As a mum, it often feels like my best nights out well behind me.
These days I’m more likely to be curled up in front of the TV, watching Netflix and staying up late because it’s the only bit of ‘me’ time I get. I used to see in Sunday mornings with a bag of cheesy chips while waiting for a taxi. Now the only time I see 4am is if one of my kids has a) woken me up or b) not slept at all.
That’s not to say I don’t miss going out. Now that the kids are getting a little older and sleeping better, I am starting to afford the odd night out once again. Sometimes just putting on a nice outfit, without any sick or banana squished into it is all I need to feel a bit more like an adult again.
While nights out may not be as wild or as spontaneous (or as late) as they used to be, a little bit of planning can help make sure that a night out with your mates can be one to remember.
Check Out Your Options
Think about what kind of night out you want. Do you fancy cocktails and dancing, or maybe a meal out followed by quiet drinks.
Check out different options available to you and research any pubs, bar or restaurants that are available to you. It is easier to do if you already have experience going out in that particular city, but if you are new to the place, you will need to check online for the different options available to you.
Keep People Happy
While some of us may pine over our pre-kids nights out, chances are a nice meal, a couple of drinks will be just what you need to let your hair down. Perhaps you all want something a bit more low-key (we still have kids to look after the next day!).
If there is a large group of your then chances are you won’t be able to keep everyone happy, so speak to your friends to get a better idea about their favourite food options, music taste etc and whether you will be going ‘out’ or ‘out-out’.
Map Out Your Route
Is everywhere that you plan to go within walking distance or are you going to have to book some sort of transportation? To ensure that the night runs smoothly, it is a good idea to have these logistical challenges already dealt with. This way, you won’t find your group getting lost in the middle of the night. Of course, with Google Maps, it is easier to find your way from one place to another these days.
Book in Advance
There may be certain entertainment options which you want to plan out for the night ahead which require you to book in advance like getting on the Tape guestlist. If this is the case, make sure that you do this as early as you can to avoid any disappointment. Print out any booking confirmations that you need or keep everything stored on your phone.
If going out to gigs is more your thing, then have a look a few months in advance and book ahead.
Prepare for the Morning After
The morning after the night before is not fun nor pretty. Especially if you have got little ones demanding their Cheerios at 6.30 when you rolled in at 3am. Urgh.
Consider asking another family member to have the kids overnight so you can get some beauty sleep if you get in late. Ask your husband/partner if they can take on all parenting duties for the next morning. Don’t arrange any stressful play dates and keep the rest of the day relaxed. And get yourself a big ol’ cuppa coffee.
Do you still go on nights out, or are they a thing of the past?
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