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Month of Friendship, Day 12 – Make dinner for a Girlfriend

Dinner is better when we eat togetherIt’s a girlfriend dinner party … for one!

As fun, and loud, and friend-filled as a hosting/being invited to a big Girlfriend dinner party can be, sometimes ‘it’s just fun to be one.’ To reconnect with an old friend face-to-face, get to know a potential new friend or just catch up with a girlfriend who may need you  in her life, we recommend ‘breaking bread,’ possibly over wine or take-out, with just one girlfriend.

Having a one-on-one conversation, really listening and giving each other your full attention are best achieved when distractions and dinner guests are limited.

So, in honor of this Month of Friendship, we’re talking about inviting a friend over to serve up dinner, dialogue and share a few dreams together. You don’t even have to invite her over for dinner, but agree to a restaurant where you two can talk – sans friends, family, cell phones, kids, etc. Just the two of you, on a ‘date’  away from everything and everyone that requires your attention. Just friends, talking, sharing, laughing and making sure the other knows her friendship is worthy of a dinner together.

Personally, I’m not the chef in our home so, for girlfriend dinners, it’s gotta be a restaurant. I had dinner with my high school friend, Laura, on Friday night  – which was WAY overdue. So much has happened since we were last together, yet, as friends for a long, long time, we caught up readily and promised to make it a more frequent occurrence. Having someone else bother with the meal preparation and serving us without question to our caloric intake, ‘is that really healthy for you?’ or alcohol consumption made it a stress-free dinner. (Actually, our self-control was well intact, but it was a no guilt, eat-all-the-chips-and-salsa-you-want kind of evening.)

But, if you’re so inclined and capable (like my gourmet girlfriend Terri), you’re probably a wonderful chef and host for a girlfriend dinner. Make her favorite meal. Have her join you in the meal preparation or allow her to bring part of the meal. Or, if you’re kinda in between, order out – Indian ‘take away,’ pizza delivery, Chinese pick-up – whatever you and she love, just make the meal choice whatever fits your schedule, tastes, and favorite indulgence.

We asked our Facebook Friends what they make/have for a girlfriend dinner and they shared:

  • Cathie: Wine. (Cathie is a wine writer & author of  “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship“)
  • Norja: Tapas and wine
  • Janet: Depends on who it is!! Most of the time we go out for dinner, but if I am having it in I will often have one friend bring a salad, another dessert and I will do the main entree. – Also “Tapas and wine is perfect, or cookies and cocktails!”

What do YOU recommend for a girlfriend dinner? What girlfriend dinners have been extra special to you and why? Share and inspire!

Hey Girlfriend … Got a Stamp? You’re ready for Day 13 of this Month of Friendship!


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  • Dinner Party Music – Soft Jazz (my fave for conversation!) – or Classic Rock
  • Simple, Stunning Dinner Parties at Home – beautiful recipes and ideas!
  • Vegetarian Dinner Party Recipes – Make everyone feel welcome!

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Day 5: Phone a Friend

Day 9: Girlfriend Traditions

Day 13: Send a Card

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Day 17: Organize your Closet with a Girlfriend

Day 21: Make a Girlfriend Gift

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Day 25: Take a class with a Friend

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Day 29: Give Thoughtful Girlfriend Gifts

Day 2: Expressing Gratitude

Day 6: Take a Girlfriend Trip

Day 10: Shopping with a Friend

Day 14: Throw a Girlfriend Happy Hour

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Day 18: Girlfriend Chick Flick Party

Day 22: Coffee with a Girlfriend

Tell her how much her friendship means to you

Day 26: Tell her how much her Friendship means to you

Day 30: Spend time with a Friend

Day 3: Friends in Social Media

Day 7: Pamper Your Pals

Day 11: Remember Friends

Practice Random Acts of Kindness, Be a Better Friend

Day 15: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 19: Go for a Walk with a Friend

Day 23: Explore your city with a Girlfriend

Day 27: Anticipate her needs

Take the Friendship Month Challenge!

Day 4: Make a Memory Gift

Day 8: Make a Friend Laugh

Day 12: Dinner with Friends

Spend time with a girlfriend getting a Mani/Pedi together

Day 16: Get a Mani/Pedi Together

Day 20: All about YOU Girlfriend Day

Day 24: Surprise your BFF

Day 28: Ask a Friend for a Favor

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