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How To Plan Girlfriend Time

Today I’m sharing How To Plan Girlfriend Time with your besties by hosting a lady’s brunch or dinner. Valentine’s Day is a great time to plan a small gathering of girlfriends.

I’m pulling out some photos from my last brunch event to share with you today. Since Covid 19, most girlfriend events have been put on hold. However, staying in touch and nurturing those friendships is still important.

Y’all know how I love to entertain and have parties with friends. Last week my blogging friends and I shared a Virtual Galentines Bruch, and it reminded me of how much I’ve missed having friends over.

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Why is Girlfriend Time Important?

I feel it’s essential for women to nurture themselves with girlfriend time.

I’ve read many studies that believe women need other supportive women in their lives. It is true that women who have girlfriends they socialize with regularly are mentally and physically healthier. 

In fact the Mayo Clinic has a list of friendship benefits which include
* Reduced Stress
*Improved self confidence
*Increased happiness, sense of belonging and purpose
*Help you cope with traumas, such as serious illness, death, job loss and divorce.

Let’s Plan Girlfriend time

Are you a planner, organizer, or leader? If not, you have to push yourself to plan a girlfriend event. However, I suggest that you force yourself to plan something small.

Entertaining is about more than just the food or the table setting as. It is about gathering friends and family to make lasting memories.

Champagne Toast for Girlfriend Brunch.  Vintage glasses with water

Plan a girl’s night out if you feel uncomfortable inviting friends to your home. Dinner with friends or maybe coffee. After a few outings, you may feel encouraged to host a brunch or dinner party.


First, set a date that your friends can participate and send the invitations!  

Just do it!

In the past, I’ve purchased lovely invitations and mailed them from the post office; however my last brunch, I decided to send text messages as invites. You can design the cutest invitations using Canva free templates. I loved how simple it was to create and cost you nothing to send.

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Brunch Menu

Y’all know I love to entertain but don’t like to cook. I always have at least one thing on my menu that I prepare myself.

The rest I leave to the professionals! I also want to stress that you don’t have to break the bank to have your girls together. If you love to cook, then go to it. However, if you’re like me, just do what feels good to you. Remember, it’s essential that you enjoy this time together and your guest. 

Wooden trays with brunch food for girlfriend time.

Cheese, Crackers, and Berries. Croissants from Sam’s Club are ready to add to the table without much effort.

In addition, these gorgeous serving pieces are available here at Pepper & Vetiver

Last week I shared this recipe for Artichoke and Sun Dried Tomato Bites. It’s a great brunch recipe; you can make them and freeze them in advance.

Artichoke and Sun-dried tomato bites appetizer recipe for girlfriend brunch
Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomato Bites

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 I also like cucumber sandwiches for brunch!  

You can mix up the spread ahead of time and make the sandwiches easily on the day of the brunch. The rest of the menu usually consists of things I can order or pick up easily from grocery delis or bakeries.  

Set up food station for girlfriend brunch.

Planning the Girlfriend Time Table

How the table looks is half the fun, and if the table is appealing, the food is secondary for a perfect Girlfriends Brunch.

Floral hanging light fixture.

Table Tips

 It’s important to vary the heights of your food platters. 

I used a plate rack with two levels, and a couple of cake stands as risers for this brunch.  I didn’t use a tablecloth for this casual display, so I needed props that would vary the height of each plate.  

If you plan a tablescape with a tablecloth, you can use boxes under the cloth to add varying heights.  I like to have two clothes, one for the base of the table and one to drape over the boxes I use. 

You can also wrap boxes in wrapping paper to use as risers.  This is a fun idea, especially for kids’ parties, showers, etc.  
Look for interesting items around the house, such as wooden boxes, stacks of plates, small stools, old books, etc.  These can be used as risers to make your table more appealing.  

Brunch table setting for Girlfriend Time.

Create an interesting center piece using unexpected items such as these grain scoops.

Before The Girlfriends Brunch

Once I have everything planned, I start preparing.  I place orders for items I don’t intend to prepare myself.  I shop for all the ingredients and supplies I need for the event.  Anything that can be prepared in advance is prepared and frozen or placed in the refrigerator. 

The Day Before

The day before, I prepare as many things as possible, like fruit dip, cucumber spread, fruit, etc. In addition, I pick up all the items I’ve ordered from the bakery and deli.  

Day of the Brunch

You will want to allow time to make sandwiches, fill your platters with your prepared supplies and bake or heat any last-minute items. I love to have a signature cocktail at the beginning. Therefore, everything is chilled and ready for the guest to arrive.

Now relax and enjoy the party.

Here are 5 Tips to Plan a Casual Dinner Party that you may enjoy.

Supper Club Brunch

You may remember that last week everyone contributed to the meal. This is a great way to cut costs and energy. Most friends want to contribute something; all you really have to do is provide a location and one dish.

If you missed last weeks menu, I’m sharing it again today for your convenience.

Raspberry Prosecco Cocktail – Anne & Ann Marie – Simply 2 Mom’s

Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomato Bites – Rachel – The Ponds Farmhouse

Simple & Classic Fruit Salad – Jen – Mid West Life & Style

Zucchini Quiche – Stacy Ling Bricks N Blooms

Heart Linzer Cookies – Michele – Vintage Home Design

Just remember, the purpose of this brunch is to gain some girlfriend time and have fun. It’s important to your overall health. With Valentine’s just around the corner, now is a great time to plan a small brunch or dinner.

You might enjoy reading Spring Dinner Party Table Setting as well.

You can see more in this article if you’d like to read more about the Heath Benefits of Girlfriend Time.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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How to Plan Girlfriend Time.

Dood Wood

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Ms. Rachel Pond, Three questions: 1- Your Target ticking bedspread shows slits at footboard. Comments for this bedspread on Target website state it doesn’t have it. Did you cut yours? Or is there a different one?

2- Your headboard is very unique. Did you purchase or was it made from pieces of wood?

3- Have you ever tried your spackling texture technique on plastic Easter eggs or bunnies? I saw via your post or cross post the bunnies with mod podge and baking soda—just wondoring....... Thanks so much! Dood

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Wednesday 10th of February 2021

Dood, The bedspread that I have had the corners split. I don't know if they have changed it since I purchased or not. I have had mine for over 3 years. 2. The headboard is purchased. 3. I have not tried that but it sounds like something I'd like to do. LOL Thanks for giving me ideas. I appreciate you for stopping by. Rachel


Saturday 6th of February 2021

So many fun ideas Rachel! Love time with my girlfriends!! :)

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Monday 8th of February 2021

Thanks so much. I miss having get togethers so much.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Thursday 4th of February 2021

What a fun post Rachel. Wish I was there.

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Friday 5th of February 2021

Thanks so much Kim.

Rebecca Payne

Thursday 4th of February 2021

Simply Beautiful.

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Friday 5th of February 2021

Rebecca, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 4th of February 2021

I loved this post! I couldn’t agree more! And great ideas to “up” the surroundings to make it even feel more special! I am old school and kept a notebook. I made my entry after reading your post and giving credit to the idea , I have happily named you Rachel Pond. So, Ms Rachel Pond. ..thank you!

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Friday 5th of February 2021

Dood, How sweet you are. Thanks for the compliment. I love the name too.