Back in the days of school and university, nights out were the norm. The whole day would be spent planning the arrangements - outfits, pre-drinks, where we going, and then the following day would include nursing heavy heads and reviewing the photo evidence from the night before. I treasure some of those memories and feel very lucky to have had some wonderful times. However, times move on. Before you know it, you're working full time, have lots of responsibilities and those days seem a distant memory. When the opportunity comes to go on a night out, I'm always up for it. But most of the time, I'm totally game for a night in with the girls as an alternative.
Some of my fav nights have been nights in with the girls. My mum and I love planning cocktail nights - we get our '100 Best Cocktails' book out, do some mixing (shaken and stirred), blend some alco-smoothies and set up the kitchen table with nibbles and goodies. We get the girls over, end up singing songs, dancing round the living room and taking lots of photos. They're fab nights, and if everyone brings some nibbles and drink, it ends up as a cheap night - no taxi's home or expensive drinks! Another of my fav girls night in are Disney Nights (oh come on...we know I mention Disney in every post!). Some of my oldest friends are Disney nutters like myself. A perfect girls night in for us is to snuggle up on the sofa with our duvets, make tons of popcorn, have a glass of vino and watch a marathon of Disney films. This is just a perfect chill night to me, and I feel very happy and comfortable when I have nights like those.
I think sometimes it's nice to stop the fast paced life outside and bring everything down to earth a little inside the home. It's nice to relax and have nights in with friends without worrying about your outfits or makeup for the night - I'm not joking when I say I've organised pyjama parties where all the girls come round in pjs and onesies...it makes everyone feel so chilled and is a great laughing point! As I get older, I'm appreciating the special nights in. The nights out are a lot rarer and that makes them special too, but it's the nights in I truly love - chatting, laughing and feeling literally 'at home'. Genuinely, I thought I was in the minority loving the nights in, but according to a Ladbrokes survey, 70% of women prefer nights in, so I'm definitely not alone!
What would be your perfect night in? Do you love movie nights with copious amounts of popcorn snuggled in blankets on the sofa, or cocktail nights with music and dancing? I dare you to turn your night out into a night in and see what happens ;)