Summer Break-Up Eraser: Recipe for the Perfect Old School Slumber Party
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It’s very much unfortunate, but summer is prime break-up time for blossoming relationships. Guys go on long traveling adventures, girls just want to have fun, and people get sketch; it’s just the way it is. Luckily, I’ve only experienced the piercing heartbreak of evanescent summer love once, but I have become quite skilled in the art of comforting friends after they’ve been let go. Alas, the real truth is that any dude who breaks up with one of my friends is an idiot, and this idiot gives all my friends a reason to get together and celebrate why we love our heartbroken girlfriend so much. Turn these unofficial counseling sessions into old school girls-only slumber parties, and she’ll be smiling all night long.
What do you need? Friends, snacks, blankets, entertainment, the board game Mall Madness from circa 1995, and beverages. What don’t you need? Alcohol. Or man gossip. The perfect slumber party should be fun, and when you’ve already got a recent love tragedy in the mix, nobody needs to be getting overly emotional. Plus, everybody knows alcohol is a depressant, so just don’t go there.
To start, buy a case or two of their favorite non-alcoholic drink. For my most recent slumber party, in which the very-much-recovered guest of honor will remain nameless, I picked up a few cases of bottled Diet Coke from Walmart. To make her smile a little brighter, I bought one of the new Coca Cola 20 oz. personalized name bottles, featuring both proper names and nicknames, too, and selected an appropriate “Superstar” label just for my her, since she is by definition a flippin’ rock star.
These personalized bottles make really special gifts, and they cost no more than the regular product, which is nice. I’m going to start sharing Cokes like it’s my job.
Walmart actually has the widest and most organized selection of Coca-Cola personalized 20oz bottles, and they’ve created designated bins to make finding a specific-name bottle easier. I found mine in a cooler, although they may be on the shelves or in bins, as well. Here is a list of Walmart stores where you can find a large quantity of personalized Coca Cola bottles to share with someone this Summer! If your store is not on the list you can still find these bottles at all Walmart locations.
As for the evening preparation, presentation is everything. I placed a few Diet Coke bottles, with the Superstar label front and center, in a pretty blue box and added some calorie-filled butter popcorn and chocolate.
Next, in case a general consensus cannot be reached on a movie, have some new magazines out for guests to read. Keep all horrifying stories Lifetime-ish stories of women overcoming tragedies away from the guest of honor. The object of the evening is no tears.
Before all your fabulous guests and fellow supporters arrive, have a few movies pre-selected. Otherwise, and I say this from experience, you may all be asleep before you decide on a movie. ’90s chick flicks will never go out of style, nor will hilarious tales of women triumphing over men. Side Note: When my mom was going through her insanely depressing and never-ending divorce, she made me watch The First Wives Club with her at least 100 times. It was and still is one of my favorite feel-good movies ever made, so I always throw it into the mix.
Oh, and make sure you’ve got air mattresses, blankets, pillows, and toiletries ready to go. The more pink, the better. If your friends are anything like mine, we usually pass out as soon as the movie turns on, so it’s convenient to have their sleeping arrangements prepared. It’s all about accommodating that old lady swag. So, as far as the parties’ sustenance goes, you’re golden! Offer as many hugs, pieces of chocolate, and corny jokes as you can, and make sure she never knows you got your girlfriends together to alleviate her heartbreak. I’m almost to the point where I want all my girlfriends to break up with their boyfriends, just so I can throw these “Break-Up Eraser” girls-only slumber parties. I honestly don’t even want to think about how many girls’ trips were planned out of Stephanie pity, but whatever— I’ll take all the quality time with my girlfriends I can get.