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Winter’s here, bringing those pesky winter doldrums along for the ride. You know the feeling – it’s cold, it’s dark, and you’re just not feeling it. But fear not, because I’ve got the perfect antidote: girls’ night in! So grab your comfiest blanket, cue up your favorite playlist, and let’s turn those winter blues into cozy memories!

glasses of pink champagne with raspberries and thyme

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The Girls NEED their bonding time

Girls’ night isn’t just any old get-together; it’s like a warm hug for your soul amid winter’s icy grip. It’s a chance to cozy up with your besties, share a few laughs, and forget about the chilly weather outside. Seriously, who needs the sun when you’ve got the radiant warmth of friendship?

But why is girls’ night so darn important, especially when it’s colder than a polar bear’s toenails outside? Well, let me break it down for you. Winter can be lonely, but girls’ night is like a beacon of light in the darkness. It’s a reminder that you’re not alone – you’ve got your squad by your side, ready to lift you up when you’re feeling down.

The Cocktail

2 glasses of French 75 Champagne Cocktail with lemon twists for Girls' Night In
Creative Culinary - get the recipe

Barbara from Creative Culinary has an exciting recipe for the French 77 Champagne Cocktail – I can’t wait to try this.

The Mocktail

several glasses of sparkling cider with floating raspberries for Girls's Night In
Oh So Delicioso - get the recipe

Des & Kadee from Oh So Delicioso have a fun Champagne Mocktail they use for social gatherings.

It's All About The Snack

In recent years, there’s been a noticeable trend among women opting for snack plates for dinner. These snack plates, filled with an assortment of delicious and nutritious goodies, offer a convenient and satisfying dining option. And let me tell you, it’s a game-changer. Here are some stats to chew on:

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According to a survey by Nielsen, there has been an increasing trend in health-conscious snack choices among women.

The American Heart Association emphasizes the importance of balanced and nutritious meals, which may include snack plates, for overall well-being.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior suggests that women often choose snack-like meals to incorporate diverse nutrients into their diet.​

So why are snack plates all the rage? It’s simple, really. They’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re oh-so-delicious. Plus, you get to customize your plate with all your favorite goodies. It’s like a choose-your-own-adventure for your taste buds!

Plate Essentials

We’re talking a variety of flavors and textures – you name it, it’s going on that plate. Because when it comes to snack plates, the more, the merrier:

Hmmmm, add some sliced meats, and you’ve got yourself a charcuterie board.

a charcuterie platter with cheses, nuts, crackers, fruit slices, berries, grapes, and mustard
Every Thanksgiving my daughter serves charcuterie for munching throughout the day while the feast is cooking.

With a snack plate in hand, winter nights suddenly feel a little brighter and a lot more delicious. So why not gather your girlfriends, whip up some snack plates, and banish the winter doldrums together? After all, there’s nothing like good food and great company to warm the soul on a cold winter’s night.

charcuterie board with meats, cheeses, nuts, fruits, jam, and crackers
My DIL often makes my son a charcuterie board for his birthday dinner.

Check out these great charcuterie boards on Amazon!

An Aside

Years ago, my family decided Christmas Eve should be about fun, not laboring over a hot stove. We concluded everyone would bring several appetizers for dinner instead. We all love it. Let’s face it, apps are easy to make, and you get to taste a little bit of everything. Maybe we’re the OGs of the snack-for-dinner movement!

my charcuterie board with berries, dried apricots, marinated mushrooms, pimento cheese, pomegranate seeds, olives, cheese, nuts, meats, & honey
Sometimes I make a charcuterie board for happy hour - yum!

Waiting on Spring

The key to beating the winter doldrums? A cozy girls’ night in and a plate full of snacks. Trust me, you won’t regret it, and while you’re noshing, you can plan a girls’ trip too – I imagine a beach getaway. Now go grab your girls, raid the fridge, and let the good times roll!

Keep Dancing, Darlene