Great Ideas for a Girls' Night In

Friday, June 28, 2013

Staying in is the new going out - at least that's what we're telling ourselves since times are tough and a evening on the tiles could cost as much as a budget flight and a weekend in a lovely European city.

That's not to say staying in has to be boring, in fact there are plenty of brilliantly fun things you can do with some mates and the right entertainment. What's more, it needn't cost and arm and a leg and if you're the host you have the advantage of being able to crawl into your bed whenever you please.

Here are some ideas for a great night in with the girls.

Navigate the net

There's no end to the fun you can have if you take to the internet and utilise some of the brilliant services on offer. Take karaoke for example, some websites offer access to a whole library of songs, complete with lyrics, for a small one-off payment. But if you'd rather not pay anything, YouTube can serve the same purpose. Simply type in the song you want into the search bar then add the work karaoke at the end - hey presto! Girls Just Want to Have Fun plus lyrics could be one to start you and the girls on your merry way.

Rather than spending cash on your night in, how about trying to win some? Free online bingo games are easy to play and come with the real chance of winning a jackpot - give it a go for your chance of winning a jackpot, while having a whole lot of fun at the same time.

Chick flick marathon

For once you don't have to twist someone's arm to sit through Dirty Dancing, Cocktail and/or Top Gun with you. Make the most of your best female company, stick on these great flicks and indulge in the power of a good love story with some great ballads to sing along to at the same time.

Indulge in a spa

Who needs a professional when you can get lots of lovely products and set up your own spa evening at home. Stock up on face and eye masks - or even better make your own from scratch. Mixing honey, lemon juice, olive oil and sugar helps to remove dead skin, while brightening your complexion at the same time.

Get the ladies to bring their favourite nail colours and swap with each other for fun manicures and pedicures - this is pampering on the cheap but there's no reason why you can't sup on some red wine while you're going about it - it is full of antioxidants after all.

Clothes swap

Clothes swapping parties should be top of the list of events for every savvy fashionista - they're free, they're fun and they're addictive!

Work to the mantra that one woman's junk is another woman's treasure and don't be shy about offloading forgotten clothes from the back of your wardrobe - after all, someone might just love that faded grey sweatshirt you used to wear to the gym. Games night

Add some competition to the evening with an Olympics style games night - let everyone come up with a different pursuit, choose a country to represent and take it from there.

You could have poker, Scrabble, rounders... anything! But adding a competitive element to proceedings will definitely make it more fun. Have prizes for gold, silver and bronze and don't forget to toast the winner with a glass of bubbly.