Have a Girls’ Night In!

Gather the girls and celebrate each other and your friendships!

Science has proven that the nurturing female bonds are beneficial to our health. To preserve our sanity, we need to have connection time with our girlfriends on a frequent basis. What better way then to plan a Girls’ Night In? With a variety of fun cocktails, good food, and girly music, connecting has never been more enticing!

THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO DO THIS CELEBRATION!

 First, decide what type of ‘Girls’ Night In’ you want to have. Will all the girls stay over? (We definitely want to relax here and not worry about driving, so why not?) Then it’s a PJ party with chick flicks (those movies that guys never want to watch, like the Vow, Before Sunset, etc.) and Sex in the City reruns. Have light, girly food. Don’t we love just nibbling once in awhile? Is it just a game night, such as Bunco? Is a friend getting married? Why have one “last night out”…have a “Last Night In!” Are you all moms? Have a kids clothing exchange. Or better yet, a book exchange!  Are your friends into home parties? Tupperware, Cabi clothing or Pampered Chef could become a fun excuse to shop, buy things you don’t really need and bond over cocktails without judgement!!

ATMOSPHERE

My favorite idea is to have a theme surrounding a cocktail, the delicious SMIRNOFF® Raspberry Twist cocktail! And, pink is the color of choice for décor.

Also, no guys! Unless he is willing to wear a tux and be the bartender, cook and waiter, he cannot attend.

Girly décor is easy. When you don’t have to worry about the men, all out girly is a must! Bring out the floral serving platter your mom gave you and your grandmother’s floral china and those antique etched glasses your husband doesn’t like. Drink out of your Lolita glassware!  The “Girls’ Night In” glass by Lolita would be perfect for this party, or the Girlfriend’s Rule glass. These are fun and easy and great even if your friends bring their favorite wine glass from home! Better yet, reward your friends with my new Personalize It party glass, everyone can sign each one and have it forever as a reminder who your peeps are!

I love flowers and candles.  I also think fun pink boas from your party store are fun for each girlfriend!! What a hoot!

I think that the focus of this party should be your kitchen table for the food.  Spread out the favorite tablecloth and put flowers in the middle. If you are doing party favors, come up with something girly, like your Lolita glasses (my acrylics are also great and very reasonably priced!) or some Hanky Pankies. Or even do a naughty or nice grab bag, and go crazy!! A suggested grab bag would be:

  • Lip gloss
  • Hanky Pankies
  • Mints
  • Tylenol
  • A “Tell Us a Secret” card
  • False Eyelashes
  • Boa
  • Bra Push ups
  • Gift certificate for Baby Store
  • Fake bubble gum cigarettes
  • Push up candy lipstick
  • Barbie clothes/shoes
  • Colored hair clip on
  • A mini bottle of SMIRNOFF®

A great party favor for your friends…SMIRNOFF® minis in Raspberry Flavor, with a ribbon and a name tag!

You get it…conversation starters! And just all around crazy.

Set your serving pieces for each dish out prior to the party. At party time, fill the dishes. Have a special area in your kitchen for the bar. Have a cold appetizer waiting outside if it’s nice out. Use fun paper napkins. I love a pink with a chartreuse green color palette for this party! For the cocktail, have your crystal out and ready to go…

Your food should be ready to serve the minute your girls arrive! So anything you can do ahead of time is great so YOU, the hostess, can relax with your friends!!

THE SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

This drink is oh-so refreshing and girly pink!

Raspberry Twist

  • 1.5 oz SMIRNOFF® Raspberry Flavored Vodka
  • .25 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 oz. lemon-lime soda

Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with raspberries and lemon wheel.

MENU

Pink Radish and Avocado Crostini

Pesto Shrimp “Lollipops”

Beet Salad with Ricotta Salata and Pistachios

Lemon Mousse with Strawberries and Basil

And, it’s all about fun and games right?  Play the “I Never…” game! Go around the room with your friends and have them complete the sentence. A hysterical way to bond!! Also, who ever falls asleep first gets their bra frozen! Have fun and get a little wacky…when else can you be this free to be “just girls”?

And a little dancing never hurts, with tunes from your past that evoke the girlfriend in you!

THE PLAYLIST

Oh, and make sure to clean up very well before the guys get home! No sense in him finding a bra in the freezer.

If you are interested in purchasing Lolita® products please visit: www.thelolitastore.com.

Diageo North America, Inc., the maker of SMIRNOFF® Vodka, has given me this product to try for my blog.


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