your decided theme.
Plan for foodWhether or not you want your girl’s night in centered around an actual meal, you will want to make sure that you have enough snacks on hand to keep the night running smoothly. Since your girlfriends are likely to appreciate the intricacies of well-made hors d’oeuvre, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase your culinary skills. Choose dishes that can be served in bite-sized pieces and be conscious of everyone’s dietary restrictions.
D’Artagnan’s pasture-raised beef lends itself to delicious satays and if you’re serving wine, you can throw together a platter of cheese, crackers and some gourmet cured meat (our Gourmet Food Lover’s Premium Gift Basket comes with a big enough assortment of gourmet smoked and cured meats, sausages and pates to please all of your guests).
Also try whipping together some delicious hors d’oeuvre beforehand. Saucisson Sec, Cucumber and Tapenade Tartines and D’Artagnan Saucisson Sec with Black Truffle Butter are both delicious hors d’oeuvre recipes found on our website.
Add some drinksWhen a group of girls get together, not much is necessary to keep the conversation going. Still, a couple of bottles of wine and some fruity cocktails can help your attendants open up and ensure that everyone has a good time.
Since you don’t want to be manning the bar all evening, whip together a large punch bowl full of the cocktail of your choice and keep your refrigerator and wine cellar stocked with wine. You can also set up a small self-serve station of basic cocktail ingredients (some liquor and a small selection of juices or sodas for mixing).
Have a good time The purpose of your ladies night is to spend time with friends, swap advice and otherwise have a good time. When possible, food and drinks should be prepared ahead of time to leave you plenty of time to socialize with your guests.