Something you may not know about me is that a) I absolutely love hosting parties at our house and b) theres nothing I love more than a girls night. Getting together with my besties, sipping champagne or wine, snacking on the best treats + talking is the best gift to me.
I always say that I should’ve been an event planner because truly I love planning an event or get together (I have an entire blog coming up on planning events) so I wanted to share with you the must haves for a night in with the ladies.
First step, plan ahead. I cannot preface this enough and I’ve hosted enough get togethers where I am not planned at all. I have the wine but when it comes to snacks, I’m putting things out when the girls get there and mixing up the dips and it takes away from the experience. I make sure to have a planned menu (this is so simple and is literally only so you know what you need when you get your groceries), and will mix up anything that has to be mixed or cook anything that needs cooking the day of and will toss into glass containers. This makes for super easy heating + when everyone arrives I just need to toss everything out onto the counter and we’re good to go.
Good alcohol or a fancy mixed drink. Hey, I’m 26 and love to drink so you thought I’d forget to put this in? No way. The key to an amazing girls night is a fancy drink. I used to love serving a simple champagne or wine (which I’ll share my faves with you below!) but lately I’ve been switching it up and mixing something fancy. I’m obsessed with a new drink called an almond colada (literally, equal parts lime vodka or vodka with lime eo, almond milk and pineapple juice) or mixing up an easy sangria with white wine, an array of juices and whatever fruit I have on hand. If you’re not the fancy drink type, heres a list of my absolute favorite alcohols to have on hand:
Stoneyridge pinot grigio: BUT only the peachy coloured one. A certain batch of pinot from 2016 went peach coloured and it made for the absolute best tasting wine in all the land.
Prosecco: I’m honestly not picky when it comes to Prosecco. BONUS: Prosecco scores the lowest in sugar content if you’re a champagne or wine gal
Champagne: Again, not super picky and to be honest I usually just stick with prosecco BUT champagne is a bit sweeter if you’re into that
St. Germain Elderflower Liquor: I’m not sure if theres anything more girly then this stuff. It’s delicious mixed with soda + lime OR add a shot into a glass of champagne and you’re laughing!
Good food, duh. Can you actually have a girls night without snacks? Real question is can you have a few drinks without snacks? LOL. I love dips for girls night and they’re usually a huge hit because they’re easy for the host and they’re super inexpensive. You can never go wrong with guac (especially with lime + black pepper eo), a jalapeño or olive hummus (hello!) or peach salsa and chips. I’ll be honest, I usually purchase most of my dips from local stores (Victoria Street Market or Vincenzos if you’re in the Kitchener/Waterloo area).
Music or a funny show. I don’t often get the chance to watch movies with my girlies and when a girls night rolls around we love to chat it up, BUT it is fun to have something playing in the background. Any chill hits or coffeehouse style playlists on Spotify are awesome or a comedy like Amy Schumers or anything on Netflix is fun. It fills the silence and gives you all something to laugh about
Is there anything that I missed that you and your girlfriends love?! Share!