When a book promises to ‘unlock your creativity and joy’ it’s hard not to be a little sceptical.
So, get your friends together and give these six simple event ideas a try. All of them can be done from the comfort of your own home and they don’t cost the earth either...
Change something ‘unmoveable’ and throw a celebration
Have Christmas in August (complete with a turkey roast and party hats) or change your birthday from winter to high summer. Not only can this make a get-together more convenient for you, but it can also provide a fun and spontaneous celebration for your friends. People might find it a bit strange at first, but they will soon be excited by the prospect of breaking with tradition.
Have a cookbook party
Give each of your friends a cookbook, either from your own collection or ones you’ve picked up from a charity shop, and tell them to bring a dish from it to a dinner party. Plan in advance so that one friend brings a Mexican starter and the other brings a French dessert. Ask them to bring a prop that sums up their food culture and spend the evening discussing your favourite meals ever.
Invent a new tradition
Try and start a routine that you follow every week, month or year with a special group of friends. Organise an old-fashioned slumber party with face masks, manicures and old movies and vow to do it every six months or plan a TGIF meal on the last Friday of every month. The trick to making a tradition stick is booking dates in advance, so get those diaries ready!
Start a book club
Invite your friends around with a few bottles of wine and discuss the latest chart-topping read. We recommend starting with Fifty Shades of Grey or another piece of ‘erotic fiction’ to get you in a giggly mood! Chose your favourite sex scene, read your favourite passage out loud or try and make up and alternative ending.
Welcome in the seasons
We all make the most of the summer by grabbing our sunglasses and dashing to the nearest BBQ, but what about welcoming in the winter? On the 1st November put on your favourite winter outfit (no matter what the weather) and throw a ‘Winter Wonderland’ party. Or you could organise a winter clothes swap-shop, where everyone brings two pieces of warm clothing they want to trade with someone else for the season.
Start a group project
Prepare a scrap book full of pictures and memories for a friend’s birthday or start a joint saving scheme for a weekend abroad. Have James Bond style ‘planning meetings’ where everyone takes responsibility for a different area – not only will this bring you closer together, but it will also help to make big plans more realistic! Wine and chocolate are also recommended....
What do you think?