Life is too short to do the same things over and over again. That’s why our blogster Suzanne decided to finally do what she has always wanted to do… on a weekly basis. She’s trying to involve her friends as much as possible as well, which is not easy. But somehow she has been able to make it happen so far. Let’s ask her for tips and inspiration!
Spending quality time with friends… sometimes it takes hardly any effort, but it can also take quite some time before everybody can make time. First of all it’s important to start planning your quality time in time. Don’t take it personal if you don’t manage to set a date at once. It happens. We live in a world in which everybody is crazy busy. We’re racing from A to B past C and D. Give it time.
Keep this in mind if you want to plan in quality time as efficiently as possible:
- Meeting up with a group of friends? Fill in the dates that will work for you in a Doodle and ask your friends to indicate which dates will work for them.
- Check your Doodle after a week to see which dates are possible. And don’t be afraid to plan in two or more days at once if you see that multiple dates are possible for everyone. It will make planning a whole lot easier next time and it’s always good to have a spare date.
- Did your friends not fill in the Doodle yet? Send them a biweekly reminder until they do. It is easy to forget filling in Doodles… (Again: don’t take it personal.)
- Do you want to do something new or different from what you’re always doing when you meet up with these friends? If that’s the case, you might want to propose to everyone involved to make a list of all the things they would like to do. I have created a wishlist and I’ve published it on my blog so everyone can see what I’d like to experience one day. And it works. I’ve found several lists in my mailbox with the things that my friends would like to try as well.
- Once everybody has made a wishlist, look for the common items – and/or add some ideas from your friends lists to yours. You’ll see that there will always be something on the list that gets everybody excited.
Lacking inspiration for your wishlist? Take a look at this long list of fun activities to do with your BFF’s:
Shopping time: it’s so simple, but always fun to try on something you normally wouldn’t wear and see how your friends respond to it.
- Visit the sauna (and book a relaxing massage…)
- Subscribe yourselves for a makeover session or a beauty workshop, for example for colour analysis, styling or makeup advice
- Go swimming or sunbathing on those beautiful sunny days
- Have a pedicure or manicure (or both!)
- Original idea: let ‘doctor fish’ nibble at your feet!
Go out in style
- Partying is maybe the most obvious thing to do, but why not? It’s fun!
- Or go check out a famous musical together
- Did you ever see the Chippendales perform? You’re young and single; now is the perfect time!
- Why not go to a concert or festival?
- Or show your inner diva at the karaoke bar!
Spend the day/evening at your (friend’s) house
- During summertime: mix cocktails together and fire up the BBQ
- Swishing or swapping are so much fun! You can throw a swapping party and invite all of your friends and neighbours. And the best of all: you’ll get to enrich your wardrobe with ‘new’ outfits without having to pay for them.
- Have a good old fashioned chick flick evening. Some suggestions:
- Friends with Benefits
- He’s Just Not That Into You
- The Notebook
- PS I Love You
- One Day
- Bridget Jones
- Love Actually
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
- The Ugly Truth
- How To Be Single
Feed your inner sporty spice
- Work out together: meet up for a morning run, go to the gym, …
- Take sporting classes:
- hammock yoga,
Inspired by Lara Croft
- Escape rooms are the hot new trend
- Think of the theme parks that you haven’t visited yet or maybe the ones you’d like to visit again (and again and again)
- Thrill seeking:
- bungee jumping,
- roller derby,
Show your good side
- Meet up to surprise someone who really deserves it
- Volunteer with a group of friends at a festival or at another event. It can be so much fun!
- Help a hand in your community: youth organizations, poverty causes, animal shelters, … It might sound boring, but you’ll notice that it’s quite the opposite.
Take lectures, workshops or study something new
- Cooking with a group of friends is a great way to learn more about their tastes and personalities
- Learn to make your own chocolates… yummie!
- Learn how to taste wine like a pro
- Unforgettable without a doubt: a burlesque workshop!
- Take barista classes: it’s expensive, but you’ll definately enjoy it
- Also useful: learning how to make your own clothes
- Would you rather do something easier? You might want to try to make your own jewelry
- Animal lovers: workshops cow snuggling really exist!
- Music fans? Learn how to play an instrument (and maybe you’ll all be able to form a band one day!)
- Plan a citytrip! Go away for a couple of days. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a good time with friends
- Roadtrip! Drive to somewhere you have never been and enjoy being on the road together
- Go to the beach!
- Have a picknick on a beautiful location
- Take a camping trip (or even better: glamping trip!)
- Book a vespa ride, horse ride, …
As you can see, there are so many things to do together! Planning them in might take some time, but you’ll love looking forward to doing these activities and you’ll really enjoy doing them. One last tip: make sure to take many pictures of all of your adventures together so you’ll be able to fill an entire BFF photo album.
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