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How to Prepare for a Fun Night Out

Updated on February 11, 2013
A walk by the water!
A walk by the water! | Source

A big part of what makes a night fun is the preparation. Some of my best memories include getting ready for a date, girl's night and even family reunions. You name it and there will be a story to go with it. I advise having everything you need lined up and ready to go! If you are preparing for fun evening, the last thing you want is to have forgotten something you may need. I would also recommend that you have a stock of the things, that you may need for an evening out just in case you decide on an impromptu night out

Setting the mood

Consider your prep time as part of the "fun" time. First things first...MUSIC. Your choices may be dependent on your activity or you may have some standbys that get you moving. Whether you want to rock out or mellow out, enjoy the influence of music

Pandora doesn't disappoint

My favorite tunes came to me through Pandora
My favorite tunes came to me through Pandora | Source
always something good.
always something good. | Source

A fun song to get ready for an evening out

Prepare your outfit ahead of time

How many times have you been getting ready to go out and the outfit you were planning on wearing, doesn't look right? The next thing you know, everything is out of your closet as you get more and more frustrated. Fun night out? Probably not. And even if you end up having a great time, imagine the mess you'll come home to! You can avoid all that by just a little preparation.

You can start by picking out your outfit a few days ahead of time. This way, you can make sure its clean and fits and see if it needs any repairs or ironing. You can also see that you have the right accessories. Do a quick dress rehearsal to be sure.You will have so much more fun if you don't have to worry about that.

Guys, you are probably rolling your eyes and thinking this isn't about you. Oh, but it is, in more ways than one. You also want to make sure that your clothing is ready and if you need any ironing or tie tying done, you have enough time to take care of that. And if you share a home with the lady who is also getting ready, don't expect her to have time to take care of your things!


Preparing your arsenal

Have your makeup and hair products easy to reach and ready to go, Make sure hairspray is primed and eyeliners are sharpened. Don't forget to heat up the curling iron/straightener early enough! Believe it or not, you can do some of these preparations ahead of time also. A couple of days before you'll want to check your eyebrows for any unwanted hair. If you dye your hair, check your roots. I also recommend super conditioning your hair a few days ahead of time. It can make your hair a bit heavy at first but will be perfect the day of! I sometimes give myself a facial the day before. It opens the pores and leaves my face smooth and creamy. I slather myself with body lotion as well. Dry skin can ruin pretty much any look! Guys, you can do some of these same preparations, too. You may want to check for any stray hairs, too!

Getting ready for a fun night out

Not the complete arsenal...
Not the complete arsenal... | Source
Have your clothes laid out and ready.
Have your clothes laid out and ready. | Source

Great ideas for a fun night out

Now that you look beautiful/handsome, what's next?

It's important to have a plan. There is nothing more frustrating than calling back and forth until you decide where or when. Even if the person/people you are going with are making the plans, it's always a good idea to have a back up.

Fun ideas:

  • A stroll on the beach. I know it is cliché but the combination of stars, sand and water are pretty irrisistable. And many areas have fun activities going on nearby.
  • Food and drink. Always a winner. Whether it's fine dining, potluck, a picnic in the park or sitting at Starbucks, coming together around food is always a hit.
  • Music. With music, there is always something for everyone. You can go to a concert or a nightclub or karaoke.
  • Another favorite is people watching. Whether you are at a restaurant, mall, bar or the park, it's always fun imagining the next guy's story.
  • Game night. You can set up your own game night or you can join in many of the games that are offered at local bars and resturants.
  • Sports events are always fun. You can be a bystander or a participant. Generally, the more active you are, the less likely you will be to get bored. How about laser tag or paintball or just watching a game in the park?
  • Nighttime swimming. There's something magical about being in the water in the evening. It's so much quieter.Put on some glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets for a little added fun!

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pretty much anything that involves food and friends is bound to be fun!
pretty much anything that involves food and friends is bound to be fun! | Source

Condert in the park

a picnic and concert in the park
a picnic and concert in the park | Source

Bring your own kind of fun

Whatever you end up doing and wherever you end up going, the fun you have is entirely dependent on you. Some of the best times I have had involved getting lost or showing up on the wrong night. So, while I did say earlier that it is important to make plans, I want to stress that even if things don't go exactly as planned, you can still have a great night out.

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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Agreed, Audrey. I haven't been out in I don't knoew how long! Thanks for stopping by!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Oh --I think I am overdue for a night out all dressed up!!!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You are right, Jackie. I don't go nearly enough. And it is fun to go! Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great hub and I do about all that. Getting ready is half the fun and getting to wear those dangly earrings that are too fancy for everyday wear! A little extra shadow, some shimmer on the hair....aw, I should go out more often! It is fun.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, schoolgirl! Much appreciated! That beer sounds good right about now! Cheers!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 

      5 years ago

      Cool hub btrbell! Very useful and up+!

