It is so fun to spend a night out with a group of friends, and sometimes it’s important to just have a night out with the girls, or a night out with the guys. Dates are fun, and getting together with a friend one-on-one can be special too, but group nights can be really exciting. It’s important to find something that will entertain everyone in your group, and yet many of us don’t want to spend tons of money. Hopefully your friends won’t expect you to pick up the check just because you’re planning, but even paying for your share can be daunting if your group often does something expensive. Luckily, if you decide to take up the planning sometimes, you can avoid peer pressure spending pitfalls by finding an affordable activity for your group. There are many ways you can cut costs on group nights out.
1. Put together a theme night
Theme nights can work for guys or girls, and can be fun and affordable. Plan an event around a particular theme. For example, if you have friends who are in a book group, consider reading a book together and then meeting to discuss it. Choose a particular genre each month, and then meet once everyone is finished. Depending on the type of book, everyone can bring a related dish (check out ideas for a mystery dinner on Pinterest.) If you are really into the book, or especially if there is a movie version you can watch together, consider dressing up as different characters.
If your group isn’t really into reading or dressing up, you can still host a dinner party with a specific theme, or host a party related to a specific celebration (here are some great Mardi Gras party ideas.) Hosting the party rather than going out can save you money.