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Why should the kids have all the fun? I say we should make a stand this summer and declare adult playdates a thing. Mom-ing is hard work and I think we should make some time to chill out with our friends and do whatever we want for a few hours. Let's be honest, we really just want to sit still for a little while and not have to get anyone milk or step on Legos. So I say grab your best gals, have a girl's night in and unwind. Don't let hosting stress you out. Girl's night food doesn't have to be complicated. I'm sharing an almost all no-cook menu with you plus a super easy flank steak appetizer recipe. The idea of playdates takes on a whole new life when you look at them this way, doesn't it?
To keep things easy for a girl's night, think of things that are easy and quick to serve but delicious! While I originally thought I wanted to do only finger foods, I decided to add in some small salad cups because they are yummy, girly and really easy to serve. And always remember that the reason for your girl's night is to take some time for yourself. Don't ruin it by creating a complicated menu that will make you sweat in the kitchen and make you never want to host another adult playdate again.
Although I love to do a full menu of appetizers or snack foods, sometimes it leaves me feeling like I didn't really have a meal. I decided to create these yummy grilled steak bites to add something a little heartier to the table but not be involved the way a full main course would be.
I love using bagged salad mixes to whip up an easy side dish. Kale is all hip right now so I grabbed a kale and broccoli mix, added some fresh strawberries and boom. Done.
I've never met a snack I didn't like so I put together these individual snack containers. I used seasonal fresh fruit and banana chips to make sure each gal had some goodies at her finger tips. Literally.
And you can't have a girl's night without a cocktail. Well, I mean, you can but they are WAY more fun with a little something special. I grabbed a bottle of strawberry lemonade, some strawberry sorbet and sparkling wine to make a wine-y float. So simple and dessert-like. Plus these are perfect for warm weather.
I always like to serve something that is savory along with sweets. I know I'm not the only one who loves to have a little of both.
Glazed donut holes are totally underrated. They are probably the easiest dessert you could ever serve. You can serve them straight up, like I did, or set out some chocolate and caramel dipping sauces.
Add in a cool, mellow playlist, and great conversation and you've got an awesome girl's night in. We still have a few more weeks of school left and then it's long summer days of the kids being home. Summer is the perfect time for a mom only playdate! Keep your girl's night food simple and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!
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What an amazing idea and the food ideas are the best. Oh, by the way, you are not alone on this idea. I vote yes!, on mommy only play dates. :) All mommies deserve a wonderful and fun summer date. [Client]
Sharon Garofalow says
Sounds like a good time, right?!