They say dates are important for maintaining romance. But how do you maintain friendships? The same way!
As we get older it seems like it gets harder to make time for friends. I know for me there are a lot of friends I only see during life events- weddings, birthdays, baby showers, etc. Also as I get older I notice there aren’t too many activities for us inbetweeners to do. What’s a inbetweener? Inbetweeners are those twenty-somethings who haven’t settled down but can’t party like they used to (without a 24 hour hangover….thank you Halloween weekend).
So I decided to compose a list of fun things you can do to spent time with your friends.
We all have that section in our closet that we never touch or that bag of really nice clothes we don’t wear but don’t want to just giveaway. This is a great excuse to get together. Each bring your bag of clothes and a bottle of wine. That way you get to see your friends, clean out your closet and get some new (to you) clothes.
I haven’t personally been to painting with a twist but everyone I know who has loves it. I love to paint at home. So if you are low on funds head over to your favorite craft store and have a painting night at your house. You can all paint the same thing and compare interpretations and talent or just paint whatever random thing you want.
Some of my favorite memories with my friends is just getting together at one of our places and making dinner. It doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner party. Each person brings one thing. Dress code can be sweatpants and flip-flops. No matter how busy you are you have to eat.
Wine or Brewery Tour
This is a great friend date idea because you can go with 2 people or 10. You can go to a local brewery and see how beer is made or go to a nearby vineyard and try their different wines.
Do you spend Thursday night mass texting your friends every time something crazy happens on Scandal? Why not just watch it together? I have a weekly date with a friend to watch Shondraland, we take turns getting food and hosting.
When was the last time you played Monopoly? Everyone bring over a game and a snack and have a good ole fashion game night. Really want to catch up? Make guests check their cell phones at the door.
Book Club/Movie Night
Once a month pick a book that has been adapted into a film to read and then get together to watch the movie. Here is a list of over 300 movies that have been made into books.
There are so many organizations that do amazing work and rely heavily on the support of volunteers. Get together and help someone else. People who volunteer their time to help others are statistically happier.
Have an old school sleepover
Every one bring your favorite blanket and pillow over. Pick out your favorite classics; The Breakfast Club, Mean Girls, Clueless….eat way too much candy, make pink cocktails and laugh all night.
We all have that one friend who is like the queen of Pinterest. The one whose photos look like the actual pin while your finished product looks like the before picture to her after. Pick one idea you think is cute and make an afternoon out of it.
What are some of your favorite things to do to catch up with your friends?
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