If you simply can’t be bothered to go out, stay at home, invite the girls over, order some food and indulge in a bottle of wine, or two, or three. Though we can’t guarantee low-key, we can guarantee a good time no matter what you decide to do. Here are some tried and tested ideas that go beyond the good ol’ chick flick.
A wine tasting is always a good idea, if you ask us. So, gather your girls and test out a range of reds, whites, rosés and bubblies – you don’t have to be an expert to do it, you just need an appetite for wine. Simply order a selection of varietals from EWineAsia.com – one of the region’s leading fine wine wholesalers and online retailers – and pick up some hors d’oeuvres, and you’ve got yourself a party; ask everyone to bring a bottle, too.
Tip: Jazz things up further by making it a blind tasting – have everyone write down their favourite picks and give a little prize to whichever guest’s wine selection gets the most votes.
Need some help choosing what to buy? The Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco ($43) and Champagne Boizel Brut ($80) are nice choices if you’re looking for some bubbly options, while the crisp, berry-tinged Celler Piñol Portal Rosat (rosé; $46) is always a hit with the ladies; other great picks include Pieropan Soave Classico ($43), a fruity white, and the peppery Rivera Rupicolo Red Blend ($36). And, during the entire month of June, get 10 percent off when you purchase a combination of any three bottles from the aforementioned wine and bubbly picks from ewineasia.com.
Sure, the idea of a game night is nothing new, but why not switch it up with something other than Scrabble and Pictionary? Cards Against Humanity is always a sure-fire hit, making for a solid few hours of laughs. Or try Apples to Apples, Rotten Apples or Say Anything (all available at Amazon). Again, be prepared with a couple of bottles of red or white, and you’re golden.
Gather up those gently worn clothing items you don’t wear and, instead of selling them on an expat classifieds forum, swap them with your best buds, making a night of it with some bubbly and snacks. Just because you can’t stand the thought of wearing that printed playsuit one more time, doesn’t mean one of your friends won’t want dibs on it; you can even take it beyond clothes and bring household items you’d like to trade. It’s a great way to “go shopping” without spending cash, and an excuse to clean out your closet – a win-win, if you ask us.
Steal some craft ideas from Pinterest and rally the troops for a night of do-it-yourself fun. Your inner Martha Stewarts will love it, and you’re sure to have a ball, even if your mason jar candle creations don’t turn out as beautifully as expected.
This story first appeared in Expat Living’s June 2015 issue.