Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Ladies Nights are fun no matter what — and it’s perfectly fine to be absolutely ridiculous!
Make it a Theme Night and you’ll kick up the fun a few dozen notches. The themes below can be adapted to any Ladies Night In, especially one that involves music, singing, trivia and prizes.
A really fun Ladies Night game is the STOP Game (Singing, Trivia, Opening Prizes), a DIY game from this site. I created this game as a way to get everyone involved and engaged — together, in one room, out of separate circles, and having a blast!
The STOP Game — Ladies Night is a little like Trivia Night Meets Piano Bar Meets Birthday Party — what could be more fun?!!
I’ve provided a quick overview of how to play the STOP GAME–Ladies Night at the bottom of this page.
Later, feel free to visit the STOP Game Party Page, too! Click on Party Pages above for a menu of party ideas.
Following are ten themes that will bring your girlfriends back in time or to another place — along with suggestions of what to wear, party drinks, sing-alongs, trivia and prizes. Have fun!
Girlfriend Night at
What to wear: Either cozy PJ’s and favorite sweats or just the opposite – dress like a movie star.
Party Punch (see ‘Punch It Up’ below): “Hollywood Boulevard” Punch or cocktails made famous from movies
Other Drinks: Hot Cocoa, Soft Drinks, Sparkling Water or Coconut Water
Sing-alongs: Sound tracks from films like Dirty Dancing, Flash Dance, Mamma Mia, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, American Graffiti, Hard Day’s Night.
Trivia: Search the Internet for famous movie quotes. Challenge the group on who said it, what was the film, what year (or decade) it was released, who else starred in the film, name a popular song (if any) affiliated with the film
Prizes: Movie tickets, microwave theater popcorn, movie theater candy, soundtracks or DVDs, paperbacks of popular movies based on books, gift card to theater
Whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic, punch is a great way to go — so easy for everyone.
I always make my favorite punch and serve it both ways (with and without alcohol).
To keep it in theme, I name both punches according to the era or occasion.
The same punch has been served by under many different names (at right is Christmas Cookie Punch for our annual Girlfriend Cookie Swap)!
Note that I suggest a “punch name” for each of the themes on this page. Use your own favorite (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) punch recipe and rename it as often as you like to suit your current theme!
Whatever you choose — a punch (with or without alcohol) or a signature cocktail like a Prosecco Sparkler — be sure to assign someone to hand out a glass (make it just the right glass!) to each girlfriend as she comes in. It sets the tone for a fun and festive night!
Thank God I’m a Country Girl
What to wear: cowgirl hats, boots, bandanas, jeans, fringe, vests, long peasant skirts and blouses
Party Punch: “It’s 5:00 Somewhere” Punch or Beer, Captain Morgan and Coke
Other Drinks: Coca Cola, Country Time Lemonade
Sing-alongs: Anything from Pasty Cline, Johnny Cash, George Straight, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw…the list goes on!
Trivia: Search the Internet for famous country songs. Challenge the group to name the artist who recorded it, what year (or decade) it was famous — then have them sing the first few verses (a capella)
Prizes: Package of Red Solo Cups, country music CDs, paperback biographies of country stars; DVDs of “I Walk the Line”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” etc.; burn a CD of your favorite country songs, Country Time Lemonade mix, bandanas, country edition of celeb magazines like People
Mad Women of the 60s!
What to wear: Copy Mad Men or Dirty Dancing fashions — or go for a late 60s hippie/bohemian look
Party Punch: “Mad Women” Punch or 60s cocktails like Tom Collins, Martinis and Cosmopolitans
Other Drinks: A&W Root Beer, Cherry Soda, Dr. Pepper
Sing-alongs: Anything from the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark 5, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Temptations, Turtles, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Beach Boys, Monkees, Tommy James and the Shondells, Herman’s Hermits, Four Tops, Tom Jones, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Stevie Wonder
Prizes: Burn a CD of your 60s favorites, retro penny candy, snack cakes from the 60s like Ring Dings, Devil Dogs or Yodels, black & white movie DVDs, 60s CDs, drink mixes for popular 60s cocktails, cat eye sunglasses, broaches, pearls, pins anything Audrey Hepburn; peace signs, anything with fringe, love beads, chokers, flower power
Easy Trivia: Simply use 60s Trivia Cards from the game “Blast from the Past” (available at Amazon). For each challenge, have the group answer all four category questions on the card selected. Categories are Hot or Not, Memory Lane, Hit Parade, Dead or Alive.
What to wear: Sun dresses, sunglasses, bright florals, flip flops, leis, flowers in hair, straw hats, beach tote, capris, tanks
Party Punch: “Soak Up the Sun” Punch or tropical drinks like Pina Coladas and Margaritas
Other Drinks: Sunkist Soda, Watermelon Coolers, Coconut Water, Lemonade
Sing-alongs: Raggae music, Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, Don Ho, the Go Go’s, Surfaris
Trivia: Search the Internet for the lyrics to popular “sun and surf” songs (like from the above artists). Provide two or three lines of lyrics. The group must guess the song to which the lyrics belong; the artist who recorded it, and (if applicable) any films in which it appeared. Then sing the first few verses (a capella).
