Self-care is essential for maintaining your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Whilst self-care is often thought of as a solitary activity, it can also be a wonderful way to bond with friends and strengthen your relationships. Therefore, let’s explore a variety of fun self-care night ideas to do with friends so you can create memorable experiences that leave you feeling refreshed and connected.

Who to Invite for a Self-Care Night?

When planning a self-care night, the first person to invite should undoubtedly be your best friend. Your best friend knows you inside and out so can offer the kind of support and companionship that makes the entire self-care experience better!

Next, add any other close friends that you’d like to your guest list. These are the friends who share your interests, have the same values and who you enjoy spending time with. Think of the people whose presence will create a positive and friendly atmosphere during your self-care night.

Likewise, consider family members who are also like friends.  This could be your siblings, your parents or even your adult children. A family member will bring a sense of comfort and that unconditional love that only family members can.

By inviting a mix of your closest friends and family members, you will create a diverse group of people. Each person will bring their unique personality to the evening, to give a well-rounded and fulfilling experience.

The key is to invite those individuals who bring positivity and a sense of relaxation to your self-care night.   So, choose to surround yourself with people who make you feel safe, valued and supported as you all prioritise your well-being.

Benefits of Spending Time with Friends

If you’ve read my post on the 7 pillars of self-care, you may have identified social self-care as one of the areas that you need to work on.

If this is the case, spending a self-care night with friends can be a great way to do it. This is because it combines the benefits of self-care with the positive aspects of social interaction!

It brings many benefits so let’s take a look at these:

1 Emotional Support

Self-care nights with friends offer you the chance to talk.  Having the chance to have deeper, more meaningful conversations can give you the emotional support and comfort that you crave.

You can share your thoughts, feelings and even challenges with your friends, and they can provide empathy and understanding in return.  This will help you to feel much more emotionally secure, which obviously benefits your mental health too.

2 Strengthened Friendships

Spending quality time together whilst engaging in self-care activities can really strengthen the links between you.

It’s an opportunity to bond over shared experiences and create lasting memories that deepen your connections.

3 Reduced Stress

Self-care activities like spa nights can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, which bring huge health benefits.

When done with friends, the added benefit of companionship and laughter can help decrease your stress levels even further!

4 Enhanced Mood

Engaging in self-care activities with friends can boost your mood and happiness.

Laughter, shared experiences and the support of friends can release endorphins and really lift your spirits.

5 Accountability

Self-care nights with friends can help you stay accountable to your self-care routine and goals.  Your friends will be there to motivate you to prioritise self-care when you really can’t be bothered!

By concentrating on self-care together, it ensures that everyone benefits. You’re not only nurturing your own well-being but also contributing to your friends’ happiness and health, too.  It is a win-win for everyone involved.

As you can see, incorporating self-care into your social time with friends is a beneficial way to nourish your well being and enjoy the positive aspects of companionship at the same time.

When should you Host your Self-Care Night with Friends?

When you decide to host a self-care night will very much depend on your preferences and schedules.

Here are some things to think about to help you determine when might be the best time to host your self-care night:

At Weekends

Weekends will be the obvious choice for most people. You can plan it for a Friday night or Saturday evening when everyone is more likely to be available, without the worry of work or school-runs the next day.

On Special Occasions

You could consider hosting a self-care night on a special occasion or an anniversary. Whether it’s a birthday or an important milestone, these moments can be a great reason to get together and enjoy some self-care.

Regular Scheduled Gatherings

You might like to establish a routine of hosting self-care nights with your friends, taking it in turns, on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Setting a regular schedule can make it easier to plan ahead and remember these events, ensuring that they become a regular part of your social life.

During Stressful Times

Self-care nights with friends can be particularly beneficial during stressful or challenging periods in your life.

When you or your friends are dealing with stress, work deadlines or personal difficulties, then scheduling a self-care night can provide some much-needed relief and support.

At Seasonal Intervals

Another option is hosting self-care nights that align with the seasons. For example, you could have a cosy winter self-care spa night with warm drinks and comfort food, or a summer picnic could be planned when the weather is warmer.

