Fall is almost here, and I’m definitely not mad about it! Fall is probably my favorite season for several reasons…..the cool crisp air, the colorful trees, football games, bonfires, the pumpkin patch….I could go on and on! My friends and I love to get together as a big group every couple of months, and we are always looking for fun ideas of different things to do, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite Girls Night In ideas with you.
One of the most fun things I have done the past few years with my girlfriends is a Fall scarf exchange party. It’s a fun and easy way to get your friends together for a night in. Here’s the scoop on how to throw it together.
First, you’ll want to pick a date that works for the most people, before the craziness of the holidays pops up. I usually shoot for sometime in late September or early October, when everyone is anxious for all things fall! Send out invitations well in advance….this can be something as simple as putting together an event page on Facebook (what I typically do), or you could go as far as mailing out actual invitations. In your invitation, instruct your guests to purchase a scarf within a set price range…$20-$25 is usually a good that most can afford and that will get a decent scarf. They will need to bring their scarf gift-wrapped to the party, with no name on it. You will need to have a bowl of numbers ready for people to draw out of for the exchange (like the dirty santa game).
As for food, I usually keep it simple and make a pot of chili or do finger foods, potluck style, and its also fun to do a signature cocktail/drink for the night. My favorite so far is this apple cider sangria.
By the time the party rolls around, I usually have my fall decor out around the house, so separate party decor really isn’t necessary (win!). Having a fire in the fireplace (if its not too warm) and a fall candle burning is also a nice, simple touch.
Once your guests arrive, allow some time for mingling and eating, then get the exchange started! Make sure and have enough seating for everyone in the same room. To get started, have everyone draw a number out of the bowl and then at each person’s turn, they will either open a package or steal from someone that has already opened one. Once a scarf has been owned by three people, it is “frozen” and cannot be stolen any more. It can get pretty crazy and competitive if you have some super cute scarves! Whoever draws the number “1” will get to go twice, once in the beginning, and once at the end. The more people you have, the more fun it is, and everyone gets to go home with a cute (hopefully) scarf! We have done this for the past few years and we all still talk about the hilarious memories and fun we had.
Now go on and get your girls together for a fun night in! Happy Fall!