      I think these tips are overlooked and you got me in the mood for a beer, so cheers! (I'm a social drinker and this hub sparked me!) Good work!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, unknown spy! I appreciate it!

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      Not Found 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      this is really fun with great tips. voted up!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Princess! You probably prepared, just give a name to it!

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      Princess Clark 

      5 years ago from The DMV

      Love this hub because I love having fun. I never thought about preparing to have fun however after reading this I see the value.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Abby! I so appreciate your support! :)

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      Dr Abby Campbell 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Loved your arsenal, btrbell! :P Thank you for the tips!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aw, Eddy....you are way too sweet! Thank you so much for generous comments! Lots of love right back at you from my (cold) little corner of Mesa! Randi

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so very much Randi for a wonderful hub here.

      I haven't been on here for a couple of days but I was so glad to be back today and reading priceless gems like this one is more than a good enough reason.

      Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, SaffronBlossom! It happens to me still, as well. No matter how organized I try to be, sometimes I just forget! Good luck!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Jamie, I do know exactly what you mean! Last year, with both my kids (temporarily) out of the house, I began to go out a little more. It was hard to get started but once I did, it was fun. Now witheveryone back home and several other things going on, I'm almost back to square one! Thank you so much for you votes!

    • SaffronBlossom profile image

      SaffronBlossom 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Great tips and great hub! I am guilty of the "not setting the outfit out ahead of time" situation--and you're right, I end up in something I'm not really excited about and am faced with a huge pile of clothes on the bed when I get back home. I need to use your hub as inspiration and be a little more organized about my fun. :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Great hub! I think we all need a night out sometime. I can't even tell you the last time I went out and did something fun. In fact, it feels weird just being out after dark now and I'm 39. Pretty sad! Voted up and useful :)

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Good to know!

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ..well if you were standing at my front door with your glasses on - I would be at a loss for your words too.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Oh, Colin....I am, probably for one of the first times in my life....a bit at a loss for words!!! Thank you for making my day. Lucky you, your cats are beside you. I't so cold here, I had 3 on me! Not sure where number 4 was!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you and welcome, QudsiaP1!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Martin, I'm gald it touched you. Thank you for sharing!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, tillsontitan! I have no doubt you understand! After all, I can now boil a hotdog! Thanks so much for your great comments, votes and sharing! Much appreciated!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah Leslie! A visit from you is always a pleasure! Most of my nights out are quite a bit like yours! Probably why when I do actually go, I try to make it special! Thanks so much for your vote and share!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Carol! Always happy to see you here! Thank you so much for the votes, sharing and your generous comments!

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      .....dreaming of you.

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      When I see you in your glasses and in my imagination - I am thinking more of a fun night - in .........lol - it's your fault my rockin' Randi - you should have never done a hub about your glasses - now you talkin' here big time about havin' fun - c'mon over to my place and I will spell out that word!!!! Sending you warm wishes from a mild day for these parts anyway but the furnace is still blowing and I ain't going into the water anytime soon - well at least not until May - or I see you in your glasses again - lake erie time 2:18am the cats sleep on either side of me when I go to bed...........

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      QudsiaP1 

      5 years ago

      That was fun to read :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. I prefer not to share why I feel your hub is so important. But I did share it.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I know what you mean about the Exclusive Titles and you've done a great job here! Looking good is feeling good and letting the unexpected take you over is a great way to have a good time. Enjoyable read.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      "Not the complete arsenal'...LOL

      i'm a people watcher - the odd time i'm talked into going out..

      a night out usually starts with my married with 2 children'ed gf coming over to go thru my closet while sipping a glass of wine and listening to country music...lol..

      we have so much fun getting ready - sometimes we end up not going out at all - but DAMN - we look fine!! lol..

      fun hub, hon! unique idea!

      up and sharing..

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      What fun ....you did a great job in getting the plans to have some fun. It is really a different title..and I like it. It is worthy of some votes, sharing an pinning.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, sparkleyfinger! Your opinion and votes are so appreciated! :)

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Ratihedge!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, Bill, thank you! Because of my apprenticeship, I have to stick to

      "exclusive" titles only, so I am writing to the title! It has been fun and a bit of a different challenge! Have a great weekend, Bill!

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      Lynsey Harte 

      5 years ago from Glasgow

      Great voted up, useful and awesome! :)

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      Rati Hegde 

      5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      practical advice :)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a clever idea for a hub! I'm amazed daily at HP; there are so many creative people out there, with so many creative ideas. Good job, Randi, and have a great weekend.

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