I am super lucky to live less than 10 miles from my mom, younger sisters and my sister-in-law. We often do family dinners or a movie night or BBQ. Family gatherings are a frequent occurrence. However, we never took advantage of the situation and did Girl’s Nights very often, if ever. With another testosterone-dominate baby about to take over our house, I decided that needed to change. My days may be filled with trains, trucks, Legos and racecars; but, I still have glitter and bows in my veins.
So, for Christmas, I gave my mom and sisters a Girl’s Night Club Kit. Here’s the quick basics on that: It was a handmade gift basket that explained we’d be having Girl’s Night once a month. I kept it pretty lax and we are planning our activities as the months come. I started out with this huge, grande gift idea of pre-planned activities and an elaborate gift basket, but I just kept paring it down as I ran out of time and Christmas got closer. I have the activity ideas planned and we manage the details as the event gets closer. The activities included things like movie night in (we have a projector we put on the wall and it makes for a movie theater at home), movie night out, fondue, spa night, craft night, mini golf, bowling, recipe swap, book swap, accessories swap, bonfire & s’mores, jewelry crafting and the like. Activities that are fairly inexpensive (or free) and something we all have the skill level to do – my youngest sister is 13.
The gift baskets held the following items: homemade salt scrub, lotion and chapstick for spa night, fun socks for bowling night, a chalkboard countdown board for craft night, faux movie tickets for movie night in, baggie of microwave popcorn and a box of movie theater candy for movie night out, chocolate dipped marshmallows for fondue night, recipe cards for recipe swap night, handmade knit ear warmer for accessory swap night, and a graham cracker with chocolate squares and marshmallow for bonfire night. Simple and pretty inexpensive. Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos before they were gifted. Whoops.
Ok, so that was the basic background info. We had our first Girl’s Night the middle of January. We did a mani/pedi night. Everyone brought their collection of nail goodies and we painted nails. Yep, just like a bunch of 14 year-olds at a sleepover. It was awesome. We got to chat over Subway sandwiches for dinner (thanks, Momma!) and then we pulled out all the fun nail colors and accessories.
One of my sisters has been getting into the DIY gel nail polish (I’ve never had a real manicure at a salon or anything before) and she gave me a mani with them (the perks to being pregnant… no one really says no when you ask them to do things for you… just sayin’). I think I’m sold on the idea – the cost of it might take more time to convince me though. Traditional nail polish on my fingernails typically chips in a day or two. I had this on for over a week and it still looked brand-new. Awesome. But the best thing was the time we got to spend time together, being girls!