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Reconnecting with your girlfriends

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Reconnect with girls' night in

When life gets hectic, friendships often take a backseat to everything else -- so take time out now and then to reconnect with your girlfriends. Enjoy yourselves and reestablish your bond with a girls' night in.

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Have a girls' night in

Girls' night out is fun, but when the martini hangover fades away in the morning, you probably aren't any closer to your friends. So this weekend, instead of heading to a noisy club, stay home and reconnect with your friends.

1

Plan ahead.

If you haven't seen some of your friends in a while, the event will take some planning. Synchronize your calendars and find a date that works for everyone. To save some cash, make it a potluck or BYOB.

Try these potluck recipes with a gourmet twist >>

2Have a slumber party.

If you have friends coming from out of town or if cocktails are going to be flowing, having a sleepover is your best bet. If you don't have enough spare bedrooms, don't worry: Just bring plenty of blankets and pillows to the living room and have a good old-fashioned slumber party.

3Establish a theme.

Beauty product testing -- One of the best themes for girls' night in is a beauty product test party. Each of your girlfriends brings a new beauty product that is getting a lot of hype. You all take turns trying and testing the products. It's a terrific way to find out which items are worth buying.

Clothing swap -- A clothes swap is also a wonderful idea for girls' night in. Every guest cleans out her closet and brings all the clothes, handbags and accessories that she doesn't wear anymore. You and your friends spend the evening swapping and trying on clothes. Any that are unwanted at the end of the night can be donated to a local women's shelter or other charity.

Read more about clothing swaps and other ways to revamp your wardrobe >>

Poker night -- Host a ladies' only poker night. Serve appetizers, drink frou frou cocktails and smoke cigars. You can play for cash or just for fun. If you don't know the rules, here's how to play Texas Hold 'Em.

4Just talk.

The best way to reconnect is to just talk. Sit around the living room with some popcorn or ice cream. Reminisce about old times. Talk about lost loves and new interests. Get back to basics and remember what made you friends in the first place.

Check out the 50 Qualities that women look for in a friend >>

5Stay connected.

Once the night is over, make an effort to stay connected. No matter how busy your life gets, take a few minutes every week to call or email your besties to catch up. Make girls' night in a monthly event!

More friendship tips:

Top 10 reasons you need a BFF
Girls' night out birthday party themes
Best bets for making new friends

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