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Girls weekend is a highly anticipated look forward to weekend with the girls.
Whether you spend each day together or you haven’t seen each other in months spending quality time with your girl friends is a must. Even for Mom’s!
Imagine tossing the husband the diaper bag, the grocery list and the honey do list all at once and saying good bye. And leaving the house for 24 to 48 hours.
Doesn’t it sound great!
A full girls only weekend full of relaxing, catching up with friends, dining and dreaming. Minus the everyday duties of home. I am sure the first thing that comes to mind minus the “where do I sign up” is how much will it cost. What if I told you nothing or almost nothing!
Yes you can do a weekend with the girls for FREE!
It will take a little bit of planning but what weekend away from the family won’t. Imagine this drinks, appetizers, movies, games, crafts, spa time, cup and conversation. A few moments to yourself. Time to nourish your soul. Doesn’t it sound great.
Pack your suitcase and head for the door.
Make sure you leave instructions for while you are gone. Email, message and plan the weekend with your closest friends. Suggest hanging out at one of your homes or a cabin or location that one of you have access to, to cut costs. Or go camping. You could even send your family to another friends house for the weekend and host girls weekend at your place.
I have friends who send the kids to Grandma’s and the husbands away camping and host girls weekend all in the same weekend. Yes it takes planning, but you get YOUR time. Your time with the girls.
Now you have the location. What are you going to do???
The what to do will vary on the guests, the ages and what you like. I am sure however, that once you get a bunch of women together it will involve lots of yummy food, conversation and girl talk.
50 No Spend Activities For Girls Weekend:
- Homemade brunch on the patio
- Manicures and pedicures
- Hike the local trails
- Have a picnic in the park
- Play a group sport
- Visit a farmers market
- Be a tourist
- Plan a themed dinner
- Go camping
- Have coffee, people watch and talk
- Go for a walk
- Movies and popcorn
- A fondue party
- Wander an art exhibit
- Plan a high tea
- Plan an amazing race team building activity
- Lawn bowling, tennis, activities you enjoy
- Go vintage “window” shopping
- Scrap booking
- Tour a local museum
- Plan a dessert bar
- Play board games or cards
- Socialize and catch up
- Talk about your kids and families
- Set goals – nourish and support each others future ideas
- Painting class & wine drinking
- Checkout a local attraction
- Practice yoga
- Go to church
- Binge watch your favorite shows together
- Attend a book reading, open mike night
- Have a cooking party
- Be lazy and relax – you are allowed
- Learn something new as a group
- Take photography
- Attend a community festival
- Volunteer as a group
- Read, relax, have some alone time
- Go for a bike ride
- Learn self defense
- Wander a local garden or park
- Sit on the beach or swim in the lake
- Star gaze, sit on the porch and talk
- Plan your next girls weekend or family vacations
- Mentor or support each other
- Visit other friends
- Workout, exercise together
- Have a DIY Pinterest night or activity
- Take a class, teach a class
No spend, free or with a nominal expense.
All 50 of the activities listed above can be done for free or with nominal expense. If you are planning a girls weekend and you want to have a spa night bring your own supplies or put someone in charge of supplying those items. Look into the FREE activities in the city you will be visiting during girls weekend. Does a local church or community group have activities going on during the weekend you have chosen? Is there a farmers market or community fair or an art exhibit in town?
Mentoring and encouragement. Even Mommy brains need education too.
Are you all business women needing a break away but some mentoring and encouragement. Host some mastermind time during your weekend a way. Mom’s need to learn new things too. Have a DIY Pinterest activity or hire someone to give a self defense class. Is one of you great in something and everyone else wants to learn that skill? You can cut the cost on all these activities by bringing your own supplies or asking for volunteers.
Food, food and more food. Oh and beverages too.
What would be a girls weekend without great food and good beverages? Come on think about it you can eat food you don’t normally cook at home. You can have dessert and great coffee and wine if you want. Meal plan it ahead of time, what are you going to make, who is going to cook. Shop your own supplies, pitch in and go grocery shopping. Use what you have, potluck dinners. Your options are endless. Depending on how many people are coming and who is hosting you could each be responsible for cooking or bringing one meal or one snack.
It isn’t about the money, it is about the people, the connection and the time.
Girls weekend isn’t about how much you spent or where you went shopping. Girls weekend is about reconnecting with the people you enjoy spending your time with. People who value you, nourish your mind and uplift your soul. Its about giving your mind a break from family duties, getting some rest and having fun.
PS. If a whole weekend doesn’t work in the time budget, the financial budget or the responsibility calendar plan a whole day with the girls from sun up to sun down. Mommy needs her time. Trust me you will be more relaxed and refreshed even if you just get a girls day.
Updated June 26, 2019