Spontaneous Gatherings

Sometimes, the best self-care nights are the impromptu ones!

If you and your friends are at a loose end, don’t hesitate to call a last-minute gathering to unwind and de-stress.

Around Shared Interests

If you and your friends have shared interests or hobbies, you could marry your self-care nights with those interests. For instance, if you all enjoy painting, consider scheduling a self-care night when a local art class is available. Alternatively, you could try a new hobby together.

Ultimately, the timing of your self-care night with friends should revolve around when everyone is available, relaxed and in need of a little extra TLC!

The most important thing is to prioritise self-care in your busy lives and find moments to come together.

List of Fun Self-Care Night Ideas to do with Friends

Now it is time for some suggestions!  This list of self-care ideas will give you all the inspiration you need for your evening with your friends…

Spa Night

Perhaps the most obvious thing to do on a self-care night is some sort of at-home spa.  You can do this by transforming your home into a cosy spa retreat!

Start by setting the scene to create the right ambiance.  Choose a clutter-free space, dim the lights and ensure that there is enough comfortable seating for everyone to feel at ease.

Next, choose some soothing, instrumental music or sounds of nature to play and light some scented candles as these really help to create a peaceful atmosphere.  Use relaxing smells like lavender or vanilla, to add a calming scent.

You might also want to set up a refreshment station ahead of time so you are not constantly in and out being a butler!  I like to offer a selection of herbal teas and soft drinks to keep everyone hydrated and relaxed throughout the evening. Herbal teas like chamomile or mint are particularly calming.  You could also make a big jug of cucumber water as that always feels spa-like to me.

Now the surroundings are ready, it is time to select your treatments!

  • Facials – Set out a variety of skincare products for DIY facials. For example, cleansers, exfoliators, face masks and moisturisers, for the full experience.

  • Foot Spa – For a unique twist on the traditional bubble bath, set up a foot spa for each of you. Fill large bowls or containers with warm water and add Epsom salts or essential oils. Place comfortable seating around these foot spas for a more communal experience. Your friends can also enjoy a foot mask or scrub to pamper their feet, followed by some moisturiser and cosy socks.

  • Manicures and Pedicures – Provide an assortment of nail files, buffers, and cuticle oils for DIY manicures and pedicures. Your friends can simply shape their nails or you could go the whole hog and paint them too.  If this is the case then you’ll need nail polish in a selection of colours as well.

  • Massages – To take your spa night to the next level, take it in turns to give each other a massage.  You can use massage oils and follow simple techniques to relieve tension and promote relaxation. Essential oils mixed with a carrier oil will have a calming and rejuvenating effect so offer a selection like lavender, eucalyptus or rosemary.

Encourage your friends to unwind and chat as you pamper yourselves and create memories together.

Boxes of popcorn for a self-care night with friends

Movie Night

Sometimes all that is needed is a relaxing, self-care movie night shared with your friends.  This doesn’t need to take much planning as you can quickly rustle up a few snacks and pick a film to watch together.

However, if you fancy upping the ante, then you could incorporate a bit of a theme.

Start by sending out invitations to add an element of anticipation and set the tone for the night.

Then, transform your viewing space with themed decorations that align with the movie.  I’m thinking posters and props, or even just a colour scheme that evokes the atmosphere of your chosen movie.  You could even serve themed snacks and drinks, too!

Make sure that you have enough comfortable seating for everyone and provide a variety of pillows and cosy blankets as comfort is going to be key on a self-care night.

By focussing on all of these elements, you will transform a regular movie night into a memorable, relaxing and fun experience!

Creative Craft Evening

Hosting a craft evening with friends is a fantastic way to unleash your creativity together.  Get your creative juices flowing by trying your hand at painting, making jewellery, scrapbooking, knitting, or any other craft you enjoy.  It is a great way to unwind, express yourself and create something beautiful together.

Start by deciding on a specific craft project for the evening. This will help to streamline the amount of materials needed and keeps everyone on the same creative page.  Just ensure that you have enough of the basics for everyone to use.

Then organise your crafting station with space for each participant. I would recommend sitting around a dining table or a coffee table as it makes it easier to share supplies and have a good chat.

