Girls night in…
Living where we do, socializing can be a bit of a challenge and sometimes one has to be a little creative with regard to hanging out with one's gal pals. There are few restaurants in the area, (forget about dancing, pubs, billiards and such), and once you have done that circuit a few times....it looses its freshness. As I am not really into the offerings proffered in the local community list-serve (read: quilting, clog dancing, and how to create your own organic farm - not that there is anything wrong with any of those things...it is just not me...), it was time to take matters into my own hands. I took advantage of a weekend when The Mister goes to an annual conference and invited some of my favorite friends over for an old-fashioned sleepover. And lo, Girls Night-In was born. An evening of chic-flicks (old and new), good food, fun cocktails and time spent with friends.
First, let's get to the food and drink which can make or break any girls' night. I made homemade pizzas, signature cocktails, and everyone brought something yummy to add to the feast. For the pizzas, I went with a caramelized onion, apple chicken sausage, and cheese, alongside a traditional pepperoni, which were insanely good and easy to make. And instead of going to the trouble of making my own dough, I went with the freshly made dough from our local CO-OP. It is made daily and perfect; just roll it out with a bit of flour and add your toppings.
Cocktails. Aside from good company, the most important component of girls' night: drinks! I polled my friends and asked them to select two signature cocktails for the evening. The winners were the Vanilla Lemon Drop Cocktail and the Frozen Cherry Margarita (my personal fave was the Lemon Drop!), in addition to sparkling ciders and juices.
Photo from The Shiksa (if you haven't checked her out, you should!)I made the pizzas, provided the cocktails and my friends brought goodies that ranged from delicious cookies (thank you, Ms. 'N.' those cookies were awesome!!), to movie-watching goodie-bags (and thanks to Ms. 'D' for the latter!)! Next, the chick flicks. Considering it was an inaugural event, I think we chose well. First up was "Summertime," with Katherine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi....definitely my favorite Hepburn movie - mostly because she believably refers to people as "Cookie", something I have not been able to pull off (no matter how hard I try) and it features beautiful shots of Venice...and Rossano Brazzi...need I say more? Next, was the beyond-awesome 80s blockbuster of a mini-series: 'Lace.' When the most famous line from the production is "Which one of you bitches is my mother?", you know you have a girls' night winner. We hit the hay once we learned who ended up being Phoebe Cates' mother and got some good shut-eye. Once the morning hit, I whipped up a quick batch of scrambled eggs along with a french toast bake and mimosas, which kept us all happy as we settled in for the last movie of Girls' Night-In. 'Bridget Jones' Diary.' Please don't tell me you're surprised. And although I may not have pajamas covered in penguins, I do wear pink pjs covered in owls. Don't judge, cookie (see what I did there?). ;o)
Thanks to Ms. 'S' who brought along home-made jams!!!
And more thanks to the other Ms. 'S' who brought these gorgeous flowers!And even the Lady Didi made some new friends! Good times with friends is invaluable and I love that mine trekked all the way out to see me for a fun evening just for the girls. And I am already looking forward to Girls' Night-in Part Deux! What is your favorite way to hang out with friends? Do tell! xoxo, Meghan