A Spring Girl’s Night in Party

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I recently got the opportunity to host a Girls’ Night In party, so I asked my friend Tracey if she would like to help me out by having the party at her house. She has a beautiful dining room, and she was more than ready to get it spruced up for spring

The party was just the ticket to inspire her to bring out her spring accessories. She happened to be hosting her women’s group that night, too, so we made a party of it.

I went to the grocery and picked up some really good cheeses, crackers, and assorted other party foods. Girls generally love to nibble on cheese and crackers, dips and chips, and with a little sweet thrown in for good measure, it’s a perfect meal.

My kind of nibbling. I love girlie food, don’t you? 042

Tracey has a beautiful dining room and when I told her I wanted to throw a party, she was more than ready to set a pretty spring table. She has some gorgeous silver pieces and by adding some birds, nests, and eggs, as well as a few fresh flowers from the yard, the table was picture perfect. That glass float was picked up on our shopping trip to Asheville earlier this year and came from Screen Door. I love it! 015

White dogwoods and hot pink azaleas are hard to beat for a centerpiece. Simple and elegant.


Tracey added these cute birds’ nests with eggs on top of glasses, along with beautiful thrifty plates she picked up at Scott Antiques. 009

A large glass bottle holds more dogwood branches. This time of year is perfect for clipping outdoors and bringing them inside to enjoy. 034

As part of this Girls’ Night In party, we were asked to try out a brand new product, Simply Cranberry Cocktail, made with not-from-concentrate cranberry juice. 051

I filled a pretty glass pitcher with plenty of crushed ice and filled it with Simply Cranberry Cocktail. The girls all loved it and remarked on how delicious it tasted. It was a refreshing accompaniment to our girlie food fare. 016

I brought along some pink dogwoods to add to another vase on the kitchen island, and that’s where we set up all the food. 018

Strawberries and cheesecake, a winning combo every time. 027

Happy flowers make a girl party special. 021

Plenty of hummus and delish dips along with chips and crackers, and we were all smacking our lips. 040

Cheese and crackers are definitely on my short list of snack foods to enjoy. 024

That’s the hostess, Tracey, at the sink and her friends enjoyed all the food, too. 058

We all went through and filled our plates with plenty of yummy food. 059

A perfect girls’ night in.


Can’t get enough of those flowers, as there is nothing prettier than a pink dogwood. It was a fun evening with the girls, talking and chatting about life issues, and the food and drinks brought us all together for the night and a fun time was had by all.

Simply Cranberry Cocktail is refreshing and delicious, and I would definitely try it again. It’s gently pasteurized with no added preservatives to bring you a taste unlike other cranberry cocktails you may have tried. You can find both the 59oz and 13.5oz single serve carafes in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, as the beverage is kept chilled from the time it’s blended.

What is your favorite way to make a party or get-together in your home more festive? Tell me about it in the comments for a chance to win a $100 gift card.


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  1. I put out lots of snacks and turn on upbeat music. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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  2. Sounds delicious! I love cranberry cocktail.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


  3. lots of games and foods

  4. I like to make things more festive by turning on some music,adding a cute banner and fresh flowers.

  5. Judy B. says:

    Take a theme, add decorations, interesting food and drink and add fun people.

  6. Judy B. says:
  7. oh my goodness your party looks so grand and fabulous, I love having a themed get together, so everyone will get into the mood. Good food, delicious drinks, and great friends. :)

    cheers xx

  8. I would have loved being at your party! Looks beautiful!!!!! I like to make things ahead so I can focus on the guests at the party!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  9. Christine says:

    It’s all about having the right decor!

  10. Brn2lisn says:

    I like to use fresh flowers from my garden to spruce up the place. One of my favorite things to do is use little umbrellas, colored ice, and fresh fruit for the drinks

  11. I love a mix of simple and fancy dishes – the fancy ones make the whole party more festive! Music helps, too.

  12. Mary M. says:

    I am all about an Island theme and lots of juice to drink.

