Who couldn’t use more down time with their best gal pals during the busy and often stressful holiday season? When you spend more time checking items off of lists or shopping for those hard-to-find gifts, your holiday cheer might be quickly snuffed out like a candle on Christmas Eve. Time to unwind will not fall into your lap, or down the chimney, you need to make way for it, clear some space and sing a loud, “no” to staying late at the office. Foremost on your agenda, for the weeks leading up to the holidays should be a girls night in, with your favorite holiday beverage and savory finger foods. Need some holiday-related excuses to make the girls’ night in idea fly as effortlessly as Santa’s reindeer? We’ve got plenty!
6 Excuses for a Girls’ Night During the Busy Holiday Season
Ornament Decorating Party
All you need are some white ceramic bisque or wooden ornaments to paint. Buy a set of snowmen, stars or Santas or mix and match a merry variety. Grab some brushes, newspaper for the table and tubes of acrylic paint. You can also use ceramic markers and glitter paints. Invite three or four friends over for a quiet evening of painting. Pretty ribbons can be added to the ornaments and you and guests will be relaxed after switching off the left brain and enjoying a creative, right-brained activity.
Appetizer Cooking Class and Recipe Exchange
Invite your culinary-minded girlfriends to an appetizer cooking class. Each guest can bring their own ingredients and cook up their favorite appetizer. When the appetizers are make, you can all gather around your most comfortable sitting area and enjoy. Have index cards on hand, as well as a digital camera. Send each friend home with copies of all the recipes and printed photos.
Bartending 101: Drink and Be Merry
If you’re more into the liquid side of life, and enjoy a tasty cocktail or healthy mocktail, plan a Mixology party. Similar to the appetizer party, guests can share their favorite recipes for alcoholic drinks, low-calorie versions, mocktails, smoothies and dessert drinks. Have some drink recipes ready to make and spend some time experimenting with healthy post-holiday options. Ask the responsible note taker in the group to write down the recipes for your successful mixes.
Combine the joys of scrapbooking, collage and card making into one night, with your friends. Ideal for friends who need to share address books, a holiday card making party is a great excuse for a girls’ night in. Share decorative papers, stamps and embellishments with each other, to create expressive cards.
Christmas Gift Wrapping Party
You may have more than your share of Christmas gifts to wrap. Host a Christmas gift wrapping party where your gal pals can chat while wrapping gifts. Supply the scissors and extra tape. Exchange gift tags and wrapping paper and you will all finish the night with a colorful array of gifts.
Spa and Beauty Night
Is there any time of year that your face will benefit more from some simple pampering than during the holiday season? Late nights, cold air and not enough sleep may catch up to you, but you don’t have to look the part. Serve healthy snacks including sliced fruit with yogurt dip and vegetables with hummus.
Assemble your favorite face masks or make your own with pantry ingredients. Collect small samples of different beauty products for your guests to try. Just like the slumber parties from your teenage years, offer to do each other’s hair, nails and make up.