When I get chance to have an evening away from the responsibilities of my children, I love to get my girlfriends around for a really enjoyable night in chatting, eating and drinking. There’s nothing more fun than having a gossip and a much-needed catch up together.
I like to find fun cocktail recipes to try out because it can be a great way to relax and have a bit of a laugh together. The fruitier the better, though you can never go wrong with a classic gin martini to really loosen you up after a hard week.
The kind of music I play really depends on the mood of the evening. If it’s a close get together with just one or two of my best friends, something quiet and chilled is always in order – I’m a huge fan of City and Colour and Birdy.
If it’s a bigger gathering with quite a few of us, something a bit more upbeat is always in order. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are the perfect musicians to really get the party started.
When you’re hanging out with the girls, it’s nice to show you’ve made an effort and get some food in. Nibbles are best because we don’t want to get too bloated to enjoy our cocktails, so canapés and finger food are a must.
If it’s a quiet night we love to stick on a girly chick flick or a great comedy. Bridesmaids is one of my favourite films because it combines my two favourite genres, but I also love Bridget Jones’s Dairy for the happy tears.
Sometimes a night out can be fun too, but it’s also full of occupational hazards. I always thought I was the only one that would choose a night in over a night on the town, but apparently I’m not alone.
I read a survey conducted by Ladbrokes Bingo that interview women all over Britain about things that ruin nights out for them. Laddered tights were a main player (I hate that too) and being stalked by sleazy men all night (urhhh). 66% of women said they prefer a night in playing games and having a good chat, and it really isn’t surprising considering the risks of going out!