Putting on movies and having a quiet chill sesh with friends is 100% approved and recommended here at Girls’ Night In. But what about when you want a slightly different type of hangout—one that encourages conversation and connection among you and your friends? A night in that celebrates and embraces the joy of missing out.
On September 22nd, in partnership with Ketel One Botanical, we’re encouraging women everywhere to stay in, recharge and relax by connecting with their closest girlfriends in celebration of the first-ever National Girls’ Night In.
In honor of the new holiday, we asked three women we admire how they would spend a perfect evening in. Read on below for wit and wisdom from our third expert—Founder of Clean Market Lily Kunin—and get ready to raise a glass to National Girls’ Night In with us and Ketel One Botanical.
— Alisha Ramos, founder at GNI
Lily Kunin, cookbook author and founder of Clean Market
What does a girls’ night in mean to you?
I view nights in as quality catch-up time with friends. With everyone’s extra busy schedules these days, we’ve been needing more nights in than nights out to rejuvenate and reenergize. In fact, several college friends and I have started a monthly dinner we jokingly call “Last Women Standing,” where all of us left in NYC pick a date well in advance, place it in the calendars and prioritize reconnecting. Great conversation with great drinks and food is really all you need.
The first ever Ketel One Botanical Girls’ Night In is on September 22nd. How will you celebrate?
I grew up with chefs in my family so my love of food and connecting over food was always strong. For National Girls’ Night In, I’ll go with an easy dinner party, with a big hearty spread that invites everyone to the table. I’m serving a few different appetizers and a DIY salad bar, both options offer something for everyone and allow everyone to choose what they would like to enjoy. This keeps things fun, and makes it easy to juggle food preferences. I like to keep options all in the same family so that it pairs well with a signature cocktail. For this evening, I’m using Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom, which is made from 100% non-GMO grain, has no artificial flavors or sweeteners and is infused with natural fruit and botanical essences. The taste of fresh juicy peach comes through, pairing well with what will be on the table; an heirloom tomato basil salad and nutty crackers and dip.
What are your top 2-3 recommended tips for the perfect Girls’ Night In?
Have some little snacky items (Castelvetrano olives, Marcona almonds), crudité and dips, plus lots of sparkling water and citrus on hand, for quick cocktails at all times. If you air these staples with an easy-sipping spirit full of fresh notes, like Ketel One Botanical, you’ll be ready whenever your girlfriends swing by.
When you can though, plan in advance! It lets you be a little more thoughtful and have something special for your guests, like making their favorite snacks or serving up a cocktail inspired by them.
When raising a glass for the first-ever National Girls’ Night In, the makers of Ketel One Botanical remind everyone to please drink responsibly.
* per 1.5 Fl. Oz: 73 cals, 0g carbs, 0g protein; 0g fat
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