3 Budgets: Women's Night In

From Women on HuffingtonPost.com
September 20, 2013 - 5:48pm

For Women & Co., by Heather Spohr, The Spohrs Are Multiplying I've always loved a good girls' night out, but lately, I've grown tired of the "out" part. That's why, instead of waiting forever to get into clubs or struggling to hear each other over loud music, my friends and I prefer women's nights in. Want to have a women's night in with your friends, too? Below are some fun ideas for low, medium, and high budgets. Low: Movie Night Whether it's a favorite classic on Blu-ray (my friends recently got together to watch A League of Their Own) or a recent video on demand, movie nights are a blast. You can even assign each friend a movie-theater-style refreshment to bring, like candy or microwaveable popcorn. Game Night Game nights are all the rage in Hollywood at the moment, and can be a blast for a women's night, too. Just dig out your favorite board games from childhood, or program a night of classic party games like Twenty Questions or Charades to get the fun started. Dessert Party Invite each of your friends to bring their favorite dessert, then spend the night catching up as you sample all the yumminess! You can also buy plastic storage containers to hand out, or your friends can bring their own -- that way, they can all take some leftover desserts home. Medium: Wine & Cheese Party This is the perfect way to sample a variety of expensive wines without getting a killer hangover. Ask each of your friends to bring a nice bottle of wine or a pricey hunk of cheese while you provide a variety of crackers and fruits (plus some non-alcoholic beverages for re-hydration!). Vote on your favorites, and plan to do a follow-up party serving just those. Fondue Party A fondue party is an easy-but-unexpected twist on the dinner party. Delicious recipes for classic cheese or gourmet-chocolate fondues can be found all over the Internet. To get everyone involved, ask your guests to bring a variety of dipping foods. For extra fun, make up your own fondue "rules." For example: The first person to lose two pieces of bread in the cheese has to host the next fondue party! Shopping Party Shopping with friends is always fun, but shopping with friends at home is even better! There are a number of companies that will bring their wares to you: everything from jewelry to purses to cookware. Most of them even offer a nice bonus for the party host. Enjoy shopping from your couch with your girlfriends by your side. High: Cooking Party Many professional chefs offer in-home, interactive cooking classes. Learn how to make everything from sushi to pastries in a fun, relaxed environment with your friends. In-Home Spa Party Hire an in-home spa service so that you can lounge and chat with your friends while getting manicures, pedicures, facials, and even massages! Enjoy the professionalism of an actual spa without having to run out the door before your polish dries. House Concerts There are many companies online that will arrange for a musician to perform for you and your friends in the comfort of your own home. Fees generally range from a couple hundred dollars for local artists to a thousand or more for nationally-known musicians. Women & Co., a service of Citi, is the go-to personal finance source for women. By providing financial content, commentary and community, Women & Co.'s mission is to get women thinking and talking about personal finance. Founded in 2000, Women & Co. is one of the longest running personal finance websites dedicated to helping women strengthen their financial futures.

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