As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
This quote runs true and true for everyone, in all walks of life. I believe it is so important to have friends who will love you through the good and bad, lift you up when life is pulling you down, as well as hold you accountable. Your friends are an important part of your being, and nights of interaction and talk are needed. If you’re in need of a girls night, I have a few ideas for you.
A little about the girls you are about to see pictured: I met them all in different points of life. Some of them, I met through other people. Every single day you encounter new people. What is so amazing is every single one of them have the potential to become a new friend.
What are their thoughts?
Where are they in life?
What are their likes and dislikes?
Everyone has a different story of where they came from and what they are battling in the now. How can you relate? How can you impact that person for the better?
Whether you are at work, at the bank, sitting on a park bench, or wherever. I encourage you to make small talk. Get to know the people who surround you no matter how uncomfortable you may feel. You never know what may become of it.
These girls, plus several more not pictured, are an encouragement. Continually make me laugh. Push me to be a better me. And love celebrating life, no matter what the occasion. I met one of these girls at a part-time job in college, who soon became a co-worker. Through her, I met another one of these girls. Earlier on, at a summer internship, I met one of the girls in New York (and now she lives near me, but that’s another story for another day). And the other girl, I honestly cannot tell you how we met. But whenever we did meet, we clicked instantly and have been friends ever since.
If I wouldn’t have taken that college job, or wouldn’t have gone to New York, this would be a different picture. That next risk or opportunity you’re second guessing, is there for a reason. And that reason might just be to make a difference in the lives of people you haven’t met yet.
Every single day you encounter new people. How can you impact that person for the better?
My 23rd birthday celebration was one for the books, simply by spending the night in our pajamas at home. There is plenty more to girls nights than pillow fights and gossip, as many believe. Allow me to prove that accusation wrong.
First things first, invite people over who you know you will have a good night with. When extending the invitation, ask if they will come with junk food in hand. This does not have to be much, simple Debbie Cakes will do. We ended up with an assortment of doughnuts, debbie cakes, white cheddar popcorn, chocolate covered strawberries, and ice cream! Plus, asking everyone to bring something small will lower the cost for the host, so you’re not caught providing everything!
Order a Pizza or Two
You’ve got to have dinner, right?
Music is a Must
A playlist bumpin gives half entertainment, half background noise. Also, if the girls you invite don’t know each other, music gives the opportunity for small talk.
This is easy to make on your own. Go to Walmart or local party store, or even Amazon, to find tinsel and a Happy Birthday banner. Hang this on a wall anywhere you find fit in your house, and have balloons, confetti, and/or props on hand! Have your iPhone cameras ready, and have fun with it.
Cards Against Humanities is a game that kept us all laughing and entertained as the night got later. I also thought this meme game would be perfect, but was a little more than I wanted to spend. Any game will work, as long as everyone is willing to have fun with it.
L’Oréal Hydrating Masks worked GREAT for us. They weren’t that messy, and they felt great while on. It’s a paper mask that has been soaked in… whatever liquid they use to keep your face moisturized. So it was easy to put on, and easy to take off. A simple 15 minutes has your pores feeling smaller and your face feeling refreshed. And a great picture prop, as you can see! Girls night cannot go on without a little beauty session.
Chick Flicks or Comedies
Have a movie or two ready just in case everyone is in the mood for a lazy night cuddled with a blanket and a hot guy on screen. Anything Nicholas Sparks is always a great choice! We also grabbed The Hangover movies just in case we were in the mood for a comedy.
Moral of the story, is it doesn’t take much to have friends over and have a good time. Girls night is always a soul refresher, getting away from your normal routine and taking time to catch up and laugh with those you love most. Enjoy the time you have with each and every person who is close to you, and don’t be afraid to start a conversation with a stranger. You never know what will become of it!
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