What a week! I just went to girls camp with my church where we had no outlets to charge my smartphone. Can I say how nice it was to NOT be tied to it? I realized how attached to it I’ve become and it was wonderful to ditch it for a change. So I invited my besties to Applebee’s, this time a girls night out, my only rule was that it was phone free! It was relaxing to sit in the bar area and talk for 3 hours, no interuptions from little ones, no cooking and certainly no cleaning. What a great way to end our weekend!
Looking around, I noticed a few other tables full of women only. There was laughing over good food and sinful desserts. The virgin strawberry daiquiri was as yummy as it’s picture depicts. And our blondies and triple chocolate desserts?-worth every calorie!
Want to know what I loved about my Applebee’s? It’s 2 miles from my house, there was little wait time, the waiter was a stud, the food was better than the menu showed, the dessert was fabulous and NO ONE questioned a bunch of 20-30 year olds sitting and chatting for hours on end. Perfect right?? We all need a little slow down, what better way than to chat with other gals who are in your same boat? We talked about hubbies, kiddies, school and church. Good friends are great soundboards.
I’m pretty sure we’ve found our new hub! What an easy quiet evening. The hours slipped by and we didn’t have to do one dish! Applebee’s motto: Life is better shared. Their message is about balance. Have fun online but also find the time to have fun offline with your girlfriends, at Applebee’s! How true is that? Can I get an “Amen, sister!” Check out Life Is Better Shared, plus follow along on Twitter and Pinterest!
Here are some ideas to make dinner a little bit more flavorful (and remember, what happens at girls night, stays at girls night):
Host gift: Since I love crafting and not all my girlfriends do, I brought them a variety of ModPodge glues as a gift. It was fun to send them home with something other than a full belly!
The “I Never” game. Example, someone will say “I never speed when driving.” Everyone who has done what the statement mentions must stand up and do the hokey-pokey as they turn around. Get a little silly!
The “Guess Who” game. Each gal writes down something about themselves and you go around the table pulling out the paper and guessing who is who.
Purse Treasure Hunt: The host will call out items and every girl will search their purse. The first to pull it out and has the most at the end of the game wins. Prizes are optional.
Alias Girls: Each of your girls is to take on a new name and personality. Have them dress up and go out for the night as these characters, even if you come across someone you know that evening you must only refer to yourselves as these new people. You should take on these new characters completely, the more you do, the more fun it will be.
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