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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?

 

HOME STYLE

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.

 

Tex-Mex

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.

 

OUT & ABOUT

 

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.

 

MILESTONE MOMENTS

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.