Why should it be the kids who get all the fun? We put our party hats on to uncover some adult options for your next celebration – don’t worry, it’s all G-rated!


Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or just getting together with the girls for a ladies’ night out, there’s a host of venues and ideas on offer. And let’s face it, sometimes just getting out the house on a Friday night with heels and lipstick on is cause for celebration itself. Our hot tips for making merry with your favourite party people?



Pick a theme and let your imagination run wild. Some ideas the haven team is loving right now:


Cosmos & Clothes

Combine a clothes swap with cocktails and you’ve got a night of fashion and fun. And you’ll go home with a new wardrobe! Perfect for spring cleaning (or winter . . . or summer . . . or any time, really!), clear out the gear you don’t want, nab some new finds and enjoy a girls’ night in. And anything that doesn’t get ‘swapped’ goes to charity at the end of the night. Philanthropic fun!


shutterstock_205579168Games Night

Remember the old school games like Uno, Monopoly or Pictionary? A games night with your favourite friends can be a competitive blast. Guys versus girls, mixed-up couples, or parent partners – jumble up your teams for maximum fun. And if everyone brings a dish, you’ve got a hot night in without a whole day in the kitchen.



Mexican is so hot right now, and why not? Margaritas, tacos, piñatas, moustaches, sugar skull decorations – a fiesta in your backyard is bright, colourful and bags of fun. Think tea lights, a burrito bar, quesadillas and maracas. The catering is simple, the kids will love it too, and it works for all seasons, all ages, all the time.




Ladies on the Loose

For a successful girls’ night (or day!) out, you need three things: a great venue, an indulgent experience, and an excuse to glam up with girlfriends. OneSpa at RACQ Royal Pines Resort has it in the bag – the lush day spa’s pamper packages are perfect. Pamper and High Tea, Tropical Getaway or Hens Haven – even if you’ve all been married for years, none of the girls will say no to a massage, foot treatment, express mani, tapas, bubbles and refreshments.


The More the Merrier

A night at Draculas is best enjoyed with a group. Perfect for birthday celebrations, expect laughs, food, wine and fun.

Chicks at the Flicks at Event Cinemas is a super-easy entertainment option to get the girls together, enjoy a blockbuster with goodie bags, treats and pre-movie entertainment. Add dinner or drinks before or after and you’ve got a great night out with a minimum of fuss.


shutterstock_179157206RETRO STYLIN’

You might be pushing your 30s or 40s, but make like a teenager with some old-school skates at Epic Skate. It’s just as much fun whether you can skate or you can’t – laughter is one of the best ways to stay young, so get out there and have a go. Even if you spend more time on the ground than your wheels, you’re bound to have a blast.



If you’re knocking the door of 40 (or 30, or 50 – or any milestone), make the moment count with a big birthday bash. Tick an item off your bucket list – jumping out of a plane, climbing a mountain, travelling to a much-lusted after locale, learning to surf – or paint, or dance, or play a musical instrument . . . whatever tickles your fancy. Grab a mate or two, share your birthday wish, and make it happen together.


Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.