Throw a Girls Night In Party!

Staying in with the girls can be as much fun as going out, and you don't have to spend a lot of money to create the perfect evening. Whether you choose to go simple or extravagant, we've got some ideas to help plan a foolproof party!

The classic party activity is to watch movies, and there's no doubt a favorite chick flick, comedy or romance will please everyone, but how about trying something else?

Clothing and accessories swap - Have everyone bring along a few items that they're ready to part with, and then go "shopping" from the collection. To be fair, everyone should take turns, and should leave with the same number of items they contributed.

Game night or card night - I used to participate in a monthly Bunco game, and since there's a bit of musical chairs with Bunco, it's a great way for everyone to get to know each other. Board games are also a great hit, especially those specifically designated as "party games".

Recipe swap/Potluck dinner - At holiday time, Christmas cookie exchanges are fun, but at any time of year, bringing a dish to pass gives everyone the chance to taste something new! Each person should bring a copy of the recipe to share with all the guests.

Craft night - Everyone chooses a simple craft and brings enough supplies for everyone to make it. By the end of the evening, each guest will have several finished creations.

Book Club - Choose a book a month in advance, and then chat about it at the party. Odds are, the conversation will meander away from the book, but who cares?!

Wine Tasting/Cocktail Creation - Have everyone bring a bottle of wine to share or the ingredients to make a special cocktail. This idea pairs especially well with a movie.

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No matter which activity you choose, you'll need to have snacks to go along with it, and any of these sweet and savory ideas will satisfy and delight your guests. (You could also use some of these if your party theme is the recipe swap.)

Pepperoni Flatbread Roll-ups

Toffee Cookie Bars

Berry Cobbler

Cornbread Donuts with Bacon

Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Flatbread

Meatball Calzones

Peanut Butter Fluted Cake

Eat Move Make

Liz is a mom of two kids in their twenties, one of whom recently joined her blog “Eat Move Make” full-time. Writing as a mother and daughter duo, Liz and Chanelle love spending time in the kitchen creating, testing and tweaking recipes, while trying out new kitchen tools and methods of preparation. They are the perfect example of how food brings families together! When she's not whipping up something in the kitchen with Chanelle, Liz loves to travel and share her new experiences with her readers.

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