I love to throw a good party – I mean, honestly, who doesn’t? While it’s not so much fun doing all of the cleaning up the next day, the actual planning of the party and the purchasing of decorations as well as doing up the venue is all so much fun! However, no party is complete without a theme. If there is no theme to your party, decorations begin to clash, people turn up wearing whatever they fancy, the playlist becomes a shambles… it’s no good!
Best friends are awesome. They’re there through the ups and downs, buy you ice cream after relationship break-ups and are always there to have a good giggle over a glass of wine and trashy TV. So why not celebrate your friendship with a fun day out for the two of you? Take your bestie on a date that both of you will remember for a long time, with no heartache (and hopefully no hangover) afterwards!
The ultimate in luxury, after all, you deserve it! Make a hasty retreat down to one of the many spas that are nestled away from the bustle of the towns and cities and simply relax for a day where your every need is met. Enjoy massages, get your nails done and lounge in the Jacuzzi exchanging gossip with your best mate. Sheer bliss!
Being the genteel ladies that you are, we know you’d appreciate the finer things in life such as crisp cucumber sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and a bottle of fizz. There are lots of vintage tearooms offering afternoon tea all over the country, but for extra glitz why not go to Harrod’s tearoom if you’re in London. Just remember though ladies, pinkies up!
Get dressed up in your finest clothes and take a trip down to your nearest casino where you can spend the night pretending that you’re a Bond girl. You never know, you may even come out with a few extra pennies to spend on martinis – shaken, not stirred of course!
Make Cocktails and Chocolate
We’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like chocolate, so your BFF is sure to be delighted with this combo. There are some great chocolate making workshops out there, and some include cocktail courses too like this one at Virgin experience. Learn to make the chocolates you’ve always dreamed of and wash them down with some tasty cocktails. Sounds like a winner to us.
Ever wished you can go on your very own treasure hunt? Well, you can thanks to geocaching which uses GPS to give you co-ordinates to follow. Lots of major cities have them, including London, Manchester and Lincoln, giving you a great excuse to see the sights while having fun at the same time.
If your BFF likes a mental challenge, how about an escape room? Team up or grab some other friends to form a group to be ‘trapped’ in a room with clues to solve to help you get out. The rooms are becoming increasingly popular nationwide, popping up all over the country so you should be able to find one that suits your tastes.
Gin is the hipster drink of choice at the minute, dusting itself off from years of being dubbed uncool. Grab your bestie, get down to one of the many bars offering tasting sessions and give the coolest drink around a go. Be warned, though, some tasting sessions are so popular that they’re booked out months in advance!
If you’re near London, how about calling on your best friend to go to the cinema. Sound boring? Those guys at Backyard Cinema have created an immersive world for their audience to visit to make the cinema experience more engaging. Enter through a maze of vines and watch a choice of movies in the depths of a temple ruin for a night of surprises.
Go to the races
Horse racing has no offseason, so there is always plenty of choice of meetings to go to wherever you live in the UK. They’re not the stuffy affair you may think they are either, just dress in what you feel comfortable in, make a couple of wagers using your own fail-proof winning system (usually some combination of nice sounding names and pretty looking horses in our case) and have a bit of fun. There are often dedicated race nights in the winter season.
Go on a ghost hunt
Ever wondered if ghosts lurk in the darkest parts of your town or city? How about going on a guided ghost hunt in the area to see if you can find out what goes bump in the night? Or grab your sleeping bags and make a visit to one of the many overnight ghost hunts in manor houses and great halls around the country where you and your bestie can be part of a Most Haunted-style scientific experiment.
Home casinos are all the rage today. You can bet small and pull out when you feel like it. The problem is that not everybody is familiar with most casino games. Some have complex rules that some players cannot hope to learn in a couple of hours. It’s also expensive to hire a slot machine. So what games should you play if you have a home casino night?
The Roulette Wheel is one of the simplest casino games. You can buy home Roulette kits from most toy and game retailers and online. All you need is a wheel, a ball and the mat with the cells to place your bets. Watch the fun unfold as your players take bets on where the ball will land. Although some of the bets are complex, you can make the game at your home casino simpler by deciding that some options are out of bounds.
Blackjack (And Its Variations)
No player need feel daunted by card games. Blackjack (and its variations such as 21 or Pontoon) is one of the easiest games to play. Be clear on the rules, as some people may be familiar with one version and not the other. Either way, all variations on the “21” games are simple and accessible for those who have never played a card game. It’s fun too! Simply, players compete against each other and attempt to make the number 21 from their hand by sticking with their hand or choosing an extra card.
