Going out for a movie or heading to a wine bar with your best pals is definitely a fun experience. But as enjoyable as those activities are, we can’t help but point out something that’s missing from these evenings: quiet moments when you can really bond with your friends.

See, it’s in those peaceful noise-free flashes of time when you can genuinely connect with the people you care about the most, and there’s no place better than your own home sanctuary to hang out and experience this special friendship-building time together.

For a twist on girls’ night out, why not ask your friends to come over for a spirit-restoring, and still very fun, girls’ night in? We have plenty of ideas to help you create a warm and fuzzy atmosphere that you and your friends are sure to love.

Keep It Casual

There’s only one rule for girls’ night in: no fancy-schmancy clothes! Instead, encourage your friends to stay comfy and casual, choosing comfort wear that will give them full permission to let their hair down and snuggle up on the couch as you talk all night or deep-dive into a Netflix binge together.

Set the tone by wearing soft leggings that are perfect to lounge in and pairing them with a warm turtleneck sweater or a cozy cardigan. It’s a look that’s a step above pajamas, for sure, and will encourage you and your friends to feel completely relaxed and at ease. But sometimes there is nothing better than comfy PJs to help you and your friends unwind and just be. A super cozy set of Fleece Flannel PJs and Chenille yarn socks or Sherpa booties will keep you all comfortable and in the present moment all night.

Treat Yourselves

Whether you’re a mom with little ones or the work-week has left you burned out and beyond stressed, or you're simply trying to be more on top of your health and well-being, there are always enough reasons to invite friends over for a girls’ night in. If anything, it just gives you all the chance to work on your lasting friendships as you sit in a space that’s cozy and free of those distractions that can keep you from enjoying each other’s company on a girls’ night out.

There are some things you can do together to make the evening even more special—and make it easy on the wallet, too. While a girls’ night out can be so fun, between dinner, drinks and Uber rides the dollars can disappear in a hurry. Instead, why not unwind with face masks? There are few things that are better than pampering yourself in the comfort of your home alongside your friends. Or, you can buy each other little gifts that can be used during your girls’ night in, like a warm and cozy throw blanket or two or a bunch of tranquil aroma candles.

Another way to relax is to whip up some tasty but healthy recipes together. Maybe you haven’t had a lot of time lately to treat yourself to a home-cooked, healthy meal. Instead of cooking solo, make it the main activity of girls’ night in and cook something adventurous, nourishing and delicious together. Prepare this warm chicken salad with quinoa together. Or, bake something that takes you all back to childhood or a favorite memory you share. We think the wonderful aroma of fresh from the oven cookies would bring you all back to a simpler time when fun with friends was the most important thing.

We think the smell of fresh cookies wafting from the oven would make the evening that much cozier.

Heartwarming Ambiance

Last but not least, set the stage for a chill atmosphere that inspires positive vibes, connectivity open conversation. You can absolutely watch a movie (we’re betting you’ll all talk together as you watch it anyway), but for making even closer connections, we recommend everyone’s favorite music, calm lighting and tons of warming accents.

For example, enhance your cozy home retreat by lighting a candle (or two, or three) for girls’ night in. Choose a soothing scent like sandalwood or vanilla and de-stress among your closest friends.

Another personal touch you can add to the evening is providing a plush throw blanket to each of your guests. As soon as you all hit the couch, offer them one of the blankets that’s standing by—it’s a must-have for a wonderfully-cozy girls’ night in that can make your friendships even better.