Girls' Night In: Celebrate Being Single

Get together with your closest friends for a special evening that spotlights glamorous drinks and luxurious food.

Girls' Night In: Celebrate Being Single
Photo: Lee Harrelson

There's a lot to be said for being a single girl. The toilet seat is always down. There are no arguments about taking out the trash. The television remote is all yours. And, you can always stop and ask for directions. Rejoice and highlight the joys of single life.

A love affair with food is sometimes the very best kind, so don't wait on a date to indulge in an extravagant dinner. Let your friends chip in to make a dinner worthy of the nicest neighborhood restaurant. Dress up and make the evening special with glamorous drinks and luxurious food.

The Food
Start everyone out with bruschetta to set the tone for an evening of splurging. Serve steaks, risotto and spinach as the main course to win rave reviews, and maybe a standing reservation at your house for Valentine's Days in the years to come. Seating for everyone is necessary for a meal that requires a knife. If the table is too small for a crowd, simply provide trays and spread the party into the living room. Dessert brings a sweet escape with chocolate cheesecake. It's a make-ahead recipe, so you'll have more time to party the night away.

The Bar
Pop the corks and let the champagne flow for the most fun single bar in town – right in your own home. Serve some bubbly straight up and mix up one or two champagne cocktails to add even more merriment to the drink of the night. Remember when mixing Champagne or sparkling wine, don't buy an expensive bottle. The nicest wines are not intended to be mixed with juice. Set out a bottle of the good stuff in an ice bucket to stay chilled. Have ingredients out so that each girl can put together her own Blackberry-Chambord Royale. A pitcher filled with Champagne Pomegranate Cocktails won't stay full for long. Have a back-up pitcher in the fridge ready for refills.

Don't just settle for a casual invite to the party. Print this one on elegant paper and set the mood right from the start.

The Party Plan

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The Day Before

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Rebecca Lang is a well-known cooking instructor, author, and food writer. She teaches Girls' Night In classes around the country and lives in Athens, Georgia.

Rebecca Lang, Contributing Editor
Feb, 2009

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