Poker is one of the most popular and glamorous of card games. That said, it’s not easy to learn all of the rules. Some of your virgin players may struggle at first. Thankfully, there are many versions of poker – some poker variations are easy to learn, others not so much. The great thing about the game is that you don’t have to be a great player in order to win a hand. Poker is all about bluff, after all. You can win with a bad hand if you can convince other players that it is a good hand.
The dice game is a number simple casino game you may wish to play at home. Most households have dice. As we are all so familiar with this diverse playing piece, picking up the rules as you go should be easy. There are no competitors in this type of game, so there would be no motive for people not to help those unfamiliar with the game to understand the rules, and what constitutes a winning or losing throw.
Mistakenly believed to be one of the more difficult games to learn, Baccarat is no longer as popular in casinos as it once was. It became a glamorous game thanks to James Bond. In the books, Bond was a keen baccarat player. In the recent film version of Casino Royale, Baccarat was switched for Texas Hold Em Poker. It works on a simple premise and if there are four or more of you, this can be fun and exhilarating. Two players compete against each other while everyone else bets on who will have the higher value hand. Many hours of fun guaranteed.
It’s important to spend some one on one time with your other half- sometimes life just gets in the way! But it’s time to make some time for each other. Here’re some top date night ideas for you and your special someone!
A Trip To The Cocktail Bar
Don’t just take your other half to a bog standard bar. Instead, bring them to your local cocktail or wine bar. It’s a far classier kind of venue and also gives you and your other half the chance to dress up a little more than you would if you were visiting a pub. Make sure to buy your other half their first drink – it was your idea, so it’s only the courteous thing to do!
A James Bond Movie Marathon
Nothing gets the sparks flying better than a James Bond movie. Men who watch want to be Bond, women who watch want to be the Bond girl that Bond gets, it’s a win-win situation. There’s also so many films to watch that it gives you and your other half the chance to build a pillow fort or snuggle down with a duvet and some snacks, spending a quiet yet highly enjoyable night in together.
Why not surprise your other half with something a little spontaneous, like taking them to a dance class? This is a favourite activity for a lot of couples, so there’s guaranteed fun in it for the both of you. You’ll either be laughing with each other or at each other, but a laugh is a laugh, right? It also gets in that first dance practice hey…
Drive Through Cinema
Better than outdoor cinemas are drive through movies. They’re so romantic and also more intimate than ordinary cinemas. You and your other half can cuddle in the car together while watching one of the classic movies they always seem to show at these kinds of events – probably something like Pretty Woman.
A games night is the perfect date night, particularly if the pair of you are a bit skint! Round up all your classic board games such as Monopoly, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, grab some playing cards, some Top Trumps and, most importantly of all, some snacks and some wine – games are always so much more fun when played with a glass of wine in hand!
As a special treat, why not take your beau to a spa for the night? Don’t just book the initial trip, but take the time to book them into some treatments you think they’ll enjoy too, so they don’t have to waste time picking and choosing when they get there! Not only is a spa date a great way to spend some quality time together but it’s a nice mini break away from home too.
Hosting parties is fun, gambling is fun… bring the two together and have a casino party and you’re laughing! However, it’s all fun and games until you forget something vital that prevents everyone from having a good time! Here are six important factors that you should never forget when hosting a casino themed party!
Many of us lust over the glitz and glamour that Las Vegas casino’s have to offer, but for a lot of us they are quite unobtainable and very out of reach, be it due to job commitments, family commitments or something else. However, what’s to stop you from bringing all that casino glamour to your very own door? Hosting a casino themed party is a more affordable and definitely easier way to bring the luck, class and sophistication of a casino to you!
The best casino’s that line the streets of Monte-Carlo and Las Vegas scream glitz and glamour. Aside from the tourists, the regulars are those who live the high life, jetting off on holidays to the Bahamas and spending their winnings on champagne and caviare. So when hosting your own casino night or casino themed party in similar Vegas style, what sort of things should you be serving to emulate that celeb-esque experience?
Alcohol is a beverage best enjoyed in small amounts in a casino, purely so your brain doesn’t go into a fuzz mid gamble- however, it is still a beverage that is enjoyed best over your average coke or orange juice. When hosting a casino themed party, the drinks have to match the casino theme to create a realistic atmosphere, so here’s a few ideas to get you started.