There’s nothing quite like getting all of your girlfriends together for a night on the town. It’s the perfect time to let loose and make memories with those closest in your life. Planning a girls’ night out can mean any number of things — from cooking together to watching your favorite queer artists perform online or in person.
With busy schedules and personal responsibilities, setting aside time to go out with your friends is a healthy way to foster those friendships and catch up on each other’s lives. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to begin, we’ve got you covered.
Follow our four helpful tips for planning a girls’ night to remember.
Set a Budget
Going out on the town can be a costly adventure, especially as the night continues. Before you step out the door, it’s a good idea to get together with your group beforehand — whether in person or virtually — and discuss what your budget looks like for the night. If someone is expecting bottle service and a limo while someone else is looking to spend a low-key night at a comedy club or theater show, someone may be disappointed and not fully enjoy themselves — which is anything but the goal of your night.
You may have to come to a compromise if your friends are on opposite sides of the spectrum, but by setting a budget, you’re making sure everyone can let loose and have fun without stressing about finances.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
While you could certainly do the classic dinner and drinks, there’s something to be said about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things — especially with your closest friends. What could be a better bonding experience than that?
Consider thinking outside the box when it comes to what you’re planning for your girls’ night. Maybe you go to a local improve class or take a cooking class and learn about a new cuisine. One of the best parts about going out with friends is making those memories you’ll never forget — and nothing makes memories like experiencing new things together.
Try a New Restaurant
You more than likely have your favorite restaurant or bar you frequent with your friends, but there’s likely a list of places waiting for you to try. Make it a point to choose a restaurant none of your friends have been to and order a handful of items that you can share as a group.
Once you’re done at the restaurant, put the same concept into practice and head out to that new bar that just opened up or that place you’ve been wanting to try for a while.
Choose an Overall Theme
Choosing a theme for your girls’ night is an easy way to add some more pizazz to your experience. Planning your night around a theme can help you narrow down activities and meals, and gives everyone a better idea of what they should wear.
Themes can range from something simplistic like tacos and tequila to a costume or holiday-themed party if you’re going out around big holidays. The more creative you can be, the more memories you’ll create with your closest friends.