How to host a stress-free girls night in!
I started by inviting all of the close girl friends. If my house was big enough we would’ve invited way more people but because we live in a typical sized college house, it just wasn’t possible. One way that I made this get together affordable was starting to plan/buy things in advance and I also asked each friend to bring one appetizer. We coordinated the food so that we would have the perfect amount of healthy foods, savory foods, and sweet foods.
Step One…Invite the Girls:
If this were a more formal girls night in or if we all didn’t live in the same college town, I would’ve sent an invite to my friends! I not only love a cute invitation, but I also really enjoy getting mail and sending mail. There is nothing more personal than taking time out of your day to send something to someone!
But…I am in college, and we do all live within a one mile radius of each other, so I just texted them and invited them about two weeks prior! This gave them enough time to get a cute set of jammies and decide on an appetizer to bring. My pajama bottoms are linked here and they are on sale! The fuzzy socks are also from Old Navy.
Step Two… Prep the Decorations:
1. Balloons. You have to get balloons because they are the easiest and cheapest way to decorate for your party (except maybe the letter balloons weren’t the cheapest route to go haha). I got mine from here. They are a great Etsy shop for all types of occasions including holiday’s! I chose the rose gold letter balloons, the champagne bottle balloon, and the “peach pearl” regular balloons. Total spent on balloons: $45 with shipping.
2. Tassel string. This one is hanging above my bed and we just moved it out to the living room for the night. I made this using tissue paper from Hobby Lobby. I choose neutrals and then shiny gold and silver. I used this tutorial to help me. Total spent at hobby lobby: $10.
3. Champagne glass decorations. I got my champagne glasses from Walmart. They were $5 for a pack of 4. I then went to Hobby Lobby and bought individual letter packs for all of the girls that were coming. Each pack was $0.99 and then I bought fine gold glitter, two Dowel rods for the sticks (although looking back, I would use popsicle sticks so you don’t have to mess with cutting the rods), and metallic gold paint. Total spent at Hobby Lobby: under $10. Make sure to use a 40% off coupon on your most expensive item (mine was the fine gold glitter).
4. Other random decorations: The glass-mirrored plate the champagne glasses are in is actually usually on my vanity and holds my candles and sunglasses. I found a gold version of it at TJ Maxx for $9.99. The “No Way Rose” cups were a gift from my bestie for my birthday and they are from a boutique in Lubbock but I found similar ones here and here.
As I mentioned earlier, we coordinated bringing/preparing an appetizer. I made sure that we had a good mix of savory and sweet while also not having greasy foods that would make us feel sick. Also…the best bubbly drink I have ever had in my life (although I haven’t tried that many haha) is Mamamango Moscato. It is SO good and definitely worth the college budget splurge hehe.
1. Cheese fondue and bread. The recipe we used for this one was found on Pinterest, you can find it here. Just bake the bread for 10 minutes to get it crisp enough to enjoy with the fondue.
2. Caprese bruschetta. Found this recipe on Pinterest. Oh my word these were PERFECT! They were so fresh and had just the right crunch. Definitely a great appetizer to add into the mix.
3. Ham rolls. These are pretty self explanatory. Microwave or boil the asparagus, add a generous amount of salt to the water. Buy deli fresh ham and roll the asparagus in there with some cream cheese.
4. Jalepeno poppers. Also an easy peasy recipe. Stuff the jalepenos with cream cheese. Wrap in bacon. Set oven to 375 and bake until bacon is cooked. Ready in approximately 20 minutes!
5. Chocolate fondue with fruit. Set crock pot on low. Use glass cups or mason jars and pour your favorite chocolate chips into the jars. Stir occasionally. Buy kebab sticks from the store and cut up your favorite fruits. Add in marshmallows, pretzels, and graham crackers for extra flavor!
6. Cookies and milk. We just bought a pack to make from the store and then added milk to the stemless wine glasses for the cute factor! I have seen mini-cookies on top of shot glasses full of milk which is also cute if you are baking for more than a small group!
I hope this post will help you plan the most fun girl’s night in. I had a blast planning this and these girls make my world go around. Thanks for reading! Xo