Taco night: entertaining made easy for a Girls Night Out


Do you regularly get together with friends and have a Girls Night Out (GNO) at someone’s home. Back when I was in a local mom’s club, we had monthly bunco parties where everyone would bring a dish and a bottle of their favorite adult beverage. There was nothing better than getting together with other moms. It gave us a chance to decompress and to catch up on the latest goings, and there was nothing more restorative than a few hours on a Friday night with the girls!

Planning a perfect GNO (Girls Night Out)

Planning a great girls only get together shouldn’t be a major production put on by the hostess. Instead, the emphasis should be on fun, ease, comfort and indulging. Here are some tips to make a great GNO!

  • It has to be at someone’s home where dad can take the kids out for the evening or maybe over to grandma’s to spend the night.
  • Dress should be casual and comfortable. Think yoga clothes and….slippers! My friend Maria takes her shoes off at the door, slips on her funky colored slippers, and she’s ready to par-tay!
  • The hostess shouldn’t be worried about straightening up the house unless that makes her more comfortable. (I love a tidy house. It relaxes me.) And no judgments should be made by the guests if there is a pile of laundry in the living room or dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Makeup and doing your hair are optional. Heck, jump in the shower before you come over, put on some clean sweats, put your hair in a ponytail, and come on over!
  • Don’t forget your cameras or smart phones. Documenting the happenings on Facebook during and after the party is mandatory!
  • Plan to watch a movie, play a game, do crafts, or just sit and chat. Have it outdoors by the pool or indoors by the fireplace. Put on some music or warm up the Wii.
  • Best of all, at GNO all diets are off. Feel free to indulge, but make sure you have a designated driver (or a spouse that will pick you up) in case you have a little too much fun.

A GNO menu

Speaking of indulging, I like to have a culinary theme for a GNO get together. Taco nights are usually everyone’s favorite since it’s easy for the hostess to provide taco basics and everyone can bring a complimentary side dish. Also, it’s great for those with food sensitivities or allergies to customize their tacos. Or they can bring a special dish just for themselves.

Here’s the basic plan for the taco bar:

Side dishes could include:

  • Refried beans
  • Roasted corn salsa
  • Sautéed pepper strips and onions
  • Guacamole
  • Chips and salsa
  • Salad 
  • Shrimp and cocktail sauce

For dessert:

  • Flan
  • Anything dulce de leche flavored (cake, ice cream, cupcakes, brownies, etc.)

GNO Mexican inspired drinks

Of course, your guest can bring Mexican beer or make margaritas. But how about something different, like micheladas? They’ve been very popular in northern Mexico for years and are sort of like a Bloody Mary made with beer instead of vodka. Here are a few recipes:

My friend Stacy just returned from Cancun and had a similar drink called a sangrita, which serves as a chaser to shots of high end tequila. You can find the recipe here about half way down the post.

What would you serve at a GNO party?

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