By guest blogger Zoe Marshall – KIIS radio personality and ambassador for Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In initiative throughout October.
A night in with the girls is sometimes just what your mind and body asks for. A chance to stop in time, let go of any stresses and surround yourself with a beautiful group of women who will potentially make you laugh, smile and cry, all in the space of just a few hours.
During Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In this October there is no better time, or excuse, to get the girls together and put on an evening of fun when really, only who you’re with counts.
Zoe Marshall’s top tips for getting your living room ready for the perfect Girls’ Night In
- Lots of candles and fresh flowers
I love candles and fresh flowers in the home all the time, but especially when I’m having my girlfriends over. Candles help to set such a warm and inviting mood for a nice night in, and the simple act of lighting a candle feels so luxurious, even when I’m in pyjamas. Fresh flowers can really help to bring a space to life as well. Whether you prefer lilies, hydrangeas, roses or sunflowers; they all look and smell beautiful and will make for a beautiful centrepiece on the dinner table.
- Play with a theme
It’s not every weekend we come together with our nearest and dearest girlfriends and a Girls’ Night In means the evening is ours for the making. Go all out, dress your living room to a theme and make it a night to remember. Whether you choose to host a high tea and put on a spread of gorgeous layered cakes and sandwiches, have a Mexican fiesta, don a sombrero and dish up some traditional fajitas, or throw it back to the 1960s and take inspiration from Mad Men’s Betty Draper, a theme is sure to get the girls excited.
- Keep it comfortable
Key to a Girls’ Night In is comfort. You want to create a space where everyone feels at ease; with no desires to be anywhere else or worries about the outside world. Make sure there are plenty of soft cushions lying around, warm throw rugs and cosy blankets. Create a comfortable space, whether it be on the couch or on the floor, where everyone can retreat to after dinner and really relax.
- Make a delicious dessert bar
This could be the most exciting part of styling your living room. Set aside one table for a whole bunch of goodies to snack on after dinner. Think fresh fruit, bliss balls, a mix of chocolates, cheese, crackers, raw cakes or some yummy coconut sorbet. Make this one a team effort and draw on your girlfriends’ different baking skills and encourage everyone to contribute their own delicious dessert for the table. Homemade treats will make for a great talking point for the evening, be healthier, taste much better and help to bring down costs.
FACT: Every day in Australia around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. Money raised from Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In helps fund world-class research into women’s cancers, cancer prevention and advocacy programs, and support services to help those affected by women’s cancers at every part of their journey. The fun initiative is part of Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon, which in 2015 aims to raise $7 million nationally. To register visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 65 (from within Australia).
Zoe co-hosts 3PM Pick Up on the KIIS National Network with Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond
About Zoe Marshall
Zoe co-hosts 3PM Pick Up with Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond on the KIIS National Network (FM106.5) and the pair are ambassadors for Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In. Zoe lost her mum to breast cancer when she was 21 and describes her friends as being like her family. “All my friendships are based on honest and open communication. Everyone has busy lives and I think it’s important to stop sometimes and have a conversation about how lucky we are to be healthy and happy. Girls’ Night In gives us a chance to have a moment of gratitude with our best girlfriends, hang in our PJs, eat yummy food and talk about what matters in life,” she says.