Are you constantly trying to recreate that one magical night you had out with your girls? It’s never quite what you’re hoping it to be, is it? That’s because you’re not planning out your night the right way. Today, we’re going to give you some tips and tricks for having a great night out with your friends so that nothing can get in your way.
As you’re about to learn, the key is to not overthink anything. You’re hanging out with your besties, so that should be enough to be the basis for a killer night. Let’s figure out the rest right now:
Don’t Over Plan
Planning is an essential part of getting people together to have a night out, but you don’t want to overdo it. No fun-loving person wants to be stuck to a rigid schedule because a good night will always have an element of spontaneity.
If you want to order a limo or a party bus to get from someone’s house to downtown, that’s all fine and dandy, but once you’re out, keep all bets off. It’s a fine line between an unexpectedly great night and an unexpectedly rough one, so focus on relaxing and having a good time rather than the stress of plans.
Keep a PMA
Go into the night with a positive mental attitude (PMA). Negative vibes are going to throw the whole party off, so stifle them before they happen. Of course, you can’t control people’s moods and alcohol has a tendency to blow things out of proportion, but if someone’s acting up, tackle the problem head-on.
You’re not going out to solve any personal issues or save the world, you’re just trying to have a good time. Make sure everyone’s got that attitude and you’ll be off to a good start.
Nobody Should Have to Drive
Don’t have a designated driver. Public transit exists for this very reason, so take advantage of it. If you’re averse to the subway or bus, you can also Uber wherever you need to go.
The problem with having a designated driver is this: you’re always going to be thinking about whether or not they’re having a good time. If the person is typically a drinker, there’s a good chance that they’re going to have a horrible time because all of their friends are drunk and they aren’t.
A Mix of Old and New
It’s always fun to go out with the same tight-knit group of friends, but what can take an evening to the next level is the injection of some fresh faces. This goes along with the spontaneity element of a good night out. What’s better than connecting with someone new and feeling like you’ve made a great friend?
Don’t restrict the guestlist, tell everyone to invite whoever they want (within reason) and make a new friend, if only for the night. There’s nothing better than living in the moment and there’s no pressure to exchange numbers or anything like that. Just enjoy your time together and if further hangs come of it, then great.
Stay Off the Phone
That brings us to one of the most crucial points; stay off of your phone as much as you can. If your boyfriend or some new dude is texting you, it can wait until tomorrow. You don’t want to be the one that misses out on all of the fun because you were staring into the abyss all night.
It’s habitual to whip out your phone, scroll through the ‘Gram, and do the occasional post to your story, but don’t revolve your evening around it. Some things are too good to pass up, though.
Keep It Weird
Most really memorable great nights are centered around someone or something really weird and funny. Allow yourselves to be open to weird experiences so that you’ve got something to talk about the next day, like “Hey, remember when Tina entered that darts competition?”
There’s something undeniably joyous about seeing one of your friends do something completely out of character and bizarre. As long as you steer clear of creeps and cops, you can let the night guide your shenanigans.
Plan to Stay With Someone
The end of a great night out is always the worst part, but you don’t have to end it until you fall asleep if you crash with someone. Forego the lonely Uber ride back to your apartment and plan to crash at someone else’s place for the night. Encourage everyone else to do the same.
When you all get back to wherever you’re staying, you can laugh about all the fun stuff you did and let the buzz of a great night out cradle you to a restful, but dehydrated sleep. Oh yeah, water…
The Alcohol to Water Ratio
This is a tricky thing to navigate. Even the most seasoned drinkers will forget to drink that thing that our body is mostly made up of, the thing that keeps us alive, water. When you’re in the thick of it, alcohol always seems like the preferred beverage.
While the booze is usually the driving force behind all of the fun, too much of that combined with not enough food and water will either end your night early or ruin your next two days (give or take, depending on your age).
If you’re 27 or under, try to drink at least one glass of water per hour, or at the very least, a few glasses before bed. Those 28 and over should remember to drink a glass of water with each drink or suffer the consequences.
Relax, leave the trials and tribulations of your normal life behind, and enjoy your company, then any night out can be a great night out. Use these tips as the basis for your next night out and see how you do. Every crew is different, so interject a bit of your own philosophy into the night to really take it over the top.
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