For most working women (stay at home moms counts, too), it continuously feels like there’s never enough hours in the day to relax. It doesn’t matter whether you’re married, you have kids, you’re in school, or you have a 9 to 5 job; attempting to find time to reconcile with your girlfriends is challenging. I kid you not, every single day, the same thought will cross my mind: you haven’t seen your friends in forever, you’re a horrible human being.
And it’s true; I am horrible for not managing to get together with some of my closest friends just because my working mom life sucks any energy out of me.
Times like these, I take a deep breathe and remind myself how precious these friendships are to me, and missing out on time together was going to bite me in the ass in the long run.
So if one of your New Year’s goals is to spend more time with your loved ones, then we’re here to help you plan the perfect girl’s night out!
Indoors or Outdoors
Yes, I know it says girls’ night out, but not all of us want to be out there. In public. In the wild.
You see, what happens is this: we hype the idea of a night out, we get insane and make all these plans, then when the time comes, we genuinely do not want to leave the house.
Call it what you want, but the house we’re in 90% of the time is where we’re the most content, so why not? It’s best to understand what your girlfriends are most comfortable doing. So many more women are in the work field nowadays, and many prefer to stay indoors, while the stay-at-home mommies want a night out. It’s ok if nothing goes as planned, but deciding where you’re going to have a good time is a priority.
Movies Are Always a Good Idea
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Netflix, Hulu, HBO, LifeTime, Disney+, and every network out there that have succeeded in juicing my credit card every month.
I don’t care if you’re having a night out in your backyard, because no matter where you decide to be, movie marathons are always an excellent idea. You can even have a drinking game for every time the male lead takes his shirt off, because if you’re not watching Channing Tatum get half-naked, then what are you doing?
Who’s Buying Drinks?
Alcohol. That’s it. I mean, please let that be it. If you invite me out for a girl’s night out and provide me with the correct amount of alcohol, I will be fine. I will not bother you for anything else, so let it be known. We’re all here to take some edge off, and what better way than to drink away the stress? Moderately, of course.
Carbs Don’t Exist Tonight.
I’m talking pasta, burgers, fries, pizza, garlic knots (duh), cakes, cookies, and a freakin’ chocolate fountain. I don’t want “snacks,” so it’s time to get your shit together and order a copious amount of chocolate from Amazon, Karen. Or you can hit up a restaurant you’ve had your eye on for a while!
It’s difficult to speak for all women, but I’ll tell you this: if my girlfriends and an open buffet surround me, I will eat. It’s actually ridiculous how much I can eat when a two-year-old isn’t grabbing at my leg, begging for marshmallows dipped in peanut butter.
DIY Facials and Hair Braids
Pinterest. Love it, can’t get enough of it, even though it’s basically Google but with pictures. It’s visually pleasing. There are thousands of DIY facial recipes online that require three or fewer ingredients. It’s always something you have in your cabinet, so there’s no need to spend money on supplies.
Why hair brides? Because it’s an intimate act; it’s a bonding activity. I’m 25, and every time I visit my mother, I ask her to braid my hair. Does it have to be braids? Absolutely not! If you want to play salon, then go right ahead.
Can’t Spell Whine Without Wine
I’m not an alcoholic, I promise, but wine is essential in this scenario. Ladies gather round, it’s time for a therapy session! Let it all out, because what are girlfriends for if not a shoulder to cry on? I love venting to my girlfriends because it’s cheaper than my last therapist. You gather encouraging words, advice from everyone’s experience, and a relieving feeling. This is a safe place!
It’s Karaoke Time!
I would suck at this. I can’t sing even if my life was on the line. It’s that bad.
But you know what’s better than sucking at singing alone? Sucking at singing together, because I am Katy Perry compared to my girlfriends singing. Karaoke machines are expensive, and if we’re honest, utterly unnecessary unless you’re a karaoke bar. Smule is a karaoke app you can use that holds millions of songs and lyrics.
I know it’s supposed to be for “fun,” but if we’re singing, then we’re competing, so clear your throat and get ready for some major laughs.