As the days get colder and the nights draw in, staying in becomes the new going out. Well, until you have to drag your ass out for Christmas! But, in the meantime it’s girls night in season. Is there anything better than rounding up some of your best friends, dressing up in matching pj’s and having an epic night in? No! I though not. So today I thought I’d share my recipe for the perfect girls night in. Oh and there’s an actual recipe too, because sweet treats are non-negotiable!
These cute pink striped nighties are from Primark and they are oh so soft and comfy. You’ll probably also need fluffy socks and a jumper or dressing gown. Regular clothes are just not acceptable – loungewear or PJ’s FTW! ASOS also do some incredible pjs if you were looking to spend a bit more.
A stack of magazines
Call me old school but I love a good magazine. There’s just something special about flicking through the glossy pages eyeing up things you can’t afford. I’m an Elle girl at heart, I’ve fallen back in love with the magazine since they had a makeover. The beauty section is incredible, Joely Walker has written a number of thought provoking and topical articles. I occasionally have a copy of Vogue hanging around or Glamour magazine too.
Nail polish a plenty
Is it really a girls night without doing your nails? I’m obsessed with the Sally Hansen Strengthening Base Coat and InstaDry Top Coat. The latter is a game changer! It dries nail polish within a minute. For the actual colour I tend to reach for my Essie polishes or my trusty black Sephora Formula X Polish.
A face mask or two
Again standard! Gone of the days of Montagne Jeunesse packets of face mask! These days I tend to reach for something a little more effective. I’m obsessed with the Medik8 Clay Mask from U and Your Skin. It’s a clay based mask with Cranberry Fruit Extract and Vitamin E. So it gets rid of all of the crap in my face whilst calming and brightening it. For dry days I love using the Origins Drink Me Up Overnight Face Mask or the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Mask.
Candles, fairylights and plenty of throws
It’s all about the atmosphere baby! Berries and Grey always have me covered on the candle front, they have so many gorgeous looking and smelling candles. Their signature Prosecco and Berries scent is one of my favourites as is their Marble and Mint scent. The also sell gorgeous faux fur throws which I’m forever lusting after.
Pizza and other snacks!
Duh! It’s the perfect dinner. For takeaways I always opt for a Voodoo Daddies Pizza or I’ll make my own. Alternatively a smash and grab for pizza and sweets in Tesco is always a good idea. Tesco have the best gluten free range which is why I always head there. Pick and Mx sweeties are pretty standard and Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn is the perfect movie snack.
Homemade sweet treats
For our girls night in Laura Ellen Wright made dairy free Propercorn freakshakes and Laura Stafford Smith made Propercorn chocolate bark and chocolate dipped strawberries. Both of which were divine! I often find myself daydreaming about the tasty snacks. Anyhow, I decided to make Propercorn peanut butter and almond dark chocolate truffles. I could have eaten all twenty of them at once. They were too easy to eat! My Salted Propercorn and Milk Chocolate cookies would have been my second choice.
To make them you need:
4 cups of Almond and Peanut Butter Propercorn
1/4 cup of gluten free oats
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup of dark chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
Mix together the popcorn and oats.
In a different bowl mix the peanut butter with the maple syrup and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Add the wet to the dry and mix together throughly.
Wet your hands and make bite sized balls. Place them on a tray and pop these in the fridge to firm up for half an hour.
Melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil and dip the balls into the mixture until they are fully coated. Pop them back on the tray and decorate with chopped peanuts.
Chill in the fridge until the chocolate is hard, this can take around 30 minutes.
Keep them in the fridge in an air tight containers and enjoy!
Granted the recipe is a little time consuming but the end result is so worth it. The salty taste from the peanut butter contrasts nicely with the sweet dark chocolate. They are crunchy and oh so satisfying. You could also make these with Propercorn salted popcorn, I image that they will be equally delicious.
All that’s left for the rest of the night is to chill in front Netflix with a large glass of wine and a bag of popcorn or two!
What’s your recipe for the perfect girls night in?