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How To Host A Girls’ Night Without Spending Money


By Alex Purcell

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It’s Friday night and midterms have been kicking your butt. The best medicine? A girls’ night in.

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You and your friends have been riding the struggle bus all week (not to mention the suffer bus of endless sniffles and coughs going around campus) and it’s finally time to relax and release.

“Yeah,” you say, “that sounds great and all, but I can’t exactly afford to take a trip on the party bus. I also can’t ask my friend for any more money when I’m in Venmo purgatory.”

But wait, there’s no need to worry. It doesn’t take a trip to Dirty Sixth to replenish your spirits.

To start the night off right, you have to look the part. Grab your best sweats (or your worst, it doesn’t matter) and a scrunchie because it’s all about looking casual tonight. Like, really casual. You honestly don’t even need to put on a bra if we’re being real.

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Next up, the setting. Your apartment has been looking drab for a while, with the lingering smell of burnt chicken from last week and a mysterious stain on your couch. Cover your place entirely with Febreze. Empty the can, if you have to. Spray every surface of every appliance with it until your eyes water. You don’t even have to clean, as long as your apartment smells like you did.

Pro-tip: If there’s any trace of food or dirt on the floor, just use your foot and kinda push it under the couch. “Out of sight, out of mind” is the motto to go for here.

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You’ll have to send out the invitations (a short, near-incomprehensible text will suffice) to all your close friends. You don’t want to invite too many people, because that’s exhausting. 3-5 friends is the right amount for having a good time but is also controllable if you ever need to dial the socializing back a little.

Also, make sure the people you invite aren’t snooty or pretentious. A girl’s night should not involve listening to someone else brag about their adventures on a high horse.

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The food preparation, perhaps one of the most important aspects of girl’s night, should involve careful, thorough thought. The best strategy is to cook all the food you can find in your barren pantry. It’ll probably be a lot of pasta and toast, but that’s okay. If you’re really concerned, put some food coloring in it to give it some variety. Fried food is a girl’s night staple, so if you get the chance, fry it. The idea is to make your kitchen counter look lush with an abundance of treats, even if it only aligns with two different food groups.

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As far as entertainment goes, you can just hope that conversation will be interesting enough to satisfy your guests. If there is a lull in discussion, just turn up the television really loud and pretend everything is fine. Who doesn’t want to be forced to watch “Law And Order: SVU”?

If you’re really committed, you can always play board games. You only have a half of a full deck of cards, but they probably won’t notice.

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Now that you’re all set up, it’s time to have the perfect girls’ night for a price of zero dollars! Remember, you don’t have to host girl’s night every week. It’s totally acceptable to invite yourself over to Sarah’s next week.