Prizes: Tropical drink mixes, bright costume jewelry, colorful flip flops, beach bags, beach towels, water bottles, beach paperbacks, straw hats, visors, suntan lotion, gift cards for ice cream or frozen yogurt
Blaming it All on the Nights on Broadway
What to wear: Choose a musical and ask guests to dress in that theme — or ask them to dress like their favorite character from a Broadway musical — or dress up for a Broadway opening.
Party Punch: “Broadway Baby” Punch, Wine or Champagne
Other Drinks: Sparkling Water, Coconut Water
Sing-alongs: Songs from popular musicals that are well known and easy to sing. Download songs from Sound of Music, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, High School Musical, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Peter Pan, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Annie.
Trivia: Search the Internet for famous Broadway songs. Name the song — the group must name the musical to which it belonged; any famous actor affiliated with the production; what decade it was most famous; and then sing the first few verses (a capella).
Prizes: Books about Broadway, sound tracks or DVDs of musicals, burn a CD of the songs you chose for passing the basket, New York City memorabilia, a bottle of champagne or wine, champagne flutes or wine glasses
You Disco Ladies!
What to wear: Copy fashions from “Saturday Night Fever”; 70s adornments like giant sunglasses, colorful scarves, disco ball necklaces, tie-dyed shirts, bell bottoms and wraparound dresses.
Party Punch: “Disco Inferno” Punch or 70s cocktails (like Tequila Sunrise, Pina Colada and Pink Lady)
Other Drinks: Orange Crush, 7-Up, Sprite, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Fresca
Sing-alongs: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack; Donna Summer, Kool & the Gang, Village People, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, Thelma Houston, Brothers Johnson, The Trammps, Bee Gees, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
Prizes: Tie-dyed T-shirts, mini disco balls, burn a CD of your disco favorites, Saturday Night Fever soundtrack or DVD, Fondu Set, Chips with Lipton Onion Dip Mix, Jiffy Pop (not microwave), Twister, retro candy popular in the 70s like Laffy Taffy, Dubble Bubble Gum, Sweet Tarts, Nerds, Jolly Rancher, Lemon Head, Bazooka Bubble Gum, Razzles
Easy Trivia: Simply use 70s Trivia Cards from the game “Blast from the Past” (available at Amazon). For each challenge, have the group answer all four category questions on the card selected. Categories are Hot or Not, Memory Lane, Hit Parade, Dead or Alive. Fun, pop culture!
What to wear: Fashion forward
Party Punch: “Runway” Punch, Champagne, Bellinis, Prosecco Sparklers
Other Drinks: Coconut Water, Pellegrino
Sing-alongs: Uptown Girl, Pretty Woman, Vogue, Downtown, Rich Girl, music from Sex and the City or Devil Wears Prada soundtracks
Trivia: Search the Internet for famous quotes from Sex and the City (TV or films). Group must name which of the four main characters said the quote and under what circumstances it was said (describe the scene). Or do the same with Audrey Hepburn quotes and movies.
Prizes: Fashion Magazines like Vogue; DVD of Devil Wears Prada DVD; fashionable costume jewelry, scarves, change purses or lipstick cases, gift card to Sephora, make-up accessories, anything Audrey Hepburn
Flash Dance to
What to wear: Copy Flash Dance slouchy dancewear, big hair, shoulder pads, glitzy looks, fingerless gloves, mini skirts, oversized t-shirts & sweaters, stretch stirrup pants with flats, parachute pants, Members Only jackets, leg warmers, big earrings
Party Punch: “16 Candles” Punch” or 80s cockails like Cape Codder, Mud Slide and Singapore Sling
Other Drinks: Mountain Dew, Yoo Hoo, Diet Pepsi, 7-Up, Sprite, Sunkist
Sing-alongs: Madonna, Rick Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Michael Jackson, Police, John Mellancamp, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Phil Collins, Heat, Journey, Huey Lewis & the News, Queen, Aerosmith, Prince, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Billy Joel, REM, Van Halen, Duran Duran
Prizes: Bangle bracelets, slap bracelets, hair spray, fingerless lace gloves, leg warmers, Rubix cube, DVDs of classic 80s films (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Breakfast Club, ET, Airplane, Empire Strikes Back, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Back to the Future, St. Elmo’s Fire, 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink); burn a CD of the 80s music you chose for passing the basket; CDs of 80s groups; DVDs of classic 80s TV series (Different Strokes, Facts of Life, Family Ties, Golden Girls, Growing Pains)
Easy Trivia: Simply use 80s Trivia Cards from the game “Blast from the Past” (available at Amazon). For each challenge, have the group answer all four category questions on the card selected. Categories are Hot or Not, Memory Lane, Hit Parade, Dead or Alive. Fun, pop culture!
Ladies Night with the British Invasion!
