WORDS BY CLAUDIA SIRON
What’s better than having a girl’s night in (or out) with cocktails, amazing food and catching up on good old times?! Probably sleeping; but let’s face it – you can get to that after tax time is due! Here is your guide to hosting your next girl’s night with super-stylish aplomb.
Winter Wonderland – image via Pinterest
Okay, we are now officially in winter! Embrace it, and host your next girl’s night in with a winter-themed wonderland…
Drinks: Warm and sweet liqueurs are a must when pairing your alcoholic beverages with winter food. Think mulled wine, baileys and hot-buttered rum cocktails. For a modern taste, try expresso martinis or alcoholic chai lattes.
Food: For savoury – go for hearty, full-carb dishes such as warm salad bowls or slow cooked meals. For dessert, a must-have is sticky date pudding with burnt caramel sauce.
What to Wear: A look from ‘Friends‘ i.e. Monica and Rachel. Turtle necks, tights and plaid skirts with oversized jackets.
Something Extra: Set the scene with a warm fire going, or some winter-fragrance candles around the sitting area. Australian handmade Glasshouse candles has something on offer for everyone – amazing scented candles that set the vibe – we love ‘Tahaa‘ (vanilla caramel), or scents like pine, ash and birch.
Sleepover grown-up style!
Re-wind the clock and host a classic, old-school slumber party – only this time with must-have cocktails and grown-up views.
Drinks: To bring back childhood memories, why not make up some imaginatively-inspired cocktails? Turn Tim Tams, fairy bread and zooper-doopers into a drunken dream. Get your inspiration here.
Food: Binge-watching food such as buttered popcorn, guacamole and chips and chocolate-inspired treats. If you’re really getting in the mood why not try making your own home made ice cream and get creative with some quirky combinations.
What to Wear: I think this is a safe place to wear the comfiest of attire. By this I mean our pj’s and uggs. Keep it stylish, and wear your favourite Peter Alexander pajama set or a cute night-gown.
Something Extra: Sex and the City marathon – duh! And face masks of course.
Dinner party – image via E! Online
A great excuse to mingle with girlfriend’s, wearing that black dress you’ve been dying to wear out.
Drinks: Cocktails of course. Lime margaritas, lychee martinis and classic mojitos.
Food: Canapés are a must. Try seafood or a cold meat antipasto and cheese plate. Light canapés such as cucumber cups, seared salmon or even good ol’ pigs-in-a-blanket are great for a classic dinner party menu.
What to Wear: Your fave cocktail dress – you know the one!
Something Extra: Trivia can sound like a boring social activity, but making up your very own customised version that surrounds the lives of your friends will make it fun, personal and probably hilarious: “What year did Tracey lose her virginity?”
Bff invites only for an intimate rooftop soiree
A cosy BBQ with girlfriends and hearty food is always a must, and usually provides a good turn out.
Drinks: Ciders and Moscow Mule are a great pair with BBQ food.
Food: The all-time favourites such as prawn skewers, sausages and haloumi salad. For something different to suit the cooler season, try stuffed butter-nut squash or kebabs.
What to Wear: Your favourite coat or scarf is the feature item here. Go for a warm winter palette, including plum and mulberry hues.
Something Extra: Hiring out a rooftop or using a friend’s rooftop at their apartment block is perfect for a BBQ with an urban view. The city lights will transform the evening to picture perfect!
Bar and Beyond
Our fave – Sex and the City
In need of a dance and a let-loose? This is the perfect option for you.
Drinks: Shots, cocktails, wines and (I probably should be saying “or”) champagne.
Food: Appetizers such as bruschetta, chips and dip and soft-shell tacos are nice and light and won’t make you feel uncomfortably pregnant in your tight dress.
What to Wear: Feeling seductive? – a night-club midi dress. For a more conservative look opt for a matching two-piece set. If you’re using block colours, embellish with a piece of statement jewellery.
Something Extra: To keep it a girl’s night out, hire out a room or floor at the bar. It will make all the difference!
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