Here’s a thought, now we’ve experimented with the whole sh*tshow that is trying-to-go-out-in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic thing, shall we all just, stop pretending we like going out now? Yes, let’s.
No one wants to be there – stuck in the middle of a table that’s slightly too small to accommodate six people; a table where only the loudest, deepest voices will carry across the rowdy abyss. Everyone’s petrified to dance in their own personal space, frightened to stand and waiting for the drinks to arrive via an app that doesn’t actually seem to work.
After three long hours of waiting for the elusive alcoholic bevs to appear, you’re sober, everyone else has disappeared and you’re the only thirsty fool waiting on your flat arsed prosecco to arrive because you paid a frugal £7.50 for the privilege and you are going to feel those piss-poor bubbles touch that lil’ dangly thing that swings in the back of ya throat if it’s the last thing you do.
Why on earth would we trade our v. comfortable chairs, our cheap plonk and our free cloakrooms for one-in-one out queues and music so loud, it makes us feel like we need to do a little poo. Ever so slightly. Must be those reverberations.
For all those times when going out-out requires way too much effort, there’s a silver lining in the shape of a cheap and cheerful night in, lazing around in your pjs with your best gal pals. No faffing with taxis, heels and hangovers – all dependent on how much Prosecco is a’ flowing, of course – just a stand-up bunch of slipper-clad lasses and their best singing voices at the ready.
We’ve come up with a few ideas to inspire the ultimate girls night in. Face masks and cucumber slices at the ready, let’s raise a glass (and the roof) to a cosy night in hanging with the tribe!
Have a movie marathon
Binge-watch your favourite box sets or pop on a rom-com. You can’t go far wrong with Friends re-runs and easy-viewing classics with a bit of a floppy-haired Hugh Grant thrown in for good measure. The best ideas are often the simplest.
If there’s one thing that screams girls’ night in, it’s a squad sat around in creepy sheet masks with cut out holes for eyes, followed by several failed attempts to get a c-u-t-e group Boomerang, before you all give up and settle for the best of a bad bunch #doitforthememories. Hydrating your pores whilst simultaneously drinking Prosecco? That’s how we roll.
And the pampering doesn’t have to end there. Pick out the best nail artist and CEO of doing French plaits among you and set up a little pop-up salon in your living room – manicures, sheet masks, bubbles…what more could a gal want in life?
Matching PJs… too sassy? Never. Who said co-ordinated sets are strictly reserved for hen dos and bridal parties.
No G.N.I is truly complete without a dedicated table of snacks. Sweet snacks, savoury snacks, healthy snacks – every kind of snack that ever lived. Sweet popcorn always goes down well on girls’ night. You could even go the extra mile and make your own DIY boxes, too, old school movie theatre style.
Usually, it’s bring your own booze but you know, bubbles are a given. A nice idea for a low-key girls’ night is to have everyone bring their favourite game, from Linkee to Monopoly – roll on the good times!
Ready, Steady, Bake
You can never have too many sweet treats on offer at Ladies night. Channel your inner Mary Berry, apron up and get your bake on. Whether you’re in the mood for a zesty lemon drizzle, creamy red velvet cupcakes or a classic Victoria sponge, nothing brings people together quite like bonding over cake. Pals that bake together, stay together! FACT.
A little tipple
A night in is the perfect excuse to dust off the the more interesting bottles of liqueur in your stash and try your hand at mixology, the more fruity, pink and sparkly the better!
Shake it off
Picture that epic sleepover in 13 Going On 30 when they’re all gathered round the bed belting out Pat Benatar’s Love Is A Battlefield. It’s iconic, right? So naturally, recreating it in your own living room is really the only thing that makes sense. Pump up the ultimate girl power anthems and dance like no one’s watching. It beats a sticky dance floor at midnight, hands down!
See, staying in IS the new going out! We hope you have fun planning your ultimate girls night in.