With the triple dip recession as it is staying in is definitely the new going out so I was delighted to be given £50 by Money Supermarket to have the ultimate night in.
After giving it a little thought we decided that the best way to have a good night in is with good food and good company and so it was arranged that we would have a dinner party with our oldest friend:
D and I met at school when we were 15. I was the new girl and she asked if I wanted to be her friend. After that we were inseparable and she was the one that approached Mr G and did the whole my-friend-fancies-you thing!!
D hosted the evening at her home as she has a little boy:
We had a wonderful meal of chicken goujons, followed by chilli with guacamole, nachos, refried beans and all the lovely Mexican trimmings and then D's wonderful triple chocolate brownie:
Of course it was all washed down by the odd cheeky cider:
Mr G demonstrating a balanced diet....
Of course there was plenty of free flowing laughter and we even got out some old photo albums!!
You don't have to spend a fortune to have a great night in:
- Invite your favourite people, even if you haven't seen them in a while
- Consider a theme night - Mexican; Chinese; Italian and choose food/drink accordingly
- Have a cocktail night - each guest brings ingredient and you spend the evening sampling new drinks!. Make sure to book a taxi and have food to soak it up!!
- Consider having a murder mystery dinner party - each person plays a character and you theme the food - they are fabulous fun!!
- Games nights in general are always fun, especially if you have a few little prizes
A lovely time was had by all and I thoroughly urge you to dust off your address book and reconnect with your old friends - it really is true what Baz Luhrmann says in The Sunscreen Song:
"Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you
should hold onto. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
knew when you were young."