Why go out with the girls when you can just stay in?
There's plenty of fun to be had right in your living room — with the added benefit of saving a few bucks and a few hours getting ready.
A night in just might be the perfect solution when going out isn't in the cards.
Whether you've had a stressful week at work, or you need to gather your friends in a private space for some relationship advice, a girls' night at home is the best way to spend quality time with your besties.
But you may be at a loss for what to do on a girls’ night in, especially if the last time you had a sleepover was in high school.
- How to Plan a Girl Night
- 29 Fun Girls' Night In Ideas
- 1. Wine and Cheese Tasting
- 2. Saturday Morning on a Saturday Night
- 3. Have a Tea Party
- 4. Nostalgic Movie Marathon
- 5. Jane Austen Book Club
- 6. YouTube Yoga
- 7. Game Night
- 8. Create Your Own Abstract Art
- 9. 90s Makeovers
- 10. Great Girls' Night Bake Off
- 11. Spa Party
- 12. Make a Fort
- 13. Feed the Birds
- 14. Ice Cream Bar
- 15. Go Camping
- 16. Kitchen Dance Party
- 17. Cook for A Local Charity
- 18. Clothing and Makeup Swap Session
- 19. Karaoke
- 20. Build a Photo Booth and Have a Photoshoot
- 21. Learn a Dance
- 22. Put on a Play
- 23. Adult Coloring Books
- 24. Repurpose Old Clothes
- 25. Become Astrologers
- 26. Cards and Cosmos
- 27. Create Vision Boards
- 28. Tarot Card or Psychic Readings
- 29. Make It a Sleepover
How to Plan a Girl Night
Before we dive into the ideas, let's go over a few things you might consider in the planning stage of your girl's night in.
After all, you want this to be a memorable, fun, and successful night for everyone, so it's worth a little effort — but not too much.
- Match your guest list to your plans. If you plan a wine tasting, but you have some non-drinking friends, you may want to put them on your invite list for a different event. Or at least give them a heads up and let them choose whether or not to attend.
- Design some fun invitations. You can go on Canva and create your own, personalized invites that match the theme of your get-together. Canva has some beautiful invitation templates if you get stuck for ideas. Just design, print, and mail — all from the comfort of home.
- Ask guests to dress based on the theme. A spa party? Come in your bath robe and slippers. A 90s makeover? Wear your best throwback outfit. You can even have a contest for the best outfit.
- Don't forget the music. Create a playlist that also matches the theme of the night. Heavy metal may not work for a wine and cheese tasting — but it might for an abstract art evening.
- Assign a couple of photographers. Ask one or two of your friends to be the photographers for the night. You'll be busy hosting, so ensure that someone else captures all of the fun and shares the images on social media or among the attendees.
- Have fun and relax. These are your girlfriends — not your boss and co-workers or judgey neighbors. It doesn't have to be perfect, and you don't have to miss out because you're so busy tending to guests. Let yourself enjoy this great night with your besties.
To help you plan your agenda, we’ve gathered together 29 girls’ night at home ideas to enjoy along with a glass of your favorite Pinot Grigio.
29 Fun Girls' Night In Ideas
1. Wine and Cheese Tasting
Speaking of Pinot Grigio, go all out with a fancy wine and cheese tasting. Have each of your friends bring their favorite bottle of wine or block of cheese and create your charcuterie boards.
For any vegan friends, replace the cheese with a yummy hummus spread and some in-season local veggies.
You’ll end the night with stomachs and hearts full, not to mention an aesthetically pleasing photo for your Instagram feed.
2. Saturday Morning on a Saturday Night
All of the best girls’ night activities include something yummy to eat, and who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?
Put on your favorite set of PJs and invite the girls over for a night of pancakes, bacon, and mimosas.
When you and your girls are finished cooking, gather around the TV and throw on an old Saturday morning classic like Tom and Jerry or Scooby-Doo for a dose of nostalgia.
3. Have a Tea Party
If you don’t want to go out, but you’re still looking for an excuse to wear that new dress you bought, have a tea party!
Clean out that teapot you’ve been using as a flower vase and fill it with some Earl Grey.
While you and your friends bake scones and assemble finger sandwiches, put on some classical music to feel even fancier. Also, don’t forget, pinkies out!
4. Nostalgic Movie Marathon
Whether you grew up on scary horror flicks, sports films, or John Hughes movies, thanks to Netflix you can always relive your childhood with close friends, new or old.
Have each of your girlfriends pick out their favorite childhood or teenage movie and put together your queue. Here are a few examples of some great movies, no matter your age:
5. Jane Austen Book Club
Take a page out of another classic girl’s night movie and host a Jane Austen Book Club.