Next, create a relaxing atmosphere by playing soft music and lighting candles.  If you are going to offer a selection of snacks and refreshments, then get those ready too. Finger foods and easy-to-eat treats are ideal as it will ensure that the crafting activity remains the main focus.

Don’t forget to keep a camera or smartphone handy to capture the creative process and the finished projects. This not only preserves the memories but also allows everyone to appreciate their artistic achievements.

By following these steps, you will create an enjoyable and successful craft evening that not only celebrates creativity, but also strengthens the bonds of friendship through shared artistic experiences.

Cooking or Baking Challenge

Organising a cooking or baking evening with friends, especially in the form of a friendly challenge, can be a really fun and delicious experience.

Each friend can prepare a dish, and then you all get to taste and judge the results. You’ll not only enjoy a yummy meal but also have lots of laughs and great food memories too.  You may even get some new ideas of dishes to add to your meal plan!

Start by choosing a theme or specific dish for the cooking or baking challenge. It could be anything from a cuisine challenge (Italian, Mexican, etc.) to a dessert showdown (cupcakes, cookies, etc.). Having a theme will add excitement and creativity to the evening.

Establish the rules to ensure fun and fair judging criteria for the challenge. This could include taste, presentation, creativity or most closely aligned with the theme you have chosen.

You could even consider awarding a token prize for different categories, such as “Best Presentation,” “Most Creative Twist,” or “Best Overall Dish.” Prizes can add an extra element of excitement to the challenge!

Sharing a meal together, exchanging recipe ideas and making fun memories will make for a fabulous evening.

Friends drinking a cup of tea together around the camp fire

Outdoor Adventure

If you and your friends enjoy the great outdoors, choose a self-care night under the stars.

The main purpose is to breathe the fresh air, connect with nature, share stories around the campfire and enjoy the tranquility of your outside space. You could go camping, hiking, have a picnic in a nearby park or even a barbecue in the garden. Let’s look at each idea in turn:

  • Camping – If you opt for camping, gather the necessary equipment. This may include tents, sleeping bags, portable cooking supplies, and, of course, marshmallows for roasting over the campfire.  If you have the opportunity to build a campfire, gather around it and share stories. This creates a warm and communal atmosphere, fostering a sense of connection and camaraderie among your friends.

  • Hiking Adventure – If camping isn’t feasible, consider a hiking adventure as this is great for your physical health. Choose a trail that suits everyone’s fitness levels and one which provides scenic views. Ensure you have appropriate footwear, water bottles and any necessary safety gear too.

  • Picnic in the Park – A picnic in a nearby park is an excellent option for those who prefer a more relaxed outdoor experience. Pack a picnic basket with delicious snacks, sandwiches, and cool drinks. Bring along a cosy blanket for lounging and some lawn games for after.

  • Barbecue in the Garden – As night falls, take advantage of the clear skies for stargazing. Bring along a telescope if you have one, or simply lie back and enjoy the beauty of the night sky. Stargazing is a serene and awe-inspiring way to connect with the cosmos and each other.

Whichever idea you choose, you can create a memorable outdoor self-care evening with your friends. Nature definitely has a unique way of promoting relaxation and well-being!

Yoga and Meditation

Transforming your evening into a self-care oasis through yoga and meditation is a wonderful way to experience relaxation and connection.

Find quiet space for your yoga and meditation session. This could be a spacious living room or a quiet garden.  Ask everyone to bring a yoga mat or a towel to practice on. Then, arrange the mats in a way that allows everyone to have enough space for movement and stretching.

Begin the session with mindful breathing exercises. Encourage deep and intentional breaths to help your friends transition into a state of relaxation.

Then choose a guided yoga class to follow. There are numerous ones to choose from on YouTube that are suited to different skill levels. You can opt for gentle yoga or power yoga if you want something a bit more energetic.

At the end of the yoga session, you can transition to a guided meditation.

Ensure that throughout the evening, you are all focussed on your breath, the sensations in your bodies and the present moment. Mindful awareness enhances the benefits of both yoga and meditation.

