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.
Today I’m sharing How To Plan Girlfriend Time with your besties by hosting a ladies brunch or dinner. Valentines Day is a great time to plan a small gathering of girlfriends.
I’m pulling out some of the photo’s from my last brunch event to share with you today. Since Covid 19, most girlfriend events have been put on hold, however it’s still important to stay in touch and nurture those friendships.
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Why is Girlfriend Time Important?
I feel it’s very important for women to nurture themselves with girlfriend time. I’ve read many studies that share a belief that women need other supportive women in their life’s. It is believed that women who have girlfriends that they socialize regularly with are healthier both mentally and physically.
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, leader? If not, you have to push yourself to plan a girlfriend event. However, I suggest that you force yourself to plan something small.
Although there are restrictions on event numbers, you can still plan events with small numbers and plan for safe interaction among your guest. You may be able to hold your party outdoors or in a less confined area.
First, set a date that your friends can participate and send the invitations! Just do it! In the past I’ve purchased nice 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 design and cost you nothing to send.
Y’all know I love to entertain but really 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 important that you enjoy this time together, as well as your guest.
Last week I shared this recipe for Artichoke and Sun Dried Tomato Bites. It’s a great brunch recipe and you can make them in advance and freeze them.
I also like cucumber sandwiches for a brunch! I 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 deli or bakeries.
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.
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 table cloth for this casual display so I needed props that would vary each plates height.
If you are planning a tablescape with a tablecloth, you can actually use boxes under the cloth to add varying heights. I like to have two cloths, one for the base of the table and one to drape over the boxes that 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. All of these can be used as risers for making your table more appealing.
Before The Girlfriends Brunch
Once I have everything planned, I start preparing. I place orders for the items that I don’t plan to prepare myself. I shop for all the ingredients and supplies I need for the the event. Anything that can be prepared in advance, is prepared and frozen or placed in refrigerator.
The Day Before
The day before, I prepare as many things as possible like fruit dip, the cucumber spread, and 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.
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Supper Club Brunch
You may remember that last week everyone contributed to the meal. This is a great way to cut cost and energy. Most friends want to contribute something and 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.
Just remember the purpose of this brunch is to gain some girlfriend time and have fun. It’s important to your overall heath. With Valentines 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.
If you’d like to read more about the Heath Benefits of Girlfriend Time you can see more in this article.