Undoubtedly, LA has many incredible bars and restaurants that are practically made for the ultimate Girls' Night Out. Just a few months ago, I hosted a really fun event with my friends at the always chic E.P. + L.P., and with some beautiful hotspots dominating the nightlife scene, the options for where to have your regular ladies nights hangouts are virtually endless. But also let's be real; as a generation, we're realizing more and more that sometimes, there's nothing better than hanging out at home and watching Netflix while drinking Rosé. And while your friends are home for Thanksgiving and the holidays, it's the perfect time to reconnect and catch up. So why not forgo the stress of trying to plan a huge bash or night on the town by hosting a sophisticated Girl's Night In, complete with beautiful decor, fun movies, and of course, a glass of wine?
Though I reject the idea that all women need resort to stereotypical middle-school clichés of Taylor Swift and slumber party games to have a fun time with their lady friends-- I mean, we're adults, and we're far more multi-faceted than pretty pink bows and Katherine Heigl movies imply--I'm also totally in favor of embracing those stereotypically feminine clichés of chick flicks, Rosé, and girly decor from time to time-- I mean, it is kind of fun. So when you're looking for a sophisticated drink for you and your lady friends, look no further than Chloe Wine Collection, whose wines includes celebration-ready varietals like a Monterey County Rosé and Italian Prosecco. The Rosé is light and acidic with subtle fruity notes, in a beautiful "ballet-slipper pink" and packaged in a gorgeous, simple bottle that elegantly merges femininity with an upscale sophistication. The Prosecco is equally lovely: crisp, with a definite fruitiness, bite of citrus, and floral notes. With prices around $14-17, these wines definitely don't break the bank, but also show your friends that you're an adult who can actually buy good wine.
Of course, good wine is not the only important part of the evening. Set the evening's mood with by lighting mild scented candles (favorites include Baies by Diptyque and this Tropical candle from By Rosie Jane). Throw a white sheepskin rug over the couch for a trendy touch and your friends will feel like this is a high-end event.
Because I'm not a monster, I would never plan an event if there wasn't sufficient food. I would also never be so bold to suggest eschewing the dependable choice of cookies, chips, and popcorn for some pre-meal snacks-- we're all human, aren't we? But for the main event, instead of spending hours cooking or driving around the city picking up food, I prefer being lazy (it's a movie night, so why not?) and going with Postmates. Hosting duties can be exhausting, and having someone else drive around picking up food might actually allows me to simply relax. Some favorite LA-area delivery spots include 800 Degrees for elevated but still affordable pizzas, Plan Check for some slutty burgers and fries, or Tender Greens if the gals want something a bit healthier.
The night isn't complete without adequate entertainment, and while binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix will usually suffice, it doesn't hurt to have a few favorite movies that pair excellently with a glass of Rosé. You and your gal pals will end up quoting your way through The Devil Wears Prada ("Alright everyone, gird your loins!"), while Love Actually is perfect for a holiday-themed evening. For those with more vintage tastes, 16 Candles is always a crowd-pleaser, while He's Just Not That Into You and Julie & Julia are often-overlooked instant classics that provide plenty of dating advice and food porn, respectively.
And finally, if you really want to up your girls-night-in game, dig deep into your obviously fabulous beauty collection and let your friends pamper themselves with some at-home masks and treatments. It's cheesy, but let's be real, a lot of fun. Nothing is more hilarious than trying to drink Prosecco with a dry mud mask clinging to your skin and making it impossible to open your mouth.
Thank you to Chloe Wine for partnering with me on this post!