Girls’ night in (aka kids’ night out)
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I know, I know. The holidays are super crazy and you have something scheduled almost every night until New Year’s Day. But if you don’t take some time out for yourself, you’re going to go postal come Christmas Eve. And then who’s going to wrap the presents you bought yourself so your husband would get you exactly what you wanted this year?
In order to survive the holidays, try to schedule some time for YOU…anand make it a girls’ night in so you can avoid the holiday crowds. Send the rest of the family out for the evening—preferably to buy you Christmas presents—and invite your girlfriends over for an evening of merrymaking (i.e., great food, great conversation and a really great chick flick).
Because I’m all about easy entertaining, you can always potluck it and have your girlfriends bring their favorite treats. I guarantee you’ll end up with the perfect assortment of goodies: brownies*, chips and dip, candy, Diet Coke, cupcakes and popcorn.
If you prefer to do the entertaining, keep it simple with fun finger foods. Even better…go with finger foods you can prep a day or two before. I went that route when hosting a book club gathering in my home (recipes in a future post). I put together a cheese platter (who doesn’t love cheese?),
hot artichoke dip (who doesn’t love artichoke dip?),
finger sandwiches (who doesn’t love a crust-free tea sandwich?),
and desserts (who doesn’t love cupcakes and brownies?).
The cheese platter was easy to throw together and the artichoke dip and finger sandwich fillings were ready the night before. The day of, all I had to do was cut the sandwiches, bake the dip and frost the cupcakes. This spread would be perfect for a cozy girls’ night in—just add some fun drinks (hot cocoa with whip cream and crushed candy canes, mocktails, spiced cider) and you’re all set!
If you really want a mini staycation with your girlfriends, throw in a pair of fuzzy socks for each guest and Say Anything (or Some Kind of Wonderful or Can’t Buy Me Love or Pretty in Pink or Princess Bride or all of the above) into the DVD player.
And if the kids somehow find their way home while your festivities are still underway, let them know you’ll return every last one of their gifts if they don’t go straight to bed.
Holiday stress? What holiday stress?
* Speaking of Duncan Hines, we are huge fans of their new Decadent Caramel Turtle Brownie Mix and their Premium Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix (because it fits a 9×13-inch pan). We make—and eat—them all the time. In fact, I made the aforementioned caramel turtle brownies Monday night for friends and they were gone in record time accompanied by rave reviews.