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How to Plan an Effortless
Girls’ Night at Home

We get it: You can’t even remember the last time you had a proper night out with your girlfriends, and you dream of the day when you can add another stamp to your passport. Although you may not be able to pack that suitcase quite yet, you can satisfy your appetite for globally inspired food and wine, culture, and style at home with friends. From welcome drinks to entertainment options and menu planning, see how easy it is to host an effortlessly chic girls’ night in with a little creative planning.

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Serve a Goes-with-
Everything Libation

Start planning your girlfriends get-together by choosing a welcome drink. But forget your cocktail shaker or shopping for a range of wines. The more streamlined your hosting duties, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your night. Eliminate the need for drink orders and different glassware by choosing one versatile, crowd-pleasing wine that you and your friends will want to sip the whole evening.

Crisp, refreshing, and beautifully balanced Fleur de Mer rosé is just the thing, because it’s perfect for drinking solo and pairing with food. Crafted in the heart of Provence—the world’s premier rosé region—this pale pink beauty bursts with notes of juicy cherry, watermelon, and citrus. The delicate floral bouquet momentarily transports you to the sun-drenched vineyards and rolling green hillsides dotted with colorful blooms where it was produced. Welcome each of your girlfriends with a glass when they walk in your door. Then all you have to do, as the night kicks off and moves through dinner and entertainment, is top off their glasses.

Collaborate on a
Creative and Delicious Menu

Instead of tackling all the cooking yourself, make it part of the night’s fun. Shop for some easy starters and enlist your girlfriends’ help in putting together a beautiful appetizer platter or bruschetta bar that will have something for everyone. That way, you can all assemble, snack, and sip as you catch up.

To build a snack board, pick up a sampling of hard and soft cheeses, cured meats, bread or crackers, olives, nuts, fresh or pickled veggies, dried fruits, and anything else that strikes your fancy. For a bruschetta bar, toast slices of bread and set them out with toppings like tomato sauce, pesto, mozzarella or Parmesan cheese, basil and other herbs, and any meats and veggies you like. Your friends can slice the cheese or bread, chop veggies, or style the platter while you set other ingredients out in small bowls.

Everyone can continue to graze the snack bar as you move on to prepping the main dish together. Ratatouille, homemade pizzas, and Niçoise salad are all crowd-pleasing options that pair beautifully with food-friendly rosé. Alternatively, if you’ve always wanted to master Moroccan or Indian cuisine, learn classic French culinary techniques, or try your hand at rolling sushi, consider going the virtual route and signing up—with your friends—for an online cooking class.

Cue Up the Culture

After dinner, create a cultural moment with a virtual tour of a world-class museum or historic landmark, an online concert, or a documentary about a favorite fashion designer. Connect to your artistic sides with an online class in painting, illustration, jewelry making, or D.I.Y. terrariums.

You could also opt for a lively game night if the mood strikes. Or if you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust, start brainstorming and researching your next girlfriends getaway.

Whether you make a favorite recipe together or expand your repertoires with a virtual class, the evening will be a good reminder that when you combine good food, wine, and great friends, a night at home will feel like one of life’s little luxuries.

Plan your girls’ night in while sipping a glass of Provencal Fleur de Mer rosé.