First British Invasion: A phenomenon that occurred in the mid-1960s when rock and pop music acts from the United Kingdom, as well as other aspects of British culture, became popular in the United States. Rock music groups like the Beatles, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, The Kings, The Rolling Stones and the Who were at the forefront. Also: Dusty Springfield, Chad & Jeremy, Peter & Gordon, Manfred Mann, Petula Clark, Herman’s Hermits, The Troggs, Donovan, the Kinks, The Zombies
Second British Invasion: In the late 1970s and into the 80s, music from the United Kingdom became popular again, infused by the after effects of the punk/new wave revolution. “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straights and “Roxanne” by The Police cracked the American Top 40, followed by chart successes of Elvis Costello, Sniff ‘n the Tears, The Pretenders, Gary Numan and Squeeze.
What to wear: Dress in 60s, 70s or 80s attire according to the music/era you are using; or have everyone get creative and make a “hat” to wear to the British Invasion party, channeling Diana, Kate and the royals or Downton Abbey
Party Drinks: Show off by creating a punch from the popular British “Pimms Cooler” cocktail, the drink to order at a Polo match (lemonade, lemon soda, ginger ale or ginger beer garnished with cucumber, mint leaves and fruit).
Or use your favorite punch recipe (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and call it “British Invasion Punch”.
Sing-alongs: See above groups and choose their most upbeat and well-known music
Trivia: Search the Internet for the most popular British Invasion songs. Name the song and have the ladies name the group, and then have them give a try at singing it a capella (as far as they can go.)
Prizes: Memorabilia or CDs from any of the above groups; DVD of Beatles movies like Help and Hard Day’s Night; memorabilia from the royal family; burn a CD of your personal favorites from the British invasion; ingredients to make a Pimm’s Cocktail; paperbacks or discount books about British invasion bands; DVDs of Downton Abbey series
What to wear: Overalls, grunge, cropped tops, plaid (think Clueless), bright bold prints, platform shoes, butterfly clips, jellie shoes, headbands, crimped hair, scrunchies, bandanas, 70s revival clothes (hippie, bohemian, bell bottoms, tie dye), oversized tops with leggings and flats; watch reruns of Friends and copy
Party Punch: “God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You” Punch or 90s cocktails like (the comeback) of the Cosmopolitan and Martini (especially flavored Martinis like the Apple Martini)
Other Drinks: Snapple Drinks, Capri Sun Coolers, Grape Soda, Crush, Pepsi
Sing-alongs: Your favorite songs from the 90s Boy Bands — Back Street Boys, *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, Hanson, Boyzone, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men; also Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Christina Arguilera, Ricky Martin, Shania Twain, Spice Girls, Savage Garden, Garth Brooks, Destiny’s Child
Prizes: Mood rings, scrunchies or headbands, burn CD of your 90s boy band favorites, boy band CDs, 90s candy like Warheads or Pop Rocks, bandanas, DVDs from Friends and other 90s sitcoms, DVDs of 90s films like Pretty Woman, Forrest Gump, Titanic, Clueless, Home Alone; plaid accessories
Easy Trivia: Simply use 90s Trivia Cards from the game “Blast from the Past” (available at Amazon). For each challenge, have the group answer all four category questions on the card selected. Categories are Hot or Not, Memory Lane, Hit Parade, Dead or Alive. Fun, pop culture!
This game is designed to get everyone involved and engaged, whether singing, presenting a challenge or opening a prize!
PREPARATION BEFORE GAME:
1) Create a Prize Center (or large basket) with wrapped prizes you provide yourself — or ask everyone to come to the party with a wrapped prize (in theme) of a certain dollar amount, similar to a Yankee Swap. It’s fun to see what your guests come up with!
Note: If possible, the Prize Center should be set up in the room where the game will be played.
2) Create your own TRIVIA CHALLENGES or use cards from a commercial game you already have.
Note: You can make up your own trivia challenges on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet paper (one challenge per sheet of paper, folded in quarters) with trivia from the Internet (based on your theme) or simply use general trivia cards from a game you have, like Trivial Pursuit, Blast from the Past, or Jeopardy.
3) Put all the challenges in a basket, called the Challenge Basket. 12 – 15 challenges is a good range!
4) Create a playlist (or use a great CD) of upbeat and fun music that encourages everyone to sing along and chair dance to the beat. Keep it in theme! Suggested music for each theme above. You’ll need one song (and prize) for each challenge.
5) Put the name of each of your guests on a slip of paper and put the slips in a box or some container. This is the Prize Box.
Note: You can keep the Prize Box in theme, too. At Christmas we chose the names from a large stocking. For a 60s/70s night we used a box decorated with flowers and peace signs.
HOW TO PLAY THE GAME:
1) Everyone sits in a circle around the room, the dining table, the deck, etc.
2) The host (you) plays the first song while the Challenge Basket is passed around the circle. If you picked some good songs, you’ll easily get everyone singing along!
3) The host stops the music at some point.
4) Whoever was holding the Challenge Basket when the music stopped is the Challenger.
5) The Challenger selects a Trivia Challenge from the basket and presents it to the group. The group confers on the answer and locks it in (use a one-minute timer from another game or on a Smart Phone).
6) If the Challenger stumped the group, she chooses a prize and opens it.
7) If the group was correct, the Challenger picks a name from the “Prize Box”. The guest whose name is chosen picks out a prize and opens it.
Then it starts again with another song…..and more fun memories in the making!
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