With so many of us feeling like we’re constantly on-the-go and living super busy lives, it’s important to schedule time to slow down and focus on yourself. A girl’s night in is a great way to connect with your friends and provide some much-needed time for unwinding without the stress that can be associated with going out. No matter what type of girl’s nights you prefer, these ideas will get you inspired to create your perfect night in.
While we all deserve to be pampered, a spa day for your entire crew can become expensive quickly. Luckily, a spa night at home can be just as fun, and encourage you all to try some new products (or use up ones you’ve been saving for that special night!). Take a moment to set the mood by lighting some candles, turning on an essential oil diffuser, setting up some spa music, and mixing up some refreshing spa water, or steeping some comforting tea. A great face mask is a good go-to, but you can also take this time to let the rest of your body soak up some moisture with a deep conditioning hair mask, nourishing foot mask, or a soothing eye mask. You can also invite your friends to bring their favorite nail polish colors and set up stations for manis and pedis.
Setting a date to move your body can make it that much easier to ensure that you get the physical activity your body needs. Plus, a yoga date can help make it easy to make time to connect with yourself and feel that sense of community without attending a class. Set the mood for your yoga time by dimming the lights and lighting candles, or take your experience outside by setting up space in your backyard or arranging to meet in a local park. There are several free yoga classes available that you can set up to stream depending on your mood, such as Yoga with Adriene, Fightmaster Yoga, DoYogaWithMe, Yoga with Kassandra, and YogiApproved.com.
Craft & Dessert Night
Crafting is a great way to relax as well as let go and allow creativity and inspiration to flow. Plus, it makes the perfect thing to do for a girl’s night in as conversation can flow naturally. One of the easiest ways to set this up is to host a bring your own coloring book night - you can supply the pens and coloring crayons, and encourage everyone to bring an adult coloring book of their own (bonus if the pages tear out as this can make swapping easy!). If you’d like to take things up a notch, a paint night at home is another great idea. Virtual paint nights like those hosted by Yaymaker make it easy to set up at home: all you need is acrylic paint, paintbrushes, and a canvas, and the instructor will guide you through the process live via video. Of course, crafting pairs perfectly with a sweet treat: we recommend picking up our Doughy Delicious Baked Cookies and heating them up for the perfect crafting snack.
Karaoke at Home
A good karaoke night is just plain fun, but if you’re intimidated by singing in front of a group of strangers - or just want to keep things a little casual - you can still enjoy the fun that karaoke presents at home. Of course, if someone in your girl group has a karaoke machine that makes things easy, but you don’t need a professional set-up to get a karaoke party going. Just search for your song choice + karaoke version on YouTube to find a track you can sing along with. Take things up a notch by choosing prizes for certain categories like Best Duet, Best Costume, or Best Dancing Performance.
Games are one of the best ways to have fun with friends - no matter whether you’re into something that’ll bring out the laughs or involve some intense strategizing. Cards Against Humanity is a go-to for any party night, while Jackbox Games allows you to experience similar fun virtually. For strategizers, Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride make great options. And if you’d rather work together than compete, opt for a co-op board game like Pandemic or Gloomhaven. And keep in mind that a game night doesn’t have to be traditional board games. Step outside the box with a virtual escape room at home like The Escape Game Virtual Adventure or The Grimm Escape. Or, get some physical gaming options like Super Mario Party or try Just Dance for a dance party at home.
Got some clothes in the back of your closet that are in good condition yet you just don’t find yourself wearing? Allow yourself an opportunity to clean out your closet while also refreshing your wardrobe by hosting a clothing swap (jewelry and shoes go to0!) with your girlfriends. An easy way to set this up is to ask everyone to bring at least 3-5 gently used items and organize tables based on size, setting aside an extra table for things that are unsized such as purses and jewelry. Once you’ve all done your shopping, any leftover items can be donated to a local thrift store to ensure that all your previously loved items will get a new home.
Brunching makes for a great girl’s date or girl’s night in - no matter what time of day it is! Plus, by hosting it at home, you can keep things cozy by encouraging everyone to show up in their comfiest pajamas and bring their slippers. Keep things easy by opting for brunch recipes that are baked in the oven - such as frittatas, quiches, or Sheet Pan Pancakes (which would be a treat topped with our Milk n' Cookies Edible Cookie Dough!) Or, make it a potluck and assign everyone a part of brunch, such as coffee, doughnuts, or scones.
Looking for more ways to enjoy your time at home? Check out Our Guide to a Fun Movie Night IN!