First, you need to amass your tools. Two bottles is a great way to start, but you'd best plan on having a few backups once things get going. Don't be the hostess that gets caught having to stumble up to the liquor store at 8:59 p.m.!
Next, you need to plan on how you're going to feed the girls. Good scrap girls aren't picky. They all know we take turns and they trust your judgment. Keep in mind: alcohol has been known to mask plenty a culinary imperfection! Yet another reason to keep an ample supply on hand.
Trying something new is perfectly within the acceptable range of meal options. You may choose to do what I did, and make Pastor Ryan's Bolognese Sauce (which one might want to forgo even serving with noodles and simply eat as a soup) and then go for broke with his hand-rolled and cut homemade pasta.
As long as you don't overdo the wine before dinner, you'll do great!
For a successful Girls' Scrap Night Sleepover Party, you'll also need girls. (Boys will also do, but they need to know their way around a paper trimmer, so to speak. Girls' night is not a place for the traditional style of man-woman relating. That sort of thing is best reserved for birthdays and special occasions, such as 5-, 10-, 15- and 20-year anniversaries.)
You will also want to convert your photos to black and white and even use fancy actions for girls night, because it will make all of your friends, including you, feel up to two years younger!
Eventually, your meal will be ready and it will be time to dig in. As the hostess, NOW is the time to play catch up on the wine drinking as there is no danger in messing up the pasta. Salut!
After dinner, your girls will relax in the family room while you might decide to clean up because you suffer from just a smidgen of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and those dishes aren't going to clean themselves now are they? Besides, you can't make dessert until you have a clean place to start. Everyone knows that!
Speaking of dessert, you may find that serving plates are just going to be one more thing to clean. Why not cut to the chase, pass out forks, and go family style?
Clean up is a breeze once the pan is empty! Forks up, ladies.
Next, you may decide to assemble on the deck for a group photo because scrap night is just as scrapworthy as anything else. Remember ladies, all chins melt away when you lean forward and look up! Say cheese!
While you're outside with your laptop, your husband, who is up North sharing a small cabin with 17 people, might decide to ring you up on the webcam to see how it's going. He may be suspicious of the wine-induced merriment, but just assure him with the following words: "Yes honey, I watered the lawn, and no, we are not going to scrapbook topless. See you tomorrow!"
Once you've reached this point, it's time to pull out the scrapbooking supplies and get busy preserving those memories. Yay!
Or, you can also decide to simply open another bottle of wine, pop in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and call it a night around 1:30 a.m. There are no absolutes on Girls' Scrap Night. Let inspiration rule!
Whatever you decide, be sure to take lots of pictures of your special gathering and have plenty of black coffee or Diet Coke available in the morning. Happy scrapbooking!