There are few feelings that compare to the relief I experience when the snow starts to melt and the thought of wearing floral prints no longer seems so absurd. That’s spring for you, folks.
This wonderful season rescues us from wind chill and the awkward fumbling on the subway when you try to maneuver yourself into a seat with your parka on. So, why not celebrate it? Call your best girls over for a few drinks and have yourselves a little soirée- a spring soirée!
Here are some easy tips and tricks to turning an, otherwise, regular girls’ night into a special evening:
A colour theme: A theme adds a special touch to a get-together at your house. It makes attendees feel like you’ve gone the extra mile. I chose a bright pink for my little soirée and I’ll admit, the bright punch was welcome after a season of (and lifetime of wearing) dark colours and neutrals.
Fresh & vibrantly-coloured flowers: The simplest way to enforce a colour scheme is with fresh flowers. I used gerbera daisies and tulips* because they are perfect for most occasions.
*Tip: Photos that feature fresh flowers make for the prettiest pictures. Check our Instagram (@chicdarling), you’ll see what I mean.
Thirst quenchers: A delicious cocktail can be the best accessory to a good time. My girlfriends and I summoned spring with some Pretty Pomegranate Fizz, made with Skinnygirl Cherry Flavoured Vodka. The drinks were colourful, flavourful and it was a first-time-tasting for me. Everyone looked terribly classy with these deep red cocktails in hand!
Give em’ something to remember: Whether it’s a Polaroid of the night or a sweet treat for the road, a token of appreciation for your guests makes a lasting impression. I wrapped these sweet treats in a small cellophane bag tied with twine. Homemade pink chocolate chip and toffee cookies go a long way!
Dress for the occasion: I am a believer in dressing down if I’m spending an evening at my girlfriend’s house. However, it can be loads of fun slipping into your first spring dress of the season without fearing the dreaded cold-on-bare-legs issue. I sported this pleated number with a charming, small palm tree print on it. Go ahead- get fancy.
It doesn’t take much to make an evening feel special. After the winter we’ve had, it’s fair to say we all need a little spring awakening. These little touches will be sure to do the trick. Now, go get your spring soirée on!
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Being outdoors and going for walks with my husband after dinner.
amanda Reid says
Looking forward to being able to wear flirty skirts and sandals and not freeze! So excited!
I’m looking forward to being more active outside this spring. It was a really long, cold winter!
laura @ scribbles and sass says
the improvement in weather! can’t wait for spring blooms and sunshine!
I’m most looking forward to wearing dresses after this LONG winter
Suzanne G says
I am most excited about getting outside and tending to my flower beds.
I’m looking forward putting some color on my toes & wearing sandals!
Ashley Bree Perez says
Looking forward to warmer weather (:
Warmth! And new shoes. Definitely new shoes.
I am sooo looking forward to the longer, sunnier evenings and skirts, dresses, florals…oh, and giving my apartment a good clean!
Megan Joy says
I am looking forward to finally having some warm weather 🙂
All the beautiful flowers that come up and putting away the boots and winter coats
Rajbinder Kaur says
Just being outdoors more this spring, so ready to ride my new bike! cheers!
Erin Bury says
I’m most looking forward to patio drinks! I’m a vodka & diet coke kind of girl, so would love to try the Skinnygirl brand 🙂
Gina M says
I am looking forward to reading on my lounge chair on the deck.
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Anne Taylor says
I’m looking forward to more days at the beach with my grandchildren!
Cynthia G says
My BFF wedding and then my brothers wedding a lot to be happy for 🙂
open-toed shoes & pedicures!
Carol M (Lushka S) says
Sitting out on the patios enjoying food and drinks
Enjoying the warmer weather and spending time outside with family and friends
The sun and not having to wear a ton of layers!
Toks W says
Patio weather and drinks with friends!
Brenda Penton says
I am looking forward to my flowers growing and the warmer weather.
Cathy C says
BBQ’s and eating outdoors!
Doris H. says
I am mostly looking forward to nice weather to spend more time outside.
jennifer lucas says
I am looking forward to relaxing on the patio with friends and family sipping cocktails while enjoying a bbq.
