I love a good girl’s night! Sure, we love spending one on one time with our hubby, but there comes a time when we just need to be surrounded with girls. No kids. No husbands. I recently read a book called, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. In this book she says, “both men and women find relationships with women to be more intimate and enjoyable than those with men. Women have more feelings of empathy for other people than men do… the most reliable predictor of not being lonely is the amount of contact with women.” I thought that was interesting. I can remember different times in my life where I thankfully had my husband as a best friend, but I was maybe new to an area and didn’t have a close girl friend to hang out with and it really did feel lonely at times. I know that for me personally, after a girl’s night I am more bubbly, kind, and patient with my family (at least for awhile). There is just something carefree about being with other women who are most likely going through similar situations and can relate to you. It’s just good to talk with someone about clothes, haircuts, laundry, dishes, face care products and Twilight who truly gets it! So here are my top 10 favorite girl’s nights…
1. Dinner and a movie. Going out to eat at a restaurant and enjoying a meal without having to feed anyone else alone is a treat! But couple that with a good chick flick and a tub of popcorn and M&M’s, and it’s a slice out of heaven.
2. Adult coloring books. Not like “Adult” coloring books… get your mind out of the gutter. You know those new fancy Coloring Books designed for adults that you color using fancy pens?? Those books. All you need is one coloring book and I like to use gel pens or colored pencils and something chocolaty and you are good to go. My mom did this one with the teachers that she works with and I thought it sounded so weird. But I tried it with a group of friends and it was actually a lot of fun and easy to throw together!
3. Holiday Decorations. Whoever is in charge just needs to spend some time on Pinterest and find a cute craft related to whatever holiday is coming up, gather the supplies or send a text to all the ladies with what supplies they need to bring, and as always, have something yummy to eat. I have done simple wooden picture frames that we painted then added glitter and embellishments. For St. Patrick’s Day I created a word art and printed it out then we covered cardboard with burlap, added the word art and decorated it with shamrock wire and green felt flowers. It was super cheap and everyone loves having something to take home.
4. Book Club. I am fairly new to this one, but I am loving it! I like that it is a regular thing and we can all plan on it happening the first Wednesday of each month. The person who chooses the book for that month hosts it at her house when we discuss that book. Everyone who wants to bring a snack does, but not everyone feels obligated to bring something. I am a rule follower, so this helps me make sure that I read at least one book a month. I used to love reading before I had kids, but I just couldn’t seem to find the time to read for enjoyment, until now that I have accountability to read it. It’s been fun to read books that I have never heard of before and books that I probably never would have chosen to read on my own. This is an easy and dependable girl’s night. This month we read These is my Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 (P.S.) and I highly recommend it! It took me a little bit to really get into it, but before long I was hooked!
5. Shopping Night. I recently moved from a very small town that did not even have a Walmart! Gasp!! I actually loved it. But one of our favorite girl’s nights in that town was to drive the hour to the slightly larger town and go shopping. We didn’t even always go shopping to buy something, but it was always nice to wonder through Maurice’s and Rue 21 and just browse without kids! We usually fit in time for a good place to eat of course.
6. Game Night. This is another simple one to throw together. As always, provide something delicious and dig your favorite games out of the closet (and try not to get distracted and organized that mess of a closet). Some of my favorites are Tenzi Dice Game, Taboo, spoons (and if you are sure that the kids are good and asleep you could try ultimate spoons), Ripple (which is played with Skip bo cards. You could look it up online how to play), and Wits & Wagers.
7. Manicure/Pedicure. This would be the perfect girl’s nights to do in the Spring to get those feet looking sexy again (or at least not gross). You could either DIY at someone’s house or splurge and get it done at a salon followed by ice cream!
8. Attend a conference or event. The fun thing about this girls night is that it often turns into a girls weekend! Once you discover something of interest going on nearby you can start making plans. If you have family to stay with and save on hotel costs, that’s great or you can use airbnb or splurge and stay at a fancy hotel. Some fun conference ideas are Time out for Women, Pinners Conference, self-help conferences, or concerts. The nice thing about this girl’s night is that the entertainment is already planned, so you just have to worry about where to sleep and what amazing restaurant to try out!
9. Painting Night. One of my favorite memories I have with a couple friends is painting one of her bathrooms late at night. The three of us just painted and talked and maybe because it was so late at night or possibly the fumes, but we had such a great heart to heart and talked about hard things going on in our lives. We worked together, laughed together and cried together. And at the end of this bonding night, my friend had a freshly painted bathroom! Win win! Another direction you could go with on this one is do go to one of those painting classes where you and a friend paint a canvas. I have not tried this one, but I’ve heard great things about it and it’s definitely on my list to try out.
10. Walking/running buddies. This can be done during the day or night and I seriously love this one. Many of my closest friendships developed during walking dates. When I was a young mom with only one kid and one on the way, I had three friends in similar situations that walked with me everyday. We all pushed strollers and took up the whole road, but we sure had a great time and became close friends. One of those same friends and I later became running buddies and eventually taught a running class for young girls and organized a half-marathon together. Talk about bonding! I heard a quote once along these lines, “when you are not running you talk about running, but while you are running you talk about everything else.” This was true for us. When your body is busy doing something it leaves the world wide open to discuss. If you have access to an indoor track, then weather or time of day won’t be a problem to make sure this one happens and it can be done once a week or more!
I hope that reading this has put you in the mood to organize an enjoyable girl’s night right away! I know I am ready to get one going… luckily today is the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means- book club! I’d love to hear about your ideas for a fun girl’s night too!
This is going to make me nice and happy.