Six tips for hosting the ultimate Girls’ Night In

Whatever you’re thinking of doing on your Girls’ Night In, you can’t do without a plan, so use these tips to make it a night to remember.

Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In is the ideal reason to get your girlfriends together to celebrate friendships that matter for a cause that matters.

One in six Queensland women will be diagnosed with a women’s cancer in their lifetime – that’s someone’s mum, sister, relative or friend.

Hosting a Girls’ Night In is simply about spending a night in with your girlfriends and donating what you would have spent on a night out to Cancer Council Queensland and their work in women’s cancers.

Your event can be as big or as small as you wish and as low key or lavish as you want.

Below are six tips to help get your planning started.

One, set a date. The official month for Girls’ Night In is October, but you can pick any night you like. Text a couple of friends to find out when they are available, or set up a Facebook event, letting guests know that the date is TBC and to comment some suggestions on the event wall.

Two, choose a theme. Pick at least one activity or theme to centre your Girls’ Night In around and get your guest excited – pop on a chick flick, ask everyone to BYO a plate of food for a dinner party, or dust off the board games. A theme can help you plan your food and décor too!

Three, fundraise. Set a reasonable entry fee for those who are not contributing to your Girls’ Night In and let your guests know in advance. Consider how else you can raise money – what about having a raffle or silent auction to boost the fundraising?

Four – décor. A few key decorations can completely transform a room and help to create a beautiful atmosphere for your Girls’ Night In! You can download resources from the Girls’ Night In website to help your event come to life, including instructions on making your own tassel garland, cake toppers and photo booth props.

Five, food. When planning your Girls’ Night In catering, consider the theme of your event and the dietary requirements of guests. Make sure people let you know if they are allergic to anything when they RSVP.

Six, bank. After all the fun of your Girls’ Night In, don’t forget to thank everyone who contributed and bank all the funds you’ve collected. The sooner you bank them, the sooner they can be put to work to help beat women’s cancers.

All funds raised will be invested in vital cancer 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

For more information or interviews, please contact:
Lisa Maynard,
Senior Media Advisor,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5171
Mobile: 0488 015 702