In case you haven’t heard, there is a new phenomenon among women and their circle of friends. It’s called a Girls Night Out or GNO and it’s definitely not your mother’s bridge night! Anywhere you hear the sound of a cork being popped or the splash of wine hitting a wine glass, you can best bet there are women gathering to celebrate spending time with their girlfriends away from the pressures of everyday life.
The 30-40 something crowd has taken the GNO to a new level. These are independent women who relish their time apart from significant others, husbands, and their kids. These women are fun, full of life, and sassy- No ordinary dinner and drinks will do. Oh no, these women have taken the Girls Night Out to a whole new level. Here are some ideas that are extremely fun, easy to do, and won’t break the bank!
- Shop and Swap: Like the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Now a days, the saying should be “mothers with a necessity for bags, invented a swap.” This may be the greatest thing that came out of the recent recession. The idea of a purse swapping party is that everyone brings a purse that they no longer want and swaps it out for another purse. One woman's junk is another woman's treasure. Make a list of about 15 of your friends that you think would like to be a part of the swap, and maybe more importantly, might have a good purse sitting in her closet! Try to encourage the women to bring a purse that they still would carry but just might be tired of. Once a bunch of your “besties” has signed on to come, you can plan a fun menu. Try a signature drink like a skinny lime punch- - You won’t be at a loss for entertainment as you watch your otherwise subdued friends act like a pack of lioness circling their prey when they lay eyes on a slightly used Tory Burch bag! By the way, this swap idea can be used for all sorts of things- Try gently worn clothes or shoes, or even beauty products.
- Paint Nite: If you haven’t put paint on paper since the age you used a finger instead of a paint brush, then Paint Nite is a perfect idea for a Girls Night Out . The idea behind Paint Nite is to take two popular pastimes, artistic painting and drinking cocktails and puts it in a fun social setting at local bars and restaurants. And don’t worry if you’re not a Picasso or a Van Gogh because Paint Nite invites a local artist to offer step-by-step instructions. Between sipping a Cosmo and giggling with your girlfriends you will have taken a blank canvas and created a completed picture that you can hang on a wall at home. Paint Nite is happening in a variety of neighborhoods bars and restaurants all over town. Check them out here.
- It’s my Party and I’ll Wine if I Want To: So we already know that where ever women gather, the wine is sure to follow. But here is a fun twist on a Girls night Out with wine. Host a blind wine tasting party. It’s not only fun to taste a variety of wines but you might be shocked to find out that the favorite wine of the evening was under $10! Score! So the concept is to use a theme for the selected wine like from the same region or price point or variety. Since many of us are not wine connoisseurs, my friend kept it easy by having us all choose a wine with an animal in the name. Ask your guests to bring two bottles. One for tasting and one to be used as part of the grand prize. Then put all of the tasting bottles in brown bags and number them. Print out score cards based on look, smell, taste, finish and ask the girls to rate the wine on each category from 1-10. The wine with the highest score wins the party and the person who brought it gets to go home with the grand prize….The one extra bottle of wine that each guest brought. Since all the ladies will have their hands full with a glass of wine, try offering some easy finger foods so no one goes hungry. Get some easy ideas here
Women have always enjoyed spending time with one another in small groups. Maybe it’s in our DNA from ancient days when we were gatherers. The modern knitting bee is now the Girls Night Out and I for one am much happier that female bonding has taken a turn. I could never knit anyway and I’d much rather laugh with my girlfriends while eying a handbag!