Let's be honest. Sometimes, a 10-pound issue of Vogue
is what's really on your reading list for fall. So why slog your
way through a book club? Here are a few alternative ways to throw
together a girlfriend gathering.
1. Pimp My Closet. Parting with those too-tight
pumps from 1997 can be such sweet sorrow. Instead of dreading
closet duty, invite a few trustworthy pals over to help you decide
what not to wear ever again and what's worth keeping. Set up the
party in your bedroom, conduct a fashion show and let your friends
be the judge.
2. Mommy Confidential. Wondering what to do about
the mean girls your daughter has now become BFFs with? Hold a "hot
topics" gathering where your mom posse helps answer some of the
group's burning parenting questions. Guests anonymously submit
questions for which they need advice, they're all thrown in a hat
and you're off.
3. Classics and Cocktails. When was the last time
you saw "Philadelphia Story" or "An Affair to Remember"? Your
girlfriends are truly the best peeps with whom to watch old films.
They'll sip pink drinks and pass around the Kleenex and Mike and
Ikes with absolutely no judgment attached.
4. Purge Your Periodicals. Instead of a whole
book to read by a certain date, have everyone choose a favorite
magazine article they've come across in the past month. Whether
it's a piece from Newsweek, a Vanity Fair interview or a stolen sex
column from your husband's GQ, mags make for great fodder.
5. Field Studies. Have fantasies of meandering
through the Field Museum or Art Institute in heels, with a small
clutch purse void of any snack item, sippy cup or wet wipes? Now's
your chance. Start a Field Trip Club and take your mom show on the
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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