Maybe you read them in high school or skipped straight to SparkNotes, but it’s never too late to revisit a classic.
Luckily for you, Miss Jane wrote enough books to turn a one-time Girls Night into a monthly get together.
If you’d rather skip the homework assignment, the 1995 BBC classic miniseries Pride and Prejudice is a great way to travel back in time and vicariously live out one of the world's greatest romances.
6. YouTube Yoga
Staying fit and finding your inner peace can sometimes cost up to $20 for a walk-in class, while monthly memberships are costly as well and can be hard to keep up with.
Fortunately, there's a wealth of guidance available to you on YouTube, from beginner to advanced yoga workouts and meditation practices.
Put on leggings or a pair of sweatpants, and invite a few friends over for a fun and mindful night in.
Don’t forget your yoga mat or a towel and a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
7. Game Night
Still haven’t found the right girls’ night activities? There’s nothing wrong with a classic. A games night might just be the perfect thing and there is no shortage of options.
Play on your phones in a battle of the wits with a game like Quiplash, available through Jackbox Games. A few rounds of Cards Against Humanity will get you cracking up, while a board game like Clue will bring out your competitive side.
If you love to role play, roll the dice and try Dungeons and Dragons. While the rules are complex and may require some research, one campaign will keep you entertained for hours or even days!
8. Create Your Own Abstract Art
There is no limit of things you can do with a few tubes of paint and a stack of construction paper. You can build a sculpture out of modge podge and crumpled paper, or paint an abstract portrait of each other.
At the end of the night, turn your living room into a museum and display your crazy masterpieces or beautiful disasters. Want to share your art with the world? Go live on Instagram and take turns being a digital museum tour guide.
9. 90s Makeovers
If you’ve been paying attention to fashion, the nineties are back! While fanny packs and chokers have made a comeback, makeup trends from the era have stayed rightly put.
That doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself a good laugh by revisiting iconic looks. Bring out your old hair crimper, a few butterfly clips, and a tube of foundation that’s three shades too light, and take some photos on a disposable camera.
Who knows, maybe that blue eyeshadow and lip liner still work for you!
10. Great Girls' Night Bake Off
There’s nothing quite like baking the perfect cookie or cake from scratch. While baking can be a complicated science, you can make things a little easier by inviting your friends over to help.
Use up your browning bananas to make a loaf of delicious banana bread, or buy a yummy mix from the grocery store.
Get inspired by the Great British Baking Show and turn your activity into a competition. When you’ve finished selecting a winner, donate any leftover goods to a local food bank or homeless shelter.
11. Spa Party
A trip to the spa can be quite expensive. You can get all the benefits of a day spa right in your own home, with the help of a few of your closest girlfriends and a sheet mask or two.
Here are a few spa party girls’ night activities to try:
12. Make a Fort
You’re never too old to be a kid again. Turn your girls night in into a slumber party by turning a few blankets, pillows, and your dining room chairs into a massive fort.
Tell scary stories or play a game of Never Have I Ever, and you’ll feel like you’re right back in middle school.
13. Feed the Birds
It’ll just cost you just a tuppence to up your craft game and give back to Mother Earth.
Don’t just feed yourselves on girls night, but feed the birds too by making a cute bird feeder that will turn your backyard into an aviary.
Venture into the wilderness to collect a few pine cones, then bring your goods to girls night along with some peanut butter and birdseed.
Hang your creation with some string from a tree branch or window and watch as the birds (and maybe a squirrel or two) flock to your feeder.
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14. Ice Cream Bar
A night in is never complete without a delicious diet-breaking dessert. Everyone likes their ice cream sundaes a little different, so gather a few different flavors and lots of toppings for a make-your-own ice cream bar.
15. Go Camping
Just because you aren’t having a night on the town, doesn’t mean you can’t break out of your house.
Set up a tent or some blankets in your backyard, plus a couple of flashlights, for a good old-fashioned backyard camp out. If you don’t have a backyard, camping in your living room can be just as fun.
Turn on a sound machine with a few owl hoots or a midnight rain to make the experience even more real.
16. Kitchen Dance Party
There’s no better way to let off some steam than to dance it out. Curate a perfect playlist and invite some friends over to dance the night away in your kitchen.
Make a signature cocktail for the evening and turn off the lights to feel like you’re in a nightclub, without dropping cash on a cover charge.
17. Cook for A Local Charity
Get your girls together and do some good for your local community by cooking for a food bank or homeless shelter.
Call ahead to see what they might need and make a run to the store to get your ingredients. A few hours and a couple of casseroles can do a lot of good.
