Fill your freezer and your friends' at a casserole swap. Everyone brings two homemade casseroles -- one frozen and one to enjoy during the party. Each guest gets to taste each casserole and take one home. Be sure to supply to-go boxes for leftovers. Don’t forget to ask everyone to bring copies of the recipe.
The Bar: Try a Sour Apple Martini or a Fresh Lime Gimlet
Try something new and learn to roll your own sushi. All you need are a few bamboo mats, a couple sets of chopsticks, and some sushi basics. Pick two or three types of roles to make, gather the ingredients, and prepare a large batch of sushi rice.
Load up on new clothes for free by hosting a Fashion Swap. Everyone brings a few items of clothing they no longer wear or want to swap, and everyone takes home something new. As your guests arrive, set up clothes as you’d find them in a boutique, organized by size and style.
Transform your kitchen into a pizza bar ready to turn out custom pies to suit each guest's taste. Thanks to a hot oven and an array of toppings, the possibilities are endless.
The Bar: Red wine or a Raspberry-Lemon Prosecco Cocktail
Grills aren’t just for guys; invite the girls over for fruity cocktails, grilled vegetables, and even grilled desserts. Dress up the patio table with a tablecloth and flowers, or just grab some trays and bring chairs into the backyard.
If you aren’t already a member of a book club, start one! But before everyone arrives to discuss the pivotal ending, try out a make-ahead menu for a no-stress evening.
Reminisce about the ‘good ‘ole days’ with a Latin-themed get-together with your college buddies.
With just a little planning ahead and creativity, you can offset your carbon footprint with a fun night with the girls. Ask guests to save their bottles, magazines, and newspapers, and in between sips of wine, pass around twine for everyone to bundle the papers. Load them into your car to transport to the recycling center the next day.
The Bar: Provide a variety of organic liquors and juices, and let guests mix there own drinks.
Indulge your senses at home with friends–no appointments necessary. Light candles, play soothing music, and ask everyone to bring a robe to change into. Set up a few stations for a quick do-it-yourself spa treatment.
Ditch the traditional shower games and get the party started with some blue or pink cocktails (non-alcoholic for the Mom-to-be of course). Have a designated spot for guests to place gifts as they arrive. Appoint someone to write down the new mom's gifts and the guest they are from. The real gift? A Dinner Calendar where guests sign up to take dinner to the family once the baby has arrived.
A little advance planning is all you need to pull off a great chocolate tasting. First, you'll want to serve a variety of high-quality chocolates with different percentages of cacao. Then, brew different varieties (at least three) of coffee in a row of French press coffee pots. Choose beans from different countries for a well-rounded tasting, placing a card with all the bean details in front of each pot.
Celebrate your single-dom with a Valentine’s Day dinner. Let your friends chip in to make a meal worthy of the nicest neighborhood restaurant. Dress up and make the evening special with glamorous drinks and luxurious food.
There's nothing quite like curling up on the sofa in cozy pj's with some great snacks and a good love story. Make room around the television for your closest friends and turn it into a night to view to the stars.
Celebrate your bestie’s last night as a single gal with martinis and good friends. With whimsical napkins, a few cocktail shakers, and some trays of finger food, this night will set the tone for a marriage made to last.
A rousing game of bunko is made for the modern girl, since its simple rules let you focus on food, fun, and fellowship. All that's required are a few card tables and some creative cooking.