You could follow the practice with some drinks and healthy snacks. Rehydrate with water or herbal tea, and offer some healthy nibbles to replenish energy levels.

This type of self-care evening combines the physical benefits of yoga with the mental and emotional benefits of meditation, so is good all round.

Board Games and Puzzles

Games offer a great opportunity for fun and camaraderie, making it an enjoyable self-care activity to share with friends.

Gather a selection of board games, puzzles and card games for a night of friendly competition!   Games that are enjoyable but not overly competitive seem to work best so opt for games that encourage cooperation and laughter.  Laughter has proven benefits for mental and emotional well-being, so encourage it to be a part of your self-care board game night.

Rotate through different games throughout the night to keep the energy levels high and maintain engagement. This also provides variety, catering to different preferences and ensuring everyone has an opportunity to enjoy their favourite game.

A board game night is a great chance to relax, connect with friends and engage in activities that contribute to your overall well-being, in a lighthearted and supportive way.

Book Club

A book club night with friends is a great self-care activity to share, creating an enjoyable environment that promotes relaxation and connection.

Choose a book to read together and schedule regular book club meetings to discuss it.  Take it in turns to choose books that are engaging but not overly stressful. Opt for light-hearted novels that provide an escape or self-care books to support your learning.

Discuss the plot, characters or themes while sipping on a cup of tea and eating cake.  It may help to prepare discussion questions in advance to facilitate a thoughtful and reflective conversation that encourages your friends to share their insights about the book.  Ensure that each person has the opportunity to share their thoughts and acknowledge that everyone may have different perspectives and interpretations, so create a supportive and non-judgmental space.

Your book club nights will become an opportunity to escape into literature and engage in thoughtful discussions, strengthening the social connection between you and your friends.

Dance Party

Hosting a dance party night with friends as a form of self-care involves creating an uplifting atmosphere that promotes joy and movement.  So, put on your favourite music and dance the night away!

Whether you are into classic dance moves or want to learn a new dance style, dancing is an excellent way to relieve stress and enjoy each other’s company.

Create an energetic playlist with a mix of upbeat songs, decorate your space with  colourful lights and invite your friends to wear comfortable clothing and shoes that allow for unrestricted movement!

Begin the dance party with a mindful warm-up. Incorporate stretching or simple dance moves to gradually ease into the energetic atmosphere and prevent injuries.

Include a variety of dance styles in the playlist to cater to different preferences. Whether it’s hip-hop, salsa or just freestyle dancing, offering diversity ensures everyone can enjoy the dance party.

There is always someone that will feel self-conscious so remind everyone that there is no right or wrong way to dance!  Instead the focus should be on enjoying the moment and expressing themselves through movement.

Have lots of drinks ready as dancing is thirsty work!

Conclude the dance party with a mindful cool-down. Incorporate slower-paced songs and stretching exercises to help participants gradually transition from the energetic dance atmosphere to a more relaxed state.

I hope you enjoy the dance party as an opportunity to let loose, express yourself and strengthen the bonds with your friends in a lively and uplifting way.

Dinner Party

Hosting a self-care dinner party night with friends involves creating a warm, inviting atmosphere where everyone can relax, enjoy good food and engage in fun conversations.

Here’s a guide on how to organise a dinner party with a self-care focus:

  • Mindful Menu Planning – Plan a healthy meal that includes nourishing and satisfying dishes. Consider dietary preferences and include options that are both delicious and health-conscious. Incorporate colourful and fresh ingredients for a visually appealing and nutritious meal.  If feasible, it is also fun to incorporate interactive elements like a DIY taco bar or a make-your-own-pizza station. This not only adds a fun element to the dinner but also promotes collaboration and engagement.

  • Selection of Drinking Choices – Offer a selection of drinks, including herbal teas, infused water or light cocktails. Providing alternatives ensures everyone can choose something in accordance with their self-care preferences.

  • Create a Cosy Ambiance – Set the table with pretty decor and candles. This helps to create a relaxing atmosphere, promoting a sense of well-being. A cosy dining room setup with gentle background music will add to the dining experience.

