7 Things You Can Do with Your Girlfriends that Aren’t Dinner & Drinks

We’re all guilty of it. It’s our escape from a busy work week, our Saturday night plans to look forward to or our chance to catch up on gossip over a glass of pinot and a cheese plate – we LOVE to do dinner and drinks with our girlfriends. In fact, probably 97% of my plans with my girlfriends consist of one or the other (usually both). While there’s something about a glass of wine and a delicious meal that just *soothes the soul*, let’s face it – it’s tough on your wallet AND your waistline. So how can we combat the ever-tempting option of dinner & drinks for our next girls’ night out?

I’ve come up with a few creative ways to spend time with your girlfriends without making you broke or feel gross. DISCLAIMER: I am in full support of going out with girlfriends for a bite and a drink (or three) BUT maybe try and limit to once or twice a week if you’re trying to save some ca$h and keep your hot bod, k?

1// Take a group fitness class.

Whether it’s barre, spinning or a bootcamp class you’ve been wanting to try, recruit a friend to pass the time quicker! Bonus – since you burned all those calories, those post-class mimosas are totally acceptable.


2// Go shopping.

Remember the days your mom would drop you off at the mall for a couple hours with a friend and it was, like, the funnest part of your weekend? Go check out a cute boutique and bring your right hand gal with you for a much-needed second opinion on those high-waisted jeans.


3// Go on a walk.

I honestly kind of love this idea but never do it. The whole point of getting together with a girlfriend is to catch up on each other’s lives, so why not scout out a pretty trail or path and chit chat while you burn some cals?

4// Create your own spa day.

You can buy cheap-ass face masks at Target for $1.99 and pick your fave Essie nail color for just about $8 a bottle. Pick up some champagne and pamper yo’selves.

5// Host dinner at home.

It’s amazing how much money you can save by cooking at home verses going out. Buy a cheap bottle of wine, whip up some apps and pick an easy recipe off Pinterest for a cozy girls’ night in.


6// Get hooked on a new Netflix series.

I’m currently tuned in to Orange is the New Black, but Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are next up on my list. Get back to your middle school days and have a *slumber party*, complete with comfortable PJ’s, mani/pedis and a binge-watching escapade of whatever show you choose.

7// Attend a workshop, seminar or conference with a like-minded gal pal.

Call me a loser but I’m so into this stuff Lol. Find a friend who’s also into fitness or bettering herself in her career – whatever it may be – and find a workshop, seminar or conference that you can go to together for a refreshed perspective and some great takeaways.

What other ideas do you have for time spent with your girlfriends? 

12 thoughts on “7 Things You Can Do with Your Girlfriends that Aren’t Dinner & Drinks

  1. These are great! My friends and love to do potluck dinners and are trying to get a “game night” going where we play different board games.


    • Right? So simple but a good way to get some exercise while catching up :) There’s a trail along the Chattahoochee that I LOVE running/walking – so pretty!


  2. Definitely taking my girls to a group fitness class for our next girls night! I’ve always hated the dinner and drinks, plus it would be fun to try something new with friends! Definitely sharing these ideas with my friends!


    • Love to hear that Rachael! I think social fitness is the next big thing – my girlfriends & I love to take a yoga or barre class and grab a bite to eat or coffee after!


  3. I love this so much! Going on a walk and hosting dinner at home are two of my go-tos! And I like trying workout classes with friends, too. It’s less intimidating to try something new if you have someone to laugh about it with afterward ;)


  4. Hey. I liked this article. I love the idea of breaking away from the traditional idea of ‘hey let’s sit down and drink a coffee and complain about our lives.’ Because, let’s be honest, whether we want to or not, that is exactly what many of us end up doing when we hang out with friends. Your article inspired me to write my own, slightly off-beat article on the topic. I even linked yours in it – inspirations are worth recognition. Come by and check it out. https://awakeandempowered.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/fun-things-with-grown-up-friends/

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    • Thank you so much for your comment & for sharing my post, Amy-Lynn! Just read your post above & loved it – left ya a comment there. Means a lot to be featured, thank you! <3

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