I’m looking forward to wearing pretty shoes…go away snow 😉
angela m says
I am looking forward to going to the beach and picnics
Sitting out and just enjoying the sunshine!
Trips up north to the cottage with friends and my dog (my beloved sidekick)!!!
Amy C says
I’m looking forward to fresh vegetables out of the garden.
Danielle D says
Jen C AKA @JusticeSadie says
Warm weather and Patio parties
Lisa Neutel says
I’m looking forward to new flowers and working in my yard
I’m most excited about getting back outside and seeing gorgeous, colourful flowers instead of dirty, slushy snow
I cannot wait until we can wear cute open-toes shoes. It has been too cold in Nova Scotia!
i’m looking forward to wearing flip flops again
Sun and fun
I’m so looking forward to gardening!
Lin C. says
I can’t wait for patio season and glasses of skinny girls.
Geoff C. says
My buddies and I love this wine. Guys can like this yummy wine right?
Kevin G. says
My gf’s favourite wine. She’ll love this which means I’ll love this .
Wai C. says
Oh gosh, I love to have this by the beach. Looking forward to this.
lisa bolduc says
I am looking forward to having dinner on a patio
Mark V. says
just spending time outdoors without having to bundle up.
Choo Choo says
We’re definitely looking forward to having BBQ dinners! Taking leisure strolls without worrying about the temperature is also amazing.
warm sunny days and long pleasant evenings
The nice weather
SUMMER PLEWES says
Honestly, just the warmer weather. This winter was horrible and cold and unrelenting. I am looking forward to warm days!!
Sunshine G says
Daffodils and vegetables growing in the garden!
Stephanie Grant says
What I love most about spring is the warmer weather and beautiful blooming flowers.
Being outside and enjoying BBQs and family.
Renee LeBlanc says
I can’t wait to finish my garden so I can start entertaining outside!!!
Karla Sceviour says
jen s. says
not having to bundle up in layers each morning and enjoying the sun and more outdoor activity
Jen Conlin says
Summer Nights With Drinks Food & BBQ on the patio and Garden Season
Summer plans, travels, fun being outside 🙂
Being able to spend more time outdoors
Erika E says
I’m looking forward to spending lots of time outdoors.
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Melissa Valmonte says
running weather 🙂
heidi c. says
I am looking forward to the nice weather and showing off my pedi in my new sandals!
Megan F. says
Getting outside is what I am looking forward to in the spring!
I am looking forward to the warmer weather so I don’t have to bundle up anymore!
Amy Heffernan says
The warmer weather and BBQ’s!~
I am looking forward to my garden blooming!
Looking forward to sitting outside and enjoying the sun on our front step with our awesome neighbours.
Tina L. says
I’m looking forward to warmer weather and be able to go outside without having to bundle up.
Dayna Wilson says
BBQing with friends.
Cassey C says
Im looking forward to the beach!
Katie C says
BBQ and gardening 🙂
Lori Jackson says
bbq’s and watching my veggies grow!
Adeline Chan says
I’m most looking forward to wearing dresses and heels and sipping on cocktails on patios this spring!!! 😀
Pat B says
the warmer weather – I HATE wearing shoes ……..prefer barefoot or sandals non-stop until fall………
Ei Leen says
Warmer weather & the flowers blooming
I’m looking forward to shopping at my neighbourhood farmers market again.
Angela Mitchell says
I’m most looking forward to warmer weather, sunshine, and more walk and hikes.
lori b says
i love gardening and spending time outdoors
flowers blossoming and the snow melting and bring on the warm weather.
My tulips blooming and spending time outside.
Kristine Ewald says
Spending time outside with my kids and gardening!
Lisa Marshall says
Wearing cute sandals!
Going for walks outside!
Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo says
Besides Spring like weather, I’m looking forward to planting my garden.
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Mommy Outside says
Fishing of course!
I’m looking forward to spending weekends out of Toronto!
Emma Bartlett says
can’t wait to get outside to the parks with the kids and to open the windows and let the spring fresh air in
Michelle Janzso says
Andrea Amy says
no snow 🙂 At least for a few months lol
Looking forward to the beach!
Maggie C says
Rhonda W G. says
I love getting planters/flowers!