Friday, March 9, 2012

The Perfect Girls' Night In

It's been a loooong-ass time since I threw a dinner party or had friends over. Army friends have moved away, and its been quite an adjustment going back to work full-time and keeping up with writing and additional freelance work. But I've adjusted none the less, and it was high time for entertaining.

My best friend from Oklahoma who has been my best friend since middle school somehow wound up in DC while I wound up not too far from her in Maryland, so luckily I still have her to hang with. She and my new friend Chelsea came over for a movie night. If you want to throw the perfect girls-night party, there are a few must-haves.

Reading material. VOGUE is my fashion bible, closely followed by W, ELLE and People Stylewatch. Doesn't Adele look boobilicious?

Flowers. What's more girly than flowers? It's a simple thing that makes a big impact.

Mood lighting. Every gal can apprectiate a flickering candle. It just makes you want to sit down and relax.

Mani-Pedi! Jess asked if it'd be okay to do our nails during the movie. Given that I can't do anything halfway, I arranged my nail polish and supplies on a silver tray.

Chick food. I served an easy antipasti to go with our personal pizzas.

For the pizzas we went with vegetarian toppings like olives, artichoke hearts and feta. We washed it all down with a huge bottle of wine.

For an easy low-calorie dessert, I made Kumquat Lemon Tartelettes using phyllo cups and low-fat lemon pudding. My face is somewhere underneath all that hair!

There was a very hyper and fashionable party crasher who kept wanting to pose while we were trying to cook.


Behold the most crucial part of a chick night...the chick flick! Bridesmaids is hands-down the funniest movie I've seen in a long time. Finally a comedy for girls who like innappropriate humour. And I'm still having dreams about that adorable Irish guy.