Author: Whitney Hollingshead
Every woman needs a chance to get together with her female friends for a few hours every once and awhile. If you are getting tired of doing lunch or heading out for dinner and a movie, try one of these fun theme nights instead:
1. Style Review
Head to a clothing store and each woman must pick out the following:
- One outfit you would typically purchase
- One outfit you’ve secretly been wanting to try on
- One outfit you think will look good on each of the other women
Once all of the outfits have been selected, head to the fitting room and start with each woman trying on an outfit she would typically purchase. Model the outfits for each and give honest and sincere feedback. Discuss what you like about your friend’s look and make kind, yet constructive suggestions on how she could improve her current style.
Next, have each woman try on the outfit she secretly wants to try on. Model the outfits for each other and provide honest feedback again. (Laughing together is totally acceptable in this round.)
Finally, have each woman try on the outfits chosen for her by the other women. Let each woman model her outfits and ask each woman present to provide constructive feedback.
This activity is a great way to get some insight into your current style, give you an opportunity to explore new options, and provide you with valuable feedback that can make future shopping excursions alone much more productive.
2. Spa Night
Instead of heading out for the night, consider kicking everyone else out of the house so you can enjoy a relaxing night in. Invite your girlfriends to arrive in their pajamas and prepare some activities to pamper each other. Consider applying an organic face mask like one of these, propping up your feet, and sipping smoothies. Or have each woman bring two of her favorite beauty products and test out each other’s favorites. You can even make it specific and ask each woman to bring her favorite scented lotion and her favorite color of nail polish. This is a great way to test out other products in real life away from pushy sales people.
3. Night Hike & Stargazing
Dress in layers and comfortable shoes. Pack some water, fun snacks, a blanket, flashlights, a trail map, and a star map. Head to a local trail and enjoy a night hike together. When you reach the perfect spot to stargaze, spread out your blanket and enjoy the night sky together. Stargazing is a great way to relax, enjoy nature, and enjoy deep conversation together. For an extra fun twist, pack a night picnic full of delicious finger foods, sparkling cider, and delicious cookies.
Use a gaming console for some girls only fun! You can choose any game the group wants to try out. If you are in need of some fun ideas, consider any interactive game centered around playing sports, singing, dancing, or racing cars. Snowboarding? Wakeboarding? Hip Hop? Show Tunes? Why not! Let loose and have some fun exploring the games the guys and kids are experts at without the stress of their coaching.
5. Enroll in a Class
Find a class offered in your area and take the class together. Here are just a few examples of the many classes that may be offered near you:
- Cake decorating at a local bakery
- Floral design at a local florist
- Cooking course at the local market
- Photography tips from a professional photographer
- Sewing class at a fabric store or quilting shop
- Dance class for adults
- Zumba, spin, or kickboxing class at a gym
- Home improvement class at local hardware store
- Financial planning seminar
- Community college course on an interesting topic (ie. poetry, astronomy, foreign language)
Whether you choose a class that goes for one night, a few weeks, or an entire semester, the list of possibilities is nearly endless. You can learn new skills together and have a recurring excuse to get together often.
These five suggestions cover a variety of interests so you should have an easy time selecting a fun theme that matches up well with your friends. While these five ideas are different, the one thing all of these themes have in common is plenty of opportunities to talk. Let’s be honest, that is the best part of getting together after all. So try out your favorite theme(s) above or use this list to inspiration to branch out and try something new for your next girls night.