One of the most cost effective ways to get a sanity break is to spend some time with friends. Getting together does NOT have to be expensive. We don’t have to shell out big bucks at an expensive restaurant or a trendy club to have a good time and spend some time with the girls. Here are a few less expensive ideas:
1) An Accessory Swap
We all have those accessories that simply take up space because we never use them. Host an accessory swap, and everyone wins! Pull out the items you’re tired of or bought and never worn, and have your girlfriends do the same. Think costume jewelry, scarves, barrettes, headbands, inexpensive watches, etc. If you aren’t using them, maybe someone else can! This concept also works for clothing if you and your friends wear similar sizes. It’s a win-win—everyone has a good time, gets rid of things they don’t use AND scores some “new to them” items that will have a new life!
2) A Cooking Party
Everyone has to eat, so someone has to cook. Choose an entrée that everyone likes, then get together and make enough for everyone to take home to their families. Have everyone bring some of the ingredients and an appropriate pan or dish to take the meal home in, and share in doing the work. You’ll have a great time AND come away with a meal ready for a busy night!
3) Pajama Party
Remember the slumber parties we all went to as young girls? They were always so much fun, even if there was no “slumbering” actually happening! Try a grown-up version. Invite the ladies to come over in comfy jammies (or change into them at your home if they don’t really feel like driving in their flannel pj’s!) and do the things we did as kids: pop some popcorn and watch movies, maybe try out a few new hairstyles from the current magazines, play “Light as a Feather.” Sounds silly, but sometimes channeling our inner child and being silly is just what we all need!
4) Wine Tasting
If your group of friends enjoys a nice glass of wine, a wine tasting may be just the ticket. Have everyone bring a bottle of their favorite wine, break out the wine glasses and enjoy trying each other’s picks. If you want to get serious about it, check out some books from the local library to help educate everyone on the various types of wines.
5) Picnic in the Park
This is especially nice if you have young children because you can take them along and let them have a blast together too! Pack a cooler with some sandwiches and snacks, grab a blanket to sit on and your favorite pals, and you have the makings of a wonderful afternoon! Bring a camera—you can always get some great candid shots of the kids playing in the park!
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