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  14. MelissaO says:

    I always make all the fixings for tacos and put on some good music.

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  15. Can’t do much entertaining in the home right now because our house is sooo tiny, but we do like to have BBQs in our back yard (when things warm up more). The music helps things be more festive.

  16. Tiffany Winner says:

    i think almost every party or get-together needs a game of some kind

  17. The best way to liven up a get together in our house is to bring out the wii for some interactive games after grilling in the backyard.

  18. Tabathia B says:

    I love plugging up the Wii and putting in Dance Revolution
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  20. Stephanie says:

    I love all the Simply beverages!!

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  22. Debbie B says:

    we don’t entertain a lot but when we do – good food and music make it festive

  23. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    I would have LOVED to have been at your party! We enjoy having theme nights like White Night, Jimmy Buffet Night, Etc, So much fun!

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  25. Heather says:

    In my opinion cheese always fancies up a party! I also like a nice tablescape and themed drinks/food to get everyone in a festive mood.

  26. Tiffany Winner says:
  27. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    we love to decorate and keep the theme of the party

  28. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  29. I love making a party more festive by making cupcakes catered to the theme of the get together as well as themed ice cubes! :)

  30. I always make sure I have lots of different foods out to make sure there is something for everyone’s taste.

  31. Christina Tong says:

    My favorite way to make a party or get-together at my home more festive is selecting a theme but with simple decorations. I love to prepare homemade finger food, nice dessert and drinks. Thanks for the giveaway.


  32. Christina Tong says:

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  35. Maria Cantu says:

    I make sure to provide a variety of food and drinks.

  36. Gina M Maddox says:


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  37. Gina M Maddox says:

    I love to add great music and lighting to make a gathering more festive.

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  38. When entertaining, I love putting out lots and lots of snacks. I don’t have fancy decor, and my apartment is pretty small, but I do my best to feed everyone well with all my favorites. And, of course, a great assortment of drinks can make it all the more festive!

  39. Marlyce Harris says:

    I take alot of pictures of family and friends. I made coasters using a ceramic tile and cutting out a photograph and sealing it. I use this for seating placements at table or place around on end tables. They are great conversation starters and everyone wants to see everyone elses pictures and know where, when, or what was going on when picture taken! It gets everyone talking.

  40. Marlyce Harris says:

    I should mention the home-made coasters can be of beaches, mts. etc. but usually use pictures of the people at the party. When they go home they take “their” coaster home as a party favor!

  41. Denise L says:

    I always like to have a theme for the food & drink. We did a taco bar one year for my daughter’s birthday and all the appetizers and drinks were authentic Mexican too.

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  43. Betty C says:

    We love to do themed foods. It’s fun to see how creative we can get having a sandwich theme from appetizer to dessert. Another time might be slow cookers or an ethnic food theme.

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  46. Sarah L says:

    Fresh flowers always make it more festive.
    Thanks for the contest.

  47. Sarah L says:
  48. Plenty of food and drinks!

  49. Jessica F says:

    I love having tons of little finger foods as the main course! You can have a huge variety of food to offer and appetizers are always delicious!

  50. Jessica F says:
  51. candles candles candles! nothing sets the mood of a party better than candles! scented pillars, glowing tapers, and floating pretties all can lend soft light and fun to any gathering!

  52. ewhatley says:

    We have a theme for every event and encourage guests to dress accordingly.

  53. Debra F says:

    I do like entertaining and my favorite thing is to do theme parties. I customize my food, drinks and decorations/decor around a theme and everyone really enjoys it….I just try not to get too hokey!

  54. tracey byram says:

    I decorate my table with fresh flowers and other decorative touches. I have appropriate music playing in the background.

  55. Erica Best says:

    I love having bring a dish party it help everyone feel like that are a part of it and it keep me from having to cook everything and every love to show of by bring the best dish.
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  56. Erica Best says:
  57. We play festive music and put up décor that creates an ambiance.

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