  • Encourage Comfortable Attire – Establish a casual dress code, encouraging friends to wear comfortable clothes. Feeling at ease in their clothing contributes to a relaxed experience.

  • Mindful Conversation Starters – Provide conversation starters that promote mindfulness and self-reflection. Give your friends the chance to share thoughts on gratitude, personal achievements or aspirations, to encourage meaningful connections during the dinner.

  • After-Dinner Activities – Consider incorporating some after-dinner activities into the evening that align with self-care.  This could be a short meditation session, a game or a leisurely stroll. These activities can further enhance the feeling of relaxation across the evening.

  • Capture Memories – Document the dinner party by taking photos or creating a simple photo booth area. Capturing memories adds a joyful element to the evening and provides lasting reminders of the positive experiences that you have shared together.

A dinner party not only satisfies the palate but can also nurture the mind and soul as well!

food and wine for a self-care dinner party night with friends

Hot Tub Party

Organising a hot tub night with friends can be a luxurious and relaxing way to practice self-care.  If you are lucky to have one already, then you are all set.  Otherwise, you are able to hire them for short periods of time.  The hot tub, not friends, that is!!!

Start by getting the area around the tub ready with soft outdoor lighting or fairy lights. Create a playlist of calming songs to play in the background, adding an auditory dimension to the overall relaxation.  Then incorporate aromatherapy by adding essential oils or bath salts to the hot tub water. Choose scents known for their calming properties, such as lavender, to further enhance the relaxation experience.

Encourage a mindful approach to the hot tub evening, taking a moment to set an intention for relaxation and well-being. This could include a few deep breaths or a brief moment of quiet reflection.

Ask friends to bring swimwear and comfortable loungewear to get changed into afterwards.  Although friends will likely bring their own, it might be worth having a few extra towels or spare robes ready in case they are needed.

Use the hot tub setting to encourage conversation. Share your thoughts, feelings and experiences in a relaxed and open manner, letting the warm water soothe your troubles.

This is such a fun way to unwind and connect with friends whilst enjoying the therapeutic benefits of warm water!

Vision Board Party

Sharing a vision board night with friends is a great way to support personal reflection and swap goal-setting inspiration.

To get ready, gather all of the necessary supplies for creating your vision boards. This includes things like poster boards or large pieces of card, magazines, scissors, glue sticks, markers and any other decorative items such as stickers or washi tape.

Next, set up the space, ideally around a table, where you can all work. You are likely to need good lighting but you can also add some decorative candles too, if you want to.

Begin the evening with a positive and uplifting introduction, sharing the purpose of the vision board night and emphasising the importance of self-care and personal growth.

Next, have a short personal reflection session.  You could ask each friend to share one thing they are grateful for and one personal goal they hope to achieve.

Visualisation is powerful and creating a visual representation of your goals is a great tool for manifesting positive outcomes.  However, it can be difficult to come up with ideas straight away.  Therefore, it can help to offer some guiding questions to help friends clarify their visions and goals. Questions like “Where do I see myself in five years?” or “What brings me joy and fulfillment?” can prompt deeper reflection.

Then you can start to make your vision board collage.  Encourage friends to flick through magazines, selecting images and words that resonate with their goals and aspirations. Remind them to trust their instincts and let the process flow naturally.

After completing the vision boards, create a supportive space for sharing them. Allow each person to discuss their vision board, explaining the symbolism behind chosen images and words. This sharing process promotes connection and mutual support amongst you.

You could then arrange periodic check-ins to reflect on each other’s progress and update the vision boards where necessary.  As achievements and milestones are reached, you can celebrate them together. This reinforces the positive impact of the vision board night and encourages continued improvement.

Final Thoughts on Fun Self-Care Night Ideas to do with Friends

Self-care is all about taking the time to nurture yourself, and doing it with friends can make the experience even more enjoyable!

The above self-care night ideas offer a mix of relaxation, creativity, and fun, allowing you to bond with your friends while prioritising your well-being.

So, pick one (or several!) of these ideas and start planning your next self-care night with friends. Your friendships will thrive, and you will all feel happier, more relaxed, and better connected.

Girls enjoying Lots of self-care ideas to do with friends