by Alexa Tucker
photo: Walter ChinMy girlfriends and I love to get together when we're all in town. We go to dinner, see movies, indulge in mani-pedis…and seriously blow our budgets. Sound familiar? Even the most fabulous ladies have to get creative with their bonding ideas--think Carrie's poker night with the girls in season one of Sex and the City. Here are some ideas to help keep your girl-time fresh (and cheap!).
Have a nail-art party
Experiment with DIY manicures by heading over to a cool nail art blog and attempting one of the designs. Might I suggest The Girls in the Beauty Department as a good place to start?
Release your inner baking queen
Bond over an afternoon of cupcake decorating. Worried about overindulging? Bring them into work or give them to your neighbors to make fast friends (and avoid the extra calories lying around).
Work it out on Pinterest
Find a new exercise routine and test it with your girls. YouTube the moves you don't know, then have your friends check you to make sure you're doing them right.
Pack a picnic and hit the park
Having everyone bring something is way cheaper than going out for a bite--and there's no tipping involved.
Channel your inner supermodel
Have a mini photo shoot to find your next profile pic. Pull out your bold makeup and put away the embarrassment--your girls won't judge you for wanting to look fabulous on Instagram.
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Host a game night
A couple of our favorites? Catch Phrase and the Heads Up! iPhone app. Or break out the classics--Clue, anyone?
"Welcome to the magazine and wine party, ooh!"
Even if you don't have an engagement to announce, take a cue from Bridesmaids and chat over a bottle of (reasonably priced) wine and the week's tabloids.
Scope out a bike path
Explore your town on two wheels instead of four. Fun workout alert!
Take a salsa class
Bonus points if you go out that night to test your new skills. Let's be real--with those moves, you won't be spending any money on drinks.
Belt it out during your favorite music-filled movie
Who says it has to actually be the "sing-along" version? Heads up: High School Musical and Mulan are both on Netflix Instant Play right now. You're welcome.
Scope out a local coffee shop and try something you've never had.
Starbucks, we love you, but sometimes we gotta live life on the edge.
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Build a fort.
Don't even pretend that this isn't the best idea you've heard all week.
Spa day, anyone?
Search your Pinterest board for DIY face scrub recipes and hand treatments. Cucumbers and a relaxing Spotify playlist are musts.
Again, check out Pinterest or craft blogs for inspiration. You'll be amazed at what you can do with all those wine corks you have lying around (no judgment).
Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
Doing a good deed + hanging out with the girls + being around adorable puppies = win-win-win situation.
Refresh your wardrobe
Look through one another's closets--you'll get new outfit ideas and see your clothes in a whole new light. Plus, maybe your BFF will let you steal a shirt or two.
Two words: Karaoke. Night.
Any other suggestions? Share 'em with us in the comments!
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by Alexa Tucker