The calendar flips to a new month and I realize that–once again–my ideas for hanging out with friends, for having people over, for grabbing a quick cup of coffee have, um, well, they haven’t happened. Sometimes there are real, structure-shattering events that happen; sometimes everyday life just gets in the way.
Guest blogger KELSEY CLARK reminds us how important it is to make time for our girlfriends. She shares great ideas for planning get togethers (rather than just hoping we can spontaneously meet).
How many times have you promised yourself that you’re going to make it a point to start hanging out with your girlfriends on a more regular basis, only to find that weeks – and sometimes months – have passed without seeing their smiling faces? While you might have the best of intentions to regularly see your closest pals, life has a way of getting in the way if you don’t have some sort of schedule in place. Having monthly meet-ups is the perfect way to guarantee some much needed girl time, and these four different meet-ups offer something for everyone:
1. Book club: Each month have different girls in your group select a book to read. Then, one day a month have everyone get together so that you can discuss what you thought of the book. You’ll have a blast listening to everyone’s different viewpoints and might take away new ideas from the book that you hadn’t had before.
2. Game night: Instead of committing to one recurring monthly game – like Bunko – play a different game each month. Take turns selecting the game and hosting the party, and settle in for a night full of fun and laughter. Break out old favorites, like Monopoly, and try new games that no one has played before.
3. Wine tasting: A lot of wineries offer a membership program where you can get free wine tastings and discounted bottles of wine through the membership. Find a winery that you all enjoy and then once a month go grab a free tasting together and split a bottle of wine and appetizers. It’ll be the perfect way to relax and unwind together.
4. Themed dinner parties: Every month decide on a different type of cuisine and have everyone bring a dish that fits that theme. One month you could do Mexican, the next Greek, then Italian. Rotate who hosts the dinner party each month.
Getting everyone together may not always be easy, but it will be worth it. After all, our girlfriends are the glue that holds us together. By having different monthly meet-ups in place you’ll have plenty of time to ensure that your schedule is free for that night, and you’ll all be closer because of the regular nights spent together. In a world that is very go-go-go all the time, it’s important to make time for your girlfriends to keep your relationships flourishing.
KELSEY CLARK is the editor in chief for www.findananny.net/. She loves to write articles and share ideas that parents and nannies would be interested in hearing. She helps society on giving information about nannies through nanny services. She is a professional writer who loves writing on just about any topic.
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