Thursday, November 12, 2009

Make it a Girls' Night!

Being an only child I was always drawn to groups like The Baby-sitters Club and Best Friends Clubs, and as an “adult” I still long for slumber parties and girls nights. With the prevalence of sororities and female bonding shows like Girlfriends and Sex and the City I find comfort in knowing that I’m not the only one who enjoys sisterly support.

Many of us take our girly gatherings for granted, but time with the girls can contribute to your overall well-being: helping to reduce stress, providing emotional support and extra motivation.

When you’re overwhelmed with your job and you’re tired of forcing a phony smile for your coworkers and boss, what’s better than to convene with your girls who you can shed all of the cordial layers with and just be yourself? Or when you’re fed up fighting with your boo, who just doesn’t get what you’re saying, you need your girls who you can hold a complete conversation without a single word, only grunts and glances. For example:

Girl 1: Spotting a girl whose orange underwear clearly should not be visible through her white pants, “Hmph.” (Translation: Oh no she didn’t! Why didn’t one of her friends tell her that wasn’t a good idea?)

Girl 2: Glances at girl 1, head cocked to the side and eyebrow raised. (Translation: I’m glad you said something because you know I don’t like talking about people.)

Girl 1 and 2: Simultaneous laughter. (Translation: That’s why I love you. You always know exactly what I’m saying.)

No matter what the reason, time with your girls can rejuvenate your spirit and recharge you to face those who don’t really get you once again.

Unlike Joan and Carrie and their respective posses, we do not all have an extensive budget for our social life yet. While a girls night out is always fun, a girls night in can be just as fun and more cost effective. Whip out the calendar and schedule some days for the girls:

Girls Night Out


Girls Night In

Dinner and a movie

One of my favorite girls’ nights included Max Brenner and Sex and the City, and that was all I needed.

Invite the girls over to bring a dish and invest in NetFlix or RedBox (DVDs for only $1/day).

Pamper Party

Try martini and a manicure at Beauty Bar, sip while you spa at Dashing Diva, or call SPArties to customize a spa package for you and your girls.

Call the Mary Kay lady! They do free product demonstrations. I recommend investing in the Satin Hands set for your at-home pampering pleasure.

Work It Out

Try exercise and/or dance classes together. Some places offer free classes for first time customers.

Pop in a workout DVD and work it out!

Dance Party

Thankfully, for a night out on the town, we ladies have it relatively easy because there are many “Free before __ for Ladies” nights.

Create a playlist and dance the night away. For you daring souls, try your luck at Dance Dance Revolution (also good for a workout).

Game Night

Who said adults weren’t allowed to play? PlayDate US provides just that, play dates for adults in various cities around the U.S.

Dust off the Scrabble board, whip out the Tabu and bust out the Twister mat because it’s on. It’s game time!

Girlfriend Getaways

Plan a trip to LA, NYC, Miami, Tobago, Paris, or wherever. You can find great flight/hotel/car rental packages using sites like Travelocity, Hotwire, Orbitz, Priceline, etc.; Greyhound and Amtrak are also good for a fun day trip, or road trip!

Visit a far away friend to enjoy the scenery in good company without the hotel costs.

When life’s too much, make it a Girls' Night!

What are some of your favorite girls' night memories?

Send a photo of you and your girls to HerJourneyBlog@gmail.com, and we'll include them in a future post!

1 comment:

  1. Or make some new girl friends! I just saw on the Midtown Girl's blog that GirlFriendCircles.com is hosting a speed friending event in NYC at Sweet Revenge