Did you know that National Girlfriends Day is August 1st and National Friendship Day is August 4th?! We are living in a pretty spectacular time where women are on the rise, staking their claim, and fighting for equal rights so I surely think one day to celebrate girlfriends and friendships is a MUST! One of the perks of bouncing around two cities all year means I am extremely lucky that I have two separate tribes of women who have my back! But here’s the thing: everyone is busy with family outings, everyone has their kids’ calendar to coordinate, and everyone is dealing with carpool drop-off. Excuses can be found all day, every day, but surrounding yourself with good friends should be at the top of your list and something that is not done enough (pointing to myself). This is why I have created the list below. Find a passion, find an outlet, grab a friend – or five – and plan a girlfriend’s night out – NO KIDS ATTACHED. Ideally, this should be done once a month but realistically, try to make this happen 4x a year.
Girlfriend’s Night Out Ideas:
Plan a Game Night
This sounds intimidating at first so try and come up with a game that involves very low pressure and no skills attached. I have had an amazing experience with the game of Bunco (SO easy – look it up) but some other awesome games could be bocce, bowling, or celebrity trivia. Chances are a few women will be willing to host if this is only a few times a year and everyone contributes to apps and drinks.
Favorite Things Party
Reach out to some of your favorite ladies and plan a “favorite things” party. This can be one of your favorite nail polishes, beauty or baking tool, book, electronic, toy, etc. Nothing too expensive but you arrive with as many as there are ladies and go home with tons of new cool stuff!
Plan a Happy Hour
If you live in a community of women and mothers it’s likely you have a Facebook group. Plan a night and post on your local Facebook page that a happy hour is taking place at the local bar at 5pm. Anyone who can make it is welcome! This is so easy to plan, allows women to come and go as their schedule allows, and it’s likely some new faces will show. If the first outing is a success, plan another one in 6 weeks, guaranteed that women will start looking forward to this and new-comers are sure to pop in.
Schedule a Movie Night, Concert, or Comedy Show
Research what’s happening locally. If there is some awesome country star planning a tour, a hysterical women’s comedy show, or a rom-com movie about to release, gather a few women and schedule a night out to simply be together, laugh, or rock out.
Start a Club (Book club, Bible study, Movie, or TV Club)
Whatever it is that piques your interest, plan a club and a gathering around it. This doesn’t mean that every single time you have to go into great detail of the book or movie, it’s just an awesome starting point in getting ladies together to chat and drink wine.
Sign Up for a Class (calligraphy, flower arranging, baking, painting, etc.)
These classes can be so mindful, it’s incredibly therapeutic. Research local classes, sign up, and spread the word! This is an awesome way to get people together and practice a new skill. It’s likely you find a newfound interest as well as learning something from another mom in the room! If you can’t find any local classes, chances are you know of someone who sells jewelry, essential oils, health food products, bath soaps, you name it and it’s likely an MLM… and I am sure they would be willing to host a class for everyone!
About as simple as it gets. Send an email to your favorite ladies and tell them you are going to the spa at this date and time and would love if they could join. However big or small this gathering is, chances are another mother is in need of a little R & R and this is the perfect excuse to get out!
Now get moving and celebrate National Girlfriends Day today and every day!