One of my favorite things to do, party-throwing-wise, is to have a night in with my girlfriends. I love going out, and I love spending nights with my husband, but sometimes you just need an evening with just the girls — whether it’s to catch up on everyone’s life, to vent about problems or challenges, or just to relax and enjoy a fun night together.
I like to keep things simple when I throw a girls’ night — a light recipe, a bottle of wine and some non-alcoholic options to drink, and a fun distraction or two. We have a projector that can be set up outside, so I always put on a total classic — Clueless or Girls Just Want To Have Fun — in the background! Or, I love to break out the XBox for the night, and get everyone in to almost-Karaoke by playing Rock Band!
And it’s almost too easy to set a pretty table — mix and match your favorite china and crystal, stock up on a few bouquets of fresh flowers, and whip up a healthy recipe that’s full of fresh, local ingredients, like Panzanella! Your friends will love it, and it’s incredibly easy to make!
2 pints cherry tomatoes, mixed red and yellow, cut in half
4 cups crusty bread (sourdough or french), cut into chunks the same size as the tomatoes
25 stems of fresh basil, torn into little pieces
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Fleur de sel
Fresh ground pepper
Toast the bread for about 3 minutes, until just crispy on the outside. Mix everything together and let marinate, covered, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Serve.
So those are some of my favorites! What’s on your Girls Night agenda?