18. Clothing and Makeup Swap Session
Have nothing to wear on a night out? Have a night in and set up a clothing swap with your closest gal pals.
You might end the night with a cute new dress or an eyeshadow palette that you’ve been coveting. One girl’s laundry day outfit could be another one’s outfit of the day.
Hate the second-hand embarrassment that comes with a stranger’s drunken rendition of “My Heart Will Go On?”
Then take advantage of YouTube’s breadth of instrumental versions of your favorite songs and host a karaoke night in your living room.
Don’t worry if you still need a little liquid courage to take the mic. Karaoke is the perfect way to have fun and live out all of your American Idol dreams.
20. Build a Photo Booth and Have a Photoshoot
No one has to know you stayed in if you don’t want them to. Get crafty and set up a cute photo booth with just a few supplies.
Tack some beautiful fake flowers to your wall, string up some lights, and get a fun prop or two, and you’ve got the perfect background for a fun photoshoot for you and your girls.
At the end of the night, you’ll have more than one cute photo to post to your Instagram.
21. Learn a Dance
Go viral on TikTok by learning the popular dances that originated on the app, or tap into your nostalgia by learning the choreography to a classic music video like TLC’s “Waterfalls.”
Dancing can be a great way to relieve some stress and have fun with your girlfriends. You don’t have to be a trained ballerina to learn a fun dance and get your groove on.
After you’re night in, you’ll have an awesome routine to show off on the dance floor at your next party.
22. Put on a Play
Tickets to the theatre can be hard to come by, but there are tons of free PDFs of classic plays online. Cast each of your friends in a role, pour a glass of wine or two, and let the fun commence.
You can choose a dramatic Greek tragedy or a Shakespearean comedy to live out your Broadway dreams, or go all out and stage a whole musical. There are no limits to pretending!
23. Adult Coloring Books
Before your friends come over, stop by the store and pick up a few coloring books or download some free pages online.
Coloring can be quite therapeutic and is a perfect, relaxing way to spend an evening. By the end of the night, you’ll have some beautiful art to hang on the fridge or to gift a friend.
24. Repurpose Old Clothes
Do you have a pair of jeans to get rid of or an old dress that doesn’t fit anymore? Pull out the sewing kit your mom gave you three birthdays ago, and turn the old into something new.
There are plenty of great tutorials online for repurposing old clothes. For example, grab an old hoodie and cut it in half to make a cute co-ord or turn a big button-down into a trendy dress.
25. Become Astrologers
Nothing says friendship like learning your deepest secrets from a website. If you don’t believe in astrology, it can still be a fun way to get to know each other (and you are probably a Capricorn).
26. Cards and Cosmos
What could be easier? A few decks of cards, some tasty apps to soak up the alcohol, and a few pitchers of Cosmopolitans to sip while you play. Break up into teams of two or four and spend the evening having some retro fun a la the 60's. (Beehives and pearls anyone?)
Whether it's Bridge, Hearts, Spades, or any of the dozens of card games you can play with traditional cards, you will find yourselves enjoying the evening more as the Cosmo pitchers empty!
27. Create Vision Boards
Why not help your friends reach their goals? A vision board party is the perfect girl's night in plan for socializing and dreaming.
Gather poster board (one for each guest), a stack of old magazines, scissors, glue, stickers, markers, and any other embellishments you might want to use. You can ask your guests to bring some supplies as well.
Throw in some pizzas and a few bottles of wine and have fun creating vision boards.
28. Tarot Card or Psychic Readings
Is there a reputable card reader or psychic in your area? Ask your girlfriends to chip in to hire one for an evening of insights and revelations. Dim the lights, light some candles and make some supernatural cocktails.
These readings are a great idea for a smaller group gathering so everyone gets a chance to learn more about themselves. Even you don't believe in the supernatural or psychic powers, it will still be a fun and entertaining night.
29. Make It a Sleepover
BYOSB: Bring your own sleeping bag. That's what makes this idea so much fun. Remember when you were a kid, and you had your best friends at your house for a sleepover? You're never too old for a pajama party.
Your friends have to show up wearing their PJs, slippers, and no makeup. Listen to music, watch movies, bake a batch of cookies, and forget you're adults for a night (without mom or dad telling you it's time for bed). Don't forget the coffee and doughnuts for breakfast!
Ready to plan these girls night in ideas for your friends?
It’s so important to spend quality time with your best girlfriends. Staying social and connected is key to keeping your friendships and your inner world healthy and positive.
Though staying connected doesn’t have to mean going out. Staying in together can be just as fun with any of these ladies’ night activities.
So ring up a few of your closest friends and get together for a movie night or craft party. Have any other ideas for a girls' night in? Let us know in the comments!