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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 road.
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.