There’s nothing like a night in with the girls: great stories and non-stop laughter.
So, send out the invite to your best friends and start planning a Girls’ Night In to support Cancer Council Queensland and their vital work!
Not only will you have a fun and relaxing night in with your girlfriends, but you’ll be raising funds to help the one in six Queensland women who will be diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer in their lifetime.
We’ve got 20 thought-starters to inspire you, plus some styling boards to help you throw the Pinterest (follow us here) party of your dreams!
Clothes swap. Everyone brings a few pre-loved items of clothing and leaves with the same number they bought. It’s a way to clear out your closets and go home with some new items, minus the price tag.
Pamper party. Why not invite your friends over and spoil yourselves with DIY spa treatments, like face masks? Or you could hire a manicurist to come along?
A family dinner to remember. Invite all the women in your family – mothers, daughters, cousins, aunts and grandmothers – and use the night in as a chance to not only catch-up over a delicious meal, but chat, women to women, about the importance of screening, early detection, and if your family has any history of cancer.
Chick flick screening. Can’t remember the last time you got to choose the movie? Sell tickets to a simple lounge screening with your friends and watch all your favourite films.
Go troppo! Say aloha to relaxation, with a tropical theme that will make your guests feel like they’re on holiday. Keep things simple with a healthy barbecue, or get artsy by creating colourful flower crowns or painting your dream escape.
Murder mystery party. You’ll have a lot of fun trying to guess who the murderer is and be able to break the ice between any guests who don’t know each other. Most murder mysteries can be completed within two and a half hours, but you can linger on appetisers and dessert, so the night can go on as long as you wish.
Potluck. Have each of your friends prepare their favourite dish.
Games night. Dig up Cluedo, your cards, or even Twister, and stage an old-fashioned game night.
Casino night. Step up your game, by having blackjack and craps. Pair it with casino themed food and ask everyone to dress up to take it to the next level.
Anchors away. You might not own a yacht, but you can certainly party like you do, with a coastal theme that features plenty of blue and white décor. This theme is perfect for a party by the beach, pool, or to create a casual air.
Karaoke party. Bring out the karaoke video games or karaoke machine for a party with non-stop laughter. If you don’t have either, you can challenge your friends to a lip sync battle – tell them to prepare two songs ahead of the night.
Brinner. French toast and pancakes aren’t just for the morning – why not host a breakfast for dinner night? Cooking will be quick, so that will leave more time for chatting.
Trivia night. Get your friends together for a good old-fashioned trivia night. Try to get your partner and kids to come up with some of the questions, then you can guess too!
Cooking challenge. Give all your friends a different portion of the meal to cook, or one ingredient that they all need to include in their dish.
The Bachelor watching party. Align your night in with the finale of The Bachelor and watch the Honey Badger find love, or find the other guilty pleasure show your friends will watch en masse.
Old Hollywood glamour party. Have a party inspired by The Golden Era of Hollywood, dress up as your favourite screen sirens, and watch black and white films.
Health retreat. Re-energise by hosting your own one night, or one weekend. Cook up a clean or vegetarian meal and blend up fruit smoothies. You could also approach a local fitness instructor or yogi to take you through a short class prior.
Enchanted forest. Transform your next party into an enchanted forest by dressing up your space with branches and fairy lights. Or head outdoors with a picnic setup complete with table styling and lanterns.
Mother’s group meet up. If a few of your friends have little ones, then it could be a great idea to host a mothers’ group one afternoon. As well as chatting all things parenting, it’s a fantastic opportunity to discuss how to detect women’s cancers early. Extend it one generation further and invite everyone’s mums along—they’ll probably have some parenting pearls of wisdom and love seeing all the kids playing.
Go for gold…rose gold! Take inspiration from the Girls’ Night In campaign’s aesthetic and up the ante with rose gold décor (download tassel garland instructions, place cards, cupcake holders and props here) and rose gold food or drinks.
Whatever Girls’ Night In idea you go with and whatever size event you choose – big or small – it all makes a difference!
Every event and every dollar donated in support of Girls’ Night In helps Cancer Council Queensland invest in vital research, patient support services and prevention programs for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.
Register your Girls’ Night In event for a free host kit and find more information at girlsnightin.com.au.