'A Sex and the City' Party - Girls' Night In

Girls Night In Can Be as Much Fun as Going Out

They're back. Those sexy, fun, eccentric New York City gals of HBO's Sex and the City. The gals who prove that you can live an enviably glamorous lifestyle and still not have it all together. These gals confirm that, in the wild world of dating, your girlfriends are the only dependable thing.

Regular visitors to this site will know that I haven't been single for a long time. But I haven't forgotten the highs and lows of the single life nor have I forgotten that one of the best things was rehashing each miserable or wonderful date with a few of my best gal pals.

For a married gal, Sex and the City just helps to bring those memories back a little more vividly.

I love to see the funky outfits these girls wear, each more outrageous than the last. Do any real city women dare (or have the budget!) to parade around in those clothes? And the fact that those ladies can fill their faces with wonderful restaurant food and fancy cocktails, without gaining a single ounce, completes the fantasy.

Whether or not you're still single, you too, can enjoy an evening of hanging out with your girlfriends. Watch the show and then get into a heated discussion about the latest antics of this tight group of gals. Better yet, spend the night dishing about the larks of your own special circle of friends or reminiscing about your own dating days. No need to invite the boys to come along. You're together for a good session of no holds barred girl talk. The boys just wouldn't understand anyway.

First Priority - You Must Dress Up

You want to feel as sharp and sexy as these New York chicks. Therefore, you and your friends should dress in your most outrageous, fashion forward attire for this party. What? You don't know what that is? Then visit Cynthia Nellis, About's Guide to Fashion for the complete guide to Sex and the City Style.

Next Priority - Drinks!

These ladies know their cocktails. To them a cocktail is a fashion statement, almost as much as their Manolo Blahnik's. One of the most popular drinks from prior seasons is the Cosmopolitan, a combination of vodka, cointreau or triple sec and fruit juices. The Bellini was another favorite drink blending champagne with peach nectar or peach schnapps. These may look like girlie drinks, but they can still pack a wallop.

Whatever you do, don't serve these drinks in paper cups! Go to your nearest discount housewares store (if expense is an issue) and purchase yourself a proper set of cocktail glasses.

While imbibing and discussing your escapades you may feel a need to toast your friendships and good times together. Here are a few possible toasts to raise a glass with at your party:

Women have no faults. Men have only two. Everything they say, and everything they do!

Here's to true love, may it always be spoken. Here's to true friendship, may it never be broken.

Finally - The Food

These girlfriends never get too close to a kitchen. They may have beautiful cocktail glasses in their cabinets, but food in the fridge is a rare commodity. The art of dining out is their specialty. It's all a part of living the stylish life and going places to watch and be seen.

But when they're not dining out this Fab 4 do the next best thing - they order takeout.

I recommend the same approach for your party. And the food of choice would be Chinese food. Miranda's habitual dining on this cuisine forces her to face the possibility that her life is too predictable because her local Chinese restaurant knows her order before she places it.

It's also okay to serve the food out of the containers.

Except for Charlotte, these gals have not been married or had a shower thrown for them so they don't have any fancy dinnerware or serving dishes. Paper plates suit the single lifestyle better. Chopsticks add that extra stylish touch.

The Grand Finale

And for the grand finale, serve pints of your favorite chocolate ice cream. Serve it up in ice cream cones with an assortment of candy toppings. The perfect finish for a girls' night in!

Post Script

Don't forget the party favors. A small manicure kit with a contemporary shade of polish will remind your friends how fun it is to be a girl.

The next morning, if possible, meet at a restaurant for brunch and talk about the night before while ogling the waiters.