Frugal Girls’ Night Ideas

A happy mom is a better mom! So, I recently decided that I need to start planning to have a girls’ night once a month. The idea is to create a reason to get together and provide opportunity to relax, interact, and connect. It is therapeutic and fun! Everyone has some sort of skill, talents, or connections that they can utilize and share!

I think it would be fun to change it up and let each person take a turn hosting or choosing the activity. However, I want to keep it simple enough that is doesn’t become a source of stress for anyone. So, I came up with a bunch of easy, frugal ideas…


Some of these ideas may be better for smaller or for larger groups. I think most groups would be great at 3-6 people. Mommas can set it up so the dads watch the kids for girls’ night, then the moms watch kids so the men can have a boys’ night! 

Girls’ Night In Ideas:

At-Home Spa:


  • Freezer Meal Cooking: Get a group of friends together and cook ahead for your families
  • Pinterest Girls’ Night In: Each person bring a craft or food item from Pinterest
  • Cocktail Party: Make some fun specialty drinks together (virgin versions are still fun, Mock Mojitos)
  • Make sushi together
  • Fondue Party (cupcake fondue, cheese, chocolate, sweet and savory dips, fondue recipes, Fondue Cookbooks)
  • Potluck dinner
  • Favorite Things Party: Bring a favorite thing and a favorite food to share
  • Spotlight Night: Pick one person that you want to spotlight. Have the host share a few of their favorite things, take turns hosting and sharing
  • Fire Pit: Roast marshmallows, make s’mores, campfire eclairs
  • Assemble mixes in jars as gifts
  • Cook-off Challenge: Everyone bring own homemade version of something, blind tasting and voting
  • Smoothie-making/tasting Party: everyone bring ingredients, create new concoctions, share favorites (Smoothie Recipes)
  • Make your own pizzas (Pizza Recipes)
  • Decorate Cookies: provide many colors, candies, tools for decorating sugar cookies or other
  • Gingerbread House Competition: Each decorate a gingerbread, rice crispy treat, or graham cracker house. Best gets a prize!
  • Everyone bring their favorite popcorn to share (Popcorn Recipes & Deals)
  • Make gourmet caramel apples (Caramel Apple Recipes)
  • Stay in and have your favorite foods delivered – UberEats is available in some areas!

Look for grocery coupons in our Coupon Database!

Just Hanging Out:

Often it is fun enough to just invite the girls over, have a few snacks around, and talk with each other! Here are some more ideas…

  • Gift-wrapping party: fun idea for just before Christmas
  • Girls’ Night Book Club
  • Soak in a hot tub
  • Watch a chick flick or other movie at someone’s house (You can stream movies on FandangoNOW or VUDU!)



  • Make hair clips or headbands (DIY Baby Headbands)
  • Make jewelry (DIY Bird Nest Necklace)
  • Combine crafty supplies and make greeting cards together
  • Seasonal/Holiday craft project (wreath, decor, etc)
  • Find something for your home at a thrift shop and re-do it, then have a show-it-off party
  • Make candles (DIY citronella candles)
  • Sewing Party: bring your sewing machines and projects and work on it while you chat, make skirts or pillow covers
  • Scrap-booking Party: Bring your stuff and get caught up while you chat and share
  • Make string art decor
  • Make a wreath
  • Decorate journals

See more DIY Craft Ideas that we have posted!


  • Book Exchange: read new books by swapping with friends
  • Favorite Recipe Exchange
  • Swap favorite healthy or all-natural recipes (food, cleaning, beauty)
  • Coupon Swap Party
  • Dust Collectors: Swap clothes, house items, toys and what ever you have that is collecting dust
  • Lingerie Gift Exchange
  • Garden Exchange Party: Everyone bring the surplus from their garden
  • Clothing Swap: bring something cool that you don’t want anymore, but someone else might want, fashion show
  • Fashion Accessory Swap
  • White Elephant Gift Exchange: bring something fun or funny from your home that you can give away
  • Kitchen Gadget Swap
  • Freezer Meal Swap
  • Re-gift Exchange: bring a gift you’ve received but don’t want to keep
  • Handmade Gift Exchange

On some of the exchange or swap ideas, you can offer a prize for the best or worst things. You can draw numbers for who gets to choose first or find some other creative way to make it even more fun.

Themed Parties:

  • Everything Pink Party (or other color)
  • PJ Party
  • Everything Chocolate Night
  • Downton Abbey Party, or another favorite show or movie (have costumes, foods, decorations, and/or entertainment that fit the theme)
  • Favorite Things
  • Nationality Themed Party: Pick a nationality and do everything you can think of that fits the theme (could be a GNO too)
  • Betty Party: Betty Crocker, Betty Ford, Betty White & Betty Boop. Calories, Cocktails, Cackles and Curves! “Name that Betty” trivia game for prizes, bring a Betty Crocker (calorie) or Betty Ford (cocktail). (Thanks, Tammy)

Girls’ Night Out Ideas:

Of course, I always look for a discount or coupon before I go out! Look for Coupons and Deals: Groupon, LivingSocial,, Fandango, Restaurant & Retail Coupons. Some of these sites often offer coupon codes on local deals too! - Most $25 Gift Certificates for on
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  • Go out for frozen yogurt
  • Treat yourselves to a gourmet cupcake or donut
  • Go to a movie
  • Get pedicures or manicures at a local beauty school or other venue
  • Go to a local concert or performance: live music, community theater, dance (lots of options if you have a college nearby)
  • Go to a restaurant for an appetizer or dessert
  • Choose a new restaurant, try something new & adventurous
  • Mall Makeover: Hit the makeup counter at a department store and get your makeup done for free
  • Get massages
  • Hit a bucket of balls at the driving range
  • Train for and run a 5K
  • Bowling
  • Find a food truck and order something new
  • Try a fitness class together at the local rec. center
  • Chocolate Tasting (could be done at home too)
  • Mini Golf
  • Cooking Class or Demonstration
  • Pottery Painting
  • Go to a museum or gallery
  • Play Tourist: Visit a local tourist attraction
  • Go shopping: mall, department store, thrift shop
  • Volunteer: participate in charity or community service

Get out and enjoy yourself, your friends, and the lifestyle of the fabulessly frugal!

I did some serious brainstorming to come up with some of these ideas that I thought would work for me, but I also found some of the ideas I liked here, here, here, here, here, and here.

I’d love to hear about your ideas too!


  • Melanie

    Make soap or candles, or some of the household cleaning products!

  • Tammy

    I am hosting a Betty party Fri. Night. Betty Crocker, Betty Ford, Betty White & Betty Boop. Calories, Cocktails, Cackles and Curves! I made a “name that Betty” trivia game for prizes also. Everyone was asked to bring a Betty Crocker (calorie) or Betty Ford (cocktail)

  • Shelley

    Do a progressive dinner. Start with appetizers (and cocktails if so inclined)at one hotspot. Then head to another for the main course. Hit up a really swanky place for dessert…we had cherries jubilee and bananas foster made right at our table. Everyone’s usually so full by this time, that sharing a couple of desserts is enough. Then end up with a evening coffee at your fav coffe shop. Loads of fun!(and you can try out a bunch of new restaurants at the same time!)

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